The Clinton’s in retirement.
In the previous blog A Sigh of Relief I expressed my opinion that I thought Hillary Clinton would prevail in the election based on my belief that a national lunacy couldn’t possibly be so extreme as to elect a pathological liar president – in retrospect I should have known better.
It’s going to take a while for the nation and indeed the world to digest the direction the electorate chose.
Ultimately it came down to a rejection of the Clinton’s, not just Hillary but husband Bill as well.
There is a poetic justice and irony in that, an irony that a knuckle dragging buffoon defeated the stereotypical Washington insider who sought to “break the glass ceiling” as the first woman elected as president.
It’s time for a woman to become president and I don’t believe there is a national majority aversion to that, only that the nation is holding out for a woman of integrity.
The DNC and Democratic establishment who anointed Hillary Clinton eight years ago as the next in line must surely be having buyers remorse and pondering if things would have turned out differently had Sanders or Joe Biden been the nominee – but as they say hindsight is twenty twenty.
Trump’s election doesn’t bode well for the nations, the disenfranchised, nor the environment.
Trump has labeled climate change a Chinese hoax and vowed to gut regulations – people need to think about and if they consider only one thing then it should be Trump’s attempt to gain permission to build a wall at his Scottish golf course to address coastal erosion.
A permit application that acknowledges rising sea levels are the result of climate change – so what we have is a man whose sole interest in climate change is personal, not global.
Gutting regulations will lead to an additional assault upon the environment – more strip mining, more deforestation, more emissions, more polluted water, and ultimately more contaminated food and recalls.
If the goal of Trump supporters is about change their vote will usher in change on an epic scale they either failed to understand or chose to ignore.
No tears should be shed for the Clinton’s, and I say Clintons as it was a package deal – they’ve made theirs over the decades through the Clinton Foundation, paid speeches, and influence peddling.
While the influence and access they auctioned will be reduced opportunities will remain, and being the experienced hucksters they are they will continue to live in grand style.
I spoke of a rejection of the Clinton’s but I also believe it was a rejection of Obama and the Democratic Party, and to a degree the concept of political correctness that sought to politicize every element of speech.
A rejection of closed door celebrity fundraisers, concerts, and appearances on the campaign trail as though the mere presence of a celebrity served to validate the candidate.
There was a time I believe when liberty and self determination were central in the minds of people.
We are told that was the emphasis that led to the migration of Europeans and perhaps that is so.
We are told that the Statue of Liberty stands as a testament to that – we are told that the lofty words of documents proclaiming that all are equal and all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are eternally cast in stone.
In addition we are told that the Constitution is a “living document” subject to constant revision under the guise of amendments and legislation and the incremental erosion of rights as power is transferred into the hands of a select few.
The concept of equality and self determination has always been limited in scope, it has never at any point been inclusive – and nowhere more so than when it came to the indigenous people not only of this nation but of the entire hemisphere.
Who among elected officials truly stands with the nations when it comes DAPL?
Will it be Trump?
Is it Obama with the attempted legacy building rhetoric as his administration quietly approves the Trans – Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines while attention is focussed elsewhere?
The illusion of a responsive government concerned with the needs of all is just that, an illusion – it has no more basis in truth than to proclaim the earth is flat or the moon is made of cheese.
It isn’t about what’s best, it’s about wealth, power, influence, and selling out. It’s about caste systems, access or the lack of it, and party allegiance come hell or high water.
There may come a time when future generations will look back upon this moment in time through the lens of an environmental apocalypse or the devastation of a war to end all wars resulting from greed and declining resources and say with irony that the government truly was representative of those it represented, and that will be the saddest commentary of all because it all could have been avoided had people demanded more rather than settled for less – had people understood that they are earth bound, there is no place else to go in any meaningful way, that real responsible change can and will only come through them.
Had they understood that it is about more than red, black, white, brown or white lives matter – that all lives matter, even those who are not of our species who walk, crawl, swim, or fly in the natural world.
We as a species are not more than our habitat, nor can we continue to abuse or separate ourselves from it in the name of “progress”.
As I say, I don’t believe that Clinton’s defeat was the result of America not being ready for a woman president – what it was about was the rejection of the Clinton’s thirty years of corporate cronyism and aversion to the truth.
Their sense of entitlement and being above normal constraints.
Do I believe Comey inserting himself into the equation had an influence? Yes I do, a topic that will be discussed for years.
But the die was cast long ago, solidified by the underhanded attempts of the DNC to foist Hillary off on the electorate and the absence of either Sanders or Biden as the nominee – now the deck is stacked with a Republican President, Senate, and Congress as dark clouds gather on the horizon as the nation will be saddled with the Guilianis, Carsons, O’Riellys, Hannitys, Coulters, Limbaughs, and Christies of Trump’s world – no
Renaissance, no leap forward, rather a looming dark age, a bad moon rising.