Poisoning the Well in Post-Election Posturing by a Party Scorned
It wasn’t nearly enough that a candidate and her political party, their accomplices in the mainstream media citing all of the polls from the esteemed experts, so certain of her inevitability, that they ultimately lost to a man running largely on his own, backed only with the support of the millions wanting to change, and seek real change, in Washington, DC. A candidate done under, largely by her own illegal actions, repeated prevarications and ethical shortcomings, it had become obvious to Hillary Clinton, as early as Tuesday afternoon, November 8th, that she would not prevail in the electoral college- hence the reason she called off the planned fireworks display, in what was supposed to be the introduction of her victory celebration in New York.
Having conceded victory to her rival, Donald Trump, now she has decided to join forces with Jill Stein in demanding recounts that will change nothing- except to reinforce the proposition that Trump’s is an election without legitimacy. The idea is to deny the man elective legitimacy, and in so doing, poison the well of chances that the new president can achieve success in leading the nation. There are no losers like sore losers, and it is these two scorned women who cannot get past their own respective defeats, at the end of the day.
It wasn’t nearly enough that an incumbent president, who framed this year’s election as a referendum on his own presidency, smug in the certainty that his own sense of self perfection was something shared outside of himself and his mirror, was roundly rejected by a country dispirited by a combination of his own ineptitude, internationally, and the failure of his prized domestic program to deliver all that was promised in the passage of ObamaCare. The American people, regardless of what the mainstream media would have you otherwise believe, have effectively said that his presidency has grown stale, ineffective and ultimately a failure, in the end.
Now, Barack Obama travels the world, reinforcing the lie that foreign leaders should dread the new president, and therefore need his own reassurance that the United States will not have its values compromised by one man. Time was that partisanship ended at the shores of our country. Yet, rather than admit that it was his own presidency that ultimately led to the election of Donald Trump, Barack Obama wants to spend the remainder of his presidency poisoning the well of good will from abroad, and punishing the American people for what he sees as the betrayal of his own legacy. Unlike his predecessor, George W. Bush, who had the class, the decency and the sense of duty to refrain from criticizing his successor, Obama has promised to remain in Washington, there to speak out whenever Trump pursues a policy not to his liking. In effect, he seeks to poison the well of American exceptionalism long after he has left office.
It wasn’t nearly enough that most of the major media, so certain in the election of the candidate they championed, got proverbial eggs all over their collective faces, both from the collusion with the Clinton campaign, and the ultimate failure to faithfully report the news and the real mood of an American electorate. Their status, not good even prior to this year’s election, now lowered to the point of disdain and disrepute to the American public, and their viewership and readership will suffer as a result.
Now, they purport to be true and pursue false stories on a Trump transition team in crisis, when the truth is that Donald Trump is leading the way in the timely construction of his cabinet, as compared with his most immediate predecessors. Despite the media’s attempt to show a divide within his own transition team, by focusing on whether or not Mitt Romney will be named Secretary of State (on the record, we’re doubtful), and by raising questions as to the disposition of the financial empire that bears the new president’s name- questions that are the potential seeds of discontent, Donald Trump characteristically plods on, in the face of such scrutiny from a media which has grown more hostile in light of his election. By giving voice to the mobs rioting against his election, by giving airtime to initiatives to recount state elections, the media thus seeks to poison the well of public approval for a new president, even prior to his inauguration.
May Donald Trump be splendidly successful, if for no other reason than to spite all of those who seek to poison the well of hope that he achieves such success, in his own presidency.
January 20th 2017 cannot come soon enough.
-Drew Nickell, 29 November 2016
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