What is really going on in Government?

Since Donald Trump (who my Mom’s oldest friend calls the Orange Pumpkin) was given the nod from the American electoral process (although it won’t actually take place until next week and keep in mind he did not win the public majority) it has been insanity on a daily basis.  If the electoral college just follows suit vs finding their own voice based on the insane drama that has rolled out since Nov 8th then what is the point of the electoral college?

Each person Trump has put forth to be on his cabinet has deep pockets that hold on to the past starting with climate to fuel.  They are essentially Trump’s friends or at least he considers them loyal to him.  Everyone of them will hold us back as civilization attempts to move forward.  Certainly each of those people will keep their pockets firmly lined with cash but how about the citizens who voted Trump in with the hopes of returning to the days of yore.  They are seriously screwed.

25 years ago Russia collapsed.  Did the US miss an opportunity to embrace that and create a free-market democracy?  Considering that Russia now has Putin at the helm who has literally played America with off the shelf technology to wreak havoc on our system.  How our FBI dealt with it makes the US look like amateur hour.  We spend billions with large corporations such at Raytheon to build Government systems but somehow we are being out maneuvered.  The big question is will the FBI ( as a bi-partisan organization ) discover that Trump ( and his people ) knew that the Russians were fucking with us.  Then what?

I could go on and on because there is a small part of me that is still in denial that this narcissistic uncurious pompous man will not become President.  That something will happen between now and then.  What?  God knows.  But the reason we our forefathers created an electoral college is that so people like Trump (who has proven himself frightening as a leader of the USA since Nov 9) would not become President.

He is thumbing his nose at all of us because his promises will go unmet.  His interest in our country is zero unless it lines his pockets.  He might run a family business with his children at his side but having them at his side as the President of the United States is unacceptable.  Running our country is not a family business.  If Obama showed up at meetings with the head of states with his daughters at his side or Hillary showed up with Bill and Chelsea in tow, the GOP would go apeshit.

I understand why the tech leaders had to show up to talk with him as they represent the largest technology countries in the world with shareholders on both sides of the fence.  They could have come with an agenda instead of just sitting there with his family to massage Trump’s ego which is essentially what they did.

Where are the Democrats?  Where are our legal scholars?  Where are the voices against dictatorships?  Will everyone just roll over and allow him to destroy the foundation of our country? Put people in his cabinet that like him only care about lining their pockets?  That are out of touch with the majority of people and the future?

What is really going on in Government?  Looking at North Carolina it is purely all about power.  What ever happened to power to the people?  And why is the media writing about Kayne and Trump instead of the frightening posse Trump surrounds himself with and his children?

I mean….what the fuck??

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    There was a group of communicators and informed people who held an small gathering in Nashville a week ago entitled WTF do we do?That is the question for our times.

    1. Gotham Gal

      WTF for sure.

  2. CCjudy

    Your brilliance shines… J

    1. Gotham Gal

      And my anger. ?

  3. Twain Twain

    Kara Swisher: “Welcome to the brave new world, which is neither brave nor new. But it’s now the world we live in, in which it’s Trump who is the disrupter and tech the disrupted.Yeah, you can say it: Fuckfuckfuck.”* http://www.recode.net/2016/…Quartz and Recode on the tech meeting and the agenda covered:* http://www.recode.net/2016/…* http://qz.com/863980/trumps

    1. Gotham Gal

      fuckfuckfuck is right.

      1. Twain Twain

        Anyone with influence with Jack at Twitter and his team need to flag them on this LA Times article: Donald Trump’s market-moving tweets are a huge scandal waiting to happen.* http://www.latimes.com/busi

        1. Gotham Gal

          I am sure Jack knows…

          1. Twain Twain

            The link between Trump’s tweets and AI’s inability to deal with them. And this points to why getting the AI to filter fake news is a really hard problem and how the current stupidity of the AI puts the stock markets at risk.* http://mashable.com/2016/12

        1. Gotham Gal

          great analogy

  4. Mario Cantin

    Remember this blog post, and in a few years, republish it under the title, “I had said so”… because it’s right on the money. More than that, it would make a perfect preface for the book that will eventually and inevitably have to be written about how the US fucked itself over.

  5. Susan Rubinsky

    Oh, man, I feel your anger. I know several people who are working on channeling their anger for good. I know one person who has decided to run for congress at the mid-terms. I know a couple of legislators in my state who are exploring the feasibility of changing the electoral college. My boyfriend create a page called “Oprah for President” shortly after the election. He thinks she is the only one who can beat Trump.It’s hard to find the right path to channel the anger. I think there are a lot people who feel the same way you do.

    1. LE

      For Oprah to win the election in 4 years she would have to get to work today laying the groundwork. [1] Quietly. <– Most important.I remember the day when Oprah rolled out Obama as I had watched that show. Oprah effect honestly (and I’ve said this many times in the past) was certainly a tipping point in getting him elected and known. There is no question in my mind about that. Afterwords she wasn’t treated well at all, as detailed in this book review which gives a bit about the relationship between Oprah, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett.http://nypost.com/2012/05/1…Interesting how geography plays into things. Obama in Chicago, Oprah in Chicago you have to wonder what would have happened if both of them weren’t in or near the same city.So a question. Who would you rather have. Oprah or Michelle?[1] I remember in college interviewing the Governor of PA (Milton Shapp). He was able to run as a result of his involvement early in the cable business which allowed him to travel all over the state and get to know people years before he decided to run.

  6. Steve G

    Ultimately up to Republicans to decide what’s enough here, Including at cabinet nomination hearings. A Trump scandal is likely of course. But I think everyone in financial sector .& in landlord class will do just fine economically, maybe not psychically–whereas most of us will suffer in both categories.

  7. Julie Lerner

    Thank you, I needed that. Joanne Wilson for President!

  8. Mariah Lichtenstern

    “Where are the Democrats? Where are our legal scholars? Where are the voices against dictatorships? Will everyone just roll over and allow him to destroy the foundation of our country? Put people in his cabinet that like him only care about lining their pockets? That are out of touch with the majority of people and the future?”Scholars et al have little social reach without media. The media is all about clicks and ratings. Where are the tech companies reaching out to scholars / voices against dictatorship?Some Americans are complacent because they have little cultural memory and for the most part have never experienced political instability.The American masses are poorly educated in general and particularly in regard to civics. The average reading level is 3rd grade. We’ve become so individualistic that, unless it touches “me and mine” most people are apathetic and easily distracted / appeased. We are totally spoon fed what to think (we can’t even get 3rd party candidates in on the presidential debates).Others remember MLK, Kennedy, Malcom X, Fred Hampton, et al and don’t want to pay the price for speaking out. Some are brave / have nothing to lose and they endure the consequences. There is a tipping point where masses of people will take action, but our government and police force is so militaristic, it’s hard to imagine the people prevailing. Post Occupy, Tea Party, Ferguson, #BLM, etc., and the way the media covered them, it’s not outside the realm of possibilities for activist communities become the next Aleppos if we keep heading in this direction.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I keep thinking about Aleppo too.

  9. Mahvash Nejad

    Thanks Joanne for your valuable post. As my last hope and action before Monday, Dec 19 where Electors cast their final decision, I am sharing this site for those who are willing to contact the Electors in their corresponding states. http://directelection.org/ If you decided to contact them, make sure to be reasonable, polite and respectful. Letter templates are available on the site.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks for this

  10. AMT Editorial Staff

    Joanne, this feels like a rant. You make some good points…but when you throw out f bombs etc., it takes the message down a few notches. It loses its impact…

    1. Shripriya

      Disagree. Profanity as an exclamation point. It’s how you (Joanne) speak and how you write. Don’t stop, for fuck’s sake 😉

      1. Gotham Gal

        trust me, i won’t.

  11. cbw

    Fantastic post. They try to distinguish Trump’s kids as adults and successful business people. What if George 41 had shown up with George 43 and Jeb and Billy in tow? Back then, even the Republicans would have grimaced.

    1. Gotham Gal

      they sure would

  12. Dee PL

    I am a Hilary supporter, 47% of the population did NOT VOTE and while Hilary and Michelle Obama warned us how every vote counted…we ignored it. That is embarrassing, embarrassing, embarrassing add a martin that fought so hard for equal right and for this other nations that wished they had the freedom we do. We have become add greedy and materialistic society, more fame, more power, nicer cats than our neighbors, more money… We all did this to America. so, Maybe trump is right. We need to change. Transformation is disruptive and new ideas are not always well received because we all can have a say in the matter due to social media. Trump is smart and surround himself with great lawyers….That know, a conflict of interest is not illegal, that having family around..is not exactly illegal,. Maybe since the only thing that Russia had going for it, according to Obama’s last conference is oil, that Tillerman might be a good choice. Who cares if he lines his pocket…That is what American has been advocating for years. Even you Joanne, commercialize your own interests and IPO…it’s ok..We all do it. Maybe Donald us taking it to a new level and we don’t like it because we want our fair share…We have been going down hill for years, this administration will just move us their faster

    1. Gotham Gal

      When I call out my own interests I am transparentI hear you in regards to we got what we asked for but it doesn’t make it any easierTrump is not a good business man. He can’t even write. He just has money for good lawyers