I’m traveling again over the next few days and so I only have time for a short post.
Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Taiwan’s leader, which could lead to a major rift with China https://t.co/5fQI11MJ9O
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 2, 2016
Many of my post-election posts have been about how deeply unusual and frightening someone like Donald Trump was elected president. Most of the blame goes to the mainstream media, especially the major television networks, for their breathless coverage of Trump’s outlandish criticisms of Hillary Clinton and her supposed email scandal, which wasn’t a scandal at all. Some of the blame, of course, rests with our electoral college system, which enables someone to win the presidency without winning the popular vote.
The last time I checked, Clinton was ahead of Trump by more than 2.3 million votes as counting and recounting continues. More U.S. voters wanted Clinton as their president than Trump. That’s obvious, and Trump can whine about it all he wants, but those are the facts. It’s not a case of Trump becoming an illegitimate president. It’s a case of an illegitimate system that needs to be modernized. It’s unlikely, of course, that will happen under Republican control of our government.
So take a deep breath and get ready for two extremely frightening years in which this country’s safety net—Medicare and Social Security, for example—will come under fire and perhaps altered to significantly lower benefits, two years in which Trump could take us into a new war, perhaps even a world war, with his egotistical blustering.
I say “two years” because progressives have two years in which to take back control of at least one chamber of the federal legislative branch of government in order to apply the brakes to Trump’s extremely xenophobic world vision.
It doesn’t help to whine. It doesn’t help to check out. It doesn’t help to get embittered by arguments with fellow progressives. It does help to get busy right now by promoting progressive values whenever, wherever and however you can.
I’ll resume regular posting next week.