Posted December 19, 2016on:
For years now, I’ve been writing these posts. Sometimes it is once a week. Sometimes more. I always start out with a cheery “good morning” or “good day” whatever – well, not today. Today all I can muster is a chipper, “Thank goodness there’s only twelve more days in this lousy year!”
Having gotten up on the wrong side of my keyboard this morning, I’m sick beyond words of hearing how Hillary wasn’t perfect. How she didn’t go to Wisconsin. How she didn’t spend enough time in Michigan. How she didn’t speak to the white working class. And on and on it goes – Hillary just wasn’t perfect.
First and most decidedly foremost, never has a candidate for President been held to a standard of perfection. If the standard was perfection, the 1st through the 44th would never have taken the oath.
Second, the press bears an enormous amount of responsibility for what is about to befall the country. Of course with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, they can only caterwaul about Hillary’s imperfection. They fail to acknowledge, let alone own, the three networks devoted three times as much airtime to Hillary’s emails as they did to all policy issues combined.
Third, no one other than Nate Silver has the integrity to point out; Hillary lost four states, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, by one percentage point or less. According to Silver, if not for Comey and the Russians, Hillary would have won each state by at least two points and her strategy, along with her imperfections, would have been stellar.
Fourth and this is where I’ve been heading, if a writer or commentator can’t keep two thoughts in their mind at the same time – Hillary might not have been perfect, but Comey and the Russians changed the outcome of this election – I no longer have time to wallow in their puddles of ignorance. I invite you to join me.
I no longer have time to listen to anyone who fails to acknowledge the Tangerine Turd is more or less neck-and-neck with Michael Dukakis when it comes to percentage of vote: Turd 46.17% and Dukakis 45.65%.
No longer will I patronize anyone’s work who fails to correct the notion that Herr Trumpenfuhrer won the popular vote. Such is a false assumption of 52% of Republicans and a full 60% of Trumpinista-type voters without a college degree.
Never again will I listen to some mind-numbing recitation by an overly veneered, pretty-haired pundit, as they stare into the camera and pronounce the Democratic Party a coastal party with nothing to offer the morally superior, hardworking, churched-up, white people who make up the backbone of the country.
When you break it down, the Trumpanzee was particularly attractive in cow pastures where he carried over 2,500 counties. On the other hand, the imperfect Hillary only carried 472, but those 472 counties account for almost two-thirds of all the economic activity in the country.
Draining the swamp has turned out to be more of a gauche, over-the-top Trump bedazzling rehab. So far the transition cluster-fornication has turned: (1) The economy over to Goldman Sachs; (2) Foreign relations and the environment over to coiffured mud engineers; (3) National security coordination over to an Islamophobic nutter; (4) Economic forecasting over to someone who plays an economist on teevee; and (5) The budget over to a Freedom Caucus fringer who sees nothing wrong with defaulting on the national debt.
What could go wrong?
If you are worrying about Herr Trumpenfuhrer being a “Siberian Candidate,” I’ll leave you with this thought. The old Soviet economy could not sustain a military and also feed its citizens. Like a slow motion game of drunken Jenga, their whole system collapsed in on itself.
With a GDP about the size of Italy, Putin knows he can’t compete with the United States. So how does he reinvigorate Russia with a stature of a bygone era? Under the laws of Sun Tzu, the answer is simple – by lowering the stature of the enemy.
If he had a magic wand, Putin might cripple the fiscal prowess by reducing taxes in a manner that would cap spending and increase the already staggering wealth gap. At the same time he might kindle internal unrest by slashing domestic spending. It would also be handy if he could make the citizens less healthy by curtailing health care and further stretching the social safety net. And a nice start to all of this would be cultivating distrust in democratic institutions.
Sun Tzu said it best, “Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby, you can be the director of the opponent’s fate. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
If only there was a perfect candidate. If only…
What’s on your mind today?
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