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Was The Election Really Stolen?

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, Politics, Race by chamblee54 on April 20, 2019


One misty four twenty morning, PG was looking for something to post. He looked to 042018, one year ago. He found Stacey And Stacey. The story is repeated below. It was the first time PG paid attention to Stacey Abrams. It would not be the last, unfortunately.

Since that nightmare election, PG has wanted to assemble his thoughts about Ms. Abrams. Many people see her as a hero. PG does not. Stacey Abrams has a talent for publicity. Certain parts of the media adore her, and report her antics uncritically. Would Ms. Abrams would be a competent Governor/Senator? That is a good question.

PG wrote about Ms. Abrams, and the nightmare election, several times.
Stacey and Stacey ~ The battle of fair street bottom
Politically Relevant ~ Georgia voter registration
Why Did The 1956 Legislature Change The Flag? ~ Brian and Stacey
We were lied to ~ Rally At The Capitol Turns Nasty
The Problem With Stacey 2015 Edition ~ The Problem With Greg Palast

Brian Kemp was the worst Republican Gubernatorial candidate in many years. Ms. Abrams was much more appealing. Mr. Kemp made a political mistake when he did not resign as Secretary of State, after he won the Republican primary. If he had done so, the voter suppression uproar would have been much less potent.

The truth is that the counties register voters, and count the votes. The SOS office plays a limited role. Unfortunately, the truth does not make a good campaign issue. Voter Suppession™ was demagogued into submission by Stacey Abrams, and the clickbait media.

Ms. Abrams screamed Voter Suppession™ every chance she got. It was her main campaign issue. The clickbait media knew a good story when they smelled one. Racist Republican Rascal Steals Election In Honey Boo Boo Land!!! If you are not as outraged as your neighbor, then you must be a racist. Threatening to call someone the r-word is a powerful campaign tactic.

After the election, PG was looking for something. He stumbled onto The New Georgia Problem. It was a 2015 article about The New Georgia Project, a voter registration organization that Stacey Abrams fronted. NGP had a lot of problems. Ms. Abrams did not look good.

Among other things, NGP workers were poorly trained. A lot of their registrations were thrown out for being illegible and incomplete. This was also a problem with many voter registrations in the 2018 election. While the “exact match” law got all the attention, many of the registrations were thrown out for being illegible and incomplete.

The infamous AP story about 53,000 rejected registrations came out a month before election day. PG saw this, and realized that whatever was said could not be believed. The AP story was quoted as gospel. Few challenged the findings, even though the only documentation offered was “An analysis of the records obtained by The Associated Press.” Soon, Greg Palast put his hat on, and contributed to the noise and confusion. Discerning voters like PG just wanted it to be over.

Did Brian Kemp steal the election? It is possible. Mr. Kemp is no paragon of virtue. Georgia’s election machines are notoriously insecure. However, many of the wild-eyed charges leveled by Ms. Abrams have never been proven. Nobody has ever said how deleting voters-who-do-not-vote targets people of color. In the end, Brian Kemp will serve a term as Governor, and Stacey Abrams will make noise about it. As someone said about the New Georgia Project, “It’s a glaring example of what makes people sick about politics.”


Until Thursday, PG had been in blissful denial of the Georgia Governor’s election. Except, that is, for the clown car antics of the republicans. The Democrats had Stacey Abrams, aka black Stacey, opposing Stacey Evans, aka white Stacey. The Republicans are almost certain to win in November, even with a certified idiot like Casey Cagle.

The happy ignorance was interrupted by facebook on thursday. A FBF posted a link to this article, Statement by the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America on the vulgar hit piece against member Anoa Changa. The vhp, posted by the notorious white supremacists at WABE, was titled Atlanta Activist Uses Russian-Backed Media To Spread Message. It seems as though a local activist, Anoa Changa, utilized a Russian owned broadcast outlet to spread her message. This was news to PG, as well as the 99.9% of the population that never listens to Sputnik.

PG did not see what was so horrible about the WABE piece, and was prepared to ignore it. Then he saw something in the article. “Changa helped lead a protest last year at the progressive Netroots Nation convention drowning out the speech of Stacey Evans, a Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia. Changa and the other protesters chanted “trust black women.” Evans is white, while her Democratic primary opponent Stacey Abrams is black. Changa supports Abrams.” A bit of research turned up a video, Protesters Harass Stacey Evans Candidate Gov. Georgia Aug 12, 2017.

This incident was noted on facebook. “Yup, don’t see what the problem is. Was Evans run out of town? Silenced? Is she still in the race?” “I fully support activists of color disrupting any centrist white person running for office. Stop ignoring the fundamental power dynamic in play because of white supremacist patriarchy.” “Good luck winning the election”

Others are grossed out by this type of behavior. Is this what happens to people running for public office? To be shouted down in public forums, and say “this is what democracy looks like.” Maybe smells like is more appropriate. Maybe we are not mature enough to allow the luxury of free speech. Maybe an election campaign is a time to shout down your opponent … and call those who do not applaud your playground-bully tactics a racist.

Stacey Abrams And Stacey Evans had a discussion of the incident. Stacey Evans condemned the protest. Stacey Abrams did not. “I do not believe that you silence those who feel they are voiceless, because the minute we do that we are no better than those who tell people they can’t kneel in protest.”

Anoa Changa is far from voiceless. She is not going to be silenced by waiting until someone else is through speaking. To compare this abusive protest, to pro football players and the national anthem, is ridiculous. Stacy Abrams has no business being Governor of Georgia. This is a repost. Pictures for this paranormal panorama are from The Library of Congress.

Drink Rotten Terror

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 19, 2019

Can I Stay In Your Tent?

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 19, 2019


“Hey! New member here. I‘m going on the upcoming retreat in Tennessee, and am wondering if anyone has extra room in their tent for this newbie. Let me know. Looking forward to my first trip with the group.” This message came up on facebook the other day. As might have been expected, some of the replies were not supportive. Going on a camp out, without adequate equipment, is not a good look. The phrase “camping without a flashlight” comes to mind.

PG came into the discussion late, which is probably a good thing. A man who tells the truth should keep one foot in the saddle. Luther Mckinnon Whether or not you have a tent, you will need a tarp. It is almost certain to rain.

____ ___ I’m not making it to this one, but I’m new to this kind of camping (used to desert camping). I’m happy to break off another thread for any tips and whatnot, because I do (eventually – finance, time, and ability allowing) plan to make it. How do you keep your tent dry when it rains? Is there stuff in addition to a tarp? How is that used? Do you have links or articles you can refer to so those of us seasoned with camping can brush up on this environment?

Luther Mckinnon 1 – There is no level ground where you are going. Most places will be downhill in some way, and if it rains hard enough, all bets are off.
2 – Get a tarp that is bigger than your tent. 16′ x 20′ should do it. Get some plastic tent stakes, rope, string, and a couple of packs of bungee cords. Get something plastic to put under your tent, to keep the ground moisture out. A plastic dropcloth usually works.
3 – Set up your tent somewhere, and put the tarp over it, before you go to TN. You might make a few mistakes. There is a learning curve.
4 – Go to the short end of your tarp. Find the grommet in the middle. Tie a brightly colored string in this grommet. This way, you can tell easily which side is the shorter side, and which grommet is in the middle. You get tired of counting grommets.
5 – Set your tent up. put rocks around the corners of the area your tent will be setting. Go over this area, and remove all rocks and branches. There will probably be roots to work around.
6 – Spread the tarp over the tent. Take some bungee cords, and go from the front corner to a tree. There are lots and lots of trees. The idea is to have the front of your tarp sticking up a bit, so that the rain will slope down, and fall off the tarp. You do not want the rain to puddle.
7 – Go to the back of the tent, and stake the tarp down to the ground. You want to cover the entire tent, with a foot, or so, of overhang.

This is a facebook post, not an instruction manual. There is probably something left out. Someone will have another way to do all this. Camping methods are like opinions and assholes.

The thread mentioned a stash of tents in the barn. The last time PG was there, he had a faulty shock cord on his tent. He went looking through a medusa-like mass of shock cords. PG quickly gave up on finding anything usable. He did not look in the goat boutique.

A person going to the facility is likely to suffer culture shock the first time. The last thing this person needs is find a usable tent, in the caprine chaos of the barn. Walmart is an option. You might get lucky at a yard sale. Whatever you do, it is a good idea to set the tent up at home first. That way, if you have to struggle to understand the instructions, you can figure it out when you are not in an unfamiliar environment. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Drop City

Posted in Book Reports, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on April 18, 2019


Drop City, by T.C. Boyle, is the latest book PG read. DC is the rip-roaring tale of a 1970 California commune. The existential experiment turns to shit, literally. After a disastrous summer solstice celebration, a decision is made to move. Someone has a cabin in Alaska. Why not move the freak show to the frozen north? What could go wrong?

The story is thoroughly entertaining. Mr. Boyle is a prose craftsmen. The quotable sentences are less important than the story. Never mind that the details don’t always add up. Sess Harder has his dogs killed, while he is busy getting married. Pamela, his mail order bride, drags him to a rescue center in Fairbanks, and Sess reluctantly adopts a dog. Fast forward a couple of months, and suddenly Sess has five dogs, and is training them to go trap furs. Did Amazon the Sears catalog deliver mush dogs, 150 miles north of Fairbanks, in 1970?

Maybe the Amazon one star comments will help. Matthew T. “To find this book enjoyable is to admit a lack of morals.” mokshasha “this book MUST have been written by a committee” Will Szal “My guess is that our author, Boyle, is an atheist in the most pessimistic of ways.” watzizname “even tho I am neither hippie nor Afro-American, I am disgusted and offended.”

The term Afro-American had not been coined in 1970. We don’t know what Lester, and the others, called themselves. They arrive at Drop City, CA. Lester stays in a cabin, and does not contribute to the community. After an ugly incident in the cabin, Lester is asked to leave. There is more trouble, as the decision to move to Alaska is announced. Lester is stopped at the border, going into Canada. You might think this is the last we see of him.

The rest of the circus moves on to Boynton, a two saloon town 150 miles north of Fairbanks, AK. Drop City North is a three hour canoe ride upriver. After a few weeks, Lester shows up. We don’t know how this happened. The last we see of Lester, he is panning for gold in a river.

Lester is a side story. The focus of DC are the hippies, a colorful crew of indeterminate number. They are the frozen people. The hippies find people already living in the bush. Some are friendlier than others. Some will come to regret extending a welcome.

The hippies arrive sometime in July. By October, the temperature is -20, presumably fahrenheit. In that time, the hippies have built a collection of log cabins, and squirrled away supplies for the winter. Meanwhile, Sess, and his bride, have worked like crazy to store up enough food to last the winter. Sess was already there, knew what he was doing, and still had to work like crazy. How did a traveling hippie circus do much more, starting from scratch?

Communal life, and bush country existence, are not glamorous. As the winter approaches, things get ickier all the time. When you read a story like DC, you are happy to be able to put the book down, and move on with your own life.

PG is connected to an *intentional community* in Tennessee. This IC has been in place for forty years, with many ups and downs. The nuts and bolts reality of keeping the water line unclogged is not noticed by many of the people who come to gatherings. When PG first went to the IC, there was no water line. You took a bucket to the spring. Someone had to build that line.

One job PG has taken on is the parking. This is where the muggle world interfaces with the magic kingdom, and sometimes the gears need grease. Every afternoon, more cars come in. The parking lot is two ridges over. No, you cannot leave your car here just for tonight. Whose car is that blocking the driveway? While the fantasy flows at the bottom of the hill, somebody has to find a way to stash all the vehicles. Not to mention building roads, and shipping gasoline.

Drop City is a lot more fun to read than it was to live. Fiction is supposed to provide an escape, before you go back to your life of quiet desperation. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Date Rape Drug Warning

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 17, 2019









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Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties & local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink by any woman. Many females use a date-rape-drug on the market called
‘Beer’.
The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, from taps, and in large kegs.
‘Beer’ is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them.
A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few units of
‘Beer’ and then simply ask him home for no-strings-attached sex. Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several applications of ‘Beer’, men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with women to whom they would never normally be attracted. Men often awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that ‘something bad’ occurred.
At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life’s savings, in a familiar scam known as ‘a relationship’. In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer-term form of servitude and punishment referred to as ‘marriage’. Men are much more susceptible to this scam after
‘Beer’ is administered, and sex is offered by the predatory females. Many men cannot resist the temptation.
If you fall victim to this
‘Beer ‘ scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men. For the support group nearest you, just look up ‘Golf Courses’ in the phone book.
This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Gender modification, for contemporary society, is available by appointment.

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No Character

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 16, 2019

Fundamentally Does Not Understand

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on April 15, 2019


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Bulb Fields Awaiting Van Gogh

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 14, 2019


PG was being his slack self when he saw the facebook friend. Bulb fields awaiting Van Gogh — at Keukenhof. The picture was taken “on a iPhone through the window of a tour bus.” PG played with the image for a couple of minutes, and sent a photo comment. A few minutes later, someone said “That is really impressive. How do you do that and how long does it take to learn?” Which is how this post started. PG has not written a GIMP tutorial in a while.

GIMP is the program used to create this image. It is a free download. Chamblee54 has a page devoted to GIMP, with a few suggestions for how to use it. The program was already open when PG saw the facebook thingie, so that is one step out of the way.

1 – Download the picture. Double click on the picture, until a separate page opens. Right click on the picture, and go to “Save Image As.” Give the picture a name, and put it in a folder.

2 – Open the picture with GIMP. Crop the picture. PG has 720 pixel columns on his blog. The best shape for this is the golden rectangle. For 720 pixels wide, this means 447 pixels tall. Find a section in the picture which has most of the needed elements. Click R, for the rectangle tool. It has a fixed ratio today of 720:447. Draw a rectangle around the part of the picture that you want to use. Click Image/ Crop To Selection. Click Image/ Scale Image. Type 720 in the Width field, and click Scale. If Height is not 447, click on the chain link symbol to the right of the dimensions. The chain link will open. Type 447 in the Height field. Click Scale.


3 – Since the picture was taken out of a bus window, it is not perfectly aligned. You want the dark green section to be flat, rather than rising up at an angle. Use the Perspective tool, Shift+P. Drag the bottom left corner down, until the dark green section is flat. Drag the top right section, so that the horizon is flat. Click Transform. Click Ctrl+H to anchor the selection.



4 – Click Colors/ Levels. Click Auto Input Levels/ OK. This will change the way the image looks.


5 – Click Filters/ Artistic/ Waterpixels/ OK. Click Edit/ Fade Waterpixels. Click on the Mode menu, scroll down to Darken Only, select Darken Only, Click Fade.


6 – Click Filters/ Artistic/ GIMPressionist. This filter uses Presets, which is a system for making brushstrokes. The Preset PG used in this picture is custom made for his use, and is not available in the standard GIMP. If anyone wants to know how to set up this Preset, leave a comment. You can also Click Filters/ Artistic/ Van Gogh. This is described as “Special effects that nobody understands.”


7 – Click Colors/ Hue Saturation. Click Alt+S twice. Type 99 in the Saturation field. Click OK. Click Colors/ Color Balance. Under Select Range to Adjust, choose Highlights. For Cyan/ Red, type in -22. For Magenta/ Green, type in -22. For Yellow/ Blue, type in -22. Click OK.



This should give you a picture that resembles, sort of, a painting Mr. Van Gogh would have done. Absinthe is not required, and you should have both ears intact when you are done. Other GIMP tutorials can be found here.

Lewis Grizzard

Posted in Book Reports, Georgia History, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on April 14, 2019

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In the time between 1980 and 1994, if you lived in Atlanta you heard about Lewis Grizzard. Some people loved him. Some did not. He told good old boy stories about growing up in rural Georgia. Many of them were enjoyable. He also made social and political commentaries, which upset a few people. This is a rainy sunday morning repost, with historic pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

PG had mixed feelings about Lewis. The stories about Kathy Sue Loudermilk and Catfish were funny. His opinions about gays, feminists, and anything non redneck could get on your nerves. His column for the fishwrapper upset PG at least twice a week.

In 1982, Lewis (he reached the level of celebrity where he was known by his first name only) wrote a column about John Lennon. Lewis did not understand why Mr. Ono was such a big deal. PG cut the column out of the fishwrapper, and put it in a box. Every few years, PG would be looking for something, find that column, and get mad all over again.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia has a page about Lewis, which expresses some of these contradictions.
“If Grizzard’s humor revealed the ambivalence amid affluence of the Sunbelt South, it reflected its conservative and increasingly angry politics as well. He was fond of reminding fault-finding Yankee immigrants that “Delta is ready when you are,” and, tired of assaults on the Confederate flag, he suggested sarcastically that white southerners should destroy every relic and reminder of the Civil War (1861-65), swear off molasses and grits, drop all references to the South, and begin instead to refer to their region as the “Lower East.” Grizzard also wore his homophobia and hatred for feminists on his sleeve, and one of the last of his books summed up his reaction to contemporary trends in its title, Haven’t Understood Anything since 1962 and Other Nekkid Truths (1992).
In the end, which came in 1994, when he was only forty-seven, the lonely, insecure, oft-divorced, hard-drinking Grizzard proved to be the archetypal comic who could make everyone laugh but himself. He chronicled this decline and his various heart surgeries in I Took a Lickin’ and Kept on Tickin’, and Now I Believe in Miracles (1993), published just before his final, fatal heart failure.”

As you may have discerned, Lewis McDonald Grizzard Jr. met his maker on March 20, 1994. He was 47. There was a valve in his heart that wasn’t right. The good news is that he stayed out of the army. At the time, Vietnam was the destination for most enlistees. The bad news is that his heart problems got worse and worse, until it finally killed him.

Sixteen years later, PG found a website, Wired For Books It is a collection of author interviews by Don Swaim, who ran many of them on a CBS radio show called Book Beat. There are two interviews with Lewis Grizzard One was done to promote My Daddy Was a Pistol and I’m a Son of A Gun. This was the story of Lewis Grizzard Senior, who was another mixed bag.

PG found himself listening to this chat, and wondered what he had been missing all those years. The stories and one liners came flowing out, like the Chattahoochee going under the traffic slogged perimeter highway. Daddy Grizzard was a soldier, who went to war in Europe and Korea. The second one did something to his mind, and he took to drinking. He was never quite right the rest of his life. His son adored him anyway. When you put yourself in those loafers for a while, you began to taste the ingredients, in that stew we called Lewis Grizzard.

PG still remembers the anger that those columns caused … PG has his own story, and knows when his toes are stepped on. The thing is, after listening to this show, PG has an idea of why Lewis Grizzard wrote the things that he did. Maybe PG and Lewis aren’t all that different after all.

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Knows How To Aim Part Two

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 13, 2019

Lucy McBath And Bret Easton Ellis

Posted in Book Reports, Library of Congress, Politics, Race by chamblee54 on April 12, 2019


If something is too bad to be true, it usually isn’t. The other day, Fox news had an item, GOP gets ‘Georgia’ Dem to accept gift basket at ‘real home’ in Tennessee. First term representative Lucy McBath represents GA06. While representing Cobb county, there appears to be some sort of Tennessee connection. Politics being what it is, the concept of living in one area, while representing another, is something to make noise about.

“To point out McBath’s deep Tennessean roots, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent a goody bag containing coffee infused with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Memphis-style BBQ sauce and a hat of the Tennessee Volunteers to her Rockford, Tenn., home. The lawmaker accepted the gift on Friday at 10:45 a.m. and signed for it as “LMCBATH”. Fox News obtained a copy of the signature. … McBath’s office did not respond to Fox News’ repeated requests for comment.”

There is a problem. “But actually, the signature tells a different story: Clearly, the recipient wrote “M McBath.” Lucy McBath was in New York, we’re told. The package was signed for by Margaret McBath, the congresswoman’s mother-in-law …”

Political nuisance Karen Handel is running against Rep. McBath in next year’s election. The fund raising emails for Mrs. Handel are going out, in all their purple prose glory. “Since I announced my 2020 campaign on Monday, the radical elite have been busy courting their billionaire and Hollywood buddies to stop us from taking back our district. … Friends, the Democrats have only been in the majority for a few months, and they’re already trying to force their liberal agenda of open-borders, extreme pro-abortion, and high taxes on our district.” “Extreme pro-abortion” will not use the services of Dr. Kermit Gosnel. The spell check suggestion for Gosnel is Gospel.

There was another gift basket story yesterday. Bret Easton Ellis has a book, White, coming out April 16. Part of the promotional stampede is an interview with New Yorker, Bret Easton Ellis Thinks You’re Overreacting to Donald Trump. The story spelled the author’s name correctly.
On his podcast, BEE rants about, among other things, the insane behavior of the left. BEE denounces petty tit-for-tat-ism, logical fallacies, and the blinding obsession with Donald J. Trump. PG agrees with BEE a great deal. Read the questions from Isaac Chotiner, and you see many BEE talking points illustrated. The spell check suggestion for Chotiner is Christine.

IC O.K., but Trump says lots of racist things. We can all agree on that, right?
BEE [Pauses.] Sure.
IC So he says lots of racist things. … Why does people being upset about it, or people being upset about the fact that we have a President who regularly says bigoted things, bother you?
BEE No, no, no, no, no. That just twisted up what I meant.
IC Tell me what you meant.
BEE You think I am defending a racist.
IC No, I asked why liberals repeating Trump’s remark about Mexican immigrants being rapists bothers you so much. …
IC I am not arguing that people don’t support him. You aren’t denying Trump says racist things regularly. I am just trying to understand why liberal opposition to Trump bothers you so much.
BEE I don’t know if he does think racist things so regularly. I am not sure if I do. …
IC When I think of when people have freaked out during the past couple of years, I think of the Muslim ban, child separation, and the President saying that there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. … It seems like you want to give Roseanne Barr the benefit of the doubt, but not people who think Trump is a racist.

Racism Racism holds a place of backhanded honor in America. Racist is the worst thing you can say about someone. The r-slur is tossed about on the flimsiest of pretenses, to the recreational outrage of the howling mob. The Trump-is-racist trope is accepted as gospel truth. Racism is considered worse than President Trump’s crookedness, mental instability, and all around foolishness. Racism is the best distraction DJT, and the Democrats, could ask for.

Mexico is a nation, not a race. What is happening at the border is cruel. It does not make immigration policies any worse, or any better, to call them racist. What crying racist does do is fire up the Trump-demented mob. Maybe this manipulation-of-the-masses is what BEE is offended by.

A recent episode of the podcast had David Shields, author of Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention. Towards the end of the show, Mr. Shields said that DJT was a racist, and that DJT exaggerates racism for political expediency. (This is not an exact quote.) Racism is promoted to troll the libs, and fire up the DJT base. The libs take the bait. Both sides are being played for fools. While the national debt grows at a trillion dollars a year, America is busy arguing about who is a racist. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

If America Is So Racist

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Politics by chamblee54 on April 11, 2019


Lots of smart people have been writing about the 2016 election. One popular line of thought is that Donald Trump won the electoral vote because of racism. There are numerous studies that indicate this. This feature will not quote, or link to, these articles. The bottom line is that DJT was labeled racist, and enough voters either liked it to win the election. This is a repost.

There is a problem with this line of reasoning. In 2008 and 2012, the same population elected a dark skinned man. If America is so racist, why did Barack Obama win the Presidency twice? There is something not quite adding up here.

One possibility is show business. BHO was clearly a better performer than John McCain, or Mitt Romney. DJT is much more entertaining that Hillary Clinton. Some fuddy duddy purists talk about issues, when the voting public is clearly superficial.

Another option may be the way Democrats dealt with racial attitudes. HRC called DJT’s actions racist. If BHO did the same against his opponents, it did not get much attention. The supporters of HRC said repeatedly that anyone who votes for DJT is a racist. It is unlikely that anyone said that anyone voting for Mr. Romney, or Mr. McCain, was a racist.

There is an urban-rural divide in America. Many people face tough economic times, and resent what they perceive to be a liberal elite. The reaction of the liberal elite is to label this resentment as racism. While racial attitudes may be part of the problems in rural America, it is far from the entire story.

It would have been better for HRC to win ugly, than to allow DJT to win. She handed millions of votes to DJT by labeling people as deplorables. Barack Obama won the support of many deplorables. Maybe BHO is just a better politician than HRC.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Nick Parrino took the pictures in 1943. The men were Army truck drivers, many stationed “somewhere in Iran.”