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AdLib On November - 22 - 2016


Just keeping track, what stage of grief are we in at this point after the election? Let’s see, we’ve done denial (“Sign a petition to urge electors not to vote for Trump!”), totally nailed anger (“We lost because blacks/Latinos/conservative Dems/Bernie Bros/overconfident Hillary supporters/guys named JimBob didn’t come out to vote!”), bargaining (“We should give Trump a chance, he’s not a real Republican. Who knows, he may want to work with Democrats!”) and depression (“Are you serious? Jeff Sessions as Attorney General! Oh my God…”). That just leaves one stage left…opioid smoothies. I mean acceptance.

You know the day before you get a cold, when you begin to come down with it? Your throat starts to get that slight but noticeable pain when you swallow and you feel a bit off? Experience tells you that you’re about to become sick. You may load up on vitamin C, zinc or even chicken soup to lessen the severity of the illness but its coming. And there may be a part of you that says, “Well, I hope it comes on soon so I can get over it sooner.”

This Dread Zone, between the election of Donald Trump as President and his inauguration feels like that to me. We’re getting tortured with all the horrible cabinet announcements and vows to destroy most government and social programs yet because it’s just discussion now, there’s nothing to unite and rise up against yet. Trump isn’t in a position to be savaged by the majority of Americans and the press. And  impulsive Trump voters can’t recognize yet that they’ve been conned and exploited like Chinese iPhone assemblers.

I for one am anxious for the unavoidable presidency of Donald Trump to begin ASAP so it can be derailed and ended ASAP. The countdown clock of 4 years (minus a few months once he becomes a lame duck) begins on January 20th and that day can’t come soon enough. The terrible times are on their way in any case and I say bring ’em on and bring the end of Trumpism closer.

We can’t know for sure what lies in store for us over the next four years. Racial coalitions confronting and protesting against the open bigotry Trump unleashed and encourages? International conflicts due to the thin-skinned, nationalist and incompetent Trump team? Economic turmoil after the wealthy get huge tax cuts, the deficit soars, social programs are slashed and the 99% get paid less, pay higher income taxes and lose health insurance?

But despite the awfulness we’ll need to persevere through, most of it will be no more permanent than a Trump presidency. When he goes, all the horribleness goes as it did with Bush. And who knows, maybe being plunged into such darkness will whip up a broad hunger for far greater Progressive change than could have happened if Hillary had won and was blockaded by a Republican Congress…especially if it led to her losing re-election to a Republican.

I’m not guaranteeing that there is any silver lining to Trump, in fact, if they could make a lining out of cow dung, that would seem to be more appropriate for Trump. What I am saying is that before things can get better, Trump has to leave the White House and if we have to count down for four years, better to start the countdown sooner than later.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. gyp46 says:

    About out of things to say since this election flipped the world into the Twilight Zone. We have seen one side that spent the last 70 years demanding the purge of any person or group that expounded principles of group help, i.e., socialism (communism) but today that side excepts the fact of Trumps seemingly ‘love’ of a former leader of the KGB. We next see the ‘Evangelical, Born Again’ masses not only accept but applaud a man who ADMITS ON TAPE to assaulting women and having multiple affairs plus 2 divorces and 3 marriages, 5 children by those 3 wives !! Being old in this case may be beneficial to my health, maybe!!

    • AdLib says:

      gyp46, we are in The Twilight Zone right now for the next 4 years. All the norms have been thrown away by self-centered, ignorant people who voted with their emotions for a con man who cynically told them what they wanted to hear.

      But their support of Trump will begin peeling off with each day that goes by under him. He will become so widely reviled and I think there will be a powerful hunger for a return to sanity…and a Progressive Dem President.

      But waiting 4 years requires an it of activism and patience.

      • gyp46 says:

        Seems daily the followers of this deranged man plunge farther down the rabbit hole! Tweetman himself is leading the way into the darkness. Men in my family are not noted for their longevity am just hoping my last years are not filled with hearing this man’s name everyday! I am seriously worried for the 1st time about the survival of our nation, foolish thoughts I know, but that’s the way it is with the election of an idiot to the White House !

  2. Questinia says:


  3. pinkpantheroz says:


    1. Putin will invade Ukraine.
    2. North Korea will attack South Korea.
    3. US will pull out of Syria.
    4. Chicken Soup Futures will peak.
    5. Old Missile silos will become Very expensive.
    6. All illegal immigrants NOT from South of the Border will be conveniently ignored, especially if they are white.
    7. Malaria will never set foot in the White House, as she will be deported for breach of Visa conditions.
    8. Jhyna will call in its loans.
    9. Trump will declare Chapter 11 on USA.
    10. USA will annexe Canada and march into Greenland.

    • AdLib says:

      PPO -- Very interesting set of predictions, if I may add a few?

      11. President Trump will invade SNL and send Alec Baldwin to Guantanamo.
      12. Ivanka Trump will market a pair of gold bracelets modeled on the handcuffs used to deport millions of Mexicans.
      13. President Trump’s health care policy which contains the sole instruction, “Cover your mouth when you cough, numbnuts!” will fail spectacularly and climax in “The Million Man Cough” where millions of sick Americans gather around the WH and cough their germs at Trump.

  4. Kalima says:

    Absolutely in agreement, AdLib, let’s get this embarrassing freak show over with and fight to tackle the trumpbumps as they are thrown our way. Let there be peaceful protests every step of the way.

    Let the world see the incompetence of trump, his KKK administration and the lily-livered gop as promises are broken to his supporters, the jobs don’t appear, and he runs the economy into the bankruptcy he is so famous for by doubling spending after criticising Obama who has in reality reduced the Bush inflicted deficit.

    Knowing how clueless and crazy he and his team are, I’m expecting one f’up after another, and will cherish the Schadenfreude to come.

    Like you, I have expressed to family and friends that the 20th of January can’t come soon enough as we witness that after all the boasting, there is only one thing he excels at. Lying.

    What he breaks, people who don’t want him in power, will demand to be fixed once he and that awful kitschy odour has left the WH.

    The fight is on! Many Progressive groups and organisations started their fight before the election was over, and that should empower people rather than just giving up. This is a democracy and fighting for it is what brings changes both large and small. Help Progressives to win in the midterms.


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    Happy Thanksgiving America! The world as we know it still exists. It didn’t explode, and people power really does work to change the course of history.

    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, it’s understandable that so many people are still processing their shock and outrage at this freak of human nature becoming President of the US.

      But what will be the most effective event in transforming that painful and useless emotion into effective motivation is Trump’s inauguration.

      As you say, he will indeed damage and screw up so much once he’s in a position to do so. And while his lies and propaganda will all hail the omnipotence and perfection of Our Great Leader (Kim Jong Trump), real people who are genuinely hurt by his rampages and ignorance won’t be convinced by words that losing healthcare and having no opportunity for well paying jobs are actually unicorns and fairy dust.

      I can foresee RW Repubs joining the popular uprising against Trump once their constituency starts howling about all the promises he’s broken and how much worse their lives are under him.

      Add that of course to the majority of Americans who already see Trump for the garbage he is, there sure could be a popular uprising against Trump and his government, not to mention against the now resurgent white bigotry marching under his banner.

      The next 4 years will challenge the country but it will also give those who truly respect our country and what it stands for, the opportunity to stand up and be counted.

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