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CaliforniaPeggy's Journal
CaliforniaPeggy's Journal
December 1, 2016

This is a MUST READ. ThinkProgress issues a warning to all of us.

It's a fairly long read but very worthwhile. It's full of information about Trump and what could happen to our nation with him at the helm.

The Democratic Party is screwing up its opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. They can’t help it.

The reason why is that democrats — that is, small “d” democrats, referring broadly to people who believe in democracy — are ill-suited to address the threat posed by Donald Trump.

Those of us who agree with the Declaration of Independence that governments derive their legitimacy from the consent of the governed are poorly equipped to resist Trump. Those of us who agree that governments exist to secure “certain unalienable Rights” are fighting with one hand tied behind our backs.

We have brought a sheet of parchment and a set of abstract principles to a knife fight. We’re going to get cut.


November 30, 2016

About Trump and his "nominees":

It seems that for whatever office he is considering, he assiduously looks for AND finds the absolute worst, least experienced, or completely unqualified person to fill said office.

Every. Single. Time.

I am no longer horrified, but instead feel saddened and outraged.

I expect the Senate Democrats to put up very stiff resistance and opposition to this parade of the extremely unworthy.

November 20, 2016

Doyle McManus on how to prioritize panic under Trump--today's LA Times:

Donald Trump has given people plenty to worry about in the first 10 days of his transition to the presidency — especially anyone who thought all along he was unqualified for the job. It’s as if a bunch of people who never expected to win the White House have been suddenly asked to organize an actual administration. The result has been chaos, eccentric nominations (Jeff Sessions — really?) and Twitter outbursts from an unreformed president-elect.

But you can’t hit all your panic buttons simultaneously. So I thought it might be useful to do triage, sorting the biggest concerns from lesser ones. Call this a semi-optimistic guide for the seriously distressed.

Let’s start with issues we can put off worrying about for a while.

The economy is going to be fine for the short run. Financial markets didn’t crash when Trump won; they soared when investors figured out his plans to spend trillions on infrastructure, defense and tax cuts will add up to a giant economic stimulus. Although Republicans hated the idea of stimulus when it bore President Obama’s name, watch them hail Trump’s as an act of genius.

Over time, all that stimulus is likely to boost inflation, just as conservatives warned in 2009. It may even lead to a recession in time to disrupt Trump’s reelection campaign.
Trump, who cast himself as a candidate of renewed American strength, may lead us to a dangerous era of weakness instead.

All of it at the link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-20-trump-worry-20161120-story.html

November 18, 2016

Take care of yourselves, my dear DU friends!

I fully recognize that this is a most stressful time, probably the most stressful time we've ever experienced as a nation, but we must take care of ourselves.

Stress can shorten your life.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus said that there are two kinds of things: The things you have control over, and the things you don't.

If you can't affect something, then try not to worry about it. But do what you can, obviously!

And...go for walks, bike rides, swims...whatever makes your body work. Take your medicines. Get away from the news now and then.

I'm worried about our nation too, but today I went to the gym and when I came home, I felt calmer and more in control of myself. I was also more aware of my own abilities. It cleared my mind.

We will get through this.

November 16, 2016

I just found this absolutely charming commercial, yes, commercial, on Facebook:

It's short and lovely. Hope you all enjoy!

There's a short bit of text explaining it and then when you scroll down, you'll see it...


November 16, 2016

I knew I would want to hang onto Skinner's post about the hack...

and also keep as many responses that our membership sent to that page.

So.........Here they are!

It starts with Skinner's wishes that DU would soon be up and running, and then it talks about the hack, and last are our posts.


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