It occurs to me that Silver Lining is the color of the roofing tiles I am having installed this very minute, with great noise and fanfare, thanks to Hurricane Matthew. There have been a few Hispanic men hammering away since minutes after seven, no coffee break, no stopping to talk, just hard, physical work. I don't know if they are legal immigrants or not, and, honestly, nobody really cares if it keeps the price of their new roof lower. All the protests are bullshit and dog whistles, shamefully attacking and victimizing good people.
But other than the coincidental title of this post, that is not what I need to talk about today. Today I'm not quite through my period of mourning, for Hillary, for our country, for all the mean and ignorant or just naive and foolish voters who hammered their own nails into all our coffins on Tuesday. But I have been commiserating with friends, and posting on facebook, and talking to my kids, and just as with George W. Bush in 2000, there is a day after this one too.
In fact, I have started to compile a list of all the things we have to look forward to during the "presidency" of He-Who-Just-Cannot-Be-Named.
For one thing, once they have worked through their own mourning, our wonderful comedians will have far better fuel than they would have had with Hillary in the White House. I imagine Samantha Bee has only just been getting warmed up during the election season. And Alec Baldwin, after working so hard to nail Trump, surely will be willing to show up (or call in) to SNL from time to time. After all, we did miss Tina Fey's Sarah Palin once we didn't have the original around anymore.
I am also thinking that, given Trump's failure to grasp economics and his need to continue to be adored by those undereducated and underpaid workers, it is just possible that those of us liberals who work hard for too little will also reap the benefits, at least till the crash. And as long as Donald doesn't insist on an ideological test for us white Americans, I should be okay for awhile. It occurs to me with some relief that when the Bush years started I was on the low end of the wage scale, so when they ended I hadn't lost anything. And now that I am attempting to live on Paul Ryan's social security, it seems not that much has changed.
Let's be honest, Donald Trump is a hoot. He is every bit as stupid as W., but without the charm. I am looking forward to those 365 day calendars of Trumpisms, and for a couple of reasons. Not only were those idiotic gems ("More of our imports come from overseas.") something to brighten the dark days, but at the end of the Bush years I had stacks of scrap paper, perfect for phone messages and grocery lists. And I am running low.
The younger generation, those we have been falsely accusing of being disinterested in politics, are infuriated. They have truly had it with people trying to legislate their bodies, and sexual and marital choices. They are sick to death of big corporations getting handouts from the government while they are spending their young lives trying to pay back student loans while failing to get a job that pays what they are worth. They are not going to tolerate intolerance of race or religious choice. The riots and protests over racism aren't going to stop, and women are not going to be forced to choose between an unwanted pregnancy or a backroom abortion. My son, who could be safely ensconced in his Ph.D. program, has told me that as he has become an activist, he knows he may someday be arrested, and it is a risk he is willing to take, a sentiment that fills me with pride even more than fear.
It will be fun to see the reaction of Trump supporters when Congress finally succeeds in repealing Obamacare. They apparently had forgotten that before the ACA insurance premiums rose precipitously each year. That will be a happy thing to watch, for me anyway. As long as the Democrats are ready to yell loud and long when the right wingnuts try to blame it on Obama -- and probably Hillary as well.
And while they are targeting others for their failures, let us also remember that our new "president" gets bored with people when they have outlived their usefulness. I can only imagine that it won't take long for the smugly pious Mike Pence to get under Donald's skin. Imagine the name calling, followed eventually by the inevitable tweets. And wouldn't it be fun at some point to hear that Pence has been "fired."
Of course, once Pence is gone it will be safe to impeach Trump. And wasn't that clever of whichever brains-behind-the-boss manipulated Trump into choosing the white-haired Satan for his running mate? Anyway, point being, nothing lasts forever in Trumpworld.
Along the way, it isn't going to take long for these characters to put the economy into the toilet. And once it is there, I would say by 2018, the voters will be ready to appeal to a Democratic Congress to get us out of the toilet.
Again, though, let us not forget the Bush years. And Trump's reigning philosophy. When some lose, others win. For a couple of years I had been able to afford amazing timeshare rental vacations, weeklong getaways at resorts for $500 a week, the cost of the annual maintenance fee for those who needed to recoup the cost more than take the vacation. That ended with the resurgence of the economy (thanks, Obama). Now, the vacations that went for $60 a night are up over $300 a night. But when the economy tanks, and until they take away my social security, I'll be able to get in on a couple of weeks a year of vacations on the beach once again.
I honestly can't believe that here we are, doing the Bush years over again. But our electorate truly does have a short memory. And they are gullible, easily manipulated. It takes the pain of an interminable war and the tanking of the economy to the point of loss of jobs and homes before they realize that those sugar-spun fantasies of cutting taxes in order to make us rich are just fantasies.
On Tuesday afternoon, before the end, it occurred to me that this race was more like Nixon than Bush. The Trump crowd that adopted "lying Hillary" as their mantra and made excuses for Trump's blatantly illegal and immoral behaviors could have been the same hardhats that chanted that they would rather have a crook in the White House than Hubert Humphrey.
It is hilarious that in retrospect, Nixon doesn't look that bad. It is criminal though, that our memories have been so thoroughly wiped of all the damage done in the Reagan years that Democratic and republican politicians alike would no sooner fail to mention Ronald Reagan than walk onto a stage without a flag pin.
And then there were the Bush years, as we went from a growing economy to the brink of disaster. Bad choices made by a gullible president at the behest of the evil Dick Cheney. And surrounded by a cabinet of ideological idiots.
And finally, here we are again, with a growing economy, a strong military, better foreign relations than we have had for quite a while, more jobs and even wages slowly rising. Instead of Bill Clinton, we have the most admirable couple to grace the White House maybe in my memory. And instead of Al Gore, we have Hillary Clinton.
Instead of the evil capitalist Dick Cheney behind the wheel, we have the evil religious fanatic Mike Pence. And then we have the proposed cabinet of deplorables: Chris Christie, the guy who claims he didn't know about "bridge-gate;" Newt Gingrich, the man who ended his marriage at his wife's hospital bed, and last but truly least, Rudy Giuliani, whose contact with reality is so completely shot that he believes the US was not attacked on George W. Bush's watch. That same Giuliani by the way, who giggled like a madman a couple of weeks ago when he alluded to his knowledge of the FBI re-opening the investigation into Hillary's emails as another surprise. Yeah, he's going to be the next attorney general.
So, lots of reasons to weep, and hopefully lots of comedy potential as well. And lots of reasons to get fired up to fight. It is true that we will be fighting two branches of government rather than just congress. But with a cast of characters as shady and corrupt as this bunch, as long as we fight as fearlessly as did Bernie and Hillary for what is right, as long as we don't let the bullies intimidate us, we can not only survive but win this thing. And by "this thing" I pretty much mean our country and our freedoms.