That Strange Thing About U.S. Elections

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The strange thing about U.S. elections is that the loser can take office. And that’s what we’re now witnessing. The last time, in 2000, things didn’t go well. People were jumping off the World Trade Center just 10 months later. In tonight’s edition, I look at some of this history, and evaluate what we might have in store under a Trump presidency.

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Note — At about 34 minutes or so, when describing the knowledge and power granted to U.S. presidents, I said Trump met with the president, but the name ‘Clinton’ slipped in instead of Obama. (Here is one hosting of the video I mentioned.) Trump was humbled even by his meeting with Obama, an actual president of the United States.

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The strange thing about U.S. elections is that the loser can take office. And that’s what we’re now witnessing. The last time, in 2000, things didn’t go well. People were jumping off the World Trade Center just 10 months later (to escape before the towers fell).

Leonard Cohen.

In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] I look at some of this history, and evaluate what we might have in store under a Trump presidency.

I keep the discussion low-key but in truth, I am concerned. We’ve already lost an 18-month game of chicken, and I reckon we’ll have a few others ahead.

As for what to do about this? I go over some possibilities on the personal level, and we’ve included some potentials for political response in this edition.

My musical guest is Leonard Cohen, who died last week at age 82 after a 60-year career as a poet and recording artist.

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If you are looking for practical ways to take personal action, here are some ideas:

— Tips from a former staffer on making effective contact with your Congressperson

Change.org petition urging the Electoral College to vote in accordance with the popular vote

— Illustrated guide on what to do when you see someone being harassed for being Muslim (or for any reason, really) — non-confrontational, effective and sane

You can also make ongoing gifts to activist organizations working on issues Trump and his cabinet may threaten; here are two to start with:

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Southern Poverty Law Center (combating domestic terrorism, hate crimes and the alt-right)

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This Week on Planet Waves

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Arnica and the American Dream

Eric has been communicating with friends and readers in his local community, and online, and finds that the prevailing reaction to the election results is shock. He suggests you might want to take a dose of arnica and let that guide you back into your body as you regain your composure.

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Taurus Full Moon: Moment of Illumination

As Eric points out, the Full Moon that took place Monday was in a direct dialog with the Uranus-Eris-Ceres conjunction, which is both describing and provoking an ongoing shock to awareness. In keeping with the emphasis on Taurus-Scorpio, we are reminded that being alive means being in-body.

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Trigger Warnings

One thing that might not have featured much in our election coverage is that it happened in the midst of the Uranus-Eris conjunction. Uranus is the god of ‘expect the unexpected': developments, revolutions, upsets, inventions, breakthroughs. We got one of those this week. Eric suggests there may be others.

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What That Was, and What Happens Next

What just happened in this country? In a phrase: Uranus conjunct Eris in Aries. Yet with each new day we get new opportunities and new astrology to help us make sense of things and move on. This week, we have three personal planets changing sign. Amanda Painter considers how you can work with those shifts.

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Manifestations of Mind

The Taurus Full Moon is now in the past. Today the Moon is waning in Gemini, and the Sun has just entered its last week in Scorpio. Len Wallick interprets this as time for an “airing out.” In the literal and figurative midst of it all is Mercury, reiterating the astrological picture this week.

Democracy Now! — The State of the Nation (and the World)

This week, Democracy Now! covered the U.S. election results and their possible ramifications from many angles. Here are a few of the highlights, as featured on Planet Waves:

Today: Trump versus the Paris Accord

Nov. 14: A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office

Nov. 11: Millions Sign Petition for Electoral College to Award the Presidency to Popular Vote Winner Clinton

Nov. 9: Trump Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump’s Shocking Rise to the White House

4 thoughts on “That Strange Thing About U.S. Elections

  1. Amy Elliott

    Andrew was very perspicacious indeed. It is so sad to think that people fell for the bullshit and superficiality of reality TV and social media. The vote for Trump was a vote for Trump the reality TV star, Trump the carefully constructed image of a rich, successful businessman (cough cough), Trump the entertainer. He is the president of the easy lie.

    I shut my mind to the possibility because I did not want to believe it possible. I think also I did not know how far rooted in slavery and oppression the US actually is. The Electoral College itself is an example of that. It’s like having a vital organ that is constructed of poison.

    Ironic, btw, that reality TV is misnamed so completely: it’s the antithesis of actual reality, and it blurs the boundaries.

  2. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    Oh for cryin’ out loud: just found out that Mose Allison died yesterday!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/arts/music/mose-allison-a-font-of-jazz-and-blues-dies-at-89.html?_r=0

    He was perhaps not as famous as Leonard Cohen outside of certain circles, and wrote songs in a different mode, but he has been influential and an important part of American music. Elvis Costello covered one of his songs, “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy,” on his album of covers by musicians who had influenced him, called “Kojak Variety.”

    Here’s Mose doing the song — with way more hair than when I saw him play! :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VEzCv5cMWI

    Not long after I’d discovered Allison, I won tickets to see him play at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston in the very late ’90s. In fact, I won tickets for me and about 6 or 7 friends to see him play. Sadly, due to a huge snowstorm, it was just me, my boyfriend at the time, and one other local friend as I recall (plus the rest of the small audience). He put on a fantastic show. Along with his politically conscious songs, I delighted in watching his feet in constant motion under the piano. It was totally like watching Kermit the Frog in a Muppets segment pretending to be walking by stepping on a rotating cylinder. I’m not sure if that description makes any sense without seeing the visual, but my companions totally agreed.

    *sigh*

    Thank you Mose, and thank you Leonard.

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