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A Note to President-elect Donald Trump; Don’t Fall into the Mandate Trap.  It’s not a Mandate and We who Elected You have You on a Very Short Leash.


November 2016

This will not be the post many of you were expecting.  I didn’t come out of semi-retirement to be a sheep.

President Obama gave a very eloquent speech about President-elect Donald Trump’s win yesterday.  It was awesome and the proudest I’ve been of the man since he was elected, the first time.  It’s not that I don’t like President Obama either, I don’t like government and the way it wields power like a toy meant to keep sheeple in line, doing what the “educated” political class, and thereby government, believes is “good”, meanwhile that class jetsets about as if their rules don’t apply to them.  That is un-American to its core.

That’s one hand.  On the other is what I said immediately after President Obama was elected.  “I hope we get the guy in the victory speech, not the big government guy I think he is.  I hope I’m wrong about who he is and I’ll give him the benefit of doubt for now”.  That is in quotes because that’s exactly what I said.  I believed it too.

What we got was “Elections have consequences.  We won.”

What we got was soaring debt and Healthcare that doubled in cost (including the spike in deductibles) in the four years after it was implemented.  We got an anemic recovery from an economic collapse that started on the steps of Congress and Bill Clinton’s White House steps and trickled down through the banking system, real estate system, all the way down to suckers who believed they could benefit from an adjustable rate mortgage and lax lending policy.  We also had Republicans locked out of negation for two years.

President Obama and Democrats started talking “mandate” the day after they assumed power.

Imagine my surprise when Paul Ryan started talking about a mandate last night.  I jest, of course.  I was not surprised.  “Mandate” is establishment speak.  Mr. Trump, you were elected because you’re not the establishment.

Go ahead and get rid of Obamacare because it sucks.  Something like 75% of Americans hate it.  Go ahead and shore up the Supreme Court.  Fill it with Constitutionalists.  Then do what you do.  Fix the machine that is a flailing, debt-ridden American company.  That’s your mandate.  Drain the swamp, get us back to budgets and fiscal responsibility.

And unlike your predecessor, be the guy you promised to be in your victory speech.

The establishment will try to drag you into petty debates and distract you.  It’s a big world and easy to do.  Just please remember why you’re where you asked us to put you.  And by all means, take every opportunity to remind Democrats that politicians are not the answer to problems.  They’re a necessary evil that takes joy in creating them so we can rip each other apart with insults and ignorance.  For a vote.

Always remember the guy in your victory speech.  Be that guy and we can all do something good with it.

PS.  Nice job, man.  I didn’t see that one coming.


  1. He much prefers Womandates. I think you’re safe. Of course he just grabs them by the pussy. So there’s that. What a wonderful turn of events.

  2. Quan says:

    It’s not the outcome that I expected and I know a lot of people that are overly upset – but the next step is here. I, too, hope that he is the man that he is in his speech. Change is good – it tests people and their values.

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    That retirement didn’t last too long my friend. 🙂
    Here’s hoping your country comes together. I think I’ve heard enough screaming different standpoints for a lifetime.

    • bgddyjim says:

      It won’t. Too many lies, too much fibbing, and too many people who don’t get sucked into the mess and take politicians at their word. I don’t know, I hope I’m wrong. I won’t be holding my breath. The post was actually by request. I’ve got one more coming out tomorrow morning for a special event, then I’m out. Again. Really. Well….

    • bgddyjim says:

      Oops, sorry. That post is coming out next Friday. Got my days mixed up.

  4. Gail says:

    So glad you wrote this. It encapsulates what many are thinking. We need to get past petty crap like what Christopher Cudworth wrote. “Womandates”? Really? How does this move the conversation forward? By the way, congrats on your very own troll. I can only dream.

    I see positive things happening. I choose to see that. I will watch and wait and see what he actually does, rather than wring my hands over what he might do. I might have a half a chocolate cake this afternoon. What will actually happen? A 7 km run and then a nice juicy peach afterwards.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Yeah, Chris is an odd one, politically speaking… We get along excellently on other matters. Go figure. Anyway, we can cut him a break. He’s butt hurt (as we say).

  5. fitnessgrad says:

    I can;t be mad about what Christopher wrote because he is allowed to speak his mind and if someone doesn’t like it, they can choose to let him know or leave it alone, no one said people had to keep their mouths closed
    during this election. People have voices, let them use them. I have my own thoughts on the whole election but to save drama, I stick to my niche (Fitness/health) topics and leave my opinions off my blog when it comes to politics because it isn’t really people’s business in the first place unless I want to make it their business. – perhaps if people worried about themselves and less about other people, we wouldn’t be arguing over politics, my personal opinion is who gives a flying hoot what people think of either politician.. which of them are paying my bills and student loan debt ? – neither


    P.S this is not my rant, but a comment making sure people know because someone speaks their mind does not make them a troll, but a person with a voice like anyone else.
    Also welcome back Jim!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Oh, he’s a troll. Fairly stated though, I was his troll (he writes a heck of a blog when he stays off politics) so neither of us is pure as the driven snow. Either way, I wrote this post for several reasons. Several of my blog friends commented that they’d wished I was still around two write a post about the win.

      That said, what Chris wrote is based on snippets of truth but it’s a lie at the same time. Trump was goaded into what he said. In legal parlance, it was “leading the witness”. Then, Chris added content and context to what he said that wasn’t a part of the taped conversation. He was feeding an ignorant narrative and promoting a false reality to fuel hatred and derision. Basically we call that promoting divisiveness by exploiting ignorance. Isn’t that supposed to be a bad thing?

      • fitnessgrad says:

        So Chris normally writes about politics? and stated something that was untrue on his blog that upset many people? got it 🙂 or chris normally doesn’t write about politics and wanted to cause an argument, got it:) or chris is just being a “troll” because you were his troll, lol. got it.

        Bad thing? sure, something people do anyways, yep. lol.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Chris writes about running, riding and swimming, and art and bird watching. He adds politically commentary now and again and I comment(ed) on those posts. The rest, you got right.

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Hahah! okay 🙂 wow! so he is a fitness person too! sounds like my type of guy! that is awesome!

      • bgddyjim says:

        Check him out. Click on his link up there, it’ll bounce you right to his site. Just do me a favor and tell him I sent ya. 😆😅😲😎

      • fitnessgrad says:

        Haa! lol Does he throw you some kind of commission! lmfao. jk

  6. Maybe he’ll revive the Tour de Trump? 😉

  7. adarling575 says:

    My question though is: do you (a) not think he will put in place the social changes that people are scared of (gay marriage, abortion etc); (b) want and support those changes as well as his economics; or (c) not really care about the social stuff as the economy is more important and it’s a necessary evil you have to put up with to have a strong economy?

    • bgddyjim says:

      A) No, he won’t have time or interest. B) Depends on the change. Gay people don’t bother me as long as they don’t bother me. My cousin is gay. And married to a pretty cool dude. The cross dressing pervert in women’s restrooms with my daughters, now that bugs me immensely. C) now you’re getting it but reading a little too much into it. We just need the last part.

  8. wanderwolf says:

    That was the shortest retirement I’ve ever seen. 🙂
    But it’s good to see that people who cast a Trump ballot also are watching what the president elect does…

    • bgddyjim says:

      Of course we are. We’re the party of freedom and equality, after all. Anyone steps over the line, they’re toast. You only have to worry about a Party that circles the wagons and protects their crooked politicians… That isn’t us.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Oh yeah, and I’m back out. I just felt compelled to write the post with all of the over-the-top hyperbole coming out of young liberals. My favorite was from the kid who lit up Donna Brazile because the dope actually thought global warming was going to kill him because Hillary lost. My God, it’s amazing when you look at it seriously. Stunningly ignorant.

      • wanderwolf says:

        I mean, global warming is happening regardless of whoever sits in the Oval Office…

      • bgddyjim says:

        Yes, but most likely if you’re worried about its consequences, global warming that is, you’ve fallen prey to the false negative hype surrounding it. I think in common English we call it exaggerated. I’d be willing to bet you didn’t know there had been no appreciable warming in the last two decades, that the computer models that we so rely on to prove global warming can’t explain this or be rigged to justify it…. then there are all of the lies the IPCC allowed into its reports. Take the Himalayan glacier melting in 50 years as an example (it’s closer to 350 years, and considering they can’t figure out the last ten or 20….). Better still, we need to have an honest discussion about one problem of historic importance: Since the dawn of civilization, warm periods have always been the most prosperous for the planet. In other words, the doom and gloom is just a little tough to take without laughing.

      • wanderwolf says:

        With respect, I can’t agree with you. I will agree that I am not convinced that the models are true or that global warming as such is the threat, but I do think we as a species need to work better on how we handle our trash and natural resources.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Actually, you do agree with me. Trash and natural resources have nothing to do with global warming. Who would be against handling trash and natural resources well anyway? Exactly nobody.

      • wanderwolf says:

        Um, wow. Whoops. You’re right. But I guess I meant that I don’t discredit the possible consequences.
        And you’re up eeearly!

      • bgddyjim says:

        Yes ma’am. Always up early. As far as the consequences go, I choose to listen to what the scientists say, not the politicians and bureaucrats.

  9. damien says:

    You may be surprised that this post (parts of it anyway) make me happy. There was no mandate, either time. There can’t be a mandate when 50% of those citizens of voting age don’t participate for one reason or another. I’ll be much happier if I see additional Trump supporters taking this stance. Thanks.

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