If you want to argue about who or what is to blame for this catastrophe, I direct you to The Best of the Front Page, where the articles are as definitive as we can be at this point. I suspect much, much more will emerge in the coming months and years about Russian intelligence, Wikileaks, media malpractice, and the shenanigans of the FBI.
To the white working class voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan who went for Trump: Fuck you. I refrain from profanity on this site, which has been overused to the point of being trivial, but how else to put it? Your situation is going to be so much worse as a result of what you did. I just wish you weren't taking the rest of us — those who made the majority of the popular vote that went to Hillary Clinton — and the planet down, too. My hope in this election was to avoid national suicide, not make any grand progressive gains which are impossible in this Cold Civil War. Even that modest aim proved impossible. I didn't sign up for this murder-suicide, but here I am.
If I were 30 and in better condition, I'd move to Scandinavia in a heartbeat. If I had been more careful in picking my parents, I'd drop out, go off the grid, keep subscribing to newspapers but not read them, read the great books and history, listen to classical music, opera, and jazz, be thankful for every day. I'd go back to school, learn a foreign language, become an amateur botanist, build a model railroad, re-read everything Shakespeare wrote, vote for what it's worth. I'd write my memoir, even if nobody would publish it.
Unfortunately, I have to work as long as I can, and do so in a calling that requires me to deeply immersed in the news. First as tragedy and then as farce? No, Karl. We're going to get both at the same time, good and hard.
I can't emphasize enough how this is perhaps the decisive dark turning point in American, and perhaps world, history. A madman con artist will have control of the military, the national security state, and all the massive executive powers that have been accumulated and arrogated since the beginning of the Cold War. President Obama, who may go down as the last real president of the republic, was careful to maintain continuity, exercise restraint, and reach out (using the Republican healthcare plan) when he assumed office.
Donald Trump is here to break things. The changes will be abrupt, massive, and destructive. Do not be taken in by the brightsiders and those on the right who say, "Hey, we survived eight years of Obama, you'll do fine." As someone tweeted, even Hitler wasn't Hitler — until he was. Checks and balances? Good luck. I call your attention to Masha Gessen's "Autocracy: Rules for survival."
The Republican "establishment" is not that of George H.W. Bush, Jerry Ford, John Rhodes, and Howard Baker. It is entirely a creature of the reactionary far right. Only Obama stood between them and us. Now Republicans will control everything and set their mark on the Supreme Court for generations. After January, everything and anything goes. They have plans and won't let them be squandered this time, as happened under that liberal George W. Bush. Hope you enjoyed your Social Security and Medicare, Midwest working class whites and protest voters and stay-at-homers on Election Day. Fuck you.
And, sad to say, Arizona is hopeless, lost. Enjoy climate change, which doesn't care if your president believes in it or not.
How do we live through this? Some will protest in the downtowns of safe blue cities, as if the Republicans give a damn. "Sanctuary cities"? Who has the armed forces, federal law and funding? Organizing will help, but that won't in itself be enough. We lost. The Democrats are the Whigs with no replacement. What's Plan B? I don't know.
So for now, I'll be here, seeking to tell the truth. I appreciate all the emails supporting this modest blog. The Resistance will need all the help it can get. Each of us must do our duty.