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By Scotty Kowall

Some random election thoughts...

Hillary Clinton and her campaign team should have listened to James Carville's advice to her husband from two decades ago. It still is the economy, stupid...

If Democrats had been less concerned on making it harder for average Americans to buy a gun and more concerned on whether average Americans can actually afford to buy a gun, they might not have lost the electoral college in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania or Ohio...

Donald Trump lives in a high rise penthouse. When he moves to the White House he will have to get use to a really short elevator ride...

Mexico doesn't want Donald Trump to build a wall on the US/Mexican border. The reason Mexico is up in arms about a wall isn't about keeping Mexicans from going to the USA but about keeping Guatemalans, Hondurans and other Central Americans from going to the USA. If there is a wall on the US/Mexican border then Mexico will have to deal with their own immigration problem instead of letting them pass through to the United States. Maybe Mexico will pull a Trump and build a wall on their southern border...

With all due respect to the current and former first ladies, Melania Trump will be the hottest First Lady since Barbara Bush. Okay maybe not Barbara Bush...

Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all were globalists. Since the 1980's free trade has been forced on Americans by both political parties and corporate conglomerates while factories closed and jobs went elsewhere. It took bombastic billionaire Donald J. Trump to grab the establishment in the crotch with the backing of the disenchanted that saw their jobs go overseas and tell the establishment that change is needed. If the Republicans in Congress want to keep a conservative court and other conservative initiatives they will have to support President-elect Trump on less conservative issues that he wants or they may never win Wisconsin, Michigan or Pennsylvania for another thirty years...

The mainstream media reports on fake news yet they don't seem to get it. It was the mainstream media that was telling the American people that Hillary was unbeatable and laughing on television at those who mentioned Donald Trump as having a chance at winning the presidency. It was the mainstream media that fed Americans the fake news. It was the mainstream media that caused the huge sadness and disappointment to Hillary supporters by not being honest in their reporting during the campaign. When all the media says Hillary can't lose and then she does the media has proven itself to be an echo chamber of fake news...

With Donald Trump so actively tweeting he may be the official First Tweeter in the White House. With so much news about his tweets one could assume the White House press corps may have less of a role than previous presidents. Why tell the media what you think in a press briefing, so they can interpret it for the public when a president can just tell the public in a tweet and let the public interpret what he means without the media slant? Twitter's stock has been as low Colin Kaepernick love at a Miami Castro demonstration but with a president that constantly tweets it almost makes one want to buy some Twitter stock, almost but not quite there yet...

In the 1990's President Bill Clinton moved the Democratic Party from a liberal party to a centrist party. Bill Clinton connected with people when he said, "I feel your pain." He gave the Democratic Party life for over two decades. Bill Clinton made the Democratic Party, not just centrist but the party of Wall Street and free trade. Thanks to Bill Clinton today the Democratic Party, for all intensive purposes, is a regional party made of the north east coast and the west coast. President Bill Clinton signed NAFTA into law and today great swaths of the country feel the very real pain of NAFTA. Ross Perot was correct when he said NAFTA would create a "giant sucking sound going south." This past election was not an election about racism or sexism and any media outlet that would tell you it was would fall under the category of fake news. This election was about the economy. The people that voted for Donald J. Trump are not satisfied with the status quo. They are not satisfied with their job or lack thereof one. If you have a crappy paying dead-end job you don't care what Donald Trump said eleven years ago on tape about women or what he may have said last week about immigrants in a rally; all you care about is how you will put food on the table for your family and pay the rent. Donald Trump spoke to those people and they went out and voted for him, not because they are racists but because he is the only presidential candidate of either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party in modern history that actually seems to understand their needs. I realize it sounds silly for a billionaire to be their savior but hey, Ross Perot was there for them too. It still is the economy, stupid, not racism. The president-elect should talk to Ross Perot; he was saying what Donald Trump was saying two decades ago just with more etiquette...

You never really know whether a president is good or bad until eight years after they leave office. That allows the decisions a president makes to have the time to work. President Bill Clinton signed into law the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 which allowed risky trading by banks, that was a factor of the 2008 financial crisis. He also signed the The North American Free Trade Agreement. The effects of both the are still lingering. I wonder if Bill Clinton can still feel their pain. George W. Bush deposed Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. The effects of that decision have the Middle East and Europe in turmoil. In the long run Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's signature issues have been failures. We won't know for eight years how most of President Obama's decisions will fare. We do know saving the auto industry was good while Obamacare with raising premiums not so good. A little trickier to grade on foreign policy, his standoffishness with world leaders was not great for diplomacy. His decision to not get involved in Syria, whether to prop up the rebels or Bashar al-Assad has left the country and people in ruins. Had he intervened it could have been better or it could have been worse but it certainly is not good now with millions fleeing to Europe and many dead. Usually eight years tells the tale of a president but with the Republicans getting the triple crown of government, the presidency, House and Senate, they will undo much of what President Obama did. But they can't undo the saving the auto industry and the dissolving of Syria, his best and worst decisions. President Obama has a good approval rating because he is a nice, likeable guy. If he could have run for a third term he may have won. Fortunately for Republicans Hillary wasn't as likeable...

Now we go from a reserved president to an outlandish president. Donald Trump is the opposite of Barack Obama in so many ways. While Obama thinks his every word before speaking, Trump spews opinions and facts like a Billy Mays infomercial. Obama is polite when describing world leaders. Trump calls world leaders terrific, amazing or fantastic even when they are not. Maybe this is how Trump succeeds in negotiations, telling everyone how great they are just before he signs a deal. If someone tells you how terrific you are it is hard to disagree even in a tough negotiation...

We now are in the era of the flamboyant president where everyone that disagrees with President Trump and America is a loser and every one that agrees with President Trump and America is terrific. The world is about to get a huge dose of electroshock. President Trump brings with him a New York attitude. The world has not seen a president like this before, so buckle up and enjoy the ride, it is going to be terrific, amazing and fantastic...

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