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An Uncertain Future

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 12/29/16 13:07

by Dave Mindeman

Since the election, it has been very hard to get out of this funk. It is different than Democratic losses in the past. I was motivated and angry about W winning in 2000. I knew that there would be policy problems but GW Bush had some practical knowledge about how governance works. He changed a lot of things and he got us into perpetual war, so that was bad. But he could be challenged. We could fight on concepts and legislation.

I would have been upset at losses to either John McCain or Mitt Romney, but again, I would have lived with it and knew the parameters that would have been necessary to oppose the things that I did not agree with. It would have been hard but not impossible.

But with Donald Trump it is a different story. There isn't any defined way to lessen the potential severity of what he might do. Republicans seem to think that they can simply promote their agenda in normal methods. They are proceeding as if normal give and take between the Parties will continue.

I am uncomfortable with that idea, because I think this is too different.

Trump has no moral compass. He has no set of guiding principles. He only values what he can do for himself in the moment. He wants to be in power. To do exactly what he wants. And he is delusional enough to think that being President IS ultimate power. He will be disappointed with that; he will run into obstacles.... but I think that that will make him even more dangerous. He will look for ways to get around the legalities and bypass the normal checks and balances we have come to accept.

I am not just angry about how the election turned out. I am actually somewhat fearful. We will soon have a President that seeks control over consensus. Power over leading. Ultimatums over diplomacy.

That gives me a sense of forboding that I have never had before with any other election outcome.

The future is no longer about which direction to take...it is about our system surviving.
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