MAYBE IT WON’T BE AS BAD AS I FEAR … BUT THE NUMBERS, THE NUMBERS …

The numbers just keep coming in. From Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, Maryland, Nevada … Finally, from the west … California, Oregon, Washington … but not enough.

It’s unbearable. The best spin I can put on it is that maybe it won’t be as bad as I fear. For the first time in my life, I’m afraid of what will happen to my world.

By: politicalavenue-com

By: politicalavenue-com

I’ve been on the losing side of many elections. Probably in half of the elections in which I’ve participated, my candidate lost. By the time you’re collecting social security, you understand about losing. It happens. You pick up the pieces and move on. What distinguishes this election from all others in which I have participated is never has losing frightened me. The fear is a new thing. Not a good thing.

Maybe it won’t be so bad. Maybe Trump really does have a plan. Right now, I’ll be grateful if he has any kind of plan, even if it’s a bad one. Just … not have an incoming president who is totally clueless as to what to do next.

But the numbers, the numbers … It’s late. Technically it’s not over yet, but I don’t see this ending well. I guess I’ll know in the morning, but I would not describe my mood as optimistic.


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45 thoughts on “MAYBE IT WON’T BE AS BAD AS I FEAR … BUT THE NUMBERS, THE NUMBERS …

        • It feels like dealing with a death. We’re moved passed bargaining and we’re working on acceptance. We don’t have a choice. It’s a legal election and in this country, that’s it. The people spoke. It’s ironic. We worked hard and with great effectiveness to get out the vote… and they came out. In every small town and backwater. In every rural county where miners had no work and factories are closed. Where the water’s bad and the schools aren’t teaching. They came out and they voted.

          But they didn’t vote for US. They say in a giant booming voice ” I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. A plague on both your parties.”

          It’s time to stop pretending there isn’t a huge, ugly cultural gap. We all need to somehow find a way to talk to each other. Or we really will blow up the world.

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            • This was a very popular movement. The numbers speak louder than any analysis. It wasn’t a close race.

              I thought early on that Hillary wasn’t the woman of the hour. I personally like her, but she was never popular with “regular” people. Too cerebral. Too … stiff. Not comfortable in the public eye. She’s a behind-the -scenes manager, not a lead-the-charge kind of politician.

              Trump never really said what he plans to do. I don’t know if he has a plan and just has not told us … or he is genuinely clueless. He isn’t as stupid as he pretends, something Garry and I have known since the beginning. Nor is he crazy (though I sometimes wonder if he isn’t in the early stages of dementia, as was Ronald Reagan). But he eschewed BOTH parties. He USED to be a liberal Democrat and not all that long ago and I don’t think he’s been a registered member of either party at any point.

              So now, we’ll see. He made the “right noises” last night, or at least, his speechwriter did. None of them write their own material, though they all edit and change it. After our initial panic, Garry said we were going to have to make some kind of peace with this since obviously we have no choice.,

              It’s probably not the apocalypse. But honestly? No idea where we are really going. None at all.

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              • I think that lack of direction is one of the scariest things about this whole affair. It has been no better here with the whole Brexit thing. The trouble is, you get one vote to cover so many issues from foreign to domestic policies…and without clear policies, folk will go where their own best interests seem to lie. Understandable, but not always the wisest course. But… who knows, this may be a positive catalyst for change in both our countries, even though the birth pangs may be none too pleasant. We can only hope so.

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                • And the important phrase in your paragraph: “seem to lie.” Appearances can be deceiving. Right now, it’s all up in the air. Your country and my country have come unglued and we are floating. I want to say “Oh, it will be okay,” but I don’t know that. I know that over the long haul, history will correct itself and we’ll get back on the right path. Whether any of us will be alive to see it is a different question.

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                  • Democracy has spoken, for good or ill. As you have said, that is just the way it is. We may not be able to change that…nor, in principle, should we want to. What we can do as individuals though is take responsibility for our actions and be decent human beings regardless of the political mayhem.

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                    • I agree. And getting hysterical and making yourself and everyone else crazy doesn’t improve the situation, so you might as well remember that we don’t live in The Country. We live in our town, with our neighbors. Where we live is local and a lot of the craziness never actually has any direct effect on us. Maybe that’s a provincial way of looking at it, but I think it’s also realistic and it will keep me sane,

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  1. In the morning when I go to the kitchen, there might be some music playing somewhere in the appartment. Today the TV is on and we are getting the results. Do we really want a Trump in the White House, or did we want the Clinton family to live there again. We are Swiss and It seems the first reaction is that our Swiss Franc will get stronger than it already is, so Switzerland is a more expensive country than it was in any case. I am not the expert, but this is not good it seems.

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    • I do not believe we have a choice. In this country, the election IS final. I hate it, but it’s the law of the land. We can just hope that our balance of powers works. It’s not so easy to just ‘change’ things. Things in a country this big don’t happen so fast. So let’s not panic. Yet.

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  2. Marilyn,
    He might have a plan just like he had a plan to get elected. How did he do it / I mean what did he have that Hillary did not ? She had everything going for her- how could this happen ? It is like the big bad wolf winning against the three little pigs.
    Susie

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  3. I stunned, appalled and scared to death of this upcoming Trump Presidency. The KKK is going to be in the White House as of January 2017. The Healthcare law will be repealed, Civil Rights laws be dismantled. This is the beginning of the end for the USA. Every Black, brown, Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, all immigrants should be afraid. After all a year from now none of us may be here. My brother Stephen has Autism. There goes all the goods, services and programs for Disabled Americans.

    We are going backwards to the 18th and 19th slavery Jim Crow days. My ancestors are weeping. I’m terrified!!

    President Trump will keep his promise to Make America White again.

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    • Maybe you are right but I hope you are not. Garry is depressed and we are both scared. But things are rarely as bad as we fear or as calamitous as they seem. So take a breath. Let’s just see how this goes. Because we have no idea who this guy is. He hasn’t shown his cards yet.

      Now … we find out. Really find out.

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      • Wait, this is Al Gore revisited. Hillary won the popular vote, albeit not by much, but the “Electoral College” put Trump over the edge. This is one of the reasons many don’t bother to vote. Why make the effort if the wishes of a majority are ignored in favor of a decision by some mysterious government body. We DO need change but not where politicians think.

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        • We are not a direct democracy. We are a constitutional republic. That’s the way it works and has always worked because it’s part of the constitution. Should the electoral college be overhauled to better represent the population of the states? Yes. They’ve made a few alteration, but not enough. That is not a reason to not vote. If everyone didn’t learn yesterday WHY you need to vote, then I have nothing more to say. Yes, your vote counts more in “battleground” states than in New York, California, or Massachusetts where we are usually blue all the way. Or, for that matter in Montana and Wyoming and Nebraska which are and always will be red all the way. But in Arizona? Michigan? Wisconsin? Florida? Pennsylvania? The states with heavily mixed populations?

          In those states, the reason Trump won was that HIS base VOTED and ours did NOT. Say what you will, we shot our own feet off.

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  4. i saw the announcement this morning splattered across the computer screen. There are no words for this.
    I feel like our side let us down.
    I am also hoping, vainly, that the Trump who tells people what they want to hear whether he means it or not will now stop all the shenanigans and be a grownup. He doesnt have to impress anyone now.

    Breathing slowly.

    I have a good long time friend who is from Peru; his parents came here on a work permit and never bothered to go back, or apply for citizenship. It may be the end of him, and all those other people who pay taxes, work, contribute, but are ‘illegals’.

    I’m numb inside. A very insistent voice says that that business about the so called Hillary emails that surfaced juuussst before the election (and the guy fessed up that it was bogus) was done with a deliberate eye to discredit Hillary, via Trump. it’s his style.

    Gonna go eat ice cream. I’ll get fat. That’ll show ’em.

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    • We are trying to calm down. In any case, where would we go? Clearly we didn’t as a group really “get” the amount of anger and sense of disconnection of so many people. We’re going to have to rethink our relationship with the rest of the country. There’s a cultural divide that very wide and pretty damned deep. What it will ultimately mean? i don’t know. I’m not sure anyone knows. I’m just breathing.

      So on the night the country elects Trump, Massachusetts legalizes marijuana. We’ll need it. Maybe a lot of it.

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    • In the end, citizens will stay. We have a stake in our country and anyway, where would we go, really? I hold dual citizenship with Israel … but honestly, I don’t see dragging Garry to the middle east. This is our home.

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  5. I had to come over and see how you’re doing today. We had around 75% of registered voters head to the polls in our town yesterday. I think the demographics and stats of who, what, where are as interesting as the vote itself. I don’t think the next few months will be boring in DC. 🙂

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    • And for all those people in the battleground states who said it didn’t matter whether or not they voted? They probably don’t even realize that they are the people who sank our ship. The message to “get out and vote” was delivered, heard and acted on. But not by OUR people.

      We are, as we have been so frequently before, the party with a gun pointed at our own feet.

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  6. What is so demoralizing is that we are two countries. She has the popular vote, but that doesn’t count . I think we should either revamp the electorate system or drop it. We need to fasten our seatbelts for a bumpy ride(as Margo said) and remember what Faulkner said, ” They killed us, but we ain’t whooped yet!”

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    • I am trying to just keep from screaming. Honestly, I want this to just go away, but since it is not going to do that, I’m trying to avoid falling into the black hole of despair and fear that’s just lurking, waiting, and giggling softly to itself.

      I know what happened. I just don’t understand how so many people could sell their birthright for a pot of overcooked lentils.

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      • Marilyn, we have to hang in there to encourage our younger generation to find solutions. My fear at the moment is for social security. Without our money, and it is OUR MONEY that we worked for , many of us will not be able to survive. Fear and hate drove the birthright sellers, and they may discover that they will not reap the benefits they were promised. Please don’t let Trump destroy your faith and peace of mind. We need to find ways to support those who are willing and able to put positive plans into play. Love to you and Garry.

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  7. I am not American but today I am , for the first time, in the “America after the election”. I will be here for a few months this winter and it will be interesting to see how things are going. I have many friends here most of them feel the same as you. We must all just take it one day at a time and hope for the best.

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    • That’s pretty much what we are doing. Because no matter what anyone pretends, I don’t think Trump is going away. Elected presidents stay elected in this country. I think a lot of people are going to be very unhappy about it. It’s depressing, to say the least. Try to enjoy the good stuff. This is a beautiful country and with a little luck, we’ll manage to preserve some of it for the future!

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