Loosely Related Thoughts on Trump’s Big Weekend

 

Thought One: Protesting is an American right. It has been since the Boston Tea Party. It is woven into our DNA. I don’t protest, though, as I prefer to vote and engage people in discussion. Protesting just isn’t my thing, and I don’t think it generally accomplishes much unless the protesters can organize, network, and plan for real political action at the ballot. Otherwise, it is only an exercise that makes people feel empowered. Protesting does not change the outcome of elections.

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Thought Two: I’m not exactly sure what the SNL writer was thinking when she tweeted that Barron Trump would be a “Homeschool shooter” but children of politicians–especially POTUS, are off limits. It was true of Bush’s daughters and Obama’s daughters and should be true of Barron. The adult grown children who are politically active are fair game, but not an adolescent. That’s just not right. As an example, when Chelsea Clinton was in the White House growing up, it was not right to drag her into political discourse or satire. However, when as an adult she was actively campaigning for her mother, then everything changes. Same for Trump. Barron is off limits. He’s just a kid. Cut him some slack. And stop speculating.

Thought Three: The Missouri State Chorale was awful. Just awful. It might have been the song choice, to be honest. Someone on Twitter had the best line–comparing the song to the theme music from The Omen. Not a good sign. Not a good song. Seriously. Listen. If you dare.

Thought Four: I hated the way the prayers and readings were done at the Inauguration. It looked to me like the program just said “sprinklings of God stuff here” as they stacked them up by threes in two different places. It felt lazy and unorganized. For the record, whenever a future POTUS asks me to read Scripture at his/her inauguration, I plan to read 1 Samuel 21:15.

Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence?

Thought Five: What was up with the press briefing on Saturday. Newsflash to the Trump Administration–specifically the Press Spokesman–You won. You’re the President. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone. It doesn’t matter how many people showed up for the inauguration–You won. You need no more validation.

Thought Six: It looked like George Bush was having the best time of anyone at the event. Trump looked sullen. Obama looked anxious. Clinton, well, he kept staring at Melania. Seriously, did you see that shot of Hillary catching him looking? And if you’re wondering, that is precisely why some people voted for Trump. They remember President Clinton and didn’t want his presence anywhere near government.

 

Keeping It Positive on Inauguration Day: Warning–Contains Snark and Snark Byproducts

I don’t trust politicians. I didn’t trust Barack Obama. I don’t trust Donald Trump. For those who say Trump is not a politician, well, he is now.

What I do trust, though, is the process. I trust the process of transition and change. I trust the beauty of free speech and protest. I trust the every-day people who no one knows about that are really running our government.

I also trust the time-honored practice of looking on the positive side of things. So, here are some positives for you, regardless of your political ideology.


Keeping it Positive–We show the whole world how its done. We change our government over every four or eight years without ever firing a shot at anybody. No one dies when we have elections. Martial law is not needed. Look at us world–this is how you do it.

Keeping it Positive–The burden of keeping conspiracy theories going is hard and tiresome, so now those people who have been spreading false information about Obama can rest, and the other side can work up crazy conspiracy theories about Trump. Its is a kind of a balance of insanity that works for us. We can call it Crackpot Zen.

Keeping it Positive–You still have control over your life. I was never in favor of Obama’s policies, however, that didn’t hinder me from enjoying life, making friends, and becoming the best person I can be. I feel pretty much the same way about Trump. POTUS doesn’t have the kind of power to ruin me.

Keeping it Positive–It is way more fun to be snarky. I am very positive that this new POTUS will provide plenty of opportunity for me to be snarky. Mockery will be in full bloom.

Keeping it Positive–Kings and kingdoms rise and fall, but the Word of the Lord remains.

Keeping it Positive–We survived Nixon. We survived Jimmy Carter. We can survive anything.

Keeping it Positive–Republicans now have the responsibility of governing. If they succeed, it will be great for all of us whether we voted GOP or not. If they fail, they will not have long to mess things up, because another round of elections is in two years. Remember, that is what hampered Obama, he overreached, and the people slapped his wrist two years later.

Keeping it Positive–Now Michelle Obama and George Bush can hang out more often.

ELECTION NIGHT WINNERS

Wow–what a ride last night was. There is nothing like election night returns. I loved every minute of it. Turns out I was very wrong about the nation’s taste for Donald Trump–or as I should say, President-Elect Trump.

Someone took a picture of their TV.
Someone took a picture of their TV.

But this post is not about analysis of the election. I might do that later today or tomorrow. This post is about my analysis of the news coverage last night of election night.

MAP AWARD–CNN

CNN had the best maps last night. They were big, clear, and the different color schemes worked better. FOX really made a mess of their maps, IMHO, and NBC was kind of boring.

BEST RESULTS DISPLAY AWARD–FOX

Only FOX had what I wanted–real time numbers at the bottom of the screen, constantly updating the state returns along with important senate and house elections. When I was watching the other networks, it was often hard to tell what was going on.

MOST BIASED MOMENT AWARD–MSNBC

I saw several bias moments, in all actuality. As the returns stated going red, FOX people became downright giddy. I think I heard John King say, when CNN called Virginia for Clinton, “Finally, some good news.” But the most glaring moment of bias for me was Brian Williams at MSNBC. He was rattling off several states that were just called for Trump, and then he paused and audibly moaned in pain.

ICYMI, I have included it here for your listening pleasure.

WEIRDEST SET AWARD–ABC

I confess I didn’t watch a lot of ABC’s coverage because every single time I flipped over there they were at commercial. But when I did see some of their coverage, I noticed that their whole set had a distinct purple hue to it. I kept thinking the whole thing was an homage to Prince.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR AWARD–NPR

So we were watching the coverage on television, but my brother-in-law had his phone out and was telling us that NPR was calling states much faster than the networks. NBC seemed to be the slowest of the television networks, but they all lagged behind NPR. And while I’m at it, why did it take them so long to call Georgia and Florida? It was evident to everyone one at my viewing party that those could have been called much, much earlier.

DREAM TEAM AWARD

This is my “All-Star” crew. If I could ditch the network system, I’d like to watch the returns being filtered through Brit Hume, Chuck Todd, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow, and John King. Those are the voices that I think mattered the most in the analysis. I don’t agree with all of them on stuff, but they seem to have the best non-partisan analysis of what is actually going down. Hume’s cynical conservatism balances Maddows bubbling liberalism, Todd and King are just wonkish numbers nerds, and Brokaw, well, Brokaw is just a stud.

GO AWAY AND NEVER DO THIS AGAIN AWARD

I’m sick of Karl Rover (and yes, I remember his meltdown on screen on election night 2012). I am sick of Chris Matthews (no thrill down his thigh last night, huh?). Goodbye Wolf Blitzer. Seriously, Blitzer is just annoying. I hope that by 2020 you are all safely somewhere else watching the election results from your own living room.

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION AWARD–THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Whether your candidate won or lost, America did her thing last light and proved that actually voting is the only poll that matters. I love my country. I love election day.

BIGLY DEBATE ANALYSIS: WHAT WE LEARNED

Last night was the final POTUS debate of this cycle, thus meaning this is the last post on presidential debates from the Greenbean for at least three years. Here is what we can learn from last night’s debate in the desert.

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First, we learned that Chris Wallace won the debate. Is there any doubt that he was by far the best moderator in recent history? I recommend that Chris Wallace moderate every debate from this time forth until he dies. Please don’t die, Chris Wallace.

Second, we learned a new word–Bigly, and I learned that I am fascinated by it. Apparently, it is an actual word, even if Mr. Trump is not using it correctly. I confess I didn’t know it was a word. Some have argued that what Mr. Trump is saying is “Big League” and it comes out in this compressed way. Maybe in a Mandela Effect alternate reality, but not in this one. In this universe, he is saying bigly. It motivates me to want to preach bigly this Sunday.

Third, we learned that Secretary Clinton invokes the incredibly small number of health-of-mother cases when challenged on the brutal and savage practice of partial-birth abortion. Shame on her.

Fourth, we learned Mr. Trump’s strongest case for our vote is his Supreme Court argument. Secretary Clinton’s call for judicial activism is frightening. I am not against activism–I am all for getting rid of the big money in politics and making certain that powerful special interests are kept in check–but this should be done through the legislative branch.

Fifth, we learned that Mr. Trump can dish it out, but he can’t take it. When Secretary Clinton ribbed him about dodging taxes, he interrupted her to call her a, “nasty woman.”

Sixth, we learned that Secretary Clinton has no answer for the leaked videos about Democratic operatives serving as agitators at Trump rallies, particularly in Chicago. This confirms what Bernie Sanders learned (and George H.W. Bush) — the Clinton’s play dirty pool.

Seventh, and most importantly I think, we learned that Mr. Trump is not prepared to accept the results of the election. I find this shocking, horrifying, and deeply disturbing. It proves, to me, once and for all, that Mr. Trump cares more about himself, his reputation, and his brand than he does about the American people. Bigly.