The parallel universe

Once upon a time there were two men with similarly aggressive racist views.

One acted on his beliefs, was convicted on 33 counts including federal hate crimes, murder and interference with religion, and last week was condemned to death.

The other shouted his beliefs from podiums around the country, and this week will become President.


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8 Responses to The parallel universe

  1. It astonishes me that there is no mechanism in place that can prevent him from taking office.

    • I’m astonished, too. I wonder what’s going on. I don’t understand this at all. I understand something about it — not wanting to negate the voters’ votes or undermine the system (that, up till now, has worked pretty well is one reason I can see for inaction — but when the Electoral College had it in their power to reject this president and compel the country to start all over, it didn’t I believe because of 1) a commitment to party politics, 2) “No one’s ever done that before.” The American people have elected the Evil X and that would be the abusive, narcissistic and manipulative asshole who was my final boyfriend and they seem to be fooled as I was fooled.

      What I also do not understand is the will to “protest.” No one with power or in power cares at all what the protesters think, feel, want. It could not matter less. Protesting under these circumstances is not action. Soon this guy will be commander and chief of the American military, adding thousands of soldiers and national guard to his own personal little army of body guards.

      • There’s talk about DJT being Putin’s puppet. Well, I think Vladimir needs to stand in line backstage. In my opinion, the POTUS is first and foremost the puppet of the corporate interests, as far as the GOP is concerned, at any rate. But as I understand the critics of HRC, her team is just as heavily influenced.

        (You must understand that I only started to follow US politics around the time of the second presidential debate, this past fall. Before that, all I knew about the the goings on in the political arena was what I saw on *The West Wing.*)

        Do you follow Dan Rather on Facebook? On one of his posts today, a commenter wrote something similar as you did, about how he doubts the effectiveness of protest. A second writer answered:

        “I don’t think people have yet reached the full extent of trying to make their voices heard. I think there are a few encouraging signs, like when the House was swamped with calls not to gut the ethics office, or when the Colorado representative held a local event to gauge his constituents’ opinions on the ACA but scurried away through the back door ahead of schedule because the crowd was upset with him.”

        I came across an opinion piece the other day… the writer likened DJT to the abrasive, braying, braggart in a pub. A giant pain in the ass. You might need to change tables, or even change pubs if you wanted an enjoyable night out. Otherwise, you made do, and gave the guy space.

        But, this guy as POTUS? Not in a million years.

        All manner of occupations from bus-boy to Surgeon General are filled with workers who display a certain set of skills and personal attributes If DJT applied to any job in that spectrum, he’d be shown the door.

        Instead, he gets to be in charge of the launch codes. How in the hell does that make sense?

        Thanks Martha (and Helen!) for allowing me to vent.

      • If the guy has business deals with Russia (and he certainly does) then his need to make money on those deals makes him a puppet. That’s my take on it.

        Here’s my take on HRC

        I’m going to check out Dan Rather’s post. I truly cannot think of anything more futile (I hope it’s futile and not dangerous) than “protesting” DJT. If he CARED what people think of him, he would not be the man he is today.

  2. I guess I’m just flummoxed by the whole situation, particularly coming – like you, Maggie – from a simple democratic system: we vote, votes are counted and the winner wins. So from that point of view, HRC won. Except that she didn’t because of the state majority thing.
    Then there’s the Electoral College, founded specifically because ‘…the election should be made by men most capable of analysing the quality adapted to the station’ – ie, to stop the uneducated masses electing someone unsuitable. Except that they didn’t, presumably because they voted on party lines despite their candidate being a raving racist megalomaniac idiot. And all this in a country that prides itself (with justification) on being the most developed, intelligent and innovative nation in the world.
    As for Putin – I doubt he made much difference. His was only one dollop of the mud slung in all directions by the all the usual mud-slingers. Besides which, as political analyst Dovi Levin pointed out, between 1946 and 2000, the US interfered in the elections of other nations worldwide 81 times, so really, it’s a matter of ‘as ye sow, so shall ye reap’, and somewhat hypocritical to get worked up about it. (I did write a post on this, but didn’t put it up. I’ve been trying to behave myself.)
    I am entirely cynical about politician everywhere, but particularly (sorry) in America, where the top 1% holds 40% of the wealth (or possibly more by now) and campaigning is so expensive that corporate money is essential. My feeling is that people saw Trump as less ‘establishment’ than most and voted for him in the hope of breaking the corporate stranglehold, not realising how ignorant and ruthlessly egocentric he really is. Or the fine line between him and Dylann Roof.
    Sorry for the rant. More feet in mouth, I guess. You’d be shocked to know that in person, I’ve spent my entire life blending into the woodwork.

  3. Aunt Beulah says:

    I enjoyed reading your post and the comments that followed, Helen. I enjoyed spending several minutes with people who feel about DJT the way I do. I live in a community where 80% of the voters went for the man I consider a narcissistic bully with the mind set of a poorly raised middle schooler.

  4. bkpyett says:

    Janet what a wonderful comment! Thanks, Helen, for raising this vexed, unbelievable situation.
    Getting the press off-side on the first day is only the beginning of an interesting time ahead. Scary stuff!

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