Sarah Daniels

Post Debate Polls & POTUS Countdown – by Sarah Daniels

Image: Jim Bourg

Image: Jim Bourg

Who will lead our world?
Did you watch the debate? Or were you hung up on the Jays?

I was knee deep in the prior – and the horror of it. Locker room.

Now take in to account that I have a cold and am up to my eyeballs in Nyquil, but even those meds, and a head full of snot, I’m still in  shock.

I was on Twitter gauging the situation. ISIS. Bill Clinton. Iraq. Mike Pence. Taxes. So hard to know where to begin.

And yet I come away with a sense of hopefulness – and a sense of dread.

Hopeful that with so many prominent Republicans denouncing Trump, and rescinding their support, in light of the horrific tape of 11 years ago, that the final nail in in the coffin has been hammered home.

Dread, because it seems that there’s a vast swath of the American population who actually continue to believes Trump is qualified to be President of the United States, and thus leader of the free world.

This is a man who treats women like possessions, doesn’t pay his taxes (because he was apparently able to; the brilliant businessman apparently lost 1 billion dollars in the mid 90’s and has been able to use this loss as a write off for 20 plus years) and profiles people both racially and religiously.

He has no understanding of foreign policy. In fact while listening to him it’s hard to even believe he could pick out on a map most of the countries he’s talking about.
He has the attention span of a gnat.

His only real interest is self-promotion: he continuously mentions his business and real estate holdings in debates. He doesn’t seem to understand the US Constitution.

Forget the fact that he clearly has no respect for it. He has not once been able to detail any plan of action either domestically or internationally. He wants to tear up trade deals. He insults foreign allies and chums up to people like Vladimir Putin.

I am hoping that the polls are right – and that Trump is spiralling downward. Polls scare me, and as does the fact that many people cannot be bothered to vote.

Now more than ever, votes matter. As much as people do not like Hillary Clinton, she is a smart woman, and a respected leader. She has experience.

If the biggest problem you have with her is a private email server and some big fees for speaking engagements, – get over it.

If you have friends in the States, let them know that the world is watching. And yes, we are judging.
I’m hoping I breathe a sigh of relief on November 9th.

But I take nothing for granted.

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  • Reply Nadine October 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I couldn’t have said any of that any better! As an American living in Canada my heart is sickened. I don’t know how or when the country I was born and raised in became so stupid,so unaware,so lost. It frightens me,and I feel hopeless for them.

  • Reply Shirley Weir October 10, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I’ve done the back-of-the-envelope math. Forget about getting every eligible voter to vote. Let’s just ensure every female eligible voter votes.

  • Reply Rick Jemmett October 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I understand the dread you feel Ms Daniels. Until this morning, I’d comforted myself with the (false) notion that even if Trump won, he’d be kept in check by a set of people & institutions familiar with the mechanisms of a constitutional democracy. But then I realized that as POTUS he gets to nominate whomever he chooses to all kinds of critical positions, from his Chief of Staff, to AG, to the directors of things like the CIA & Homeland Security. What follows was my early morning therapy in light of this new understanding…

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” Isaac Asimov.

    I’m not usually awake at 4am but after a bathroom trip, I found myself thinking about last night’s debate, Hillary’s inability to put that useless PoS away (there was SO MUCH potential here), and what a Trump presidency might actually look like.

    I thought about the number of key positions the POTUS gets to fill by nomination and realized for the first time the type of people Trump will surround himself with. I saw Trump sitting at a big table surrounded by a gaggle of Billy Bush/Matt Laurer types who haven’t the maturity, intellect or integrity to challenge his mindless authority, pathetic little yes-men who believe their own manliness is somehow magnified by sucking up to an idiot alpha male.

    I saw a Republican party renewed and emboldened with his victory, immediately & fully devoid of any of the ‘grave concerns’ they’ve spoken of only in the past 48 hours. Gone will be any hand-wringing over Trump’s bragging of assaulting ‘beautiful’ women at will, his willingness to have his own daughter described publicly by a detestable little shock-jock as a ‘fine piece of ass’, or any of the other 20 or so sociopolitical atrocities he’s vomitted out his moronic mouth. Instead the GOP will take this victory as proof that their war mongering, imperialist, corporate-friendly, anti-intellectual, anti-middle class, racist & misogynist policies of the past 30 years are just fine with the American electorate.

    I saw a Supreme Court stacked with regressive, incompetent & small-minded men (ie., Billy Bush with a law degree), with as little respect for the fundamentals of the US Constitution as Trump himself, ready to roll back the important humanitarian progresses achieved during my lifetime.

    I was a year old during the Cuban missile crisis, when JFK and his advisors elegantly & brilliantly negotiated an important conclusion, avoiding the military ‘solution’ advocated by his Joint Chiefs of Staff, one that most certainly would have brought nuclear war upon the world. I can’t even imagine Trump and his gang of little man-boys bringing anything close to that kind of thoughtful, restrained & nuanced capacity to any similar situation.

    What Asimov once described as a ‘cult’ is in dire danger of morphing into a majority, and the way the country actually functions. Last night’s debate could be entitled “Trust me, my ignorance is better than her knowledge. Way better, so much better, so much way better”.

    Please America, for the sake of every living thing on this beautiful blue orb, do better than this monumental PoS.

  • Reply Shirley McBride October 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

    It is truly frightening that what was once the envy of the world could now have so many people who cant seem to think. They have totally forgotten the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. Has their education system deteriorated to the point where there are so many people who dont know how to think? Very frightening.

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