Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get Your Kübler-Ross On

According to the psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. the five stages of grief are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance
Looks like the anger part came pretty quickly:

A protest that started with about 100 people at the Minnesota State Capitol grew quickly Wednesday night as it moved first to John Ireland Boulevard then to downtown St. Paul.

Protesters, who chanted and carried signs, blocked some downtown streets. Their ranks grew as they marched west on University Avenue, blocking both sides of the street and shouting expletives about Donald Trump in English and Spanish.
Might as well make it bilingual bile. Moving on (so to speak):
The group, which peaked at about 300 people, circled back downtown and, at 10:35 p.m., were at St. Anthony Avenue and Marion Street, St. Paul police said. Officers were there directing traffic, but not interfering with the protest. There was no violence, police said.

The protest was one of several in U.S. cities in the wake of Tuesday’s election of the GOP candidate, notably in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and Portland, Ore.
At least they stayed off the freeway this time. That's something. Meanwhile, a familiar name was among their ranks:
“This is about what’s going to be done in our name,” said Peter Rachleff, a former Macalester College professor. “We’re all responsible. We’re better than this.”
Better than what? Better than what's reported as another anecdote from the Star Tribune article?
Moments later, a clash broke out between a black student and a white student wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat just outside the black student group’s headquarters at Coffman Memorial Union.

Matthew Selmen, 19, said he was doing his homework when another man noticed his hat and started yelling at him, accusing him of being a racist. Selmen videotaped the incident, saying the man threatened him before leaving.
At least he left. There's more:
“I think it really comes down to ignorance on behalf of both sides,” [Selmen] said, insisting that students were jumping to conclusions because he was a Trump supporter. “I don’t support everything he says or does,” he said, but “if we can’t have a conversation here, I don’t think that’s right.”

Others, though, wondered if Selmen meant to be provocative. “This is the second floor of Coffman, this is where multicultural students come,” said Keren Habtes, a journalism and history major. “So you come here with that hat? It seemed like it was very divisive.”
Can't have free speech at the U, apparently. Meanwhile, our old pal Garrison Keillor got his rage on in the Chicago Tribune:
To all the patronizing BS we've read about Trump expressing the white working class's displacement and loss of the American Dream, I say, "Feh!" — go put your head under cold water. Resentment is no excuse for baldfaced stupidity. America is still the land where the waitress's kids can grow up to become physicists and novelists and pediatricians, but it helps a lot if the waitress and her husband encourage good habits and the ambition to use your God-given talents and the kids aren't plugged into electronics day and night. Whooping it up for the candidate of cruelty and ignorance does less than nothing for your kids.
He doesn't need to understand -- he understands everything. But he's not done yet.
We liberal elitists are now completely in the clear. The government is in Republican hands. Let them deal with him. Democrats can spend four years raising heirloom tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, tasting artisan beers, and let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids and we Democrats can go for a long brisk walk and smell the roses. 
Actually, traveling around the country would be a good idea. Maybe Keillor could go the places where Trump got his votes and learn something. He won't, though. It's a lot more fun to raise heirloom tomatoes and then toss them at the hoi polloi. Keillor has his own opioids, but don't bother him with it.

The Trump presidency hasn't even begun. I rather doubt we'll get to the acceptance phase.


jerrye92002 said...

I pretty much guarantee their "process" will stop with ANGER. Though they may often regress to denial.

Bike Bubba said...

Acceptance? They're still not over Al Gore's loss in 2000, or John Kerry's "Swiftboating" (telling the truth about treasonous naval officers) back in 2004, or for that matter Clinton's impeachment in 1998. It's thinking like that of the left that has made the Middle East and the Balkans war zones for centuries.

Gino said...

while he's traveling, he can try that vast swathe of Northern CA, where there was seemingly a Trump sign on every pine tree... and thats a lot of trees...