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One year in.

November 27, 2017

Remembering that Musings exists to track the effect of electing a total political outsider to the presidency of the United States, how do people feel about their choice now?

It’s been a little over a year since the political world shook, so it seems like a good time to check back with some of the people who did the shaking.

This time, Musings is going to try to avoid the blindly loyal and talk to some of the “anybody’s better than” crowd.

First, no one is sorry they didn’t vote for what’s-her-name.

Second, and flying in the faces of the partisan pundits, most credit the election with “ripping the oozing scab off our putrid socio-political system” as one voter so eloquently described it.

Third, they are coming to realize that even Sir Lancelot needed the other knights of the Round Table.

Over and over again, you hear variations on the same theme.

“We have to somehow restore integrity to the political system.”

For most that seems to center around some form of term limits, but it goes far deeper than that.

Friday’s post mentioned the menace to the status quo that the thinking voter presents, so what are they thinking about?

“Peggy” is thinking about the deeper underlying social issues and the threat posed by the socialist left.

“I have three grandchildren in college.  I always asked about their grades or their majors but I never thought to ask about the school’s culture. All that stuff on TV and social media about how the left dominates education?  According to my grandkids, it’s all true. Politics is only a reflection of the moral rot in this country.”

“Todd” had this to say.

“Isn’t it amazing how well Democrats can play follow the leader? A month ago John Conyers was the ” women’s champion” and now the same people are calling for him to resign and pretending they didn’t know what he was doing. I’m actually almost glad that Republicans can have different opinions, even if I don’t always like the result.”

“Jim”, who calls himself a “lapsed Democrat”  says he’s not sure yet whether electing President Trump was a good idea, but he does hope that Congress will help him meet his goals.

“We voted for change, even if most of us weren’t sure what change would look like. I don’t always like the petty stuff, but I still think his heart’s in the right place.

What I don’t like is that he isn’t making those great deals he talked about. Maybe he just pissed off too many people on his own side off for that to work now.

I will say that the Republicans and even some Democrats need to get their heads out of their butts and realize that fighting him just because they don’t like him is a damn poor re-election strategy.

Would I vote for him again?  Don’t know. Let’s see if he can talk Congress into passing a tax bill.

“Andy” notes that the job of fixing the country only started with electing Trump.

‘I still see people on both sides that don’t realize that Mr. Trump is like a doorknob.  Useful for getting into a room, but it doesn’t do anything much beyond that if the room is empty. I never thought he could fix Washington by himself. Unless we can kick out the lifers in Congress and elect people who want to serve us instead of own us, we just wasted our time and his.”

There are a lot more comments, but you get the drift.

Even if not everyone vocalizes it, there is still a real sense that the country is still under attack, and not from ISIS or Al Qaeda.

One more opinion.

“Brian” was an intern during a former administration. He notes:

“If you think total government control of everything is the answer, I hope you watched the news coverage of a certain North Korean gentleman. How desperate do you have to be to get shot five times just to escape a totalitarian regime? I’m not equating Bernie Sanders with Kim Jong Un or Maduro, but really, socialism? There’s nothing American about that.”


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