aside Dear Democrats And Friends, How Do We Play The Lousy Hand We’ve Been Dealt?

Image result for recent photos of hillary clintonDear Readers, The sad truth is that the democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton and her party in their hubris, lost the election to a flawed candidate because they chose not to listen to voices outside their bubble sounding the alarms about a very real pending loss. Had she decided to listen and to act accordingly, this election would have been in the bag for her despite all the unfair obstacles that she had to overcome.

But alas, now that we Americans have been dealt this lousy hand of a Donald Trump U.S, presidency, how can we best play it?

There are two good cards that we are holding; (1.) the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and (2.) that Donald Trump promised his followers that he would always act in a way consistent with their best interests. Both these cards are crucial to any campaign designed to mitigate any harm that the president elect can do.


Because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, we can rightfully stand our ground to hold the president elect accountable for everything he does. Then we insure that he follows up on his own commitments to the hard working peoples who voted for him and counter his steps whenever he deviates from this stated goal. We will extend our hand to let them know, we hear them and we support them.

clinton-hrc-love-quotequotequit-copyThis has to start with all of us demanding that he not fill the current cabinet and other appointed positions with his cronies who encouraged all the negative aspects of his campaign. He was given a mandate by his followers to get things done on their behalf. Too many of Donald Trump’s buddies like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich are political insiders who have their own interests and hidden agendas. Mr. Gingrich’s speakership was the one who heralded in partisan and obstructionist tactics into the U.S. congress.


It is important that the president elect Donald Trump be presented with a list of the best and brightest in their fields to choose from and this would definitely not include the current sycophants.  He needs to surround himself with competent experts who will respectfully speak to up to power and who will work effectively with others on both sides of the aisle to move forward a powerful positive agenda to lift up the hurting working peoples in this country. Their are numerous republicans who are capable of getting on this train of “Making America Great Again,” for real.Image result for recent photos of ANTI TRUMP PROTESTS

In short, the first stated goal of those protesting should be that the U.S. president- elect hire the best and the brightest in their fields, and by filling all the vacant appointed positions, with qualified personnel who have a proven record of competently getting things done without undue drama.

In the following commentary excerpts, Mark Landler addresses this issue in this 11/12/16 New York Times article, “Trump’s Hires Will Set Course of His Presidency:”Image result for photo of trump at white house

“In such a chaotic environment, serving a president who is in many ways a tabula rasa, the appointees to key White House jobs like chief of staff and cabinet posts like secretary of state, defense secretary and Treasury secretary could wield outsized influence. Their selection will help determine whether the Trump administration governs like the firebrand Mr. trump was on the campaign trail or the pragmatist he often appears to be behind closed doors.”

“A new president is really vulnerable and open to all sorts of influence by strong-willed advisers,” said by Robert Dallek, a presidential historian. “Trump’s appointments over the next six weeks will be very significant because they can show whether he wants to create some unity in the country, or whether he really intends to deliver on his ideas.”


  1. Thanks Gronda. Civil protest and rational discourse on issues have to be a part of this. Our President Elect has such a thin skin, when other leaders are critical of his positions on climate change, e.g. he will say hurtful things and show his ignorance on a topic.

    I see America becoming less relevant in certain global conversations. They will, of course, have to include us, but if we are not going to be a viable contributor, there will be more conversations without us. If Trump backs out of the Paris Climate Change Accord as he promised, I could envision China, Germany, etc. having conversations where our government is not represented, or we may be represented by a a foundation such as The Breakthrough Energy Coalition.

    Just because the President Elect chooses to bury his head in the sand, does not mean the issue will go away. So, activists will have to take up the mantle. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You are so right on every point. Everyone with any common sense will be walking on egg shells around him.

      Like you, I am writing a note to the various media outlets about my thoughts on their performance.

      Ciao, Gronda


      • Gronda, thanks. I stopped short of saying this, but how will our next President feel if he does cancel our involvement in the Paris Climate Change accord and leaders come to our country, not to meet with him, but with leaders of The Breakthrough Energy Coalition to discuss future steps and progress to battle climate change. It would also not surprise me if a group like this or even the United Nations asks our outgoing President to play a role in bringing nations together to fight climate change. It is a hope I have. Keith

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        • Dear Keith,

          This would be a perfect role for him.

          He has stated for the record that after he leaves the WH, he will be working to fix the redistricting and gerrymandering issues.

          Ciao, Gronda


  2. all the unfair obstacles that she had to overcome.

    Right, tripping over all the money the Clinton’s have made, unabashedly without shame. I’m no Trump fan but no other couple in American history have used their post office glitter to amass so much wealth.


    • Dear Carl,

      That particular republican talking point has been declared to be misleading by credible fact checking sources. Many ex presidents and cabinet members including Ronald Reagan have earned huge speaking fees after they left office.
      Mr. Trump only cheated numerous small business people by not paying them. Some went out of business. Look up Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank fame about how he tried to cheat her.

      Best Wishes, Gronda


      • Yes that is true but nothing like the millions. Can you recommend a site that lists post office wealth generated by ex presidents/fact checking ? That would be an interesting read and certainly give me better understanding. Thanks.


        • Dear Carl,

          HRC’s speaking fees are considered high when compared to other women. However, the agency who she is listed with charges similar amounts for quite a few men on their list.
          Here are some references which you might find helpful:

          Why Attacking Hillary Clinton for her Speaking Fees Is Hypocritical

          The fight over Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees is ridiculous – The …
…hillary-clintons-speaking-fees Feb 5, 2016 –

          Yes, Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees are high—but only compared with …
…/Jun 30, 2015 –

          A False ‘Corruption’ Claim –

          Oct 25, 2016 –

          Thinking About Hillary — A Plea for Reason – The Policy

          Jun 13, 2016 –

          What she earned in speaking fees is not criminal or illegal.

          Beyond these references, you are free to your beliefs but I must be permitted to disagree with you respectfully.
          This is a site where all opinions are welcome but disagreeing is okay too.

          Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to share your thinking. Gronda


  3. Dear Horty,

    We know this man by his own actions and words. He is the same before as post the election. He is a Narcissist and a con man. Don’t discount what you have seen with your own eyes. Those who are taking a “wait and see” stance which sounds reasonable are not dealing with reality. I will no longer live in that bubble.

    Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

    I can’t help but speculate that the Hispanic media has to be questioning the election results. What are their thoughts?

    Hugs, Gronda


    • Dear Jill,

      It would be problem to work with all the other egos like Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon. Chris Christy and Mike Flynn. Steve Bannon makes DT look like a choir boy.

      This is how I can tell, DT is not starting his presidency out well.

      Peoples who voted for him are going to get more than they thought. .

      I guess that I’ll be joining the protests.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I fully agree! Just finished writing a post about Priebus, and will be working on Bannon next. These people are all sleazeballs. But, I really do not imagine that knowledgeable people with integrity could stomach working in this administration. Perhaps if they are truly dedicated, but then Trump wouldn’t hire them … he wants ‘yes-men’, not intellectuals. Hugs!

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