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I have been writing this column for almost 20 years and I am grateful to The Signal for giving me this wonderful opportunity. It has given me personal joy to be able to express myself on a myriad issues over that time.

However, the last three weeks have been anything but fun. The anger and dismay from Election Day have not subsided, and not just because a Republican will be in the White House.

I survived Nixon, Reagan and George Dubya Bush, as did the nation, so it’s not that. It’s that it is Donald Trump.

Just because he won does not make him any more qualified to hold the office; it does not make him any more decent or moral. He is still a liar, a thief, a con man and a despicable excuse for a human being.

And he is going to be the most powerful person in the world.

So if you detect some anger and bitterness leaking through, you are not imagining it, and it will not subside until he is gone, however long that takes.

But even four years will seem like an eternity. It already does, and it has only been a couple of weeks.

The interesting thing to watch will be his supporters when they realize they have been conned by a master grifter.

He is already stocking his economic team with Goldman Sachs executives, Wall Street hedge fund managers and right-wing billionaires. That ought to be just the panacea for the problems of the undereducated and underemployed Joe Six Packs waiting for manufacturing jobs to come back to the rust belt.

Then they will have to deal with having their health care taken away, followed by the destruction of Medicare and Medicaid so there will be no medical coverage in the future, either.

Now there is a chance that an ego-driven narcissist who believes he is correct 100 percent of the time will not fail spectacularly.

If he can convince Republican budget hawks in Congress to spend $20 billion on a 2,000-mile-long wall, a wall that will do almost zero in preventing illegal immigration, that will go a long way toward fulfilling at least one campaign promise.

But what are the odds? Ditto solving the complex problems in the Middle East, defeating ISIS and global terrorism.

Again, just because you got 2 million fewer votes than your opponent does not guarantee competency or portend successfully fulfilling all the wild claims made on the campaign trail.

The voters whose support I have the most problem reconciling with Trump is the Christian right.

They have spent decades trying to remake America into a biblical utopia. They have been extremely judgmental of every part of society that falls short of the religious ideals they want all of us to live by.

And yet they supported and continue to back a man who has proudly broken every single one of the Ten Commandments, except maybe the sixth. And if Trump’s paper of record, the National Enquirer, printed a story about him killing a man in Reno, just to watch him die, not a single person would be surprised.

And he would not lose the support of most of those who voted for him in November.

If there is a silver lining to all this, it is that at least there is a playbook already written on how to deal with a president and an administration you do not agree with.

Obstruction to every single proposal, delay and destroy any and all administration policies, regardless of whether or not they have merit.

Make sure every nominee who needs Senate approval is delayed or denied the post for which they have been nominated.

Above all, be sure that everything that can be done to ensure Trump is a one-term president is done.

Republicans have proven there is no political downside to this approach. In fact, they proved it is an effective way to harass a president and minimize his accomplishments.

The only thing Democrats need to change is the creating lies, gossip and innuendo to denigrate the president. Just telling the truth about Trump’s business and personal life will have the exact same effect.

There, now I feel a little better.

Kevin Buck is a Santa Clarita resident. “Democratic Voices” runs Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several Santa Clarita Valley Democrats.

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  • Brian Baker

    Pretty funny stuff, Buck. Let’s take a look.

    “He is still a liar, a thief, a con man and a despicable excuse for a human being.”

    But I guess you had no problem with the unindicted federal felon, pathological liar, career corruptocrat, and repulsive person who was your own party’s candidate, right?

    “If there is a silver lining to all this, it is that at least there is a playbook already written on how to deal with a president and an administration you do not agree with… Obstruction to every single proposal, delay and destroy any and all administration policies, regardless of whether or not they have merit… Make sure every nominee who needs Senate approval is delayed or denied the post for which they have been nominated… Above all, be sure that everything that can be done to ensure Trump is a one-term president is done… Republicans have proven there is no political downside to this approach.”

    Dude! As have you Dem/socialists, since what you listed has been your party’s SOP since the Reagan administration. There’s absolutely NOTHING new in your little list there.

    “The only thing Democrats need to change is the creating lies, gossip and innuendo to denigrate the president.”

    Ah… so one of you finally admits that your SOP is based on “creating lies, gossip and innuendo to denigrate the president.”? By golly… a random act of truth. Quell surprise.

  • Gene Walker

    Did you get pushed out of your safe space?

  • lois eisenberg

    “Kevin Buck: The grifter and the rubes”
    “Above all, be sure that everything that can be done to ensure Trump is a one-term president is done.”
    “Obstruction to every single proposal, delay and destroy any and all administration policies, regardless of whether or not they have merit.”
    This is where “what goes around comes around” comes into play!!!!!!!

  • brianb2970

    Well, Buck, interesting stuff in your column, I must say.

    “He is still a liar, a thief, a con man and a despicable excuse for a human being.”

    But I guess you had no problem with the unindicted federal felon, pathological liar, career corruptocrat, and overall repulsive pantsuit woman who was your own party’s candidate. Huh!… Imagine that…

    “If there is a silver
    lining to all this, it is that at least there is a playbook already written on
    how to deal with a president and an administration you do not agree with… Obstruction
    to every single proposal, delay and destroy any and all administration
    policies, regardless of whether or not they have merit… Make sure every nominee
    who needs Senate approval is delayed or denied the post for which they have
    been nominated… Above all, be sure that everything that can be done to ensure
    Trump is a one-term president is done… Republicans have proven there is no
    political downside to this approach. In fact, they proved it is an effective
    way to harass a president and minimize his accomplishments.”

    Dude! That’s been Dem/socialist SOP since the Reagan administration! C’mon!

    “The only thing Democrats need to change is the creating lies,
    gossip and innuendo to denigrate the president.”

    Uh-oh… Random act of truth there. You’re actually admitting that
    Dem/socialists create “lies, gossip and innuendo to denigrate the president.”?
    Well, even a busted clock is right twice a day, I guess.

  • brianb2970

    AND this is weird, but I can’t seem to log in using my usual screen name.

    • Brian Baker

      And obviously I fixed that.

    • tech

      It’s due to the implementation of Disqus as the comment management solution.

      • Brian Baker

        Yep.

        • tech

          It’s as good a solution as any I’ve seen elsewhere and it restores the edit function that was lost in the transition to the WordPress platform.

          • Brian Baker

            Yeah, I noticed the edit aspect, too, and that IS a good thing.

  • tech

    “However, the last three weeks have been anything but fun. The anger and dismay from Election Day have not subsided, and not just because a Republican will be in the White House.”

    “They have spent decades trying to remake America into a [‘Progressive’] utopia. They have been extremely judgmental of every part of society that falls short of the [‘Progressive’] ideals they want all of us to live by.” Fixed that for you. You’re welcome.

    I was wondering when you’d reappear from your hidey-hole, Mr. Buck. Have you been sulking for the last month? Given the polemics that constitute your columns, it’s no surprise that here you are, wounded, snarling and venting emotionally.

    “Obstruction to every single proposal, delay and destroy any and all administration policies, regardless of whether or not they have merit.

    Make sure every nominee who needs Senate approval is delayed or denied the post for which they have been nominated.”

    Risible considering the whingeing we’ve endured since 2010 about “obstructionism”. Constitutional separation of powers is only useful when your Party is out of power, yes? I imagine if it wasn’t for situational ethics you’d have none at all. Your column invective is revelatory, i.e. that you don’t care about the merit of policies, only political power regardless of the effect on your fellow citizens.

    Noting that your Party under then Majority Leader Reid changed the Senate rules by simple Democratic majority vote to weaken the filibuster, how do you expect the Senate minority party to delay or deny President Trump’s nominees? Your rules, eh?

    Since you’re sharing feelings, it’s only fair that I reciprocate. There’s a perfect German word to express how I’m feeling about how you feel, Mr. Buck. It’s schadenfreude.

  • Hopeful

    When President Obama was elected, I was hopeful and reserved my opinion about him until he was in office and had a chance to show what type of President he would be. I will admit that I was very apprehensive after hearing Obama’s words both during and after the election, coupled with the fact that he had ties to known racists and dubious characters, but I was still willing to give the guy a chance before reacting as so many on the left are doing now.

    As I look at left’s condemnation of Trump immediately proceeding the election, it reminds me of the fable about the boy, who cried wolf. By the time the wolf actually showed up, no one paid attention.

    Shouldn’t we wait to see what President Trump will do, and then rightfully protest when/if Trump tries to do things that go against our Constitution? I would think it would be much more effective if we hold our comments and angst until Trump actually does something once in office.

    • tech

      That would be a response based on reason, Hopeful.

      Instead we have Mr. Buck’s most recent column. And all the previous ones as well.

      There’s no doubt that despite such abuse, we’d welcome a return to rational, respectful discussion based on issues instead of relentless polemics.

  • eshalom

    I fully agree with the sentiments expressed by the columnist….what a travesty it is that Donald John Trump’s name will be added to a list that includes Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and so on.

    In combination with resistance to the Trumptocracy, I suggest a few antidotes may be necessary to keep our sanity. These are as follows:

    1. Historical solace – Steve Bannon recently projected that the Trump coalition could last for 50 years. While Trump should not be equated with Hitler (he is more like Mussolini), it is of interest that Hitler got 37% of the popular vote in 1932 (vs. 47% for Trump in 2016), and that Hitler projected that the 3rd Reich would last 1,000 years (he killed himself about 12 years later). Whatever threats we are facing in America today, they are not as severe as the dangers posed during WWII.

    2. Humour – Trump a ridiculous excuse for an intellectual and decent person, devoid of logic or memory. We cannot get much out of policy discussions with the Don Juan lemmings, but humor can tear him down to size, and keep our spirits up.

    3. Anesthesia (when all else fails) As George Bernard Shaw said, “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life” After the passage of Prop 64, a letter to the editor in the LA times pointed out that for the desperate, there are now two means by which we can deaden our minds, and survive the next 4 years.

    • tech

      Regarding the first point in your comment list, I recommend you perfect your apophasis skills, Mr. Shalom. While stating that Trump should not be compared to Hitler and proffering Mussolini instead, you then plow on oblivious to your own contradiction with a Hitler correlation attempt.

      It’s an amusing confirmation of Godwin’s Law.

      Moving on to point two, you again display your preference for ad hominem attack instead of reasoned debate.

      I recommend you adopt your point 3 solution, ignoring the demonstrably irrelevant ones.

      • Brian Baker

        Tech, it doesn’t matter what we think. We’re part of the “SCV castrati choir for racism, bigotry, ignorance, and hatred… deplorable rednecks”, according to Shalom.
        We must learn to bow at the altar of his self-professed moral and intellectual superiority. Don’t you get that yet?

        • tech

          On principle, I intend to be obtuse on those baseless caricatures, Brian. 😀

          • Brian Baker

            Ah. Well played, sir.

    • Indy

      Trump got elected since he was better at making promises that affect more Americans suffering from wage stagnation and off shoring . . . make interesting since Trump off shores his clothing lines . . .

      Hillary was lackluster in her approach to these issues.

  • InquiringMinds

    Reading how Democrats are writhing in agony, stewing in bitterness, and inconsolable in their hatred is an early Christmas gift for normal people. Reading of your misery Mr. Buck is more than I could have hoped for. Thank you for taking the time to articulate how horrible it is to be a Democrat. And to think, you’ll have to live out this kind of hopeless desolation for each of the next 1,420 days.

  • InquiringMinds

    The more Democrats whine about how America elected Trump with their hateful and ugly insults only makes the alternative look worse. Think about it. What does it say about Obama and Clinton that America chose Trump?

  • Jim de Bree

    Quote from the column: “The only thing Democrats need to change is the creating lies, gossip and innuendo to denigrate the president.”

    Interesting to note that Mr. Buck feels that the Democrats engage in creating lies, gossip and innuendo. That is a fairly astute observation indeed.

  • InquiringMinds

    Yes, and the only things the Rams need to change is their offense, defense, special teams, and coaching staff. Otherwise, everything is great!

    • tech

      LOL!

  • Eric Heilbrun

    Kevin, I can appreciate your angst. But not being partisan as you are, my angst was over WHICH horrible candidate would be elected (voted for Johnson). You only saw one, and he won. Both parties were disappointments. The Republicans waited until the Trump train was arriving at it’s destination before thinking that perhaps they should consider a means to derail. The Democrats, however, insisted on a candidate that your own party rejected in 2008. Re-read Horton’s “I hate Hillary” column published in 2008. Hillary thought it would be a cakewalk in 2008 until Democrats stood up and said “I’m with Him, NOT Her”. She waited. For 8 years she waited, and seemingly without serious competition, she thought the nomination would be hers. But again, Democrats began supporting the socialist from Vermont. Better a socialist than Her. Well, Hillary got the nomination, but it was a lot closer than anyone imagined.

    If the Democrats hadn’t insisted on trying to ram Hillary down the throats of their party members, perhaps Kevin, you’d be in a jollier frame of mind. But again, ignoring the unmistakeable message that people are fed up with the status quo, the Democrats re-elect Pelosi as their party leader. Pelosi will play well in California, but your Democratic brethren in the flyover states have clearly made their point about change. Is anyone listening?