Yeah, so that happened.
I voted Clinton. I have an autistic child. I absolutely cannot abide by a lunatic that mocks the disabled. I have a vagina. I cannot abide by a lunatic who brags about pussy-grabbing.
I hate that I had to even write that sentence. I hate that mocking the disabled and pussy-grabbing were even a part of this disaster of an election season.
And now that he’s won, he looks terrified.
He probably should be.
I wrote earlier this summer about my general belief that democracy as we knew it is more-or-less over already. And I was fairly certain the “progressive” brand peaked out with the executive order concerning transsexual bathrooms and the… whatever the hell is happening on campus reaching the loyalty oath zone.
I don’t even know what is going to happen. I won’t pretend.
Things I know:
I know that we’re post Cold War. I am edging up on 40, and my grandpa was too young to have fought in World War 2. There are a lot of adults out there who have grandpas that fought in Vietnam. Or dodged the draft during Vietnam. There’s no one left alive with enough credibility to tell the Gamer Gaters that “Fash” ain’t cute.
The alt-right, and this never seemed to make it to the news, because everyone was freaking out about a cartoon frog, seems to think that Putin has the balls to go after “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” (And if Obama had just uttered those 3 words, maybe we’d be looking at President Elect Clinton. Not that I am ever going to be super, duper happy with the idea of Ma & Pa Ferguson 2.0. It’s a shame, too. She’s smarter than him.) There is some notion that “the West” will not go after Islam, but Putin will, because he wants sea routes and pipeline access. That is why, all of a sudden, Republicans are okay with Russia–so that Russia will take out Muslims.
Don’t say they didn’t learn anything from the war in Iraq.
I know that odds are pretty good that the “missing” people in the polls are Millennials. They were either so entirely brainwashed they really think they’ll be stuck in FEMA camps for not “virtue signalling,” or they don’t have a phone because they don’t actually have a job, and therefore they don’t need one. And there’s really nothing worse for a country than idle youth.
I know that Trump has been compared to Hitler and Mussolini, and the BBC is terrified that Europe is headed for a new round of pan nationalist insanity. I also know that I personally think he’s something more like that guy that really over-identified with Tony Soprano. He’s that uncle in New Jersey who is always mentioning that he knows a guy who is connected to the mob, but he never really gives the details on that connection.
What I am saying is that he doesn’t have the comprehensive worldview to be a Hitler, and he doesn’t have the attention span to be a Mussolini.
He looks, in nearly every photo, including the one from the viewing room where he found out he won, like he’s about five minutes from throwing up.
He’s supposed to be starting a TV network. Now he’s actually got to do the work of being President, when all he wanted to do was grab some pussies.
Much as people keep saying Mussolini… he may be Harding. He may be looking at impeachment, launched by the GOP, so they can attempt 10 years of Mike Pence.
But, hey. Maybe he is Mussolini. Weirder things have happened.
Alternately? Maybe the population-at-large doesn’t want to be a bunch of peasants in the global economy. Maybe, in this obvious post Cold War state of affairs, “globalism” isn’t just a dog whistle term for anti-Semites. Maybe it was about Trump’s odd (and remarkably consistent) commitment to protectionism.
I sort of doubt it, but, hey. Maybe.