Thursday, November 10, 2016


I HAVE A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION.  THESE THOUGHTS ARE NOT SO MUCH ON WHY TRUMP WON, AS ON WHY HILLARY LOST. Although, these things are connected, as we will see as I voice my uneducated opinion on the matter. These thoughts will be somewhat scattered and written as they come to mind.  Before I start, I will say this, I am not a fan of Donald Trump and am in no way elevating him to any kind of star status. That being said, here goes.
1. Hillary didn't talk to people. She talked at people. And she held her rally's in the cities and brought in "Stars" to help her with her message.  Donald talked to the people and often held his rally's in small rural areas and wanted to know what the people were thinking.
2. Many years ago, probably before the 1970's, but definitely in the 1970's a movement was started to protect the environment.  Many of the people involved, ranchers, farmers, loggers, etc, got on board with this movement, as they were in the process of protecting the environment any way, as the earth provided them a living and so they believed this philosophy. It took a few years for them to realize that this movement was not in their best interest, as these groups wanted them off the land and wanted to turn it back to what, in their minds, was the pristine land like it was in the Garden of Eden.  So began the conflict.  This movement has continued through the decades and the environmental groups gained more power and voice in Washington, adding to the woes of the people.  During the 8 years of the Obama administration, things have escalated to the point that the people have had enough.  Some examples.   The gun control lobby.  President Obama, and Hillary Clinton, along with many other politicians wants to get rid of guns. Period. When this didn't happen, They, through some environmental rule, closed down the mines that produced lead, thus making it difficult to produce ammunition, making ammunition difficult to purchase. It also put people out of work.  They also, through environmental rules, closed down coal mines, again putting people out of work.  The democratic congress passed the Affordable Health Care Act/ AKA Obama Care.  This was supposed to make health care possible for every one. But no one could actually tell you what it contained. Now, it has gotten so expensive, that people's insurance premiums have increased many fold. In Arizona, the insurance companies are pulling out and there are people who can't get insurance as of January 1 at any price.
3. The government keeps adding rules and regulations to ranchers, farmers, loggers, miners and businesses to the point that they become bogged down in paper work and fees that make it almost impossible to do business.
4. Hillary had stated that she would continue the Obama care program. She would keep the mines shut down. She stated that she wanted to institute the Australian program on guns; which is a "buy back" program, where citizens would turn in their guns for a monetary return. She stated, when the Supreme Court upheld a police officers right to have a gun in Washington D.C. that they Court was wrong. When told that this was a constitutional right according to the 2nd amendment, she said then we need to re write the constitution. She toned this down somewhat in the debates, but she is on record for that remark and belief. 
5. Now to Donald Trump.  He is a brash person, with a vulgar mouth.  He is not a racist. He has said he wants to stem the flow of people coming into the United States until they are vetted and when they do it legally.  He has said that he will overturn Obama care. he has said that he will uphold the constitution, including the 2nd amendment. He has said that he will revamp the tax code and lower taxes. He has said that he will build a wall on the Southern border. he has said that he will create jobs and bring jobs back to America.  He has not insulted Women. He has insulted specific women. Do I agree with that? No. I do not believe that he is a racist. I do believe he makes statements that he can do as a business man, but cannot do as a President who has to work with congress.  
6. So let's look at some of the things he said he will do.  Will he overturn Obama Care. I believe so. It is an unpopular program and the house has already tried to do this but President Obama vetoed the bill. The problem here is what the government will come up with to replace this act.
Fixing the taxes.  Can he fix this? Yes.  Will it get done? We will see.  Much was made during the campaign about Donald not paying any taxes. The media also admitted that what he did was legal. How?  Every time a President says they will raise taxes on the wealthy, the politicians in office come up with a loop hole to hide their money. Only the wealthy has enough money to make use of these loop holes, but they are there for the use of all of us, if we qualify, which most of the middle working class don't have. So, the bulk of the taxes fall to the working man or woman, while the rich get richer and the poor just hold out their hand.  So, while Donald may be able to fix the taxes, congress may not let him, as it will affect them and their pocket book.  We need to watch and see if they will work with him on this.
7. Donald said that he would put the miners back to work. He said that he would reduce the regulations on the working people and maker it easier to do business.I believe he will do this. I do not believe he will build a wall, but he will look at emigration and revamp some of that.  He resonated with the people, in that they have had enough of government in their lives and liked what he said. They didn't like what Hillary said.  There are millions of responsible gun owners in the United States that enjoy sport shooting or hunting that would never use a gun in the manner of Sandy Hook.  When "One" person takes a gun an wrecks havoc, the gun control people holler gun control.  That is just one person, but it makes news. The millions who do not do this are never in the news. 
8. Bernie said after the election that congress would work with Donald Trump, unless he tried to overcome environmental rules etc.  While Bernie and others have their opinion, they need to pay attention  to why Donald was elected and what the people want.  He, and others, may find their own future election in jeopardy if they oppose a lot of the reforms that Donald said he would bring about.  if they really want to work with him, then do that and bring about change that will put the people back to work. 
9. Environmental rules are great and necessary. I believe in protecting the environment. I don't believe in using environmental rules to bring about personal agendas which end up putting people out of work or causing companies to relocate out of  the country. 
10. Trade? I don't really understand all I have heard about international trade, but I think that trade deals are necessary. I just have to rely on someone else for any information on this.
11. So will the Trump Presidency be better than a Hillary Presidency. I have to say yes.  I repeat, I am not a big fan of Trump, but I believe the way he wants to take the Country is a better direction that Hillary would.
12. A final comment.  Gary Johnson received a few million votes nationwide.  The problem with him was that he didn't have the financial backing to Cross the country and present his message. In order for him to get his message out, he needs to start now and build a fund so that the Libertarian party becomes a force to be reckoned with in future elections. he needs to build the party to the point that he or whoever runs for office can get on the debate stage.  Will this happen?  I don't know. Can it happen? Yes. Time will tell.  I may make further comments on a later blog, but this is enough for now.


  1. From Isaac:

    I really, really hope Trump sets a better example as President than he did whilst campaigning. I fear that he will say the sort of things as president that he did while campaigning and smear our entire country's reputation globally.

    If Republicans pull the plug on Obamacare, I really hope they replace it with something better, if possible. My fear is that they will defund and dismantle it in such a way that we are left with something worse than what we had prior to Obamacare.

    I believe climate change is real. What extent humans are contributing to climate change may be debatable. Even if we are only contributing a little, I think we should try to change that. There is good evidence that burning fossil fuels is a significant contributor to global warming. Also, fossil fuels will one day be exhausted. If we do nothing, and burn oil/coal with abandon, we are both contributing to climate change and leaving it up to our kids and grandkids to sort out what to do when the oil dries up. I believe this is what Obama and democrats are trying to forestall by investing in alternative energy and placing pollution caps on coal, etc. I don't believe democrats are happy when people lose their jobs over this, but it would also be irresponsible to "kick the can" down the road on climate change just because coal is cheap and easy today.

    I agree that the rich have significant advantages over the rest of us as to how they can structure their "income" so as to minimize their taxes. Warren Buffet famously has said it isn't fair that he effectively pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. I fear that Trump will succeed in getting more tax breaks to the wealthy, and the rest of us will basically break-even at best.

    One last thought on healthcare... Do you think it would be fair/successful for us to pay for our health insurance on a sliding scale, the same way we pay taxes? In other words, the poor pay less, and the rich pay more? Seems more fair than the current system, where the indigent pay little to none, and those who can afford it pay an awful lot, with little in-between.

  2. Trump has stated that he is not going to just do away with Obama Care. He will revamp it with something that is workable. Dr. Ben Carson has said that he will help craft a program that will work and be understandable. We can hope for the best.

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  4. Coming from outside of the US and speaking to the global smearing that Issac is speaking of; the world's opinion of the US is that it is both a joke and something to be feared at the same time. But not feared in a 'good' way; feared because of all the anger, hate, and violence that is coursing through it right now, and that it tends to put people that are quick to judge and slow to think into power, and then never accept responsibility for itself. Bush was hated globally, and was a joke. Obama, globally, is highly respected and loved, and no one outside of the US can understand why he was fought against so badly when he was trying to make things better and bring the US into the modern age, and not stuck in the 1950s. And now, with Trump, the amount of fear that is around globally is staggering. But, time will tell how that plays out.

    It has been a very long time since the US was the leader of the modern world in both technology and social practices. You want affordable and fair health care? Look at Scandinavia, Canada, or Australia. You want race, religious, and sexual tolerance and fairness? Again, look at Europe and the rest of the Western world (and even parts of Asia and South America). You want to help the environment and go with alternative energy? Again, look at Europe, particularly Scandinavia. Or, get on board with Elon Musk. Yes, he's a bit weird, but most geniuses are. And at least he has a plan to move forward with and is trying to help.

    As for Johnson and the Libertarians. Simple things like getting the Presidential debates opened up to everyone running and not just the 'Big Two' candidates would go a long way. And yes, there needs to be more of a presence, but whilst ever people are having the attitude "I won't vote for (insert here) because no one will vote for him", well... we're all smart enough to figure those statistics out.

    I love my country. It's my home, always has been and always will be, and one day soon I should have the ability to move back there again. But lately it makes me very sad and scared at the same time.


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