Ifs & Butts

I have this friend on Facebook who I literally haven’t seen in over 30 years.  We were friends growing up, having attended the same schools and church throughout our formative years.  Needless to say, our paths have diverged since our senior year in high school, and we don’t appear to have common views on the way things should be run in this country.


A few months ago, after visiting a WWII concentration camp, he posted a statement warning that we could be going down the same path of Germany if we should lend credence to the rhetoric which was coming out of the campaign.  Just the other day, he posted a witty little bit that implied the President-elect was a cheater.



Today, his eloquence shown through again about his feelings around the outcome of Tuesday’s election.  In the responses offered up by his friends, his gay sister expressed her concerns as well.  She even went so far as worry about whether her marriage would be considered legal in a Trump Presidency.


I’ve seen plenty of ponderings like these on Facebook in recent days, and in each case I fought a winning battle against my drive to get in the last word.  For that matter, I didn’t even respond.


Allow me, if you will to throw a pillowcase over the collective skulls of those of you who are wringing your hands and rending garments on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social networking feeds amplify your butt-hurtedness.  I’m going to place you into a Total Perspective Vortex over your eloquent soliloquies as they apply to the outcome of the election.


I know you’re hurt.


I’ve been there too over elections.


I don’t think you’re seeing the big picture.  If you were, you haven’t mentioned it in your eloquent soliloquies of butt-hurtedness.  I’ve only seen you talking about how bad Donald Trump is, and what needs to be done in the next four years for America to reconcile with this man as President.  What I haven’t seen is you talking about Hillary and why she lost.


So just to make sure you are aware of the big picture, let me show you some of the outlines.


She cheated to get the nomination.

Just as the Democratic National Convention got underway this last summer, email leaks from within the DNC showed that the DNC had colluded with the Clinton campaign to ensure she would be the nominee.


Her opponents within the party never had a chance.


She’s quite the liar.

Most notably, the lie about the Benghazi attacks being inspired by a YouTube video was the most heinous one.


She could not be trusted to obey the law.

Her use of a private email server to traffic all of her communications as Secretary of State automatically disqualified her from being anywhere near the Presidency.  The fact that the media has wondered if a Presidential pardon is on order for Clinton should speak volumes.


This was Hillary’s election to lose.

Aside from all of her flaws, dirty laundry, and ugly luggage, she was ahead in the polls throughout the whole campaign.  Many of us (including those in the Trump campaign) had practically resigned ourselves to the knowledge that America was about to elect its first female President.


hrc-internetEven still, she didn’t win.


She failed to capture the votes she needed to capture.


Easy as that.


So with all of this in mind, the only thing that can really be said about the Clinton loss has already been said.


Given that it has been said, I won’t say it here.


Randy Tharp

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