Although trump convinced his cult followers that he would clean up washington and stop the control of elites- since he is one of those dreaded elites and he is filling his cabinet with the most wealthiest people we have ever seen, it was quite the lie that he sold his followers.
I call them a cult as they have no real basis in reality for trusting that a billionaire businessman and reality star would actually care about what happens to them. Like all cults it takes a good con man to actually sell his followers to trust him no matter what. Trump is a very good con man and has convinced his followers that if they only elect him to office then he will make ‘america great again’. Of course his idea of what will make america great is not what his followers think. He means that he will make america run and owned by the very elite that he convinced his followers he was not.
When you look at his cabinet and notice that 4 retired generals are part of that cabinet and the fact that he plans to keep his own security with secret service also, it’s not hard to see the possibility of a dictator taking over control of our government.
I wish that I didn’t feel this overwhelming sadness at what any sane person can see is happening-
I know – my headline is rather dramatic but it’s how its feel. Never in my life (in my 60s) have I seen a campaign like this one, much less a president-elect who acts like Trump. We have evidence of a foreign power interfering with our election and the FBI who also purposely interfered in the election process and yet everyone acts like thats not really a big deal. You know- the comments like get over it- trump won and stop being a baby- trump won. Actually Trump did not win- he lost the popular vote by close to 3 million votes and won the electoral college by the 48th lowest in history. Now he meets with foreign diplomats and ceo’s of large corporations including the Tech industry and includes his grown children in these meetings. He refuses to distance himself from his extensive holdings all around the world and refuses to stop having his grown children involved in presidential meetings.
Now he wants to control who can be involved in white house press and who sits where and who will be allowed to cover the white house. He wants to elect a retired general who only retired 3 years ago and since by law it has to be 7, of course the republicans included in a must pass bill a waiver allowing him to elect this general. There will be no checks and balances in our government. Every member of his administration that he is picking is in favor of eliminating the department they will control. His Sec of State has extensive interests in Russia and will see great profit by working with russian oil corporations. The pick for dept of energy sits on the board of the oil corporation trying to cross indian reservation property in N Dakota.
So, yes we are watching the demise of our country and seeing the trump cult followers cheer madly for that demise.
What happens when a foreign country tries to influence our election and the president elect laughs it off and says that he is smarter than our CIA or other intelligence gathering officials? There is clear evidence that russia played a role in our elections and also clear evidence of the close ties that trump and his ‘cabinet’ have to russia. Yet the trump cult followers back trump and claim that it’s all liberal lies because Clinton lost. One commenter today on a site i visited claimed that russia is a such a good country and we should all be happy to be ‘friends’ with them. When i commented that the intentions of a dictatorship is not a friendly country i was called an ignorant child and after all it was clinton that was bad and only trump can save our country.
His pick for sec of state is the ceo of Exxon oil and also has investments with russia on oil projects. We are watching the sale of our country to the highest bidder and the trump cult followers are cheering it on.
There are days when I feel like we went down the rabbit hole into Alice in wonderland or an episode of twilight zone. Of course having a reality star run his campaign like a reality show just makes it even more surreal.
How did we get here? Is it the failing of our education coupled with a media that is nothing but propaganda for corporate interests? Is there anything we can do as citizens to mitigate the coming chaos?
So i am back to my original question what happens when the president elect says he is so smart that he doesn’t have to listen to our countries intelligence gathering operatives?
There have been now 5 times that the popular voted candidate lost the electoral college vote, but never has the popular vote been this much of a discrepancy. The closest would have been gore who won almost a million more popular votes than bush but still lost the electoral college vote.
It has effectively silenced our voice and given a louder vote to those states that are given more electoral votes than other states. This is an atrocity and needs to be fixed before it happens again. Just like with bush Jr , the people voted for the best candidate and our country suffered for the choice of the electoral college vote win.
Somehow I think that this time will be even worse for our country judging by the cabinet that trump is creating. There are several retired generals being put into positions of power and that is not a good thing. There is a reason why the military is not part of the civilian government because in too many cases that leads to military takeovers of government..I and not saying that will happen but hey- I never thought that there would ever be a man like Trump elected as president, so anything is possible.
I think its time for the peoples voice to count and to eliminate the archaic electoral college and let popular vote decided the race. That way everyone’s voice is equal- one voice equals one vote. We no longer have slave states with few voters or remote states with few voters and that is just one more reason to eliminate the electoral college. Hopefully by next vote that will be changed.
With our very first paycheck we have medicare and SS taken out thus making these two programs one that we pay into and not an entitlement that the government can just take away or privatize. Yet the president elect has appointed Price to the position that would have the ability to destroy our healthcare options including Medicare.
I wonder if all those elderly people who voted for trump actually realized what they were doing. Yet it appears that the trump cult followers still are in awe of the ‘idol’ they helped elect. Do you think that awe will still be there when they see the actions of a republican held congress (actually the house has been held since 2010 and the senate since 2014} with a republican president who is creating a cabinet of the most rabid right wing people?
Ryan has for years wanted to privatize medicare – we would still pay for it but get much inferior care and cost way more. Good for the richest but not so good for the majority of us. Of course now they say that they will just eliminate the ACA and possibly replace it down the line. So now along with making medicaid a block grant to the states and repealing without replacing the ACA, they now want to eliminate medicare as we now know it.
Elections have consequences and its sad that those who voted for trump and those who refused to even vote are now going to be rather surprised at what they voted or didn’t vote for to happen.
Of course actually the people chose Clinton with a 2.5 million votes more than Trump-our antiquated electoral college was won by trump- but that’s a subject for another blog.
Peace and stay involved please
It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
I am sure that governor McCrory thought his voter purges and gerrymandering of the districts would ensure he won the race for governor. It didn’t and he lost but as of this posting he is now contesting the result and his republican held state is bending over backwards to assist him in keeping his seat.
What do we as citizens do when our vote doesn’t count and its plain to see that those in charge will refuse to listen to us? Look at our presidential race where the clear winner at 2 million votes and still counting of the popular vote was Hillary Clinton and yet Trump won the electoral college vote. Again’ we the peoples voice’ has been silenced.
If this was another country then we would all be upset and our government trying to force them to have fair and open voting as that is how a real democracy is supposed to go. Yes, I know we are a republic but its a democratic republic with the peoples voice to be the true government you know – we the people come together –
I wish I had some intelligent answer on how to fix this, but I don’t. Never did I think our country could sink so low and now that it has- how do we correct this? Hopefully someone smarter than me will have the answer. Until that happens are we looking at the demise of our democracy?