|Henry Ford, world-class hater (National Portrait Gallery)|
Hate is in our bones.
Maybe it’s always there, from birth. A natural defense against being eaten by bears.
Maybe it seeps in over time.
Either way, this election will come down to who hates whom more.
That was clear last week in Cleveland as the Republicans poured contempt on Hispanic immigrants. They scorned Muslim Americans. And, most of all, they reviled that embodiment of all that is wrong in America and the universe, the central source of evil, princess of lies enthroned in the 9th ring of Hell beside her master, Lucifer, the beast of many names aka “Hillary Clinton.”
They hate her as the Judas Goat for what this country is fast becoming: a less white place. They dread what is happening so much they crowned an erratic egomaniac as their savior because, well, he promises to relieve them of the awful pressure that hatred brings.
It must be working. Nate Silver, the stats guru, said on Monday if the election were held now, Trump would win. Silver later dialed back that estimate but, to be frank, I still think Trump would win. Because to hope otherwise feels wishful. Sorry to be the one to tell you...
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This Lucifer crap is ridiculous. Even that loon Kass fell for it.ReplyDelete
Saul Alinsky dedicated his book to his mother, not Lucifer.
They've all fallen for the bullshit & lies of Pinocchio Trump!
Don't fret, Mr. S. Even if that beast Trump wins, no one is going to pluck out your beard. This isn't the same situation as 1930's Germany. (and related to a past blog, you look like the actor Richard Dreyfus)ReplyDelete
Not the same. But similar. And maybe not mine. But somebody's.Delete
I just cannot stand how Trump and Clinton are being cast as equally loathsome, unlikable, contemptible, whatever. What is wrong with people? I guess it's the ultimate manifestation of the old "they're all corrupt" inanity, but honestly, how much of a fool do you have to be to not see how much more qualified Clinton is, in every conceivable way, to be president? How did we get to a point where a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and First Lady is seen as somehow equivalent to a reality-show buffoon and deadbeat real-estate developer?ReplyDelete
Believe me, I agree with you completely, but to me it's apparent that many people think that government service is worthless; that someone who makes it in business and does good "deals" can handle anything. While there are examples of people outside of politics who have done well in government (Eisenhower, Rockefeller, Schwarzenegger...) there are plenty more who haven't (do I need to list them?)Delete
The insanity is that Trump became the Republican choice for president. I would never vote for a Republican anyway, but the shenanigans during the primaries by the Democratic party have opened my eyes to the state of politics in this country. As for Hillary, I will hold my nose when I vote for her, just as I did when I voted for her husband. My problem with her is that she has a long record of poor judgement and faulty decision-making that is worrisome for her to be the president. It is not very reassuring that her campaign was tainted by apparent cheating. And it is not helpful that Clinton's supporters have continually tried to infantilize anyone who supported her opponent, Bernie Sanders, who was always at a disadvantage against the Clinton political machine, but who presented many worthwhile issues to be addressed by the party.ReplyDelete
There weren't any shenanigans by the Democrats or Hillary during the primaries.Delete
Hillary played by the rules that were instituted years ago & won.
As for the stuff in the emails, they didn't any of it, it was just wishful thinking.
And don't forget, the Russians did the hacking because Trump is in the hole to them for hundreds of millions, as they've been the only ones stupid enough to finance this deadbeat.
That's probably why he won't release his tax returns, it'll show how much he owes the Russkies!
Visceral hatred should be directed at the real nasties, like the leaders who imprison, torture, and kill there enemies, or perceived enemies. Fortunately for us that is somewhat rare in the U.S. What I despise and dislike are people who abuse others for no other reason then it's in their nature, and will do so when they can get away with it.ReplyDelete
In the case of Trump, it is often financial abuse. A few months ago the Sun Times did a story on how Trump has a record of not paying contractors in full. Curiously these all to often are his supporters, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc., trade workers in the construction business. I've heard stories about how Trump's companies will give verbal assurances to contractors providing quotes, that the work can be done less costly then what is in the specs. When the work is complete, final payments are withheld because the specs are not met.
In the case of Hillary, seemingly people who she believes to be of low station in life, can become objects of abuse. I've known active service military in the Clinton years, who have occasionally escorted Hillary or Tipper in foreign countries. They tell many stories of how friendly and courteous Tipper was, remembering peoples names and asking about their families, telling stories of her family, and listening attentively to what the soldiers have to say. When asked what Hillary is like, in a typical military reticent fashion they will just say she is standoffish or snobbish. There are plenty of stories going around, some published in books, of Hillary heaping verbal abuse on staff who address her directly.
I'll name drop a little, having recognized politicians like Bill Lipinski and Hastert, in action in restaurants. They are very gregarious, memorize the waitress' name, and use it when addressing them. In on case Lipinski was approached by a distraught constituent, he halted her in mid-sentence, pulls out a business card, tells her to call first thing Monday morning, and be sure to ask for Jim, no doubt Jim is the staffer who will be answering the phone. But people remember these things and will tell family and friends about their encounter with a celebrity. If anyone knows a story of Hillary being friendly to a waitress or doorman, I'd like to hear it so I can feel better about voting for her.
Let's see Bernie. You buy that Trump has built his fortune by cheating investors, suppliers and workers. But Hillary is guilty of "abuse" because she's not good at being friendly to waitresses and doormen.ReplyDelete
For the record, I've read many testimonials from people who have said she was gracious and, more important, listened to what they had to say, one of the ways she got to be Senator from New York despite being a Cubs fan.
I'm not sure what you mean when you say I 'buy' Trump's malfeasance, I've heard stories from enough people to 'know' it's true. During Hillary's campaign, they came up with the idea a listening tour, where she drove around the country to listen to what American's have to say. The need to announce at this stage of her career it's necessary to start listening to 'common' people, is itself unusual for a politician. The tour seemed to me filled with staged photo ops with pre-screened fans and supporters. No doubt she is gracious to her social equals, and those who can help her. If you can provide the link to a real world working stiff having a pleasant encounter with her while assisting her, I'd be reassured. It's not a personality trait that automatically disqualifies her for the office of President.Delete
Oh please. This is that stupid "guy I'd rather have a beer with" standard that gave us the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush.Delete
People should have a sense of common courtesy, you don't have to stop your day and have a beer with strangers to demonstrate your sincerity. I've on occasion have been part of a team that preformed sales presentations to millionaire owners of businesses. It was never important enough for employees not to interrupt the meetings. Observing the interactions there is a minority of upper class people who address their employees with sarcasm and impersonal diminutives like Ace, Chief, darling, and sweetie, never their actual name, even if they have known them for years. Maybe it's just me, I don't like these type of people. Unfortunately Hillary seems to fall into that class.Delete
Just listened to an hour on NPR with a NY Times reporter who said she's particularly good one-on-one and with small groups. Offered as an illustration of her meeting in Chicago with the Black mothers who lost children. And who gave a moving testimonial to her at the Convention. Nothing about waitresses and doormen though. And it was widely reported that her listening tour of upstate New York was a success and a big part of why she got elected. With respect, I don't think you know enough about the lady to put her firmly in "that class."Delete
You are right, I don't know enough about her, that's why I'm fishing for a nice story about her. With respect, I don't think you know enough about Hillary to categorically remove her from "that class." Perhaps someday a political operative will construct a believable story with no contradictions, then I will live happy in my ignorance.Delete
Golem hissing Chewbacca......that's a weird fanfic mashup, Wookies in Middle Earth. One of the big hate spewers, Ted Nugent, is performing nearby on Friday, and people here are way too excited to see "Uncle Ted." They think of him like a god, and not because of his guitar skills. It's a bit scary.ReplyDelete
Clark St., you're right about Putin owning Trump because he has been blackballed by U.S. banks and is 3/4 billion dollars in debt and is being bankrolled by a Russian syndicate controlled by Putin. But you're wrong about Clinton's campaign not pulling any shenanigans during the primaries. There is proof in California and they are being sued over it. That is why there was so much booing at the convention. According to a friend that is there the California group was very vocal about their displeasure at the way the Clinton campaign turned an actual win by Sanders into a win for Clinton, thus securing the nomination for her.ReplyDelete
Anyone can sue anyone for anything.Delete
Sanders lost, fair & square.
I don't know that I hate Trump (I try to not have personal feelings about people I don't know), but I'm scare shitless of the idea of a Trump presidency. Actually, after his appearance at the convention, I'm scared of Rudy Gulliani, too. Trump is certifiable, and should be allowed near the White House,let alone in the White House. How can people not see this?ReplyDelete
should NOT be allowed near the White House. Lousy typistDelete
We need to start calling him Comrade Trump. He more or less speaks treason regarding Putin and Russia. He's mad, as in insane.ReplyDelete
Yes, let us see if this latest mess with Putin doesn't finish him off. But then nothing ever seems to stick on him...ReplyDelete