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I don't know, Lance. I hope you're right. It's hard to say right now, because of the level of trolling that goes on when anyone asks these people anything, but I'm afraid you're wrong.

The people we're talking about seem to be so angry and so... I've been going around and around that sentence and coming up with another word that isn't just a synonym of "angry" just doesn't seem to be happening. "Vindictive," maybe. But yeah: they're so angry at everything, it seems. And Trump is the perfect avatar of that, a weapon they can aim at Them, and I can't see them ever putting that weapon down.

I also can't imagine Trump ever voluntarily walking away. My dad's convinced he won't even last out the year, that he'll just get disgusted and quit, but every time he and I talk about it I get this sick feeling in my stomach: this greedy, venal man has never walked away from anything he didn't already want to in his life. He loves power (even if he doesn't actually want to *do* anything except order cruel new policies and try and undo everything Obama did), and I can't see him giving it up.

I mean, I wish I held out some actual hope for the future here, but at the moment I just don't see what there is for any of us to do except tie ourselves to the mast and ride out the storm.


Given the appalling predictability of this I see no reason not to cite what Hunter Thompson said about We the People 43 years ago:

"This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it — that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes... understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose...

Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?"

And now we know.

Cathie from Canada

"They're the common clay of the Old West. You know . . . morons!"
Somehow, this line seemed appropriate when we were watching those people behind Trump on Tuesday night.
Actually, I wondered if Trump and his gang were hoping for a violent riot by BLM and Antifa, so Sessions could declare them both to be terrorist organizations.
Another thing I thought was odd about his so-called speech was that he kept talking about how he "wasn't allowed to" do stuff, like mention Senators by name, or pardon Sheriff Joe. I wonder if his audience found that somewhat off-putting too, that their hero was being told what to do by his staff.

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