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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Top Ten Thursday - Trump

Welcome to Top Ten Thursday, Special Edition!




Today I'm doing the unspeakable - I'm talking about the top then things I want the Donald to know - and as every Thursday, you're welcome to chime in!



So I was up in the middle of the election night when it was 6pm at the West Coast and 9pm at Time Square, and I was shocked by the sight of the amount of red states on the U.S. map. 



But I had confidence that Pennsylvania (where not only the Clinton but also the Obama family (I will miss them so much. I wish Michelle had run for president!) had this wonderful appearance just the night before) and the West Coast would save the day, and that I somehow would manage to go back to sleep. 

Well, we all know that this did not happen. 

I did not sleep, and HRC did not win. 

I am still in shock. 

I found this map from 2012 that shows county to county votes, and I am somewhat surprised by the gap between cities and more rural areas - it certainly explains where all the Trump votes come from. 




I am Swiss, living in Switzerland, and even though the President of the United State's decisions do concern our agreements of the economical, ecological or peace-keeping kind, my day-to-day life will likely go on as usual.

However, I consider the U.S. my second home, and I care deeply about it. I have many dear friends who live there and even abroad (here in Switzerland), and they are shaken up badly by last night's outcome.

OK, let's start that list:

1. Congratulations, you made it! You made the impossible possible, I've got to give you this. You made the American dream come true. A guy with no political experience has been elected President.

2. Make no mistake though. You're not entirely there yet. Hillary won the popular vote, and there is still the Electoral College (I can't believe spell-check changed it into Electrical!) that has the final say on Dec 19. I understand they may overturn last night's result. Nothing personal, but I would love for this to happen.

3. You say you love America. For a guy who claims to be a patriot you need to work on your spelling, though. It's America, not Amercia, God have mercy! 



Oh, and those self-fulfilling prophecies? Might just bite you in the butt!


I don't wish bad things upon people. If it happens, it will be because you asked for it.

4. Vocabulary. You need to work on it. Bigly is not a word. There's a whole entire spectrum between things or people being either a disaster or great. Please look up respect. You've been using that word without knowing what it means. Nobody respects women more than you do? Let me translate respect so you can understand it: to respect women (among other things) means not to grab women's private parts! All right? 

5. Do your homework. As you were saying in your victory speech (and it was a good speech considering it came from you. Smart move to play humble and moderate. I didn't buy it, though.) political stuff is tough. 

How are you planning on doubling the economic growth? Your history of bankruptcy is not encouraging. Diplomacy? You have not be known to deal fairly. Your job at the White House will require you to learn a bunch of new things, you'll have to prove you're up for the job. 

Be on top of your calendar, too! I think it's sheer luck that your supporters showed up to vote on the correct date. Just imagine they had done as you asked them to: 



6. Doesn't it bother you that the top three daily newspapers either endorsed Hillary Clinton or declared you unfit and thus advised their readers against voting for you? Well, luckily for you, your voters don't read (those) newspapers



7. You promise to get along with everyone, including other nations. Let me tell you, building a wall and having other people to pay for it is not a good way to make friends. 
Gotta love my neighbour country's chancellor Angela Merkel for making it clear what she expects from you:


There it is again: respect! Also, values. They deserve a chapter on their own. But let's just talk about (dis)respect a little more:



Even though it turned out this meme was a fake it does sound like something you might say. Sorry, you've said too many outrageous things.

8. There you go, values. Some of America's core values are diversity, equality and liberty. You need to work on them! Immigrants, people with different religious beliefs, women, gay and lesbian people and disabled persons are very scared to live in a country with you as their leader. With what you (and that vice president of yours) have been communicating, I can fully understand them.

You don't like to read, and your writing attention span roughly comprises 140 characters (were you given back your Twitter privileges, btw?) so here's a video on America's values for you to watch.

9. Change vs the established. I get that some people feel it's time for (radical) change. The grass always seems greener on the other side. However I ask you to carefully weigh the pros and cons before making decisions on issues that impact so many people. Something tells me you tend to shoot before you aim, which would be a disaster if you allow me to borrow your favourite word. Everything is not bad just because (Bill) Clinton or Obama achieved it. I'm thinking trade deals, healthcare, same-sex marriage, equal pay. 

10. Lastly, role model! As President you're supposed to be that decent person everybody looks up to. You've got big shoes to fill! The skinny guy with the funny name as he calls himself did wonderfully (not only) in that area. He walked the talk, and I don't think that's too much to ask. So please, behave, act your age, be kind and respectful (look it up, please do!) - oh, and for heaven's sake, pay your taxes!
PS: no cheating either!!




PPS: I just saw that, and once again I am shocked!!! How can almost half of the people not bother to vote?



I understand some even voted for Harambe, the Gorilla.
Geez, HRC could have used those votes!

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