With the midterm election in the rearview mirror, it’s time to examine what it means for Maine and our country, and ponder how we got here.

The facts suggest a blue wave; a total pickup of more than 35 seats in the House is the third-most in the last 40 years. Losing what looks like two or three Senate seats stems the tide, but Trump’s claim of a victorious election and a mandate on his successes are more dream than reality.

Both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory; Democrats for taking the House and Republicans for gaining in the Senate. While victory may be in the eye of the beholder, the simple fact is that what happened during Trump’s first midterm election was worse than every Republican president’s first midterm election since 1930 (Hoover), except for Gerald Ford, who lost 48 House seats and four Senate seats after the Watergate fiasco.

Trump (-35, +2) suffered a bigger drubbing than Eisenhower (-18, -2), Nixon (-12, +2), Reagan (-26, +0), Bush (H) (-8, -1) and Bush (W) (+8, +2).

Looking at our strong economy, one would think the “wave” might have been contained, but the truth is, this economy isn’t moving middle-class income and the rewards are trickling down, but not at a rate where satisfaction levels have changed.

Both the stock market and current economy continue to reward those at the top. More than 90 percent of the wealth in the stock market is controlled by less than 10 percent of the population.

With the “booming economy,” wages are not rising briskly; it is stockholders and the corporate bigwigs who are raking in the lion's share of the “boom.” Recognizing that the middle class is no better off, even with a booming economy, is a reality check.

The divisiveness in the country is reason two: whenever fear and hatred lead the way, the pendulum must swing the other way to come back to center. The ways of LePage and Trump polarize people; their policies of cutting regulations ignite businesses eager to operate without rules, but stifle the lower classes, rather than lifting them up.

Reason three is the issues. Health care became the battle cry of the Democrats; it resonates that eliminating Obamacare is a policy that strips the middle class of a basic right; without a solution in sight, it became a rallying point. For the Republicans, immigration and the caravan resonated only with the Trump base — the majority of voters understand most Americans want border security, but bringing the military in to combat asylum-seekers is not prudent. Most people realize this is not about gangs or drug dealers invading our country. Voters believe our nation was founded by immigrants and they add to, not subtract from, the country.

This is about movement, the pendulum swinging back from right to left. If we can get closer to the middle, perhaps we’ll find common ground that will move us forward, leading us away from the vitriol, towards the light.

Reason four is that the lies and misinformation are finally sinking in; the press isn’t "fake" and is not the “enemy of the state.”

Families don’t put up with lying forever; eventually someone steps up and intervenes, whether it is addiction or violence at the root. Families look the other way, practice enabling, and ignoring the truth for long intervals until they finally wake up and deal with it.

In the case of our country; Mueller is our daddy and his investigation will right the ship. The press will continue to preach truth and be the watchdog; the only ones that don’t want the truth are the guilty.


Truth vs. Trump – Saudi Arabia and “what’s in it for me?”

This comment from a Yahoo article sums up the truth, answering the above: “In 1991, as Trump teetered on personal bankruptcy, he sold Trump yacht Princess to a Saudi billionaire prince for $20 million, four years later, the prince came to his rescue again, joining other investors in a $325 million deal for Trump’s money-losing Plaza Hotel. In 2001, Trump sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower in New York for $12 million, according to the brokerage site Streeteasy. The buyer: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Shortly after announcing his run for president, Trump laid the groundwork for possible new business in the Kingdom. He registered eight companies with names tied to the country, such as “THC Jeddah Hotel Advisor LLC” and “DT Jeddah Technical Services,” according to a 2016 financial disclosure report to the federal government.”

The truth will set you free, but first it might make you miserable.


“May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof (White House).”

John Adams, second U.S. president, first to live in White House (1735-1826)