Two days after Trumps election, I’m still reeling. While believing his election a possibility, even a probability, I’m still, simply astounded. Unlike a lot of people, I’ve pretty much remained silent in my thoughts. Politically, I’ve been reserved for the last couple of years. I don’t have a reason for being so, other than I just got tired of the insanity, the stupidity of people attacking our setting President.
It’s hard to point out the world is round to someone who can only see as far as the horizon.
I don’t know what Trump is actually going to bring to the table. I don’t know how Republicans are going to heal their divide with him. I don’t know how Democrats are going to deal with their newly found lack of leadership. I do know none of this bodes well for the Nation.
First and foremost, I’m scared the alt-right will have a seat at the Trumps table. They certainly did in his campaign. What I think is going to happen, is that Trump doesn’t truly understand what he has created in legitimizing the alt-right, and he’s going to find out that he’s unleashed a monster that he can’t control. You and I will suffer for that, and so will American civil liberties. I’m not as concerned with repealing Obamacare, it evidently needs some overhauling. The question is, are they going to change the ACA to benefit American citizens, or Insurance and Pharmaceutical
companies. Last, the dream of a Liberal majority on the Supreme Court is dead. Liberals need to frame their activism around that reality. I’d mention Global warming, but everything we’ve done to address it will probably unravel.
There are some bright spots. This is a great time for progressives to rise to leadership positions within the Democratic party. Bernie Sanders proved that people want to hear that message, want a scent of that future, and are willing to fight for it.
Another bright spot is personal for me, and I hope it is for most men. I’ve learned how some men are just flat out creeps when it comes in their associations with women. Trumps own words add a lot of weight to that accusation, and I hope men everywhere reassess their relationships with the women who are in their lives, be that woman their wife, or their bartender. For me, there’s a bit of shame in my past, not that I was horrible, as much just stupid. An apology is never enough.
I don’t know what the world is going to look like two years down the road. I do know this, people who believe that America will have a new wall to equal China’s great wall, will be disappointed. People who believe that American Companies around the globe will pack up, and return home with high paying jobs, will be disappointed. People who are war wearied, and want an end to perpetual wars are going to be extremely disappointed. People who believe their wages are going to skyrocket, are going to be disappointed. People who believe that people of color, people of different cultures, people of different religions will soon know their place, will be sorely disappointed. People who believe Trump will dissolve the National debt will be disappointed, People who believe Trump will decrease Government, and return power to the states, will be disappointed.
Am I wrong, might be, we’ll see. But I’m predicting more taxes, huge taxes, high unemployment, deregulation, erosion of civil liberties, and get this, gun control.
I actually do hope I’m wrong.
But I haven’t been yet!
Maybe it’s time for people to listen.