This was never a traditional election. It was a referendum on a corrupt political establishment, which gave the faltering middle class no other way to vote against the multinationals consuming us like flesh-eating bacteria.
Because the 1 Percent tried to defend the status quo by submarining the only legitimate agent for change in either party in Bernie Sanders. Just as they did with the Brexit vote.
Trump could be a dictator, a crook, or the sweeping change needed to remove the rot in the American social fiber. There’s no way to know yet.
The 70-year-old is too old to make it as a dictator, especially in a nation that would take decades to transform into the kind of place a despot could rule. Adolf Hitler was 44 when he rose to power. Benito Mussolini was 39.
We’ll get an early indication of who Trump plans to be in his treatment of Hillary. The billionaire developer vowed to throw the icon of the political class in prison after the election. If he follows through when he assumes office Jan. 20, look out.
If not, we’ve probably got a financial opportunist on our hands. That’s something the crooks in Congress and their friends on Wall Street can live with. The Dems and Republicans have the votes to impeach him at will if they work together and their paymasters have the money to buy him off if that’s all Trump is really about.
Re-energizing marginalized supremacist groups whenthey lost. Both times.
Fighting back against monied interests was more important to me than whether a candidate had internal or external genitalia. I took a lot of grief for it from Hillary Clinton supporters who wrapped themselves in the vagina flag.
I supported Bernie Sanders in the primary but found both Hillary and Trump unpalatable in the general election. So I voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead.
I don’t know from personal experience, but I’m pretty sure she’s female. Might even have a vagina.
Stein wound up with about 1 percent of the vote. Hillary and Trump both got about 48 Percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson came away with just 3 Percent.
The real question is how the corrupt political class in DC ever became so arrogant, greedy, stupid and insulated from reality. Same things times two for their paymasters among the predatory hedge-funds and private equity funds of Wall Street.
We’re taking about a Clinton family that accrued an incredible $153 million in bribes from the big banks carving up the middle class from 2001 to 2014, in what may be the worst example of political corruption in U.S. history. The two lawyers made these protection payments legal by reclassifying them as “speaking fees.”
Only a fucking moron would think a member of such a crooked duo was even remotely electable. Or a sheltered member of the 1 Percent and their well paid lackeys in the 10 Percent.
The same arrogant Democratic Party is home to a Senate Minority leader in Nancy Pelosi who built an $89 million fortune largely on insider trading tips from her friends in the multinational corporate world.
Surely, these fools had to know their “Come to Jesus moment” was in the wind.
Decent working people were voting against this garbage when they voted against Hillary Clinton. Not for someone who has never done a real day of work in their life.
Hillary focused on traditional victim groups, but largely ignored the suffering of working class whites. She said almost nothing about the 22 veterans now taking their lives each day versus a death rate of 0.8 a day at the height of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. They matter to me.
Hillary sad almost nothing about the 22 percent increase in suicides among middle aged whites since 1999. They matter, too.
She said almost nothing about the boarded up Main Streets that abound in the areas she and her fellow elites call “Flyover Country” and “The Rustbelt.”
And she lost because of it. Giving us four years of a silver spoon conman named Donald Trump.
To quote Saint Theresa of Avila: “More tears have been shed over prayers granted than ignored.”
They were neither racists nor sexists. And they matter.
The Revolt of the Elites that began in 1980 is clearly over. The self described Masters of the Universe are what’s for dinner politically now.
What’s next for the faltering middle class remains to be seen. There’s little doubt some opportunistic trash will be drawn to the blood in the water, along with the patriots trying to serve the greater good.
There’s a Chinese quotation to the effect “may you live in interesting times” and we’re certainly doing that right now in the U.S. However, very few fans of the quotation realize it’s a curse rather than some sagacious saying.
Social media, Wikileaks, Anonymous and the Internet are achieving the same thing right now with government control of information.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “the narrower the social pyramid the more unstable the society.” We simply cannot have a society in which two-thirds of the population are “losers,” just so the privileged assholes at the top can feel good about themselves.
Trading one set of privilege assholes for another is not the change people are clamoring for.
Hillary was never a champion of either women or the middle class. If she’d really been a feminist she would have stepped aside and pushed the principled Elizabeth Warren forward as the first female president. If she had cared about the faltering middle class as much she claimed at election time then global markets would not have tanked after her defeat.
They’ve all been twisted into lie machines that support the misleading narratives favored by the Rockefellers, Bloombergs and Murdochs of the world.
I’ve got a hint for you and your buddies in the 1 Percent. You know those places you derisively refer to as “Flyover Country” and “Rustbelt?” That’s your country. Always was. Always will be.
What happens there matters. How do I know?
I live there. And I’m not a citizen of the world. I’m a citizen of the United States you establishment pukes are supposed to be leading. Rather than looting.
As a liberal who has suffered mightily in recent years due to job destruction my feelings about this election are mixed. I quake at the specter of new Kristallnachts and pogroms, because I know poor and working class Jews like me historically pay for the sins of rich Jews in revolutionary times. Like the Bloombergs and Madoffs of Wall Street.
On the other hand, change is in the wind. And that’s preferable to the continued slow death of the faltering middle class I love, honor and cherish.
The rhino is the faltering middle class. It’s really big, really angry, and totally capable of sweeping all before it once it gets everything moving in the same direction.
However, it’s eyesight is not so good. Those of us in traditional victim groups can only hope it goes for its tormentors on Wall Street and doesn’t turn on us instead.
Because divide and conquer is the 1 Percent game plan.
Always has been. Always will be.
They turn us on ourselves every chance they get and we fall for it over and over again.