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America Rejects Trumpism

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Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism.

No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans.

The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to get the 218 needed for a majority.

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They did.

Trump wasn't on the ballot but he made the election into a referendum on himself.

So Americans turned against House Republicans, who should have acted as a check on him but did nothing -- in many cases magnifying his vileness.

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The nation has repudiated Trump, but do not believe for a moment that our national nightmare is over.

Trump still occupies the White House and in all likelihood will be there for two more years.

The Republican Party remains in control of the Senate.

Fox News is still Trump's propaganda ministry. (The line between Fox and Trump, already blurred, vanished completely at his last pre-election rally when Fox hosts Sean Hannity and Jeannine Pirro joined him on stage.)

The American people will be subject to more of Trump's lies and hate, as amplified by Senate Republicans and Fox News.

Trump can be expected to scapegoat House Democrats for anything that goes wrong. American politics will almost certainly become even meaner, coarser, and uglier. We will remain deeply and angrily divided.

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Most worrisome, America still won't respond to real threats that continue to grow, which Trump and his enablers have worsened -- climate change; the suppression of votes, and foreign intrusions into our elections; the most expensive and least efficient healthcare system in the world; and, not least, widening inequalities of income, wealth, and political power.

America will eventually overcome and reverse Trumpism. The harder challenge will be to reverse the reasons Trump and his Republican lapdogs gained power in the first place.

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Let's wait and look for any bared teeth before waving a victory flag.

We all know how to sit in chairs and behave ourselves.

Submitted on Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:37:22 AM

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Of course, Trump's ruthless agenda (e.g. "consolidating" his Republican power base in the House and Senate and rushing through his corporate tax cuts became his top priorities) has already been effectively "sidelined" by the American people with the Democrats taking back the House in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections.

Probably Trump never even imagined that he would have face a Democrat House Speaker Pelosi and have to ask her for "everything" he wants.


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Should Pelosi ever decide to "strike the gavel" down really hard, Trump may find himself "running for cover" (figuratively speaking of course) as the House Democrats let "the arrows fly" (e.g., give Mueller "broader powers" to investigate and prosecute Trump completely even all the way back to his diaper days as the Republicans joyfully did to Bill Clinton).

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Here is an article that looks at who is really controlling Washington:



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Voting in America's elections means relatively little in the grand scheme.

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Excellent snapshot of the US reality. Not to mention its impact on the rest of the planet and its people.

I'm pretty well convinced there are puppeteers, behind the puppeteers. This is not the way real human beings would have made things happen.

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Excellent article and excellent video at the end with Hedges .

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