Wednesday, November 09, 2016


I woke up at 3 a.m., my stomach hurt. I'm physically ill today, my mouth is dry and I can't even think about food yet. My faith in the innate good sense of this country is gone, and it will take me a while to recover my equilibrium. I meditated this morning, it helped a bit. I'm going to a progressive and inclusive church on Sunday, and every Sunday from now on. I've lost faith in my fellow citizens, and I'm confident that they're going to have major buyer's remorse a year from now. But of course that doesn't do anyone much good, as we all will suffer the consequences, even those of us who saw it coming and tried to warn against it. We are a dumb, dumb country, and this time we really outdid ourselves.

Looking on the bright side, if my inability to choke down food continues for a while, my dress slacks will fit much better by Sunday.

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken


Anonymous said...


I wonder if there would have been any difference if Hilary had not uttered the "D" word?

Mind you, I agree absolutely that anyone who abuses the right and privilege to vote, by mindlessly following a loudmouthed, duplicitous demagogue is truly deplorable. I just might be influenced by the fact that Ernst was born in Germany in 1934!
But if the people who voted for him think he gives a tinker's curse for them, they really are deluded.

And as the niece of a man (one of so many) who died as a PoW of the Japanese - his remarks about men like John McCain are really deplorable!

Take the best possible care of yourself - I really need a sane window into understanding the whole darned mess!

Deeply shocked and disappointed,

Gae, in Callala Bay

Catherine said...

No, no difference at all. And she somewhat underestimated the size of the basket needed. And yes Gae, that has mystified me all along. I understand the anger of people who have been left out of the economic recovery, mostly due to their industries dying out, and Trump stood before them and said the right things and incited their white nationalist urges. I get that - I hate it, but I get it. I'm having a difficult time wrapping my brain around their lack of critical thinking skills about their hero's track record. He's a tacky, mendacious, bloviating moron. It doesn't take a whole lot of time on the Google machine to figure this out. Seriously. He's "rich" because he says he is, he lies whenever his lips are moving, he has ZERO history of giving a flying rat's ass about anyone but himself. This isn't hard to investigate, but enough people accepted him at face value (while believing all the right wing lies about Hillary, also easy to investigate) that he managed to pull out an electoral college win, while she won the popular vote (got more votes). We have a lot of angry, stupid white people, and enough of them were gathered in the critical states to make this catastrophe possible.

Anonymous said...

Don't these people get the fact that manufacturing has shifted, almost inevitably and completely, from the Industrial Revolution countries, partly because those industries stagnated and did not plough investment back into upgrading the efficiency of their systems? Germany is a big exception - partly because a huge amount of their industrial machine was destroyed or seriously damaged and they had to start all over again. No, of course they don't!

Do they REALLY believe that Detroit, for example, will once again rule the automotive world? They're dreaming!

Gae, in Callala Bay

Catherine said...

Actually, car manufacturing is rocking and rolling again (Thanks, OBAMA!) The Republicans were prepared to let the American auto industry go under completely, but it's still alive and doing fine. Another Trump campaign lie: Ford was moving to Mexico. Ford had to run an ad saying, no, that's bullshit, we're staying in Detroit. They moved a couple of small SUVs, I think, to the Mexican plant. But the lie won over the truth. I'm exhausted by my country right now. On a local level we did some things right. A smart young Democrat kicked my entrenched R representative out of his Congressional seat last night. We got a couple of other ballot issues right. We aren't utterly hopeless. We really just need to do something about that anachronism, the Electoral College. We'd have President Clinton today but for that.

Anonymous said...

Now you see why we need a sensible window into the USA - there is so much BS flying around.

The Electoral College thing does sound a trifle weird, and designed to thwart the will of the people??

Keep strong,

Gae, in Callala Bay

Jan said...

Thank you for expressing how I feel so well.