Trumpotusphobia

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Trump supporters at the Milford NH Labor Day Parade – 2015

I was speaking with Marcy Samel our  technical writer yesterday about Candidate Donald  J. Trump. She was telling me how the possibility of his presidency was filling her with anxiety. I share her unease however I keep hoping that rationality might prevail after Super Tuesday.

Today Marcy shared a term she invented for this unease, one that I hope will become popular in social media. One that encapsulated the feeling that sentient beings have about the coiffed orange man.

Trumpotusphobia  (n) – extreme fear that Donald J Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America. Hashtag – #trumpotusphobia

 

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Ted Cruz

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Happy New Year

It’s the year of the monkey which seems especially appropriate with only one day till our Presidential Primary. I missed the opportunity to see Ted Cruz yesterday in Peterborough, NH. There were no more tickets available. I am not a fan of the guy. Apparently nobody else likes him very much. Sad isn’t it?

 

Primary Countdown

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The phone rings non-stop from pollsters, the mailbox is full of slick colorful ads from super pacs and one cannot go to a diner without running into a candidate. It’s Presidential Primary season in New Hampshire and it is great fun. I for one will go through withdrawal on February 10th.

I’ve seen a number of candidates so far, but Nomorobo has blocked the pollsters. I suspect with the number of folks who have given up land lines that the polls may prove to be wildly inaccurate. Supposedly the two winners will be Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. We shall see.

Trump Rally

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I attended my first (and last) Donald J Trump Rally at Hampshire, Hills in Milford, NH. I had low expectations of his oratory skills but I found I needed to lower them a bit more. Donald delivered his usual diatribe of insults, boasts and complaints about how he was treated by the press, in spite of their complicity in boosting his popularity. He discussed how well he placed in Iowa in spite of what the pundits had predicted while mentioned the fact that Senator Cruz was born in Canada.

I knew it was going to be an interesting evening when a public address message was made that it was a private affair paid for by Donald Trump and for people not to physically attack protesters. Police would remove any unruly attendees. If there were any outburst from protesters the crowd was encouraged to chant TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP.

Gustau Alegret is a correspondent for NTN24 (Nuestra Tele Noticias). I was speaking with him when he was approached by a Trump Rally staff member and asked to leave the premises. Apparently they felt he was too aggressive in his insistence on entering the main hall, however I felt his demeanor was quite reserved. After a few minutes he was escorted out by two law enforcement agents. It is apparent to me that it is politically advantageous to have a private versus a public event.

Trump was introduced by Scott Brown which was a bit of a surprise since I thought he was a bit more the traditional politician. Brown discussed the various failings of the Obama adminstration and invoked the spirit of Ronald Reagan in spite of the fact that the crowd had many young people who probably weren’t even alive when Reagan was President.

The crowd was rather subdued during the rally which was understandable because it was mostly Trump talking about Trump. They did cheer when he said he was going to kick the <expletive> out of Isis. They must be quaking in their boots.

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Waiting in the cold to attend the rally.
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Trump complains that the crowd size is never shown by the media. This is the crowd. It was hot and steamy inside, reminded me of a locker room.
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As close as I could get
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Special protest section outside the venue on the road.They were only visible to the shuttle buses.
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Trump aide asks reporter Gustau Alegret to leave building. Gustau was not causing any trouble, he just wanted to get inside the main hall. Police escorted Mr. Alegret from the premises.
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Mr Alegret tried to make his case for not being ejected. I wondered if I was next since I was taking photos.
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Bernie Sanders Ad

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Refreshing change to the usual drivel we are subjected every four years. Well done Bernie.

The song is bittersweet, telling a story of disillusionment with America, the lost American dream. I believe this is at the core of Sander’s message. He is calling out the forces that rig the system. It is inspirational and probably impossible but he’s got my New Hampshire vote.

I believe that hope TRUMPS fear and loathing.

“Let us be lovers,
We’ll marry our fortunes together.
I’ve got some real estate
Here in my bag.So we bought a pack of cigarettes,
And Mrs. Wagner’s pies,
And walked off
To look for America.
“Kathy”, I said,
As we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh,
Michigan seems like a dream to me now.

It took me four days
To hitch-hike from Saginaw.
“I’ve come to look for America.”

Laughing on the bus,
Playing games with the faces,
She said the man in the gabardine suit
Was a spy.

I said, “Be careful,
His bow tie is really a camera.”
“Toss me a cigarette,
I think there’s one in my raincoat.”
We smoked the last one
An hour ago.

So I looked at the scenery,
She read her magazine;
And the moon rose over an open field.
“Kathy, I’m lost”, I said,
Though I know she was sleeping.
“I’m empty and aching and
I don’t know why.”

Counting the cars
On the New Jersey Turnpike
The’ve all come
To look for America,
All come to look for America,
All come to look for America.”

– Paul Simon

Jeb!

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Jeb Bush held a town hall meeting in Peterborough, NH on January 7th, 2016. Even as an unabashed liberal I’ll admit to being impressed with his intelligence and understanding of the issues. Thankfully the issue of Trump did not come up, something that seems to be more important to the media than the actual voters in my state.

Governor Bush mention the loss of community spirit in America, specifically mentioning the book that I’ve included as a link in this post.My overall impression is that the guy should be taken seriously. I realize he is down in the polls but here is an interesting fact. I probably have a 100% voting record, I’m the guy they want. However I lie on polls and now don’t even do that because my junk call app blocks them. We’ll see the real POLL RESULTS on February 9, 2016.

You can’t complain if you didn’t vote

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Sign outside the Town House in Peterborough, NH

 

Jeb Bush Town Hall Meeting by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Awating candidate Jeb Bush

 

Jeb Bush Town Hall Meeting by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Jeb speaks about rebuilding military

 

Jeb Bush Town Hall Meeting by John Poltrack on 500px.com
The jacket comes off and Jeb takes questions from the audience

 

 

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After the even the crowd gathers around the candidate

 

Jeb Bush Town Hall Meeting by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Governor Bush takes questions from the group after his presentation