This morning the Panda Bear was hearing and reading commentators stating that 2016 was a year of surprises and stress. 2016 was a stressful year for the Panda Bear. She lost a job and had problems walking due to knee osteoarthritis.
However, the Panda Bear has overcome the obstacles. Her knees have improved. More importantly she found a new and better job in a much less stressful line of work.
The Panda Bear succeeded in her job hunt despite her personal disadvantages which are that on personality tests her chief characteristics were honesty, kindness and loyalty. The Panda Bear was crying when she read those test results and thought no one would hire her. The Panda Bear feels that often those who succeed are cutthroat and ruthless.
However, when most people refer to 2016 as being stressful, they are referring to the US presidential elections. The Panda Bear heard on the radio the editor of the New York Times state that he was not aware of the anger of the average person in this election cycle. Clearly he had not being reading this blog which seeks to expose the lies of the establishment and the anger of an average office worker.
The Panda Bear did not vote for Hillary Clinton(and she supported her 2008 and Bill Clinton 1992). She voted third party. However, many political consultants might have thought Hillary Clinton might have appealed to the Panda Bear for these reasons:
- They are both women.
- They are both Feminists.
- They both went to Seven Sister colleges
- They both don't drive(Seriously, the Panda Bear would have considered a Clinton victory a triumph for people who don't drive).
- They don't have flamboyant personalities.
- They both can be a bit wonky.
- They are short(authority is often seen as tall even in women),
- They are both fair skin white people(Hillary is blond and the Panda Bear is a redhead).
- They both use e-mail a lot
The Panda Bear believes, maybe naively, that in a constitutional form of government the ruler is under the law. She also does not believe in two tiered systems in that there is one set of rules for one group of people and another set of rules for the other.
Also her campaign was hacked. For the good of the country she should have been using the proper protocol in dealing with sensitive materials.
Though Russia was wrong to hack into the Democrats e-mail what they showed about the Democrats was not flattering. The Democratic leadership seems to be oblivious to the rule that you don't put things in writing that you would not want to be published. If you do have to write something that needs to be totally private it should not be on an e-mail but on regular paper where it is burned once it is read.