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Odds & Ends – Some Too Close To Home

Thursday, November 10, 2016 22:11
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I have always taken for granted a seamless, or nearly so, power transition with the election of a new President. With age, and perhaps a tiny bit of wisdom, plus a good solid Revo edujumacation, I know that such a thing is rare in this world. It is quite ordinary for power struggles, bloodless or otherwise, to accompany political power transitions. Despite that, and thanks to George Washington’s example following his Presidency when many wanted him a king, the passage from one President to the next has always been smooth in America. Today, however, I have to wonder if this marvelous tradition is about to be lost.

Why? Because I hear more and more talk in the media and by politicians, about how the power transition is going smoothly. They blather and blather on so about this, and in a tone that evinces surprise that such is happening, that I have to wonder if it is not in fact happening.

Honestly, I don’t recall such talk ever happening after any other presidential election. And it is really beginning to bother me. I mean why all the talk about something that is not at issue. It kind of reminds me of Stephanopolis asking Romney about birth control and the republican war on women. So I have to wonder if there are hidden moves afoot to stop a smooth transition to the Trump Presidency. We all know when leftists accuse others of something, it is a pretty sure bet that what they accuse of is what they are doing. Likewise with all the talk of a smooth power transition. It is obama, other leftists, and the media (I know it’s redundant) that are going on and on about ensuring a smooth transition of power. So I wonder, and maybe even suspect, that no such thing is under way. I hope I am wrong. Has anyone else noticed this too?

Onto another topic – talking someone off the ledge. Well, not exactly, more like a political ledge.

I received a phone call from my very favorite number 1 oldest daughter, as I joking tell her. I could tell she was upset. And she was. She wanted to talk politics … something unusual for her. Though a democrat, she is ordinarily very nonpolitical. And this despite living in Brooklyn, working in NYC, and being surrounded by leftists day in and day out. Now, on the positive side, my daughter is not a flaming progressive leftist. All in all she is pretty sane, and I have hope that she can come to her senses one day.

Anyway we discussed the election. She was quite upset, recounting how all her friends and co-workers, and even people on the streets of NYC were crying – literally crying – over the election of Trump. Note that she never said, crying over Hillary’s loss. Just Trump’s win. She went on about how Trump is vulgar, treats women like trash, has no self-control, has an immoral home/family life, is illogical, incoherent, arrogant and a poor businessman who filed bankruptcy three times. Then she went to say that she was afraid, genuinely afraid, for such a man to have control over our nations nuclear weapons, and that he was going to get us into a nuclear war. She recounted how she literally cried herself to sleep in fear last night because she was so upset.

All the foregoing really took me aback. I recognized what my daughter was saying as pretty much democrat party talking points. So my initial focus was on rebutting what she said. Wrong approach Dad. That’s not why she called.

It took some time for me to understand why my daughter was really calling me. And while I was blathering on about how awful obama has been, and how hillary would only have continued that, I finally got that what she really wanted was for me to tell her things to reassure her. So I did that. We ended up the call by my saying, look at things this way. Trump, for all his faults, was born in America, and raised by American parents. He was schooled here. He started businesses here, prospered here, has a family here. He has no reason to want to destroy all that by getting us into a nuclear war for no reason. In many ways, Trump is a lot like GW Bush. So just think of him as a more rambunctious GW Bush – with orange hair and a bad comb-over. That got her laughing, and things ended on a better note that they began. But I have to say, I never expected to receive such a call, and I am still upset that all the leftist idiots in NYC are affecting my daughter so much, and so badly. So, I wonder, am I unique here? Or has anyone else had to talk someone off the ledge? If so, you have my sympathies.


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