My First and Only Sort-of Political Post

I’m smiling today, not in celebration of a Trump victory or a Clinton loss, but because, well . . . because it’s a new day. The sun is shining, I have nothing to do but write, and history has been made.

This 2016 political campaign was set up to be an historical election from the beginning — the total political insider vs. the total outsider. Not racists and misogynists vs. liberals. Not good vs. bad (because all voters did the best they could with a bizarre candidacy). Not urban vs. rural, though that’s the way it turned out to be. Not rich politician vs. poor politician because both runners had more money at their disposal than most cities do. Not hate vs. . . . well, not love, that’s for sure because from what I could see, Hillary lovers/Donald haters have nothing but hate — or at least contempt — for the folk who elected him. It wasn’t even intelligence vs. ignorance, because a huge portion of The Donald voters approached the election with intelligence while many of the Hillary folk came from a position of ignorance with no clue why people would vote for such a buffoon.

Hillary was slated to be the first woman president. What we got instead was the first non-politician/non war hero president. History.

Though it seems like this was a male vs. female race, it was all about the insider vs. the outsider. The Clintons did not spring up out of the pack, being chosen by “we the people” for their stellar qualities. They were chosen in college and have been groomed for their leadership positions their entire lives because of their charisma and their ability to talk a whole bunch of people into doing what the power elite want. (Ever wonder what all those standardized tests were for? Well, now you know one reason — to give the power elite a clear vision of who we are and how they can use us.)

[As an aside: Nixon was found and groomed by Prescott Bush, the daddy of the first Bush president, after Nixon answered a classified ad. Remember when Nixon said “they” wouldn’t have him to push around any more? It wasn’t you and me he was talking to. It was his handlers. The power elite.]

Yep. The power elite. Do you really think a president has all that much power? Take comfort in knowing that while the US president is powerful, there are other forces, such as the puppetmasters, that are way more powerful. These international power brokers don’t care who wins because they win either way.

(You didn’t know I was of a conspiratorial bent? That I am against government of all kinds? That while I know of the power elite, there is no way I approve of such a shadow force? Then you haven’t read my books. In More Deaths Than One, I tell of the mind control experiments the government has perpetrated on unsuspecting citizens. In A Spark of Heavenly Fire, I talk about biological warfare, again, some of which was done on US citizens. In Light Bringer, I pull from Sumerian cosmology by way of Zecharia Sitchen showing the possibility that this movement toward a one-world government is more than 7,000 years old; also William Bramley, author of The Gods of Eden had some influence on my novel.)

Have you ever wondered why Donald chose to run? Did he wake up one morning and think, “Geez, I think I’ll run for president”? I do. I wonder who contacted him. Or who he contacted.

The Electoral College was set up to keep out those not qualified to be president because it was believed that the people weren’t intelligent enough to vote for the right candidate. (Also to give the states themselves a voice because after all, we are a nation of states. If it weren’t for the states’ rights, we’d have a couple of urban areas control of the entire country.) I figured that if Donald got the majority vote, the Electoral College would give it to Hillary, and they still might. The Electoral College, which votes on December 19, does not have to follow the votes for their state — they can vote for whomever they wish.

December 19 is the real election, the one that will determine who is president.

Hillary got the popular vote, but Donald won the electoral votes, so it’s vaguely possible she will still get the presidency if enough republicans decide to protest Donald’s election. If Donald’s election is upheld, it will make me wonder why he was chosen, by whom he was chosen, and ultimately, for whom he will be working. (Have you ever wondered why so many new presidents age rapidly their first year in office? They find out the truth. Some say that’s why JFK was assassinated — he was insistent on being a real president, not just another figurehead.)

Although I am basically apolitical, I am aware that historically more good is done when a Republican is president, not because of him (or, one day, her) but because when a Republican is president, a whole slew of sleeping grass roots organizations come out of hibernation and provide a foil for his policies. When a democrat is president, these organizations go to sleep because they think all is well with the world. Is it any wonder that all of the major U.S. wars in the 20th century—World War I, II, Korea and Vietnam—were entered by Democratic administrations? Harry Truman, a Democrat, is still the only world leader to use a nuclear bomb on a population. So, something to think about. Donald being president for “all the people” as he claimed might actually come true, because one way or another, whether for him or against him, people will work for the greater good. (I already see signs of those grass roots growing. Lists of pro-women, pro-lgbt, pro-abortion, pro-imigrant and anti-bigotry organizations are being shared on FB.) And, power elite or not, true power — the power of numbers — is in our hands if we work together.

Campaign rhetoric is just that — rhetoric meant to get the votes. Nothing new there. If you were to read Lincoln’s campaign speeches, you’d see that sometimes he said he’d abolish slavery, sometimes he said he wouldn’t, depending on the beliefs of people he was talking to. The truth will out in the coming years, but I do not think this election has set us back a hundred years. It’s always about today, this very moment, and today is the same as yesterday. All else is speculation.

I have removed a whole slew of FB friends not because of their political beliefs but because of their nastiness. Cripes, get a grip, folks. I realize a lot of people are angry, many are scared (including some who voted for Donald), others are grieving. But this win isn’t the end of the country. The president, whoever it might be, isn’t the United States. The USA is you and me, our neighbors and friends, our church members, classmates, and fellow workers.

I hear democrats screaming about the idiots who voted for racism and misogyny, but those histrionics are just that. Histrionics. Although I know a lot of people who voted for Donald, not one of those friends voted for racism or misogyny. These people (with misgivings for the man they voted for) generally voted against something — against late term abortion, against the status quo, against illegal immigration (because, duh, it’s illegal), against the New World Order, against Hillary herself. A few people I know were gung-ho Trump supporters, but they came to their position with a wide view of the world. Still, whatever the reasoning behind the votes, these people are United States citizens. The neo-liberals are not the only people in the country. This nation is made up of all kinds, and all deserve a voice.

So please, stop the nastiness. Be kind. This is a new day. The sun is shining — or not. And we are alive.

Peace to all. And to all, a good day.

Light Bringer

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(Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”) Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

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12 Responses to “My First and Only Sort-of Political Post”

  1. SFH Says:

    Good post, Pat. Nice to see some level-headed commentary after all the over-heated rhetoric around the election. I, too, am in a good mood today. Not because the election ended the way I wanted it to, but because it ended, period. Life may be different under the Donald, but it will go on, regardless, and I am proud of my country for another peaceful transition of power. So many places in the world do not enjoy such luxury.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Thank you. I didn’t expect a response to this, it seemed sort of “way out” but yes, there will be a peaceful transition of power. There always is. It’s not as if we’re electing a king or a despot for a lifetime with unrestricted power. At every step, there will brakes.

      So good to hear from you! Hope you are doing okay.

      • SFH Says:

        I’m doing well, thank you. Just started a PhD program in science communication that will keep me busy for the next three years! I’d like to get back to writing fiction some time, but that may have to wait until I am finished. I’m going to be studying online education in science communication, and trying to figure out ways to make it work better for students and instructors. I always enjoy your postings, and read them religiously, but don’t always have the time or energy to respond. I’m still hoping we will get a chance to meet up one of these days, either here (NZ) or in the states. That freighter cruise might be a perfect reward for finishing my degree!

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          You’ve sure been busy! It seems you’ve been going to school for a long time. And yes, someday we will meet. I think it would be fun to do a freighter trip with you. I still haven’t stepped foot outside the country, but then, I still haven’t seen all this country has to offer yet, either.

  2. Ken Coffman Says:

    Pat, I had no idea you were so thoughtful. Good for you. Of course, you’ll ruffle some feathers for opposing cultural correctness. The people who are rabid about mandatory tolerance are not very tolerant of dissenting opinions. So goes the battle.

  3. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Nice post, Pat. what I find amusing because of my dark side is the fact that prior to the election, the Democrats predicted that Hillary would win and that Trumps supporters would take to the streets in protests/riots, further showing they were a bankrupt group. But instead, we have the Democrats protesting in the streets and, as police in Portland claim, morphing those protests into riots. On another note, it appears–some say–that Trump will end up winning the popular vote once all the absentee ballots are counted. I do agree that a lot of people out there need to get a grip.

  4. Trev Brown Says:

    A very dear (and now departed) friend of mine used to say that nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems, and I have found that sentiment to be very true.

  5. Carol Ann Hoel Says:

    Excellent post, Bertram.

  6. Cocos Loft Says:

    I wondered if I was the only one unfriending on FB, unfollowing blogs, in the wake of silly, childish little rants. I simply cannot stand the latter, and don’t want to be associated with people who do it! Aack.

    I enjoyed this post. Actually, I read it because of the title, while secretly hoping it was not another squirrely lament. And am relieved it’s not. I enjoyed it.


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