Presidential Politics — Stressful Shit Sucks

October 19, 2016

picassoSunshine once again this early Wednesday on California’s north coast, and although the NWS forecasts today to be just ‘Partly Sunny,’ most-likely the outcome will still be nice.

In non-pleasant news, final debate tonight between T-Rump and Hillary — and set to be one ugly, nasty-ass match-up, an accumulation of one shitty presidential election.

poll released this week indicated maybe a quarter of America’s millennials — those aged 18-to-35 — would rather have a meteor destroy the world than have either T-Rump or Hillary as president.
Joshua Dyck, co-director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion: ‘“Obviously we don’t think that they’re serious. The fact that one in four of our young people pick ‘Giant Meteor’ tells you something about the political disaffection that is being shown by American youth.”

(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Self Portrait Facing Death‘ (June 30, 1972), was originally found here).

Hold that thought, Dyck — all Americans are freaking-fucking creeped-out. And obviously, this sense created by one of the most-way-worse people ever to suck air — T-Rump.
However, he’s just the bowel-head of a rolling, political roadshow composed an off-shoot of some insane-clown posse.
And now, just sick-to-the-bowels of the whole shebang, with even the smallest indication T-Rump might make the Oval Office creating a two-threefold increase in anxiety-fueled weirdness.
Another survey, this one from last week by Harris Poll for the Association, reported more than half of US adults are experiencing ‘…very or somewhat significant source of stress‘ due to the election.
Via NPR on Saturday:

‘We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,’ said Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy.
Across party lines, those registered as Democrats (55 percent) and Republicans (59 percent) are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.

“Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory,” said Bufka.”

“Whatever happens on Nov. 8, life will go on. Our political system and the three branches of government mean that we can expect a significant degree of stability immediately after a major transition of government. Avoid catastrophizing, and maintain a balanced perspective.”

T-Rump the horror story. One of the better chroniclers of our era, Matt Taibbi, reviews the ugly-energy of our time at Rolling Stone last Friday:

Trump’s shocking rise and spectacular fall have been a singular disaster for U.S. politics.
Built up in the press as the American Hitler, he was unmasked in the end as a pathetic little prankster who ruined himself, his family and half of America’s two-party political system for what was probably a half-assed ego trip all along, adventure tourism for the idiot rich.
That such a small man would have such an awesome impact on our nation’s history is terrible, but it makes sense if you believe in the essential ridiculousness of the human experience.
Trump picked exactly the wrong time to launch his mirror-gazing rampage to nowhere.
He ran at a time when Americans on both sides of the aisle were experiencing a deep sense of betrayal by the political class, anger that was finally ready to express itself at the ballot box.
The only thing that could get in the way of real change — if not now, then surely very soon — was a rebellion so maladroit, ill-conceived and irresponsible that even the severest critics of the system would become zealots for the status quo.

Read the whole piece, good stuff…
Even so say Republicans on T-Rump’s ‘whining‘ on a rigged election.
From the Boston Globe this past weekend:

Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, said it was an incredibly important moment in 2000 when Democrat Al Gore gave a speech saying he accepted the results of the Supreme Court decision to award the majority of electoral votes and presidential victory to George W. Bush.

Cullen expects Trump’s warnings about a rigged election to get even uglier in coming weeks, and he fears they will incite violence if Trump loses.
“That’s really scary,” Cullen said, recounting the violence at Trump rallies around the country leading up to the Republican National Convention.
“In this country, we’ve always had recriminations after one side loses. But we haven’t had riots. We haven’t had mobs that act out with violence against supporters of the other side.
“There’s no telling what his supporters would be willing to do at the slightest encouragement from their candidate.”

(h/t Digby).

Yet the horror is intentional ignorance, bordering on a mean-spirited outlook.
And couple anxiety-stressed America to ‘truthiness’ — via Daily Kos yesterday:

Watching an interview Trump gave with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly this past week, [a top Republican] fundraiser said he was practically dumbfounded.
“O’Reilly interviewed him and threw him 15 softballs that he should have hit out of the park and what does he do? He sits there and stares and denounces [Paul] Ryan and McCain.
“I was watching with interest and my wife turned to me and said: ‘I don’t know if I could vote for him.’
“I said, ‘You’re voting for him!’ But it went through my mind: What if Putin insults him? Does he drop a bomb on Moscow or something? I’m not sure he is stable.”
“I’m voting against her because I can’t stand the woman,” he explained, when asked how he could possibly vote for someone he thought might not be stable.
“But I think he is a jackass and I don’t think he’s mentally balanced.”

Thus, the creepy-cusp to the stress…

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