The Universal Notebook: 5 stages of election grief

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On Nov. 8 I went to bed feeling numb at the prospect that a truly unqualified man might be about to become the president of the United States, yet hopeful that I might wake to a popular rejection of the ugliness that man has visited on this nation.

I was naive.

At 4 a.m., when my lovely wife Carolyn checked the news on her smartphone, her words “Trump won” hit me with the force of a death in the family. I got out of bed with frissons of anxiety flashing through my body. It was like waking from a nightmare only to discover that the nightmare is real. I went through the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – before I got back into bed 10 minutes later.

Denial: Surely, the American people are not misguided enough to hand the nuclear trigger to a man so petty as to engage in twitter wars with beauty queens in the middle of the night.

Anger: Oh, yes, they are! What damn fools!

Bargaining: But wait a minute. What about the polls? Hillary should have won by five points. Okay, the polls are almost always wrong. But what about the popular vote? She got 185,000 more votes than Trump did. There must be some mistake. Can’t we file a court challenge? Demand a recount? Something?

Depression: There is no mistake. We went to bed in one country and woke up in another. Somewhere in Ameristan, Trump supporters are celebrating. But how long will it be before they realize what a terrible mistake they have made? Will it be when the stock market crashes? When all foreign investment dries up? When there is a run on the banks? When the bill comes due for Trump’s police state? When federal troops start dragging people out of their homes and deporting them? When he discovers he can’t build his wall? When Trump launches World War III just to show Putin or Kim Jong-un he’s man enough to nuke them? (Oops, sorry, slipped back into anger there for a second.)

Acceptance: Oh well, Trump’s victory probably forestalled the violence that would have followed a Clinton win. The 59.6 million of us who voted for Clinton may not have much respect for Trump or the 59.4 million who voted for him, but we still accept the result, as shocking as it may be. It’s almost as though America attempted suicide on Election Day.

We can only hope that Congress and the courts limit the damage Trump can do, just as the state Legislature and the courts managed to limit the damage Gov. Paul LePage could do to Maine, at least in his first term. Perhaps a bipartisan coalition of responsible adults will develop in Congress to keep Trump from making horrible mistakes in the nomination of judges, in trying to force his vision of a police state with prisons, walls, storm troopers and religious bans, and in projecting U.S. military power abroad for purely personal reasons.

And perhaps there may be a silver lining for Maine, if Trump finds something for LePage to do (ambassador to Jamaica?) that gets him off our backs.

The American people are fickle and their political will is a will-o’-the-wisp. So we get eight Republican years of Reagan and four of George H.W. Bush, followed by eight Democratic years of Clinton, eight Republican years of Bush II and eight Democratic years of Obama. So maybe it was just time for a reactionary swing to the right.

With less than half of the popular vote in a year when voters stayed away from the polls in droves, Trump does not have a mandate. McCain and Romney got more votes in losing than Trump did in winning. Democrats just didn’t support Hillary, and let America down in historic fashion.

My own plan is to take a few deep breaths, to not write about Trump again until he takes office, to not argue with his supporters, to be prepared to accept the reasonable measures the new president undertakes, and to resist with every fiber of my being – my time, my talent and my treasure – any and all attacks the new administration might launch on immigrants, minorities, women and the poor.

I will also be praying for America. Forgive them for they know not what they do.

Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

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  • Joleen Estabrook

    Thank you, Edgar. It is helpful to me to be reminded of the stages of grieving right now. I am not grieving, but I know many people who are, and I do think this will help me to hear and allow for what they are saying right now, especially during the anger stage, and still keep my faith in our country. I had my grieving earlier and along the way, when I could not find a candidate to embrace. I did not like my choices, but, I did vote. I am going to look for change, moderation of policy, the appointment of smart people, and signs of our politicians finding a way to work together. I hope to see those things and I hope that what comes of them is good. If it is not, then change will come again. I do not believe that any one person elected to office for four years defines our country of its people.

    • EABeem

      Not going to get change from a guy who appoints Newt, Christie, Rudy, Breitboy and GOP chairboy. Trump voters have been had. He’s also not going to build a wall or deport more illegals than Obama. Suckers!

      • Joleen Estabrook

        Edgar, we will see. I am going to continue to look for some positives while keeping my eyes open and my mind alert. I agree. I do not think he is going to do a lot of things he said he would do to win the election. I am not saying that is right… But, you know what? I find that dang encouraging right now. Hang in, Edgar. Thanks again for your thoughts here.

  • poppypapa

    “They know not what they do, but savior Eddie do…..”

    Could you possibly be any more self-absorbed, and self-unaware at the same time?

    BTW, what was the price of sour grapes at Hannaford today?

    • EABeem

      Ignorance and arrogance are a hard combination to beat, as LePage and Trump demonstrate continually. They don’t know jack and you can’t tell them squat.

      • poppypapa

        On the other hand, your Beemship’s bloodline and ideology, by divine succession, ensure he is endowed with a royal quantity of jack, and doesn’t need to be told where to squat in case he needs to rid himself of some of the surplus.

        • EABeem

          My bottom line is that I see no reason to apologize for dumping on Paul LePage and Donald Trump as they are constantly dumping on others. Electing them was a mistake.

          • llskinner

            As Maine went, so went the nation. I’m ashamed of both. And sadly, impeachment appears a remote possibility in either case, as legislatures are controlled by Republicans. I have high hopes for 2018, Buyer remorse should be pretty acute by then.

    • AverageJoe99

      Poppa’s been sampling too much of the poppy lately.

      • EABeem

        Poppycock sits out on the edge of town and writes a blog in which he bloviates and pontificates about everything under the Brunswick sun, but he takes great exception when I do the same. In his most recent effort, for example, he dismisses Senators Collins, Mitchell, Cohen, Snowe and King as “establishment” tools because they find Washington too partisan these days. The self-appointed amateur scribe knows better than all of our living senators, but I am the self-absorbed one? The best thing I can say about Poppycock is that he provides an “I’m an idiot” box at the end of each column. Now if he could just learn to check it once in awhile.

        • poppypapa

          Your depth of reading comprehension is, in a word, lacking. Readers can judge for themselves here:

          http://www.themainewire.com/2016/11/tea-crumpets-senate-cloakroom-anyone/

          You make up words not in evidence, and then launch into name-calling and the like par excellence. You totally missed the point of the essay, but that is no surprise.

          The “I’m an idiot box” is a double entendre, but you wouldn’t be able to understand that.

          Thanks for reading, though, and failing to comment.

          PS: you were no longer going to respond to me, remember?

          Gotcha!!!

          • EABeem

            I contradict myself. Very well I contradict myself.

  • Queenie42

    Michael Moore rightly predicted Trump’s win. Now he is predicting that Trump won’t last his first term. Being President is hard work. The cheering crowds have gone back home and he is in for years of criticism which he of thin skin will not endure.
    When Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, DOE, are eliminated or privatized and the tax cuts go to the richest 1%, when the folks in West Virginia realize coal isn’t coming back, when the rest of the country realize their factory jobs aren’t coming back — in other words, when people realize they were lied to, (there will be no “wall”) what do you suppose will happen?
    I suppose they will just be glad no one is coming for their guns. For now.

  • funfundvierzig

    The overbearing Mr. Beam cannot stop disdaining 60 million regular and decent American men and women who dared to think for themselves and refused to vote for his prevaricating pariah in the pantsuit, the Queen of Corruption.

    But such is the world of isolation and arrogance of illiberal liberals, which ensured such a massive victory for the other party in both Houses on Capitol Hill, the White House, and a multitude of Governors’ Mansions and state legislative halls.

    Ironically these duplicitous ultra-liberals protest and scream for “Inclusion”, but are trying frantically to degrade and exclude 60 million fellow citizens who exercised their right to vote in a Constitutional Democracy, and disavowed the Clinton Crime Family.

    …funfun..

    • EABeem

      60 million Americans made a terrible mistake. Just because they won doesn’t mean they are right or that I should bow down to them. No massive victory here, folks. Trump win with fewer votes than Romney and McCain lost with. Just a lot of stupid people buying that Crooked Hillary lies of the shitpokes on the right.

      • JohnQCitizen

        Edgar Been, how dare you call us shitpokes! You are the biggest shitpoke known to man! And, you are showing your thin skin hombre! Go to bed and let the rest of us respond to your irresponsible opinion column. We don’t need you to constantly espouse your anger that your girl Hillary didn’t win.

        • drugsandkittens

          I think he’s upset that a bunch of shitpokes validated a racist presidential platform by voting for Trump (and homophobia with Pence as VP). It’s pretty upsetting to say the least.

          • JohnQCitizen

            Can I get you a puppy? Works better than kittens in the grieving process!

          • EABeem

            It’s not our selves we are worried about, it’s the country we love, which seems to have been taken over by fools.

          • JohnQCitizen

            Stupid people, shitpokes, fools….Ed, do you know you are insulting over 60 million Americans? Do you not know that we probably love this country more than you do? I will let you have the last word, because I know you can’t resist it!

          • jack bauer

            This “columnist” is merely clickbait.

          • EABeem

            The 62 million of us who voted for Clinton are insulted that 60 million people believed that a petty tyrant like Donald Trump would be nice for a change. Well, he drained the swamp alight and all he’s come up so far is slime. But by all means have the last word.

          • Jimmy_John67

            Speak for yourself Ed. I voted for Clinton but am certainly not insulted that people voted for Trump. Both candidates were deeply flawed and I can see the perspective of folks who were negatively impacted by Obama’s failed policies and saw Clinton as just a third term of Obama. They wanted change and had no other option but Trump. I voted Clinton because “better then devil you know” but I certainly don’t begrudge those who voted Trump and I know for a fact that I am not alone. Perhaps you should try to remove yourself from the angry and intolerant liberal echo chamber in which you have resided for the past 40 years and challenge yourself to be more progressive. Until then don’t ever lump me or other reasonable, progressive Clinton voters into your looney bin of hate and ignorance.

          • JohnQCitizen

            Edgar, in your totals are 3.5 million (out of 13 million illegal aliens, mostly from California) and numerous dead people in Chicago and Philadelphia…you lose!!!

          • jack bauer

            Then please spare the rest of us by leaving. You can come back when there’s dem in the wh.

          • drugsandkittens

            No thanks. I’d rather see an increase in public education spending so we don’t see another generation of dumb shitpokes like yourself.

          • JohnQCitizen

            I guess I struck a nerve there! I know about the kittens, but are you on drugs as well?

          • drugsandkittens

            Obviously. Drugs AND kittens. Drugs are more loyal for sure.

      • yathink2011

        It’s simply amazing that you insult your readers and your advertisers by calling them stupid. What is it that you have on your employer that keeps them from firing you?

        • EABeem

          Readers often pick up the paper in order to read the columns. The more people who pick up the paper the better for advertisers. The publishers also understand that my column is just one person’s point of view. And most readers understand that my view is not the paper’s view. There are other viewpoints represented in the paper as well. I have noticed, however, that since Trump won, his supporters seem to be focused on silencing me, just as he seems focused on silencing the press in general. He is a petty dictator and the people who elected him should be ashamed of themselves.

          • yathink2011

            Your newspaper is petty, and the people who spend their money advertising in it should be ashamed of themselves.

          • EABeem

            Donald Trump is a petty tyrant and everyone who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves. he is surrounding himself with lowlifes and slimeballs, racists and has-beens.

          • yathink2011

            But you know what EA, he’s the President Elect, and Hillary isn’t. Sorry about your luck. So none of that other stuff matters. I’ll still read your paper, and spend money at the businesses that advertise in it. Well, some of them. And you can insult us all you want to. It won’t change the outcome of the election. For such a smart guy, it doesn’t look so good when you do that.

          • EABeem

            The fact that such an unfit man is the president elect is upsetting to millions of Americans. A huge mistake has been made.

          • yathink2011

            That saying is eight years old.

          • jack bauer

            The biggest hater on the midcoast – Beem. And it’s not even close.

      • jack bauer

        Whenever you’ve had enough, Beem, let me know and I’ll drive you to the airport.
        With any luck, we’ll see the destruction of liberalism.

  • poppypapa

    Hey, Eddie: you know it may be time to get a new hair shirt to wear in your head shot.

    But I digress. I’m having a bit of a flashback. I remember you writing some years ago about your disappointment that your UCC Congregation voted against becoming ‘open and affirming,’ and you gave us the total voting, which was in the 200 range.

    A year or two later, you did a follow-up, in which you joyously announced the same congregation had gone positive on open and affirming, though I think the vote total was roughly half the earlier vote, suggesting a substantial decline in membership, or at least, the vote on the subject being decided.

    So here you are, happily ensconced in open and affirming orthodoxy, which given your predilections, must mean that post-modernism’s rejection of absolute truth is warmly welcomed as theologically sound. As is gender fluidity, multi-culturalism, pluralism, diversity, moral relativism, and all the rest, nicely wrapped up with a bow of toleration.

    How nice. I do have a related question, however. How many questions are there in the “Open and Affirming Congregation’s” political purity questionnaire, which it would seem from your regular pontification, must surely be a test one must pass before moving forward in the membership application process.

    I figure you know the answer, since you seem most tolerant and welcoming and affirming of all points of view.

    Or could it be that on SOME aspects of human existence, your congregation is “closed and denying?”

    Say it isn’t so, little guy. You’d be putting at risk your cheering section in the Hannaford fruits and nuts section, forcing you and your wife to drive south to Whole Foods for your vittles. You could use Morning Glory, but they don’t have a red meat section to fuel your tirades.

    I sense a business opportunity for you, little man. Kale and intolerance, lightly tossed with $20 a liter olive oil, a soupcon of bitters, and a smattering of road salt.

    Crunch, crunch, crunch. Can it get any better?

    • AverageJoe99

      Such a nasty little man. And I don’t mean Edgar.

  • Margarita Ortiz

    I have voted several times. The candidate that I had selected has lost several different
    times. However, I have never felt election grief until this election. Is there any rationality for the effect that this particular election has had on a great amount of people?

    • Queenie42

      IMHO our environment has been suffering a death of a thousand cuts. This next president and his insider cronies are set to eviscerate what little protection we have for clean air, water, food. I grieve for our children and their children……….

    • llskinner

      Election grief is real. We’re mourning the death of kindness, compassion, and inclusion that we thought defined America. I personally am also grieving the Obamas departure. I know President Obama’s term is over, so it had to happen, but I sure didn’t expect a predatory sociopath to be taking his place. 9/11 and 11/9 are both American tragedies; the latter will just unfold more slowly.

  • funfundvierzig

    The temper tantrums, the wailing and whining of these thin-skinned liberals is off the charts, folks. Like truculent teenagers, they are ticked off because they don’t get to drive the family car tonight, or drive the country for the next four years.

    Many of these leftest loonies are protesting and demanding grief counselors and therapists. Some are organising support groups. Some are even thumping the tub for horrible Hillary to run again in 2020.

    But not all is lost. Hillary can be President,…President of the Clinton Foundation.

    Gotta laugh…funfun..

    • llskinner

      You need a new script. funfun is getting very stale

      • funfundvierzig

        Another hostile Hillary Hugger with nothing to say, but targets and heckles readers daring to share independent thoughts.

        Folks, these obnoxious ultra-liberals want to tell you want to think, what to say, and how often you are allowed to share your views. Such comical arrogance from the corrupt Clinton Camp.

        …funfun..

  • funfundvierzig

    Point of commercial curiosity, folks:

    How does heaping derision on circa half the readers of the Forecaster, calling them “stupid people” help to sustain readership and to bring in advertising revenues?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    …funfun..

    • EABeem

      Because lots of people pick up the paper to read the columns and to read the comments they often provoke. Provocative writing attracts readers and that in turn attracts advertisers.

      • funfundvierzig

        You addressed my question with a convincing response. Thank you.

        …funfun..

    • yathink2011

      Tough time to be an advertiser in the Forecaster, an Owner of Pepsi stock, or to wear New Balance shoes.

      • funfundvierzig

        Moreover, many of these Forecaster advertisers may be small businessmen and businesswomen who voted against the continuing stifling regulations and tax schemes of the corrupt Clinton camp. Now they have been branded “stupid people”. …funfun..

        • yathink2011

          Let’s see how stupid they are.

  • Chelsea Girl

    Thank U for writing a beautiful piece and expressing how millions of us feel right now. Most of us are still at loss for words, grieving and in shock to even respond. So let the Uneducated and ignorant Trump supporters continue to “egg on” their man like their 1st lady elect Melania calls it. When we are done grieving we will be back to watch this man fall and all the people he lied to regret the day they sent America back to the dark ages.

    • Charles Martel

      • Chelsea Girl

        Sorry I don’t click on video links without first knowing what they’re about. Won’t be led into watching some right wing propaganda BS!

        • Charles Martel

          It’s about “tolerant” liberals. It’s factual, on the mark and funny, too.

    • jack bauer

      Great comment. Elite, self-righteous smugness at its best.

  • funfundvierzig

    Amazing how the hostile Hillary Huggers cannot stop looking down on 60 million everyday American women and men, who have differing values and refused to vote for a continuation of the colossal Clinton corruption. Childishly they hurl slime against their fellow Americans, contemptuously calling them grade school playground names, like “stupid”, “ignorant”, “uneducated”.

    One elitist and leftest columnist for the Forecaster mocked workers who carry lunchboxes to their jobs.

    Are they mature adults? Overwhelmed by an act of Democracy? The Presidential election of 2016? Get them some Good Grief counselors lest they faint on the streets or drown in their tears.

    And continue they do, sneering disdaining at ordinary working Americans from their high-priced perches in the universities and colleges of the land, from their executive suites in fraud-infested Wall Street banks and corrupt corporations, and from the mansions of the Hollywood super-rich, and, of course, from the ethically crippled DNC and main-lame media.

    American voters decided decisively they had had enough, and a very large majority of states concurred.

    …funfun..

  • Charles Martel

    You’re sounding like the millennials who cry, need crayons, hugs and puppies after the election. If those snowflakes were defending the country during WWII, we’d all be speaking German or Japanese.

    Trump’s win was an absolute ideological mandate that included 33 Republican governors, 51 Republican senators and 238 Republican representatives against the establishment elite…including Sen. Collins.

    You Leftists need to get over yourselves with comments such as “to resist with every fiber of my being – my time, my talent and my treasure”. Get over it; we won, you lost.

    • splurker

      Of course when Obama was elected twice..F***knuckle Mitch McConnell, the leader of your dimwit group vowed to make sure he fails and obstruct everything, now all of a sudden its a mandate, nice try Chuck…Classic uninformed shitpokes will overreach and I give it two years before it swings back..

      • Charles Martel

        Well, Mr. Kool-Aid drinker, I never thought much of McConnell myself because he wasn’t obstructionist enough. I guess should just find a safe space and crawl into the fetal position being so uninformed. Btw, does your mother know you talk like that?

        • splurker

          sounds like a good start Chuck!

          • Charles Martel

            Sorry, but that’ll never happen. That’s reserved for Millennial snowflakes.

          • splurker

            I’m no millennial…but the hypocrisy of the double-standard of you tools is too much sometime..Obama was never legitimate in the Rebuplicans eyes, obstructed, never wanted to compromise…

            Well, now that we have a thrice bankrupted billionaire, with a penchant for saying its okay to grab women by the privates, with a nude posing, trollop for a wife is going to be the savior for you sheep is going to be delicious to watch.

            i know two paragraphs is probably a lot for you to read, so I’ll stop here..I hope you dont have a daughter(or mother) to have to explain why we elected a buffoon who speaks so ill of woman and supporters like you who cheer it on.

          • Charles Martel

            Actually, I fell asleep after your first sentence.

          • truther

            Now you know how the rest of us feel whenever we try to read something of yours.

          • Charles Martel

            Could you please not respond while I’m listening to Rush, Laura Ingraham, Mike Gallagher, Michael Savage, Howie Carr or Mark Levin, please?

  • Charles Martel

    You can’t always get what you want:
    https://youtu.be/VDVU_TGLJU0

  • funfundvierzig

    In his overwhelming grief, Mr. Beem compares the death of the political career of his hubris-heavy heroine to a death in his family. Pity his family.

    …funfun..

  • Charles Martel

    “Tolerant liberals” video (6 min.). Right on the mark and funny, too! Raw language but what else would you expect? https://youtu.be/BXpi3F0E5ro

  • KikiEm

    There, there. Everything will be OK.

    • EABeem

      Don’t be so sure. Trump wasn’t planning to win and has no idea what to do.

  • Jimmy_John67

    The tone and tenor of this article exhibits that you still don’t have the slightest clue as to why Trump won. Although I voted for Clinton I can clearly see the point of view that motivated so many people to support Trump. They aren’t bad people but simply too often bore the brunt of Obama’s failed policies. You demonize them and call them names but don’t make even the slightest attempt to see things from their point of view. That is the mark of a truly ignorant person.

    P.S. If you are planning on resisting Trump with your “talent” I don’t think he has much to worry about.

  • Snow_in_July

    One slight problem, more votes were cast for HRC than Trump (at present by over 1 MILLION and still rising). Republicans did lose seats in both the House and Senate. The founders included the electoral college as a compromise for smaller states and to TRY an insure that men voters (yes only men owning property were allowed to vote at that time) did not elect a tyrant (well that failed on 11.08.16). Labeling HRC as the QoC is interesting considering the Trump has had over 4,000 lawsuits filed against him (and counting) and we have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA about his financial ties to Russia and China, let allow other foreign countries. There is absolutely NOTHING in Trump’s history that shows he cares about or has done anything for the average Jane and Joe.

    A special note to veterans, do you know what President elect Trump did on Veteran’s Day? NOTHING, he could not be bothered to attend even ONE ceremony for veteran’s – shows how much he cares about you doesn’t it?

    I could go on and on but I will leave you with just one thing I would like everyone to consider honestly; If the audio tape had been President Obama say that he could grab them by their p&%@y what would have happen?

    • KikiEm

      If President Obama said that he could grab them by their p&%@y what would have happen? NOTHING….maybe the rappers would have incorporated the phrase into one of their Ho, b–ch and N*gga tunes.

      May 31, 2016
      Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday released a list of veterans groups that received money from a fund raiser the billionaire held in late January.

      22Kill — $200,000

      Achilles International Inc. — $200,000

      American Hero Adventures — $100,000

      Americans for Equal Living — $100,000

      America’s Vetdogs – The Veterans K9 Corps Inc. — $75,000

      AMVETS — $75,000

      Armed Services YMCA of the USA — $75,000

      Bob Woodruff Family Foundation Inc. — $75,000

      Central Iowa Shelter and Services — $100,000

      Connected Warriors Inc. — $75,000

      Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust — $115,000

      Fisher House Foundation — $115,000

      Folds of Honor Foundation — $200,000

      Foundation for American Veterans — $75,000

      Freedom Alliance — $75,000

      Green Beret Foundation — $350,000

      Hire Heroes USA — $75,000

      Homes for Our Troops — $50,000

      Honoring America’s Warriors — $100,000

      Hope for the Warriors — $65,000

      Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund — $175,000

      K9s for Warriors — $50,000

      Liberty House — $100,000

      Marine Corps- Law Enforcement Foundation — $1,100,000

      Navy Seal Foundation — $465,000

      Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society — $75,000

      New Englands Wounded Veterans Inc. — $75,000

      Operation Homefront — $65,000

      Partners for Patriots — $100,000

      Project for Patriots — $100,000 (pending)

      Puppy Jake Foundation — $100,000

      Racing for Heroes Inc. — $200,000

      Support Siouxland Soldiers — $100,000

      Task Force Dagger Foundation — $50,000

      The Mission Continues — $75,000

      The National Military Family Association Inc. — $75,000

      Veterans Airlift Command — $100,000

      Veterans Count 25,000 Veterans-In-Command Inc. — $150,000

      Vietnam Veterans Workshop Inc. — $75,000

      Warriors for Freedom Foundation — $50,000

      Total: $5,600,000

      • Snow_in_July

        So Veteran’s Day is in May?

        As President Reagan said, “Trust but verify” – please post the video…

      • Snow_in_July

        Doesn’t take much to get a racist’s back up, ha-ha-ha.

        You want to fact check those donations, you know “Trust but verify” as President Reagan said.

        Just so you know for future reference Veteran’s Day is November 11th…

  • funfundvierzig

    While illogical liberals frantically try to do PR damage control, not since 1928, 88 years ago, has one party held both houses on Capitol Hill, the White House, and a multitude of Governors’ Mansions and state legislative halls. Looks like a mandate for change, indeed.

    The slight 1 million edge in the popular vote could easily have been accomplished collectively in California and Virginia and New York State with the votes of felons and illegals and double-voting by students on the left.

    …funfun..

  • peterplus

    You are far too conciliatory, Mr. Beem. I forgive trump for being a stupid man and a spoiled rich kid who is as worthless as a degree from trump university. I do not forgive him for being a fascist and for giving a certain measure of legitimacy to every moron, every KKK member, every Neo-Nazi, bigot, and sexual predator across the republic. To those who voted for him I have only this to say: Whenever you find yourself standing shoulder to shoulder with the KKK and the Neo-Nazis, you should know that you are standing in the wrong place. Find your anger Mr. Beem because anger is the only appropriate response to trump’s brand of fascism. Take a look at this fellow Bannon who he has chosen for his closest advisor. His counter part in history is Joseph Goebbels. Any intelligent person can see that. And it will get worse. Much worse. But here is what will happen: Guys like Rand Paul will filibuster all of trump’s outlandish ideas in the Senate. His dissent alone in the Senate is enough to gridlock everything, and he has already said that a warmonger like John Bolton WILL NOT be confirmed as Secretary of State. Perhaps Angus King will join Rand Paul. Trump will fail to deliver on any of his promises to the people who voted for him and in time all the neocons and Neo-Nazis and neoconfederates will turn on him and crawl back into their holes.

    • EABeem

      American voters have mistaken a profane plutocrat for a plainspoken populist. Trump did not expect to win, so now it is no surprise that he has no idea what to do next. You are correct, of course, that, he will not be able to deliver on his promises. That’s why he is walking them back even before taking office. I keep hearing that we have to respect the views of the people who elected Trump, but I have a very hard time taking seriously anyone who thought such an obviously unfit and unqualified man would make a good president. I can only understand his victory as a victory for fear, ignorance and bigotry. I wonder what all those who voted for change are thinking now that they see Trump bringing in Same Old Same Old political hacks, lobbyists and has-beens to run his show. When you drain the swamp, sometimes all you end up with is slime.

      • peterplus

        Trump is draining the swamp straight into his cabinet. No surprise. He’s a con man. He told America’s working people like myself that the reason I keep losing ground and finding it harder and harder to pay my bills is because of the immigrants. The truth is, my life became harder when banquet fed pigs like trump started hoarding all the country’s wealth for themselves and leaving crumbs for me to fight for. He has written that he thinks all working men who are not rich like him are losers. He thinks of us as scum just like the rich buggers at Prouts Neck do. Yeah, well, I didn’t get to start my working life with a big fat inheritance from daddy like he did. And he still has had to declare bankruptcy three times. And here’s another thing. I paid my taxes for the last 12 years, helping pay for these two feckless bush-cheney wars where there was nothing to win. Trump didn’t pay a penny to support our soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan. That alone should have kept working class people from voting for him. He’s nothing but a pig at the trough.

      • Jimmy_John67

        Hmmmm an inexperienced and unqualified candidate gets elected by promising change and ends up just delivering more of the same. Where have I heard this story before? Oh that’s right we have been living in that story for the past 8 years! Since I am sure you voted for Obama in 2008 you may want to be careful about name calling Trump supporters for voting for an unqualified candidate since these same insults apply to you. I know that won’t stop you since you are just an angry, ignorant old man but I will take great joy in pointing it out every chance I get.

      • funfundvierzig

        “…Trump did not expect to win,”

        No, Mr. Trump repeatedly and loudly announced at virtually every campaign stop he was going to win.

        It was the liberal-infested media, the dishonest reporters and faux-journalists who lectured the American people that only Hillary Clinton could and would win.

        …funfun..

        • EABeem

          New York Times: “For all his boisterousness during the campaign, Mr. Trump was more muted than exuberant in its aftermath, according to people who spoke with him throughout the day. His victory over Hillary Clinton caught even him by surprise: Like Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump tracked the race through private polling that indicated he was headed for defeat, and he went all but silent in his apartment on Tuesday night as the returns from Florida turned in his favor.”

  • funfundvierzig

    The Editors and Management of the Forecaster are too be heartily commended for allowing and encouraging a broad spectrum of views from columnists and readers. That makes for rigorous debate and healthy open dialogue.

    Mr. Beem hangs his hat in the ultra-liberal Town of Brunswick, home of the ironically illiberal Liberal Arts College of Bowdoin. Therein, the Editors of the Bowdoin Orient, the school’s puppet press, practice systematic CENSORSHIP (they suger-coat it as “moderation”) of readers’ perspectives they happen to dislike. Their journalistic integrity disappears down a black hole. But such is the suppression of ideas and the policing of thoughts in the world of disdaining liberals. And they wonder why they lost?

    …funfun..

  • EABeem

    Let me see if I can make this perfectly clear to those frequent fliers who find my comments unkind and uncalled for. The country I love has just been taken over by a sexist pig and would-be fascist dictator with the aid of the FBI, Russian intelligence and minority of misguided Americans, but I am supposed to accept this and respect their opinions. I don’t and I won’t. I love my country too much to stand by silently while Trump appoints racists and warmongers to power while pulling the wool over the eyes of the poor sheep who elected him.