- A global wave of rage hits America, and I won't pretend I saw it coming. Now we must face the unthinkable
- It took massive institutional failures to make President Donald Trump possible, and the ramifications are dreadful
- Part 1: A nation gone wrong in a world gone crazy: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened
- Part 2: President Trump: A colossal failure for democracy, and our terrifying new reality
- Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.
Part 1: A nation gone wrong in a world gone crazy: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened
A global wave of rage hits America, and I won't pretend I saw it coming. Now we must face the unthinkable.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)(Credit: AP)
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 | When I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Yesterday I woke up thinking that the United States would elect a new president and remain a mostly respected world superpower and a reasonably stable global economic leader. I looked at the polls and believed that the chances of Republican nominee Donald Trump winning were so remote that it was not worth thinking about. So I wrote a piece assuming that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win, something I am usually careful not to do. So, of course, the unthinkable happened.
On the news that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, stock market futures nosedived, the dollar plunged and the whole world is in shock. We wake up today to a fundamentally different world than the one in which we woke up yesterday. The nation our allies looked to as the guarantor of global security will now be led by a pathologically dishonest, unqualified, inexperienced, temperamental, ignorant flimflam man. Things will never be the same. And we have no idea at the moment exactly what form this change is going to take, which makes this all very, very frightening.
Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.
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Part 2: President Trump: A colossal failure for democracy, and our terrifying new reality
It took massive institutional failures to make President Donald Trump possible, and the ramifications are dreadful.
Simon Maloy, Salon
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 | It’s impossible to overstate how colossal a fuck-up this is. At every level, across both parties, the media, pollsters — all the democratic institutions that are supposed to prevent something like this from happening, or at least warn us about it. Donald Trump, a candidate who ran an openly racist campaign, who is as proud a misogynist as you’ll find anywhere, who is manifestly ignorant of public policy, who is brusquely authoritarian, who has little respect or understanding of democratic norms, and who embodies every moral failing that’s supposed to disqualify a candidate from higher office, has apparently been elected the next president of the United States.
The markets are collapsing, the globe is reeling, and nobody can quite explain what the hell happened. But here’s what this failure will mean. The climate, which is warming precipitously, is now guaranteed to continue along that trajectory toward global catastrophe. The millions of people who gained health coverage over the last half decade are now at acute risk of being thrown off their insurance and left to the unfeeling mercies of health underwriters. Income inequality, already at dangerously high levels, will only grow worse as tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts for the poor are pushed through the Republican Congress. Unprecedented GOP obstructionism on Supreme Court nominees has been rewarded in the worst possible way. And the foreign policy of the United States will be run by a bona fide ignoramus.
Simon Maloy is Salon's political writer.
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Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List, Michael Moore, AlterNet
- We live in a country where the majority agree with the "liberal" position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen
- Roll up your sleeves, people—there are fascists to defeat.
- Related: A first reckoning with how the hell this happened