AS I LIKE IT!
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Quote of the week:
“Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.”
Edward Albee, American playwright (1928-2016)
The torch has passed
I did not vote for Donald Trump, but America did, and resoundingly. We have elections to decide what we want for our country, and the electorate overwhelmingly sent a message. The people said that they were tired of business as usual, and in order to change the status quo, they were willing to elect a man who was clearly not part of the political establishment.
What does this mean? Well here’s what I heard the people say:
- Don’t send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We no longer need them, nor do we want them, and above all, we no longer trust them. We’re slamming the door.
- The days of “we shall overcome” will be replaced with “get a job.”
- There won’t be affordable health care.
- There’s going to be a sea change in our foreign policy. We’re going to speak harshly and carry a big stick. This means we need to spend billions to rebuild our military.
- Our economy will absorb the new policies and benefit from the surge in defense spending. Corporate America won a major victory.
- There will be a fundamental shift in our jurisprudence, with re-interruption of key issues like Roe v Wade and Miranda.
- There will be tax reform that will benefit Corporate America and the wealthy, and maybe there will be some trickle down to the rest of us.
- Mr. Trump will try to impose term limits, but even a Republican congress will not be having that.
Are these bad things? Maybe not. In fact, some of them are perhaps needed. But the devil, like always, will be in the details, and the unintended consequences of these massive reforms will be Mr. Trump’s biggest challenge.
The one thing that I am sure of is this; our system worked. Once again we have seen a peaceful handover of power just as the U.S. Constitution prescribes. I believe it is my responsibility to respect the office of President and to accept the decision of the electorate with grace.
I would also hope to see the Democratic minorities in Congress make an honest effort to find common ground with the majority and be part of the solution, not part of a continued policy of obstruction. The people have spoken and they have said that they are sick and tired of petty party maneuvering. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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