Pretty lousy election last night. Maybe Trump won’t
be all that bad, though I can’t imagine how he could really be very good at
At least the stock market hasn’t started tanking
The Republicans will be like kids in the candy
store. The first 100 days will be brutal.
No more Affordable Care
Act, probably with nothing to replace it right away.
of some new far-right Supreme Court justice chosen by Trump to replace Scalia,
plus another one if Ginsberg doesn’t make it through at least the next four
Tax cuts enacted for the wealthy, so the rest of us will pay even
more of the burden.
Cuts to safety net programs. Paul Ryan’s budget
Defunding of Planned Parenthood, Public Broadcasting, and
whatever else they don’t like.
Lots of cronies (Giuliani, Gingrich, etc.)
appointed to powerful positions.
Heavy-handed pressure or worse on
unfriendly media outlets and certain offending employees.
the internet (no more net neutrality).
Federal crackdown attempts on
medical and recreational pot where it has been legalized.
will attempt to undo Roe v. Wade, and to undo as much of the New Deal as
No luck getting anywhere on overturning Citizens United.
Trump will run the country as a CEO, with Pence and
others doing the bulk of the work. Trump will be the figurehead; he will
articulate policies, others will carry them out. Pence will be as powerful
as Cheney was, but won’t have as much success at pulling the president’s puppet
The wall won’t get built, and if it does, it won’t do
anything much to stop people from entering from Mexico. Obama’s Cuba
progress will be rolled back. We will get along better with Russia…
heh! Trump will get lots of pressure to undermine NATO. He will try
to start trade wars. And we will find ourselves in a war somewhere, with
troops on the ground.
Police violence will continue. Minorities will
continue to become more disenfranchised. Oil pipelines will be built
wherever they can be built, and there will be continued fracking. Protestors will be dealt with in brutal
ways. Gun sales will continue to go up. Militias will increase, and
there will be more occupations like the one by the jerks at Malheur (there would have been
more such occupations anyway, but a Trump win will only embolden the militias).
Wildlife refuges, particularly in northern Alaska, will once again be under threat. Attempts will be made to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.
It is the Democratic party that needs to do a post-election autopsy this time, and it needs to be done with lots of thought. The emphasis needs to be on how to connect with rural voters, as well as with any others who weren't enthused this time around. A better candidate might have done the trick this time, but then again I'm not so sure it would have.
Polls showed 56% of people are either scared or
concerned with the idea of a Trump presidency… the GOP will be able to
stay in power for a while by keeping people afraid, but I think things will
gradually come around to where people realize they don’t have to put up with
some of the far-right crap. If we see a "revolution", it won't come
from the "tea party" types, but from the rest of Americans.
If Democrats have any sense at all, the DNC will quickly tear itself down and build back
up, installing people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as
leaders. Look for a better performance from Democrats in the midterms in
2018, as intensive turn-out-the-vote efforts will prevail in some House and
Senate races despite GOP attempts to restrict voting. Some exciting
presidential contenders will emerge for the left.
By 2020 people will be pretty fed up with the
Republican party. By that time, the GOP will have trashed dozens of things the left (and many on the right) hold dear. By then, the Dems will provide a better candidate
that isn’t flawed like Clinton, and people will get enthused and get behind him
or her. And then, we will have to see if America makes the same mistake
it did in 2004 by re-electing a consummate doofus.
Back to pot: apparently Trump doesn’t have a
problem with the medical aspects of it.
But if Pence is going to be the one doing all the work… and with him being the puritan he is… who knows what
might happen. It may be time to stock
up, just in case! J Pot votes passing in CA, ME, MA, and NV
might make it less likely that we’d see a fed crackdown on recreational sales and use, as it's in something like eight states now, and all up and down the West Coast. It may be too late for crackdowns
now. Chris Christie is the one who’s such a
hard-ass on pot, and I doubt he’d get any kind of powerful appointment after
the Bridgegate thing… but you just never
know with the GOP.
And I have doubts Trump would try and do the Mussolini thing. I’m actually thinking it may be more of a
mixed bag. He may have some centrist
tendencies, and he might do some things that are OK with people on both sides
of the political fence. He might even
actually try to reach across the aisle.
But Pence will probably be whispering far-right crap in his ear. The thought of Trump as the puffed-up
figurehead running America, Inc. with Pence doing the dirty work is pretty
frightening. Trump may not have any real
agenda to advance, but Pence will do whatever he can to advance a religious conservative
agenda. I’m starting to think Pence is
possibly more dangerous than The Donald.
We can all hope the pragmatist in Trump comes out, that he pisses
off a lot of people who voted for him by changing his mind or not following
through on stuff he said during the campaign, and that maybe he won’t actually
be too horrible.
And I don’t believe Bernie Sanders would have beaten Trump, either. To all those Bernie fanatics who are saying “We
told you so”, all I have to say is “And so we will never know for sure, will
And when they say “But all the polls showed he had a better
chance against Trump!” then I’ll say “Yeah, but that’s what the polls said
about Hillary too, once she got the nomination…
why don’t you ask her about the trustworthiness of polls?”
I’m not sure I will ever be able to take comfort in polls again after this! Meh...
Forgot to mention climate change, too… efforts to slow it down are bound to take a
huge hit now, and our attention-challenged public will probably start
forgetting about it. We can hope that
isn’t the case.
Whatever happens, I am relieved this election cycle is
over. I just wish it would have turned
The next four years won’t be pretty, but we will
survive. The smiling face of a baby this morning at work reminded me that
there is still a lot of good in the world, and that we
need to teach our kids values, not ideologies.