‘This is painful, and it will be for a long time’

President-elect Donald J. Trump (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald J. Trump (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton said it this morning in her concession speech: “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

No kidding. It will be painful for at least four years. Actually, given what is likely to happen to the Supreme Court, I think it could be painful for several decades. And at my age, I may not outlive the pain.

Issues and policies aside — as they were throughout the campaign — I didn’t like or trust either candidate. But my longstanding dislike of Hillary Clinton paled in comparison to the horror I felt at the thought of giving the U.S. presidency and command of our military to a man who doesn’t even understand why we haven’t used nuclear weapons. Not to mention the wave of actual nausea that hit me the first time I heard that vile, lewd conversation he had with NBC host Billy Bush in which he bragged about assaulting women … “And when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

I understand people being so angry and frustrated with Washington that they’d do almost anything to change it. I’ve felt that way too. But I can’t understand being so angry that I’d abandon all decency and common sense and vote for a man like Donald Trump. I can understand thoughtful, educated voters having an intense dislike for a woman who so “mishandled” something as relatively simple as email security, and then stonewalled and seemingly lied about it. But I can’t understand those same intelligent people thinking an erratic, unhinged narcissist like Trump was a better choice.

I don’t understand why anyone would think they could fix Washington and the nation by electing a man who has so amply demonstrated that he knows and cares only about self-aggrandizement. No, of course Hillary wouldn’t have fixed Washington; she’d have been more of the same. But at least she’s a rational, sensible adult who knows something about politics and elected office. She’d have been a stop-gap until a valid, effective, qualified candidate for change could be nominated … hopefully in 2020.

This feels like the Brexit hissy fit that swept Britain recently … and was regretted within days.

Donald Trump will be the face of the U.S. to the world for the next four years. Knowing that, I’m deeply embarrassed. I’m horrified. And I’m extremely fearful about the future.

“This is painful, and it will be for a long time.” What an understatement.

29 thoughts on “‘This is painful, and it will be for a long time’

  1. It’s scary, for certain. I don’t know what he’ll do to replace Obamacare, or if I’ll be able to afford it. What diplomacy will he impart to other nations? Etc. The only good sign right off is that Clinton and Obama agreed that peaceful transition of power is absolutely necessary, and Trump made a graceful speech after accepting Clinton’s congratulations, as well as reaching out to his opponents. Will that all be enough to insure America will move forward to a better day?

    1. I’m not dependent on Obamacare, but perhaps worse, I’m totally dependent on SS and Medicare, and the GOP has sworn to dismantly those (in addition to Obamacare). As for diplomacy, I doubt he knows the meaning of the word. And I’m skeptical of his speech — looked like he was reading it all off the teleprompters. It’s the unscripted Trump that scares me.

      And btw, welcome to Pied Type.

  2. I will never, ever refer to him as President Trump. In fact, this is probably the last time I will even put those two words together. I will never refer to him as “the President” either. It will only be Trump, Dump and any other derogatory name that fits the situation at hand. And Melania in the White House? Jackie O, Lady Bird… their ghosts must be shuddering at the thought.

    I haven’t been able to watch the news since late last night. I watched a movie this morning with coffee rather than the news. Society failed. Democracy reigned, but society failed. Morality and decency are no longer of any importance to the majority in the country.

    1. Trump is what I’ve always called him. I don’t see changing that. And yes, it sort of curdled my blood when I saw Melania on TV last night (or maybe this morning) and realized I was looking at the next First Lady. Seriously? I can’t imagine what great social program she’ll choose for her “First Lady project.” Maybe teaching makeup and modeling to little girls.

      I’ve been watching TV off and on. We had some important ballot issues in Colorado that I was following. But I’ve spent a lot of time playing video games and/or contemplating possible changes to this blog.

      Last I heard, Hillary was still ahead in the popular vote, so it may be too soon to write off “the majority.” Another reminder that I really wish we’d dump the electoral college and go to a direct popular vote.

      1. Only because the Russians have hacked the DNC and been involved in some other hacking, I just have a feeling they were somehow involved in this election. For nearly every single predictor to be wrong… nearly all swing states going to Trump, some Blue states barely stayed blue (Virginia? Wow, that’s Kaine’s state)…. something just isn’t right. Even if the Russians didn’t hack and alter the results, they still had an effect on the outcome by the DNC hacking. I wish that alone would void the election, but there’s no way to get around it. Cannot make people forget what’s been done. Trump’s win wasn’t clean, but he doesn’t care. He’s never been successful at anything purely on his own integrity anyway. I loathe that creature.

        1. I’ve never been big on conspiracy theories. While many govt. agencies concluded it was the Russians who were hacking the DNC, I don’t think they messed with the election. I’m more inclined to blame the media that gave Trump a free ride for so long and didn’t even start any serious investigative reporting on him until just a few months ago. I’m very concerned about Comey’s bad judgment and think it had a lot to do with stalling Clinton’s campaign; he should be fired. As for a clean win … I doubt any big election has ever been completely clean.

      2. Oh, and I’ve been thinking about changing my blog somewhat, too. I haven’t been able to blog much lately because of work, but also because anytime I wanted to post something, I’d get caught up in researching, finding sources, start reading other tangent subjects, etc. Just couldn’t seem to focus when so much was going on. I chose the name Motley News meaning a motley, or variety, of what’s in the news today, so I may just go back to that and keep it devoid of Trump. Post other news, quizzes, photos, etc.

  3. Trump is president, not my choice but he will be president Trump. How does that make me feel? Well……
    I have two beautiful daughters and want the best for them. I want them to have a great career that challenges them, education that informs them and makes them grow, a future bright and filled with much more than merely accomplishment. I want my girls to experience love, and hurt, and joy, and pain. I want them to know that life is filled with struggles but that they can get through them and come out better. More importantly I want them to be mindful of the value of life and that their life is not as important as any others. I want them to know that truth is being completely honest even when its difficult. I want them to know courage is doing what is right when the whole country says it is wrong.
    Did I vote for a women who advocates killing the innocent but in the same sentence wants to take away the right to own guns because toddlers might be killed. Did I vote for someone who allowed soldiers to be slaughtered standing idly by allowing their families to suffer? Did I vote for a person being investigated for willfully sharing protected documents? Never, but neither did I vote for Trump.
    There was a third candidate that as a country we chose to ignore as a whole. However I voted for him since he aligned with what I believe. All the sadness over a person who chooses to murder the innocent I will never understand. When it comes down to it, I’m glad Trump, the big Buffoon, won over such a fickle minded, liar.

    1. I’m sure you’ve heard it said “I didn’t vote for Hillary, I voted against Trump.” And that’s it in a nutshell. I didn’t/don’t like either of them, but decided Trump was way too erratic to ever trust as president. A vote for a third-party candidate would not have helped Hillary, the only candidate who could have beaten Trump.

      1. Why choose someone who slaughtered the innocent and upholds the killing of the innocent as completely acceptable over a wealthy tycoon? I just can’t fathom. If it were just the two of them and it wasn’t why choose her? She caused more distress over Hatti then helping them and so much more. I am utterly confused by her support.

      1. Obviously they wont understand until they realize what they have done and come to regret it! Trouble is they are the ones who will deny ever voting for this person and refuse to accept the blame.

          1. Too true. I do credit them, as a group, for not ALL being raving racists and maniacal misogynists but I don’t think most of them understand what they voted for – just an inchoate desire for “change” but to think beyond that is just too hard. I blame our education system.

          2. Excellent point! We’ve seriously undermined our education system, and education is the only way we’ll ever fix what’s wrong with our country and the world.

          3. I feel so sorry for those that could see further than the ends of their nose, but for the rest who voted for what they think is going to be the largesse of donald trump I hope they suffer greatly; I only feel sympathy for the children of those ???? (what does one call them) who voted for d.t.

            Enough to give you the DT”s (delirium tremens)

          4. I can’t say I wish them ill, especially those who may have voted out of sheer ignorance or perhaps economic desperation. Those are just two of the reasons that come to mind, and to a large degree those would be the fault of our society (inequality in educational and economic opportunities). And I won’t judge the rest; they’re entitled to their beliefs and opinions, just as I am to mine.

          5. I’m not defending Trump, but let’s look at the facts:

            [quote]Among college-educated whites, 45% voted for Clinton – 39% of men and 51% of women (the only white demographic represented in the poll where the former secretary of state came out on top). But 54% of male college graduates voted for Trump, as did 45% of female college graduates.[/quote]

            Personally, I believe that most voters voted against a candidate rather than for one. I also believe that the two favorites were so polarizing that the Libertarian vote was less that the 5% required to gain entry to the ballot in all 50 (plus DC) states in the next federal election. There really was no good viable choice this time around.

  4. I felt similarly…didn’t trust him at all so voted for her. I still worry and know there will be pain for a long time, but for now, he is the one many voted for (not the majority, but enough for 270+ Electoral college votes.

  5. I am sickened by this turn of events and call into question the risk-assessment capabilities of anyone who voted for this sick perverted confidence artist. I can understand the dislike for Clinton, but if you’re going to shoot yourself in the foot, don’t use a cannon.

    1. Dood, good to see you again. Wish it had been under happier circumstances. Yep, that cannon was a terrible choice. It made a hole big enough to threaten an entire country.

... and that's my two cents