Online it’s easy to get swept up into a bit of madness and ideological blinders, to allow past frustration to taint current and future conversations and forget context and points. To be swept up in a moment, because unlike TV online interaction is, by definition, interaction. It’s a more active process.
Over the past few days people, probably, can see I’ve been pissed. Charlottesville, Trump, the Confederacy and all that other filth got me angry, so I unplugged for a couple hours last night from the online community and just “got the lay of the land”, so to speak. I had an “am I the baddy” moment, partially because @ace-pervert said i was becoming lejacquelope (who blocked me a long ass time ago, and I legit don’t know/don’t remember why).
So I checked the lay of the land.
And, as you might have guessed from the title, it was nothing but validation.
Yeah yeah, MSNBC called him on his shit, because of course they would. Maddow was raising hell, as was Brian Williams. And yeah, Late night hosts were being late night hosts. But they weren’t the only ones, and plenty of the ones who did were Trump allies. There was real, substantive blowback that Tumblr right-wingers just don’t know, pay attention to, or have dismissed utterly.
The Manufacturing Council had a mass exodus and was shut down by Trump because nobody was left. Business leaders en masse asked Trump what the fuck was going on, and were met with bullshit that they couldn’t buy.
The Strategy & Policy Forum had a similar dynamic.
The infrastructure council (one of Trump’s biggest policy proposals during the election) was aborted before it even got started. Plans for it were just dropped entirely. Gary Cohn staying on still is a massive question, and he’s the guy supposed to be driving all of Trump’s economic policies and plans.
And it isn’t just business leaders, either. Bob Corker is smacking Trump around saying has neither the ability nor the emotional stability for the job, Bob Corker. For the uninitiated, he’s been one of Trump’s biggest political allies, praised by both the establishment and Trump himself for his efforts and mentor-like role for Trump in politics. This is on top of people like Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, I’ll just go through a short, non-inclusive list.
Every Joint Chief in the armed forces
Fox News can’t find a single Republican willing to go on air and defend Trump. Not even Chris Christie, Rudy Giulliani, or any of his long-term allies. Ivanka and Kushner literally left DC and are entirely off air and out of sight, with their own Rabbi saying Trump is off the walls here. Every expert, every friend of his, every defender is making their displeasure and shock about Trump known.
So yeah, validation, and a reminder that this outrage isn’t just a Tumblr thing. It isn’t just a Democrat thing, or a partisan thing. It is, literally, every political player, every person of note, every political/cultural/religious/economic voice, even hard-right wing ones are saying Trump fucked up. Even people with a direct and vested interest in Trump “winning” can’t support or condone his dithering. Not even his own staff.
And on the other side you have Trump, and the white supremacists who say he’s a white supremacist (but not enough of one because he gave his daughter to a jew).
Do you think that John mccain would have been a good president
I worried about his judgment after Senator McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate – although I recognized the political advantages to having someone like her on the ticket in 2008 – but I certainly don’t think the country would have gone into a death spiral with McCain in the White House. I’m glad that Obama won, however, and if the only two things that Obama had accomplished were the Affordable Care Act and ordering the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, I’d say his election was worth it.
I’m passionate in my personal political beliefs, and I always want the candidate that I support (and the candidate whose beliefs and aims come closest to mirroring mine), but I’m not one of those people who automatically believe that the country is doomed if the other candidate wins the election. Although it is rapidly eroding, I still have faith in our political system, and still have hopes that (most) of our leaders truly want to work hard at actually governing the nation. That’s why I can look at the 2012 election, for example, and say that I’m glad Obama was re-elected and that he will likely accomplish more that I support than his opponent would have. Yet, I can also say that we wouldn’t have been doomed to catastrophic failure if Mitt Romney had won the race. Romney was a proven success as a an executive in business and politics, and I think he’s genuinely a good man and dedicated public servant who probably would have been a good President despite whatever political disagreements I might have found with him. When we immediately dismiss candidates or leaders from the opposite party, we suffocate any possibility of finding bipartisan answers to the questions we all face, regardless of which party we registered with. That straight-up eliminates our ability to have a government that actually governs with good faith. That’s a huge part of the problem within the current political climate.
Now, of course, there are exceptions. I’m totally willing to support the effort of political leaders from the opposing party if I truly believe they have the capacity (and the good intention) to govern. I don’t need to support or believe in their ideology to respect and appreciate their hard work as public servants trying to do what they see as right and managing the government as needed. That’s why I can say that I believe Mitt Romney probably would have been a good President if he had won the election, or that John McCain wouldn’t have burned the country to the ground if he had won. There are light years separating public servants like Romney or McCain from ill-suited, unqualified promoters and dangerous demagogues like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, or Carly Fiorina. It’s the same reason why I frequently take the time to highlight Paul Ryan’s reasonable leadership and why we need more public servants – on both sides of the spectrum – like Speaker Ryan, who recognizes that his first responsibilities are to his constituents in Wisconsin and the American people as a whole, and that his allegiance to his political party or to a specific party ideology are clearly further down the line.