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Winning, Losing, and Whining

Winning, Losing, and Whining

Why (almost) everyone is a loser this cycle

 

First, it was Trump, widely expected to lose and making baseless claims of rampant voter fraud.

Now that the results are in, it’s Jill Stein raising $5M+ (more than her campaign raised) for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Hillary’s camp is on board. Why not? Nothing left to lose.

If that’s not enough, it’s now Trump claiming he won the popular vote and millions voted illegally for Hillary. Great.

 

Let’s get real.

Count. Recount. Count again. Trump won. He’s going to be president. The recount money is about as well spent as this money.

Jill Stein knows she isn’t going to win. There’s no chance this flips for Hillary. And if the laughably ignorant Dr. Stein preferred an outcome other than a Trump presidency, she should have backed the Democratic nominee. Instead, she continues to put her personal fame ahead of smart political calculus. She won 50K votes in Michigan. Hillary lost by 10k. This race was closer than some other swing state surprises, but you can do the math. (Swing state third-party voters — WTF? Seriously, WTF?)

This recount effort, much like the medically (and mentally?) unsound Dr’s sad campaign, isn’t about politics. This is Dr. Stein opportunistically drawing upon widespread rage and disappointment in a desperate and vain attempt to burnish her reputation and remain relevant for a few more days. Go home doc, the party’s over. And folks, stop donating! You could burn that cash for heat.

 

There’s still no widespread fraud

It was a lie when Trump started it. It remains untrue despite his win and his recent outlandish claims. We all know he’s a sore loser. Now we know he’s also a piss poor winner. I’m shocked!

 

Great expectations, miserable failure?

Hillary has to own her loss. The country is, on the whole, in pretty great shape and she lost to an angry sweet potato. That’s a bad loss.

 

There are no winners, but…

There’s one candidate who is decidedly less of a loser today than the rest. He’s a dimwit who is unfit for the presidency, but it’s fair to say that, both before election day and since, he’s acquitted himself in a more dignified manner than his competitors. Electorally, his performance was about as expected, despite knowing little of the world. His earning 5% of the vote, with few brain cells firing, a highly questionable track record in NM, and little money offers hope that a better third-party candidate might one day be relevant. (I can hope, right?)

As importantly, he’s ridden off into the sunset (on his bike and blazing a joint?) without making a fool of himself. Yes, the same guy who fakes heart attacks.

 

We get another crack at this soon enough. The 2020 campaigns will start in a little more than two years. Let’s do better, ok?

 

But from this moment, every day and forever, support and defend our democracy. It’s baseless and classless for both sides to malign the process. The process is great and it’s incumbent upon all of us to support and defend it, even when we disagree with the results.

 

Trump Translation Guide

Trump Translation Guide:  Promises vs Reality

After running the most fact-free campaign ever, President-elect Trump is already backpedaling on many of his promises and he’ll find it impossible to make good on others. As such, I’ll try to maintain this “Trump Translation Guide”, distilling his middle school social studies education, Forrest Gump-like command of the language, and reckless overpromising into what he means, or what might actually happen.

There’s a pattern here and it’s more than ‘everything he says is BS’. While true, on a policy level there is increasingly less daylight between him, Hillary, and Obama.

Congratulations Trump voters! For little difference in policy, you elected the least prepared, most obnoxious candidate ever.

This isn’t a fact check, so much as a reality check.  It should be fun.

 

Build a wall, get Mexico to pay for it:

  • Maybe a fence in some places.
  • Mostly an investment in border security.
  • Mexico is NOT going to pay for it, unless indirectly via US consumers.

Deport 14M illegals:

Repeal and replace Obamacare:

  • Not taking insurance away from 20M people.
  • Keeping protections for pre-existing conditions and kids under 26.
  • No word on the individual mandate.
  • It will get the fixes it needs. This is inevitable and not a partisan issue.

Drain the swamp:

  • Load up on insiders and immediately hire supporters, irrespective of personal qualities.

Mitt Romney is such a loser:

  • Have you met my Secretary of State?

 

I know more than the generals:

  • About my insane hair.

 

Mosul is such a disaster:

  • I don’t have a plan, but criticizing everything seems to get me on TV.

 

I’ll keep (I kept) that business in the US:

  • Not according to Carrier.
  • Ford was never leaving Kentucky for Mexico.

 

“Lock her up!”:

  • Nah, just kidding.

 

Global warming, the Chinese hoax:

  • Maybe, just maybe, even I am not that dumb.

 

There’s plenty more and there’s no end in sight. The upside is that his caving on these issues brings him closer to a normal, centered reality that’s better for all of us.

Totally worth hiring an incompetent asshole to do most of the same things as an accomplished policy wonk with some flaws, a frosty personality, and a love of pantsuits.

Trump Protesters – Go Home

Trump Protesters — it’s time to go home.

 

I know you expected a different outcome. I did. Most of the world did, including, if we and they are honest, many of Trump’s own supporters. That contributes to the shock value of the result. That’s fair.

Stop the “Not My President” bullshit. Don’t like me calling it what it is? Tough. How obscenely racist would that hashtag have been in 2008? You’re arguing the results of a clean and fair election. You lost. I lost. She lost. But the process is fair and final. He is your president and mine, no matter your opinion. Stop with the absurd petitions to stop him and anoint Hillary. It’s not happening, and anyone with more than a couple of functioning brain cells should know that.

Imagine the hew and cry if Trump supporters were in the streets and chanting “Lock Her Up”. You’d be in a tizzy. You’d call it treasonous and want the protesters arrested immediately for crimes against your feelings, and the state.

Take a step back and recognize that no one is saying this about you. You have every right to have your feelings heard, but know that all you’re doing is expressing your feelings. You’re not protesting anything in particular, rather simply expressing disappointment and frustration, with an understandable dose of fear.

I understand your frustration and concern. I do. Trump said some horrible things and campaigned on a platform built on lies, innuendo, fear, and bigotry… fill in the undesirable attribute of your choosing. There is legitimate cause for concern over many of his proposals, much of his rhetoric, the broader Republican party platform, and the motivations of some who supported him. But nothing has actually happened yet. Your grievance is with his words. You are not aggrieved.

By protesting words, and worse, blocking roadways, and doing property damage (sounds a lot like rioting), you’re affirming the belief of many Trump supporters that we are, increasingly, a weak nation of thin-skinned children. Prove them wrong by accepting the results of our robust democratic process, even when you don’t like the result. Grow up. Go home.

Gear up to protest things that actually happen and have real-world implications. Emboldened by a dramatic win and with control of Congress, Trump and the Republicans may well try to do some horribly regressive shit. Protest then. Protest that. Demand the best of your elected leaders. Save it for actual policy disputes, things that matter and are real.

Go home. There’s nothing to protest right now. Not yet.

Make your vote count!

 

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Sick of all the political posts? Tough shit, snowflake. It’s the most important thing in the world right now and some people clearly need more information. Make your vote count!
 
Vote however you like. If you’re undecided, well… I’m glad the docs were able to awaken you from the long coma.
 
But on a tactical level, those of in swing states (other than UT) need to know the following:
 
Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is going to be our next president. Odds are excellent that they’re not your top two choices, but one of them IS GOING TO BE PRESIDENT. (It’s going to be Hillary, in a landslide, but that’s not the point of this post.)
 
If you’re in a swing state and considering a third party candidate, just write in Mickey Mouse. Or stay home. It’s all the same. There are many ways to avoid what might be (but shouldn’t be) a difficult decision. Just don’t pat yourself on the back and sport an “I voted” sticker after you effectively put your ballot in the trash. It’s your right, of course, but you did not perform your civic duty. You punted.
There’s no honor in a “principled” rejection of the process. (I’m looking at you, John Kasich.) And it doesn’t matter what you, I, or anyone else thinks of your 3rd, 4th, or nth party candidate. He/she isn’t going to be president. That much we know.

“It’s just one vote”
Sure, but let’s have mass action, instead of mass inaction decide this, ok?
 “I wish there were more / better choices”
As do most people, myself included. But this is where we are today. You can participate or punt.

Please participate.