The election is over. Donald Trump has pulled out a victory. There are a lot of people wringing their hands over this election and wondering how the pollsters got it so wrong. Only, they really didn’t get it all that wrong. It was close. 3 percent, which is what they said Clinton was leading by is within the margin of error. So the outcome wasn’t all that much of a surprise to me.
Besides, if you have closely watched politics for the last 30 or 40 years like I have, you knew this day was coming. It was just a matter of time. The current crop of Republicans have nurtured this fear and hate among Americans for that long and now they have what they wanted along.
The real winner was hate and fear. Donald Trump played those two up big time and it radiated with the trolls enough to give him a sound base. Plus, Clinton was a flawed candidate, so the formula was there for this “upset”.
Hillary Clinton is far more qualified to be President than Donald Trump will ever be. However, she is also a terrible campaigner. There were plenty of times I scratched my head and wondered just what the hell she was thinking.
All of that doesn’t matter anymore. Donald Trump is the President Elect and on January 20, 2017 he will take the oath of office. Though I doubt that he will take that oat with any seriousness.
I am not a fortune-teller. I keep telling my kids I had to work for a living because I was honest and I failed mind reading school. However, there are some things that can be looked at as being real possibilities.
For one, if you remember Richard Nixon and remember just how much of a sleaze he was or if you remember his using his office to “punish” his political opponents, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Donald Trump will be worse than Richard Nixon when it comes to payback. If I were Paul Ryan right now, I would be watching my back really close. I imagine that he will be the number one hit on Trump’s list. His cool endorsement of Trump will not be forgotten, especially when the new Congress takes over in January and the speakership is up for grabs.
Some other things that seem to be certainties. Over 20 million people will lose their health insurance. Social Security, Medicare and Veterans Benefits will be privatized. Medicaid will be doled out in block grants meaning that states won’t all use the money for what it s intended and therefore even more people will be without health insurance.
The last time the Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress and the White House it resulted in the biggest economic meltdown since the great depression. With Dodd/Frank surely being repealed, we will be on course for another meltdown.
Our planet will be allowed to slowly heat up and die. If you are planning to leave that nice beach house in Florida to your kids, forget about it. By the time they inherit it will be under water. But as long as oil companies keep getting richer, that is all that matters.
Muslims will be in the firing line. Donald Trump said they should not be allowed in the country. That means refugees will have another target on their back with the possibility of being thrown out. And, Muslim citizens should expect to be “monitored” by the new Administration since they are all terrorists, or at least terrorist sympathizers.
Those criminal immigrants will all be deported. Well, most of them. I am sure he won’t deport his criminal immigrant wife. She violated immigration laws and lied on her citizenship papers. Those are felonies. That makes her a felon, but I am sure he won’t deport her, unless he is looking for a quick divorce.
By the time the next off-year election in two years happens, you won’t have to worry about those photo ID laws that restrict votes. In order to make sure that you belong here, you will have to have some kind of proof. Since you may not be expected to carry around your birth certificate with you all of the time, you will most likely have to get national papers to prove your citizenship. So, you will just have to show them when you vote. You will also have to show them every time you get pulled over for speeding.
If you were a Trump supporter and expect to get that great paying job he promised, I am afraid you will be disappointed. It isn’t coming anytime soon. As a matter of fact, I would be surprised if the Federal Minimum Wage wasn’t eliminated entirely under his administration. So if you get a new job, it will probably be at around $5.00 per hour, if you are lucky. Remember it was Trump that said “a low minimum wage is not bad for our country.”
The deficit and debt are both going to balloon out of control. You cannot promise huge tax cuts reducing revenues and then spend more money on defense. The math just doesn’t add up. If we are running a deficit now, and we cut taxes, and then increase defense spending, the deficits will go higher not lower.
These are just some things I believe we can look forward to under a Trump administration. There will be others as well that won’t be good. The Supreme Court will either be so conservative it won’t matter what laws are passed, or he will figure out a way to do away with it entirely. He will find several people in Congress that will go along with the second part very easily.
During this campaign Donald Trump made a lot of stupid promises that will probably never happen. I seriously doubt he is going to build that stupid wall. However, he can harm the country in a lot of ways that most people don’t even think about.
His closest ally, Steve Bannon in an interview several years ago said he admired Lenin. Not because of his communist beliefs, but because he totally tore apart the government. He went on to say that is what he wants to do to our government. He didn’t say what he would replace it with, but one can only imagine he wants an authoritarian government.
The one true lie that the right-wing extremists have been saying for years is that liberals or progressives want to run you lives. Liberals or progressives do want control over the financial markets to protect consumers and our economy. They do want social safety nets like Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance.
However, that is it. Liberals or progressives do not want to tell you how to live your life or what you should believe in or who you can love or who you can marry. They simply want civil rights for every citizen including minorities.
It is conservatives that want to tell you all of those things. They want to tell you that you don’t have a right to vote unless they say so. They want to tell you that you cannot marry the person you love if they disapprove. They want to tell you what religion is correct and proper and that is the rules you must live by.
They want to define who a citizen is. Birthright is something they would love to see go away in some forms at least. They want to tell you how to live minute by minute. If you object, you are a pervert or commie and need to be locked up.
Donald Trump is the epitome of that belief system. That is why the right-wing extremists are so overjoyed with his victory. They believe their White Christian male dominated paradise is just around the corner.
I am not Donald Trump. I won’t argue against the legitimacy of his election. I won’t start rumors that he was really born in Moscow which is why he loves Putin so much. He won the election and he will be our next President.
However, I won’t call myself his “loyal” opposition. I will simply call myself his opposition. I will fight him every chance I get. When he or his party try to pass something I believe is wrong for the country, I will speak out.
I believe that Donald Trump is the most dangerous unstable person this country has ever elected to be our President. I only hope that he is so terrible in his first two years his opposition will be able to take back control of the Congress. That is assuming we still have an opposition party by then.
All anyone can do is hold your breath and hope he doesn’t blow up the world too quickly or ruin our country beyond repair. Both of those ideas are not out of the realm of possibility with Trump at the top.
I served my country in uniform for 20 years. I will continue to serve my country by voicing my opinion about what I believe is right and wrong. I will continue to be that voice crying out in the wilderness. Maybe, just maybe, the American people will listen to me and people like me and realize what a dunce they just elected to be President.