Monday, November 26, 2018

Week of 11/26/2018

What America Needs To Overcome Trump In 2020
So the 2018 Midterm Fraud is over with... more or less... with a handful of recounts and runoffs to go.  And, of course, now the great eternal trauma that is politics is spinning towards the 2020 Presidential Scam.  Because, as you know and as I remind people, we are in perpetual war mode when it comes to politics.  Every election cycle is just another battle in the overall war for power and control.
Now you’re not going to hear too much about the 2019 election con-game, because that’s primarily for state and local positions of power.  But that’s not to say that people should dismiss them.  People are learning the hard way that state legislatures draw up the political maps, and with 2020 being a map-drawing year, gerrymandering is a serious issue that people need to pay attention to.  Who you send to the state legislatures next year will help decide who gets elected to Congress.  It is that simple.  So pay attention next year and vote next year, because that election is still just as important as any other.
Having said that... let’s talk about 2020 for a bit.
The only reason why I’m talking about it now rather than in 2020 is because this is when the wannabes are getting ready to make their announcements.  The early bird in this case does not necessarily get the worm, but they do get the attention and the name recognition if they’re out early.
It is a foregone conclusion that the narcissistic President Donald Trump will be running for re-election.  His narcissism will not allow him to entertain any kind of idea that he should be limited to one term, so the only reason why he would be barred from running again would be if he’s either impeached and removed from office (not likely given the current and future makeup of Congress) or if he knew in advance that the economy was on the brink of irreversible collapse and that he would be blamed for it.  Remember that this is the narcissist that has said that being a “president-for-life” would be a good thing.
So if the theory is true is that Narcissist Trump is only supported by a minority of Americans that are also fanatically active voters, then the solution is simple... find a competent challenger for the 2020 Scam.  Someone that the voters will show up at the voting booth to vote for.
It is a lot harder than it sounds.
Understand that I’ve been an active political observer and voter since the 1980’s.  I have seen all kinds of wannabe candidates come and go.  I remember H. Ross Perot.  Hell, I even voted for H. Ross Perot in 1992.  And then he gave me reason to regret it.  So I know what kind of people have a better chance of getting elected than others.
The absolute worst thing that the Democratic Party, or for that matter any political party or group, can do is to presume that anyone they put up could beat Narcissist Trump.  If you go to the November election in 2020 with that in your heads, then I guarantee you that You. Will. Lose.
Understand that you – and by extension the rest of the nation – is facing more than just a self-promoting narcissistic clown act with a fake Jersey tan.  You are also dealing with a cult following of extremists the likes of which have not been in power in over three-quarters-of-a-century, as well as an entrenched political party that is sociopathic in nature and will not give up that power without a fight.  And, as a reminder, they are active voters.  They will fight for and vote for Narcissist Trump no matter how bad he is.  Narcissist Trump could lead American into nuclear annihilation tomorrow, and it would not matter to his “core” supporters.  They will still vote for him and still sing his praises.
The rest of the great unwashed are cowards and idiots when it comes to voting.  If they don’t have a candidate that they really like, that they really want, that they feel they will win, then they will not show up to vote.  Period.  They won’t vote for Narcissist Trump, but they also will not vote for anyone else that they feel is just as bad.  They won’t “haggle” or “negotiate” or “settle”.  They just will not vote.  They will stay home.  This has been demonstrated over and over and over again.
That is the challenge when facing Narcissist Trump.  It is not just a matter of finding “someone better”, but also someone that will get people to vote for them.
So here is a short list of the potential wannabes that really need to stay home for 2020 if they want to get Narcissist Trump out of the White House.
First and foremost, the biggest group that need to stay home are...
Hillary Clinton and the other “Entitled” Wannabes – I have said this before and I will say it again: the presidency is not an entitlement program.  It is not a matter of “paying your dues and waiting your turn”.
Historical fact: only one “entitlement” candidate for the White House has ever won in the past century.  Only one.  And that was then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.  Every other candidate before and after him have lost.  Every time.
Former Vice-President Walter Mondale thought he was “entitled”.  He failed miserably.  Then-Vice-President Al Gore thought he was “entitled”.  He failed to beat Bush Junior.  Former Senator John Kerry thought he was “entitled”.  He failed miserably even worse than Mondale.  The late Senator John McCain thought he was “entitled”.  He failed.  Hillary Clinton sure as hell operates as though she is “owed” the White House, and she got primaried-out to Barack Obama in 2008 and got beat by Narcissist Trump in 2016!
And the odds of winning are even worse when you’re running against someone already in the job!  So what the hell makes Hillary think that a Clinton vs Trump rematch would change the outcome?  If anything, history has shown that she would lose even worse.  So the best thing that Mrs. Clinton can do for the nation would be to shut up, sit down, and stay home.
But, of course, she won’t do that.  Her own ego would not allow that.
She’s not the only one that needs to bench themselves, though.
The “Failing-Up” Wannabes – Picture this: you have a candidate that is dynamic, energetic, gets the voters optimistic and fired up and really, really, want to vote.  Unfortunately, that candidate loses in their race for Congress by someone who was supported by Narcissist Trump.
So... what do you do?  Why, you have that candidate challenge Narcissist Trump for 2020!
Listen, I have nothing against Congressman Beto O’Roarke of Texas.  Sounds like he’s a great guy.  But he just got his butt kicked by #Cheat2Win Ted Cruz for the Senate.  Do you really think that he’d have a chance against Narcissist Trump with that kind of mark against him?  He couldn’t beat a lying, cheating hypocrite, and #Cheat2win Ted Cruz is a lightweight compared to Narcissist Trump!  O’Roarke would have had a much better chance if either he didn’t run for the Senate or if he had won that race.  As such, his loss poisons him this time around.  He needs a few more wins under his belt before he thinks about running for the White House.
The same goes for some of the other people who sounded good but couldn’t seal the deal this past election.  The last person that “failed-up” into the White House was Richard Nixon, and it took three major assassinations before that for it to be a possibility.  Narcissist Trump may be bad, but he is not yet catastrophic enough for such a situation to happen again.
Speaking of which, can we please stop the asinine talk about how “monumental” losing in those races was?  It does not matter if your candidate lost to the GOP by a thousand votes or even one; it is still a loss.  You are dealing with simplistic people who see things as winners and losers, not “close calls” or “narrow margins”.  A loss is a loss.  Period.  And voters don’t like voting for losers.  That’s why they usually stay home when they feel they don’t have a “winner” on their side.  Again, history has proven this to be true.
Here's one more group that need to sit 2020 out...
The “Celebrity” Wannabes – This includes TV celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but also the “political celebrities” like Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren.  You know, the people that are recognized for whatever reason, but don’t really have anything to offer other than they’re not Narcissist Trump.
Listen, I have respect for Senator Warren that goes back to when she was the one “in charge” in name only of the TARP bailout ten years ago.  She stuck it to the people that just wanted her job to be quietly rubber-stamping whatever Big Banking wanted.  And I like that she’s still fighting the good fight against Big Banking and Big Corporate and Big Healthcare and the rest of the “Big” groups.  But there is a difference between doing that and being president.  She has to sell more than that to the nation.
Just being a “name” doesn’t make you a challenger to Narcissist Trump.  I know that it is easy to presume that Narcissist Trump is just a “celebrity” himself.  After all, he sold himself as a character on a “Reality TV” program that can turn everything he touches into gold.  But the truth is that he was selling himself as a “leader” long before he announced his candidacy.  His Fox News appearances criticizing President Barack Obama, bringing up the Birther issue, these all laid the groundwork to his eventual bid.  His name was being bantered about for years before he made it official, and then, when he did, he offered more than just his “brand”.  He was ready with a book and a slogan and ideas that may not have been his, but he certainly knew how to latch onto them and make them his.  Narcissist Trump is – above everything else – a salesman, and he was selling himself long before he was running for the White House.
These are all the people that should be sitting out for 2020, but let’s get brutally honest here... you know a lot of them will do it anyway.  They’re going to waste time and money to see if they can challenge Narcissist Trump, and they will fail.
The problem will come when the Democrats decide to put one of those people in as a nominee.  If they do, you can guarantee that Narcissist Trump will be re-elected.
And the GOP knows this.  They’re counting on the Democrats to put up someone like Senators Warren or Booker or even Hillary.  They want the “celebrity” challengers and the people who think that it is “their turn” to be president, as if the office of the President of the United States was just a loyalty perk for a political party.  They want the Democrats to do this, because they know that Narcissist Trump will win if they do.
The office of the President of the United States of America is not some loyalty perk or just a “gig” for celebrities to do like they’re a judge on “Dancing with the Stars”.  It is a position of leadership.  As such, it helps to actually have a leader.
The way to defeat the Narcissist Trump is to have someone that is better than him that can actually lead that the voters will want to support, not “hope” they’ll support.  2020 may still be two years away, but the time to step up and sell yourself as that person that can defeat Narcissist Trump is now. 
Hell, it may already be too late.  And that’s sad.

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