New America Worksheet

Acadia Einstein

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So everyone is stunned that Trump won the election today.  I am sure we will dig into it tonight when we record Waiting for the Train but I wanted to take a few minutes to do what I would have expected conservatives to do if Hillary had won.  I am going to give Trump a chance.  Here’s how:  I am making a work sheet.  There are a MILLION things that Presidents can’t control.  Presidents can’t make jobs.  Presidents can’t decide how much gas costs.

But Presidents do say a lot of stuff that get people to vote for them.  Obama promised hope and change.  W. said he was a compassionate conservative who did not believe in nation building.  Obama ended up being the President who presided over the Democrats losing the House, the Senate, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.  W. got us into two wars that we are still not done with and we have spent trillions trying to build those nations.

So all in all we put too much faith in what Presidents say and forget that Congress is, according to the Constitution, in charge.  They make the laws.  They declare war.  We are not supposed to have a king.  But Trump DID say a bunch of things that got people to vote for him and they are things the President can do.  So let’s just make sure we have them marked down so when it is time for another election we can remember if it worked.  Everything is checked off NO right now just because things didn’t really start yet.

Item YES NO
Is America Great Again?   X
Is there a wall between America and Mexico?   X
If there is a wall, did Mexico pay for it?   X
Did the secret plan to defeat Isis in 100 days work?   X
Did the forgotten people’s lives improve?   X
Have dangerous people been kept out of the country?   X
Did we deport the illegals?   X
Did the manufacturing jobs come back?   X
Is Obamacare repealed?   X
Are NAFTA and TPP dead?   X
    X

I think that is a pretty good start.  Some, like the Obamacare one, will need Congress.  But others he can totally do himself.  So I guess every once in a while I will have to fill it out and see how we are doing.

And a couple more things before I sign off.

  1. Trump WON.  Hillary didn’t lose.  If the Senate had gone to the Democrats you could make a case that it was Hillary.  But the only two Senators on the Republican side who denounced Trump both lost.
  2. Bernie Sanders would not have won.
  3. Joe Biden would have.
  4. Gary Johnson DID hurt Hillary.
  5. We have no idea what Trump will do.  There is a 50/50 chance that he will do the OPPOSITE of all the things above.  Everyone has been wrong so far.  There is no reason to believe anyone will be right now.

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I have run the site since 2005. And I have to say I am pretty damn proud of it. I wrote the book Whalewolf (sold on Smashwords.com) and am not even close to tired so I am just going to keep going. I was born in Portland, Maine and I currently live in New York and Charlotte, North Carolina. I keep hoping that at some point all these weird rebels are gonna say: "SURPRISE!" and act normal. Eight years and counting....

24 Comments

  1. Bigscrod wants cake
    November 9, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Stealing the checklist, and not a goddam thing you can do about it. Lawlessness reigns now.

  2. Cider
    CiderReply
    November 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    This is a good post fam. Good work. Also that checklist is gold.

  3. lipstickandpuppykisses
    lipstickandpuppykissesReply
    November 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Good post and checklist. Thank you for sharing

  4. SamHTravels
    SamHTravelsReply
    November 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great post and liking that checklist!

  5. Amber
    AmberReply
    November 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I’m a little nervous. But maybe he’ll prove me wrong!

  6. Our Family World
    Our Family WorldReply
    November 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Great post! Love the checklist.

  7. Kimberly c.
    November 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    All we can do is wait and see what he’s going to do. Hopefully his lack of political experience won’t be an obstacle.

  8. Mihaela Echols
    November 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I’m not gonna lie I’m pretty stoked he won. It’s time for America to wake up from the 8 year nap we’ve had.

  9. Chloe
    November 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Hopefully he pulls a magical unicorn out from under his bed and rides it off into the sunset

  10. Cindy Ingalls
    November 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you for pointing out the obvious that everyone forget, Congress makes the laws. You want change, don’t keep voting in the same people who don’t fulfill their obligation. I hope things aren’t as bad as it seems they could be, especially after Trump point out his terrible plan for the 1st 100 days.

  11. adriana
    November 9, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I think a lot of people (clearly, the majority of the country) still wants to see change, and (clearly) didn’t see it from the past 8 years. To those who don’t support Trump, I say -- give him a chance. As he says, what do you have to lose? I’m glad someone blogged about the election, because I know it’s a touchy subject in this country today and not many people had the you-know-what to put it in writing.

  12. Karlyn Flores
    November 10, 2016 at 8:30 am

    This is absolutely a good post and a great information. Glad you share this with us

  13. RonRon
    RonRonReply
    November 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Hopefully, he will do what is best for AMERICA and it’s people. I mean, for the greater good.

  14. Alfonzowords
    November 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    bwwwwwahahahahahha! i loved reading the post! and that gif at the end hahahahha so frickking funny. I love how you stated the facts & said it’s 50/50 now. best to wait and see what happens

  15. Elizabeth O.
    Elizabeth O.Reply
    November 10, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    It’s unbelievable what’s happening these days but like everything else, we have to get up and carry on. I like this idea of yours, it can be good for the rest of us to do that too!

  16. Kendra
    November 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    This is a great list to start with.

  17. Shelley Plummer
    November 11, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Every candidate makes wild claims before being elected and very few of them are actually able to do any of it once they’re in office.

  18. Rhewi Montemayor
    November 12, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I’m not really updated about this but it is a good start reading this! 🙂 Just be aware on what’s going on right now.

  19. Marceline Dementori
    November 12, 2016 at 4:40 am

    This is not a bad idea at all! I think it’s great and it’s an effective way of keeping track of the country’s progress.

  20. Ari
    November 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Although not my preferred candidate, I’ll give him a chance. I hope he proves me wrong and turns out to be a great president. We’ll see…

  21. Christina Aliperti
    November 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I hope he surprises us all! We have no choice but to give him a chance and find out.

  22. AWanderingVine
    November 16, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Love this list. I hope he surprises us, but I have to admit I’m worried. Those gifs are gold :).

  23. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    November 21, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    US politics is always a tough subject even with a lot of obvious pointers and matters that can be discussed. I just hope everyone’s honest enough to admit that in the end, we’re all on the same side.

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