Let Me Get This Straight

by Deana Chadwell1/20/17
A Readers’ Digest Condensed Version of the Election  •  Take a deep breath and try to follow along: Hillary cheated her way into the presidential candidacy. We know this because John Podesta’s password was “password ” so he spilled the beans.  This makes her an illegitimate candidate.

But Trump is an illegitimate president because she won the popular vote.

But she isn’t the president because:

The Constitution says so, (but no one on the left understands this).

Her server was not secure – which was illegal, but never mind. That’s what the FBI said, “Never mind.”

Neither was Podesta’s – which was monumentally stupid,

Neither was Huma’s, and Weiner got a hold of it – and he shouldn’t get a hold of anything,

Wikileaks found out a lot of things and leaked some–


back in the Kremlin, Putin was lurking somewhere in the murky corners trying to decide who he wanted to root for,

back in Washington, FBI agents and CIA spooks were skulking around in the cyberbunk looking for smoking guns,

in newsrooms all over the country editors were busy making up stories about Trump and burying things about Hillary

and out at the airport, Slick Willy was nose-to-nose with Loretta Lynch. Shortly thereafter, Comey made his speech declaring Hillary both guilty and innocent.

Then votes were counted, and counted, and counted. Ninety percent of the media swooned and foamed at the mouth.

Now, the man isn’t even in office yet, but screams of impeachment ricochet through the halls of Congress – which, by the way, is now also Republican – which makes it hard to prove that Trump stole the presidential election, but we’re talking about liberals here, so little proof is necessary. The left thinks this apocalypse is happening because of some weird alliance made up of Trump + Putin + the FBI + Rush, oh, and the KKK that, by means of Facebook memes and chem trails, crept into people’s minds and made them vote conservative. Am I remembering this right?

Friday he’ll swear an oath on the Lincoln Bible promising to protect the people and the Constitution, but few celebrities will be there because either they’ve been threatened if they show, or they really think their absence will mark that day in infamy and the tape will rewind and Barry will walk backward into the Oval Office and their fairytale will continue. Screw Hillary. And not to worry; a couple million bikers are supposed to be there to keep the peace. This is how we elect presidents post Obama – that’s quite a legacy.

Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com and is a writing and speech professor at Pacific Bible College in Southern Oregon.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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24 Responses to Let Me Get This Straight

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    As I turn on the TV and see Obama giving yet another speech, is it wrong for me to yell out “Go back to hell where you belong”? Good riddance to this piece of excrement. What a stain on our nation’s history. And, God, I hope we haven’t done it again with Trump.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    This was so crazy that it might be hard to anyone not paying attention to realize that it’s also true. That’s what happens when liberals are even more deranged than usual. But according to reports I’ve seen, Podesta didn’t actually use “password” as his password for e-mail, though apparently he did initially have it for getting on. The phishing scam that caught him got his password, making it irrelevant how clever it was or wasn’t.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Goldberg has an article on The Science of Intellectual Tribalism. I don’t recommend reading it. Nothing you haven’t read before ad nauseum.

      The point is: I may disagree with you, Timothy, or Trump, or Deana, or Mr. Kung, or whomever, but it won’t be because you’re not in my tribe. And it won’t be, as Goldberg notes, because I am “critical of the intellectual establishment, which acts as a class or guild.”

      I think this culture has come unglued and I don’t suppose for a minute that Trump will act as epoxy to fix that. But mankind is tarnished and corrupted by his need for the pseudo-status of ribbons, badges, hand-shakes, diplomas, and “expert” status. Think about the wonderful parodying of human conceit in The Wizard of Oz when the Wizard gives meaningless ribbons and metals to, for all intents and purposes, bolster the self-image and self-esteem of the lion, scarecrow, and tin man.

      We all have some kind of developed overall aesthetic the provides us with a visceral like, or dislike, of a great many things. This aesthetic (affecting political, social, artistic, relational, and all sorts of things) is never sure and not always all that good. But it is our guiding light. The question becomes, do we develop this general aesthetic by reading Shakespeare or listening to rap music?

      Thus I hope one and all understands my deep suspicion of Trump who, for all intents and purposes, springs forth from this aesthetic soup of vulgarity and superficiality. But time will tell. Who knows who the real Trump is behind the curtain. We may find out.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        As I recall, in the original novel he actually gave them something real — but in the novel as in the film, they only received those gifts after showing they didn’t really need them. I vaguely recall a popular song noting that Oz gave the Tin Man nothing he didn’t already have.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          The song.

          Don’t get me wrong, I think confidence and a decent (but not narcissistic) self-image are good and necessary things. There’s little doubt that the Tin Man and Scarecrow were good folk, although I’m not altogether sure about the lion. They just needed a little support. Think of the many people who have had the opposite, who instead of encouragement (aka “to give courage”) have had confidence vampires for their parents, guardians, and/or friends. Oh, do not think I underestimate the need for a little moral support.

          David French penned an article about today’s polarization. It’s a fairly good read (if only because the guy isn’t a muddle-headed ignoramus…he comes to no pie-in-the-sky conclusions about our polarization).

          I think this polarization is a mental disorder. As conservatives, we ought to understand that the fight against Communism is a serious affair. The fight against the cynicism and acid-beliefs of Obama and his minions ought to be opposed and not under-estimated. At the same time, we need to distinguish (as the smarter folk here do…and as you do) that there are the Apparatchiks at the top and then the useful idiots. Those at the top (such as Obama) really do hate this country. But the useful idiots think it’s all about protecting the environment, equality, etc.

          I consider Obama to be evil and the useful idiots to be somewhat foolish…at the very least pawns of a destructive ideology. I’m not for splitting the difference and saying the each side views the others as uninformed, evil, etc., because there is a difference between George Washington and Joseph Stalin.

          God bless America. God bless Donald Trump, and may he lose the shtick and govern like a sensible person….a sensible conservative person, of course.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to politics, a sensible person is a conservative.

            Yes, the Outer Party are the (willing) pawns of the Inner Party.

      • Maddox says:

        I think we already know the real Trump but am hopeful he has advisers who will keep him in check. Perhaps he will be able to correct some of the damage done the last 8 years and avoid enough of his ego based decisions that he will serve as a bridge into a Constitutional governance in the next election.
        We are off to a good start in that the media has been exposed for the scoundrels they are and Obama’s executive orders are being rescinded. Best point of all, Hillary is not POTUS!

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          What we can certainly enjoy in the short-term are all the Snowflakes having a meltdown…and unmasking themselves as anything but the tolerant-loving, diversity-embracing people they say they are.

          In the long-term, who knows? I think Trump can cure a lot of ills by issuing executive orders to counter Obama’s communist/America-hating ones. But if he thinks he can get the economy rolling via protectionism, high tariffs, etc., he might possibly make things worse.

          The way I view the situation is the Trump doesn’t have any kind of deep and loyal constituency. For now, Paul Ryan and the usual suspects are playing nice. But there are now three parties in America: The RINO GOP, the Marxist Democrats, and Trumpism, which seems to be some kind of Napoleonic mix of nationalism (not necessarily a bad thing) with a belief in a centrally-controlled economy.

          And if the latter aspect is truly Trump’s guiding force, then he is indeed just another Establishment Republican statist who believes not in limited government, individual liberty, and the dynamic free market but in simply being a better technician at pulling the existing levers of government.

          But we’ll see. But I don’t expect anyone — pro or against Trump — to judge him on his merits. Both sides are now hopelessly lost in identity politics.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m watching the parade right now. And both Trump and Pence are regularly saluting the flag as it moves past the reviewing stand.

    Did that stain of a man who was our previous president do that?

  4. Anniel says:

    Deanna: After listening to the inauguration ceremonies this morning, I have to believe that Trump really did tweak more than the noses of those who needed tweaking, and they just had to sit there and take it. It did my heart good. He is apparently not going to give up his plain spoken ways. And the singing and speaking out openly of God, what a blessing that is.

    The rioting later was reprehensible and just shows the thuggery of those who are handsomely paid for their thuggery. George Soros is reportedly freaking out. I still think he should face RICO charges, but, hey, what do I know?

    I was happy to get the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of events. Thanks. Annie

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      That was a perfectly good black limo that got torched.

    • Rosalys says:

      I rather enjoyed it when the camera panned over to Obama, Michelle, and Bush; none of them looked at all happy, especially Michelle who kept that “if looks could kill” expression ’til the bitter end. And later on, I was enraptured watching Air Force One westward bound with the now ex-firsts. I waved good-bye to them through the TV, and wished them a nice vacation in Palm Springs. I’m hoping they’ll have such a great time that they’ll stay out there. California can have them! I know, I know – ain’t gonna happen. But I can dream, can’t I?

      And if I can go all girly and frivolous for a moment, our new First Lady’s powder-blue Ralph Lauren suit was BEAUTIFUL! I hope she sets a trend for that shade of blue, and that it becomes popular. I want a sweater exactly that color.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        A minor correction: Air Force One is whatever plane the current president is on. So even if it were the same plane he had been using, it would no longer be Air Force One once he became an ex-president.

        • Rosalys says:

          I knew that. But I also know that the departing former first family is given one last ride to the destination of their choice, as a what, a courtesy? I just didn’t know what to call it. The Big Plane? The President’s plane? The Presidential plane? Does anybody know?

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Todd Hermann on KTHH 770 in Seattle said, “I hope Trump is about restoring the republic, not strengthening the Executive.”

  6. Rosalys says:

    A very good summary, Deana.

  7. JC says:

    The helicopter and plane that Obama was on after Trump was sworn in became Executive One

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