FPQ94: Trainwreck

FPQ

Fandango provocatively asks…

What do you think about what happened in the United States yesterday? Are you shocked or surprised at the outcome, if it’s even known as you read this? Or are the results of the election what you expected? And finally, are you happy or unhappy?

You probably can tell from my title what I think. I’ve been anxious for weeks, not trusting the polls, because they were wrong last time. I don’t know anything about the “science” of polling, but it seems on par with the “science” of astrology. As of this writing, there still is no clear winner of our 2020 US presidential election, but whoever wins, my opinion is that we all lost. If Trump wins, we can expect more of the same shitshow we’ve had all along and especially this past year. If Biden wins, we’ll have the right screaming that he cheated and we’re now doomed to communism. If the Senate doesn’t flip, which it doesn’t appear to have done, he won’t be able to pass anything anyway.

I am not surprised that red states stayed red. I mean duh. I am shocked however at the percentages Trump received. I mean, even here in the land of fruits and nuts, he took like 30+% of the votes. People want more of 2020? The mismanaged pandemic response is cool with them? His alienation of friendly countries is a good thing? His brutal stance toward immigration is something we want to continue? His absurd tweeting? His views on women’s rights and appointments that reflect the same? Ugh. So, maybe Biden will eke out a win after all the votes are counted in WI/MI/PA, but it won’t be a decisive one. And… we’re still left with tens of millions of people who approve of Trump’s policies.

All that said, Biden was not my choice in the primary and I think the Democrats could have done much better than steamrolling him through. He doesn’t have a great record on most of the issues we care about, plus he’s just so damn old (so is Trump). We had vibrant primary candidates, but they were given no support and then were forced to drop out. The whole process just sucks. So, do you think the Dems will learn from this? 🤣

I’m not happy, obviously. I’m just resigned. Last night, I decided to abandon my “epic retirement road trip” I’ve semi-planned for a while because I simply don’t want to travel through those red states. Yes, they were red before this, but now I’m just so turned off from all this Trump support that I can’t even imagine it would be any fun.

Okay, so I assume that everyone reading this has their own blog or some other venue for expressing their thoughts. While normally I don’t mind a bit of disagreement, I’m not in the mood for it today and will not be hosting comments in support of Trump. If you want to praise him, please do it somewhere else. Thanks.

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32 responses to “FPQ94: Trainwreck

  1. Whoever wins, we all lost — I feel exactly the same way.

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  2. You’re absolutely right Paula. Either way it’s a loss because around half the people have shown that they support Trump’s policies!

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  3. Likewise. It might be that we underestimated the power of fear and racism. It’s dismaying that a something like a trump can so easily push those buttons.
    About your epic road trip–good call. I’m 6’0″ very well camouflaged, and a capable code-switcher, and I have my reservations.

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  4. (shrug) Frankly, I’m past the point that I give a shit WHO won. Now all this to me has devolved into nothing but a fascinating psycho-social experiment revolving around the well-known and wide array of cognitive biases that people are subject to. In the present case, “Confirmation Bias”, “Availability Heuristic”, “Dunning-Krueger”, and a wide variety of others are playing out writ large and in real time.

    The short version is that the much-anticipated (and expected by anyone who can’t read actual numbers) “Blue Wave Across America” is petering out into a “Purple Coffee Stain On Some Local Furniture” is a marker of the real world.

    That is to say that no matter which side you support, the bottom line is that OF 100 PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW, STATISTICALLY 50 OF THEM THINK DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU DO, even on such fundamental matters as this.

    People seem utterly unable to grasp this sure-as-sunrise fact. One of the smartest people I know was absolutely convinced that Trump was going to win in a landslide. On the other hand, every SJW I know (a surprising number) were absolutely convinced that their “new majority” was going to rise up and wash the red stain from the Country. In both cases, my answer has been “What? What the fuck is the matter with you people? Can you not read raw numbers?” I ain’t made any friends on either side in THIS election season.

    The fact that they are both as sincere as if they were arguing a point of physics is — well, nothing short of astonishing, none of it being tamped down or modified by the obvious-as-sunrise ACTUAL FACTS in the ever-self-righteous “media” which, however they “leaned”, were about as fact-based as Scientologists. Talk about stoking the public’s Cognitive Biases…

    And more so now that the actual numbers confirm what the facts have always been, BOTH sides are SHOCKED, SHOCKED, I TELL YOU! and swearing that the other side has pulled some magic trick bullshit to stuff real life right up their hopeful asses.

    Unbelievable. Kaneman, McRainey, et al, should be able to write a hundred books out of this “Wouldn’t Believe It If I Hadn’t Seen It” national lab experiment which, at the end of the day, only establishes that humans are as clueless as ever.

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  5. I’m a resident of a very red state. I vote ‘against’ that, but it’s useless. I’m discouraged and I seriously wonder what is the point of staying alive in what is proving to be such a large pool of idiots. Those entitled assholes who are wandering around supporting fascism (Trump’s agenda in my opinion), because they’re scared of socialism ought to be shot with their own handguns. I doubt it would change anything though. The entitled assholes (most of them uber wealthy) control everything. From what I’ve read of history, it’s always been so. All we can do as individuals is decide how best to deal with the ugly reality.

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  6. I agree.  I’m tired.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  7. Oh, Paula. This is unbelievable. And despite the fact that there are as yet uncounted votes in a number of swing states, Trump is likely to get support from his hand-picked justices and from the 6-3 conservative majority. So, once again, it seems likely that the candidate who received the most votes will not win the election. What has happened to America?

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  8. So sorry. Sadly, it took years to get America this broken down and it’ll take years to rebuild. I hope there will be more focus on rebuilding.

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  9. There’s no legal justification that the SC could possibly fabricate to throw out a Biden win.

    His win is at least a huge step back to sanity, if not fully coherent at all times.

    I have faith in Harris tho.

    I wanted Yang. Or Amy. Or Kamala.

    Anyone other than Trump is a major upgrade. Even Sleepy Joe.

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  10. Do you mind if I link to your blog post from within my #SocietyForBadLogic FB group version of this post?

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  11. At the moment Joe Biden has a 83.6% chance of winning the race, while Donald Trump only has a 16.4% chance.

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  12. You Asked — What do you think about what happened in the United States yesterday?

    My Answer — From my perspective, the day was the same as any other day. I went to work came home ate and will soon goto sleep. Nothing new to report.

    You Stated — “Are you shocked or surprised at the outcome, if it’s even known as you read this?”

    My Response — Nope, it was predictable and anti-climatic.

    You Asked — are the results of the election what you expected?

    My Response — I truly had no expectations.

    You Asked — Very happy. America grows with each election. It will now grow with this one.

    I have 3 questions for you:

    What is the number one killer of humans?
    Who is the most decent human on earth?
    What is love to you?

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  13. I’m always shocked that people support him too. They’ve always been around, they’re just more outspoken. I’m not gonna be surprised if I see a large percentage of SD county voted red… military & La Jolla. OC is ALL about rich old white people, or wannabes like my ex S-I-L… yes CA is blue, but it’s a purpley blue.

    I’m glad to stay away from results. Money controls everything, money is power and the powerful are playing us against each other to keep us under control. If everyone is afraid, they’ll agree to anything to feel safe.
    The whole thing is exhausting. I don’t know if I can survive 4 more years of McConnell’s smarmy face.🙄

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  14. The truth is that neither side can get a grasp on the fact that NO ONE likes their own candidates. All I hear from BOTH sides is “How Can You Vote For HIM?” followed up with an explanation that THEY’RE voting AGAINST him regardless of the “quality” (hah, hah hah!) of THEIR candidate.

    You want something that Americans are absolutely 100% united on? That they’d vote AGAINST the other guy, even if it means having to vote for THEIR defective, reeking shitbucket who is also an incompetent, despicable embarrassment.

    And then both sides whine and bitch and moan about how America is over because of “how many racist/commie/Antifa/Nazis voted FOR (whoever)”. Bleedin’ Jesus, maybe we really ARE that stupid.

    As for myself, I wish I was more surprised about THAT.

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  15. The truth is that neither side can get a grasp on the fact that NO ONE likes their own candidate. All I hear from BOTH sides is “How Can You Vote For HIM?” followed up with an explanation that THEY’RE voting AGAINST him regardless of the “quality” (hah, hah hah!) of THEIR candidate.

    You want something that Americans are absolutely 100% united on? That they’d vote AGAINST the other guy, even if it means having to vote for THEIR defective, reeking shitbucket who is also an incompetent, despicable embarrassment.

    And then both sides whine and bitch and moan about how America is over because of “how many racist/commie/Antifa/Nazis voted FOR (whoever)”. Bleedin’ Jesus, maybe we really ARE that stupid.

    I wish I was more surprised about THAT.

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  16. Freaking WordPress double posted me. At least it got my blog address right this time. Feel free to delete one or the other. Or both, as the mood moves you.

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