The warning signs were there from the beginning that this was going to be a watershed year. Donald Trump, President-Elect, buzzed through a crowded field of mostly experienced politicians to emerge as the Republican standard-bearer. We could chalk it up to the asymmetry of the field or the brawling of primary politics or an aberration caused by conflating reality and TV. Now that Trump has won the White House, his victory, still shocking, is more understandable.
The country is almost evenly divided between people who reject the empowerment of the federal government as a positive force and those who embrace it. Trump embodies the former and Clinton the latter. Trump had a clear vision of his following — he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in broad daylight and he would not lose his support. Sexual assault, race-baiting, tax dodging, swindling: none of it mattered because he thumbed his nose at the System. Now he will be the System, until he dismantles it.
Take Trump at his word. He will build a wall. He will get Mexico to pay for it. He will close our borders. He will start sending bills to our allies. He will tip all the sacred cows. If you like alternate history, this will be a field day. There will be an iconoclast — a vengeful, petty, litigious one — as Commander-in-Chief. Nothing is unthinkable.
© 2016 The Revolted Colonies