Wednesday, November 9, 2016

ON THE DAY AFTER




November 8 has always been an important and remarkable date in history. Besides Trumps victory, on this date in 1941 Helen Kincaid Hull, the most beautiful strawberry blond I had ever known, married Harold Yood. This marriage lasted for 68 years.

Also on this date in 329 Roman Emperor Theodosius made Christianity the state religion. In 1519 Herman Cortes met Moctezzuma for the first time. Bourbon whiskey was first distilled on this date in1789.In 1942 US and British forces landed in French North Africa, the first step in taking Europe back from Hitler. There are too many other important historical Nov.8 to list but yesterday will be among them.

“I voted for HIM and HE won. No sour grapes from the losers now." (Anon 9:41).

Thank you Anon for your gloat which beat me to this blog which I was composing at that time. I did lose a lot of sleep time last night as I expect a few of us did.

Perhaps to your disappointment, I am not crying nor do I feel that this election’s outcome will be calamitous. This is not the first time that the person I voted for lost.

I voted for Dewey against Truman who went on to become perhaps the greatest President in my lifetime.

I voted for Nixon against Kennedy which as later events turned out would have been a disaster for America if he had won. Yet it was Kennedy a known womanizer yet adored by woman who with Lyndon Johnson involved us in the Vietnam disaster.

This election the American people by a slim margin chose what they believed to be the lesser of two evils. I had thought otherwise.

Among the fears that I have is that with Republicans in control of both houses that woman’s right of choice will be abolished. I am also concerned that there will be greater discrimination against smaller minorities. I hope time will prove that these and others are baseless.

6 comments:

  1. I voted for the lesser of two evils, as did many, I believe. Also not the first time my vote did not elect a president. I can only hope that Congress won't rubber stamp every proposal that will come from the White House, and vice versa.

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  2. I think Trump is at heart a negotiator and will work with everyone. He has made his promises to those that elected him, and I believe will hit the ground running to deliver on those promises.

    I think it is telling that he won the election with 1/8 of the money and staff used by the Democrat machine.

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    1. Olive, I hope your first statement is right. As to the second the Washington Post says " Obama directs Pentagon to target and kill leaders of al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria

      President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to find and kill the leaders of the militant group formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria that the administration had largely ignored until now, U.S. officials said. The group has been one of the most formidable forces fighting the Syrian government. The move underlines the extent to which Obama has come to prioritize the counterterrorism mission in Syria over efforts to pressure President Bashar al-Assad to step aside.

      s with many Americans, the unknowns of Trump frighten Europe. His foreign-policy plan has been only loosely sketched out. To minimize surprises, envoys from major U.S. allies typically meet campaign advisers to Democrats and Republicans ahead of the election. But countries such as Germany have not been able to secure advance meetings with the Trump campaign, officials say. Trump has also never met key European leaders, including Merkel.

      s with many Americans, the unknowns of Trump frighten Europe. His foreign-policy plan has been only loosely sketched out. To minimize surprises, envoys from major U.S. allies typically meet campaign advisers to Democrats and Republicans ahead of the election. But countries such as Germany have not been able to secure advance meetings with the Trump campaign, officials say. Trump has also never met key European leaders, including Merkel.
      Leading security experts who still support a two-state solution, of course, say unrestrained building in territory claimed by the Palestinians could end hope for the idea. Yet even they think the Israeli government could urge the incoming Trump administration to make concessions to the right wing, paradoxically as a way to encourage territorial compromise
      *Some of Trump’s most dramatic undertakings — such as canceling Obama’s “illegal” executive actions — can be done in his first hours as president. Other priorities, such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act or building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, will require the approval of Congress, which will be controlled by Republicans but could still squabble over details. Others still could run into political or legal obstacles that may be difficult to overcome.



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  3. To the protesters that are fomenting disquiet across the nation I refer them to a comment by Abraham Lincoln: There is no grievance that is the fit object of mob law.
    In 4 years they get another bite at the apple. Its called: Democracy. It works. Bill Kruse

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  4. Bill, I agree with you.However there are some that feel that these protests are justified under the first amendment as freedom of speech. According to my son this is how the civil rights movement started. If they are PEACEFUL,I can tolerate them. If they become destructive then those responsible must be punished according to the law.

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    1. Doc..I agree. The people have right to protest. But in addition protesters have the obligation to be orderly. they should not occur where they obstruct the normal activities of the community. They can be held in parks, and almost anywhere with prior notice and consent of authorities. Any large gathering, particularly those of a political nature, have a potential for disorder. All the more reason that authorities are notified so as to provide safety for protesters and for potential adversaries.

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