William M. Briggs

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How Quickly The Popular Mind Forgets — Guest Post by The Blonde Bombshell

Was it only four short months ago that Donald Trump was excoriated by the press for suggesting that he may not wholeheartedly embrace the election results? In answer to a question posed by Chris Wallace during the last presidential debate asking if he will concede if he loses, Trump said, “I’ll keep you in suspense.” Objectively, this could mean yes, but it could mean no. The public and press would have to wait until the time came for Trump to act.

Trump’s glibness in answering the question may have been in partial response to the DNC’s successful efforts from to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders a mere three months before. Trump’s non-answer was greeted with howls not only from Hillary Clinton (“horrifying”) but also:

Finley: Trump’s noncommittal to outcome the last straw (In retrospect, quite amusing.)

Donald Trump trashes our democracy (For heaven’s sake, who is the “our” in this statement.)

Is Trump the first-ever candidate not to say he’ll accept election results? (Why is “ever” gaining popularity as a headline word?)

The ridiculous comparison of Al Gore to Donald Trump (Al Gore once owned a television network, and Donald Trump has been on television.)

John Oliver offers Trump his Emmy in return for accepting election results (Why was not a similar offer extended to Mrs. Clinton? The hubris embedded this stunt is breathtaking.)

The “I’ll keep you in suspense” remark caused so much blowback because of course Mrs. Clinton would win, and of course Trump would have to concede, and of course he would have to grovel at Hillary’s feet. Only an idiot would have imagined that Trump would be, well, triumphant. All the angst was focused on the potentiality of Trump not accepting the election results. None of it considered Mrs. Clinton’s, the DNC’s, or the Democrat rank and file’s inability to accept the election results.

The list of people not accepting the election results and/or not attending the inauguration grew by the day. There were singers who did not perform at the inauguration—once an honor—because of “death threats.” (Enough of the death threats on both the right and the left. What do the death-threaters hope to accomplish, besides showcasing the depth of their ignorance? Every responsible gun owner knows that one does not point the gun unless they plan to pull the trigger. The corollary is not to make a death threat unless you personally plan to go through with it, and in the process to leave as much evidence for law enforcement as possible to pin the dirty deed on you.)

Well, the election did not go as planned, and the DNC and their fellow travelers are confronted with a Republican President, a Republican Senate, a Republican House, and a majority of Republican Governors. Instead of working to forge middle ground, and make a few strands of gold from a heap of straw, those disappointed by Trump’s win plan took to the streets and tried to cause as much childish disruption as possible. Woe to those who think that this will end at midnight of January 20th. We are in for four years of the constant buzz of protest accompanied by the soundtrack of never-ending gay dance parties.

This, I submit, is the result of thirty years of “everyone gets a trophy” public education. This is what happens when children are not confronted with failure. Without learning to fail, one doesn’t learn to overcome and to make the best of a bad situation. These poor souls have not yet learned that they are not the center of the universe, and no one cares about the lint in their navel that they can spin into thread and commission someone to knit into a sweater for their dog.

Trump has a hard job ahead of him. Not only does he have to be leader of the free world and contend with an actively oppositional spy apparatus, but he also has to reinforce his legitimacy as president of not only the millionaire celebrity class (hello, they make their living by repeating words other people wrote and many of them haven’t graduated from a conventional high school, let alone college, and we have to listen to their endless lectures on climate change? And what is this about Chinese interests owning the major studios?) but also the less well-off professional activists, who may or may not be on the payroll of Mr. Soros.

Good luck, Mr. Trump. If anyone can prevail against these odds, it will be you.

Editor’s note Russia’s plan comes to fruition!

19 Comments

  1. The Democrats juvenile actions before and especially after the election confirm the public’s desire to shrink their political power. If this continues they will make themselves totally irrelevant for years to come. They would be smart to get on the same track on Trump—but we shouldn’t hold our breath that this will happen.

  2. Trump is the only one of the original Republican candidates who can handle snowflake tantrums and establishment conniving with ease. He’s also the only one who could inspire so much of both. And he seems to enjoy it.

  3. Bob K’s sore winners springs to mind. Bitter, more like.

    If Trump’s going to succeed in implementing changes which will not be popular, the ‘winners’ need to show a little more grace and find ways to settle differences rather than continue to drum up trouble, a sure way to perpetuate the anti Trump rhetoric. It depends on what you are actually trying to achieve, I suppose.

    If all you have to worry about is gay dance parties and young people acting young then you are pretty well off indeed. Stop complaining.

    Not sure what the anti Chinese dig was about.

    My unsolicited advice:
    Leave Trump to do his job. Don’t jump the gun. Any bloodthirsty gun owner knows that.

  4. If you believe in liberty, the free market, free trade, less government, peace, etc., the election of Trump should NOT be seen as a victory. It should only be seen as NOT an immediate defeat.

    However, if your politics are purely tribal, it is true your tribe won. You beat them, badly. So when your tribe shoves interventions down your throat, you can rest knowing that at least it isn’t them doing it.

    I suspect Trump may scourge with scorpions instead of just whips.

    Note: On the other hand. if you believe in mercantilism, autarky, and trade wars (causes of the world wars), rabid nationalism, hints of Roman grandeur and an enlarged military (with requisite interventions — wars),,deficit spending, etc., then your ideology rules the day. I only ask that you recognize the coming results and accept blame. Your policies are not the opposite of Obama’s — they are just a different flavor of etatism (love of the state).

  5. One point important to note which the media and the previous comment display perfectly:
    Trump’s down for any future trouble that occurs in the world. That’s how careful the thinking is on this.

    Everybody who is anybody has been predicting trouble of some kind. Variants of world war III are on many people’s lips and it’s what some people fret about.

    If it doesn’t happen they’ll say nothing. If it does, get ready. It’s Trump’s fault, in advance, done and dusted. It is silly doomsaying and fear mongering with a bit of opportunistic hateful distain thrown in for measure, not good measure.

    Attitudes like this would never have won world war II. Strength and power rely upon the leader’s possessing those traits and knowing how and when to deploy them. Trump’s reign won’t last long because America isn’t really equipped to handle change. It must last long enough to break the ice.
    I sincerely hope he gets a second term if the pace of change is not fast enough.

    Real change towards a more satisfied population that is less divided takes longer and requires rather more flexibility than is apparent within the religious extreme right which has held power for too long in America.

    They will continue to put a spanner in the works and shoot themselves in the foot over and over. They want The Moon on a stick and nothing less will do. Spoilt rotten themselves in their unyielding dissatisfaction whatever happens.

    There is no such thing as the popular mind and more than there is such a thing as the ‘Modern’. There is ‘people in general’ and there are people. ‘The popular mind’ is usually left-wing media talk. It is a variant of the ‘sheep’, or the ‘zombie’ reference.; just a pejorative phrase designed and constructed by media who consumed too much SciFi. People used to be called plebs but nobody ever counts themselves when using the label.

  6. If there has been a religious extreme holding power too long, it is the extreme left’s ‘progressivism’ that holds that ‘honor’. They’ve been transforming America for over 100 years and if I go by premises, this is nearly 200 years old now, beginning with Andrew Jackson and company along with John C. Calhoun, if I am remembering correctly. The old order’s backlash against the new order of maximum individual liberty started very early in the American experiment.

  7. Milton Hathaway

    January 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    “no one cares about the lint in [your] navel”

    Perfect! That one fills a void in my bag of dismissive put-downs. (As an added bonus, it’s very possible those words have never been strung together before, judging from a quick Google search.)

  8. It’s no surprise that the Democratic party consists largely of hypocrites.

    While many dignitaries attended the inauguration, there were some indignitaries who did not and were not missed. Those who did abstain come from districts where they have no real opposition hence nothing to lose. It should be pointed out that this isn’t the first time, either. Lewis, for example, skipped the Bush inaugural for the same reason for skipping Trump’s: not a legitimate president.
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/01/19/uh-john-lewis-boycotted-george-w-bushs-inaugurationbecause-he-wasnt-true-elected-president-n2273851
    It’s all attention seeking for the most part. which the majority of the media will greedily devour. Both are on the downturn lately.

    One thing encouraging though, when the National Anthem began everybody on Pennsylvania Avenue — protesters included — shut up and turned to listen. Hopefully the Dems will recover from their denial stage and correct the reasons for their current losses. If not, good riddance.

  9. As to the left being a religion? That’s the gospel according to an element of extreme right and the satirists.
    I was reading old posts. There’s none of the old guard left. I wonder why?

    Milton, It’s a deliberately horrid phrase., not original. Used by not a few American satirists on ubiquitous TV and movies. Fox news was the last time I heard the saying and it was in the run up to the election a female.

    Like Quixote had a recent revival, so did the word lint, being considered posher than mere fluff. ‘contemplating the naval has never gone out of fashion as any philosopher will not tell you.

    The words legacy, asinine and eschew should be tossed into the dustbin.
    Along with the word nuanced which has luckily fallen off a cliff in recently.

    Any word feigning Russian political historical interest should also be banned along with anyone who breaks into French accent half way through a sentence when they trip over a word of French origin. If they did this every time, a good percentage would be spoken with an accent. It’s the sort of thing our comedians used to make sketches about when they weren’t so busy being satirical.
    Thus,
    ‘Homage’ becomes ‘corarrrrzge’

    ‘Reproach’ becomes ‘Rreproshermarnte’

    Then there’s throwing in a German word ‘Uber’ springs to mind.
    Then there’s breaking into Latin. I might start doing it myself. See how long it takes people to lose their temper!

  10. Considering that many of Trump voters were ready to take arms and start a civil war if Clinton won I find the démocrate reaction much peaceful considering that they received the most vote in both chambers and the presidential election.

    Only the gerrymandering of district and electoral college which was created to prevent a guy like Trump to get elected.

  11. Dav,

    “It’s no surprise that the Democratic party consists largely of hypocrites.”

    You mean like the republican who were holding a reunion vowing to make Obam a one term President. Or when Mitch McConnell filibustered is own proposal after the democrat agreed with him.

  12. Only the gerrymandering of district and electoral college which was created to prevent a guy like Trump to get elected.

    That is an incomplete sentence lacking a verb let alone an object. But, guessing you think there was an attempt to draw voting lines to dilute opposition power, it apparently didn’t work very well, did it?

    You mean like the republican who were holding a reunion vowing to make Obama one term President.

    In what way is vowing to prevent yet another political loss hypocritical? It’s the entire idea behind politics. Anyone ever mention your reasoning skills are more than a bit lacking?

    Too bad the Dems are whining about the last election instead of analyzing their losses in an attempt to win the next.

    Saying that Trump should quietly accept election results while declaring anything else an outrage when it looked like victory was within grasp but then not quietly accepting your own loss is hypocritical.

    Going along with the Electoral College when you think it has been locked in then loudly calling for its abolition when it was lost is hypocritical. A lot like saying a football game should be determined yards gained instead of touchdowns after losing. Further saying that the winning team didn’t win legitimately when the accepted pregame rules were clear is just hypocritical whining.

    It’s interesting (and hilarious) that the campaign to elicit unfaithful electors had the undesirable result of Hillary losing more electors than Trump. People should be careful what they wish for.

    More hypocrisy: the Women’s March on Washington claiming to support all women but only the women supporting abortion. Pro-life women were deliberately excluded. Clearly not for ALL women.
    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/op-ed/articles/2017-01-19/the-womens-march-on-washington-errs-in-excluding-pro-life-feminists

    And the there’s: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/20/the-lefts-hypocritical-embrace-of-conscience-rights/

    Not exactly hypocritical but childish:
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/20/protester-reacts-to-trumps-moment-of-inauguration-noooooooooooo/

  13. I find the démocrate reaction much peaceful considering that they received the most vote in both chambers and the presidential election.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/20/watch-anti-trump-rioters-clash-with-police-destroy-property/

    Yeah, peaceful! Imagine the reaction if they had received even less votes. Too bad they didn’t understand the system being used prior to campaigning. Yards gained vs. touchdowns — such a fine whine. Helps to know the rules before playing the game.

  14. Well, Trump has already accomplished one great thing for America – he got 2 million people to take the streets, all over the country, with up to another million abroad, to civilly demonstrate for their best interests. He’d be well-advised to listen to them. He has an inept, over-represented, and thoroughly crooked GOP to contend with. They control most of the country and have for a generation now, terribly. If he does what they ask, the backlash will make him a one-term President – or – he let’s them have their way, it’s a disaster as always, and he’s able to put it all on them. With the Dems back in the House and Senate, and a crazy man who really wants to be loved in the White House, we could get some great things done in this country.

    JMJ

  15. All,

    Civil demonstrations: such as burning, breaking, and other fun civil activities.

  16. Dav,

    ”But, guessing you think there was an attempt to draw voting lines to dilute opposition power, it apparently didn’t work very well, did it?”

    Didn’t work very well?????

    Republican have more seat in the chamber or representatives than Democrats even though they receive less votes. In the senate it doesn’t apply, but all states sends the same number of senator even though their are huge variation in population. This give smaller state like Wyoming and Montana a lot more power than California or New York.

    Trump should be very careful about is dealing with the Republican. They could turn on him very fast to put in place Pence. Leaks that will be coming will be much closer to Pence than Trump realize.

    ”Too bad the Dems are whining about the last election instead of analyzing their losses in an attempt to win the next.”

    IF THERE IS a next election Dems will winn it by default after those who didn’t like Obamcare but like the ACA will realize that Trump and the Republican stole peoples healthcare. This government is all about destroying the USA for the benefit of Russia. The closest influence to the President is a self-proclaimed Leninist.

    ”Saying that Trump should quietly accept election results while declaring anything else an outrage when it looked like victory was within grasp but then not quietly accepting your own loss is hypocritical.”

    A large portion of the Republican never thought Obama to be a legitimate President. Trump questioned Obama legitimacy until he was force into some declaration before the election.

    Where are the info that were so terrible that is investigator found in Hawai. Why hasn’t he presented anything. When was Melania Trump press conference proving she did not work illegally in the US before having a work visa. Where is his proof that millions of people voted fraudulently? Only about half the people eligible to vote actually voted. Why waste time voting multiple time with information of dead people when you can either bring an actual eligible person to vote.

    As for whining, what about Trump saying that the press is dishonest in stating that Obama had more people than he did at the inauguration. Did the press had a filter that erased the crowd?

    The US are the laughing stock of the planet. Trump is destroying America’s standing in the world.

    The US are the most important commercial partner to Canada and Trump has already made a few threat, but we mainly sell primary resources like oil and wood. But Canada is also the most important commercial partner to the majority of US states and we buy transformed goods.

    Other people want to buy our oil. I can assure that you will pay a lot more to fill your truck if he put his threat in action, the US will lose a lot of jobs with a huge increase in the debt unless that are idiot enough to default. The US mainly how money to US citizen. Tell how you will like your bonds having no value. How will your retirement plan will go.

  17. From abroad ,where we look with horror on the people of the United States who cannot accept the result of an election.
    What happened to “Respect the Office.” ?
    We learned this at school in the U.K . Was this not taught in U.S and Canadian schools?
    It is how government is carried on in civilised countries otherwise there will be anarchy, when both or all candidates try to govern at the same time.

    Maybe some of your celebrities in show business or news media did not actually finish school, though.
    I know from their resumes that some of the personalities of the news media who now attempt to form our opinions in New Zealand left school (willingly or unwillingly) at the age of 16. yrs. because of their ambitions to work in newspapers or broadcast media. Their personalities have never seemed to develop either, perpetual teenagers!
    It may not be an American thing therefore . It may be that we all choose the wrong people to inform us. Those who never leave adolescence, I mean.
    My solution—
    Tell the news paper proprietors etc to employ educated adults . Do it frequently.

  18. Republican have more seat in the chamber or representatives than Democrats even though they receive less votes. In the senate it doesn’t apply, but all states sends the same number of senator even though their are huge variation in population. This give smaller state like Wyoming and Montana a lot more power than California or New York.

    And? The system was designed that way and has been in effect since 1788 with one modification by the 12th amendment. It was designed to prevent one or two states from having all the power in the selection. The democrats thought they had it sewn up and didn’t even try in some states. Then discovered they made a horrible mistake. Awww! Whose fault is that? Now they whine and rail against the very system they thought was guaranteed to be in their pockets. Hypocrisy!

    A large portion of the Republican never thought Obama to be a legitimate President

    Apples and oranges, idiot. The issue was the horror Democrats expressed pre-elction when Trump said he might contest the election if he lost then the Democrats turned around and did the very thing they claimed should never happen. Hypocrisy!

    The rest of your post is yet another of those cute rants you are fond of. Entertaining but dumb.

  19. So it Hillary is so bloody clever, how come the “dumbkopf” Trump managed to actually campaign in the states whose electoral college votes would swing the election while she concentrated on maximising turnout in states she was already going to win… It’s not like the election procedure(aka the constitution of the United States is a secret or anything..)Surely the first thing you do when entering a contest is to read the fornicating rules………

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