Tuesday, November 8, 2016
"Is America a failed state and society?"
-Paul Krugman, November 8th. 10:58 PM
I am stunned, horrified, shocked, speechless and terrified. I can't possibly mince words; the worst Presidential campaign in American history has produced the worst possible outcome. Here are words I can't almost bring myself to say: President Donald Trump.
How could this happen? Every reliable poll saw Hillary Clinton with a small but consistent lead for months. The early voting returns in Florida were skewing towards her. The top fifty newspapers in the country refused to endorse Trump, and many prominent conservatives came to their senses and also refused to endorse him. Did James Comey hand Trump the election when he announced that he was still investigating Clinton's emails, even when he later admitted he had found nothing? Could Bernie Sanders have won against Trump?
What kind of woman votes for a man who boasts about sexually molesting women? How can they look their children in the eye afterwards? Who can vote for a man who lies, blusters, insults and brags with every speech? What kind of person votes for a man who has been cheered for by the Klu Klux Klan and every other white supremacist organization in the country? Who has expressed admiration for dictators like Vladimir Putin? Who has spread hatred of Mexicans and Muslims? Who has encouraged violence at his rallies?
And what could possibly be worse than President Trump? Try President Trump with a Republican majority congress which will inevitably rubber stamp his budget busting tax cuts for the rich, while he will sign Paul Ryan's move to privatize Social Security and Medicare. And he will get at least one Supreme Court Justice pick, with perhaps more to come. So, more than likely, we may say goodbye to gay marriage, along with Roe Vs. Wade.
America may be taking the hardest right turn it ever has, making the 50's and the 80's look progressive in comparison. But now is not the time for progressives to surrender, we have to fight. It once seemed impossible that a mixed race Senator with a funny middle name could ever be President, but damned if we didn't get 8 great years of one of the most progressive Presidents ever. We can do it again.
Consider this, once Trump is in office, he will have to try to live up to his promises, and he will find that trying to build a 1200 mile wall and deport 11 million people will not be as easy as he has said it would. Once his followers discover that he is just another lying politician, they will hopefully turn on him. And then we can reassert rational control over the country again. And once the millennial voters who didn't show up for Clinton get a load of what a conservative president can do, they will start paying attention again. I can't imagine that the four years we will have to suffer through a Trump Presidency will result in him winning a second term. But just imagine all the damage he can do to both the country and the world by then. Again, I'm stunned, horrified, shocked, speechless and terrified.