When something goes wrong I always try to find something good in it. It may only be how I screwed up and learned what not to do in the future.

Clinton's campaign kept calling to get me to go to Philadelphia as part of voter registration and the get out to vote effort. I felt bad that was too busy fixing up my house and I didn't go.
PA's 20 electoral votes would not have been enough to change the results anyway.

The only good thing I've been able to come up with so far as a result of this election is I've learned some new words and a better definition of more common words. I'm vocabulary challenged.

  • Alt-Right - A loose group of people with far right ideologies who reject mainstream conservatism in the United States.
    Alt-right postings generally support Republican President-elect Donald Trump, and oppose immigration, multiculturalism and political correctness.
  • Anachronistic - Something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time. Writers have been referring to the Aanachronistic Electoral College System, which allows a person to win while having fewer people vote for them .
  • Antifa - Anti-Fascists - A movement that opposes fascist and extreme right-wing politicssuch as the "alt-left"
  • Bigotry - Intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.
  • Cognitive Dissonance - A situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance etc.
  • Cuck - A term the alt-right uses to imply that mainstream conservatives of the Jeb Bush variety are weak and effeminate. It is derived from cuckoo birds, which lay eggs in another's nest.
  • Demagogue - A leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.
  • Emolument - A salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.
  • Excoriate - Censure or criticize severely.
    A Nov. 11, 2016 NY Times article says, "Many former Republican officials, including some of the signers of two open letters this year excoriating Mr. Trump's foreign policy views, have sent resumes to Trump's transition team."
  • Fake news - Made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word. See How Fake News Goes Viral - The New York Times
    Since the election President Trump has been using it refer to any traditional news he doesn't agree with.
  • Infantilization - To reduce to an infantile state or condition.
    Used more as part of the 2017 "Me Too" movement against sexual assault and harassment.
  • Internet Troll - A troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.
  • Mendacious - Not telling the truth. Lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, false, dissembling, insincere, disingenuous, hypocritical, fraudulent, double-dealing, two-faced, Janus-faced, two-timing, duplicitous, perjured; More
  • Meme - an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture". The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene.
      Derogatory, sometimes funny, images and ideas were rampant and spread via twitter and political discussion boards and other Internet means during the 2016 election. The spread of memes was referred to as internet trolling (above).
      See memetics.

  • Meritocracy - a political philosophy holding that power should be vested in individuals almost exclusively based on ability and talent.
  • Misogynist - A person who doesn't trust women.
  • Nativism - The policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.
  • Self aggrandizement - The action or process of promoting oneself as being powerful or important.
  • Overton Window - Joe Overton who worked for a think tank in Michigan in the mid 90's theorized that politicians can only voice opinions within a band inside the left to right political spectrum. Any politician who voices an opinion outside this range of acceptable opinions will see their career come to an abrupt end and be ostracized.
    Donald Trump has skillfully manipulated the national media demonstrating the accepted boundaries of where the window lies on the right is not where the window actually is.
  • Xenophobia - The fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.
See other terms at my Alt-right page.

Susan Keller compiled a more comprehensive list of possible benefits from the election.
"25 Ways Trump Is (Unwittingly) Making America Great Again " has been making the rounds on social media. It has things like "Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement", "Massive cleanup of facebook friends lists"...

Also, Dan Rather has created a media company that promotes his vision of real journalism, news of integrity and as he would say a "play no favorites, pull no punches" brand of reporting. News And Guts. In these turbulent times, we seek nothing more than the truth.

Miscellaneous Comments:

Male White Government
George W. Bush First confirmed cabinet 83% 74% 96% 4% 0%
Barack Obama First confirmed cabinet 65% 52% 87% 4% 0%
Donald Trump Nominees as of Jan. 26, 2017 82% 86% 55% 9% 9%
Source: Trump's $6 Billion Cabinet: Bloomberg.com

Tough talking leaders are popular at first but fade. E.g. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, George W. Bush's Axis of Evil (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) and Shock and Awe campaign against Iraq resonated with a large group of people.
However Silvio Berlusconi, Itallian Prime Minister, to whom Trump has been likened, served for 9 years.
Republicans Voting Against Their Own Interests: It's The Hatred, Stupid... | HuffPost
A political and history blog on the election - A Brief History...
The Psychological Research That Helps Explain the Election - The New Yorker
PaarodyProject songs
Confounds the Science - Parody on Sound of Silence
:: Confounds the Science is a parody that has a bit of fun at the expense of the president.
 Sung to the tune of Sound of Silence - Parody by Don Caron

Donny Boy - A Parody of Danny Boy from Parody Project
:: Parody of Danny Boy to the tune of Londonderry Air
sung telegram to Donald Trump from the Parody Four - a cappella men's quartet.

Where Have all the Statesmen Gone - (Where Have All the Flowers Gone)
:: Where have all the statesmen gone, in fact? This song parody gives you the
 complete answer to that question. It's based on Where Have All the Flowers Gone

SIXTEEN TUMS (Parody of Sixteen Tons) - Parody Project

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