Robert Reich recalls a phone conversation he had with a friend who predicts a Clinton victory in November — and a majority of Democrats in the Senate (though not the House). The conversation then picks up as follows:
And what about all the people who’ll be voting for Trump?”
“What about them?” he asked, cautiously.
“After Trump loses, they’ll still be out there, right?”
“And they’ll be madder than hell, poisoned with Trump’s venom. They’ll be a ready-made constituency for the next demagogue.”
“Bob?” he asked.
“Remind me never to phone you again.”
“Sorry,” I said.
Indeed. There’s the rub. What about those crawly things Trump has enticed out from under the rocks he has been kicking over for the past few months, “poisoned with Trump’s venom”? That’s something we all need to ponder. Given that many of them are the “second amendment people” that the Trumpet encouraged to “do something” about Hillary Clinton and given the fact that they are armed, angry, and reside very far to the political right — well past Genghis Khan over there in the distance behind that rock — we need to worry about more than discontent among his mindless minions, a “ready-made constituency for the next demagogue.” There’s that, but there is also the very real possibility that a Clinton victory will engender a violent protest that will have alarming consequences — and not only for Hillary Clinton.
I refuse to make dire predictions and it is quite possible that nothing will happen beyond some really stupid complaints from those who will be convinced that this political race has been rigged and the only way their man could possibly have lost is because the Democrats cheated. We have already heard this excuse and it is virtually certain we will hear it again.
Given the conviction that a bigot and narcissistic megalomaniac is perceived by these people as the man to rescue this country from the grasp of those damned liberals, and “make America great again,” we can be sure there will be some very unhappy, not to say stupid, people. Just what they will do is the million dollar question.
At the very least, the political landscape will never be the same and the reputation of this country in the eyes of the rest of the world will have been deeply tarnished. It will take years and the efforts of a stellar leader to restore it. We ourselves will all have been exposed to the ugly underbelly of this country, which most of us had never imagined in our worst nightmares.
Not that this will keep me from voting for Hillary Clinton in November. Not in the least. As has been said, it really is a choice between sanity and insanity. The alternative of this man winning suggests even greater horrors and for a more prolonged period of time. The Sierra Club predicts that his election would lead invariably to an “environmental catastrophe.” Indeed. And that’s just the beginning. It’s just that I feel as though I am being pinned between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps you feel the same way?
As you know, I have pondered this issue myself, and earlier today was discussing it with my friend, H, who says he does not anticipate a wide-spread, organized protest … I hope he’s right … just not sure. And as you mention we have all been exposed to the “ugly underbelly” and it is bound to have some effect. I think I can already see that perhaps I am more of a cynic and less kind some days than I used to be. Just this evening, I told a complete stranger on Facebook to “go back to about 5th grade, as your spelling puts me in misery.” That is NOT something I would have said a year ago! 😥
I hope your friend is right! I do think we will all feel the repercussions of this election for a long time. It is a wake-up call and politics will never be the same.
I hope so too. Sigh.
Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
This has been an especially toxic, divisive election year. I have thought a lot about … what next. I am 99% confident that our next president will be Hillary Clinton, but I have to wonder … will that be the end of the hate speech that is so prevalent today? It is hard to imagine that Trump will simply slink back into his dark cave and never be heard from again (though one can always hope). Blogger-friend Hugh wrote an excellent post on just this topic, so rather than re-invent the wheel, I ask you to take a minute and read his post, drop in and leave a comment … or two!
Jill, great post. If Clinton wins, it will be incumbent on her to be involving and collaborating with Republicans. It will also be incumbent on Republican leadership to meet her half way and regain control of their party. But, they need to listen. I have been saying for five years, that over half of Republicans are voting against their economic interests and have no idea. This is who Trump tapped into, but they were mad at their leadership for the wrong reasons.
What would have helped the many rural voters and impoverished white Republicans are simple: invest in infrastructure, invest in renewable energy which is located in rural areas, expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and focus on job retraining. When I said this to GOP leaders in my state as an Independent, I was laughed at as offering liberal Democrat ideas. Yet, they did not lift a finger to help and these folks got mad and supported Trump.
The future cannot be fingerpointing and divisiveness or our country will be harmed. Keith
That is whoops. I should have said Hugh.
You’re forgiven. I regard it as a compliment to be confused with Jill!