Notes on Trump’s Election

I predicted Donald Trump’s election, but I didn’t believe it.

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How’s that third-party vote feel right now?

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As a white male, I am, apparently, not nearly as affected by Donald Trump’s selection as the next president of the United States as Misty and my other female and minority friends are. The emotional expressions of dismay, worry and fear surprise me. Many are taking it quite hard. I’m mainly watching the stock market.

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I remember sitting at my desk at the Texas Freedom Network in the old office on Oakland Street in Austin the day after the 2004 reelection of George W. Bush. I remember feeling dazed, stunned. I remember thinking that half the country has just renounced – worse, denounced – what I and so many others believe in.

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For many of my friends today, this election,

Started off kinda professional
But now this shit is personal.

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The Democrats lost this. They didn’t turn out. Obviously, the Republicans, worried they’d lose to Clinton – because that’s what everyone assumed – showed up to protect their seats in Congress in the face of a Democratic president. As it turns out, with Trump to appoint a lifetime the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, they won all three branches of government.

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I’d feel worse if I still worked in politics.

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I shorted some marijuana company stocks– Canopy Growth Corporation (OTC: TWMJF, TSX: CGC), Aurora Cannabis (OTC: ACBFF), Supreme Pharmaceuticals (OTC: SPRWF), among others[1] – assuming there would be a decline from Trump’s election and then a bump (or at least recovery) when California and other states voted to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana. Thus, I purchased as they declined to watch them increase. It’s working out.

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Proof that Trump isn’t the candidate of the wealthy? Those same wildly fluctuating markets. While our retirements are being drained (you weren’t planning on ever retiring anyway, were you?), you can be comforted knowing that the wealthy are also losing money – and are very worried about losing more in the future.

The wealthy know that any tax cut(s) they might receive from Trump would be greatly offset by the losses their investments will experience if Trump, as he’s promised, introduces trade barriers, tightens capital controls, reduces the flow of undocumented labor and imported Indian IT workers. That’s where their wealth really is.

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So, this is what it takes to get people interested in politics. Now, if only we could get them interested in policy, as well. Playing politics is only part of the equation. Governing is another.

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As Misty said, “When the leader of the KKK supports your candidate, you should maybe rethink your vote.”

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Juan Cole is right when he writes that Trump’s election is neoliberalism coming back to bite the Clintons in the ass.

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Earning $250,000 a year does not make you wealthy. It does make you quite a bit more comfortable, I’m sure.

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At this juncture, I highly recommend you read The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047. It’s about the collapse of the U.S. Very timely. I wouldn’t be surprised if, as imagined in the book, Jon Stewart runs for president in the face of this.

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Good advice during a market crash from an upper-class character in The Mandibles, “Times like these, it’s the principal you most want to hold on to.”

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An old friend wrote on Facebook, “This means war.”I commented, “The war started long ago. This was just a pitched battle.”

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In times like these, however, it’s your principles you most want to hold on to.

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French Karl quotes Bob Dylan (and Jimi Hendrix):

There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late

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We’re most definitely in the gutter now. Hopefully, we can turn our eyes to the stars again.

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Bonus: The first song on October’s playlist is Okkervil River’s “The President’s Dead.”

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Bonus Bonus: For those who don’t understand neoliberalism and what’s going on, a video (courtesy Cassandra):


[1] These are penny stocks. I’m not wealthy enough to invest in expensive stuff. I own three shares of Facebook, which have made me over $250.00 in fake money. Marijuana companies’ stocks are still highly volatile – who knows who will come out on top after legalization? What’s important is that you know (a) I’m not spending a ton of money here and (b) I’m not recommending you invest in these stocks or do anything else with your money. I do like having Fidelity’s Cash Management and Investment accounts instead of traditional checking and savings accounts with a bank or credit union. The return is far better. And it’s still insured! (I’m such a neoliberal.)

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