What do journalists, the Clinton machine, Democrats and the Republicans have in common? Trump defeated all of them. However, some are proclaiming him to not be their president. Will the civil disobedience spread? On the other hand, will he be able to drain Mordor’s swamp?
The sounds echoed through the hallways, allowing everyone to hear her and know she was there way before they saw her. The sound was a deep breathing sound, almost as if something was stuck deep in her chest. The first time someone saw her, the focus was immediately on the eyes. A blue colour, but not the colour of Elton John’s song, nor the colour of a beautiful summer sky, no, these were the eyes of a dead fish. There was life, but they weren’t alive. As she moved to about, she would scream out for anyone to hear… Precious! Where is Precious? Of course, because she had changed her accent and speaking pattern over the years, pandering to whomever she was speaking with, or more likely at, and because of her health problems, it sounded more like… Power! Who has the Power?
She realised that she once had it, but in one of her greater battles, she’d lost it, and now she was doomed to search for it forever. Furthermore, search for it she did. In fact, there’s a legend that on certain nights, she could be seen wandering the halls of the DNC headquarters, crying out crying out at night-time… Precious! Who has my Precious? Now, if this sounds like a modern-day retelling of The Hobbit, you’d almost be right. You could easily cast Hillary Clinton as Gollum, Bill Clinton could be Saruman, Donald Trump could be one of the funny-looking little hobbits with red hairy feet, and Mordor would be Washington DC. What about Sauron? Who knows… maybe, it’d be a toss-up between or a mix of John Podesta and Huma Abedin, or maybe even Paul Ryan. This is, after all, a modern-day retelling, no need for a strict canonical interpretation.
Now, if you haven’t been paying attention this week, Donald Trump shocked the entire world when won election as the next President of the United States. For better or worse, he’ll take the helm in January. To hear some tell the story of president-elect Trump’s rise, it all began back in 2011. In fact, the New Statesman just ran a story that suggested:
I invite you to cast your mind back to that year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, when President Obama and comedian Seth Myers roasted a member of the audience, calling him a political charlatan and suggesting he had a “dead fox” on his head. Seth Meyers, a comedian best known for being on TV way after most working people have gone to bed, took it one step further when he said, “Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican… which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke”. While those lines on the face of it are pretty funny, the subject of the joke apparently took it to heart. With that, he decided to run for office.
According to a number of articles on the web, Trump was a joke, but he had money, so politicians were friendly with him. The NYT, in a background piece wrote:
Repeatedly underestimated as a court jester or silly showman, Mr Trump muscled his way into the Republican élite by force of will. He badgered a skittish Mitt Romney into accepting his endorsement on national television, and became a celebrity fixture at conservative gatherings.
In fact, when describing a negotiation between Romney and Trump, the article at the NYT went on to quote Ryan Williams, a former spokesman for the Romney campaign, as saying:
The self-professed genius was just stupid enough to buy our ruse.
Yup, according to him, Trump got the raw end of the deal. That’s right. A spokesman for Mitt Romney, the guy who was best known for his single handily destroying companies and putting tens of thousands of working Americans out of work, hiding his hundreds of millions of blood-money offshore, and oh, who hasn’t been seen since Obama kicked his butt back in 2012, suggested that Trump was the idiot.
Speaking of idiots, its left many in the press wondering what just happened. Continuously pointing to polls, coordinating talking points and talking the Trump camp down, they’re now left holding the bag with a collective wailing and gnashing of teeth. Was it because, as VOX reported:
Trump’s win is a reminder of the incredible unbeatable power of racism?
Or, was it because, as CBS wrote:
(The press was) all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump’s victory. More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.
The press biased? No, say it ain’t so, Joe. That article continued by noting:
This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing… its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’d be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic. We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.
Just remember that dear citizen… the press knows better than you, so shut up and think what you are told! Speaking of thinking what they are told, or rather, not, in this case, Rush Limbaugh pointed out an interesting fact recently when he said:
I’m talking about the demise of the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party since 2010, the midterm elections in 2010, they lost 900 seats in that election in the House, in the Senate, go to governorships, mayors, town council, if you go all over the country, they got a shellacking. Hillary Clinton got six million fewer votes than Barack Obama in 2012. In 2014, the next set of midterms, the Democrats lost another 700 seats. It decimated the Democrat Party. They have no bench. They don’t have anybody bringing up the rear in case Hillary lost. A minority has governed us against our will, and the illusion has been that they are the majority and gaining the majority and growing the majority.
Talking about the minority dictating to the majority, Fox News just reported that:
The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, just sent a company-wide email suggesting employees who agree with President-elect Donald Trump’s behaviours and his campaign rhetoric should resign.
Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub, specifically wrote:
If you don’t agree with this statement, then, please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We don’t tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.
Because, you see, tolerance is just a buzzword and we’ll ruthlessly punish anyone with a different opinion. Or, fired, in this case. As the new normal sets in, many people wonder what the future will bring. Will President Trump, as strange as that sounds, be able to make America great again? Or will he, as many have proclaimed, leave the country bankrupt, as he has many of his companies? What of those that say that Trump doesn’t represent them… that continue to riot in the streets? Will the discontent grow? Although we can’t know the fate that the future holds for us, we do know that Trump not only took on the media, but also the most powerful 16 Republicans, and won, he also crushed the vaunted Clinton political machine and destroyed the Democrats. To quote Trump in a speech days before the New Hampshire primary:
A lot of people have laughed at me over the years. Now, they’re not laughing so much.
So, what do you think… should we liken Trump to a little hobbit?
11 November 2016