The Man Who Didn't Want to be
And More Things that Suck
Donald Trump. Really?
REALLY?!! This is the top, the pinnacle,
the apex, the zenith, the Mt. Everest of all things that SUCK! Our
choice of candidates sucked. Hillary, reeking of more of the same,
whose campaign was so insipid, uninspired, and vapidly inept that she
managed to adroitly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And
Trump, crude, rude, and arrogant, the man with a plan to make America
great again -- despite a long history of bankruptcies and being sued for
fraud and no prior political or military experience. Electing
him to the most powerful position on earth is like giving a machine gun to
a chimpanzee. I have yet to meet a person who was actually for
Trump. Everyone I know who was voting for Trump did so because they
hated Hillary and really wished there was a better choice, and vice
versa. That sucks too. Let's face it, the whole electoral
process totally sucks.
I'd hope to begin this year's rant with the quote, "Thank God our
long national nightmare is over." But alas I fear, it is just beginning.
To paraphrase the great man, "Never in the course of US election history has
so much money been spent by so many, for so long, on candidates of so
little substance, expected by so many, to
accomplish so little good.
They say that eternal vigilance is
the price of liberty. Actually, it's the price of everything.
And if you're not vigilant, shit happens. And it has.
The stench of the campaign is still in the air, redolent with the
ripe aroma of road apples and meadow muffins, and that particularly
malodorous pile of dung we've deposited on the White House lawn.
The fact that a man like Trump could ever have been taken
seriously, let alone nominated and then elected sums up in a nutshell
everything that's wrong with our electoral process:
The Electoral College, that elected a president that
over half the voters didn't want.
The billions upon billions of dollars spent during the
campaign which gave us a president that a large majority of the voters
either don't want or regard at best as the lesser of two very serious
evils. What a staggering waste.
The deceptions, the faked news, the outright lies
spread with impunity. Trump convinced a lot of people that
things have gotten so bad, any change will be for the better. Those
people may be in for a big surprise.
Many news sources have become ultra polarized and one
sided. Many people I talked to were totally unaware that Trump
had declared bankruptcy six times, had been sued countless times for
fraud and a variety of other sins, was currently being sued for fraud,
and was making rude, crude, incredibly stupid, and tactless
remarks on a daily basis.
I could go, ad nauseam, on how corrupted
we've let the electoral process become.
Bad Joke Gone Wrong
Even worse, I think this all started as a joke. I
don't think he even wanted to be president. I still don't. It was
just a publicity stunt to gain even more notoriety so as to increase his
bargaining position for various media contracts he was pursuing.
That would explain his often irrationally outrageous behavior: he
was just having fun seeing how far he could push the envelope before
people recoiled in disgust. Then he'd get back to making more
billions. But-- he hit a nerve in a desperate, and perhaps
gullible, segment of the public; and he proved to be such good copy for
the news that neither would let him quit. The campaign became a tar
baby, and he was stuck.
A Little Help from My Friends
Of course Trump had a lot of help. From the
Russians, for starters. From the FBI -- Comey tampered with a
federal election. He should be in jail. Early on, from a venal
news media that thought he was such good copy and didn't recognize the
beast they were feeding. And of course Hillary helped by simply being Hillary.
What a Long Strange Trip
So here we are at the end of the trail. We have
President-elect Trump, a bad joke gone really wrong. A couple adages come to mind:
We've bought a pig in a poke. Out of the frying pan,
into the fire. Pray (and I do mean
really, really pray) for the best, prepare for the worst. And
don't expect to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Or more
succinctly: Oh Shit, OMG, Really?!!
[I guess that "More Things that
Suck" will have to wait for another time.
See you next year -- I
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