The Newtown Pentacle

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Well, that sucks.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One is dismayed at the results of yesterday’s election results, and I’m in fact struck dumb by them. I was hoping that the United States wouldn’t succumb to its baser instincts in this election, but I’ve been disappointed before. It always strikes me as odd that working class people across the country continually vote against their own interests – which is what a vote for either one of the major parties ultimately turns out to be.

Saying that, as I’ve opined several thousand times in the last year – the National level stuff is above my pay grade, and that the only thing we can really have any effect on are the local issues.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I can offer you predictions – based on having lived through several rightist swings in the White House about what the next half decade holds. There will be war, and recession, an unregulated corporatist nirvana, and the very same rural and rust belt people who voted the new administration into power will be the ones most impoverished by its policies.

This is nothing new, of course, and it hasn’t been so since Marius and Sulla.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The mistake made by the leftists in this election was in the choice of a technocrat candidate who seemed to be awaiting a popular voter enabled coronation to the Presidency – despite being remarkably unpopular. The national level party bosses repudiated, and destroyed, the chances of the populist wing in their own party structure in the name of ensuring this coronation. As the Book of Revelations says – you are neither hot nor cold, you are lukewarm, and I spit you out.

They ran a 20th century campaign in 2016, and lost.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The rural/urban divide is something I’ve been talking about for a long time, incidentally. I’m of the belief that we are headed for a second Civil War in these United States, one that isn’t based around a North and South divide, but instead one that is based around whether you live in a City or a Town.

Cities are internationalist, towns nationalist.

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Beyond all of that, one is absolutely speechless and sort of terrified. Apoplectic is an appropriate word.

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Thing is, this election came out of NYC.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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  1. Ah yes, those evil right wing people. Now that Trump has been elected, all the Nazis and Cossacks who were hiding under your (and all the other prog’s) bed will now jump out and say rude things to you.
    Oh the humanity!

    So you don’t like DeBlasio and his left progressivism, you don’t like the NYC Democrat machine, you don’t like the Republicans, Trump and the right, so what exactly do you want or like in government?

    Please sir, do favor your loyal readers with some ideas instead of petulant rantings.

    Else, continue in this undignified vein of drama queen butthurt, I shall laugh at you mockingly as I quaff long draughts of your salty tears and make japes at your expense in an unpleasant exercise of tough love.

    Don Cavaioli

    Cav

    November 9, 2016 at 8:06 pm

  2. Interesting thoughts. City-dwellers can be very elitist, and project their expectations of what is valued in life onto the rest of the country. Which, one, greatly out-numbers them, and two, doesn’t enjoy the many privileges many NYC residents take for granted. The left’s failure to empathize with and understand the pain of the Rust-Belt etc is what led to this outcome. I choose to optimistically believe that the salt-of-the-earth Main Street’ers are neither rascist, nor bigoted, but simply trod down on to the point of desperation. You can’t excuse Trump’s bombast, but we can all hold him accountable to a higher standard, instead of wringing our hands and throwing them up on four lost years.

    TomR

    November 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm


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