Friday, October 14, 2016

Nigeria!  Who'd a thought, but it seems our president-wannabe and the current President of Nigeria have a lot in common.

The  first lady of Nigeria, displeased with her husband's job performance said she'd not support his re-election.  Upon hearing this the Nigerian leader said "I don't know what party she belongs to, but her place is in my kitchen, living room and the other room."

Mr. Trump, you have a brother from another mother, as the saying goes. I'm sure you two will be great buddies. This echo's many things Trump has said, his disdain for women as anything but sex objects, even his own daughters.

The thing is, nobody is interested anymore, with the thing, facts, that would have ended a presidential bid in it's very tracks. Trump rolls on. You belittle vets, including a POW. Trump rolls on. Etc, etc, ad nauseum.

It seems likely that he will lose.  Then what? The call, usually late at night that congratulates the new president-elect? No, that won't happen. First time in modern history, but that isn't Trump's concern.

So what will we do, I ask, with all those Americans that voted for Trump.  In good conscience. With full knowledge of what he is, what kind of man he is, and, uncaring, checked the ballot anyhow?  Say "you're ok, just voicing your opinion."  I'm not ready to do that.  I think there may be millions of citizens who do not reflect, even remotely, what I think it is to be 'American'. I guess we could forget, even forgive, it that's the word. Germany did it when the wall came down. Welcomed the East German, GDR, back into the fold, supported them, helped financially. Could we do something so much less complex than that? Simply agree to go back to being civil and how we've managed to survive 200 years?

Not sure that's gonna happen.  Trump has succeeded in what might have been his original mission, if I'd give him credit for that much intelligence. The division of the US.  The clear declaration, understanding, that there are groups of people out there, our neighbors, that are not interested in being what we understand as the classic 'American'. Understanding, accepting, willing to work with other people, cultures, adapt.

They want it their way, and no other. And others need to do it their way.  This isn't new, it's called 'Nativism' in Sociology and politics. Been here before.

Places like the modern Nigeria, with the President of that country making clear he thinks women's place is in the kitchen are not new, or unique.  What is, is finally we, the modern United States, have found a potential leader that agree's with them.

I'm not sure what kind of accolades that deserves. It deserves something.


  1. Tar and feathers? I'd love to see Bubba Trump so attired.

  2. There is a lot of reason to be concerned about the post election health of this nation. Clinton is unpopular even with many of her supporters. Trump has driven a hatred into the body politic. It is all very worrisome.

  3. I do worry about the "function" of government after this election. That anger is not going away. Various societies that support him are now emboldened.

  4. After reading about three members of a Kansas "militia" being arrested for planning to blow up an apartment house inhabited mainly by Somalis on the day after the election, I worry about what Trump's supporters will do around the country. It almost seems like we're on the verge of a civil war.