Living in France, we’re 6 hours ahead of the U. S. east coast so election night I went to bed while the polls were still open, pretty confident the next morning I wake up to the first woman President. My wife Cynthia, however, didn’t share my confidence and, unable to sleep, was up half the night keeping track of the results. Around 5 a.m. I was awakened to. “You gotta get up!That assholes gonna win and I can watch it by myself.”
We have access to a couple of U.S. news channels here but Europeans were almost as concerned about this election as we were so finding the election results was not a problem. The winner hadn’t yet been declared but it was obvious Hillary couldn’t win and I found myself with the same feeling of dread as on September 11. From now on, nothing would be the same again and the change in America and Americans wasn’t going to be good. This time, though, instead of thousands of non-existent Muslim in Jersey City cheering the collapse of the Twin Towers, it’s millions of Americans cheering the potential collapse of American democracy.
After a month of this train wreck, dumpster fire, cluster-fuck the feeling has only gotten worse. The only news I’ve read that could be construed as a silver lining in all of this is that, with the official closing SarahPAC, we might finally be rid once and for all of one right-wing moron.
Speaking of morons, it should be obvious by now, even to the dimmest bulb, not only does SCROTUS not seem to have a very good brain but is in fact proving to be a complete fucking imbecile. The leaks pouring out of the White House seem to designed to expose precisely that.
There is so much shit coming in already that it’s overwhelming and I can’t even remember where I’ve read what. None of it is anything less than frightening and depressing. If there is a positive aspect, apart from the aforementioned demise of the Alaskan airhead, it’s that a shitload of non-Republicans are finally being roused out of their inattention. Unfortunately, we’re so far in a hole that it doesn’t look good anytime soon, considering that even if SCROTUS is impeached, resigns, is deposed or drops dead, the GOP still controls everything and probably will for the foreseeable future.
What I find most disturbing is that non-Rebublicans seem to be the only ones concerned with this administrations cozy relationship with the Russians. I’m glad I don’t have to talk to any right-wingers but I would like to ask all the folks who voted Republican based on national security issues why Hillary’s emails are worse than Mike Flynn’s dealings with the Russians? By the way, both Republicans in Congress who are responsible for investigating ethics and national security issues, Chaffetz and Nunes, say they have no intention of investigating Flynn.
And it just keeps getting worse. For at least the past 25 years, Republicans have been impugning the patriotism of the Democrats. In fact, I seem to recall a lot of talk about Barack Obama probably being a communist. Now we have a indications of a shady relationship between the Russians and the President of the United States and all Republicans can say is, “Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.” Furthering their agenda is more important than national security. Rand Paul admitted as much.
Today in the NY Times, I read an op-ed titled “Are liberals helping Trump?” and it was one more hand wringing look at the misunderstood SCROTUS voter. Has anybody ever seen a sympathetic account of conservatives trying to understand liberals? I didn’t think so. And why is everyone opposed to SCROTUS and conservatives automatically branded as liberal. I’ve never thought of myself as being particularly liberal, although I certainly take their side. Look, these people are responsible for the man who is already certain to be the worst president in American history. They knew what he was like and voted for him anyway. Misunderstood? No shit. Fuck them.