Still No Brakes on The Trump Train


So now we know what snakes on a train look like. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel wasted no time slithering on board the Trump Train after president-elect Donald J. Trump's stunning victory last Tuesday. The reptilian duo and most of the Republican establishment spent the entire campaign attempting to knock The Donald off the rails, yet they still hope to blend in with the new scenery, like chameleons.

Silly snakes. You're lucky you didn't get run over already. The Trump Train has no brakes, and you were getting in the way.

That's scary to a lot of people, the Trump Train having no breaks. Cher, according to the Drudge Report, is off to Jupiter. In a Facebook post, a friend informed me that he'd tried to climb on board the Trump Train, but the cars were marked only for “gypsies, jews and latinos.”

Silly friend. There's a car for everyone on the Trump Train, including Hillary Clinton's entire basket of deplorables as well as her loyal supporters currently rioting in major cities across the country because she lost the election.


From the /r/The_Donald Reddit page, one of several major social media platforms where Trump support was strong.

There's a boxcar for guys like me on the Trump Train, a middle-aged, underemployed white male with a college degree and an uncertain economic future. Maybe, amidst all the dog whistling, you've heard a little bit about guys like me this election cycle. Our rates of suicide are increasing, our lifespans are decreasing, our kind is in demographic decline. Therapists counsel us that's just the way it is and pass the Prozac.

A lot of us were on board with Sen. Bernie Sanders, while the Clinton campaign whispered to the media we were too white. My father (who is way more successful than me and enjoying a nice retirement, it should be noted) and I follow politics closely, and discussing the subject is one of the great joys of our lives. We're what used to be called progressives, before all political terms lost their meaning, and in Sanders, we found a champion.

For me, the high point of the campaign season was going to the Whitmore fire station with Dad and casting our votes for Sanders in the June primary. We're both non-affiliated voters and had to request special ballots. There was some confusion at the polling station. I'm not sure if anyone in rural eastern Shasta County has ever actually seen someone openly voting Democrat.

There was a buzz in the air that day. Bernie was surging in some polls and it seemed like he had a legitimate shot at the title if he could take the state. Alas, the next morning after the primary election, even though he'd won Shasta County, Sanders had lost California, and any real chance at the nomination.

Ah, what could have been. From

Ah, what could have been. From

Thus six months ago we were presented with the two most unpopular presidential candidates in American history.  My father and I have no love lost on the Clintons, for reasons too numerous to list here, so there was no way we were with her.

But jumping on the Trump Train was freighted with hazard. I'd been pointing out for more than a year to dad, my Facebook friends, readers and anyone else who would listen that many of Trump's policies, especially on trade and foreign military entanglements, were similar in substance, if not presentation, to Sanders.  My dad, my friends and most of the readers here would have none of it.

It's been a long, painful six months.

A couple of days after Sanders' defeat, my dad banned us from discussing politics for the duration of the campaign. We've been tip-toeing around each other ever since.

My social media friends, for a variety of reasons, from Trump's alleged racism, sexism and xenophobia to his former status as reality TV show celebrity to an understandable wariness of billionaire real estate developers, weren't getting on the train, and many of them made it quite clear that I was also a sexist, racist and xenophobe should I purchase a ticket, or even publicly mention I was thinking about purchasing a ticket.

The one thing none of my social media friends would do, with few exceptions, was discuss the actual issues at hand. To raise the issue of immigration was to be instantly branded a racist. To mention it might be a good idea to vet refugees from countries we've been bombing into oblivion was to be instantly ridiculed as an Islamophobe. To point out billionaire financier and alleged philanthropist George Soros was funding both Hillary Clinton and the Black Lives Matter riots was to be instantly stained as a conspiracy theorist, racist and anti-Semite (Soros happens to be Jewish, but the only side he's apparently on is his own).

There was one place where such issues could be discussed, and that was the internet space that's become known as the Alt-Right. You may have heard of one of its mascots, Pepe the frog.

Happy Pepe. Another meme from the r/The_Donald subreddit.

Happy Pepe. Another meme from the /r/The_Donald subreddit.

The Alt-Right is the basket of deplorables Hillary Clinton mentioned, a network comprised of hundreds of websites and millions of mostly white male users who discuss topics that can be generally placed under the umbrella of “white identity.” At some point in the recent past, younger users on message boards such as 4Chan and 8Chan misappropriated Pepe the Frog from Matt Furie's “Boy's Club” comic series. Using Microsoft Paint, they began dressing the crudely drawn amphibian up in Nazi uniforms and posting the images online.

A meme was born. Nazi Pepes proliferated. The Southern Poverty Law Center declared Pepe a symbol of hate.

That's how absurd this election has been. I'm now writing about a cartoon frog. Younger members of the Alt-Right swear Donald Trump won the election thanks to such meme magic. Half the magic is shock value, the ability to troll a vaunted organization such as the SPLC into censoring free speech. The other half is mystery. Is it satire or are they really that into Hitler?

It depends, which is why I don't mention Alt-Right websites by url and never, ever comment on the actual sites while I'm lurking about.  Sometimes satire works, and a Nazi joke can come off funny. Sometimes the guy telling the joke is actually a Nazi. Figuring out whether to laugh or call the FBI is the tricky part.

Same thing goes for the intellectual component of the Alt-Right, comprised mainly of conservative thinkers kicked out of the Republican establishment because they wouldn't go along with the evolving party line on the estimated 11 to 30 million illegal (the nice word is undocumented) immigrants in the United States.

Some of these guys, and it is mostly guys, white guys, exploit the measured scientific and statistical differences between the races and the sexes, anathema in today's multicultural, pansexual wonderland where race and sex are mere constructs, unless the topic is systemic white racism or Donald Trump's pussy-grabbing. Right now, they're all busy congratulating each other for figuring out that if white people actually become aware they were white people, they might actually vote in their own interest.

Pretty scary stuff, considering that's sort of what happened and we're all now riding on a train with no brakes. It was while lurking on Alt-Right websites that I realized that's what the problem was. People are scared. Someone posted a meme, a still from Starship Troopers, where the platoon psychiatrist mind-melds with the defeated brain bug and declares, “It's afraid!”

It being Hillary Clinton supporters, frustrated that no one could stump the Trump. The train just kept a rolling, with a cartoon frog at the controls.

I have no idea where this meme came from but I keep posting it because it makes me laugh. Maybe you had to see Starship Troopers.

I have no idea where this meme came from but I keep posting it because it makes me laugh. Maybe you had to see Starship Troopers.

People have legitimate reasons to fear Donald Trump, which is why I prefer this version of the “It's afraid!” meme, with a non-threatening blond pussy cat instead of an ugly ass brain bug.

I'd maybe make more fun of people being afraid if it wasn't for my mom, who's terrified of Trump. For that I blame not only The Donald for truthfully yet in the coarsest language possible  pointing out that some of the people coming across the Mexican border illegally are criminals and rapists, but CNN, MSNBC and even FOX News for amplifying Trump's vulgarity and completely ignoring Clinton's long history of corruption, cronyism and warmongering.

To his credit, Trump tempered his tone and rhetoric as the campaign progressed, as anyone who watched his many rallies broadcast on YouTube can attest. For those confined to cable news, including my mom, we've just elected literally Hitler, who's in league with Vladimir Putin, who is also literally Hitler.

That is, literally, what all our cable news networks and most of our mainstream newspapers have been reporting since this whole ordeal began.

I would say the demonization of Trump and what can only be called the complete falsification of what's going on in Russia, eastern Europe and the Middle East were the establishment and mainstream media's largest transgressions this election season but for one exception.

To quote the sexually insatiable political genius and former President Bill Clinton, it's the economy, stupid. Despite the mainstream media's insistence that the stock market's recovery during the otherwise sluggish past eight years is a sign that Obama's economic policies have benefitted most Americans, no one who follows such matters closely believes it.

Members of the Alt-Right cheering the stock market's rebound since Trump's election need to seriously get a grip. Wall Street and Main Street were unhitched years ago. That train already left the station. The Trump Train is going to need some fuel.

On paper at least, we are headed for seriously hard times, for all the reasons Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders told us, in their own unique ways, and for all the ways Hillary Clinton couldn't tell us, because she was more wedded to Obama's economic record than her own husband. Who says tragedy is dead?

The good news is that paper can be torn up, Dad and I are talking again and not only can the president  be reached on his Twitter account, he has massive bankruptcy experience. I'm thinking we bail on our $20 trillion national debt, kick all the snakes off the train, and before you know it, we'll be making America great again.

It's just a tweet away. After all, he's our president.

Or, if you prefer, you can join Cher.


R.V. Scheide
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82 Responses

  1. cheyenne says:

    According to the handful of Democrats here in Wyoming, the state is now going to fall off the edge of the world into oblivion, not just because Trump was elected but Liz Cheney, in a landslide victory, is now Wyoming’s lone Representative.   In reality the unemployed oil and gas workers who actually live in Wyoming, and not the nomads from other states who will hopefully not return, hope the Trump train will return their jobs to them.  And Trump has indicated he will do so.

    South of us in Colorado, as the Denver Post outlined in Sunday’s paper, the cannabis industry is celebrating as they feel that the Trump train will leave the states to their own decisions on marijuana legalization.  Christie opposes this but as Trump has already demoted him a little Christie should be more worried about the Trump train leaving him at the station than his views on MJ.

    Immigration is a big issue in Wyoming and Colorado as MS13, ironically based in California, is becoming more and more involved with illegal sales of drugs and human trafficking.  Hopefully Trump will follow through with his deporting criminals promise, on the cow catcher of the Trump train would be fine.

    On the ACA Trump seems to be tending toward repair rather than repeal and I think that is a good thing.  With the insurance comings bailing on the ACA and the fraud, highlighted in spades by the sobering centers in Prescott, the ACA needs a repair.  It does work for many Americans.

    It is a bright dawn arising or something wicked this way blows, we will find out.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      One thing that could happen, probably the most likeliest thing: Reagan-style tax cutting and deficit spending—and no cutting of social programs. Whether Trump can get at the real rot in the budget, defense spending, will determine whether he succeeds or we just go further into debt.

      • cheyenne says:

        Well, Trump says he is going to drain the swamp.  It will be interesting to see who stays and who goes.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Trump said he’d increase defense spending, and there was nothing in his platform that I recall about protecting entitlement programs.  Going after the real budgetary rot and protecting social programs will go agains the grain of GOP policy in both directions.  My wager is that with huge tax cuts for the rich, entitlements will either suffer massive cuts, or deficit spending will explode.

        I see pigs flying over Hell’s frozen landscape before defense spending gets significantly reduced.

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          He also said he would disband NATO, because Europe isn’t paying their fare share. If they had to pay it, they’d weigh it, and kick Soros out of the EU. They’d save money. We’d save money.

          When Trump gets a look at the money that’s being wasted on defense contracts–we already know $7 trillion is unaccounted for–and if he gets our foreign policy back on an even keel, there is a lot of money to be saved.

          I don’t pay any attention to platforms. They’re all a load of shit. I always took Trump’s hyperbole for exactly what it was: Bargaining.


        • JeffG says:

          Considering the fact 70% of the US budget is tied to social programs, you’ll have to make at least some cuts there to cut the ‘rot’

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Bruce, you’re become one of my favorite people.  Just thought I’d mention that.  I don’t agree with everything you say, but I recognize wisdom when I see it.

    • Rod says:

      Nice plug for the MJ faction of America.

      It’s still a small but powerful issue.  We’re needing to correct many, many social values that have been built on hate.  LE, judges, and the prison industry are needing to be retrained to live side by side with the cannabis culture—we’re NOT anyone’s enemy.

      A simple example is comparing Prozac to cannabis.   One extends and improves life while the chemical concoction consumes people.

      • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

        The MJ issue is so messed up, I refuse to write about it anymore. Shasta County is screwing itself with the outdoor ban. Really, really stupid.

  2. Frank Treadway says:

    Repubs tend to shoot themselves in the feet after victories.  Prediction: In less than two years they’ll all be indicted for crimes we’ve never thought existed.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Trump ain’t a normal Republican, but we’ll see.  I would argue that the inability of Democrats to accept the election results–after making a big deal about it when Trump said he’d wait to see the results before conceding–is another form of shooting yourself in the foot.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        The protests don’t represent Democrats collective inability to accept the election results.  The prevailing mood of Democrats is shock, not rejection.  The “Not My President” protestors are a small minority, and even my far-to-the-left-of-Bernie oldest daughter rejects the “Not My President” bullscheisse.

        Remember, it was Trump who darkly suggested that the election was rigged and that he wasn’t necessarily going to accept the results. We’ll never know what would have happened if he’d lost (the electoral vote) and had opined to his most fervent followers that the election was stolen.

        The anarchists who regularly engage in rioting in cities like Portland, Seattle and Oakland/Berkeley would likely have rioted had Clinton had been elected.  They twist the old addage to: Every port needs a storm.  

        • Rod says:

          Yeah for sure.  It’s an excuse to declare a downtown party.  The reason seems to get lost.

          I conjures up a new version of “Dancing In The Street”.  Or even the chorus of “Aquarius”.  I’d like to see those who never loved those old songs to be a little more positive in attitude.


        • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          Lots of evidence piling up on the /r/The_Donald subreddit, Breitbart et al indicating massive Soros involvement via–which I used to be a member of! In fact, I’m pretty sure SNR was on the receiving end of Soros dollars, for the many global warming special issues it’s produced over the years. I remember one particular year, SNR went all in, so I said, OK, I want to interview Bjorn Lomborg, who no longer questions climate change, only the scams our leaders keep dreaming up to allegedly solve the problem. Carbon trading. LOL. Printed on Goldman Sachs bond paper.

    • Virginia says:

      Oh, dear…….. Frank.   With all of the Clinton’s problems, you really shouldn’t throw stones, Frank!

  3. Eleanor says:

    Very, very well written article, R.V.    No need to add anything further here.   You got it covered.

    Also agree with cheyenne’s final line.

    Whatever, we paid our fare and are along for the ride.

  4. Virginia says:

    People have managed to survive Republican administrations for generations. And, the ones burning and destroying property and crying need to get a life!

    All the people who are now gloom & doom sound like Chicken Little. How sad.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      I don’t understand why these Social Justice Warriors just don’t get it. Their approach no longer works. They need to change tactics. And how long are we gonna let a billionaire, George Soros, pay people to riot in our cities? They’ve gone way past protected free speech.

      • Rod says:

        Try this.  Stop using the term “riot” and replace it with celebrate.  The media coverage will disappear.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        R.V. —  You asked the question: “And how long are we gonna let a billionaire, George Soros, pay people to riot in our cities?”  That George Soros is paying people to protest against Trump’s win, I’ll give you for free—I’m not asking you to provide any evidence. I would like to see at least some evidence that he’s paying people with the intent that they riot. You’re a journalist, so I think you understand where I’m coming from with my insistence on at least some evidence, as opposed to parroted alt-right hearsay.

        I know for a fact that not everyone participating in the protests is being paid.  I also know for a fact that not everyone joining the protests is rioting.  Are we going to use the rioting as a pretense for not allowing people to protest?  Is that where this is heading?

        You’re right, though.  The social warriors need to understand that their methods have failed them.  (Anarchist rioters and butt-hurt protesting liberals are not the same animal.)

        • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          The protests are being organized nationally by, which receives funding from Soros. Go to /r/The_Donald subreddit, Breitbart or ZeroHedge and you will see postings that include screenshots of craigslist ads from various cities across the country. Paying $35 per hour, no experience necessary, to protest Donald Trump. That’s not saying they’re all hired protestors, but it is to say these aren’t entirely organic protests.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I’ve seen the screenshots of Craigslist ads.  Most that I’ve seen offer $15-$18 per hour.  I’m conceding that Soros is paying the hourly wages.  What I want to see is the smoking gun that those protestors are being paid to riot—that rioting, as you’ve implied, is the intent.

            Yeah, I’m aware of the alt-right position that Soros’s true agenda isn’t the advance of progressive causes, but social disruption of the type that he knows how to manipulate for profit.  I’ve never heard that hypothesis supported by anything more than additional hand-waving and hot air.

  5. Christian Gardinier says:

    R.V. Great article! Me, I’m in the stages of grief, keep flipping back and forth between anger, denial and depression! No joke, feel like the doc just called and said “hate to break it to you but….” The majority of voters, even many that voted Trump, said Clinton is more qualified, has the better temperament and more intelligence! It’s like we collectively said “Okay, I’m in pain here so where’s the hammer? I’ll smash my toe so hard that everyone will hear my scream!”
     White born-again/evangelical Christians voted Trump in, not because they really disdain me, the “dammed” or because they want a president with no political experience that likes to insult woman, people of color, mock people with challenges or even other evangelical Christians like Ted Cruz, and grab woman by their genitals while cozying up to a communist dictator named Putin! White born-again/evangelical Christians will forgive all the clearly anti Christian behavior Trump loves to brag about and do for a chance to stop abortion and illegalize the LGBT community. And of course there’s that Muslim and gun thing to….
    The struggling working class voted Trump not because they think he is really going to help the “poor” and working class by building his walls, bringing back factories and by starting a trade war with China. They know Trump makes millions stiffing workers for their jobs well done, exports jobs to China and imports foreign product to build his mansions and towers. They know as Gordon Gecko said in Wall Street, they’re “——” and trade wars won’t bring back their jobs, raise their falling wage or cut their taxes. They did so because they believe the Democrats take them for granted, don’t hear them or feel their pain anymore. It’s like a protest vote.
    The poor, disadvantaged and people of color know Trump isn’t really going to help the “Negroes” and working poor get trained up for the “new world order,” get out of jail for drug offences, get access to good education or get jobs rebuilding ghettos. But they have been told by Trump that Democrats have done nothing for them and honestly they can’t really find evidence that Obama and Clinton has or would… so why bother to vote, even if it might mean losing health care, tearing apart Hispanic families, sending their parents back to Mexico and possibly more sanctioned violent law enforcement brutality. It’s like, yeah whatever, nothing new. But it was nice to see a more strong and politically active Hispanic vote this time around! Thank You!

    So it’s time for the Sanders and Clinton supporters to get out of their house robes and comfy slippers, shower and shave and get on with the daunting political-social struggle. And hey, never know Michael Moore says the Trump alt-right train is going to ramp up and then derail like an Alex Jones Casey Jones tweaked up on coke!  One can only dream….


    • cheyenne says:

      There are a lot of unemployed energy workers in Wyoming that would disagree with everything you posted.  There are also a lot of military, of all ethnics here that would disagree with you.  But you are entitled to your opinion.  It has been said a lot but I will say it again.  I disagree with everything you say but I will defend your right to say them.

      • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

        Cheyenne, this is my read of the “climate change is a Chinese hoax” claim attributed to Trump. As a leader in the global fight against climate change, the U.S. has shuttered its manufacturing industries and select energy industries, publicly encouraging other countries to follow suit. But other countries like China don’t follow suit–there’s no treaty, just an agreement–and behind closed doors, we’ve been designing trade deals that exploit this fact that have screwed our own manufacturing and energy industries. It’s not that climate change doesn’t exist. It’s that the policies we have in place now aren’t realistic or helpful.

        • Christian Gardinier says:

          We gotta be real here. The trade deals were made by and always supported by Republicans and yes, some Democratic, on behalf of the corporatists like Trump, the American rich industrialists, retailers and bankers. We let them! They sold US out for profit! 1.5 million work for Wal Mart at $ 12.00 or less because of these trade deals, many on food stamps and on government supported health care if the have any at all, selling globalized made products (not USA made products) so that the Wal Mart family owners can acquire more wealth than 40 percent of the American population. Will Trump and the Republican government change this?  In America, the top 1% own as much as the bottom 90%. May who voted for Trump don’t understand economics and how this works, and they don’t care, they just know they’re not working! They have been hoodwinked by Trump and his industrialist cooperate buddies into think he, Trump, is going to change this. Good luck and God help us all.


          • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

            All Democrats! It’s a Clinton signature issue. The Third Way. Which turned out to just be the wrong way.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            All Democrats, R.V.?  Are we re-writing history to fit the narrative already?

            NAFTA was largely Clinton’s baby, but it was approved in the House 234-200 with 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats voting in favor of it. The Senate approved NAFTA 61-38, with the backing of 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats.  It was signed into law by Bush II.

            Maybe the Repubs will help Trump significantly undo our trade agreements, but that will go against the grain of everything the GOP has really been about for the past 40 years or longer.  It’d be one of the biggest political about-face in history.

            BTW, China has already weighted in on the possibility of the tariffs that Trump has talked of:  “Bring it.  We will reciprocate and destroy your wheat, corn, and soy agriculture industries.”  That’ll play well in the fly-over states.

          • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

            No rewriting any narrative Steve. There was a little resistance to NAFTA from Democrats in the 1990s. Today? Both parties the same.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      I agree with you that there was a large protest vote that helped put Trump in office. But my vote wasn’t a protest vote. Changing trade policies and bringing back manufacturing won’t happen over night, but if it does happen, it will raise wages.

  6. Anita Brady says:

    Virginia, I feel compelled to point out that thousands of Americans did not survive The George W Bush Administration. They were sent away to die in a war contrived by that President and his cronies. Tens of thousands of that same military hero group came home missing limbs and sanity. Hundreds of thousands lost their homes and 401K and many Americans died from dwindling safety net programs. No, Virginia, you are to deep into the bubble to see clearly. That’s sad.

    • cheyenne says:

      Anita, thousands of Americans did not survive the JFK and LBJ administrations and those who did were made unwelcome when they returned to their own country.  Lets look and hope for the future instead of digging up the past best left there, in the past.

      • Anita Brady says:

        Those that do not learn from history are doomed to fail. Cheyenne, you seem to be in that group of Americans.

        • cheyenne says:

          Anita, I am in that group of Americans working toward a better future instead of dredging up past failures.  At the tender age of 73 I help refurbish apartments for homeless vets, what do you do to help out your fellow Americans?

          • I know this is a touchy subject, and the comments were going along so nicely and politely, even between readers who disagree. That’s a fine art, and one of the things that A News readers do so well (generally speaking).

            I ask that you refrain from personal attacks, please.

          • Anita Brady says:

            I spent more than two decades in the high school classroom teaching American youth so they can earn a living and contribute to your Social Security and Medicare funds (until GOP gets their hands on them in January). History is what tells us that Trump and his deplorables will cause long-term to our country.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Anita, progressives need to learn from Trump’s election: Insulting people who don’t agree by dismissively telling them that they’re stupid (or worse) is a large part of the reason Trump won.  This is especially true when the people you’re addressing clearly are not stupid at all and can be engaged and possibly persuaded. If you start out by telling them that they’re stupid, they’re going to recoil. You’re telling a potential ally that they’re the enemy.

          Cheyenne is not too stupid to learn from the past, and he’s not the enemy.  He’s a good guy and sharp guy who leans conservative and was willing to roll the dice on an unknown outcome, because more of the same was untenable to him.  It’s an entirely rational decision.  He and a lot of other Trump voters know, I’m sure, that their choice comes with risk, but they were willing to take the chance because even though Trump by many measures is a gag-evoking choice, the alternative to them was worse: The status quo.

          • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

            It’s the folly of identity politics.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Some would argue that Trump won largely on the basis of identity politics.  You make a case for that yourself in your last couple of articles: Don’t piss off us older white guys.  We’re not done yet. 

    • Virginia says:

      Anita, I guess I am one of Trumps Deplorables as Hillary called 50% of his  electorate!   Maybe you are one of those who might have taught the young, petulant, and many paid to be out in the streets feeling sorry for themselves, instead of making themselves useful and not expecting they are owed something.  Most of the  Deplorables have volunteered to serve the less fortunate in many ways.  I’ve been doing that for over 60 years.

      Cheyenne said it right with the loss of other lives from other administrations.  I lived through Ole Harry’s depression.  I lived through the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and now these wars, and maybe I will survive ISIS.

      Teach the children how to be responsible for their own actions and not expect everyone to give them everything they want.  Don’t use drugs, legal or not.  Don’t be the “Tune in;Drop out society of the 21st Century.  I have hands when addicts were trying to come off anything from heroin, meth, and assorted other things in the 50s.  At least them, most of them were the first drug generation, not the 2nd or 3rd. Teach those children what JFK said, “Ask not what your Country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your Country!”


      • Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

        Reminder:  don’t attack each other.

        • Virginia says:


          I didn’t mean for it to be an attack, but more as a lesson in history and what can be done to help the kids of today stay off drugs rather than blame others for everything on the opposite party of choice.  Unfortunately, it didn’t come off that way at the beginning………

  7. Citizen Dane says:

    Well, no matter what happens, we did manage to get in at least one more Veterans Day. So, no matter what, we’ve got that going for us…

    Hey RV, I have an idea/project hopefully you would be interested in.  Check out my blog and please get back to me…

  8. Rod says:

    RV, you did it again!  Great article.

    Trump for president 2020.  If you can’t beat him, join him.


  9. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Clinton didn’t lose because most of the people who live in the Rust Belt are racist and sexist……most those swing states went for Obama by double digits because they wanted Hope and Change. They went for Trump because the Democrats gave us Clinton, who told the voters that Trump’s Make America Great Again was nonsense, because America is already great. That didn’t play to people whose lives are circling the drain and are constantly being told that they can’t say that out loud because white privilege and mansplaining and Islamophobia and other versions of STFU issued by smug, intellectually lazy, know-it-all liberals.  The Rust Belt swing states flipped because people decided that since Washington D.C. insiders can’t deliver, the alternative was to throw a match on the pile of oily rags in the corner.

    I don’t know who this guy Tim Pie is, but he nails it.  Especially everything after 3:30.

  10. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Trump seems to be mending fences with the Repubs in Congress and stocking his administration with Washington D.C. insiders. Are those aboard the Trump Train growing skeptical yet? Are we going to get tariffs and other trade restrictions/trade agreement re-negotiations when most of the GOP leaders are pro-trade because that’s where corporate profits are maximized?  Do you think draining the swamp can be accomplished by filling his cabinet with members of Congress and the like?

    I know it’s way too early to call, but Donald Trump’s sole agenda thus far in life has been to make Donald Trump more rich and powerful, and I’m not seeing much to indicate a change in his life trajectory. Everything he’s done so far is lockstep with his past and with the longstanding agenda of the GOP: To make the wealthy wealthier.

    I’m kinda feeling like that match thrown on the pile of oily rags in the corner may not have started much of a fire.  What hope I have is based on this alone: that Trump is still butt-hurt enough by the slights of the leaders of his own class/party that he’s going to do some of what he said he was going to do out of spite, and not do other things out of spite.  That’s a slim hope, but there are a few rays of hope (e.g., maybe he’s only going to try to fix the ACA rather than shred it).

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Trump is certainly playing an interesting balancing game so far. In the past I’d agree with you, Trump is out for Trump, but I honestly believed the campaign changed him. Picking Bannon and Priebus was pretty much a sign he’s willing to play ball with the establishment–to a point. I think that Trump may be able to get things done by hacking out a coalition from both parties. I’m not sure if that’s his strategy, but I think the coalition is there. Bannon’s genius is his ability to corral different interest groups under the Alt-Right umbrella under the guise of anti-PC. I’m pretty certain it’s the Nazis in the alt-right who are going to wind up disappointed. One should always remain skeptical of politicians, especially during transitions. I’m totally reminded of Obama 2008.

  11. cheyenne says:

    A lot of ifs have been put forth about what Trump will do as though they are facts based on past political history of both parties.  We can’t go by past history because what this country faces has never been faced before.  New history is going to be made.  Trump is already hinting at compromise.  The Democrat party is now realizing, in their own words, that the costal liberals social programs do not resonate with the rest of the country.

    The coastal liberals bash Walmart the largest employer in most states and they pay wages that support families in the lower cost of living states.  I know several families that work for Walmart in Wyoming and Nebraska and they are happy for the work.  The $15 minimum wage is totally inadequate in the coastal cities, it should be $25 so those that take care of the rich are paid accordingly.  The Democrats have brought back the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid”.  The biggest comment against Trump was, “I don’t like a lot of what he says but I voted for him”.  Both parties have initiated claims that the trade deals are bad for America.  The climate conference penalizes US emissions while allowing China, the #1 polluter, more time to respond.

    My if is that the country will see more cooperation between the parties as this election shows that neither party represents America.  Trump is the revolution in the Republican party and Sanders and Warren, who are both talking 2020, are the revolution in the Democratic party.  But I think America is tired of 70 year olds running the country.  Time for the young people to step up.

    I refuse to see the gloom and doom predicted by some over what might happen with a President Trump.  Trump is my president.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Bernie Sanders will (hopefully) be 80 years old the year someone will take office in 2021.  It’s far from a lock that I’ll be alive for another 8 years, let alone Bernie.  The Democrats did pretty well with a charismatic 47-year-old eight years ago.  Where are their young reformers for 2020?  Hell, where were they this time around?

      I didn’t pick him, but Trump is my president, too.  When Obama won eight ears ago, I watched Dennis Miller on Fox News say to Bill O’Reilly, “He’s my president, and I want him to succeed. I want all presidents to succeed in making our country and our world better.  I saw some old black guys at (some place-name in NYC that I don’t recall) the day after the election, dudes who lived during a time when they had to eat and sleep in separate restaurants and hotels in some parts of the country…….something just happened that they never dreamed could possibly happen in their lifetimes, and God bless them—I’m so happy for those old guys.”

      It’s hard to be that gracious after losing an election.  I’ll try to keep an open mind up to the point where it becomes painfully clear that Trump isn’t going to do anything that betrays his own interests or the interests of the other members of the ruling plutocracy.

      Open mind or no, there’s one doom-and-gloom forecast that’s impossible to avoid, because it’s an empirical truth based on repeated iterations: Massive tax cuts paired with little or no attempt to curtail spending will lead to huge increases in deficits and the federal debt.  At this point, the data are in and there can be no illusions.  Trump’s proposed massive tax cuts are: (1) an exercise in allowing the uber-wealthy to corner even more of America’s wealth, and (2) an attempt to create the illusion of prosperity by running up the nation’s credit cards.  The Laffer curves held up by Reagan to show how the huge tax cuts would create budget surpluses without cutting spending turned out to be far worse than a bad joke.

      • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

        The main reason people were shocked at the result is mainstream media kept saying Clinton was going to win, even though it was clear Trump was building momentum the final month, if you did your own research. I knew Trump would win early Tuesday morning, when the exit polls started coming out, and the demographics were so favorable to him. It was quite fun watching the carnage the rest of the day.  I’m relieved this is over and I’m not gloating. This is a serious change to American politics and everyone needs to pay attention right now.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          I wasn’t shocked because the mainstream media kept saying Clinton would win—I don’t put a lot of stock in the media anymore. They seem to think their job nowadays is reporting what’s trending on social media.

          It was the polls that caused my shock.  I put too much stock in the scientific polls at FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics.  Even there, my shock was dampened.  I had been paying close attention to the LA Times/USC Tracking Poll for more than a month because it had been showing a toss-up all along, and toward the end a Trump victory.  I was curious, so a month ago I had gone on their website and read, “Why our poll doesn’t agree with the other polls.”  That resulted in an “oh s**t” moment.

          • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

            Trump’s momentum in the LA Times poll was pretty clear to me. That’s the one I trusted the most. I think the critique that many of the polls were overloaded with democratic voters–in an attempt to mirror the electorate–and therefore overestimated support for Clinton is valid. A lot of the polls showing Clinton with a huge lead were heavily weighted democratic.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            The LA Times/USC Poll was more wrong than a lot of the other polls in that the day before the election, it was predicting that Trump would win the popular vote by 5%.  He actually lost the popular vote.  That 6% error doesn’t speak glowingly of the poll’s methodology and external validity—it just seems to have been strongly biased in the right direction.  The IBD/TIPP Poll was closest to getting the voting percentages right.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      I agree what is happening is of historical nature. That’s why it feels like we have no brakes.

  12. cheyenne says:

    I believe Trump’s legacy will be he forced a very divided country to show how divided we really are.  Not that he will unite us but cooler and more sensible minds in both parties, or possibly a third party, will realize what is not being done and in 2020, yes Trump will only serve one term, we will have young vibrant candidates with hope for the country.  If not America will sink into Anarchy.  I won’t have to move to Canada, as Wyoming is already shipping through Canadian ports, the whole state may join Canada.

  13. Rod says:

    The Trump Legacy?

    Wait a minute, we haven’t got the Trumps loaded into the chute yet.  Everything is grand speculation at this stage.  I’d like to at least see how they run, before I judge their speed, stamina and recovery from adversity.

    Old-man Trump has volunteered to serve us.  He believes we can group together for the common good.  There’s our legacy—can we keep pace with him?

    The 2020 cycle might be so easy for voters, they’ll be able to skip the next campaign.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Trump is the second GOP president in a row to ascend to the office with a minority of votes—he’ll have to deliver big time for the next election to be easy. I don’t think the Democrats will once again run their next-up candidate in 2020, but there’s no underestimating them at this point.

      If the Democrats are smart and have learned anything, they’ll stop telling white working class American men—obviously still a sizable cohort that can be motivated—to please be quiet, because your suffering amounts to nothing compared with the suffering of <fill in the blank>. But again, there’s no underestimating Democratic leadership at this point.

  14. Randall R Smith says:

    “Stay Calm and Carry On.”

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Right.  What else is there to do?  I heard on the news that, as I predicted, Trump plans to nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are pro-life.  I wonder if the D’s will have as much success in blocking his nominations as the R’s did with Obama’s nominee?  Yet another do nothing Congress?

  15. Citizen Dane says:

    Hey Rv – Dangling off the steps of the Trump Train while waving what some hope is a magic lantern that signals us into a blissful upcoming 4 years…Well I guess it could happen.

    Me, I see a different but similar analogy. Singer/SongwriterDavid Allen Coe once penned the line-“I knew there was something strange about this ride…” I see the Trump thing as sort of the same thing…If you (the American people) are tired of getting taken for the preverbal  joy ride, or promised to be taken there but abandoned here and finally find yourself, once again, waiting in the dark, on a cold and lonely section of the Lost Hiway and with zero prospects. but suddenly  you see a flash of headlites… ahhhh, finally, the headlites of hope.

    By then, you dont care where the “F” they’re are going as long as they take you with the and even if it turns out be just another lie, any place is better than where you’re at right now which is Nowheresville, USA.  So  we do what we always do?  We take another chance,  climb in, turn up the tunes, sit back and hope that this time, you end up in a better place…Singing softly -“He was dressed like 1950, half drunk and hollow-eyed…”CD

  16. chad says:

    #NotMyPresident will remain my slogan until January 20, 2017.   It has only been one week since the election, but trump’s choices for his staff do not seem to give us much to delight over.  How much time will our commander in chief be devoted to court hearings and trials?  Certainly the trump brand cannot be more of a scourge than it already is today.  I certainly hope our countries name does not become part of that scourge.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      It’ll be interesting to see how much Trump defers and delegates to his VEEP.  Trump probably has some libertarian impulses, but Pence is a hard-right Christian fundamentalist authoritarian who usually looks like he’s imagining his enemies burning in hellfire.  He makes Dick Cheney look like Tim Conway.


  17. cheyenne says:

    Whether Trump is a bad or good thing depends on your state.  In Arizona and Wyoming Trump’s election is viewed positively.  In Colorado it depends on where you stand in the state.  The one thing I look at as positive is Trump’s inclination to leave many decisions made at the federal level up to states.  From legalizing marijuana to reining in the EPA it looks to me he is going to let states decide.

    • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

      Trump was solidly supported in rural northern California, and one possible benefit I see coming will be long delayed infrastructure projects. Of course, almost all of those projects are controversial. There’s the Twin Tunnels–Gov. Brown is champing at the bit to work with Trump. There Sites reservoir, raising Shasta Dam. California may receive money to address prison realignment, so that we can build bigger a bigger jail in Redding (don’t call it a prison). I”m totally expecting an FDR type approach from Trump. Or things could get really crazy. If California secedes, the State of Jefferson could remain in the union, and then SoJ could sell them federal water with a fee tagged on.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Raising Shasta Dam is deader than fried chicken—the Feasibility Study prepared for Congress was rejected with extreme prejudice prior to even going before Congress. (Congress has to approve all major water infrastructure projects proposed by Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers.)  The Delta Tunnels project is not feasible unless the feds pay for a fourth of it, now that it’s been determined that water districts down south won’t benefit enough to pay for a big share of it, as originally planned.  Sites Reservoir is probably feasible as a state/federal project, but don’t hold your breath waiting for Trump to award California any pots of gold.

        Besides, isn’t the big infrastructure project of the next four years supposed to have something to do with a huge, beautiful, impenetrable wall down south?  :::snorts:::

        • Beverly Stafford says:

          This wall insanity has me shaking my head.  Haven’t the powers that be noticed the tunnels between Mexico and the States?  As the Gov of Arizona said, if we build a 50′ wall, Mexicans will build a 51′ ladder.

          • Rod says:

            The big wall at our southern border, I would guess, is slang for a huge money making opportunity for America.  A different style of Border Patrol.  Access to the promised-land should be sold at auction, criminals need not apply.  We have what is desired,  can everyone spell capitalism?


        • R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

          Jerry Brown thinks the tunnels are feasible, and is already positioning to get the funds–he really wants those tunnels bad. The Brown SWP legacy and all. I just threw the raising the Dam and Sites in there cause I know they’re favorite Republican projects, and there is a good case for Sites. Depending how the EPA gets shaken up, it may be possible to get something done. I’m not saying any of it should be done–and no doubt any such projects will still face massive resistance. I’m going to research the potential for some rural internet money and find out what’s going on with that. Trump owes rural voters with free broadband, at the very least, no?

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Dream big, R.V.  If Trump can deliver quality broadband to the East Valley, including my place in Palo Cedro, it’ll be his version of making the trains run on time.

  18. cheyenne says:

    Now I read in our local paper that Trump may pick a woman to run the Republican party and the best one of all is he will pick an openly gay man for the United Nations representative.  I would love that, make those Middle East countries choke.

  19. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Regarding the derision aimed at those who spoke of leaving the country if Trump was elected—such musings are nothing new…

    As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it, “All men are created equal, except Negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, “All men are created equal except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some other country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”  —Abraham Lincoln in a letter to a friend, 1855

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