Delayed Reaction

It’s well past midnight back east, and it’ll soon come up on midnight out here in Los Angeles, and no one has called the presidential race yet, but everyone knows Hillary Clinton is going to lose. No one expected this, so no one has yet offered the usual deep insight into and thoughtful analysis of what just happened. This froze political commentary. What does it mean? That’s for the morning, and the next day, and the day after that. There will be time enough to review and collate all that, and then come to some sort of conclusion about how much trouble we’re in – but not now. A quick scan of all the commentary out there shows nothing. Wise and experienced people say they’re shocked – no more than that. How many ways can this pundit or that say they’re shocked?

They’ll get over it. We’ll all get over it. Then we’ll all get thoughtful. For now, markets are crashing all around the world. The Dow futures are down eight hundred points, so far. That’s a major crash. Our NATO allies are no doubt in emergency meetings trying to figure out how to form an effective alliance when the United States withdraws from the whole thing. Japan and South Korea will each start working on how to defend themselves without us – and there might be some internal panic here – but if you’re not Muslim or Hispanic or black or gay you’ll be fine. Go small – keep a low profile. You’re not a target. Say nothing. Pretend to be an evangelical born-again Christian. It’s not hard. Just say “Praise Jesus!” at the end of every other sentence. Blend in.

Those who can’t blend in – those who aren’t the right kind of white males – should worry, but maybe not. Trump may have just been posturing to win this thing. On the other hand, maybe he wasn’t. No one knows. Trump might list off who’s not welcome in America any longer. He might not. You’re on your own. But remember, even if Trump may have just been posturing to win this thing, tens of millions of Americans didn’t think he was posturing. Steer clear of them. Avoid eye contact. You’ll live longer.

It might not be as bad as all that. On the other hand, this changes America. Certainly, women have been put in their place – at least many will see it that way and be pleased. Others will be outraged. We’re in for a bumpy ride.

There’s a lot to think about. That begins now. Actually, that begins in the morning.


About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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3 Responses to Delayed Reaction

  1. I was prepared for most anything yesterday, but I thought sanity would rule, and Hillary would at least squeak it out. Here’s my first thoughts:

  2. steve says:

    only in the voting booth did I choose, against Trump – the only logical choice. However I was in support of his isolate-isum as I heard between the lines he would stop being the big brother of the world, meaning less wars with our aiding both sides, less support for Israel — all this meaning less carbon load on the planet. I’m an angry white old guy that never finished college, I don’t like the “same old” system we have.
    Now, what? Just like the Brextin, what have we done!!
    We now have to live with what “we” voted for. At this moment I hear the fear of the “same old” system being shook-up. The fear of the draining of the swamp, promise of getting even and all that other inhumane rhetoric :(

  3. Vince says:

    Alan – what worried me last week now comes to fruition in an entirely different light this morning. There are today pockets of angry and underlyingly bigoted members of our nation who have waited in the shadows – and who awoke today emboldened to express themselves even more freely. We already have evidence here in “sleepy” Western NY of racial and ethnic obscenities being hurled on sidewalks in our communities – in the “free” enlightened bastions of our college campuses – at members of religious minorities; being told the election results prove they are unwelcomed in America. What many of us feared, that among us would be potentially irrational losers, today is proving equally as dangerous, as we have among us irresponsible winners. Hopefully these emotional outbursts are sporadic and momentary. But I do worry, perhaps not.

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