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Monday, January 2, 2017


Fully 75% of the time I wake up in the morning having no idea what my blog subject matter will be.  Sometimes I get inspired just watching Classic Arts Showcase on TV.  The morning Star Advertiser on occasion provides a hint.  Today, David Shapiro (left), in his Volcanic Ash, had this to offer for Donald Trump:

As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.  H.L. Mencken.

Donald Trump is no moron.  But, worse, he might well be very dangerous.  The day after he was elected, The Guardian of the UK headlined:

The U.S. Has Elected its Most Dangerous Leader.  We All have Plenty to Fear.

To quote:

And what awesome power he will soon have. Republicans did not just defy almost every projection, prediction and data-rich computer model to win the presidency. They also won the House of Representatives and much of the Senate. Trump will face few checks on his whims. A man with no control of his impulses will be unrestrained, the might of a superpower at the service of his ego and his id.


People will say that all that was just talk. But they said that throughout the campaign, insisting that Trump would “pivot” to a more moderate stance, that he would become more “presidential”. He never did. And surely he will see this victory as proof that he was always right, that his instincts are perfect and never to be challenged. There is no reason for him to moderate at all.

What about specifics?  The economy--


The environment? 

Who is this Republican?  Christine Todd Whitman, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency under George W. Bush (that's the recent Bush presidency)


What are they?
  • Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
  • Abortion laws will change, anyway.
  • Planned Parenthood will be defunded.
  • Maternity leave might actually be added, but only for married mothers.
  • No wage equality.
  • Sexual misconduct could be re-defined.
  • The glass ceiling will remain.
Not dangerous, but what irony:
Barack Obama rescued the world from a possible depression and has gained the respect of world leaders.  He leaves without scandal.  George W. Bush made the USA unpopular.  His end of term approval rating was a dismal 34%.

How will Trump fare?  If he can get re-elected in 2020, all should be well for the Nation and World.  The higher potential, however, is for riots and protests on a range of issues--global warming, human rights, economy...--if not this summer, then during the mid-term elections in 2018.  2020 could well show the return of the Democrats.


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