After the Election …

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.

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4 comments on “After the Election …
  1. Lewis Ashcliffe says:

    Hi Larry,
    While for the most part, I do agree with your comments and perspectives, I would like to take issue with your comments about President Obama blaming the Republicans for his failings. While it is true that a great leader takes on the full weight of responsibility and blame, nevertheless, President Obama went through a level of Machiavellian scheming and disrespect by the Republicans as has probably never been seen by any past presidency. From the time immediately after his first election in 2008, and again in 2010 after Republicans received an overwhelming majority in both Congressional Houses, Senator Mitch McConnell, then Republican Senate minority leader, stated “We will make it our top goal to make (Obama) a 1-term president”. Again, after the President was re-elected, McConnell made it a point to let Obama know that he would do everything in his power to ruin the President’s last term and legacy. In short, this was not taking care of the business of the people, of governing, as they were elected to do. It was focused primarily on a “sour-grapes” attitude of essentially stomping their feet in a childish tantrum because they did not get their way by losing the presidency again. They were more interested in dragging their legislative feet in defiance of the will of the American people. This, the Republicans have done time and again since 2010 by blocking every attempt at any legislation that would have made President Obama look successful, presidential and an able leader. From shutting down the government over budget differences multiple times, to actually blocking any attempt by the sitting President to appoint any replacement for Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court, the Republicans, led by McConnell, have stifled this President’s leadership, mocked and disrespected the man and his wife, to such a degree as to mar the integrity of the Republican party for all history. While I don’t agree with all that the President did throughout his 2 terms in office, I certainly feel he did not deserve the level of disrespect and unprofessional conduct by the Republican leadership. Was it racism? I’m very sure there was much of that. But, also, it was a large degree of arrogance and disregard for their jobs as caretakers of the trust of the American people that compelled their despicable treatment of President Obama.

    • Larry Oxenham says:

      Thanks for a very thoughtful reply, Lew. I try to be very objective and by any objective measurement
      Obama has no real management skills. His background is as an academic where you tell people to do something
      and they have to do it. Doesn’t work that way in the real world. He was less prepared to be president than
      anyone in my lifetime and his comment along the way that he loved campaigning but didn’t like the other stuff
      says all.

      I can understand you or anyone else upset if you are ideologically aligned and believe everyone should recognize
      the wisdom of your guy and approve his wishes. I have people who write from both sides of the spectrum who cannot
      understand why I don’t see things from their vantage point. Luckily, we are a country built to allow dissension.

      I don’t respond at all to the racism part of things. I can’t read minds so I can’t tell someone’s inner thoughts. I just
      think we had people in Washington, D.C. engaged in what was nothing more than a schoolyard fight, a ‘He said, she said” argument
      in which neither side gives in. Racism is too convenient a catch all and there are those, both black and white, who are racist,
      I don’t think racism underpinned any of Obama’s failures.

      I think people like McDonnell are emblematic of everything that is wrong in Washington; there are too many like him on both sides.

      However, it is the task of a leader to work through challenges and Obama could not/did not care to. It was not up to the Republicans
      to make, as you said, “President Obama look successful, presidential and an able leader.” That task fell on his shoulders alone as the

      I’m not a partisan – I’m very unhappy with all of D.C. I think somebody should put a big bag over that
      batch of politicians and throw the bag in the trash – but I do work with and know very good leaders, Obama
      does not meet the challenge.

      Hope you will write often, Lew, thanks.

  2. Gregory Bey says:

    The faces may change, but the game remains the same. People are getting very tired of BS