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today’s sunrise is encouraging

November 9, 2016

As Donald Trump rose to tabloid fame in the 80’s, I quickly decided that he was a petty, preening buffoon.  Nothing since then, especially last night’s election, has changed my mind.  The gap between teleprompter Trump and tweeting Trump is already well-established.  I have no reason to believe that he can sustain any posture resembling dignity.

I ask you to give him a chance to prove otherwise.  This is not done as a conciliatory gesture, just an acceptance that it’s in everyone’s best interest.  When he takes office, he has to put up or shut up.  He’ll be making choices that will have profound consequences nationally and globally.  I assume he’ll continue to blame others for his failures, but the more power he has, the weaker an argument that becomes.

Congratulations to all of us for surviving what I hope will remain the most contentious campaign in U.S. history.  The knot I’ve had in my stomach and my soul for the past four months is gone, if not resolved.  It tightened more every time the potency of an event like the Billy Bush party bus tape quickly faded.  Trump seemed disaster-proof.  I feared that his smug surrogates were right about the depth of anger in the nation.  As a fan of factual accuracy, I extend kudos to them.  Begrudgingly.

A chapter of history ended last night, yet daybreak showed up on time today.  We still have our Visa bill to pay and chickens to feed.  And there’s a discernible upside: the Democrats are now free to repair and rebuild their brand.  The Clintons become elder statespersons and the next generation can blossom and nurture its favourable demographics.  The Dems don’t have any recognizable names like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan or Ewww…Ted Cruz, but they have a lot of talent.  Watch for the rise of Kirsten Gillibrand, Tammy Duckworth, Gavin Newsom and Xavier Becerra.  And wouldn’t Michelle Obama make a great “outsider”, if that’s the future of U.S. politics?

The Screaming Cantaloupe cannot possibly do all the things he has promised or threatened, so he can’t possibly do all the damage that we fear.  And, as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young would remind us: “Rejoice!  Rejoice!  We have no choice, but to carry on.”

  1. John B permalink
    November 9, 2016 2:45 pm

    to me, you are likened to a fine wine in that your writing may indeed grow better as time passes…too bad the topic is as it is but you provide a peaceful opportunity for improvement for Donald our POTUS-elect

    • November 21, 2016 2:47 pm

      I very much appreciate that, JB. The original purpose of the blog was to chronicle our off-the-grid life, but I can’t not weigh in on the slow motion implosion that is Trumpmania. It’s a veteran’s obligation.

  2. November 9, 2016 4:48 pm

    the words president trump will NEVER leave my mouth. he will be the cheeto if i ever speak of him. i plan to listen to no news or get in any discussion about him after today. he is a non-anything to me. i blame the media, the dnc and hillary for this. all chose to be selfish and get their way instead of looking out for the country. biden could have won this easily, hell, even bernie could have won it. they did not start out with people hating their very existence.

  3. Gordon permalink
    November 9, 2016 5:22 pm

    You heard of course that as the results became more and more evident last night at least three Web sites providing info on moving to Canada failed. Please don’t build a wall.

  4. November 22, 2016 10:41 pm

    And carry on we shall. It seems only fair to give him a chance. A chance to accomplish some good things, but so far I have not seen good things but still willing to give him a chance…. Hope all is well…. Good night… Beth

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