Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Very Trumpy Christmas

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Donald Trump posted a bizarre official Christmas Card on Twitter that frankly looks like it was done with Paint on a Windows 95 computer from Radio Shack. And that's not all - he thinks Americans spent more money on Christmas because he was elected.

RNC Proclaims Trump is King

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In honor of Christmas (maybe) the RNC has proclaimed that Trump is not only President, he is King of Kings, and comparable to Jesus.

Really. Read the RNC Statement:
WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chair Sharon Day released the following statement celebrating Christmas:

“Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.

“Even as we celebrate, we must also remember those among us who are less fortunate. Many on this day are without hope, and need the kindness and compassion of those around them. It is our prayer we will rise to meet the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals all around us, and what better day is there to love our fellow man than today?

“As we open presents, enjoy Christmas dinner, and celebrate our own family traditions, we are mindful of our men and women in uniform. Many are stationed around the world today protecting our freedoms, and cannot be with their own spouses, children, parents, and siblings. We express the deepest gratitude for service that takes them away from celebrating with loved ones, and we ought to remember them in our thoughts and prayers not just on Christmas Day, but the whole year round.”

The backlash was instant and fierce:

From the Palmer Report:
It’s the “this Christmas” and “new King” in the same sentence that have gotten Priebus in trouble, in a seemingly obvious reference to Donald Trump currently being on the verge of taking office and effectively taking over the United States. But now he’s insisting to CNN that he was in fact referring to Christ, even though the RNC Christmas message he sent out last year made no mention of any “King” one way or the other.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Center Cannot Hold ~ Trump Confirmed

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The Electoral College voted to confirm Donald Trump as President. The world didn't end, even though "the falcon cannot hear the falconer" anymore, and the center did not hold.

Trump isn't the only bad President we've had in the United States, and he's certainly not the only President I've been depressed about in my lifetime. Nixon was horrible,and because of Watergate I refused to watch the TV news for about ten years while growing up. Reagan beat out Jimmy Carter and we were stuck with Ronny and Mommy in the White House, yet that almost seems like a golden age to me now. George W. Bush caused havoc in the country by stealing the election from Al Gore, and letting warmongers like Cheney and Rumsfeld drag us into a forever war over oil. Yet we survived and moved into the Age of Obama, the first black President of the United States and a great statesman. We beat the odds for eight years, in spite of everything the "worst of us" could do.

However, Trump is in a category by himself, and we are down the rabbit hole and into the Upside-Down, as they call it in the Netflix series "Stranger Things." Trump is a lunatic, a sex maniac, a racist, and a tax cheat. Clearly he conspired with Putin's Russian hackers, Comey at the FBI, and fake news pushers such as Breitbart to defeat Hillary Clinton. What we see of his corruption is only the tip of the iceberg. If not the Anti-Christ or "rough beast" from Yeats's poem, he is the Demogorgon from Dungeons and Dragons lurking in the dark who has managed to pull us all to the Upside Down.

Still, the world didn't end - not yet, anyway. True that these are dark days for Democrats while the best and brightest among us just want to hibernate and lick our wounds for the next four years. Yet hope still remains. Our party was strong this past year and we made sense to the rest of world. Obama and Hillary are almost universally praised outside of the United States. But we need heroes to step up now so we can survive Trump, and what form they will take in the future is up to God, Fate, and the Wheel of Karma. The falcon may have escaped the falconer and Trump may have escaped the Electoral College, but something else - an eagle, a lightning bolt, the Truth ... something - may keep Trump from completely destroying our country.

President Obama was too good for us, and we'll probably never have a better President. But our country is better than Trump, and maybe - just maybe - even the cowards and toadies in his own party won't let things completely fall apart.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Trump is Putin's Pawn and Puppet

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pic via @realsocktrump

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Final Trump Vs. Clinton Debate
Trump and the Russian - DNC - Wikileaks Connection

So the election happened over a month ago now. Trump pulled out a victory by winning states that every single pollster said he wouldn't win. Jill Stein tried to get recounts for shady dealings in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, but the courts overruled everything except Wisconsin, which isn't enough for a Hillary win.

Hillary is leading in the popular vote by almost 3 million, one of the largest margins in history.

A month after the worst election in U.S. history, journalists and pundits are right back to wondering whether:
  • The Election was Stolen by Comey and Russian Hackers
  • Trump is unfit to serve, since he has already insulted China and won't take Intel briefings
  • We are screwed and democracy is over

These are things I've asked myself many times in the aftermath of the storm that was Election 2016.

But let's just go back to the last debate with Hillary Clinton in October, shall we? Trump says quite plainly that "Putin doesn't respect" Hillary Clinton, which is why she should lose. I guess to Trump, having the respect of a similar Narcissistic Dictator type like Putin is important. That's what Trump is aspiring to be, after all.

When Hillary stood up to him and called Trump a puppet of Putin's, Trump started screaming "You're the puppet, You're the puppet.NO Puppet! You're the Puppet!!!" Much fun was made of this on Twitter, and cartoonists had a field day, so it is easy to find examples. And that's a big reason why the news media and GOP cannot just shrug off accusations now that "no one saw" a Russian Connection to Trump before the election.