It happened. Less than a month ago, the odds of a scandal-wracked Donald Trump winning the election were just north of 8%. The man whose candidacy began as a joke in the summer of 2014 has become the leader of the free world. Faced with a Trump presidency, the urgent task now isn’t to dissect and explain how we lost. It’s to plan how to block his regime every step of the way forward.
"Both Trump and Clinton were some of history’s most unpopular candidates,
and for the Democrats to double down on her establishment tendencies
now would be suicidal"
It was suicidal when they nominated Clinton as their candidate but that didn't stop them so I wouldn't count on any relief from that quarter. It's up to us to speak out and to elect real progressives in 2018.
So the lesser evil lost to the greater evil...or many believed the greater evil was the lesser evil....
"I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want, and get it." Eugene V. Debs
"Even where there is no prospect of achieving their election the workers must put up their own candidates to preserve their independence, to gauge their own strength and to bring their revolutionary position and party standpoint to public attention. They must not be led astray by the empty phrases of the democrats, who will maintain that the workers' candidates will split the democratic party and offer the forces of reaction the chance of victory. All such talk means, in the final analysis, that the proletariat is to be swindled." Karl Marx
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." John Quincy Adams
All but one candidate I voted for this election lost their races. But I do feel good that I did indeed vote for the best candidates in each of those races.
Worse than Trump's victory is the GOP retaining control of the US Senate and House, despite Democrats adding a seat in the Senate and a few in the House.
Looking for silver linings wherever we can find them, when I phone or email my US Rep. and Senators (all Democrats), I will be reminding them that their previous Obama talking point responses that I have received from them has been part of the problem, and they need to work harder to be part of the solution by listening to their constituents.
My highest priority is phoning my three reps.today and reminding them that I vote for the person, not the Party (although never the GOP) and their three highest priorities are to 1) vote against TPP, 2) vote against TPP, and 3) vote against TPP.
Passing TPP during the lame duck period would add insult to injury.
If liberals awaken from their 8 yr. coma under Obama, then its a good thing.
I agree with the brexit analogy. The problem in Europe and the USA is that some legitimate concerns are not addressed in the saner parties, so they push people (all the while telling them how wrong they are) into the arms of parties that also are racist, etc.
These are dark times. Just over half of the electorate chose to elect a neo-fascist for president. He told them the lies they wanted to hear, that he would bring their jobs back from China, bring the troops home, deport all the aliens (Native Americans must love that one), and make "America great again." Ain't going to happen, folks.
Fully a quarter of Americans think the Sun goes around the Earth. A third of them take the Bible literally and think the Earth was created 6000 years ago. Despite these beliefs, the Earth still goes around the Sun and humans didn't ride dinosaurs like in the Flintstones. Climate change is bearing down on us like a freight train. It's a done deal. Get with your tribe, organize locally, figure out how to grow some of your own food and share it with your neighbors, dance around the campfire, etc.
Case in point not in the us, but in Europe.
Many European countries are taking in refugees (ironical, Syria, where the USA is part of the problem yet take in almost none of the resulting refugees) in record numbers. The left pretends that if someone is worried about the numbers, how many are let in they are told condescendingly that they are racists. This pushes them toward the right wing parties. Many are not racists. If you have a country of 5M people, there IS a number...not sure what it is, that would be too much to absorb and keep national identity at all. If socialist, also an burden that cannot be borne. We have to agree on that but WHAT the number is, is not discussed, so the far right wants none, or very few, where he left accepts nothing less than ALL that show up. A person that wants to help, but not unlimited, is branded racist for even asking the question. This pushes them into the arms of the hard right as there is no one else even discussing.
It's like being in a lifeboat that is almost filled,yet the majority of folk are still in the water. Overfill and the boat sinks.
Brexit was certainly many xenophobes first choice, but ALSO there were many that did not approve of the dictatorial EU commission, a decidedly non-democratic entity, deciding in many cases corrupt, and no chance of voting anyone out of it.
Trump is wrong on nearly everything, but if one saw the tragedy of NAFTA, TPP, hegemony, he was at least saying the right things about those concerns (AS also was Sanders, who could have harvested those voters!) and Hillary was not, even her tepid "not as it is currently" position on TPP, nobody was buying it and no one knew I'd maybe she wasn't going to make cosmetic changes and pronounce it fixed, while keeping the parts many of us object to.
We also had a chance here for a viable third major party. If Sanders had gone independant it might have been our best chance for an alternative to Dems and GOP.
I agree. What's done is done and we already know why it happened the way it did. Now is the time to organize and offer an alternative. With a Clinton Presidency convincing Progressives to unite would've been harder as too many of them would've taken a "wait and see" approach as she pushed through the TPP and gotten us closer to war with Russia. We all hate Trump from the get-go, and that'll give us something to unite behind.
I also predict one of the first things he is going to get into deep trouble with is divesting of his businesses. I watched an interview with him, and Donald Jr. In another separate interview and they just WILL not understand that it is not divestment if you keep it in the family. Obviously he cannot have viable business interests as president, because it would be a conflict of interest. Further he has already siphoned off campaign donations to his businesses, to his own pockets indirectly. He will not be able to resist continuing this, and can be vulnerable on this issue.
Like your comment, especially the last sentence.
The other half of the electorate ( minus only about a million, or so ) was also no help.
Here in Vermont a few Progressives actually made it through. Notably, David Zuckerman for Lt. Governor and T.J. Donavan for Attorney General. Sue Minter lost to Phil Scott, the Republican, but Sue was a weak corporate candidate who only offered a tepid Progressive vision while Walker came across as being a more honest person. Leahy and Welch, both Democrats, easily won their reelection bids.
Stein barely got 2% of the vote.
This tells me that the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party may be the way to move forward from here. It's clear to me that the Green Party doesn't have what it takes to break into the debate (including a media that actively ignores and demonizes them). Locally, I plan to work with Sanders, Zuckerman and Donovan to build a stronger coalition of Democratic Progressive candidates who will be able to offer an alternative to what we're going to see in the next four years.
No doubt about it - it's going to be bad - and that's a good thing. The night is always darkest before the dawn. Sometimes people have to see how bad it can get before they realize how good it can be.
Progressives should unite to block any and all supreme court nominations until hell freezes over.
If there is a silver lining to all of this, it's that neoliberalism is dead. Neolibs=neocons=corporatism=fascism with wing-tipped jack boots, to use a Heinrich Boll expression.
"He told them the lies they wanted to hear,"
Some old lyrics come to mind:
"Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the cult of personality"
Watch out: I think it's still moving.
There are some of us on the left, we "so called progressives," who did not support Clinton or Obama and have long had their eyes open.
Always dangerous to generalize and finger point with large diverse groups of people.
I was all D, never R until my eyes were opened when Bill Clinton zealously pushed NAFTA through as soon as he hit DC, thereby promptly handing control of Congress to the GOP in 1994 for the first time in 40 years.
Although I will never vote R (even when two Republicans are the only choice in our state's blanket primary system) I put every Democrat's and third party candidate's track record under the magnifying glass before deciding who to cast my vote for.
Impeachment should begin immediately. There are court cases both civil and criminal (2 as rape accusations) that are still pending. A "movement" is needed to annul this travesty and dump Trump through the most expedient Impeachment in history.