Monday, November 14, 2016

Curious why Trump won?

The talk of the town is the latest US Presidential Election. As you may recall Donald Trump was the Republican candidate and Hillary Clinton was the Democratic candidate. In the wee hours of November 9th Donald Trump obtained the needed 270 Electoral Votes to win the election.

Now one thing that needs to be said that there is still a very small chance that Trump won't become the next president. You see the people who cast the official Electoral College votes don't do so until sometime in December. Not only that but there is a little known and even lesser used clause.

The people who cast the Electoral Votes don't have to abide by the results of the election.

To put it more clearly despite Trump winning 290 Electoral Votes (Clinton had 228) the people who cast the official do not have to necessarily vote for Trump in December. Meaning that any number of those 290 can basically say, "I don't care what the Electoral Vote said, I'm voting Clinton.". Well if enough of them do this to result in Clinton getting the 270 Electoral Votes then boom Trump loses and Clinton is our next president.

Now while that sounds good on paper I worry that Clinton supporters are so excited for a possible saving grace that would prevent a Trump presidency that they are not going to pay any mind to why Clinton didn't get the 270 votes on November 8th.

Clinton lost the election for a few reasons. And frankly I think her fan-base is more responsible for her loss than she herself is.

1. She's a woman. I'm going to go ahead and get this one out of the way because most Clinton readers coming across this post will likely stick to this reason and ONLY this reason. There is no question that Clinton faced a unique set of roadblocks to getting into the White House because of her gender. However by no means is that the only reason she didn't win.

2. She talked in abstracts rather than specifics. Pop Quiz name something specific Clinton said she wants to do once in office. And I'm not talking "bring in a new era of peace" or "focus on equality" or "make positive change" something like that I'm talking specifics. I honestly can't think of one. On the other hand even for as much as I don't like Trump he gave specifics like "I want to build a wall to keep Mexicans out", "I want to impose limits on Congressional positions", and things like that. And Clinton's fans were even worse. I can recall conversations with some of her supporters where when asked what exactly is Clinton got in mind and they would reply with "ugh educate yourself".

If you have a chosen candidate and an opportunity to make your case comes up you can't condescendingly dismiss them and expect to still get support for your candidate.

3. Double standards. As I said above there are certainly things that came up in this election cycle that Clinton faced that a male candidate would not have. But those things are not an excuse to engage in your own hypocrisy. For just one example.

When Trump's "they let you grab them by the pussy" comment came out Clinton's fan-base was all over it. When Trump called Clinton a "nasty woman" Clinton's fan-base latched onto it and even tried to own it.

When a subset of the Sanders fan-base were dubbed "BernieBros" Clinton's fan-base was all over it demanding that Sanders himself call them out and denounce the behavior. 

When it came to light that Clinton trashed and shamed the women that accused her husband Bill has sexually assaulted them the Clinton fan-base was all over say that its misogyny to hold her responsible for Bill's actions. Notice the slight of hand. When Hillary responded to women accusing her husband of sexual assault by shaming and trashing them, her fan-base framed it as saying she was responsible for Bill's actions and then said it was unfair to treat Hillary this way.

How can you call for denouncement when an opposing candidate do something bad, call for denouncements when an opposing candidate's fan-base does bad things but then reframe things when YOUR candidate does bad things to make her/him look like the victim? We're supposed to think that Clinton is not responsible for how SHE, not Bill, but SHE treated those women? How progressive of you.

4. Doubling down on labels. I'm going to be frank here. A lot of the Clinton support hinged on calling anyone that didn't vote for her a woman hating racist. That's it. It was supposed to be just so painfully obvious that Clinton was the right choice that the only possible reason you could have not supported her was because you're a woman hating racist. 

Thing is the Clinton fan-base rested its laurels on shaming people into voting for her instead of laying out what she was going to do or plan to do and show that she was better than Trump. Now I understand why someone would think that because Trump is a mess but at the same time they never stopped to think exactly how someone would respond to be told they are a woman hating racist if they don't vote for Clinton. No discussion. No nuance. No exchange of ideas. No attempt to convince. Just screaming at the top of the lungs that their candidate is the only good choice.

No one wants to be lectured at no matter how good the lecturer thinks their lecture is.

Also notice that nearly 40% of Americans didn't vote. More than enough people to have tipped the scales for Clinton. Maybe if the Clinton fan-base had talked to them in some other way than preemptive calling them woman hating racists some more of them would have gotten off their asses and voted.

Votes look for candidates to talk to them. To tell them they matter. To tell them they will at least try to alleviate their fears, solve their problems, and make positive changes. Clinton didn't do that for people and her fan-base sure as shit didn't do that.

5. Campaigning style. I'm not talking about Clinton herself on this one this is entirely on her fan-base. Her fan-base didn't campaign FOR Clinton. No they put the vast majority of their effort into campaigning AGAINST Trump. There was way to- little of "Clinton plans to do...." and way too much of "Check out this horrible thing that Trump did/said!". (MRAs, I want you to heed this one especially.)

6. Gender. Simply put her fan-base was way too fixated on getting A woman into the White House that they really didn't case that she was THE BEST candidate. Nope to them it was have vagina will win. Even now most of them won't believe that there is any reason to have not voted Clinton and will just assume sexism.

That's why she lost and its really showing itself now that the election has passed. 

What have a lot of Clinton supporters been doing since the election?

Spitting out post after post about who is to blame for Clinton losing and they blaming everyone from white men, to men in general, to white people in general, to racism, to sexism. and everything in between except their own actions. They have firmly decided that they did absolutely nothing wrong (despite the 4 reasons I listed above) to contribute to Clinton losing.

I really hope people in her fan-base and people on the Left in general take heed and realize they can't insult and shame their way into getting their candidate into the White House.

Let me finish by saying that I am not a Trump fan. I think he is at best an incompetent politician and at worst will be the equivalent of electing an upper class noble whose ruling style will be a nightmare to anyone that isn't upper class. I am saying that if you want to beat someone like that you can't sensationalize everything he does, label anyone that doesn't rail against him with no discussion, try to hide your candidate's flaws, and then put words in everyone's mouths when your candidate didn't win.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

About those comments.....

I'm in the process of getting back into posting again and one change I'm making is something that I have been wanting to do for over a year now.

Get rid of IntenseDebate for commenting.

When I first started using it was great and did a lot of good but after while they made some changes that just hosed up the commenting and my attempts to contact them for support were all for naught.

So I've decided that I'm just going to press the big red button and yank IntenseDebate off the blog.

The reason I didn't do this about a year ago is because I was scared to lose comments. But at this point I've been out of the game for almost a year now and the comments feel like they came from a different era.

Bear in mind I haven't gotten rid of any posts but you may see that comments that were once there are gone.

I do apologize for gutting the comments but IntenseDebate just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I've gone back to the original basic Blogger commenting system as I think that will do just fine.

Take it easy!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Finding Focus

So how goes it folks?

Yes I know it's been awhile since I have posted regularly or at all. Frankly, its been hectic. Between my job, being married, being a step dad, reading, playing games, trying to get my thoughts together, surviving Hurricane Matthew (I'm okay), and life in general, I just have not had time to invest in this blog.

However, I have noticed something. Over the last several months I have been seeing stories here and there and I would think on it. I'd have an opinion. If I felt like it I would comment, have a discussion or two and that was it. I'd be angry sometimes. I'd be confused sometimes. But due to the things in my first paragraph, I just have not been able to put finger to keyboard.

But more importantly, I'm noticing that I am starting to bubble up trying to get it all out.

My thoughts are piling up and they have to come out. I'm not sure how they will come out. I'm not sure what all the thoughts will be.

But just know that this won't be the last time I post here...

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Look mom!

Okay so I'm just getting back into accepting that Mother's Day has any direct personal meaning to me. For the longest time it really meant nothing to me. It was just a void where I would send well wishings to the moms I know and then go on about my life. But then my mind started to wander.

Started to wander about Mother's Day and then about mothers. Sit back for a moment.

When you were younger do you recall those times when you did something that you thought was the greatest thing in the world and you just HAD to tell your mom about it?

There's the basics like jumping from a height (that you probably shouldn't have been doing), the first time you got a high grade at school, or the first time you tied your shoes all alone.


Well it hit me that there are two milestones that I never got to share with my mom before she died.

First was simply having a girlfriend. Yeah I was a bit of a late bloomer and didn't meet my first girlfriend until I was nearly 32 years old. My mom had already been dead for eight years at that point. So yeah none of the anxiousness of introducing my first girlfriend to my mom.

Second would be kids. For the longest time I've not had any interest in having kids but those feelings are changing. I remember when my mom died my brother's wife was pregnant at the time with their second child. The thing that crossed my mind was that at least their first child got to meet her. And then I realize that any kids I have will never meet their grandmother on their dad's side.

Yeah pretty morbid I know but that's just how the old brain works.

But things are not all doom and gloom anymore.

I got a great wife and a cool (if odd) step daughter. And when the day comes that we have more kids I'll do what I can to help them pick out the cheesiest gifts for as many Mother's Days as I can.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act?

So if you live anywhere in the United States you have certainly heard about this bill that was passed literally in the cover of night yesterday.

At around 9pm last night North Carolina governor Pat Mcrory signed House Bill 2 into law after it passed through the House of Representatives in a special session (meaning they pretty much held a session for the sole purpose of getting this law passed). What is House Bill 2 you ask? Sit back, this is not good. (I'm quoting text from this link to the exact wording.)

The lead text of the bill states:
 "Providing" for single-sex multiple occupancy as if they were endanger of being wiped out. Like cities, schools, and public sites were just going to start changing every bathroom in sight to co-ed bathrooms. I guess they were worried about North Carolina becoming one giant mixed gender college dorm or something.

Here is how it defines sex:
Biological sex. – The physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person's birth certificate.
In short your birth certificate overrides any changes you have made through personal decisions and self discovery.

In regards to schools:
Single-Sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities. – Local boards of education shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designated for student use to be designated for and used only by students based on their biological sex.
That means that the board of education that governs any and all schools must designate every multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facility that is meant for student use as being either for males or females, based on your birth certificate.

Now there is one useful bit:
Accommodations Permitted. – Nothing in this section shall prohibit local boards of education from providing accommodations such as single occupancy bathroom or changing facilities or controlled use of faculty facilities upon a request due to special circumstances, but in no event shall that accommodation result in the local boards of education allowing a student to use a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated under subsection (b) of this section for a sex other than the student's biological sex.
Meaning that boards of education can provide single occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, but they are explicitly not allowed for it to become a multiple occupancy. There is also similar language towards state government facilities. But probably the scariest part is this:
The provisions of this Article supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce.
In short even if local government has passed some measure to provide for spaces that allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex they identify with, this House Bill 2 overrides it. It might be worth mentioning that the city of Charlotte had such a measure coming into effect this coming April 1st. And it's also worth mentioning that governor Pat Mcrory used to be the mayor of Charlotte before becoming governor.

This is bad. Real bad.

There is genuinely no reason to put this bill through other than transphobia. Seriously what other reason is there to put this into law? To stop transgender people from using certain bathrooms. Bigotry plan and simple. No ones privacy was in danger. No ones security was in danger.

I looked up my state government site to see if my rep voted for it and thankfully she didn't, especially since she just took office barely a week ago. But in case you are from NC and are reading this here's a few links.

You can go to this link to see what district you are in and see who your representative is it.

Next you can to this link to see how your representative voted.

And if you find that your representative voted for it, then the final step is to SPEAK UP.

Call them. Write them. Email them. Let them know that they have just supported a measure that does absolutely nothing besides.

And then tell governor Mcrory about himself.

This can't stand people. This cannot be allowed to stand.