Sunday, April 10, 2016

Where have all the decades gone?

The Boston Globe re-imagines 7 Days in May (ask your grandfather, you Millenial punk!) and puts it on the front page (yeah, ask Grandpa what a "front page" is, too.  And get offa mah lawn!).

This is Donald Trump’s America. What you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP front­runner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action. Many Americans might find this vision appealing, but the Globe’s editorial board finds it deeply troubling. Read our editorial on Page K2 for more on the dangers of Trump’s vision.
My favorite bit is the article about how Trump is up for the Nobel Peace Prize.  That one is worthy of the Onion.  But they have to prove they aren't the Onion, lest anyone be confused.

In other news up to 1/3rd of Trump supporters say they won't vote for anyone else but him, and roughly the same percentage of Sanders supporters reportedly feel the same about their candidate.

Strange times call for strange reactions, I suppose.  It all looks too depressingly familiar to me.  Turns out it's much harder to change a culture than any generation imagines it is.  Maybe that's the only thing that keeps us trying.


  1. I had to go read the Globe at my brothers' it's an unusually good issue. The front page of the future is good, the editorial pointed out that Cruz is probably, if anything, worse than Trump. Though I would take exception that a president Paul Ryan would be any better. That they also, seriously, float Mitt Romney shows how desperate the Republicans are now that they've painted themselves into the far, far right corner.

    If you can find it, the editorial consisting of news stories about botched illegal abortions and illegal abortions going back into the 19th century is a real eye-opener.

  2. I am not surprised by the 1/3 of Sanders supporters claiming they won't vote for anyone else (really, won't vote for Clinton). I have been watching in slow motion several friends and in-laws morph from Bernie supporters to Bernie fanatics on social media during the primary. At first it was "we like his ideas, let's move the party to the left", then the posts on how the Democratic Party super delegates were unfair, onto nascent conspiracy theories of how the main stream press wouldn't cover Bernie. Now they have devolved to out right conspiracies of voter fraud (the only votes that can be trusted are those at the caucuses!), those Southern states shouldn't count, Hillary is corrupt (along with some recycling of Republican attacks). Last week I got an email about "the Truth!". Yes, with the capital T. It boils down to "why won't people listen to me!". Bernie is our savior and you won't see it! How can those people (yes, those people) not see that Bernie is the best for them because he marched for civil rights in the 60's. There is no real way to talk to any of them about delegate counts, building a party and funding it in 50 states, legislative process and the need for compromise and working with others. All are turned as signs of corruption. I angered a very good friend by pointing out that Sanders and Clinton voted together 92% of the time in the senate. He no longer speaks to me about the primary. He will vote for Jill Stein if it's Hillary (He is in a state where that likely won't matter). As we run out of primaries for Sanders to catch up the posts, likes and emails have become more strident. Some of these people will never come back.