In two weeks Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the forty-fifth president of the United States of America. Even though we’re all hoping for the best, I’m not even going to sit here and tell you that everything is going to be okay. I don’t think it will be. The best predictor for future behavior is past behavior and it’s plain that Donald Trump has been a bad boy throughout his many years in the public eye. How he got elected still boggles my mind.
I would characterize his election less as a success on his part and more of a failure of America. The Democrats failed by promoting an unpopular and untrustworthy candidate at the expense of a candidate who could make a real difference in America . The Republicans failed by their inability to resist supporting a candidate who is clearly unqualified and unfit morally and ethically to hold the highest office of the United States. We Americans failed by electing him.
Say what you will about the electoral college. Love it or hate it, it’s not going anywhere. And whether you love it or hate it, of course, depends on which side of it you come out. Electoral college and popular votes notwithstanding, Trump got elected by Americans. Thanks a lot. I’m not saying that Hillary Clinton was a great or even good candidate. And I’m not one to rush in a female president for its own sake (even though past time that we had one). But in this case, she was the only sane choice. Let’s see, a candidate with years of foreign and domestic policy experience versus a reality TV personality with no government experience and an unstable character. To quote Michael Flynn, “U decide!” Well, you did America. I hope you got what you wanted.
Trump’s not even officially president yet and it’s already exhausting keeping up with all the stupid shit he and his cronies say, but I’m going to try to keep up with it in this blog. We’ll see where the next four years take us. I’d like to say that I’m open to the possibility that Trump will surprise and maybe he won’t be that bad. Or that we won’t turn into a totalitarian fascist state. Or that we won’t enter into a nuclear conflict that will destroy the world. But at this point I just don’t know. None of us do.