One of the best political podcasts this year has been Slate’s Trumpcast, hosted by Jacob Weisberg. It’s funny, surreal and serious.
The lastest episode features chess master Gary Kasparov, who is a political exile in the US having made enemies at the Kremlin in Russia. He’s probably already thinking 5 steps ahead and has Plans B thru H if something goes wrong.
Anyway, this episode is insightful. I’ve compared Trump to Henry VIII and I think that’s a comparison Kasparov would agree with. He tells us how a dictator thinks: it’s not as long term as you think. And he makes a good case for why Trump should never be president. I think Obama has been reading Kasparov’s latest book when he said in his press conference that Russia is a small country. But Kasparov says Putin sized up Obama as being a weak and indecisive president.
Just go listen, especially the end where Kasparov tells younger American’s to look to the future by concentrating their efforts in the present. This is going to be a difficult four years. We need to focus our attention on what we can do in the short term. We need to pull ourselves together, get over some of the shock and get ready.
And as flamboyant, chaotic and careless Trump is, our attention might be better fixed on Congress and allying with our Trump friends and family to oust as many mercenaries who are about to betray us as we can.
Winter is Coming must have been created by a Girl Scout. Be prepared.
One other thing: The Washington Post reports today that 52% of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote. I guess we should be alarmed by that but I don’t think Republicans make up 52% of the population. Let’s put this in perspective. Republicans are something around 40% of the population. So if 52% of 40% of the population believes that Trump won the election, that’s still only about 20% of the population is accepting the lies. The majority of the rest of us know now that Clinton won by 2,800,000+ votes. That’s about 2.1% of the vote. The raw numbers make Clinton more popular than any white male who has ever run for president.
The electoral college as currently set up favors property owners in sparsely populated states. If it reflected one person, one vote as it should, Clinton would be president hands down. By the objective standard of who won more votes, she won. And not all of them were in California. They were in NJ, WA, OH, FL, TX, PA and WI. They were all over the place. She won. Decisively.
Never forget that you voted for the winner. You voted for an honest, ethical, hard working, self-actualized, mentally healthy, strong, capable, experienced individual who scared the shit out of Vladimir Putin in a way that Donald Trump will never be able to achieve with all his money or all the tea in CHI-NA.
Onto more cheerful things. I’m getting a tree today. Normally, I get fresh because my kids always insisted on it. But they’re not here, I get to make all the decisions now and dammit I’m tired of stringing lights. So, I’m going to break down this year and buy a prelit tree. Unless someone has had any experience with those light rings that you loop over the top of the tree and artfully drape over the branches. The problem with those is that there aren’t enough lights. There are only 64 lights per package. Seems a little skimpy.
Anyone got an opinion? Fresh or artificial? Light ring… thingies or bite the bullet and string them by hand? One thing for sure, THERE WILL BE A TREE. This is non-negotiable.
This season has been interesting. It’s been full of surprises. Some of them good, some pretty awful and some that just came out of nowhere. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, I’m going to try to enjoy my Christmas. And make plans. And allies.
Hold hands, stick together. Look out for one another.
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