Part 1 – How Did We Get Here — Hillary Was Just Not The Answer…

slice26This post will start a series called “How Did We Get Here”. Looking back reflectively is something I will likely be doing for some time yet. Mr Trump is getting into the Oval Office due to our failure to comprehend just how drastic some people were to see something, anything different.  The discussion on this topic will likely include politics, human behavior, as well as other life issues.  I will also try to occasionally look back at history for some parallel events.  We need to learn from our mistakes in order to plot a course forward. Let’s get started….

How did we almost completely miss the Trump protest vote? I suspect the answer to that question will take a while to comprehend. But I want to start it off here with thoughts about Hillary.

2016-11-13_09-15-43.pngI was never enthused about a Hillary Clinton presidency.  It seemed more like us becoming a monarchy to me. We just couldn’t keep doing a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. It was time for new leadership. The Democratic establishment determined early on that Hillary would be the nominee and they set about doing whatever it took to make that happen.  I don’t imagine there was much thought given to other possibilities.  But, then there was Bernie. He was the was one person who dared to say they might be wrong. He put up a noble fight but they weren’t ready to counter Trump’s populism stands with some of their own. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if they had.

Hillary, like her husband Bill was never really a Democrat’s Democrat. They both seem to sway with whatever direction the wind blows. I don’t doubt that Hillary was the driving force behind her husband’s political aspirations and when he reach the pinnacle she decided it was her time. Yes, she is a wonk like me but she is just too “establishment” for these unsettled times. We need change, real change, to shake up the gridlock inside the Washington beltway and she just wasn’t that.

For these reasons I was never that enthused about her candidacy. But when Trump managed to bully his way through 16 presidential GOP candidates I chose the lesser of two evils and voted for her. It looks like many others last Tuesday were not as patient to wait for a viable change candidate so they thought it is Trump or the status quo and chose Trump.

Given how polluted our current political environment is I find it hard to see anyone with any integrity being willing to put themselves up for a national office. Will there ever be  a true leader rise up to the challenge of battling the partisan hatred that embeds both political parties?  Hindsight now tells us that Hillary was simply the wrong candidate for these times. I saw that but the alternative was just to scary for me but obviously not for many others like me. God help us in the coming months and years…

About Those Polls

Polls used to be statistically scientific studies of trends and thoughts. Today not so much.  Due to technological changes and just plain laziness polls just don’t have the validity they once had.

2016-11-04_08-54-31.png1. Over time, the percentage of Americans who say they would participate in polls has declined significantly, from nearly one out of three in 1997 to one in 10 in 2016, according to Pew.

2. Half of American households don’t even have landlines. The younger you are, the less likely you are to have ever used a telephone with a cord attached to it.Again, pollsters try to correct for these skews by weighting and finding other ways to sample voters. But every interpolation creates additional room for error, quite apart from the survey’s statistical “margin of error.”

Source: Breaking news: The presidential race is stable

I recently discovered that many of the polls being viewed today come from internet sites which have  pointed political views. These type polls have little to do with a general population but are called “polls” so too many think they are true.

It will be interesting to see just how this election turns out on Tuesday.  Will any of the polls be accurate?  Will one side dominate or will it be a close race? I don’t put too much confidence in polls anymore but I do put confidence that most of us still cling to the idea of civility and decency so my poll says an extreme egomaniac narcissist will not be elected as leader of the free world three days from now.

It really is this simple: Donald Trump should not be president of the United States

I have some pretty strong feeling about the Trump candidacy but no where close to the author of the source below. But I do share is simple conclusion,

TRUMP SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!

Did I shout that loudly enough for you?

Since he clinched the nomination, Trump has managed the seemingly impossible by becoming even more erratic and even less presidential th2016-06-10_09-01-56.pngan he was during the primaries. The insults, the transparent lies, the racist taunting and bullying, the demagoguery, the narcissistic self-obsession, the incapacity to take a position and stick to it, the failure to raise funds and manage a campaign — the man has no business running anything of public consequence, let alone the government of the most powerful nation on the planet.It really is that simple: Donald Trump should not be president of the United States. If there is even a small chance of successfully deposing him at the convention — an act that, if it worked, would deprive him of the means to compete in the general election — it should be undertaken. The alternative is complicity in a politically reckless and blatantly irresponsible endeavor: the attempted election of a candidate who deserves to lose.

Source: It really is this simple: Donald Trump should not be president of the United States

I don’t think Mr Trump is an idiot but his actions certainly indicate that.  I have an idea that he really doesn’t want to be president so he is saying the most outrageous things to finally turn people away.  The problem with that is that the more outrageous he rants the more his “base” cheers!! I just can’t fathom what the thoughts are behind that group.

Are his supporters so pissed off about almost everything that they want to take down the U.S into flaming oblivion? They didn’t get their share so they are hoping that the next time around they will be luckier.  Or do they actually believe that he can “fix” anything? Either way that group scares me to tarnation.  We have had a good 240 year existence, is that about to end?  I don’t know but I kind of hope we can hold it together at least as long as I am walking this earth🙂.   I don’t expect I have more than a decade or so left, can we at least hold it together that long? I certainly would appreciate it…

Great Britain’s reign lasted about that length of time and so did the Roman empire.  Have we run our course? Is it time for another country/belief system to take over. I can see China is chomping at the bits to have their time at the throttle.  Would communism prove to be more long lasting than capitalism? Maybe we will soon have a chance to test that out.

Is Trump the beginning of the end for the USA and its form of democracy? Is this where the wings fall off our soaring aspirations of diversity? I don’t think I will be around when it happens but they say that everything on the Internet will always be around so maybe these words to serve as an “I told you so” after I am dead and buried.

I didn’t count them but this post probably has the most question marks of any I have written.  :)

It’s Got To Change…

2016-06-07_08-02-26.pngI am definitely hoping, praying even, that the GOP is decisively rejected in the coming election. With Trump at the top of the ticket, and my faith in the sanity of most of us in the U.S. , I can see that very possibly happen.  If it happens it will finally turn the Supreme Court away from it radically conservative base and allow for fundamental change to happen.  The first thing that needs to change is not about gun control but instead about our elections process.

In 2012, Democratic candidates for Congress received more votes than Republican candidates. For the first time in 40 years, the party that received the most votes failed to take control of the House. The people did vote for candidates who believed in gun-control reforms. Obama had it backward: it’s the Republican mapmakers who gerrymandered our democracy so effectively after the GOP’s historic 2010 victory who have made it hard for the voters to affect elections. The strategy was dubbed REDMAP, for Redistricting Majority Project, and it was brilliant in its execution. With $30 million or less than the cost of some losing Senate races — smartly spent in the right districts in the right states — Republican strategists turned the House of Representatives red for a decade, and maybe longer.

SOURCE: The GOP screwed themselves: The brilliant gerrymander that gave Republicans the Congress — and created Donald Trump – Salon.com

Computers are great things that have advanced our society in numerous ways but that power is also used by the dark side.  It is used for elected officials to chose their voters and that is definitely not what the framers of our country intended. In previous posts on this topic I have showed you the utter stupidity of how congressional maps are drawn. With enough computing power now available making sure that your guy gets elected is almost a sure thing.  Majority rule is no longer valid when it comes to electing  so many of our federal office holders.

It seems the only way that will happen is to take gerrymandering to the Supreme Court and declare it unconstitutional, which it surely is. We need to either take the ability to set up congressional districts away from State governments or strictly regulate how they are determined at least for federal elections.  If we put some sense back into this process the will of the people will once again be accomplished.

Yes, there are simply too many guns in the hands of too many unstable people in this country and that must  change but the more damaging practice of rigging elections strikes at the bedrock of our democracy. It has got to end and end soon…