Seven Reasons Why What Happened Last Tuesday Could Be Wonderful

  1. With great power comes great responsibility.

Now that the Republicans control all three branches of government, they have no excuses for not pursuing their economic agenda. Since it’s by no means clear how they’re going to bring manufacturing jobs back to America without sanctions and tariffs that will damage the economy, prepare for another call for change in 2020, one that may sweep in a progressive administration (Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, please call your offices).

  1. Old adages ring true.

It turns out that anybody can grow up to be president. And they don’t even have to progress beyond adolescence.

  1. We have a real teachable moment on our hands.

Since our schools no longer teach civics, elections in which the loser garners more votes than the winner provide an indelible opportunity to explain the Electoral College and why the founding fathers wanted to avoid tyranny of the majority. Unfortunately, we really need someone right about now to explain why we have tyranny of the minority.

  1. Election night evoked memories of great Shakespearean literature.

As the results of too many states remained too close to call, it began to feel like Romeo and Juliet. You know what’s going to happen, but you really, really wish it was going have a different ending this time.

  1. Boredom is a thing of the past.

If you look at politics as entertainment, the ratings for the next four years are going to be sky high.

  1. A political dynasty gets stopped in its tracks.

If there’s a God in heaven, this will be the last we hear of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who were – in retrospect – the last people we should have sent up against a man accused of improprieties, sexual, financial, or political.

  1. It’s impossible to hold two horrible thoughts in your head at the same time.

The memory of the University of Washington’s 66-27 smackdown of the University of California the previous Saturday night and the New Orleans Saints’ 41-23 battering of the San Francisco 49ers the previous Sunday immediately dissipated.



About middleagecranky

The Middle-Age Cranky blog is written by baby boomer Howard Baldwin, who finds the world, while occasionally wondrous, increasingly aggravating.
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3 Responses to Seven Reasons Why What Happened Last Tuesday Could Be Wonderful

  1. Margaret Lawson says:

    Check out Stephen Greenblatt’s article in the New York Times 11/9/16. He compares Trump to Shakespeare’s ‘Richard Iii’. Shakespeare said it all

  2. Susan Gere says:

    As I have used up my ten free articles this month, and regard NYT as a major failure in the mission of media to inform and analyze, I do not willfully pay them money. Hence always appreciate the quoting of pithiest paragraph from proffered articles.

  3. Amy Lipton says:

    all well said.

    and needless to say, we r still reeling…

    sending much love to u and monica.


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