Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Failed Revolution

"When someone shows you who they are believe them, the first time" - Maya Angelou

Did we do this with Donald Trump?  At first I thought we had not. But now Im starting to wonder.   Its seems that most of the people who voted for Trump might know and appreciate what they are getting. And I mean the misogyny, racism, brashness, disrespect; an overall opposite of how we would like our children to be.

But will that work for them?  It worked for them on election night.  Because it felt good.

Going forward I don't think its going to feel great.

First of all Trump is a person who likes power. The kind of power that is unquestioned.  He is going to be surprised and frustrated by how little of it he will have as President.  He is used to all those working for him to act without question on his demand.  The President does not have that kind of power.

Secondly, Trump loves attention.  His constituents gave him a lot of it, while those who opposed him gave him none, mostly because they didn't think he had a chance.  Now those who opposed him are giving him a lot of attention and this makes him feel good.  During the election campaign he had to wander for from Trump Tower to find attention. In the Whitehouse they will be everywhere.  From Paul Ryan to Nancy Pelosi. Whether they agree with him or not they now are considering him and this will be the way to his heart.

Trump will forget his constituents.  They will be left high and dry by the trust fund boy they hoped will crush the elite.  He is that elite.  Its all he knows.

We are not ready for a second American Revolution. And certainly not one being lead by a poser.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Where the White Women at?

Funny line from Blazing saddles, not so funny realization by the Clinton campaign, and all those who voted against Trump. I say against Trump because it doesn't seem like many voted with Clinton which is probably one of a few reasons she lost.

But back to the white women, or all women for that matter.  Voting for a self proclaimed misogynist against a woman does not seem like a smart move if you are at all serious about gender matter what the circumstances. Not even pro-life or a bully for a husband, he's not allowed to be with when you vote...and then lie!!!

53% of white women voted for Trump, 23% of Hispanics did the same.

Progress doesn't happen overnight but it doesn't happen at all unless a step in the right direction is taken.

I think that the gender discrimination in this country is far worse then that of race, it's just weaved into the fabric of our consciousness so is much harder to discern. But yet those being discriminated against have immense power since they represent 50% of the population.

As Seth Godin says..."The awesome power of the well organized crowd"

Next time this opportunity presents itself the women better have a little get together and be a little clearer on what is most important.

I think we all would agree that a giant step forward in gender equality will bring a lot of other equality along with it!!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

There you have it!

President Trump.

Trump won because those who voted for him were not unified.

Clinton's supporters were not unified for her, they were unified against Trump and that was not enough.  How many times did we hear people who voted for Hilary be sure to express their distaste for her as a candidate,  because of corruption, emails, etc etc.

Some people who voted for Trump did the same, but not his core.  His core wanted Trump in the Whitehouse, and that caught on.

Clinton's own supporters expressed doubt, and that caught on.  Our lack of unity behind Clinton ended in her defeat.  And now we are devastated, because Trump will be President.

But now we are unified.  Unified in our disappointment, horror, shock.   This is the unity we needed yesterday, but we have it today and now we will get somewhere...this is the unity that is needed for transformation.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Don't Forget!

Trump has never done anything good.  At least I can't seem to find anything.  Everything he has done is an attempt at self service.  Perhaps his family, but by observing the family dynamic that we are privy to, everything seems to be build around Trump.   
Trump regales us with expert use of words like "Very" and "Big" and "A lot" but beyond that there is no depth.  Since he cannot really articulate his policies, I turned to his website which describes his policies well.  I stopped reading after the theme was that his policies ready feel un-executeable.   More-so than Bernie's pipe dreams.  Trump dreams big which is admirable but his intention is questionable and his resulting failures are at the expense of others not.  His bid dreams that did come to fruition rely heavily on debt, tax creativity and the bankruptcy law, and also at the expense of others money and dreams.
“Anyone who’s ever had their kitchen done over,” he said, “knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would.” 
Those are Reagan's words after the 4th deadly attack on American installations in Beirut.  
Clinton may have straddled the law in her pursuit of executing policy.  But at least she has gotten stuff done.  Even Trump called her relentless.  And even if you have to believe that her intention is self serving you cannot deny that she has done good in the process.  
If I were an NRA member I would cringe at the thought of Trump in the Whitehouse.  He wouldn't know a gun if it was wedged in his belt.  Neither would Clinton, but again at least she'll get something done.  A good friend of mine has an arsenal in his garage.  I on the other hand don't.  But we both have the same option about gun control.  People who don't know how to handle a gun and people who are a threat to the country's security should not own guns.  If we all closed our eyes and listened to the words we would hear the same opinion across the aisle. Question is who will do something about it?
We must not forget, or we will be sorely disappointed. Don't forget that in 1960 people thought that Kennedy and Nixon were both bad choices for president.  Don't forget how you felt about George Bush.  Don't forget about everything we've learned about how Trump has conducted himself in business and socially.  Don't forget that Hilary has done a lot of good for this country.
Would you rather have Trump or Clinton taking your kid on a field trip?