Monday, November 14, 2016

And there's a bright side too

Better to have the people who supported Clinton out on the streets demonstrating than the people who supported Trump. This gives hope for the future. And though it's clear that Trump won't carry out even a small fraction of the hate crimes he pledged himself to – he's already walked back most of them – still protesters have every right to oppose his presidency for the words he used to win it. And, hopefully, they have learned how to use Facebook and Twitter to spread the "news" and fan the flames of progressive change.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

President Trump

Those are two words I didn't expect to hear together. I just didn't think that Trump had the numbers to win the election. But then I didn't support Clinton (or any other candidate in this election or the other elections that I recall). All in all, this was a very interesting election that once again demonstrates the weakness of political democracy. The person who won the election lost all three of his debates, making one wonder about the wisdom of the electorate. And now it's quite amusing to hear various commentators and political leaders lauding a system that might better be called 'foolocracy' – and, in particular, the peaceful transition of power – thereby implicitly admitting that they only give lip service to the ethical principles they avow.