Post Election

A couple of things to note here.

1 – Thank you Bradley Smith via Glenn Reynolds for pointing out that the meme about money can buy elections is incorrect when da people have had enough.

2 – there are tons and tons of articles out there about why Trump won – go, read them have fun, watch the D’s try to figure it out, then have run reading this article who’s author is a bit delusional as she determines that there was an entire right wing machine in place for years to beat Clinton. That it’s amazing she did so very well against such an opponent. huh?

OR, you can read this article in my local paper which is adorable and admirable. The Integral Center for Yoga in Boulder interviewed an anonymous group of Trump supporters in Boulder to see why they voted for him.

So risky and courageous is it to speak publicly in this city as a Trump supporter that the panelists asked to remain anonymous, and event organizers insisted none of the more than 100 seated in the room photograph or record anything during the 90-minute forum.

The space was “safe” with even a dog around and moments of deep breathing and meditation and mindfulness

The panelists, all in early-to-middle adulthood, were a diverse bunch: a white man raised in central Africa who moved to the area recently; a gay black man adopted by white parents, who now lives in the foothills; a white woman who’s been obsessed with presidential politics since a stint on the high school debate team long ago; a part-Native American woman raised in the Rust Belt and deeply involved in the pro-life movement; and a white man who, since 2000 alone, has voted in presidential races for Ralph Nader, Michael Badnarik, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump.

“Take a breath and be aware of how your body is doing,” co-moderator and Integral Center Executive Director Robert MacNaughton instructed the crowd before the panel kicked off. He was the only one on stage who gave his full name.

So what did this group share? Basically Clinton and Trump both suck and Clinton sucked more. Just like I have said, over and over and over. (though maybe not here, blogging has been light)

First, none of them endorsed Trump unequivocally, and some of them even used words such as “disgusting,” “divisive” and “fascist Cheeto” to describe the man.

And, secondly, they shared a profound distrust and dislike of Hillary Clinton, a person they agreed is corrupt and unfeeling. Some descriptions used Wednesday evening would suggest she approaches subhuman levels of emotional capacity.

Go read. I am impressed and thankful that people in Boulder did this vs the rioting in the streets. Good for them and the Integral Center For Yoga.

Now if Democrats would listen, vs delusionally believing that Clinton was the best candidate ever and the Trump voters must be racist/mysogynist/deplorables we may be able to converse again one day.

Day 2 of the New Regime

Well lets see – we had day 1 of shock and awe.

Now day 2 where you have a transition team with this rule in place being tossed around:

Mr. Trump’s transition team has been gathering for months, and they packed into an office on Wednesday a block away from the White House to continue drafting blueprints for the new administration. Among the proposals: a policy that would ban many members of the transition team from lobbying the same federal agencies they are helping shape.

The proposed ban, which may last as long as Mr. Trump is in office, would underscore the “change” theme that powered the Republican nominee’s surprising victory on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the planning.

Along with women and minorities being discussed concerning positions in the administration.

On the other side of the world you have riots in the streets from people who were shocked, shocked I tell you when Trump suggested he might await any legal concerns if he didn’t win the election.

I find myself in the distasteful place of defending a vote for Trump

Wow! The Clinton Machine is Done!

In most of the articles this morning, the story is the horrendous polls and how inaccurate they were. And why? Because they underestimated the white vote.

Per the Daily Mail, here is the breakdown.

It’s kind of interesting. Trump did not do badly with Latinos and held his own with blacks in comparison with other elections.

I think the articles should be about what a tremendously horrible, rotten, corrupt candidate the Dems put up this year. You have 2 candidates. Both are bad. One is corrupt and has been working to make this a banana republic bought and sold through the Clinton Foundation for years. The other – he’s insulting, and mean, and rude. Sorry guys, I’ll take insulting, mean and rude over absolute corruption and the continuation of corruption any day. With Trump there is a chance. With Clinton it would have been the same old same old.

Articles/Columns to read:
Daily Mail’s wrap up

From the WSJ before the election – this column was worthy.
David French of the National Review

At the same time that I’ve been Never Trump, I have also been Never Hillary. There is a measure of real justice in the America’s rejection of Hillary Clinton. The electorate has directly and intentionally rebuked her corruption, her double standards, and her arrogance. This election was less about the love of Trump (though many millions do certainly love him) than it was about rejecting the colossal hubris of the progressive establishment. This is a good thing, a very good thing indeed.

Kevin Williamson of the National Review

There is not much to celebrate in the elevation of Donald Trump, but there is much to celebrate in the defeat of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Some time back, I described the Clintons as the penicillin-resistant syphilis of American politics; it turns out that there is a treatment after all, though it may remind us of some of the more exotic and unpleasant treatments that were relied upon in the time before antibiotics. Mrs. Clinton is an unusually unlikeable figure, having as she does the same sliminess and slipperiness as her husband but none of his facile charm and nearly flawless political instincts. She is also wrong about some fundamental things: what the Constitution means and how the Supreme Court should interpret it, abortion, gun rights, crime, education, taxes, the economy. . . .

From Richard Fernandez of PJ Media with a hat tip to limited government:

It’s not enough to give nice speeches or engage in teaching moments.. The facts are more important. Michael F. Cannon tweeted: “think of your least favorite presidential candidate. Now imagine s/he wins. Doesn’t limiting government power seem like a good idea?” Would the progressives agree with that now?

Da people were done with corruption and the unfairness of our justice system. They were done with passing down the presidency:Clintons/Bush’s (if you go back to the primaries).
Trump gave a great acceptance speech last night. Kudos to him.

May God be with him to humble him for this great opportunity to give power back to the people and the states of this nation. I am happy the GOP won both houses. They will work to keep him in check without automatically treating him like the devil as the D’s would have done.
He has a chance.

And so to does the Supreme Court!!!

What Changed Now

So yesterday I wavered. I don’t know if it’s the polls showing Trump is going to lose (this hasn’t bothered me before). Was it the weekend hot mic? (no – who didn’t know this of Trump?)

It’s the lack of understanding/compassion from the Trump campaign for the rest of the GOP.

And I have no respect for the GOP. The GOP is at fault for Trump. In their quest to not have a Ted Cruz or even Marco Rubio as their nominee in favor of Jeb Bush, they boosted Trump. They could have found tapes of how awful Trump is. They could have shown some minimum amount of understanding and compassion for those who actually need to compete with illegal aliens. They could have adjusted rules so that there weren’t 18 (18!!) people in the primary.

So they made their bed.

Trump is smart enough to realize his own personality and traits that are not presidential. He’s not a professional politician and he could easily discuss how he doesn’t quite get what all is needed, but that he does need a GOP congress if he’s going to get things done. Instead – he doesn’t care.
Just because Paul Ryan is vilified by many on the right doesn’t mean he didn’t get elected and gets to serve in his spot. Trump could easily ignore what’s going on with Ryan by just suggesting that he understands, but that when he’s elected President, they’ll all figure out how to get along. Isn’t that what’s done in business?

Why is this unforgivable to me vs Trump’s support of Kelos? I think it just may be that final straw on the camel’s back. It’s not any worse than anything else. And maybe it’s because Colorado no longer feels in play so I have a little leeway.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have money for a real Libertarian candidate next time that morphs into the new GOP? Come on – you know the GOP is dead and gone.

Also I lost a friend this weekend. He died within 3 months of diagnosis leaving behind a wife and a wonderful 4 year old girl. This election really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things.