If Trump wins, his effect on the accelerating downward slide of our culture will be as a speed bump, perhaps a small series of speed bumps. If Hillary wins, she might cast the order “Bomb Putin!”, which will create a much bigger bump. Besides, she has as a list of clients those who donated to the Clinton Foundation to service before the rest of us. Don’t forget her call—and “dream”!—of open borders. Trump will be more receptive. How much?
Not too much. Trump is one man (or one team), and the bureaucracy, Congress, the media, universities, and entertainers will be against him. That’s five against one; it’s not a fair fight, and can’t be. Actually, strike that. It’s more like 0.5 against 5.5, because nobody expects Trump will consistently uphold Tradition and Reality.
A Trump election will only delay the inevitable. Most will say that’s a good thing, because any pause allows time to breathe. A respite will give room for soldiers of Tradition and Reality time to regroup after so many years of defeat.
That’s to one side. To the other is the idea that if it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly. Rip the bandage off! The fight (many against the few) is coming, let each declare his allegiance and let’s get on with it. Yet a Trump residency on the people’s throne will give progressives time to regather, too, and given there are so many more of them, they’ll be able to do more. Why not light the fuse now and get it over with?
Ah, all democracies end the same way. There’s good and bad whichever way the election goes. Might as well take what comfort you can.
Debate notes (mostly modified tweets)
Trump can be nervous. Sniff, sniff. Good to know if you play poker with him. Hillary’s tell is her open-mouthed maniacal grin.
Hillary is good at debating. She doesn’t answer, she attacks. That’s the right thing to do in democratic political debates. Not philosophical debates, where presumably there is interest in finding the truth, but certainly in a democracy where the public must be convinced.
Trump, after waffling around for ten minutes, finally came to that idea.
Hillary: “I’m glad Trump isn’t in charge of the law.”
Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”
Trump lost on the bathroom banter (as he should and as was expected), but beat back the waves by calling out Bill’s rapes and Hillary’s attacks on Bill’s victims. Hillary’s only answer to the emails was (in effect) “It’s all lies.”
Each and every disaster about Obamacare was predicted before it was passed. How much more are you (yes, you) paying?
Radical Islamic terror. Go ahead and said it, you Islamophobe. Or is it Islamaphobe? Spelling counts.
Who’s up for a nuclear holocaust with Russia? Hillary: Me! Me!
Most imaginative charge so far: Hillary’s claim that Trump’s campaign is causing terrorism. Hey. Some people will believe it.
Hillary: Putin and the Kremlin hacked my emails on my unsecured server. Wait’ll I’m president, boy. Release the drones!
Who wins against lowering (Trump) versus raising (Hillary) taxes?
Dr Hillary helped pass a law that allowed for better dosing for children. If you don’t remember anything else tonight, remember that.
Who’s up for a nuclear holocaust with Russia? Hillary: Me! Me! Oh, wait. Did we already do that one? Well, Hillary did it twice, too.
Trump: Syria is fighting ISIS, Russia is fighting ISIS. The implication is “Let’s not have war with Russia.” That’s the right answer. But I say as one of the irredeemable basket of deplorables.
Hillary: When I said Trump’s supporters were irredeemable deplorables, I meant I didn’t like Trump.
Trump: She has tremendous hatred in her. When she said deplorables, she meant it. (And then out came the maniacal grin!)
The audience questions surely helped Trump over Hillary.
Hillary: Did I forget to answer the question about special interests funding my campaign and Clinton Foundation?
And the winner is…Trump on a TKO.
All tied 1 – 1.