I think it is safe to say that we all want this election to be over. It’s way too long and it seems to get more nasty on a daily basis. We Americans were birthed in volatile campaigns so this is not a new phenomena. It is only new for a generation. If you study the Jefferson campaign, this looks tame. Besides, we would miss the real meaning of this campaign. We have two candidates who are representatives of our transitional period. During this transition, we must make changes to the status quo and this is what it looks like.
Trump was really not about becoming a President as he was to change the face of the Republican Party. He is doing that and so I would say that he is doing his job. Sometimes it has to get so outrageous to finally make a change. It took sound bite after sound bite to finally get to the worst sound bite to activate the grenade. If you hear the news today, he is talking about going it alone without the Republican backing. Fabulous stuff to watch and the Republican Party is changed forever.
Hillary’s job was to be the transition person from the male dominated leadership into the beginning of influential female leadership. As I have said before, she represents a strong female/male quality. I would call her more conservative than most democrats and certainly more hawkish than Obama. She can be socially progressive but underneath will be the conservative. She is a lightening rod for opinions but she can stand the heat. She has been trained to do this.
I have often thought what would happen if the roles were reversed and we had a Donna Trump who was married 3 times, hit
on all the males she could and used vulgar language and a Harry Clinton, hard working, tenacious and secretive. Let’s pretend they are reading the same script but in different genders. Would we blow Donna Trump out of the water and support Harry Clinton, especially if he had experienced a wayward wife who chased pants when she was in the presidential office? What a skit this would make on SNL. Would this qualify as a double standard?
As America goes through this huge transition that began officially in 2008 and continues until 2024, she must understand that just because she had the election on November 8th, America will still have tend to her knitting. She will, through pressure from the Trump supporters and the Bernie supporters attend to areas of governing that have been neglected. We did really favor the 1% and we really did ignore West Virginia. But, we can’t go back and all use coal just because we can. It’s like saying, okay, I’ll give up the car and get out the horse-drawn buggy. You can’t go back–except maybe for Dorothy. We are a nation that is becoming more and more homogenized. Our skin is turning from freckles to lightly tanned. There are those, mostly Trump supporters, who feel left out of the system, are less educated (less college degrees) and very angry. These are the Brexit people. They may vote against their own best interests just to make a point.
After this election is over, the exposure that has been brought to the surface in the form of Wells Fargo’s flagrant disregard for its customers, huge jumps in drug prices, monopolies in almost all industries and indifference to the middle class will continue. It will be a tumultuous 8 years. The bedroom habits of corporations and governing bodies sleeping with large lobby groups, and having them write our laws, is going to become even more glaring. No matter how much you would like to keep it private, you won’t be able to.
Get out the popcorn, put your feet up and watch the show. It’s not over until the fat lady sings and nobody is singing. I’m still waiting to see if Donald Trump has a sense of humor. I never hear him laugh or hear about him laughing. He is a good actor though. The whole thing has a theatrical ring about it. Hopefully, we all start to become more involved in the process rather than just the audience watching the show.