20 Ways To Take Action in Trump-America — Part 1

I’ve been seeing the lists other people are making of things to do after this election. Taking nothing away from them, here’s MY list of things to do. This is the first 10.

(Fair warning: I’m going to use the F-word, and more than once, in this post. I think this is a moment for it.)

1. Accept what’s happened

Hillary Clinton isn’t the President. It’s unfair, it’s criminal, it’s ugly, but it’s also this:

>> OVER <<<

It’s done. Finito. Deal with it.

Even if Donald Trump is impeached, even if someone dropped a massive spy satellite on Trump and Pence and the entire Republican Congress, Hillary isn’t going to end up in the White House. Neither is Bernie, or Jill. There is no hope of it, no way it can happen. The election is done and the results are before us. Feel the shock and horror, go ahead with your grieving, but eventually we’re all going to have to give it up as a subject worth talking about.

Hillary lost, Trump won, the electoral college isn’t changing, Warts and all, Trump is the next occupant of the Oval Office, and much as I hate to say it, he’s going to be PRESIDENT Trump. Admit it, put it out of your mind, and let’s get on to the next thing.

2. Take A Good Hard Look at Donald Trump

The guy was born into a millionaire family and is now, supposedly, a thousand times richer. His social class is BILLIONAIRE; he has almost nothing in common with you.

He’s never served in the military, nor will any of his kids. He doesn’t pay taxes. Has he ever done his own laundry, or stopped at the supermarket on the way home to pick up something for dinner? Doubtful. He doesn’t feed his own dog (if he has one), or water his own plants. He doesn’t pay his own household bills. He will never ride a bus or train or taxi, he has a private security force around him at all times. He doesn’t even drive.

Not only does he have nothing in common with you, he probably can’t even imagine your life. He wouldn’t want to. Any intersection with average Americans probably ends with his maids, restaurant waitstaff, the caddy at the golf course. You and all your problems and interests are so far beneath his notice we might as well be living on different planets.

He’s not even an American, really, not in any sense you’d recognize. He’s this other thing – someone who considers the whole planet his playground and piggy bank. In the same way large corporations become extranational, moving production overseas, offshoring their money and holdings, viewing America as just another market and money-mine, Donald Trump is an extranational – probably the first to occupy the White House.

With projects and holdings all over the world, he has no allegiance to the country, to the Constitution, to anything you value as an American. As we’ve seen, he doesn’t even care about the truth, much less what people will think of him from one minute to the next for his lies.

How far will he go? Think of the stories of bank robbers who said “If I’d quit with that first one, they’d never have caught me. But I kept getting away with it. I knew I’d get caught, but I couldn’t stop myself.”

Trump did all this ridiculous shit, working overtime to offend Americans of every stripe, he pushed out to the edge, zoomed past it with the hyperdrive engaged, and HE GOT AWAY WITH IT. He’s still getting away with it. And he’s not going to stop.

Aside from his own continuing contribution to a disastrous presidency, Trump will be, as Robert Reich said, dogged by “questions, investigations, revelations and scandals.” It’s already started. And it’s not like that stuff shouldn’t happen. If the public backs away from those questions and investigations and scandals, democracy itself is over.

He weakens the office of President, he weakens America itself, simply by being where he is. He can’t do the job, and he won’t allow it to be done. He is ALREADY damaging our country.

One more thing: Trump is used to fawning adulation from everyone around him. If he got any negatives, he could barricade himself behind his lawyers and his wealth. But now the negatives are flowing like a river – hell, he’s getting LAUGHED AT! – and he can’t get away. There’s no place to escape to and nobody to shield him. He’s never in his adult life had to deal with anything like this, and it’s already obvious he CAN’T deal with it. He’s acting like a petulant child in full public view, and I suspect that’s going to rapidly get worse.

Sometime in the very near future, I’m expecting Trump to suffer a full psychological break, melting down in a very public way. Eventually, Mike Pence will become president, but in the interim, however many weeks or months it takes, the United States of America will be effectively leaderless. One entire house of U.S. government will be out of the game, at a time when we already know Russia – and perhaps others – are actively working to destabilize American government.

3. Take A Good Hard Look at the GOP

The GOP is an anti-democratic and therefore anti-American organization. Someone described them as “ambitiously criminal.” (In a recent piece, I argued that almost every recent Republican president has been an actual traitor. Trump will take one giant step forward along that path.)

The GOP is almost violently opposed to democracy. Why? First, because they’d lose, but second because it’s more profitable to be that way. And because nothing stops them.

They have to work within the FORM of democracy, but they have no interest in the SUBSTANCE. Listen, gerrymandering so that your voters have an advantage over other voters is not democracy. It has the form of democracy – people still vote – but has none of the substance.

Lying to voters, and then letting them vote, has the form of democracy, but little of the substance. Suppressing the vote of minorities that might not favor you, there’s nothing of democracy about that.

It’s not just not-democracy, it’s anti-democracy.

And what are they doing? Not serving the people. They’re making money. Feathering their own nests. Gaining power. Serving the interests of the corporations and special interests who pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars to do so.

Like Trump, the GOP can’t stop itself. Why should they even try? They keep winning.

They control the American government. They could sell off the national parks, they could imprison people without trial or charges, they could take away your citizenship. They could set up armed checkpoints in every city in America – you know, for “homeland security.”

Hell, if they wanted to, they could put Charles goddam Manson on the Supreme Court.

4. Take A Good Hard Look at Yourself and Your Allies

Yes, this was because of Them, but it was also because of you and yours. Unless you voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton, you pissed away your best chance to stop all this. This election wasn’t stolen, it was gift-wrapped and given away.

Now you can say goodbye to affordable health insurance. Say goodbye to abortion rights. Maybe even say goodbye to workable Social Security and Medicare. But hey, at least you can sleep well knowing that bitch and her emails won’t be in the White House.

Yes, you wanted inspiration. You wanted a rebel. You wanted Bernie, you wanted Jill, you wanted an outsider. You demanded angelic perfection. And you either voted for one of them, or you sat on your fat, stupid ass, staying home in protest. Or hey, maybe you “held your nose and voted for Hillary,” all the while repeating the lies about her to everybody around you. Yeah, you’re a real fucking peach.

There was just “something” off about her. There was all that stuff about Benghazi, and the emails, and the Wall Street speeches, and that business about her charity. And she practically drove Bill to his sexual escapades. There wouldn’t be THAT MUCH being tossed around if some of it wasn’t true, right?

Plus, she’s a woman, and you refused to vote for her because you hated the idea that someone should get into the White House just because of her gender. Hell yes, you’d vote for a woman in a second – maybe if it had been Elizabeth Warren – but not THIS one!

You intelligent, well-informed American, you. Sorry, but yes, this is your fault. You and yours helped it happen. You saw this piece-of-shit Ford Pinto on the lot, you listened to the sales pitch, and even though your friends warned you, you drove away with it anyway, grinning and shooting selfies. Sure, there was that well-maintained Mercedes at the same price and a dozen times better in every metric, but it had – OMG!! – mud on the tires.

Now you can just shut up and drive the goddam Ford with the exploding gas tank. Asshole.

5. Stop Falling for the Magic

Here’s something you may not know: There is magic in the world.

It’s not the Dr. Strange kind. It’s this other thing, a sort of stage magic that nobody ever tells you is stage magic, and so you buy into it, over and over and over.

If a stage magician waves his right hand in the air, or his pretty assistant smiles and wriggles, you can bet there’s something a little tricky going on elsewhere, something that will pop out suddenly and amaze you.

So why do you think Trump is tweeting all the time, all that outrageous shit? It’s not JUST because he’s loony as a goose. It’s because he’s the magician’s right hand. “Hey, look at that! Trump’s holding a press conference and he sounds like an absolute idiot! Ha-ha!” We zoom in on that, gleefully focused, and then, Alakazam! “Oh, wow, Congress just repealed the pre-existing conditions part of the Affordable Care Act!”

That little creep up front doesn’t even have to be in on the trick. The magicians in Congress see him prancing out into the spotlight, they say “Now’s our chance!” and do what they want while nobody’s looking.

Seriously, EVERY TIME YOU SEE TRUMP IN THE NEWS, doing or saying something outrageous or shameful or horrifying, turn away from him and look at Congress.

Because that’s where the REAL story is – back there behind the curtain. Right at that moment there’s something happening they don’t want you to know about. React to THAT, rather than to the orange boob’s latest antics.

On a related note: You think “those other people” are subject to lies and manipulation, but that you’re a clear-headed reality-based thinker and none of this stuff would work on you. But YOU are subject to lies and manipulation, too. You’ve been trained for it, kiddo. It started with Santa and the Easter Bunny, continued in Sunday School, then in every cartoon you ever saw, and finally in every TV show. One of the lies you learned from all that is that all stories have happy endings. That freedom and justice will prevail, that heroes will always win, and that snickering, evil villains will always get what’s coming to them. You probably secretly believe in karma – that bad people will automatically get what’s coming to them, and all you have to do is sit back and watch. Yeah, no.

6. Never Forget, Never Forgive

You know some of the OTHER people who helped this happen. The media, stuck to Hillary’s emails like a Catholic priest to an altar boy, all the while giving Donald millions of dollars in fawning, generous, free exposure. The liars on the right. Trump himself. That freak in the FBI. The paranoid fools in the outlands who acted like Obama was Hitler and Hillary was the Angel of Death.

But let’s move on, right? We have all this other stuff to do and think about. So we should just forget all that and move forward.

No. If you put it out of your mind, you’re giving them A RETROACTIVE FREE TICKET to do this stuff to you and our country, and you’re swinging the gate wide for all future shenanigans.

Hold them accountable. Hold the media accountable. Hold Glenn Beck accountable. Hold Bill O’Reilly accountable. Hold that prick George Will accountable. Never, never, never credit or believe anything they say.

Here are the bliss-ninnies: “Oh, Glenn Beck was a real nutball a year or so back, but he’s sounding so much more reasonable now. I really think he’s changed.”

No, Glenn Beck is like the guy next door who molested your son a year or so back. Are you going to forget that? No, you’re going to say “Shut up, you crazy bastard. I haven’t forgotten what you did.”

You have to see these right wing rabble-rousers for the poison they are, and you have to see them that way permanently, so that you never trust them again.

They molested our country. They raped democracy. In defense of yourself, in defense of your countrymen, never forget, never forgive.

Also never let them act like this is all just everyday politics, that this is all normal. Don’t let them normalize him.

Yes, we should have respect for the Office of President, but when the office is already disrespected by the presence of that man, there’s no reason to hold back. Insist they call lies by their proper title: Lies. Donald Trump is LYING, all the time, and that has to be made clear by mainstream voices.

7. Never Instantly Trust What You Read or Hear

There’s a plague of fake news these days — “real” fake news, not what Trump says is fake news — and we all know it.

For everything you read or see, hold off on conclusions until you can independently verify what you’ve heard. Check Snopes. Check Wikipedia. Check major news sites. Dig down.

Keep a list of fake news sites by your computer.

List of Fake News Sites
Fake News Sites
Fake News Watch

It doesn’t matter if a story gleefully feeds into your anger or disdain for Trump and company. In fact, those are the ones you should instantly suspect of manipulation.

And listen, if the headline contains ONE capitalized word (“GOP Congress STANDS UP to Donald Trump!”), especially if it’s STUNNED, or SHOCKED, that is a bogus goddam story.  It either contains outright lies, or it’s reporting some facts but adding a phony slant to them. Real news sites don’t have all-caps in their headlines.

If you see a political “meme” on your Facebook feed, don’t trust it. ESPECIALLY if it contains no links or attempt at verification of whatever idea it’s attempting to convey. Get back to the person who posted it – tell them to never again post anything without some sort of corroboratory details.

The people who create those things can put in anything they want, and if they’re conveying something factual, you know they were looking at the news story that contained that fact two minutes ago. They could have put in the link to that story, so you could read it for yourself, but THEY CHOSE NOT TO.

Or, you know, they’re just lying. Either way, their goal is not to inform you, but to manipulate you. Because they know you or someone like you is a gullible chump, a wide-mouthed fish ready to swallow any shit they float down the river at you.

Look at the picture attached to those memes and ask yourself why they chose THAT picture. There are a thousand pictures of Hillary Clinton out there with Resting Bitch Face. But there are ten thousand other pics with her smiling, laughing, looking confident and presidential.

(The one exception to this rule: If it’s Mitch McConnell, and he looks like a constipated turtle, that’s just what Mitch McConnell looks like.)

8. Never Lie or Exaggerate, Don’t Share Fake Memes

Having said that, avoid being one of the people OTHER people have to fact-check.

Don’t spread lies. Don’t let others do it.

One of the reasons I deserted the liberal fold and started calling myself a Rational Centrist is because some very large fraction of the stuff projected at us on the left – and shared by us – is manipulative and false.

If I see a video that says “Happy cows shed tears of joy after being rescued from slaughterhouse,” but I happen to know that cows don’t shed tears, my reaction is not “Oh look, happy cows!” I’m more like “Why, you sonofabitch. If you’re lying to me about this, you’re probably lying about the rest of it.” If any part of something you see or read is a lie, there’s no reason to stay for the rest. Genesis taints the whole Bible.

These things are worst when they come from your own allies. If I’m already inclined to agree with you, but you lie to me in order to tweak my emotions, you’re no different from any other emotional manipulator. You have assaulted me, in the same way the right assaults me with its lies.

Besides, if we think we have to lie, we’re admitting our case can’t stand on its own. There’s enough true stuff about Trump that nobody ever needs to lie about him.

Never lie or exaggerate. Check your facts, check your sources. Back up everything you say with links and evidence. Don’t repeat innuendo, smears and falsehoods.

9. Stop Saying 1, 2, and 3

Stop saying “Bernie would have beaten Trump!

No, he wouldn’t. A wild-haired, elderly, Jewish SOCIALIST? They would have eaten him alive. They would have dug up stuff on him, they would have made up stuff about him, the lies would have come so thick and fast it would have made our heads spin. Hell, they made up a story about Hillary being involved in an international child-molesting ring in the basement of a pizza parlor and millions of people found it believable enough to repeat and share. You think there wouldn’t have been a dozen of those stories about Bernie? Plus: “Socialist.” That one word would have poisoned his chances with half of America.

Some large part of the attack on Hillary was that “worst possible interpretation” of everything she ever did. (She dropped her fork in a restaurant? That was so she could bend down and look up another woman’s dress, the lesbian bitch!) Bernie would have been just as susceptible. And the people who believed the worst about Hillary — you know, all those people who voted for Trump, and probably you too? — would have believed the worst about Bernie. As to that bit about the DNC conniving to favor Hillary? —They were working to fulfill their one mission: To choose a candidate with a chance of winning.

Stop saying “They’re stupid.

Yes, it feels good to believe Donald Trump and the leaders of the GOP are complete idiots. But it’s SAFER to believe they know exactly what they’re doing, that most of what they do is part of a plan. Maybe it only looks stupid to you because you have no idea of a deeper strategy – to lie to people DELIBERATELY in order to control and profit from them. You see the surface of the ocean, while all the important stuff happens down deep. And maybe you’re not used to thinking that some people can be consciously and deliberately and happily evil.

As to their followers, they’re pretty much like you and I. The difference is, they’ve been lied to, cheated of the truth, thousands of times, and for decades. They’re no dumber than you or I. Think of them as zoo animals – healthy and smart when in the wild, but now trapped in a cage of manipulative fantasy. But just as with zoo animals, you can feel empathy for them without forgetting they’re dangerous as hell.

Stop saying “Maybe it won’t be that bad.

It’s going to be – ALREADY IS – worse than you can imagine. Refer to items 2 and 3 above. They can’t stop themselves. With both houses of Congress and the White House in their hands, they’re like teenage boys who’ve just gotten the keys to Dad’s Ferrari. They’ve turned the key, they’ve slammed down the accelerator, and they’re about to drive this mother to pieces.

Stop saying “I’m moving to Canada!

First, no you’re not. Second, you might as well be saying “I’m a traitor, and weak besides.” The only people interested in what you’re saying are other weak traitors. No honest citizen, no military veteran, will respect you. People who care about their country don’t flee when the Nazis cross the border. They stay and RESIST.

Some of the brainless sheep might agree with you, but Americans who actually think about stuff are going to say “Leave, you hippie freak! Don’t let the border crossing hit you in the ass on the way out.”

Besides all that, unless you’re a Nobel Prize winner or something, what makes you think Canada wants your lame ass? Hell, you deserted YOUR OWN country.

Stop saying “We’re in a war for America.

No, we’re not in a war. The word “war” presupposes both sides are subject to casualties.

Where will the casualties be in this little adventure? All on one side. If they cut your grandmother’s Social Security and Medicare, she gets to die, cold and sick and broke. If they cancel the insurance of your daughter with the recurring cancer because it’s a pre-existing condition, she gets to die, young and sick and scared.

Meanwhile, all those nice Republican congressmen? They get to live on, safe and free and RICH, grinning like happy monkeys the whole time.

This is not a war. It’s more like Hitler gassing Jews.

It’s only a war if you make it one. It’s only a war if you stop sitting at home muttering “If only, if only, if only,” and instead say “I am so tired of this shit!” And then stand up and DO something. It’s only a war if you go to war.

10. Stop Doing Nothing

If you’re reading here, you’re probably an atheist. Which means you chuckle when you read about nice Christians responding to a catastrophe by praying. Because you know the prayer 1) does nothing, and 2) dissipates honest caring.

Prayer is not just doing nothing, all too often it’s a type of doing nothing that replaces doing something. If there’s a fire down the street, and you fall to your knees and close your eyes, you’re doing NOTHING to save the people in that house. But because you think you’re doing something, you’ll meet any insistence that you come out and help with “But I am! I’m praying for God to save those people!”

For a lot of us, political activism can be the same way. We do a lot of little nothings (look up displacement) that reduce the pressure – we bitch about this stuff to friends, go on at great length about everything that bothers us, possibly with beer on hand to sooth our overworked throats.

But the real thing is to go out and take some sort of action.

Participate in a rally, sign petitions, write letters, start a blog, go to public meetings and speak up, volunteer as a poll watcher or pollworker, get organized, join a campaign to support someone for mayor, or city councilman, or governor, or Congress. Hell, maybe YOU should run.

Don’t stop with writing one letter to the newspaper. That can be just another way of bitching to friends. Consider a letter the bare minimum first step to action, not an action itself.

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Continue to Part 2.

Ten more to come.

  • valleycat1

    #2 and #5. Yes. I keep hoping just one news report about Trump’s latest tweet will segue into holding him accountable for why he is not addressing the day’s actual issues.

  • Jim Jones

    Start calling the Republican party what it is: The Traitor Party.

    They don’t, in any meaningful way, represent those who voted for them. They represent the wealthy who bought them.

    They don’t, in any meaningful way, fulfill the promises they make, like lower taxes, smaller or more efficient government and privacy for citizens.

    They are criminals. They are traitors. They know what the people want and they will not deliver it.

    • “Start calling the Republican party what it is: The Traitor Party.”

      This is quite a reversal, as many who vote Republican consider Democrats, liberals, internationalists, those who believe in climate change, etc., to be traitors. Personally I think people are too flip with treason charges, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees freedom of thought and opinion, and says that the rights apply, regardless of race, colour, creed, sex, political or other opinion, etc.

  • yazikus

    Well said!

    Hold that prick George Will accountable

    Especially well said!

    They could sell off the national parks, they could imprison people without trial or charges, they could take away your citizenship. They could set up armed checkpoints in every city in America – you know, for “homeland security.”

    What is so infuriating is that these are battles that the US has already fought. Reading The Big Burn this last summer gave me vague feelings of unrest. The state senators were arguing that the national parks ought to be given to industry as the price of progress (and many agreed!). And now here we are again, 106 years later. Have we learned nothing?

  • Would you send a hard copy of this blog to Lawrence O’Donnell at MSNBC? Much as I like Rachel’s leadups to a point, she does tend to beat a dead horse to death. I personally think this blog, AND the one about Trump’s America and how we got here should be read, word for word on National TV. Maybe we could get Fareed Zakaria to read it. My personal campaign has already started. Thanks, Hank.

    • Guthrum

      O’Donnell seems abrasive and moody to me. Well, I dropped the main stream news channels some time ago: too much hype, sensationanism, and propaganda: not real news anymore.

    • Hank Fox

      I’m probably way too small for Lawrence O’Donnell to notice. My use of “language” would also probably put me out of their interest.

  • Guthrum

    Let’s not go overboard here. I have been on the losing side of many an election. I pucked things up, took a break, and got going. I resisted getting downcast and negative. I stayed involved in the system and got encouragement and positive energy from helping people and working on some solutions. I did not shut myself off, give up, and withdraw. There is much to be happy and thankful for. So let’s get moving forward.

    • Hank Fox

      I’m not sure I understand the part about going overboard. Where do you see that?

    • Martha Anne Underwood

      I supported Gore, voted for him, and was upset when he lost. I may not have agreed with Bush’s policy, but I accepted him as President. Not Trump!!! I will not step back and see what he does. I will fight now for justice for all and against everything Trump stands for.

  • John B

    I disagree with one thing here. Some few of us really are going to move. A bit of a wait and see but I’ve already contacted one government and completed the initial survey to immigrate. Staying and resisting is all well fine and good. You don’t quite get how government works if you think all this protesting and such is going to do very much. They will put things in place that will guarantee the dominance of the GOP forever. Time to go.

    • Morgan Lefaye

      If you’re being threatened by your own country, you are under no obligation to defend said country. If an LGBTQ person emigrates to Canada or Western Europe because they will be persecuted for who they are/love, more power to them!

      • John B

        That’s my whole point. Not just LGBTQ are under threat. Liberals in general. The non-rich, non-religious. The list is huge. The goal is to make the non-fundies assimilate and support the ultra rich oligarchs. Screw that. I don’t think Europe or Canada are far enough away. They’ve become afflicted with the greed and ignorance bug almost as bad as the USA. (Brexit, Marie LePen in France, the comedy of politics in Italy and Spain) New Zealand looks pretty good. Maybe Iceland but I don’t like the cold that much.

        • Morgan Lefaye

          I said LGBTQ as an example. New Zealand is nice and full of wide-open spaces. Plus you’ll never lack for sweaters.

        • silverwhitemoon

          They are giving away free land on Pitcairn Island. That’s about as far away as you can get and still be on the planet! http://www.immigration.pn/FAQ.php

  • Morgan Lefaye

    Thank you, Hank, for a breath of fresh air! I have seen too much horseshit among my fellow liberals. After a while, the horseshoe theory proves itself. The extreme left and extreme right sound alike. Also, THANK YOU for pointing out that Trump voters are no more stupid than anyone else. (By the way, I voted for Hillary wholeheartedly.)

  • Martha Anne Underwood

    Not all your readers are atheists. I’m Christian and feel that atheists have much to teach us, so I read your blogs. I agree entirely with the points you made in this post. I do pray but faith without action is dead. My Republican friend whom I care deeply about, voted for Trump because he was the lesser of two evils. She blames the deaths of the four people in Benghazi soley on Hillary, which I tried to tell her that’s not true. She still believes though and says that she voted fo Trump because Hillary didn’t “show remorse” over Benghazi.

    I will be working with my local Democrats holding Trump’s feet to the fire. He stands for everything I detest.

    • Did Dubya ever show remorse for the 3000 lives lost on 9/11/01?

  • Bernard

    “Besides all that, unless you’re a Nobel Prize winner or something, what
    makes you think Canada wants your lame ass? Hell, you deserted YOUR OWN
    country.”

    Actually, we are a very pro-immigration country and particularly welcome well educated and enterprising individuals – such as Americans. We also welcome people fleeing corrupt and repressive governments, and anyone who needs to be protected from their government in general. Your spat with your government is your business, not ours, and this applies to Americans as well as citizens of every other country in the world.

    We gladly accepted the Conscientious Objectors to the Vietnam war. I know and have known many of them. Some became Canadian citizens, some did not. They have, to a person, been great citizens that have enriched our country. We will also gladly accept anyone fleeing Donald “Twitler” Trump’s America. (We have pre-emptively named this potential new demographic the “Daft Dodgers”.)

    It is easy for us to see how any thinking, moral individual would be interested in leaving the US for a country with more progressive and modern socio-economic values than those envisioned by Trump and his deplorables – countries such as Canada, or, for that matter, North Korea.

    • ThomasBonsell

      And to us, Canada is a puzzle as well as an alluring beacon.

      It is hard to imagine that about 10 percent of our right-wingers left the colonies during the fight for independence with most of that 50,000 going to the territory that became Canada. But from that beginning Canada emerged as the progressive, enlightened nation many Americans would like their nation to be.

      We kept our most-brilliant thinkers from the 18th-Century Enlightenment and devolved to a divisive nation with racism, sexism and other forms of derogatory isms afflicting the nation.

      The only other perplexing question as yet unanswered is how did Beetle Bailey ever land Miss Buxley?

      I would not doubt Canucks secretly believe that the word “Yanks” is only a polite way of saying “jerks.”

      • Bernard

        “I would not doubt Canucks secretly believe that the word “Yanks” is only a polite way of saying “jerks.” ”

        Not really. We’ve never used the word “Yanks” very much (except for the military who seem to have no other term for “American”), and we don’t use “Yankee” nearly as much as we used to. We generally just say “Americans” these days.

        We divide Americans into two groups: The “Good Americans” and the “Evil Americans”.

        The Good Americans include people like the Clinton’s, President Obama, Noam Chomsky (who gets rock-star-like treatment when he comes here), Michael Moore, and Democrats in general.

        The Evil Americans are people like the Bush 43 administration, Donald Trump, the KKK, and the deplorables in general.

        This article from The Economist nicely describes us as the Anti-Trump.

        http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21709305-it-uniquely-fortunate-many-waysbut-canada-still-holds-lessons-other-western

        • ThomasBonsell

          Seems we are a tad bit on the same page. I divide my America the same way.

          I have always had a strong liking for the Trudeau clan, starting with Pierre. I hope his kid can keep up the good work. I wish we had some like the Trudeaus. Got another to spare who would like to immigrate?

          Downloaded the link you provided and will get around to reading it later on.

          Another question: Did the Cunuck fans pick up rioting after losing a hockey game from Americans or was that just a BC thing in my favorite city in the world?

          • Bernard

            Post-hockey-game rioting is an odd quirk of Canadianism that no one can explain. It is as un-Canadian an activity as one can imagine, yet it happens. As is often the case, testosterone charged young men and alcohol feature prominent in these events.

            Every country has people capable of such things, I suppose. We’d like to think that we have fewer that other countries, but we may be deluding ourselves on that point.

            On another Trump-related topic, did the sun rise in the US this morning?

          • ThomasBonsell

            Yes the sun rose right on schedule, and it was a little brighter than normal because the “Trumpster Fire” had been lit the day before and many Americans are going to get their fingers burned before it is doused.

            Go ahead and riot after an important hockey loss, just be sure to clean up after yourselves and don’t do too much harm to that beautiful Vancouver; it’s much nicer than our Vancouver..

  • Katherine A.

    I don’t think people who move to Canada are all weak traitors. Were the Jews “weak traitors” for leaving Germany around the time of WW2? The Jews were in real danger. LGBTQ+ people, Muslims, women and undocumented immigrants will have their rights taken from them and they will not be safe anymore. They will be like the Jews. People should have the right to safety. The other side is not opposed to use force if it means they can put these people back in their place. The other side is not opposed to killing these people to get rid of them or to make an example of them like the Nazis did. I expect them to use force. I don’t think it’s right to tell an undocumented immigrant or whatever to risk their lives like that especially since they usually have family to worry about. And the people who Trump hates already are at a disadvantage in society.

    • I agree fully; as calling people traitors for leaving shames refugees (and fleeing is a human right according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

      I definitely think that comment can come off as “privileged”.

      • Anat

        During the Gulf War of 1991, when Iraq was sending missiles towards Israeli cities, Shlomo Lahat, then mayor of Tel Aviv called the people who left the city deserters. This cost him his political career.

    • Anat

      If we don’t do enough about the climate we may find ourselves having to move to Canada because that’s where the food will be.

      But well before that – definitely entire groups are better off there than here. My husband and I are old enough and settled enough – as long as we have our jobs we are staying here, but I am encouraging my son to look elsewhere.

  • Cage KY

    I’m just glad I was on the toilet while reading all this shit.

    • prinefan

      And when you evacuated your bowels, the only thing left was your clothes.

  • prinefan

    Best article I have ever read.

  • ThomasBonsell

    There is nothing special about Americans. Our nation has experienced the same problems that other nations have. We just do something about them and wind up with something better. We will do it again.

    After our first government – under the Articles of Confederation – failed we did something about it and ended with something better; a Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    When right-wing slave states revolted trying to destroy the nation to preserve slavery forever, we put that down and ended with something better and an end of slavery.

    When the GOP’s Great Depression threatened the world economic system, we fixed that malady and ended up with something better.

    We survived the trickle down economics and its out-of-control deficits and debt being piled on debt by the Perpetual Debt Machine of Ronald Reagan and the Great Recession of George W. Bush so we shall survive the stupidity of the Trumpster. When the GOP repeals Obamacare and kills thousands of uninsured people, we will do something and end up with something better – eventually. And when the Trumpster finally puts the Republican Party out of its miserable existence we could wind up with something better, such as two progressive parties trying to out do each other on which could be the more liberal.

    Don’t count us out because of a Trumpster fire; we will survive.

  • Robert Adams

    “The difference is, they’ve been lied to, cheated of the truth, thousands of times, and for decades. They’re no dumber than you or I. Think of them as zoo animals – healthy and smart when in the wild, but now trapped in a cage of manipulative fantasy.”

    We’ve all been lied to, and cheated of the truth, thousands of times. If you fall for all that, don’t expect empathy and sympathy from me. If I tell you walking down the middle of the highway will get you killed and you choose to believe someone who tells you otherwise….YOU AREN’T LIKE ME. Furthermore, you are not some poor victim. accidentally hit by a car.

    If your stupidity kills you so be it, but when it affects me I have a right to point it out to you.