President Donald Trump. Imagine.
On Facebook, in response to someone who lamented the finality of the Electoral College vote, a writer scrawled, “Don’t be such a liberal whiner. Hillary wouldn’t have been any better. Get over it.”
I do not agree with this writer, though I did not respond. He would not have listened to me. One who so easily uses ad hominem arguments is not one who listens.
Otherwise, I would have replied, “whining” is the wrong word. At least for me, I try to speak my mind as clearly and logically as possible. Yes, my “mind” often includes my feelings and reactions, but analysis is the basis for what I say. What I say is not personal. I keep personal attacks to myself.
I do not think Hillary Clinton would have been as bad as Donald Trump. Factually, not whiningly, Senator Clinton has a solid and extensive education, she has broad governmental experience, and she has the respect of international governments. Hillary Clinton received more votes than her opponent. She has never been indicted for a crime, nor convicted. Though she has been investigated often, there has never been evidence found against her. She speaks and acts respectfully toward others, of all races, all social and economic groups, all genders and ages, regardless of their health or status. She understands the law and the United States Constitution. She understands economics, enough that she was part of a thriving foundation which collected millions of dollars, duly reported to the IRS with open accounting books, to make improvements in the lives of people in underdeveloped countries.
In my opinion, Hillary Clinton is too much of a hawk; she leans toward military solutions for some international problems. This is proven by her voting record in the Senate, and by her work as Secretary of State. Some people like this about her. Not me. Also, although she believes in the dangers of climate change, she is not an environmental activist as I would like her to be, according to her voting record. She believes in and votes for equality of pay for the sexes in the workplace.
The facts are thus. Clinton has a record that is open for all to see. Accusations abound of her lies. But I have not found this to be backed up by facts. Yes, her husband lied about his sex life, but she has not. She has been a wife to one man throughout her life. She has not appeared nude in any magazine. She has not worked as a call girl or escort. She was born and bred in the United States and married an American. She is protestant. She pays her taxes and makes her tax documents public.
Stating these things is not whining.
Nor is it whining to speak facts about Donald Trump, the President-elect.
Donald Trump is called a con man by his business associates, such as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He refuses to make public his tax returns. The one return which became public against his wishes demonstrated great financial losses, amortized into tax breaks of many millions in subsequent years. He has been bankrupt 7 times. He lied about the amount of money his father gave him to begin his first business; he received 70 million instead of 1 million. He and his children use foreign workers in foreign countries to manufacture their products.
Trump has never held a public office. He received fewer votes than his opponent, fewer than 25% of registered voters. He does not know the protocol of government. He does not know the law and he does not observe the Constitution or USA sanctions and trade agreements. These things are on record, as are his many indictments (both personal and corporate) which have rarely ended in conviction because he has made very big payments in order to settle out of court.
Donald Trump does not respect other human beings. His actions on this matter are clear. He does not respect workers, union members, people of color, poor people, rich people, women in general and very much not his 3 wives nor the parade of women with whom he has had affairs. He does not respect religious people, foreign people, or handicapped people. Sometimes he respects his children, and other times not; he often speaks degradingly, sexually, and insultingly about them.
Trump’s opinions on hot political topics are not clear. He changes his opinion depending on his mood and on his audience. He has no record on such topics, except for his various interviews in which he does not present a consistent point of view. He is reactive rather than analytical. He is unable to control his reactions and his temper. He blames others and does not accept responsibility for problems. He is unable to prioritize issues, spending the same amount of energy and time on insignificant topics such as TV shows as he does on matters of state such as relations with China. One tweet seems enough to him. He has verbal skills at the 4th grade level and does not like to read.
In my opinion, Donald Trump has excellent native skill at promotion. Although he is not charismatic, he grasps the soft spots of individuals and is able to aim at these spots with precision.
To compare Donald Trump negatively against Hillary Clinton is not whining. It is logical. It is factual. It is incomprehensible that any other evaluation could present itself….
….except through the influence of propaganda, manipulation, and money.
And so, we now live in a world where propaganda, manipulation, and money have won in the United States of America.
I am left feeling impotent.
I give English lessons to a young French woman. In our vocabulary lessons, I review words that are easily confused: through, though, and thorough; their, there, and they’re; whether and weather; and finally, important and impotent.
She likes the word “impotent.” She giggled over its dual meanings the first time she studied the word.
I do not know how a man feels when he is sexually impotent, but I can testify to the bleak, numb, hopelessness of impotency. Despite everything, Donald Trump was elected. While every intellectual, activist, and respected news source in the world alerted Americans to the facts about Donald Trump, he is the President-elect of the USA because of sinister influences, corrupt misinformation, and foreign string-pulling.
Nothing I said changed the 2016 election. I am only a voter. No one listened to me. No one will listen to me. I am labeled a whiner, as are all the others who think and read and evaluate, hoping to improve the world rather than to control it. I believe that the course of history will change for the worse when Donald Trump takes control of the USA. There will be no going back to a time when vulgar superficiality was less potent than mature effort toward a better world. Our loss will be Trump’s gain.