There Will Be Little Change
This is one of those "Best of Times/Worst of Times" scenarios:
Yes, the Republican nominee will be going down to complete, humiliating defeat in this campaign year; Yes, the GOP will lose the senate. Not to sound like a publicity agent for the Democrats, they're obviously a huge part of what ails this sick country. It's like having to choose between terminal cancer and the flu: One will kill you a helluva lot quicker than the other. I'm not at all in ecstasy over the idea that Hillary Clinton will be living in the White House until at least 2021, but the alternative is too frightening to face: It would mean the end of "the American experiment". We can all breathe a deep sigh of relief. The happy news is that a Donald Trump administration is never going to happen. I'm not losing any sleep over the matter. You shouldn't either.
Now the not-so-good news: All available evidence tells us that the House of Reprehensibles will remain in the clutches of the GOP during the years 2017-2019 - and for the foreseeable future. The American people have yet to learn the lesson they should have learned a century-and-a-half ago about the inevitable economic disaster that always comes of right wing governance. But it should be conceded that it's not only the electorate that is at blame: This unfortunate situation is the end-result of years of the unconstitutional gerrymandering of congressional districts in states that are controlled by the Republicans. The key to victory for that disgusting party is, primarily, watering down the black vote. An area in any of these states that has a high percentage of people with dark skin, usually (conveniently) finds itself at the intersection of as many as four or five congressional districts, which are (conveniently) mostly white. As a result, the people most vulnerable get hurt even further by lack of representation. This is not a coincidence.
"Land of the free"? Really?
There's room for optimism - barely. The Democrats will certainly pick up at least a few seats in congress, perhaps even enough to slightly water-down the craziness of the right wing. Maybe between now and Election Day the American people will wake up. Yeah! There's something to hope for!
Please, boys and girls! Wish with me! Wish really hard - and maybe if we all wish hard enough - our wishing will bring Tinker Bell back again! Maybe wishing will make all of our dreams come true!
Then again, maybe not....
I don't like being the one to throw a damp towel on the torch of liberty, but there isn't a whole lot of hope for a people who would happily place themselves into his kind of mess. Lincoln once memorably noted that it is impossible to "fool all the people all the time.". True enough, but it is quite easy to fool enough of the population to keep them subservient, helpless and economically miserable. That is exactly what has happened in the United States. (For more on this nasty topic, buy or rent the new Noam Chomsky DVD, "Requiem For the American Dream").
This past Wednesday, I spent the day on the campus of the state university in Albany, NY (about ninety miles north of me). As is my habit, I avoided the New York State Throughway and charted my route through the small towns lining the two-lane highways and back roads. On the drive up, I was amused by the number of "Trump for President" signs I saw adorning the front lawns (and even one small business). Most of the lawn signs I observed during the trip were obviously home made.
"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
Indeed. It's fair to say that Donald Trump will not be going broke in this campaign season. In fact, this race may very well prove to be the best investment he ever made. This is not about winning the office of the presidency; it was never about that. This was all about marketing the "Trump brand". He has succeeded beyond all of the wildest expectation of everyone - except Donald Trump. The guy is either a fool or a genius.
The jury is still out on that last one.
Here are a few promo films made by The Weavers in the early 1950's. This was before they were blacklisted for their "un-American" views. Check out a ridiculously young Pete Seeger on the banjo.
The four Weavers are safe in Heaven now. No one can hurt them.