Get Mad!!!!!!!

Much has been said in the past two days about the fact that Trump seems poised to reject the results of the November election and to plant himself in our government as an autocratic leader, ala Adolf Hitler or more recently Vladimir Putin.  Here’s what he told a reporter in response to a question of whether he will commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election …

trump-caricature“You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very … there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation … the ballots are out of control.”

Now, this isn’t really anything new.  Your blood probably reached a boiling point when you heard this, as did mine, but after a while I realized what this all is.  First and foremost, what his little tirade tells me is that he is scared, that he is fairly certain he will lose the election to Joe Biden.  As well he should be.  But he is a bully.  All his life he has gotten his way by being a big playground bully, by lying, cheating, and making inane threats … by instilling fear.

So, what does he hope to accomplish?  He hopes to make those of us who have a desire for a fair and honest election, those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, afraid.  He hopes we will panic, for people in a panic tend to act stupidly.  One thing he hopes to achieve is to reduce the number of people who vote, especially those who plan to vote by mail.  He hopes people will assume their votes, their ballots, won’t be counted, so why bother?  Some may fall into that trap, but frankly I like to think that those of us who stand against authoritarianism are smart enough to see through his rhetoric.

To set the record straight, there is no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud either in 2016 or 2018, and there is zero evidence that any is likely to take place in this election.  Trump makes things up.  He lies.  He is a habitual liar who says whatever he thinks will help whatever his cause-of-the-day is and who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it smacked him in the ass.

Second, I was pleased to see even congressional republicans deny that Trump could seize power in denial of the election results …

“The president says crazy stuff. We’ve always had a peaceful transition of power. It’s not going to change.” –  Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska)

Even ol’ Mitchie had to weigh in on the side of justice this time …

“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.” – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)

“No question that all the people sworn to support the Constitution would assure that there would be a peaceful transition of power.” – Senator Mitt Romney (Utah)

“Well, Republicans believe in the rule of law, we believe in the Constitution, and that’s what dictates what happens.” – Senator John Thune (South Dakota)

“As we have done for over two centuries we will have a legitimate & fair election It may take longer than usual to know the outcome, but it will be a valid one And at noon on Jan 20, 2021 we will peacefully swear in the President.” – Senator Marco Rubio (Florida)

“Throughout America’s history, the peaceful transition of power has been a hallmark of our democracy. This year, both candidates must commit to abiding by the results, no matter the outcome.” – Senator Rob Portman (Ohio)

It should be noted that none actually had the cojones to condemn Trump for his seditious rhetoric.  The question arises … will they find a pair in order to do the right thing in the event that Trump actually attempts to deny the election results?  I don’t know, but frankly folks, we’ve got bigger things to worry about for the next five weeks.  We need to work on making sure every eligible voter either votes absentee or gets off their asses on November 3rd and goes out and votes!

This is the key.  Trump’s approval rating is in the 40% range, and is likely to dip again soon, as the number of coronavirus cases rise and the vaccine that he has been promising either doesn’t materialize or is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).  If every person who doesn’t approve of the job Trump has done, who sees the demolition of the nation, who rejects his authoritarian regime, goes out and votes for Joe Biden, there can be no doubt who is the clear winner of the November election.

But if we let his hate speech, his purely delusional rhetoric reduce us to a state of fear and panic, then we will not have the strength left to do what needs to be done.  Forget him!  (I actually wanted to use a different “f-word” there but bit my fingertips – thanks Keith!) Don’t play into his hand!  Laugh at him.  Treat him as he deserves to be treated – like a recalcitrant toddler.  Remember that he is naught but a hired hand, a paid public servant who serves at the pleasure of We the People!  I don’t know about you, but personally I’m ready to fire this bastard (sorry, Keith).

Yes, there is reason to be concerned by this sort of authoritarian talk, but if we let it paralyze us, then all is lost.  Let’s address the situation calmly and rationally, in contrast to Trump’s own demeanor.  Meanwhile, let’s keep our eye on the ball, meaning convincing everyone you know that they simply must vote this time ‘round.  That is the main thing we can do.  The other thing is keep those letters, emails, and phone calls to your members of Congress going, let them know that you expect them to uphold a higher standard and to uphold our right to have our voices heard as per the Constitution.

Briefly, don’t get sad, get mad!  Be angry!  But don’t let it paralyze you, and don’t give up.  Together, we are strong, we can overcome the evil that has overtaken our nation for the past four years.  And if you need something to smile about, picture in your mind the Metro police leading Trump out of the White House in chains on January 20th!trump-prison

28 thoughts on “Get Mad!!!!!!!

  1. Get mad? Hell, I started getting mad back when Gore walked away from the Florida hanging chad debacle. I became a little madder when Dubya lied us into war and Cheney became the puppet master. I became madder when Obama was prez and McConnell and the GOP vowed to be obstructionists. I got seriously angry when Garland’s nomination was sidelined, and righteously pissed about the deficit ceiling bullshit debate.

    Get mad? Hell, I went through that gate half a life ago.

    Meanwhile, I think Trump is seriously scared about losing. He’s saying whatever shit he can to stir up his base, hoping THEY’LL do something. As for him, he won’t, by that point. Others might be trying to help his chances (see the USPS mail slow up, absentee ballot B.S., and just about anything that Barr has done), but Trump himself is a sniveling coward.

    Have a nice day. Cheers

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    • Yeah, come to think of it, I’ve been mad for quite a while now, too. Some people, however, seem to have slept through all that you mention and I’m hoping if I yell loud enough I can wake them before November 3rd.

      Like you, I think Trump realizes that he is likely not going to win the election, else why would he be talking crazy shit about how he’s not going to step down? Why would he be so determined to get his SCOTUS nominee seated before the election? Never in our history, I think, has there been as much corruption and outright b.s. as we are seeing now!

      A nice day? Maybe on January 20th! Cheers, my friend!

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  2. I didn’t get mad when Trump said that. There’s no point in getting angry when I cannot do anything about it — except vote on Nov 3, which I will do.x

    I was greatly reassured by Mitch McConnell. Given how principled he has been for the last 4 years, it is good to know that he disagrees with Trump over this. And please excuse the sarcasm.

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    • You’re right that there’s no point in getting angry, but … sigh … sometimes mad just happens before I have time to reason with my darker self. Oh yes, I will be voting, as will my daughter and granddaughter.

      Ha ha … I trust Mitch McConnell as far as I can throw a feather … but, it did surprise me that he said what he did. Self-preservation, perhaps? I picture him phoning Trump a few minutes after his statement and explaining or apologizing.

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    • Believe me, Mary … I am deep in a funk, too. I don’t recall a time in my 69 years when I’ve been as depressed as I am now. But, we have to keep fighting and somehow find a way to preserve our sanity while we do so. For me, it is my family, friends, and this blog. Writing about it does help relieve some of the angst. I have to work hard at projecting hope and positivity, but I think it’s worth it, for otherwise I would just give up, and that … that is simply unacceptable to me. Sigh. Hugs, my friend.

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  3. Voting and doing all we can to get others to vote is what we can and should ( must) do. During this disgraceful time in our country’s history ( and the ongoing facilitation and capitalization on fear) voices of reason and calls to action are needed. You spoke to and achieved both in your post. Thank you.

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  4. I believe that’s where most people are, finally. I have been there a long time. My fear lay in the fact that so many seemed to feel defeated and losing any sense of power over their destiny. We have to win this election or everyone is doomed.

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    • I fully agree … this election is really our last hope to avert what happened to Germany in 1933. I don’t think Trump is smart enough to pull off a coup, but we must defeat him the democratic way … at the polls. Preferably by a landslide. I’m on the verge of telling all my friends that if they don’t vote, they need never bother to speak to me again … that’s how seriously I see this.

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      • Trust me I agree. I’ve already lost friends and avoid family members whom I know are Trump supporters. I’m over trying to ‘understand’ their thinking or be tolerant of our differences. Our entire world survival depends on getting him out of control. Did you hear the ‘good news’ for Florida? Ron Desantis (Death Sentence) declared reopening all restaurants and bars to full capacity with no restrictions. Ain’t that special? All while Florida ranks 5th in the country for the virus cases. This is not my country anymore. 😔

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        • Oh I agree with you. I have nothing to do with trump supporters. Thankfully the little family I have left are not supporters and my few close friends either. I went through Facebook and unfriended the few that I guessed probably were. I’m done. Over it. These people are toxic as far as I’m concerned and none are in my life to try to accommodate or be friends with.

          I’m also in Fla. And DeSantis is terrible and such a trump idolizer. Won’t catch me in a restaurant and I’ll wear my mask whenever I’m out.

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        • Oh yes, I heard about DeSantis continuing idiocy! Let’s hope that the majority of Floridians have the good sense to stay home! If not, they will pay a hefty price as the virus is already ramping up again nationwide. Sigh. I say that every day … this is no longer a nation I recognize. What happened to this country???

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  5. As Obama said, “Don’t get mad, vote.” Not voting because your candidate did not win is an insult to that candidate. Bernie Sanders is doing his best to defeat the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime, including Richard Nixon, who was a crook. People may not like Biden’s moderate bent, his history of collaboration, but he is a decent, empathetic public servant. And, frankly we need a unifier right now. Keith

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    • Absolutely right. Sometimes, though, one has to get mad enough to get off their arse and go vote, so let them get mad. I’m mad enough for about 400 people! Nixon was a saint compared to Trump … and plus, for all his faults, Nixon DID some good things, whereas Trump will go down in history as the only ‘president’ who had no achievements of any value. Yes, we must have a unifier, else this nation will tear itself apart at the current rate.

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  6. Oooh, that orange jumpsuit is so him.I refuse to give up hope that he will be led away by the Metro Police to a trial and very long sentence for what he’s done to the US.No US leader should abrogate his responsibilities to the Country in order to turn a profit for himself..Sooner or later con-men are caught and have to pay a price. There should be a heavy one just for Trump University alone.Getting angry isn’t bad but remember revenge is a dish best eaten cold.
    Cwtch

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    • I thought so too! It matches his skin and that ‘thing’ on top of his head, whatever it is. While I would love to see him led out of the White House in shackles ‘n cuffs, I’ll settle for whatever way he is removed … literally. Yes, you are right, of course, and I’m trying to take every opportunity to ignore him or laugh at him. Sometimes, though, the temper gets the best of me.
      Cwtch

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  7. All the GOPER rhetoric about a peaceful transference of power on 21= 01 + 20 should not be taken for granted to mean capitulation if the Repuglygarbagecans lose the elections. They do not intend on losing this election.?
    Re-read the last half of this comment: This year, both candidates must commit to abiding by the results, no matter the outcome.” – Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) Does that sound like giving up? It certainly does not to me. I believe it is a statement that there is no way Trump is losing, or, in plain English, the fix is in! Trump cannot lose.
    I’ll leave it up to everyone to guess how that will happen…

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