Posted May 11, 2016on:
E.L.E. (pronounced Ellie) was an anthropomorphic character from the movie Deep Impact. At first in the movie, E.L.E. was supposed to be the politically earth-shattering mistress of the Treasury Secretary, but in reality it only turned out to be a meteor the size of Texas bearing down on the Earth. So E.L.E. was an Extinction Level Event.
In the movie the meteor was blown into two pieces. One was a smaller survivable chunk and the other section remained extinction level in size. According to Reuters/Ipsos polling, that is the way voters see this election. The difference is whether it is Trump or Hillary as the extinction level event. According to the polling, a majority of voters for both are voting solely to stop the other from being President.
Let me make sure I effectively communicate this insanity: To stop Hillary from being President, voters will vote for a mango-hued man who proposes to build a 2,000 mile $100 Billion wall, ban Muslims, promises to tear up international trade deals, cut taxes adding $9.5 Trillion to the deficit, allow nuclear technology to spread, blow up the international monetary system, withdraw from NATO, round-up 12 million people and summarily deport them.
The backbone of this E.L.E. cheering section are white men angered by the loosening of their stranglehold on the reins of power. They are angered about their tax dollars being spent for “Those People”. Their anger about women, people of color, and those whom they consider morally suspect having seats at the table is menacing and apocalyptic to their world. Bring on the E.L.E.! How could it get worse than having to share power?
I know what you are thinking – old Prolix is dealing in hyperbole and metaphorical overkill. Ya think? Look at the real life existence in pre-E.L.E. red states:
Red states all have significantly lower life expectancy than blue states, owing to much higher incidences of diabetes, obesity, stroke and heart disease.
Red states have much higher rates of uninsured citizens, death, food stamp recipients and Medicaid recipients.
The 10 poorest states in the nation are all red states and 97 of the 100 poorest counties are in red states.
The median income is much lower in red states than in blue states.
Red states have a higher percentage of population abusing drugs.
Of the 12 states with the highest murder rates, 10 are red states.
Of the top 10 states with the highest teenage pregnancy rates, nine are red states.
Of the top 15 states with the highest per capita execution rate, 13 are red states.
The incarceration rate is much higher in red states.
Property crimes rates are higher in red states than in blue states.
Divorce rates are significantly higher in red states.
Abstinence-only sex education is more prevalent in red states, which accounts for the fact that of the states with the highest teenage pregnancy rates, nine of the top ten are red states.
Deaths from firearms are higher in red states and red states export more firearms than blue states.
There are significantly more white supremacists hate groups in red states than in blue states.
The cynical, independent observer might characterize the citizens of red states as impoverished, poorly educated economic parasites with violent tendencies, poor health habits, drug and alcohol addiction issues, with criminal records, who shoot each other, cheat on their spouses, beat and impregnate their children before they get caught in the death chamber express.
So for those living in the topsy-turvy hell of a red state, allowing Donald Trump access to the nuclear launch codes isn’t really so much of an E.L.E. reach, especially when compared to electing Hillary Clinton, the most qualified individual to ever run for the office.
From where I’m sitting, if a democracy even contemplates such a hackney-eyed proposition, it may very well be a real Extinction Level Event.
I have a couple of hundred words left in my self-imposed 800 word limit. Here are a few interesting articles:
Professor Krugman writes about false equivalencies and the white-washing, literally and figuratively, of Trump supporters in Truth and Trumpism. He follows up with an article about the lack of hard thinking and Why I Haven’t Felt the Bern.
I always believe debunking myths, especially if they are widely held, is a good use of energy. This economic article, The Economy is Rigged and Other Presidential Campaign Myths, is a good investment of time.
Trump now has 26 full-blown, four Pinocchio whoppers, which accounts for nearly 70 percent of Trump’s statements that have been fact checked. You might say, “He’s YUGE when it comes to lying.”
The BernieBros should be checking the couch cushions for loose change because Sorry, Bernie fans. His health care plan is short $17,000,000,000,000.
There’s a call to wake-up and smell the emails because even though Hillary Clinton is going to be exonerated on the email controversy. It won’t matter.
And I leave you with this explanation of the North Carolina gentlemen so concerned over privacy unless you have scary lady parts that just scream for transvaginal ultrasounds. This stroke of .gif genius is from Ann Telnaes of The Washington Post.
What’s on your mind?
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