This is not the first time when events did not occur as expected, and it won’t be the last. Attainment of an electoral college majority by Donald J. Trump was a narrow possibility given so many negative factors. At times unusual things happen.
Since the 1970s, there has been a popular sentiment that Washington D.C. “isn’t working” despite the fact many of those saying that are regularly receiving military retirement and Social Security and so forth, providing ample evidence the assertion is a “conventional wisdom,” which is always wrong. The perceived solution is to “put a businessman in charge,” never mind that involves an entirely different skill set. Even then a “businessman” known for successful enterprises rather than fraud, empty promises, and flashy showmanship signifying nothing would be better. H.L. Mencken once observed, “Democracy is the notion that Americans have a right to vote for what they want, and when they do, they deserve to get it good and hard.” They certainly will, for the average Trump voter will most likely be the recipient of Trump’s worst policies.
It’s a pity that Hillary Clinton lost not only because she was among the most honorable persons in politics but because the vitriol toward her by overgrown adolescent boys was so pathetic. These are men in a stage of arrested development overcome by their anger at their Moms in a post-Freudian zeitgeist, whining at their own inadequacies. They’re a day late and a dollar short, especially on child support. Trump’s promises to restore white male privilege was too enticing to resist. The idea of a President who’d put a stop to bullying was too much for bullies to bear. It’s no secret Trump positions himself as chief bully, earning him the fierce loyalty of those who love beating up on those they consider less worthy than themselves. How soon they turn on him is difficult to predict. They’re not quick on the uptake. Most likely be after he’s retired to Dubai.
Some are understandably horrified at Mr. Trump’s elevation the head the nation, but I have always considered him less objectionable than his rivals for the Republican nomination who favored a religious-based proto-fascism: Messrs. Jindahl, Cruz, Huckabee, Perry, and Rubio, and yes, even the hapless Jeb Bush, who willfully injected himself and his politics into a family tragedy (the Terry Schiavo medical drama where religious extremists sought to legally intervene in a family’s most private business) to score political points. The fact Mr. Trump was a thrice-married rake known for his colorful comments on The Howard Stern Show in a sense humanized him in a way the other menaces to freedom escaped. Had Rand Paul caught fire instead of Trump any concept his followers would be somehow different from Trump’s white nationalists is shown by the evidence of one of Paul Jr.’s goons attacking a protestor half his size and causing her to get a concussion back in 2010.
I wish Mr. Trump the best and with another christofascist as Vice President, Mike Pence, it is unlikely however outrageous Trump’s tenure at the White House will be, he will remain mostly impeachment-proof. Of course I am not Hispanic or Muslim, so, your mileage may vary.
The narrowness of Mr. Trump’s electoral victory is a product of that outmoded system and its checks and balances against the right of one’s vote to count for something, but by putting the right-wing in charge of all three branches of government. What passes for opposition, primarily conservative Democrats like the Clintons and Obamas, etc., are freed from the burden of governing. Much of the Overton Window of freedom and progress was pushed further left during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and we gained control of the culture and have kept it firmly grasped.
Those insisting a fascist regime is in the making are, I believe, exaggerating, not because Trump’s white nationalist followers wouldn’t want it to be but because Mr. Trump’s interest in governing is certainly subordinate to his interest in profit. For once we can thank gluttony, avarice, and lust for overwhelming wrath. Mr. Trump may indeed help the overgrown boys with their being able to keep their deadly toys that go bang-bang, but any who see that as a license to murder some people with darker skin will most likely find themselves incarcerated in the general population.
The late Senator Ted Kennedy said, “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” The loss of another close election like 2000 provides more fertilizer to cultivate the dream of a world where privilege is checked.