WFCDC Weekly Pulse: November 9th, 2020

WE MADE IT!

Phil-osophy!

Landscaping, adult book store, and a crematorium.  What better place for a trump team press conference? Click here for the full story and photo.

POST-PRESIDENTIAL LIFE.  What happens with trump after he leaves the White House?  This article and this one, to a lesser degree, address some of the common and uncommon guesses as to what may happen.  A theme park?  Maybe run a political party?  A Moscow tower? More continuous campaigning?  It’s an interesting read.

THE SPEECH.  Do watch this short video.  It is considered one of the most important speeches in recorded history.  Here is what Dave Dooval had to say about it:  “It’s quite amazing to hear this speech today, and find no differentiations between the context of his speech and the real world. This movie is over 70 years old and not a shred of misinformation is given. Truly brilliant. They say that brilliant ideas and revelations are universal and forever, and this is? definitely one of them.”  The speech is the final one in Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator.  FDR had Chaplin read it to the nation over radio.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS NOW ILLEGAL.  Yes, you read right.  The just-passed UN resolution goes into effect on January 22, 2021, all l4,000+ of them.  No one is exempt.  However, that doesn’t mean they will be eliminated immediately.  Read this for the full information.

78 DAYS.  That is how many days after election day (November 3) until inauguration.  There has been a lot of talk in the past about how contentious that may be.  By the time you read this, we should have a better idea of how that will go.

CHECK THE PR VOTE.  Puerto Rico held (I’m writing 3 days prior to the election) yet another vote on November 3 to see if they want to become the 51st state.  It is a nonbinding vote, but Democrats would welcome them.  The question reads, (English version here), “Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State?”.  The “No” vote winning would form a commission to seek free association of independence for PR.  An October poll showed 70% favoring “Yes”, but that was with a small sample.  Prior, more reliable polls showed a much closer outcome, but still favoring “Yes”.  As of this writing with 95% of the PR polling stations reporting in, the Yes votes captured 52% of the vote to the No votes capturing 48%.

Here is a surprising tidbit:  Democrats in the U.S. favor statehood for PR (69.7%) more than they do statehood for DC (61.8%).  Republicans in the U.S. favor statehood for PR (34.8%) more than they do for DC (26.7%).

Statehood for PR would mean Mississippi is no longer the poorest state, but remember the Hawaii had a nice increase in their economy after they became a state.  Yes, I favor PR becoming a state.  I favor the same for Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.  For those saying they don’t meet the population requirement, there is no such requirement.  There was for one geographic area, but all of that area has already become states.

QUOTE:  Genius has no sex.  ~ Empress consort (1853-70) Eugenie de Montijo of France

LONG QUOTE.  This is well worth reading. It is a cry of despair, a lament for loss, and a desire for better.  It was written on November 4.  Each of us can relate to it.

I don’t want to be “that angry old man”. Really I don’t. But …

Until I saw last evening the graphic national results of the past two presidential elections, and though I’ve always known there were nasty, ugly, vicious, obscene, and downright evil people in the world and in our nation in particular, it never before became so very clear to me that about half of our nation’s citizens are exactly those people. And though it’s possible that some of them do not completely match every aspect of that description, all of them support and admire politicians who do.

I grew up in a “blue” middle class family in one of this nation’s suburbs. I was taught by my parents, my schools, and my church, and have previously believed that with occasional exceptions, most of this nation’s citizens, and especially our nation’s leaders, were fine upstanding people worthy of being admired. That they cared for and about their fellow humans, for this world in which we live, and for joining with other good people worldwide in striving toward a better tomorrow for each and every one of us. And that though they may not all be Rhodes Scholars with exceptional minds and skills, most of their underlying motives, morals, and guiding principles were similar to my own … not everyone, of course, but most people. That at its core, this nation was great, good, and worthy of inspiring and leading the rest of the world. I served in the U.S. Army driven by those beliefs, and I have always supported politicians and organizations who shared them.

But now, today, so far as I can determine, though that may all have once been true, it is no longer. We are now, incredibly, living in a nation full of ugly, bitter, viciously greedy people who vote for political candidates just like themselves, and potentially every second person we meet is probably one of them.

OK, I’ll admit that many of the creatures I’ve just described may unfortunately have such a low intellect or be so financially down and out that they’re easily influenced by evil fascist propaganda, and I honestly feel sorry for them. But they’re the victims, not the culprits.

I’ve seen and survived the years of politicians driven by evil self-serving greed such as Nixon and Reagan and now certainly Trump, but never before has one of them so obscenely admired, approved, and encouraged the very worst and most dangerous lowlifes to crawl out from under their damp rocks to help him and his sycophants destroy the very foundations of our nation. And now roughly half of our population obviously and wholeheartedly approves.

If Trump wins this election, we can finally kiss goodbye to all that was once great and good about The United States of America, and this will no longer be a nation in which I want to live. If Biden wins, we may be set upon a long and uplifting road to recovery, correction, and reconstruction.

But in either case, we have now witnessed the classic downward spiral of a once-great nation, a process which has historically and all too often precluded its ignominious end.

May this not be our fate. Prove me wrong, and not with mere platitudes. Please.

~ Jon Larimore

MAYBE NOT NANCY.  There is a move in the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.  Learn more about it here.

THE LIE REVEALED AS SUCH.  The head of an international delegation monitoring the U.S. election says his team has no evidence to support trump’s claims about alleged fraud involving mail-in absentee ballots.  Learn more here.

STRANGE THINGS TO COME.  There are several twists and turns that could occur between now and January 20, Inauguration Day.  Whatever you think may happen, there is a way it could be tripped up.  This article tells all.

IS AMERICA BECOMING A FAILED STATE?  The New York Times raises the question and provides this article addressing it.  The future is not determined yet, but the speculation is worth noting.

QUOTE:  Joe Biden will get the 270 [electoral votes] he needs. But the ‘socialist’ attacks worked while we rolled our eyes.  A rejection of elites, and as someone who has read polls for 40 years – it’s all broken. People don’t want to hear it — but we have to come out of our silos and talk to GOP voters.  ~  Joe Trippi, veteran campaign strategist.

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