Saturday, 21 January 2017

you cannot promise what you do not possess

Of course Donald Trump was obliged to lie during his inauguration speech. You cannot bring jobs back which are permanently gone.

Loss of textile, steel, coal and other blue collar sector jobs that were exported to low wage countries would only be magnified under a model of free market capitalism combined with small government that Republicans love to extol and they cannot be recovered overnight. Protectionism preached by someone who himself outsourced his own interests rings a little hollow and isn't that more of a traditionally liberal idea?

His base won’t be deterred with facts but it won’t take long before they become restless and realize he is just another charlatan except one lacking any previous experience in public office. That trump card (if you pardon the pun) of a plain speaker will wear thin and the complexities of running the affairs of a highly polarized country will begin to hit home.

He enters his tenure with historically low approval numbers and with his most vocal detractors wanting to drive a stake through his heart. But then he bred their hatred by running a divisive and mean-spirited campaign so how could he expect different. In a country where only half of the eligible population bothers to cast a vote he lost by almost 3 million of them. Not the kind of numbers that give you the feeling that you were given a mandate to govern.

For the sake of American unity I will cross my fingers that he avoids scandal although this team looks prime to invite it. By assuring that virtually every cabinet post is assigned to someone pledged to erode its foundations they’re already off to a bad start. I’d watch the photo ops with Putin if I were Trump.

Electing him is the equivalent of tossing a live hand grenade into a room full of innocents. Let’s all hold our proverbial breaths and see what happens shall we?


6 comments:

  1. "When the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre -- the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. 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, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

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  2. That this buffoon will blunder seems inevitable. His failures will be all too evident even to his supporters. And that's when it will get truly terrifying.

    "I made you promises. And I keep my promises, believe me. I'm the best promise keeper ever. Nobody keeps promises better than me. And I've brought back jobs. It's been tremendous. But where it hasn't been, it's because of people in my way. Who need to get out of here. You're done. Youre finished. We know whose fault it is. It's the fault of [insert scapegoated minority de jour]."

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    1. I was glad to hear his emphasizing all that he's going to deliver and the timeline during his inauguration speech. While I imagine he will try to make it all happen on schedule and will blame everyone else when it doesn't, I am hopeful that the people who voted for him as well and the Republican Congress will see him for the charlatan and narcissist that he is. In particular the Congress will also become aware that unless they act more responsibly and rationally, they too will be at greater risk of losing their positions in following elections.

      I'm also waiting to see if/when the Democrats get their act together with a unifying platform and leadership. Before the election when everyone assumed Clinton would win many in the media said that the Republicans would need to reorganize post election (e.g. the Tea Party). Now, though, the onus is on the Democrats to do so to ensure Trump is in office for only a single term.

      So I'm less terrified about when he blunders. Those around him will need to plan their futures and will forsake supporting him when the time is right. At least I hope so... :-)

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  3. Wanna trade places? Being in Canada seems a lot safer than here. Yes, Trump will disappoint his followers. I'm concerned about the damage he does to the country before then.

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  4. no I am okay here thanks although we also have our issues of course.

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