Doug Smith: So, what now? How about stopping the crying and figuring it out?

18 Nov


Doug Smith: Author, historian and lead contributor to FSP








There is a French song called “What Now My Love” which became a jazz standard in the US.

It goes like this:

“What now my love, now that you’ve left me? How can I live through another day? What now my love, now that you’ve left me? How can I live through another day? Watching my dreams turning to ashes

 And all of my hopes into bits of clay

  Once I could see, once I could feel Now I am numb, I’ve become unreal I walked the night, without a goal Stripped of my heart, my heart and my soul

 What now my love? Now that it’s over I feel the world closing in on me Here come the stars, falling around me Here’s the sky where the sea should be

What now my love? Now that you’re gone I’d be a fool to go on and on and on No one would care, nobody would cry If I should live or even if I should die

What now my love? Now that it’s over Nothing is left, my last goodbye My last goodbye”

This is apparently the theme song of what’s left of the Democrat Party and the Hillary campaign. So, I have an answer for their question “What Now?” The time to voice an opinion about what the candidate says or proposes ended on Nov 8. Then, we voice our opinion in the way that counts, the way our Constitution provides – we vote.

We vote. Because half a million men died, and many more took great risks, black folks and even, gracious sakes, women, can register their opinion by exercising that precious franchise.

That is a good thing . We exercise the rights of citizens of a constitutional republic. And the choice is made, and we deal with it. The time to say vocally ” I don’t want X as President ended on Nov 8. ” This is the United States. We do not change governments based on shrieking crowds. We use the ballot. Those of us who rejected Barack Obama had to accept that he won.

Now the time to criticize what he did was once he did it. Thus the results of his actions and policies caused the decimation of the Democrat Party, which has lost 900 offices nationwide between 2010 and now. They have lost the Congress, the White House, 33 Governors, and only hold full control of 5 states.

So America has spoken loudly its rejection of progressive policy, and the face, and certainly the mouth of that rejection is Donald Trump.

So what now?

When he does something to object to, and you disagree, by all means object. But for now, his positions beat those of Obama and Hillary.

Rather than shriek, weep, moan, and skip work ( well hardly, working folks, by and large, go to work disappointed if they lose, but work anyway) or class, it might be time to consider, why did we lose, so much, so often, and again.

To keep doing the same thing and expect a different result is the definition of insanity.

The politics of emotion is very loud. The politics of reason is quieter but sound. The greatest politics is the politics of interest. The coalition of fringe interests has been very loud. The interests of kitchen table issues and personal safety were much quieter.

Until Nov 8.

What now?

Learn that there are no participation awards. There are winners and losers.

For 8 years, the winners were elitists.

The losers were the folks trying to make a living and raise kids. And the Democrat party.

What now? Stop crying. Pull up your big boy pants and find out why!

Those of you who know my politics and sentiments may be shocked at this, but Bill Clinton was right.

It’s the economy, stupid.

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