My Week 111: The US Election True Colours

The US Election Colours

On Tuesday, I watched the US election, as so many people did. I had already predicted that Trump would win about two weeks before the big night. How did I know, you ask? Well, I have a terrible habit of reading the comments section of articles, and the hatred and stupidity out there is palpable. You couldn’t even post a picture of a kitten riding on a baby giraffe without a Trump supporter yelling “That giraffe is taking away jobs from Americans”, or “That kitten is too cozy with big government and should be shot!” The blind refusal on the part of Trump supporters to accept the reality of his incompetence, their disdain of logic and truth, and their ability to excuse ANYTHING he did in their quest for change is what brought this about. The bread and circuses of Trump’s act was just the right blend of the exploitation of fear (I’m gonna build a wall to keep the rapists out) and abstract concepts that his followers parrot, but don’t understand (“She is a career politician and part of the political class, which means that she is likely to perpetuate the croniest, clientist, State-capitalist status quo.” That’s an actual quote from some guy on an article about Hillary Clinton. You can just hear all the Trumpers yelling “Yes!! Lock her up!!” even though I doubt that most of them know what it means or whether it’s relevant to her ability to govern).

Anyway, early in September, after my True Colours training, I actually analyzed both candidates based on what I perceived as their colours. I didn’t post it then, and It’s probably moot now, but here it is, just for fun. By the way, it was before all the p*ssy-grabbing::

“Friday: I use True Colours to analyze the US election

On Friday night, I was watching the news and the breaking story was that Hillary Clinton had said that half of Donald Trump’s supporters were a “basket full of deplorables” due to their violence, racism, homophobia, sexism, and xenophobia. She didn’t say ALL of them, just half. And Trump’s campaign organizers got up in arms and claimed that she had insulted millions of Americans whose ONLY fault was that they hated blacks, Muslims, gays, uppity women, and most people in general. But now that I’m an expert in True Colours, I did an extensive analysis of the situation, which is to say that I looked in my binder. Here’s what I see from up here in Canada:

Hillary Clinton is a Green. She’s not super-warm and fuzzy on the exterior, and she’s driven by logic, facts, and a disdain for irrational behaviour and incompetence. When she says “Half of Trump supporters”, she’s accurate. You can disagree all you want, but all you have to do is look at the comments section of ANY article about the election or anything else Trump-related for that matter, to realize that many of the millions of people who support Trump have a tenuous understanding of reality. Not ALL of them—just half. Maybe a little more than half. Or, to quote Trump, “a lot”. I think what she really wanted to say though was “a basket full of crazy”, but being a Green, she was conscious that “crazy” is insensitive. See, people think that Greens often appear unemotional, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Greens see the big picture, and they care about THAT as much as anything else. As a fellow Green, I can tell you that I hate racism in any form, not because I’m all sad about it and sh*t, but because it doesn’t make ANY logical sense to look down on an entire race of people because their skin has more melanin in it, or because they believe in one God or five gods or no god at all. If we all treated each other equally, the world would have more peace than war. That’s the big picture, and Greens can see it.

Donald Trump, as far as I can tell, is an Orange (in more ways than one), and apologies to all the great Oranges out there. But Trump is impulsive, dramatic, pays too much attention to performance versus product, hates structure and responsibility and is super-sensitive to criticism (little hands, anyone?). Unfortunately, he, and many of his followers, don’t possess any of the really positive Orange qualities, like courage, generosity, optimism, and good humour. When Clinton pointed out what we all already know about MANY of Trump’s supporters, their reaction was typical and predictable and simply proved her right: “What is that b*tch talking about?! How dare she criticize us? I’m going to post mean comments about her on the internet. And I’m going to call her Crooked Hillary because Trump told me to.” Trump’s supporters are just like him in the way they approach everything, including their general hatred of the world that is not theirs and the fear that giving to others will take something away from THEM. Actually, I think there has to be a new colour for people like them, people who mock others when they’re suffering, people who want to put up a wall instead of build a bridge. George Orwell, one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, said this about a wall: “The first thing that we demand of a wall is that it shall stand up. If it stands up, it is a good wall, and the question of what purpose is serves is separable from that. And yet even the best wall in the world deserves to be pulled down if it surrounds a concentration camp.”

At any rate, whatever Clinton’s flaws are, and let’s dispense with the false equivalencies here, because nothing she’s done is ANYWHERE NEAR the crap Trump has pulled over the last 60 years (I’m giving him credit for the first ten), I’d much rather have a Green at the helm—they’re less likely to start wars or meantweet about overweight people—but I’m sure worried that people will buy into Trump and his bullshit. Maybe that should be the new colour for Trump and his ilk—Brown.”

There you have it. It’s over now, and if change was what people wanted, they certainly got it. But I doubt that it’s going to be in the way they thought. Only time will tell.

 

6 thoughts on “My Week 111: The US Election True Colours

  1. I have not really been a big Christmas fan the last few years. I do try to find my favorite Christmas movie, ‘Christmas in Connecticut’. My favorite cut tree, if I have one is Fraser Fir.
    Now on to the political stuff. I don’t think the people were voting for Trump but more so voting for the Republican party. The Democrats have been in office for the last eight years and our economy has really suffered. That being said I can’t see Trump being president for the next four years. Unless 1) He is put on Ritalin. 2). His tweeter account is deactivated. I have the feeling impeachment is in his future.

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  2. I’m not sure whether it’s the same movie you mentioned, but I like “The Muppet Christmas Carol” with Michael Caine despite it’s admittedly highly muppety nature.

    Having said this, I wish the American electorate hadn’t voted a dangerously under-qualified orange muppet to the presidency, but what can you do? I think it’s a terrible development for the US and for the world.

    Still, he won, so I hope he does a good job at bringing peace, prosperity and goodwill to all mankind. (In his case, we probably better specify we actually mean “humankind.”) My expectations are rock-bottom, but it’s not really in anybody’s interests that he fails, destroys the American economy and starts a nuclear war somewhere.

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  3. The U.S. election is something I’d just rather not talk about except to say that, thanks to our quirky electoral system, Trump won even though he lost the popular vote. Nationwide more people voted for Clinton.
    It’s kind of like when Stephen Harper became y’all’s PM with 37% of the vote.
    So, yeah, I’d much rather talk about Christmas. And like Bun Karyudo I like “The Muppet Christmas Carol”. I think Michael Caine is the best Scrooge ever, especially when he says “You are not going to be sick. You are not going to have your migraine. And everybody is gonna sit in the back of the motor!”
    I may have my Michael Caine movies mixed up.
    I also love “A Christmas Story” because it’s the first and only Christmas movie I know of where a kid drops the f-bomb. He doesn’t really say it but close enough.

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    • Yes but 37% is still the majority because we have more than three official parties! Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Green Party, Rhino Party, Marijuana Party and so on. I wasn’t a huge fan of Harper but he really wasn’t that unpopular. I’m going to have to watch a Muppet Christmas–if you and Bun recommend it, it must be good!

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  4. like Sara...but with a d says:

    You should most definitely check out Love Actually. It is a super good movie. I never think of it as a “Christmas Movie” though, perhaps it is just because it takes place at Christmas time…

    Ugh. I can’t with the election. Did you guys start building your wall to keep us out yet? 😀

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