Monday, November 28, 2016

All Hail The Conquering Paranoid Schizophrenic!! . . .

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Jesus Christ what have you fucking people done?:

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday made the astonishing claim that “millions of people who voted illegally” contributed to opponent Hillary Clinton’s victory in the popular vote, following a campaign based largely on spreading conspiracy theories and claiming that the election was “rigged” against him.

This is the unstable mind of a psychopath working here dear readers.  And no - that is not an observation based on partisan politics or political sour grapes.

Like it or not, Drumpf won the electoral college portion of the election by all existent accounts.  And even though it appears that as the final nationwide vote tabulation nears completion, Hillary Clinton will end up with 3 million or more American citizen's votes than Drumpf, the electoral college, for good or bad, has already determined the outcome.

And therein lies the rub.  Drumpf is so much of a delusional, viperous narcissist that it just simply must drive him over-the-cliff mad (more than he already is) knowing that millions of more Americans chose HRC over him as their choice for leader of the free world.

Drumpf began the burnishing of his ill-gotten victory almost immediately in the tumultuous wake of this hideous election.  Just last week in an interview with 60 Minutes he was asked about his intended follow through on the threatening campaign promises to "lock up" "crooked Hillary" now that he was President-elect.  Drumpf smugly stated, "I don't want to hurt them," which Josh Marshall at the blog Talking Points Memo rightly observed:

The personal desires of the President, his mercy, is irrelevant to this kind of decision. Either there is something to investigate or there's not - and a lengthy investigation that came up with nothing to prosecute suggests there isn't anything. This isn't the Colosseum where everyone waits on the Emperor's thumbs up or down. America is not a place where those who lose elections live freely at the sufferance of the victors. This is certainly better than Trump trying to jail Clinton as he promised, but only so much. What if Hillary Clinton becomes an outspoken critic of President Trump? Does he reconsider? None of this is normal. This is how strongmen talk.

And in case you were wondering . . .

Wiki's contemporary definition of the word "strongman."

strongman is a political leader who rules by force and runs an authoritarian regime or totalitarian regime. The term is often used interchangeably with "dictator" in the western world, but differs from a "warlord" and commonly lacks the negative connotations especially in some Eastern European and Central Asian countries. A strongman is not necessarily always a formal head of state or head of government; sometimes journalists use the term to describe a military or political figure who exercises far more influence over the government than a local constitution allows.

The Gadfly is just going to come right out and say it - Donald J. Trump is a mentally disturbed individual and manifestly unfit for high office - and by virtue of such quite frankly - is an unquestionable threat to the American republic, our national security and our democracy.

And the people who supported and continue to support him (by and large the conservative and Tea Party movements) need to be held directly accountable for this awful person's (The Gadfly refuses to refer to Drumpf as a man for obvious reasons) sullied ascension and glorification.

The United States and the rest of this nation's still existing allies in the free world are going to be dragged in to a maelstrom of destructive, wanton geo-political shit if this Napoleon wannabe freak-show is allowed to settle in to power with his sweaty, unhinged tiny hands, and by extension tiny fingers, anywhere near the suitcase with the nuclear codes in it.


Friday, November 11, 2016

The Deed is Done . . . All That Remains Is The Reckoning . . .

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Well America - you did it.  You threw your tantrum, and you got to pick the lunch money stealing, schoolyard bully as your dear leader.  You chose Magneto over Professor Xavier, Voldemort over Harry Potter, Longshanks over William Wallace.  Bravo.

The Gadfly knows quite well that what he is about to write will be considered "sour grapes" by the Drumpfanistas, but in fact, it is simple reality based on demonstrable truths and The Gadfly's detractors can go pound sand if they believe otherwise (The Gadfly was going to say "feel otherwise", but he thinks the Drumpf borgs are incapable of the act of human feeling").

Truth be told though, it wasn't wholly unexpected.  Michael Moore predicted it a couple of months ago.  And for certain there is plenty of blame to ride on the shoulders of the stale Democratic party for Drumpf's sullied victory.  The ass backward thinking establishment Democrats chose to stick with the institutional face of politics as usual in Hillary Clinton - in defiance of near apoplectic demands for change from their working class, mostly progressive base.  The Democratic party has become a cesspool of dysfunctional party hacks and elitist thumb-suckers who long ago abandoned whatever remaining loyalties they had to the working men and women of this country in favor of the rewards system that comes with being admitted and sponsored members of the Wall Street/oligarch's Washington, D.C. country club.

That being said -- it needs to be noted that there is also plenty of blame left over, aside from the rubes voting to slit their own throats.  For instance -- the gutless, craven, profit driven media who for the life of them couldn't get the truth out to the American electorate even though the nation's future depended on it.  The media in this country, sadly, is just one Drumpf bullying episode away from being cowed in to mewling worthlessness, at which point they become complicit accomplices to the right's unfluctuating assault on democracy.

But truly - the bulk of blame needs to be assigned to the people who actually willingly pulled the voting lever in favor of Drumpf and his fear mongering and divisiveness and his dark, myopic vision.

By virtue of their vote, they knowingly and willingly approved of Drumpf's messages of hate and class and cultural division, of racism and bigotry and misogyny/sexism.

They voted for a man who bragged openly about sexually assaulting women just because his fame and elitist power status bestowed upon him the privilege to do so.

They voted for a man who openly mocked disabled Americans.

They voted for a man who frequently incited his hardcore, brownshirt followers to violence toward detractors and who snarled that after the election he will seek vengeance upon those who stood against him even those within his own party.

The voted for a man who joked on more than one occasion about assassinating Mrs. Clinton.

They voted for a man with a long and well documented track record of business failures - which in and of itself is not a disqualifier, however Drumpf's business failures, almost in every instance, resulted in a substantial financial benefit to him personally while leaving his investors, contractors and workers shortchanged and footing the bills for his failed leadership and decision making.

They voted for a man who currently is being class-action sued for conning a whole lot of (admittedly gullible) people out of their money with his fraudulent Trump "University" scam.

They voted for a man who is on the record as saying that one of the key's to his business "success" is surrounding himself with people dumber and less accomplished than he is.

They voted for president a man who is on the record as supporting the idea of American soldiers torturing captive prisoners.

They voted for a man who wondered why we aren't using nuclear weapons against our foes.

They voted for a man who has deep and tangled financial connections to the oligarchs of America's eternal enemy Russia, and who benefited from that country's former KGB head Vladimir Putin's meddling in our American election.**

They voted for this supremely obnoxious, ignorant, hateful, vindictive rage-toddler of a man because they say he speaks his mind, and isn't politically correct, and says things that they identify with and that he presents the issues, as they perceive them based on their small world views, as being the truth about the way things are (or should be).  Of course, those are some of the same excuses Hitler's minions gave for supporting that monster in the lead up to WW2 and the holocaust.

It is not a matter of "if" there will be a shit-storm that will be brought down upon this country because of our electoral foolishness in putting such a frighteningly unqualified demagogue and authoritarian with delusions of Napoleonic grandeur in charge of the world's greatest democracy, it's frankly just a matter of when and how brutal it is going to be.  But when it happens, let us ensure that we keep it in the forefront of our national discussion who the people are that brought this blight upon us.

And finally -- a clear message directly to those of you who voted for Drumpf -- you fucking own him now.  You own everything that is going to happen to this country in the next four years as well all of that which will result from his policy and leadership decisions.  He's your Frankenstein monster, you all created and nurtured him and there is no way in hell the rest of us are going to let you all weasel your way out of taking responsibility for your thoughtless foolishness when the proverbial shit begins slamming full force in to the proverbial fan blades.


**UPDATE:  Obviously a case of too little, too late, but several outlets including the Washington Post are reporting that a high ranking Russian diplomat has gone on the record confirming that there were contacts between Drumpf and his team and Russian officials in the run-up to the election (keep in mind - these "officials" would most definitely be in the employ of former KGB agent and now Russian president Vladimir Putin).  To which The Gadfly would responsd:  Fuck Benghazi! and Hillary's emails.  The Gadfly wants to know when the Senate hearings are going to convene to begin the investigation in to this possible act of traitorism! . . . . . . crickets chirping . . . . . . yeah -- that's what The Gadfly thought.

##Addendum:  The Gadfly would be remiss if he failed to share the wisdom of the late, great social commentary comedian George Carlin who in one of his final interviews talked about why he gave up caring about the human species and more so his fellow Americans.  Carlin talked about this country's steady demise in to the history dust bin of failed societies and he likened it to water circling an open drain.  The Gadfly is of the view Drumpf's ascension is the ultimate proof of what Carlin was talking about and signifies the circling around the drain of the American experiment has just gotten faster and narrower.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Blind, Unhinged Squirrel Finds A Nut . . . .

Yeah .. when you've lost Glenn Beck . . .

Beck’s interactions with Donald Trump helped, too. He told a story of Trump summoning him to a guest room at Mar-a-Lago; Trump then telephoned him from an adjacent room. “We had this weird, almost Howard Hughes-like conversation,” Beck said. He left convinced that Trump was nuts. “This guy is dangerously unhinged,” he said. “And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged.”

Yeah --- this guy:

. . . thinks Drumpf is "unhinged" ... to which The Gadfly would note -- sure as fuck takes one to know one.

Just get your lazy, apathetic asses off the sofa and go vote on Tuesday - mkay? ....