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The tears may not be dry on the pillows of Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters, but now is the time to discuss one of the many reasons why Donald Trump handily defeated the former secretary of state on Election Day. The American people saw blatant evidence that a nexus of cronyism connecting powerful politicians, lobbyists, and federal bureaucrats kept a woman out of prison who clearly — clearly — should be in an orange jumpsuit.

Imagine if you will, dear reader, a case where you are entrusted with Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) intelligence. You want to run for president one day, but you don’t want reporters or congressional committees gaining access to your work through Freedom of Information Act requests and other legal means. You decide to run the nation’s top secrets through a secret email server in your home, and it somehow winds up on the laptop of Anthony “I-sext-teenagers” Weiner.

Question: Is there any doubt in your mind that you would be in shackles in a heartbeat?

Answer: Of course not, which is one of countless reasons why voters revolted against Mrs. Clinton in droves on Tuesday.

President Obama, The Department of Justice, FBI Director James Comey, and the former secreatry of state made a mockery out of the rule of law, so the American people made a mockery out of her.

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Anyone who is remotely familiar with Hillary Clinton knows that she has drooled over the presidency for decades. There was an insatiable craving for power in her eyes that even the writers of Saturday Night Live could not deny. She acted as if she were entitled to job, and so the American people rightly denied her the one thing she wanted more than anything in the world. Her friends in high places may have kept her out of jail, but voters were determined to keep her out of the White House.

This all seems pretty straight forward, doesn’t it? Wrong. To political commentators like like Van Jones, what really happened last night was a “whitelash against a black president.” That may be news to the millions of white voters who voted for Mr. Obama — twice — before pulling the lever for Mr. Trump, but I digress. The point is that no level of electoral punishment is brutal enough to cause many well-known members of the media to engage in serious self-reflection.

Here is the simple truth: If the Democratic Party did not want to lose the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then it should not have nominated a woman who is the epitome of corruption. Case closed.

Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts on the election in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

63 comments

  1. My hope is and always has been that the Libertarian Party would stop self-flagellating long enough to agree on a candidate they’ll support. They eat their own, nobody is ever “pure” enough and so they don’t do very well. If they unified, maybe we could get the change we all know we need.

    As for the RNC/DNC, well the lesser of two evils won but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome in 4 or 8 years.

    1. “My hope is and always has been that the Libertarian Party would stop self-flagellating long enough to agree on a candidate they’ll support.”

      Libertarians are a mess, which pains me to say given that I just voted for one… My experience with them has been that they weirdly drift between fundamentally different viewpoints. They don’t know if they’re socialists or libertarians. It’s bizarre. Unless you work in Washington D.C. and go to CATO Institute events, then you’re not going to encounter any decent-sized group of Libertarians who understand their own philosophy. Heh.

      Trump may actually be in a good place. He’s been turned into a sort of Sith Lord by the media and the SJW-types. If he’s 1/4 as bad as they make him seem, he’s actually going to grow his base of minority voters. He did better than expected with black and Hispanic voters, which was interesting to see.

    2. True, but the Republican Party doesn’t believe in limited Constitutional government. If you value the Constitution, you really don’t have a home in the RNC. Admittedly, they’re better than the DNC on many things but not perfect. Also, they’re too in bed with the Religious Right. I’m fiscally conservative but socially… not liberal so much as I don’t care what you do on your own if I don’t have to pay for it. Given that, I couldn’t really have a home with the RNC because they’re wrong on some serious freedom issues. Marriage shouldn’t be something the government is so involved in. By I digress….

    3. “True, but the Republican Party doesn’t believe in limited Constitutional government. If you value the Constitution, you really don’t have a home in the RNC.”

      Like I said, the principles in the Party’s platform are in line with limited government, so we just need to get people to actually put those principles into practice. The question is whether you think that’s possible or if another party just needs to start from scratch. I would make the argument that it’s better to change the party from the inside than trying to make something totally new gain traction. For better or for worse, Trump has successfully hijacked the GOP. Is he the hero who took the plane from a bunch of drunk pilots, or is he some dude who doesn’t know how to fly? We’ll find out in the next four years.

      “Admittedly, they’re better than the DNC on many things but not perfect. Also, they’re too in bed with the Religious Right. I’m fiscally conservative but socially… not liberal so much as I don’t care what you do on your own if I don’t have to pay for it. Given that, I couldn’t really have a home with the RNC because they’re wrong on some serious freedom issues. Marriage shouldn’t be something the government is so involved in. By I digress….”

      I’ve always kind of hated that term. What does it even mean when you break it down? Look at every social issue and chart its path over the last 50 years. How effective has the “religious right” been? Abortion is legal. Gay marriage is legal. Sex is everywhere you look, from music and movies to video games and advertising. I could go on and on.

      In terms of personal beliefs, I would fit the bill for the “religious right,” but I think if someone wants to go to The First Gay Baptist Church of San Francisco and get “married,” then good for them. Just don’t come into my Catholic church and tell the priest he has to change the faith’s definition of marriage. That seems to me to strike the proper balance between respecting religious liberty while also the freedom of association of gay people to enter into binding contracts, etc. But yet I’m still lumped in with “religious right.” It’s annoying. I’m not annoyed at you. Don’t take it that way. I just think it’s a term that was invented to slime anyone who is religious as a nutcase or somehow a wannabe totalitarian.

    4. Okay, I can cede your point on the term “Religious Right.” It is a nebulous term, much like ‘assault rifle’ that can never be clearly defined and codified. Words HAVE to have meaning or we are no more than grunting monkeys.

      For the sake of clarity, since I agreed with you it means we should define terms. When I say ‘Religious Right’ I am referring to those who would set up a regressive totalitarian theocracy under the guise of morality and religion. They exist in the Christian movement as much as they do in other religions. Those who are the loudest don’t necessarily represent all but they certainly influence things with their cash. They should have no place in our government. We don’t need them dictating our laws or telling us how to live. That’s why they have pulpits and Sunday sermons.

      And as far as the Catholicism, I’m not sure it will be an issue for long. Our Pope is a left leaning, damn near Commie who wants to dictate policies (immigration and border security) that he doesn’t enforce in The Vatican. I left the Catholic Church, partly over how they stuck their noses in our (American) business.

    5. “When I say ‘Religious Right’ I am referring to those who would set up a regressive totalitarian theocracy under the guise of morality and religion. They exist in the Christian movement as much as they do in other religions. Those who are the loudest don’t necessarily represent all but they certainly influence things with their cash. They should have no place in our government. We don’t need them dictating our laws or telling us how to live. That’s why they have pulpits and Sunday sermons.”

      I understand your concern, but I still maintain that this fear is overblown. Again, look at the cultural trajectory over the past 50 years and show me where the “Religious Right” has turned the ratchet towards American totalitarianism. By almost any metric we can come up with, the culture has rejected the “Religious Right” and adopted the soft tyranny of “The Atheist Left.” 😉 I suppose one can say, “But…but…they hate Planned Parenthood.” So. This wouldn’t be an issue if taxpayer dollars weren’t used to support abortions. Maybe all those Hollywood types (e.g., Joss Whedon) that literally donated millions to Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign and Super PACs could donate to Planned Parenthood.

      “And as far as the Catholicism, I’m not sure it will be an issue for long. Our Pope is a left leaning, damn near Commie who wants to dictate policies (immigration and border security) that he doesn’t enforce in The Vatican. I left the Catholic Church, partly over how they stuck their noses in our (American) business.”

      I have no doubt that the Pope is politically nothing like Pope John Paul II. That’s unfortunate. But I have also found that the media that has been so dishonest as it pertains to the election is just as dishonest when it comes to covering the Catholic Church. They cherry pick quotes and try and pass off opinions as official doctrine. My experience has been that full-text versions of the Pope’s remarks are much more nuanced than you will ever see in, say, The New York Times.

      Heck, I’ve even seen Rush Limbaugh describe things as “Communist” that were nothing of the sort. He’ll take the Pope’s observations about our obsession with materialism (true), as an attack on the free market. One can spin it that way, but it’s an unfortunate truth that Catholics need to hear.

    6. Ultimately we left the Catholic Church because the ones near us were very UN welcoming to us since our special needs son wasn’t as quiet as they felt he should be in Mass. For being pro-life they were pretty anti-kid. I wasn’t gonna lock my son up so I could pray, just aint happening. Admittedly the experience left me bitter… I recognize my own biases…. wish others could recognize theirs.

    7. “Ultimately we left the Catholic Church because the ones near us were very UN welcoming to us since our special needs son wasn’t as quiet as they felt he should be in Mass. For being pro-life they were pretty anti-kid. I wasn’t gonna lock my son up so I could pray, just aint happening. Admittedly the experience left me bitter… I recognize my own biases…. wish others could recognize theirs.”

      If your definition of “the Catholic Church” boils down to “the experience I had within a single parish within my town” (for all intents and purposes), then someone along the line did not properly teach you what, exactly, the Church is.

      I recommend checking out “Catholicism for Dummies,” by Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD, and Rev., and Kenneth Brighenti, PhD. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a great book.

    8. No, I had and still have an issue with the way John Paul AND this Pope sought to tell America what our immigration policies should be. Policies they don’t practice in Vatican City. I don’t support he use of religious doctrine to push political ideology (ala Jesus would be a socialist crap). I disagree with how it handled the divorce issue in our modern times. I disagree with the mandate against contraceptives. And they hounded in to us that to be Catholic you had to believe in all of it. Still I went until the actions I mentioned. And I only mentioned it to be honest about my own biases. Intellectually I still have issues with some of the Churches political maneuvering. Two separate issues, again just qualifying my answers so I practiced what I preach regarding owning your biases. (mostly I have to do that towards the bigoted left)

    9. “But I’m sorry, didn’t mean to hijack your thread and go off topic!”

      It’s no problem at all. You’re respectful and you make good conversation, so I’m not going to complain. I do think, however, that it’s interesting that your preferred option for dealing with the Republican Party’s flaws is essentially the same as dealing with the Catholic Church’s internal problems. The next time you’re in Barnes and Noble, I still suggest reading through “Catholicism for Dummies.”

      I have my issues with both the Republican Party and the Catholic Church, but in both cases I prefer to deal with them from the inside.

    10. Two separate issues. The Father at our church, whom I went to for guidance on this, made it clear. Catholicism is an all or nothing proposition. They give you no wiggle room to work from within. They made the church an uncomfortable place for my wife and son. We left, end of story.

      As for the RNC, I’m aware that die hard RNC types think I cut and run rather fight. However, if the party continually lies to its voters and does nothing more than lip service to its stated principles, at some point you’re complicit by staying. How many election cycles should I be lied to before it’s enough? How many times should I tolerate them doing things contrary to the Founders and our governing documents? At what point is enough enough? In HS I went door to door for McCain (he lost primary to GW). In college I was active for Bush, annoying people in call centers. I put my life and health on the line for my believes, all because words matter and actions have meanings. If the party no longer believes as I do, what alternative do I have? Sometimes you can’t save a building, you have to burn it to the ground and build a newer and stronger structure.

    11. “The Father at our church, whom I went to for guidance on this, made it clear. Catholicism is an all or nothing proposition. They give you no wiggle room to work from within.”

      Right. As it should be on catechism. My issues with the Church have nothing to do with the religious teachings and everything to do with bureaucratic failings — but I’m going to cut its some slack because when you have an organization that has 1.2 billion people in it that’s pretty darn tough.

      What you have when you don’t have “one holy catholic and apostolic church” is, for example, 100,000 different Baptist preachers with 100,000 different interpretations of the God’s Word. Everyone wants to treat the Bible like it’s a buffet, and the Catholic Church doesn’t let people do that. Hence, why people bounce. And when that happens, then you get “Joel Osteen Christianity,” which is a shadow of a shadow of a shadow of the real thing.

      “They made the church an uncomfortable place for my wife and son. We left, end of story.”

      It’s obviously a personal thing for you, so it’s probably best if we dropped this one. Indeed, end of story.

    12. PS: I own that book, but the Church IS what it’s representative Father’s DO. They speak for the Church through their actions or reactions. Failures to handle this serious duty led to several reformations that causes schisms. More are coming, sadly.

    13. “PS: I own that book, but the Church IS what it’s representative Father’s DO. They speak for the Church through their actions or reactions. Failures to handle this serious duty led to several reformations that causes schisms. More are coming, sadly.”

      Yep. There are good priests and bad priests. Just like there are good Republican officials and bad Republican officials. And now readers can decide if your way of dealing with that or mine is the better option. Like I said, I’m going to cut an organization that has to manage (for lack of a better term) 1.2 billion members some slack.

      The data doesn’t back that up on the Catholic Church dying out. It’s been around for thousands of years. My bet is that you’re wrong. It may have issues in the West right now, but on the whole it’s doing just fine.

    14. Never thought it would die out. Just that as some Churches become political, going against believes of other churches, there will be fallout. I know schism is a loaded word, I just didn’t know a better one. I suspect these will be small ones, but they happen. Alternatively, some of the Evangelical Churches have joined rejoined the Catholic Church. But change happens, it is inevitable. 🙂

    15. The other day I wrote the following story for work: ‘Catholic church in Calif. blasted for tying Hillary Clinton to Satan, Dem support with mortal sin.’

      In response, a guy I know is like, “See, this is why the Catholic Church is messed up…”

      I was like, “How is it the Vatican’s fault if one parish has a priest who is a.) stupid, or b.) goes rogue? The Vatican’s official position is that it doesn’t tell people who to vote for. I listen to Catholic radio almost every day and it’s always stresses that there are various factors that go into the very personal decision to vote, but that priests should not get into politics.”

      He’s just like, “True.”

      It’s like, “Okay, then why did you say that?”

      It would be like the Patriots got caught cheating and then someone said that the front office told them to cheat. No. Not really. The Patriots just cheated and they should be punished for it.

    16. I have the same belief system as you jr, but I don’t think the Libertarian party will ever be anything important. I’ve been one for a decade now, and they are truly a party of disappointment, fence-straddling and sadly a whole lot of nitpicking of beliefs when discussing anything relevant to running a country.

      Even with the incredible intellectual firepower of the Cato Institute…who can debate and defend any libertarian idea better than any think tank I’ve ever seen…when the elections roll around, all we hear is drugs and prostitutes. The grand ideas about how a truly free society would be a just one, how releasing economic controls would in the end benefit all people, to criticism of the welfare state’s corrosive effect not only on economic growth but on the culture of the people it is designed to help…all buried…where’s our weed!!! Where’s Aleppo? What’s a ‘world leader’? At least I’m not those other two! What a powerful leadership-oriented slogan, lol

      I believe in many of their ideas..In fact, I think libertarianism adopted in our government system would lead to a religious revival…much to the chagrin of the libertarians themselves. The state is a handicap on faith, this has been proven historically in the Catholic Church and Evangelical revivals in the US after leaving Europe. Free of trying to force morality out of all men, they would find that free men will seek it out.

      I hope…but I think it has a better chance at infiltrating the parties than of ever winning on it’s own.

    17. For me it is all about getting the ideas out there and the Libertarian Party is a platform for that. We’ve had Prohibition Party candidates since 1869, but never had a Prohibition Party President. We DID get the 18th Amendment making alcohol illegal. Ideas matter, that is why I vote third party. Even if we lose, and we often do, we spread a freedom message that needs to be heard or all is lost.

  2. I think the media inadvertantly revealed the truth of why we voted Trump without even recognizing it. Last night I lost track of all the times voters were called uneducated, rural, racist, sexist, “not a member of the starbuck’s crowd,” all said with such contempt, such sneering.

    In the exit polls and interviews people were speaking of jobs, the decline in our standard of living, and the media just kept lecturing them about how the economy was booming, how many jobs Obama had created, how high his approval ratings were. People would just look at them like, “you’re not even listening to us.” It’s worse then not being listened to, it’s being told you’re just crazy, too stupid to know how wonderful your elitist overlords are and the truth and reality of your life doesn’t matter.

    It was about the deplorables, and yes there really are some deplorable people on the alt-right, but most of us separate from that are just working class people, the ones who used to be called “salt of the earth.” Somewhere along the path we went from being the heart and soul of this country to being “vessels of white male heterosexual privilege” oppressing the whole country because we exist.

    1. “Somewhere along the path we went from being the heart and soul of this country to being “vessels of white male heterosexual privilege” oppressing the whole country because we exist.”

      I actually de-friended someone on Facebook who I’ve known for about 10 years over a “whitelash” argument. She always shares weird racial political stuff that paints all white people with a “raaaaacist” brush. When I said it wasn’t cool, she patronizingly said something along the lines of, “I know YOU’RE not racist, Doug. I appreciate your passion, but you’re overreacting. Ironic because of your white privilege.”

      I told her that I would expect her to say something to me if I started using terms like “brown-lash” in my Facebook feed, but I guess I’m in the wrong forever because “white privilege.”

      You can only demonize a good man so long before he turns his back, waves, and says, “I don’t need to deal with this. Bye.”

    2. “I told her that I would expect her to say something to me if I started using terms like “brown-lash” in my Facebook feed, but I guess I’m in the wrong forever because “white privilege.”

      You can only demonize a good man so long before he turns his back, waves, and says, “I don’t need to deal with this. Bye.”

      Not surprised to hear about this. That has happened to me before. I love how they assume because you’re white, you’re somehow “privileged.” Such a ridiculous argument. Usually, the people who say that know absolutely nothing about you at all, what you’ve done, what kinds of hardships you’ve faced… it’s pathetic.

      I don’t consider myself a member of the alt-right by any stretch of the imagination, but I did vote for Trump myself.

    3. “I don’t consider myself a member of the alt-right by any stretch of the imagination, but I did vote for Trump myself.”

      And I believe you made a very logical choice! 🙂

      I sort of painted myself into a corner by saying I would never vote for Trump. I got into the voting booth and wavered hard-core. I live in a safely blue state, so I still went for “Aleppo” Johnson as a protest. I told my buddy in Virginia that if I were still living there then my guess is that I would have gone for Trump. I’d feel gross if it was a close call and someone who should be in prison won the state.

    4. “And I believe you made a very logical choice!🙂 I sort of painted myself into a corner by saying I would never vote for Trump. I got into the voting booth and wavered hard-core. I live in a safely blue state, so I still went for “Aleppo” Johnson as a protest. I told my buddy in Virginia that if I were still living there then my guess is that I would have gone for Trump. I’d feel gross if it was a close call and someone who should be in prison won the state.”

      I never considered voting for anyone else. Now, Trump isn’t perfect, but no one is when you get right down to it. I love how he overcame the doubters and won big. Like my dad said, this is the end of the Clinton Machine.

      I never vote for libertarians myself. They can’t even win an election for dogcatcher, let alone the Presidency.

  3. I’m not an American but I find the entire thing fascinating from a political perspective.

    A protest candidate getting nominated/elected is generally the sign of an unhealthy political system. The best defence on preventing a protest candidate from getting electing is by having your major parties show voters that they’ve changed, modernised, listened to concerns etc. Now this doesn’t always happen in the grand scheme of things (e.g. vested interests opposed to change) hence why Trump got elected.

    Hillary was never going to win because essentially she represented the “old guard”. It’s was clear during the primaries that Democrat and Republican voters wanted a fresh face with new ideas for the next president. Trump won largely because he managed to tap into the disenfranchised voters from both parties. Had the Democrats also fielded a “fresh face” candidate, things may have been different.

    A quote from Leon C. Megginson frames this entire situation best: “it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself”.

    1. “Hillary was never going to win because essentially she represented the ‘old guard.’ It’s was clear during the primaries that Democrat and Republican voters wanted a fresh face with new ideas for the next president.”

      I’ve tried to tell liberals this and they always get a weird look on their face when I see it because they know it’s true. Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in 2008 because he successfully defined her as “the old guard” as you mentioned. He was “the change we’ve been waiting for” and she was someone who — in Obama’s own words — was someone who would say anything to get elected.

      The Democratic Party’s decision to nominate Mrs. Clinton is their own admission that Obama was never a change agent. The Democrats went backwards. It would have made sense for someone like Elizabeth Warren to run, but not Hillary.

      The Democrats went with a horrible and corrupt candidate and they got spanked on election day. It had nothing to do with race, as much as bottom-feeder pundits would like people to believe.

  4. I have to say, I was feeling doubtful about Trump winning the election. The fact that he won and caused such an upset is a sign that the media, Hollywood, academia, and establishment politicians have lost their power and influence. Having a Republican House and Senate makes this even sweeter. We’ll have to see how Trump’s presidency plays out, but for the first time in a very long while, I feel optimistic for our country.

  5. I didn’t want Trump to win, but I didn’t want Hillary to win, either. Both were awful in their own unique ways and both deserved to lose for different reasons. Almost anyone could’ve beaten Hillary and almost anyone could’ve beaten Trump. What a perfect storm of weird 2016 was. I thought I’d be disappointed regardless of who won, but a GOP Congress for at least two years really took the edge off. (I was positively ecstatic when Toomey pulled it out here in PA–not to mention Rubio, Scott, and others across the country.)

    Democrats really did deserve this loss up and down the ticket. No question that Trump was flawed and toxic, but so was Hillary. They could’ve won with Warren, probably Bernie, maybe that O’Malley guy; hell, even Biden (not an agent of change, but certainly more likable, charismatic, and not under federal investigation). They stuck by the wife of a guy they often privately expressed embarrassment over (not to mention what they say about her). And Hillary wanted to run against Trump more than anyone else. I don’t like Trump, but I can’t help but laugh at that schadenfreude. And y’know, I’ve insulted people before, but only when they say something demonstrably untrue, wrong, or flat out stupid; I don’t call someone a racist or a sexist simply for disagreeing with Obama or Hillary. That fostered a lot of discontentment, not to mention all the invective hurled at McCain and Romney during their runs. Describing Trump’s more sordid episodes might’ve been effective if the Left hadn’t demonized those guys (as well as others). Remember the ad that implied Romney gave a woman cancer?

    Personally, I think Trump’ll screw up–not so much out of malice, but because he won’t get how things work. It’ll be like Obama: “I snapped my fingers. Why aren’t you doing what I told you to?” *snap, snap* I really don’t get people acting like this is the end of the world, though. I’ve heard apocalyptic predictions from whoever lost for as long as I can remember, but here we still are. It’s one thing to joke around, but damn, some people should take a step back and relax. I mean, at least wait to see what Trump does (and this is coming from a guy who was proudly #NeverTrump and has zero problem mocking him).

    One thing that I do find disconcerting is people on the Right assuming this is the new world order. It was a wave year, but so was 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 (well, sorta), and 2014. I can clearly remember media pundits asking if the party that lost was permanently crippled, only to pretend they didn’t say that when political fortunes inevitably reversed. Trump’s victory could be akin to the fabled Obama coalition–turning out strong for the guy when he’s on the ballot, but otherwise trailing off. Also, you have to wonder if all the people who voted for Trump did so because of him or because they hated Hillary more. Hell, my dad proudly voted for Obama to “break the barrier”; less than a year later he was saying, “I can’t believe I voted for that idiot.” If you wanna trust the polls (big if, I grant), there were a lot of undecideds throughout, and they broke for Trump at the end. Even then, it ended up being pretty close in key places; many Senate candidates had much better totals.

    I’m saying all this as someone who, in 2004, genuinely thought “There’s no stopping the GOP now” and then got proved severely wrong two years later. A big reason why Democrats fumbled this cycle (not just the WH, but also Congress and state level) was because they were overconfident, acted entitled, and took things for granted. (Hillary reportedly didn’t visit Wisconsin once during the GE because it was considered safe.) Democrats are in bad shape because these wave elections took out much of what was supposed to be the next generation of legislators, but that damage can be reversed. I can tolerate a Trump presidency if it leads to the kinds of conservative reforms that Ryan and Rubio talked about, so I don’t want to see a massive Democratic wave in two years because people got sloppy and made the same damn mistakes. Fixing the healthcare mess or confirming a quality judge would be a good start in January.

  6. Doug, I’m sorry to hear you fell out with your friend over the white-washing thing. I saw that video and thought it was the most out-of-line bitter pill anyone in the news media was trying to swallow, showing the sheer contempt by the media to the general public. The one thing I’d give to it was that it was more direct than the passive aggressive snobbery of the BBC over in the UK (and even then, David Dimbelby famously lost it when he had to announce the Brexit result)

  7. lol, Van Jones, Cenk Uygur, Colbert, and the likes… these morons just can’t seem to grasp the cold, harsh facts no matter how much you try to explain real logic into them — so, as always, they retreat back into their tiny bubbles while deluding themselves over and over with the same pathetic excuses.

    I don’t like Trump and am too cynical to think he’ll make for a good American president in the long run, but what other option was there? For an entire nation to just sit back and allow these hacks to keep treating them like idiots? The future may not look bright, but for now, the population has at least proven that it’s still not totally composed of spoon-fed sheep of the “media overlords.”

    1. “I don’t like Trump and am too cynical to think he’ll make for a good American president in the long run, but what other option was there? For an entire nation to just sit back and allow these hacks to keep treating them like idiots? The future may not look bright, but for now, the population has at least proven that it’s still not totally composed of spoon-fed sheep of the ‘media overlords.'”

      My beliefs on Trump — that he is not a principled conservative — have not changed at all, but I am very grateful to him for exposing the media.

      How can anyone not respect Trump at this point? He had everyone against him — and won. He was attacked by the media. He was attacked by Hollywood. He was attacked by academia. He was attacked by the Democratic Party. He was attacked from within the Republican Party. All of this was thrown at him and he still won. It’s amazing.

      I know someone will say, “But you attacked him too, Doug!” Yep. I did. In fact, I warned about what it would mean if he rose to power as early as 2011 — something no mainstream media outlet did.

      I stand by everything I said.

      But this blog has been incredibly muted in terms of criticizing Trump. Look at the sheer number of stories I did on Hillary’s corruption and then compare it to things I’ve said about Trump. It was clear where I stood the entire time. I agreed that Trump was the “Deadpool” of American politics, and talked about what that meant for the nation, but I never went out of my way to try and denigrate the man.

    1. “I blame Dan Slott. Oh wait! Wrong thread! OR IS IT…?”

      If you haven’t had a chance to check out his tweets around the time it was obvious that Trump was going to win, then you might want to check it out. Heh.

  8. Whitelash totally makes sense. These crazy American racists…first they elect a black president. Then, they’re so upset by that, they elect him again. But then, they’re so very upset with what they’ve done the past 8 years, they have to take out their frustration by refusing to elect a white person this time around.

    Or maybe Van Jones, like many Democrats, is conditioned to point and scream “racist!” regardless of facts whenever they don’t get their way?

  9. Speaking of insane tweets, here’s a particularly nasty one from “Agents of Shield” star Chloe Bennet:

    1. It’s fitting is that her avatar is of her in a bathtub, curled up on pajamas. Her mental maturity seems to have stopped around age 7.

      They don’t get it. They really don’t get it. It’s easier to call people “stupid” or “racist” instead of doing serious introspection.

    2. True, how is it that people that voted for Obama, are suddenly racist?
      Clearly this is just a cry for attention and ignorance in full force.
      Another example of this ignorance is the people claiming we need a popular vote, showing they have no idea about how or why the system is designed the way that it is.
      I had another twitter friend say F&^% You to me (said it in general to anyone that voted like me), I sent him a PM asking him to think about his choices and what he is saying and how it is offensive, he has yet to respond. I will give him one more chance then I will remove him from my friends list.

    3. Update, so the person that said F you to me due to my voting never responded to me and he blocked me.

      Patrick
      @PhantomRoxas

      He posts here sometimes, classy move dude.

    4. “Update, so the person that said F you to me due to my voting never responded to me and he blocked me.”

      And that’s reason number 472 why I tell people I don’t want them using expletives on my blog. 🙂 Once someone goes the “f-you” route, then they’ve dug themselves a pretty deep hole. Guys like you are able to let it roll of your back and try to get things on track, but most people can’t.

    5. I sent him an email asking him if he is okay, it just seems like he went off the deep end. Was he rude, yes, but I still hope that he is okay.

    6. “I sent him an email asking him if he is okay, it just seems like he went off the deep end. Was he rude, yes, but I still hope that he is okay.”

      Maybe he’ll cool off in a few days. A lot of people freaked out after the election results came in. Heh.

      I think back to when Obama won in 2008 and 2012 and I just quietly sulked in my room for about 30 minutes and then got back to the grind. Is that strange? I don’t think so…

    7. I agree, I was not happy with the result but I did not yell “he is not our president” and start causing destruction.
      Instead I sat and prayed for him and our country.

    8. “It’s fitting is that her avatar is of her in a bathtub, curled up on pajamas. Her mental maturity seems to have stopped around age 7.They don’t get it. They really don’t get it. It’s easier to call people “stupid” or “racist” instead of doing serious introspection.”

      My thoughts exactly, Doug. These people are extremely immature, and that’s putting it nicely. All they have is name-calling. That’s it. If all you have is name-calling, then you don’t have an argument. She and a certain comic writer would make a great pair.

      It’s a good thing the show has an ensemble cast, because I can’t root for her character anymore. These clowns don’t seem to realize that their hateful, immature rant take the viewer out of the story.

    9. I agree, sadly she was my favorite character on the show “to be honest I also find her cute”. Now I am leaning to not even watching the show. How can I watch something with a person that goes out of their way to call me false things?

    10. Not surprisingly, there hasn’t been a single article from the comic book websites calling her out for it. Odds are, if they DO talk about it, they’ll praise her for speaking her mind.

    11. Thanks for sharing that tweet, Carl. I’ve been getting tired of AoS throwing potshots at conservatives whenever chance it gets and, doubled with growing boredom, was looking for a good reason to finally turn away for good. And there it is. I’ll probably catch another glimpse or two if my favorite Ghost Rider, John Blaze, does indeed make his cameo debut there, but otherwise… this show’s good as dead to me along with Supergirl.

    12. I responded to that tweet, asking how is that possible and how is that showing tolerance?
      Of course there was no response.

    13. Tasty, yummy tears.

      Tears of hot young actresses who have never made contact with regular human beings in their entire lives. Even when they were broke and struggling they lived in an enclave, and those tend to be the good ones. Chloe here always seemed like the ‘wealthy her whole life’ type.

      The Acting profession in the United States is one of the few actively covered in Communist propaganda in this day and age, and any career that has any fame to it requires total loyalty to a leftist mindset, or at least an complete apolitical attitude, except for the very famous or retired. Trust me, Hillary wins and every comic book show star is popping champagne on twitter. Now, most of the self-conscious ones are very, very quiet.

    14. According to Wikpedia, her father is an investment banker and her mother is an internist. It sounds like she’s never exactly hurt for money. And yet I remember her whining to the Daily Beast about how her birth name, Wang “blocked” her from acting opportunities. Yeah, I guess she’s never heard of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Bruce Lee, Chow-Yun Fat and many other Asian actors who made it big in America using their real names. Oh, and don’t forget her AOS co-star Ming Na-Wen, who has been acting for years.

    1. “She’s just carrying on the tradition started by Occupy Wall Street. What is it with these people and urine or scatological protests?”

      They’re sick, Doug. That’s all there is to it. They need serious help. Not surprisingly, there hasn’t been a single article about her poor behavior, either. If I were the one who signed her contract (and Chloe Bennet’s as well, and Avengers actors such as Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo), I’d tell them either you shape up or I’m going to find someone else to play the character. There are plenty of actors/actresses out there that would love to have that kind of role.

  10. Please allow me a small tale. I live in Belgium and we used to have coalmines as well. All of them have been closed for decades now, but as an engineer myself I have had the priviligde of working with people who used to work in those mines.

    To call them simple would be both trua and an insult.
    They were prideful in their job, a stubborn in their believes and very straightforward in their thinking to the point of rageinducing for me.
    They were also extremely tribal. If you were a miner, you were a miner. Race, colour were all secondary because if you went down, you came up black covered in coal dust. The language you spoke was secondary because the heat and noise down there made it impossible to talk anyway. Religion and creed was the same as well “please , let me get topside today without cave-ins, explosions or coughing up blood”

    They also died of it, having that coal dust in their lungs.

    If you had them on your side, they were the best an worst allies you could ever have.
    They never ever tried to sell you small little lies that we all use in our daily lives.

    I tell you this so you understand at least a little about this line: “We are going to put so many coal miners out of a job”

    Go look at the footage of that speech and see the little smile Clinton has after that line trying to lighten the mood.
    I can understand her reasoning. Using coal to generate electricity is way more damaging than using natural gas ( a substance America has now in abundance due to fracking).
    Coal for steelproduction isn’t needed because we buy our steel from China these days.
    I have seen all these discussion in a smaller version in my country decades ago.
    The difference is that our politicians and our compagnies tried to generate at least a sliver respect for these people. We tried to generate new jobs for these people or give them.
    A lot of it didnt work and some area’s still suffer from unemployement these days.

    But we always tried to offer at our respect to these people even when we tried to tell them that the world had moved on.

    When you try to tell these people the same thing and then smile after saying that line, you kill any chance with them.
    After that these people are willing to grab any straw like Trump even when they know that he lies about bringing those jobs back.

  11. My how times change. If you had told voters at the height of the financial meltdown 8 years ago that they would elect Trump as their president in a few terms, they would’ve called you crazy.

    J Edgar Comey coming out with the non-issue emails again (what did it yield, and what was the point of except to throw voters off Hilary?) sealed the electoral college vote for Trump.

    If Hilary had the suspected ties to Russia that Trump does, those on the right side of the aisle would’ve howled bloody murder. Same if she refused to release her taxes like the orange guy did. What’s he hiding?

    Middle America is in bad shape; it was all over news sources like NPR where people in the red states were planning on casting their ballots. Michael Moore called it as well. The people of Flint, MI are still bathing in, drinking and cooking with bottled water after a year, which is unacceptable.

    The fact is, though, the Republicans have all the power in government at this point. No more Obama to obstruct and to scapegoat, no more shutting down government when they don’t get their way. It’s going to be a big job. If they can’t fix things at this point, no one can, so they really have to put up or shut up and step aside in 4 years.

    1. “J Edgar Comey coming out with the non-issue emails again (what did it yield, and what was the point of except to throw voters off Hilary?) sealed the electoral college vote for Trump.”

      Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have to deal with the FBI or “J Edgar Comey” if she did run “I’d tell you but I’d have to kill you” intelligence through a secret email server to evade FOIA requests. And if Comey wasn’t in the news the last week, then WikiLeaks would gotten more attention (i.e., the documents where her own inner circle talked about her shadiness). She is a walking news cycle on corruption, Cheesedique. Trying to blame James Comey for the DNC’s decision to essentially rig the primaries in a corrupt candidate’s favor (again, WikiLeaks proves this), is bizarre. The DNC foisted Hillary upon voters and they rejected her.

      “The fact is, though, the Republicans have all the power in government at this point.”

      True. And my guess is that they will get as much done as possible in the next two years because who knows what the mid-term elections will bring. His critics will go nuts no matter what he does, so he might as well make it worth it. How ironic is it that the same people who loved executive orders for the past eight years are suddenly terrified by what Donald Trump will do with them?

      Here’s a crazy thought: If Americans are frightened about a president from the “wrong” political party having too much power, maybe they should stop giving it to him.

      Hmmm. It seems as though limited government, federalism, etc., may have been a great idea after all. Those Founding Fathers were pretty smart. It’s a shame so many people dump on them for being “old white guys” these days.

    2. Happy Veteran’s day Doug!

      I see parallels between 2008 and this race with Hillary. Each time she was running against an ideologue who dictated the tone of the campaign- she was always reacting. Each time she fell back exclusively to woman voter appeals when times got tough, probably not smart to alienate half the voters. Each time her “experience” did her in. I think the Bidens and Bookers of the democratic world might be kicking themselves for not running. Trump is the winner, I pray he does well for the country.

    3. “Happy Veteran’s day Doug!”

      Thanks!

      “I see parallels between 2008 and this race with Hillary. Each time she was running against an ideologue who dictated the tone of the campaign- she was always reacting. Each time she fell back exclusively to woman voter appeals when times got tough, probably not smart to alienate half the voters. Each time her ‘experience’ did her in. I think the Bidens and Bookers of the democratic world might be kicking themselves for not running. Trump is the winner, I pray he does well for the country.”

      Yep. The DNC made sure that Hillary got “her turn” and it paid the price because she was such a horrible candidate. Everyone could see that the Jay-Z and Beyoncé stuff was just a desperate attempt by Hollywood to get young people to vote. “No, seriously! She’s ‘cool grandma’! Believe us! Please?” No. She’s corrupt grandma.

  12. Remember the riots in 2008 when McCain lost? Or the Republican college students suffering from PTSD and demanding safe spaces in 2012 when Romney lost? Neither do I.

    So, has Barbra Streisand moved to Canada or Australia yet? And Jon Stewart and Cher both said that they wanted to go to another planet if Trump won. I would say they were already there anyway.

    Maybe Elizabeth Warren will go home to her wigwam by the shores of Gitche Gumee.

    Whether it was Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton, a lot of voters were obviously fed up with candidates whose attitude (if not their official motto) was, “It’s my turn.”

    And a lot of hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding, non-sexist, non-racist, non-homophobic, non-xenophobic citizens were getting tired of seeing jobs disappearing, seeing taxes and the cost of living going up, seeing our own government bringing in unvetted immigrants and then blaming the NRA for crimes and terrorist attacks committed by those immigrants.

    The DNC-News Media-Entertainment Media Complex had two options:

    A. They could analyze the problem, examine their own elitist attitudes, then listen to the working/middle class and try to address their valid concerns.

    B. They could double down on the insults (redneck, basket of deplorables) and false accusations (racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, xenophobe).

    They have chosen B. That’s why their candidate lost.

    1. “They have chosen B. That’s why their candidate lost.”

      It has been rather fascinating to watch them double down on the “everyone is racist” theory. I don’t see that working out well for them. Heh.

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