““Elections have consequences.” It’s the political way for winners to tell losers: “Tough luck, you lost. Get over it.”
President Obama infamously espoused this view shortly after his 2009 inauguration, during a meeting with congressional Republicans about his economic proposals. Mr. Obama was later quoted as telling GOP leaders that “elections have consequences,” and, in case there was any doubt, “I won.”
Now, of course, the expression has come back to haunt the president. Since the Democratic Party’s drubbing at the polls earlier this month, politicians and pundits are repeatedly invoking the phrase as a justification for a more conservative agenda.”
Here’s Denninger’s take; excerpts from the piece. Click the title for the whole enchilda.
2016-11-10 05:00 by Karl Denninger
The only way we will ever get durable change in behavior is if we do not go back to our previous behavior. To do otherwise is simply to put a price on their “investment” in trying to slant an election — that is, they simply look at the potential lost sales during the election process and weigh that against whatever sort of “special interest” access, bill, legislative agenda or other item(s) they believe they’ll get when their chosen candidate wins.
To destroy that business model you have to make your decision durable so that each time they do something like this they***** off and permanently lose some percentage of their customer base. This makes such a strategy on their part always a loser because each time they accumulate more boycotting customers they permanently destroy their business opportunities and there is nothing they can do to get them back, irrespective of the outcome of the contest. Done more than a few times they have no customers, no matter which side of the argument they happen to be on!
So no, I won’t rescind my decisions that arose during this election season with regard to boycotts and shunning and in my opinion neither should you.
“Holding a grudge”, particularly when it comes to the corporate actors who inserted themselves into this campaign is the only legal way we can put a stop to that behavior.
Now let me add to this, and yes, this is personal and I mean it.
If you are in a meltdown because Hillary lost then you’re unfit to adult. You’re unfit to hold a job. You’re unfit to evaluate the cost of credit to buy a car — or a house. You’re unfit to choose what to eat, or to evaluate various options for treatment of a medical condition. You’re unfit to carry on the daily requirements of living on your own, independently, making your own decisions and being responsible for them — including voting.
You are in fact an emotional infant, no older than 2. You are throwing a crybully tantrum, exactly as a 2 year old does when their parent refuses to give them the second bite of chocolate they want. And if you are if fact older than 2 by more than a few years the responsibility for your frail emotional state is on you, not someone else. To the extent you stuck that tantrum out in public where others can see it they are perfectly within their rights to deduce that you’re unemployable, you’re emotionally unstable and thus you’re unsafe to be around in any capacity.
But you didn’t see me crying, or whining, or having a full on psychotic break, unable to handle ordinary life and needing an “excuse” from an exam, from work or simply from functioning in an everyday manner.
Never mind Obama’s “gracious” manner after he was elected. Remember that? I’ll help you: “Elections have consequences. I won, they lost.” That’s a direct quote from Obama himself. Guess what? Those of us who opposed his agenda and didn’t like the outcome didn’t cry, we didn’t whine and we certainly didn’t riot. We could have, too — we do own a lot of guns, you know, and we could have used them, but we didn’t. We did the representative republic thing — we accepted the outcome even though we disagreed with it — and with what was shortly thereafter announced and followed. You, on the other hand, have done the exact opposite in the face of a man who was both gracious and pleasant to the woman he beat, and you didn’t even wait for actual policy to be rolled out. Trump did not say “tough crap; I won, you lost” or anything similar. Yet you have taken to the streets, you have looted, burned and, in at least one known case, assaulted and battered people who you think voted for the other guy. Representative republic? Not so much, right? Just remember before you riot, loot and burn — we still have our guns, we refine all your gasoline, we produce most of your electricity and we grow all your food too. How many deer can you shoot and eat in the inner city of Chicago? How much wheat can you grow to make bread? How many apple trees are there .vs. how many people? How well does your car run without gas and do your lights work without power? Better think long and hard about all this, because I assure you — we’ll be just fine if you turn your cities into cesspools and smoking craters yet should you try to come do the same thing out here where we have some respect for both the democratic process along with The Rule of Law you’re going to get the hardest lessons there are and they will be delivered quickly in lawful self-defense.
Snowflake, meet flamethrower. He’s called “the real world” and when, not if you melt — tough crap.