Subversive Celebrities Trying to Stay Relevant

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Subversive Celebrities Trying to Stay Relevant

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Finally, today, the Elec­toral Col­lege meets across the nation to name the next pres­i­dent. No one really expects any sur­prises to come of this process despite much whin­ing and last ditch appeals from the left.

Yes­ter­day on this blog, my col­league J. D. Rucker wrote about this process and touched on the absurd Unite for Amer­ica video that began run­ning last week in which a group of dis­grun­tled has-​been celebri­ties plead for the elec­tors to “vote your con­science” and select some­one other than Don­ald Trump for pres­i­dent. The first I heard of this video was last night; I was watch­ing some­thing on tele­vi­sion and the ad popped up dur­ing the com­mer­cial break. I was half lis­ten­ing, check­ing my cell phone, when the gist of the video began to seep in. “What in the world?!.…” I thought. Incredible.

At any rate, then I came across the plain­tive plea by Michael Moore on Face­book in which he, too, pleads with elec­tors “to vote your con­science and PLEASE do not put our nation in dan­ger by choos­ing Don­ald J. Trump.” He goes on to insist that Trump cares noth­ing about being pres­i­dent and that he’s a dan­ger to the country:

Trump, as I’m sure deep down in your heart you know, is never going to last the four years. He doesn’t care about the law or fol­low­ing the rules and this will even­tu­ally trip him up. You know how dan­ger­ous it is when any politi­cian, Demo­c­rat or Repub­li­can, who’s a super nar­cis­sist is elected to office, they start mak­ing deci­sions that per­son­ally ben­e­fit them­selves — and before you know it, they’re being hauled off to jail. Why not vote tomor­row for some­one who’s going to fin­ish her/​his term? Why risk the volatile pres­ence of Don­ald Trump in the White House — and help to guar­an­tee another gen­er­a­tion of Dems in the Oval Office?!

Really, I’m not sure Moore is known for this abil­ity to see into the future, but per­haps he knows some­thing we don’t.

The elec­tors do seem to be pre­pared to ful­fil their oblig­a­tion to vote as directed, how­ever, and the left will have to come to grips with it, just as Repub­li­cans did eight years ago. The pen­du­lum always swings back.

In Louisiana, as well as many other states, the process will be car­ried live stream.

We can expect this non­sense to con­tinue through­out Trump’s pres­i­dency; he will be chal­lenged at every step. Just as the right (myself included) railed against every Obama step, the left will do the same to Trump. Each side believes them­selves to be jus­ti­fied in their indig­na­tion. It’s Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. As cit­i­zens, we should always keep a wary eye on our polit­i­cal lead­ers; some of them are crooked and evil indeed. Some are not.

The day we let a bunch of washed up celebri­ties over­throw our great Amer­i­can polit­i­cal process, we are done. Their effort to stay rel­e­vant is depressing.

As Amer­i­cans, the one thing we ought be able to unite behind is the sanc­tity of our trans­fer of power and the polit­i­cal process. There must be some­thing that binds us.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Finally, today, the Electoral College meets across the nation to name the next president. No one really expects any surprises to come of this process despite much whining and last ditch appeals from the left.

Yesterday on this blog, my colleague J. D. Rucker wrote about this process and touched on the absurd Unite for America video that began running last week in which a group of disgruntled has-been celebrities plead for the electors to “vote your conscience” and select someone other than Donald Trump for president.  The first I heard of this video was last night; I was watching something on television and the ad popped up during the commercial break. I was half listening, checking my cell phone, when the gist of the video began to seep in.  “What in the world?!….” I thought.  Incredible.

At any rate, then I came across the plaintive plea by Michael Moore on Facebook in which he, too, pleads with electors “to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.” He goes on to insist that Trump cares nothing about being president and that he’s a danger to the country:

Trump, as I’m sure deep down in your heart you know, is never going to last the four years. He doesn’t care about the law or following the rules and this will eventually trip him up. You know how dangerous it is when any politician, Democrat or Republican, who’s a super narcissist is elected to office, they start making decisions that personally benefit themselves — and before you know it, they’re being hauled off to jail. Why not vote tomorrow for someone who’s going to finish her/his term? Why risk the volatile presence of Donald Trump in the White House — and help to guarantee another generation of Dems in the Oval Office?!

Really, I’m not sure Moore is known for this ability to see into the future, but perhaps he knows something we don’t.

The electors do seem to be prepared to fulfil their obligation to vote as directed, however, and the left will have to come to grips with it, just as Republicans did eight years ago. The pendulum always swings back.

In Louisiana, as well as many other states, the process will be carried live stream.

We can expect this nonsense to continue throughout Trump’s presidency; he will be challenged at every step. Just as the right (myself included) railed against every Obama step, the left will do the same to Trump. Each side believes themselves to be justified in their indignation. It’s American politics. As citizens, we should always keep a wary eye on our political leaders; some of them are crooked and evil indeed. Some are not.

The day we let a bunch of washed up celebrities overthrow our great American political process, we are done. Their effort to stay relevant is depressing.

As Americans, the one thing we ought be able to unite behind is the sanctity of our transfer of power and the political process. There must be something that binds us.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.