The Election and Our Common Life
I am, I’m afraid, not ready to make nice.
Set aside Hillary Clinton's vast political and public policy experience; I agree, there's probably been no one more qualified to step into office and hold the reins from day one. But that's precisely what the electorate was saying it did not want. Hillary Clinton is about as establishment as establishment gets -- a political insider with close ties to Wall Street, and a hint of corruption thrown in. She was never going to be a change agent, and in retrospect she shouldn't have been asked to try to be one. That led to lower energy among traditional Democratic supporters, who couldn't match the intensity of Trump's followers.That having been said, Clinton seems to me no more compromised personally or ethically than the average politician, albeit in somewhat different ways. She’s no saint, but neither is Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Mike Pence, Bernie Sanders or anyone else you can name. A lot of her enhanced bad reputation is thanks to WikiLeaks and the relentless efforts of congressional committees to discredit her. Compare the amount of scrutiny she’s received over her political career with Donald Trump, who didn’t even release his tax returns. Thanks to a multi-million dollar out-of-court settlement of fraud cases involving Trump University announced this week, his business dealings will remain mysterious.
Donald Trump on immigrants: video
Donald Trump on judge in his fraud case: video
Donald Trump on the Khans, gold star parents video
Donald Trump on John McCain video
Donald Trump's collection of Twitter hates
|Trump supporters in St. Clairville, Ohio. Source: sonofsaf.blogspot.com|
Kristen Jeffers, "Election Breakdown (and a Call for Self-Care)," Black Urbanist, 15 November 2016
Leonard Pitts Jr, "Trump Presidency Means Mourning in America," Miami Herald, 11 November 2016
Pete Saunders, "'Whitelash'," The Corner Side Yard, 9 November 2016
Steven Shultis, "This is Also What Democracy Looks Like," Rational Urbanism, 13 November 2016