Driving ten hours three days a week gives time to think ( always dangerous in my case) without a lot of interruptions.
One subject that I’ve pondered is the appeal of Hillary Clinton. People and relatives whose intellect and opinions I otherwise respect seem fixated. Why?
My conclusion it is the “idea” of Hillary. What they hoped she represented.
Some of the motivations in play, IMO.
Women who have fought glass ceilings all their lives.
Men, including me, who have seen the anger and despair of their mothers who were forced into subservient positions while men at their workplaces with no talent or ability were promoted and paid.
Women who have sucked it up in unhappy marriages and kept their households together despite lousy husbands. Add men who grew up in those households who weren’t blind to what was happening.
The coalitions of people of both sexes that have tried to make positive improvements in their communities and helping the less fortunate. They fear that those gains be lost.
There is much more. Hopefully the reader can fill in more blanks.
So, a mix of hope, anger, fear and despair seeking a champion for those ideals most important to them. Hillary seems to be that champion.
Sadly, for them, their champion is in the body and mind of a terribly flawed human being.
The most progressive person I know, who has literally put her life on the line for her ideals, once said, regarding Hillary,
“I never thought these words would pass my lips. I wish we had a better candidate”.
Hillary’s loss is taken by her supporters as a rejection of them and their ideals. Not necessarily so. Remember the part of the famous Lincoln quote, “all the people all the time?” Enough citizens were not taken in by Hillary to cost her the election. They voted for the lesser evil in many cases, IMO.
But, but, but, she WON the popular vote. If national elections were won by popular vote, New York City and California would be all that matters.
So that I’m not accused of using a conservative biased source, this is from Time magazine.
Overall, he won 2,622 predominantly small counties while Clinton won 490, most of which were much more populous. (Those figures may shift very slightly since some states take a long time to certify their results.) Still, the shifts were large enough for a number of pickups. At present count, Trump snagged 220 counties that voted for President Obama in 2012, while Clinton poached 17 that went for Mitt Romney.
As any long term readers of this blog will recall, I’ve been consistent in my stance of, “Anybody but Shillary”. That was not an endorsement of Donald Trump.
I’ve been pleasantly pleased by the performance of President Trump. I’m delighted to see the, “by any means necessary” modus operandi of Clinton, Inc. being exposed and the utter criminality of their gathering of wealth. The list of crimes goes on and on.
There is more to come. If one was to pick the department most dedicated to improving citizen’s lives, I would nominate HUD. During the eight years of the Obama Administration, over $500,000,000+ is unaccounted. I suspect the Obama clique, the “Czars”, looted the Treasury with no fear of consequences. They were confident the election of Obama’s successor would mean their activities would continue and never come to light. They were on a roll and the good times would never end. Their time had come!
A large portion of the “resistance” is, IMO, people terrified of losing their ill gotten riches and their liberties to imprisonment. The karma bus in gathering speed and driven by an outsider they can’t control.
I can relate to the Hillary supporters angst. I lived with it for the previous eight years.