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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Writer's Life 7/29 - Zzzzzz

Before the conventions began, it seemed a certainty there would be violent protests in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Fortunately, the actions were only verbal. Will Hillary get a bounce as Trump did? Probably, even though she promised the same ol' same ol' in her acceptance speech. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein's thoughts on the rose; " A socialist is a socialist is a socialist." Her speech moved everyone in the house except Bill, who was nodding off. If you don't believe that, look up the video on youtube. Trump remains a mystery politically, although he has always been liberal on financial issues. Hillary can just about do or say anything. Her core will remain with her. Just about everything about her has been revealed. The media will do its best to get her elected. Trump's core is in constant flux. He is described as a loose cannon no one would want at the controls of the nuclear arsenal, the same nonsense that was said of Ronald Reagan. He may say things that will hurt him. In fact, it's likely he will. It's his nature. His strength comes from the disenchantment of citizens with the political class. I will be pleasantly surprised if he wins. Ever the pessimist when it comes to politics, I expect Hillary to win. While I'm willing to take a chance on the unknown, I think the majority will opt for the safety of the known, even if that elects someone whose record is abysmal. Before the 2008 election, I suspected President Obama was a radical leftist, but I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He has been everything I expected, and I don't mean that as a compliment. I believe Hillary is corrupt, dishonest, slow-witted and perhaps even incompetent, which is mind-boggling given her experience. I fear her policies will do to America what decades of liberalism have done to Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore and upstate New York, and other areas. I don't know what Trump's policies would be. His supporters are expecting too much and would likely be disappointed in his presidency. If Bernie's supporters had any sense, they would be happy. The country has been trending left since the 1930's, with a few corrections here and there, and a Clinton presidency would continue that. And a Trump presidency may be powerless to stop that momentum.

I enjoyed my morning walk more than usual, as the light rain felt so good after days of intense heat, and the stiff wind mid day was a delight. The floating book shop enjoyed its best session in a while. I was immediately blessed with a smart shopper. A gentleman noticed the five novels by Robert Ludlum I had on display and asked how much they were. I said two bucks for one, five for all, and he went for the full monty. That took a lot of weight and space away from the inventory. My thanks, and to the woman who bought Catherine Coulter's Split Second, the one who bought a novel in Russian, and Ira, who snapped up four celebrity bios for his mom: Paul Anka, Tony Curtis, Princess Grace and Tony Bennett.
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