"When these women go to church on Sunday, they pray to "HIM"--not her. Our FATHER."
But for too many men, the slow-growth turned into a major problem.
So this past election was a real eye-opener to many; and while there are lessons to be taken from it; I hope people are taking the correct ones. Which is something I'm not really seeing thus far in the aftermath.
The first incorrect assumption I've been seeing is that the Democratic party now needs some kind of major overhaul. ...Why? By popular vote, the Dems have won 6 of the last 7 national elections and demographics going into the future are totally on their side. So don't let a piss-poor candidate like Hillary and her loss skew that reality. Repubs only win national elections via the affirmative action of the Electoral College--not by true wins. And if Joe Biden's son hadn't died when he did, we'd be talking about President Biden right now.
2nd; its a bad idea to float a female candidate for President. Men aren't particularly eager to answer to a woman, and women dont support other women very well. There are still a good 40% women who's sole goal in life is to get married and start a family with a successful man who heads the household. When these women go to church on Sunday, they pray to "HIM"--not her. Our FATHER. The idea of a man at the head of the hierarchical pyramid is taken as a given. By nature. So you've got a major hurdle to cross with them--let alone with men. The first woman to win the Presidency is much more likely to be a Sarah Palin-type than a Clinton type. Palin displayed masculine, pro-active qualities and encouraged men to vote for her; whereas Hillary decided to go all-in on the female vote under the presumed assumption that Trump had so disqualified himself with minorities that she didn't need to pursue them. Or men as a whole. But when you re-examine that Dem convention--it was SO feminine! As a man, what did Hillary offer me?
In fact, in regards to men, there's another important lesson to be learned here. The importance of an ever-growing economy. Under Obama (and the DEFINITE obstruction of Repubs who wasted 10 yrs of our lives for their own political benefit) we got a slow-growth economy. It was fine by me--I've done great under Obama. And lets not forget--growth is growth. To rip on the Obama years for having the "slowest growth of any recovery" is like ripping on the Baltimore Ravens for being the worst Superbowl champions.
Right. But for too many men, the slow-growth turned into a major problem. Men need to become men. Unlike women, who instantly become women when nature kicks in and puts them on the rag; men need certain things to be considered a man. A job that pays well enough to attract and support a mate. A sense of accomplishment and a platform to demonstrate their abilities. Without all that--what are we? A woman who doesnt work is still a woman; but when a man's not working or supporting a family--what is he? His wife's husband? Fuck that. And if men say "fuck that," then they don't get married. Which means those minimum 40% of women I mentioned earlier aren't gonna get that house. Or baby. And the men aren't going to be grounded to anything. They'll just mill around and get frustrated. Its...a real problem.
So when people say Trump voters weren't or aren't ALL racists. I agree its true. I can see how certain people (both men AND women) could vote for Trump. At some point that 30 year old man needs to believe he can pay off his loans. Support a family. Get ahead economically and move up the economic ladder. But the Repubs did a great job of making sure that couldn't happen under Obama. And its clear that tech jobs or "green jobs" arent going to be plentiful enough to go around. Not even close. So mothers watched their sons put-off starting a family, refusing to breed those grandkids they want so badly; and perhaps getting addicted to drugs as they aimlessly kicked around their dead factory towns. That's why Hillary didn't get the overwhelming women's vote she expected.
But my message to Dems is that Hillary was a VERY weak candidate. Bernie and his supporters did a LOT of damage to her early on in the primary which she obviously never recovered from despite the poll numbers; plus she was running as a 3rd term Dem which rarely works under our system. And don't forget people got their healthcare premium notices 3 days before election day. Ouch!
And Hillary never made a case for herself except to say she was a woman and NOT Trump. Uh,...okay. Aaaand? For me, not being Trump was certainly enough. In fact, I 100% fail to see how the basic political corruption of the Clintons--which never directly hurt me (or you if you're honest) on a personal level, is anywhere near as damaging to the country as Trump's racism. Or his failure to control his emotions, or even attempt to keep his temperament in check publicly (VERY important things for all of us to do in a civil society). While not all Trump supporters are racists--ALL racists supported Trump. And I cant stand that. I'll always say fuck Trump and his people. They're very dangerous and now skinheads in Germany and France and Greece (and here at home) are going to feel very empowered on an international level. Thanks!
What's really disappointing to me is that because the press called this election so wrong, they've now completely lost any credibility with the American people. Which is a problem cause with this President--more than any other, were going to need strong media and news organizations to keep him in check. Watching him. But now they're weakened and scrambling for identity/purpose.
I guess (as I mentioned in my post back in June called What if War IS The Answer?) this agitated frustration is the downside of relative long-term peace coupled with slow growth. As Obama lived-up to his pledge to keep us out of war, USA just turned inward on to itself. As the governmental machine just rolled along under its own momentum, basic corruption was exposed as news outlets and social media needed content and stories to report for its never-ending cycle. The Clinton's corruption is nothing compared to other serious scandals of the past, but we now live in a country that has absolutely nothing going on culturally (how many of our greatest artists have died this year? And when was the last great new band?); nothing going on by way of outward vision; and nothing going on economically. The First-world's been in a long, dead intermission since 2000 yet we have more ways and mediums to discuss it than ever.
The final lesson (least on a personal level) is that I can forget my dream of buying that RV and traveling the country. That was something I was genuinely going to do; but now? I'm staying right here in NYC. My Colorado stayed blue (good work guys!) so I can still go there. And of course I can still go to California. But the rest of this "great nation?"
See ya--wouldn't wanna be ya. Not by a longshot.