Three days, 72 hours
Its been 72 hours since HRC conceded the run to President Elect Trump. In that time, I have watched the immature whinings of both sides of the win/lose aisle, and all I can say is, same old same old. I don’t think there is one person about my spheres that voted for Trump because they thought he was a cool dude. I pretty firmly think that his success as presidential candidate had everything to do with the fact that us “uneducated white male racists” are just sick and tired of the status quo in the District of Criminals, and Trump sold us on the promise to “Drain the swamp”. Another factor that I think played a role was that many die-hard Democrats of the old-school type just didn’t want to give HRC the win and stayed home. Even many of the older democrats that share coffee on my uncles porch couldn’t swallow her BS and stated as much. There are many that did so in these parts and a danged good reason Kentucky looked so Red in the maps. Louisville and Lexington areas were the only blue zones.
Well, all of that is water under the bridge as they say. Or, Is it? Seems that we have a long road ahead of us still. We may have thwarted WWIII by electing Trump: God knows that there are more tables being set for negotiations than there were a week ago. Putin, Dueturte, and others are all willing to sit down now, not just rattle sabers and prepare the armories. This is a good thing, and only because SHE didn’t win. Thats the easy side of Trumps win. Granted negotiations can stall, fail, or even flare-up. But negotiations are so much better than blatant troop movements without diplomatic intervention.
Still, there is the whining from the win side that is bothering me. We all know/knew that a Trump win would cause the losers to immediately go into protest mode. And on cue, they did just that; if you want to call riots, protests. It’s all good, they are operating by the playbook, as expected. What isn’t by the playbook is the winners whining that Trump isn’t playing right. That he is taking on old-school cronies from the Bush and Reagan eras as his advisors, and that is just not right, wha-wha! Heres a clue for you, and one you already know if you know anything about Trump. “You’re fired” ring a bell? He is going to hedge his bets with known people at the starting gate. He is going to have a time period in which he wants to see a certain amount of progress on what he needs done, and if those people are not doing so, or waffling, or even metastasizing into something resembling what he is replacing, then “You’re Fired” comes into play. The man has resources that are NOT located within the Beltway. He has the ability to push hard when need arises. I am not saying this man is a saint, or hero. I am saying its been a very short 72 hours and already the griping is coming out. I have to say, I am far more impressed by Trump than I have any other president elect since I left the higher school. He has made more of an impact on the WORLD, just by the fact that his election snuffed the smouldering burn that was about to erupt into WWIII; and that alone is giving me hope that there is more than just words about this cycle.
I don’t care if they ever build that wall on the US/Mexico border. Just enforce the laws we have in place and that would do it. Let the ICE people do their damned job instead of telling them to stand down like Oblammy-o-boy has been doing. I don’t think his import Tax on US corporations shipping in from overseas will play out the way he said it would. This one seems like a loaded gun with a plugged barrel to me. Anyone that knows even the basics of economics knows that Corporations don’t actually pay taxes. Those costs are calculated out and added to the end product and the consumer pays it. Think about that. A 30% tax on Ipod/Ipad/Iphones would bump the price up that much, if not more. Apple will happily pay that price if they are still able to sell their products, and the winner is? Big Government. They get more money and the loser, the consumer, gets to pay it for Apple. So, no, I think this plan needs some other considerations before enacting it. There has to be a better way of getting the manufacturing back in the States, and punishing the corporations by attacking the pocket book of the consumers is not that way. I have further thoughts on this, but not enough of a thinktank, nor paid enough to really go into depth. I do think that there needs to be renegotiation on many of our Trade Pacts as these really are what set us up for where we are now, at least as a manufacturing country. Now, none of the above is intended as a gripe. I know and knew going in, that over half of what Trump was saying was designed to get people to vote for him. That is called politics, and it has been that way since Ogg sold Ugg on moving across the river for better hunting. No one, not no one is ever ever going to be 100% satisfied with the end product of politics. And never ever forget that politics is just War played nice. Another way of looking at it is, war is what happens when politics fails, but fact is, they are one and the same coin, just opposite sides. With that in mind, my only fear is that the facade we were seeing in the election cycle is just that, a facade; a thin veneer disguising a clone of HRC. I can only hope that some of his rhetoric rubbed off and he started seeing a patriotic side of himself that will keep him in line with his “sell”.
And on that note, we ain’t done yet. There needs to be a watchdog mentality amongst us that is willing to step up and let him know with no uncertainty that he is wobbling, if and when such happens. I know I am tired of watching people get sent to DC to fix the ills of this country, only to watch them morph into the very thing we sent them to fix. (Keep that in mind Rand Paul. You ain’t your daddy, and we wanted a younger version of him up there. Ya may want to get back in line soon and we gave you a second chance.) Its only been 72 hours and so far, so good. Time will tell if our choice has any merit or if we have been taken again. And if we find we have been taken again, only God knows what will happen to this country. So, keep at it, we ain’t done yet, make some plans, stick to them, and keep prepping. Only history is written in stone, and preps are just insurance against the unknown future. Keep improving YOU, and your space in the world, and don’t go depending on someone with “good hair” to do it for you.