|FWIW, The Day After
||[Nov. 9th, 2016|02:43 pm]
I realize most of my f-list is probably feeling shell-shocked and sucker-punched right now, so I'm coming out of LJ-hibernation to offer a few reasons why you might, instead, feel guardedly optimistic that this was for both the short and long term good:
(1) For all everyone worried about Trump being dangerous and unstable, Hillary was the one backed by the architects of the Iraq war. She was backed by Kissinger, who was responsible for Pinochet and massive horror in Cambodia. She was the primary party responsible for the Libyan invasion, and was for a right wing coup against a democratically elected government in Honduras. Combine all this with a seemingly fervent desire to either play chicken with or actually start a shooting war with Russia (backed, again, by all the architects of the Iraq war and most members of the Obama administration), she was the real threat for WWIII, and best case scenario she would've restarted a smoking hot version of the cold war. I didn't miss the cold war and am unhappy our MIC brought it back. (I wrote in Bernie, but if forced to choose between the two major party candidates, I would have voted for Trump in great part because of this single issue)
(2) For a long time, the Dem establishment has been pretending to want different things from the Republican establishment, and visa versa, yet they mostly do the same thing (I will grant you, Obama was a vastly more competent version of Bush/Cheney, but essentially, after running on hope & change, he was just a more competent version of same). The Dems give different and better speeches, but unless you think elections should be all about virtue-signalling (look! my speech checked all the write ticky boxes!), we were not being given good choices on policy. This SHOULD alert both establishments that this is no longer the case, and force them to start giving us real choices.
(3) Both the Dem and Republican establishments clearly hate the working class, and care about nothing but further enriching a bunch of already rich sociopaths. This election will, hopefully, clear out the dead wood and give us a chance to get good people running the party, who will get us back to our new deal roots, as opposed to a bunch of scumbuckets who try say things like "just accept that the good times are never coming back except at the top but hey, we have the right diversity breakdown at the top so get over your desire for a decent life and vote for us unless you are a bigot" (obviously, if you think Schumer and Obama have been doing a great job, and enjoy reading Matty Yglesies, we don't have much to say to each other and my little essay is not going to be of much comfort) This COULD mean the democrats will put up more people like Bernie (and not cheat them!) and fewer people like Patrick Murphy (speaking of people I'm so glad they lost!) Also, "the working class is stupid and bigoted but you can prove you are one of the less stupid and bigoted ones but voting how we tell you!" will probably NEVER be a winning electoral strategy. It is, itself, a deeply bigoted and wrongheaded narrative exemplifying a bigoted and wrongheaded worldview. This gives the dem a chance to develop a more accurate, less asinine, possibly winning one for the future.
(4) Yes, you can pick out a cajillion stupid things Trump has said. It's also obvious he doesn't mean half of them. (I am NOT excusing him for saying them, or trying to argue that he is a nice person, or that in a normal version of reality I would be pointing to him as a lesser evil choice for president). One popular meme is that this is some kind of triumph for racism. Trump actually got a higher percentage of black and latino votes than GOP choices have gotten for the past 12 years. And I can't tell you how many Muslims in my twitter timeline said some variation of "I'm voting 3rd party because I'm afraid Trump will deport my relatives, and I'm afraid Hillary will kill them." For every stupid thing Trump has said that indicates a potential to harm, Hillary has been involved in policy which has actually caused harm. There's no question about meaning there.
(5) Trump might REALLY oppose or void the TTP, TTiP, TISA etc. This is a good thing he has said. These are awful giveaways of national sovereignty to multinational corporations whose passage, barring immediate voiding, would basically destroy any hope for the future of the biosphere, and for the lives of the working class. I strongly dislike Trump for being a global warming denier, but Hillary/Obama were enacting the policies that locked the world into a death spiral. Maybe Trump will do better. (this was the second of my 3 main reasons for preferring this outcome))
(6) The Democratic primary this year involved the most blatant cheating I have ever seen. Hillary winning would have assured the Dems kept putting up their corporate conservadems and cheating to make sure they won. Hopefully this will stop that. (or, as I said elsewhere last night, "Schadenfreude for the win!")(this was my 3rd reason for preferring him)
(7) While I don't think Trump actually wanted or expected to win, I think he will actually try to do a good job, and he's not an idiot or incompetent (I think he just proved that with his series of wins). Given that he has taken different sides on practically every issue, who knows what he actually thinks, or will do, but there is at least a possibility he will actually do a good job. I said before the election that I think we are all screwed no matter who wins, and someone on my favorite political website last night said "My greatest fear is that one of them will win" but maybe, just maybe, he will be more concerned with a legacy of accomplishment than making sure he has good seats sociopathic cocktail parties after he's out of office. We can hope.