Yes, I know: I keep waking up in TrumpWorld, too. The thought clicks into place about two seconds after my eyes open and consciousness dawns. Dazed and confused. Then, the cringing and wincing begins all over again...
My blood pressure goes up 40 points envisioning his clan in the national living room, rummaging around in the country's secrets and cupboards and treasure chests, looking for self-fulfillment, self-aggrandizement, and various wealth-building angles to play. We have 243 million adults living in this country, give or take. THIS is the best we can do? REALLY?!
How on earth did we elect a person who speaks and acts as this man has done all throughout a campaign -- and all through his life? While in the public eye, in the spotlight -- not in some dank back room, where he was an unknown? How can we respect someone who has spent a lifetime showing disrespect to everyone around him? How can we trust a man who has spent his life cheating and conning others? How can anyone -- let alone half the country -- have been taken in by a man who always acted only for his own benefit, recognition, and gain... especially on the basis that this greedy elitist would do all he could to improve the poor lives of the regular, everyday people?
It's alarming. It's another world. It's some new rip or rift in the fabric of reality which has occurred, and there's no way of telling what will happen next, no way to know or understand what we should expect -- no way to see what the New Normal might be in this New World Order, this neo-democracy.
Yes, well: Grab a Danish and some coffee, take a seat. Welcome back to Group.
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I'm sure you've already heard a Trump protester was shot at a demonstration. Scary stuff.
Most protests have been peaceful. One or two events got a little heated, I hear, with some proof of anarchist-agitators getting involved with peaceful protesters, trying to urge them on and make things ugly. A clear majority of the events have been peaceful, respectful, legal, and spontaneous outpourings of real and valid concern.
We all expected Trumpsters would be riled up and rioting after Hillary's projected win. We didn't expect to be marching and protesting a Trump takeover. And we surely didn't expect them to start picking us off when we expressed our surprise and dismay at the qualities -- and lack of them -- in the totally inexperienced and woefully unqualified man-child who won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote.
I mean: Let's get real. No one from the left started picking-off protesters when Obama won office, nor when rightwing marchers hoisted their Obama effigies high, or when they torched flags, figures, and photos of the man.
No one took potshots at the Supreme Court or its members when, it could be said, they ended -- at the very least interrupted -- the reign of representative democracy in this country on December 12, 2000, when a legitimate vote recount was underway, but was terminated by them, with the court deciding to hand over the presidency to their choice, and not the People's?
In fact, I'm trying to remember the last right-winger who was gunned down by someone from the left, or by an independent or other-party member -- when anyone pulled the trigger on any Republican, any time in the life of you, your parents, your grandparents... All I remember, personally, is the assassination of JFK, RFK, and MLK, Jr., and that it all happened within my very own lifetime.
The Secret Service has sure had their hands full with the unprecedented number of death threats for Obama, gawd knows -- a sure sign that this country is not settling down and not getting any wiser.
Sure: There were plenty of rightwingnuts around, and still are. Always have been. None of them have been "taken out," as so many swaggering rightwing tough guys like to say. And why is it that people with the gun collections and the camo gear and the chips on their shoulders for anyone not exactly like them are always lunatic, white-guy Republicans?
I tell you: I'm waiting for the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! banner to come out of mothballs and be unfurled again. It'll look just great to the world, hanging alongside a new, big sign I saw today celbrating Trump's win, reading: THANK YOU DEPLORABLES!
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You've probably already heard about that petition which was filed in Oregon, requesting that state be allowed to begin secession from the rest of the country. California's talking about starting one, too.
Thing is, the one already filed in Oregon has been withdrawn. Why? Because of all the death threats, and threats of assorted mayhem and violence against the people involved, and their property.
- Funny -- I don't remember anyone on the left boiling over and threatening people during the on-again, off-again squirreliness from southern states who periodically ramp up seccession papers every third or 13th weekend, for any light-on-logic cause or another...
- Wonder why it is that it's always been the rightwingers who get twitchy, and who get trigger-finger itchy, who want to kill or bail?
This violence is happening -- and happening already, a whopping THREE DAYS after the election -- one person shot and many people threatened, OVER THOUGHTS THEY HAVE EXPRESSED.
What can we expect -- what in hell should we expect -- in the coming weeks, months, and years? What should we expect when someone does more than express a contrary thought, and actually ACTS against the way rightwingers want things to go, against TrumpThink?
Will we start shooting members of councils and legislative bodies? Kill any lawmaker daring to present a bill with another point of view? Threaten their families? Curse and spit at them, tell them we are burning down their homes? String them up, out in front of their burning houses? Warn them that we know their children's names, tell them we know where their kids go to school?
Yes, waking up in TrumpWorld gets more real -- every... single... day.
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Ask me, Trump should stop tweeting about how "VERY UNFAIR" it is, having people peacefully expressing their First Amendment rights.
His complaints are hollow, vaporous, and are further insult, coming from a man who made suggestions about a Second Amendment solution for his opponent in this last tortured, and torturous, presidential race. It is also doubly insulting, considering Trump had previously tweeted that people should march on Washington and stop "this travesty" of Obama's re-election in 2012.
Maybe a cooler head prevailed in the TrumpBubble, or, more likely than not, Trump was jumped and hogtied by his staff, and his Twitter account was once again wrestled away from him. Later, a new message appeared, contradicting his first message, pouring love all over those passionate protesters.
You can't have it all ways, simultaneously, all at once, and from all directions and points of view. We've had -- and still have -- plenty of rightwing hypocrites in office and on the political scene. However, I think this is our first experience with a hypocrite able to display facets of hypocrisy from a multiverse of parallel multiverses and alternative dimensions, all at once.
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