by Larry Oxenham, publisher
It is a little hard to believe but the never-ending election process is drawing to a close. Some readers have asked us to speculate on what happens after the election. We don’t have a crystal ball but here are our –
Post Election Thoughts …
We don’t think, as we have written in the past, that it matters a whole lot who wins the election, because neither candidate inspires confidence that outweighs the fundamental disgust and distrust of Washington, D.C.
This has been an election season that has destroyed whatever prestige may still be associated with the Office of the President.
In fact, it’s fair to say this has been an election process in which (media encouraged) mud-slinging has replaced discussions of policy or anything of real import to the American people.
We have an amazing contrast between candidates; e.g., one candidate with no real political experience and the other so political it is hard to imagine her as anything other than a willing member of the elite political machine the country now despises.
When the election ends the winner will inspire as much hate as faith and be despised by many.
In some ways this election is a reflection of the the past decade in Washington, D.C.:
Polls tell us confidence in politicians has diminished to single digits as Americans tire of the never ending infighting, hypocrisy and grandstanding. The problem has been compounded by a president who has not attempted to make Washington work; rather, his methodology has been to blame the opposing party for every failure.
The American economy has remained stagnant and the purchasing power of Americans has been held captive to government ineptitude.
But there is another angle and that is what has happened to the two major parties and their elite members; both have failed in the eyes of the public. We don’t know if a third party will arise for the next election cycle but we do know, in our opinion, the Republican party is deceased and the Democratic party is so corrupt the American people are fed up.
Voting will happen, but without enthusiasm or positive expectations.
During the lead up to the nomination it was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would represent the Democrats but nobody knew who of the 17 prospects would represent the Republican party.
And the chicanery began!
Bernie Sanders brought his Marxist/Communist passion to the forefront and became a darling of the media and academia. However, as we learned later, his own party sabotaged his chances and he never had a chance at the nomination.
Donald Trump rose among the Republican candidates primarily because the press loved his outspoken demeanor, his off-the-cuff pronouncements and, most of all, his ability to increase ratings. Rivals complained, not without some credence, that the press became Trump’s de-facto campaign team.
The networks gave Trump a huge platform during the primaries and then ‘buyer’s remorse’ set in and they have savaged him with National Enquirer style reporting since. Since 96% of media people said they voted Democratic in the most recent election, it is not a stretch to say their disdain for Trump was preordained.
From a reader’s vantage point there is so much devoted to tearing Trump apart it is either a matter of tuning it out due to overload, believing it and joining in the condemnation of Trump, or determining it is unfair and voting for him.
Trump won the primary with more votes than anyone else, yet many in his party openly disavowed him and he has had relatively little support from the party. If he wins the election one has to wonder how his relationship with his own party will be.
On the Democratic side the Wikileaks disclosures have shown Democratic party operatives hired and trained troublemakers to incite violence at Trump campaign rallies and that the campaign colluded with the media to shape much of the discussion.
Also troubling to many is the fact that the significant nature of the Wikileaks disclosures regarding Clinton emails has been downplayed by the media and given scant coverage overall.
No objective observer can be happy with either candidate.
Trump is so off the cuff that remarks many find refreshing could be troublesome if he is elected.
And Clinton is so politically and ethically corrupt and dishonest the recent Wikileaks disclosures of her contradictory positions and statements leave voters unsure of what position she would take as president. To this date Clinton’s past has been one of power and wealth building on the way to what many believe is the position she feels entitled to, the presidency.
If Clinton is elected, as expected by media, polls and ‘experts’, the news coverage will immediately switch to her ‘remarkable’ achievement of being the first woman president (In and of itself this is remarkable, but Clinton’s path removes much of the prestige). She will be considered wise beyond her years, brave, self-made and presented with the same air of respect we would offer Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Oprah Winfrey and other giants of the female community.
The media will also frame the post election Clinton victory as one that ‘salvaged the prestige and dignity of the presidency’ and saved us from someone they have openly compared to Hitler.
It will be very, very interesting and entertaining to watch and witness.
So we will either have a president who is despised by his party or one with a path of personal and party corruption too big for the public to ignore, hardly the foundation for dealing with the massive challenges both foreign and domestic in coming years.
The next president and Congress have to deal with massive, unsustainable, debt, the never ending stimulus, an ineffective immigration policy, lack of an economic plan to both stimulate the economy and produce jobs, loss of international image and respect with corresponding aggression by leaders like Putin and others, the never ending threat from radical Islamic terrorism, and a general feeling Washington is interested only in personal aggrandizement and wealth building.
Factored into the total distrust of the ‘system’ is the loss of objectivity or ability to report on the part of the national media, especially the television networks. Most have known for many years that major newspapers, like the New York Times, have been editorially blinded by party affiliation, but the television networks tried to ‘hide’ their biases and claim neutrality … until this election.
But the problems go deeper because the public can clearly see challenges extend beyond Republican and Democratic parties; Washington, D.C., itself is a moral and political wasteland. The recent Wikileaks disclosures have only let the public see the corruption extends farbeyond the presidential candidates; it is now so endemic only a blindly loyal party partisan can look forward with confidence.
So our post election ‘theory’ is Trump would be a far more entertaining president who would shake much of the current political class to its core and do some some good. His negotiating skills lead us to believe he would be able to work through a barrage of party and media negativity and achieve something productive. But we are not certain how much more political and media chaos the country can stomach.
If Clinton is elected she will bring her insiders game to Washington, D.C. and, mostly silently, members of Congress from both parties will celebrate because they know business as usual will have been restored.
The 2016 election will go down in history for it’s below-the-belt nature and a complete lack of focus on the reality of the challenges facing the country.
Our media – who will assume their ‘we know more than you’ posture and ‘explain’ post-election America will continue to decay and join Congress as one of the two most despicable entities in America today.
And the public, well, as long as the Kardashians are on, the public will not hold Washington, D.C., accountable.
This is our way of saying we will believe the post-election years will not be good for average Americans even though many will breath a sigh of relief that the ugly campaign season is over.
There is an economic collapse coming.
There is a public ‘revolution’ coming.
We’re just not sure it will be in time.
Your comments welcome.