My wife thinks Trump will do the country good because it is bringing forth the junk and true sentiments of the American people; and it forces us to deal with them. The problem I have with this is, it means burning the house down, destroying all old files, and then having to rebuild them, something that will be painstakingly difficult. Worst of all, it doesn’t/didn’t have to be this way!
Trump is presently appointing hit men/women who will go in and destroy years and years of legislation, rules and regulations, which have been developed over years and years of research, discussion/debate and consultation experience. Destruction of these regulations will create a dangerous windfall and highly destructive reaction that, in all likelihood, result in revolution and fighting in the streets. The reason I say this is that our country is pretty much evenly divided; and one side will resist the other even to the point of violence.
I am a strong believer in capitalism. But my 65 years of experience and my college education tells me that capitalism must be regulated! First of all, I must quote the father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, who said, “If men were angels, government would not be necessary.” Sorry, and I don’t care who you are, men are not angels! And, in my view, Trump is one of the farthest from being an angel. He might even be the extreme opposite.
In my college, political science class, we studied the various forms of government, primarily: Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism, and Communism. My college professor, Dr. Mack Gift, once said that the large middle class with the higher standard of living that developed following WWII proved Karl Marx (theorist and author of Das Capital, the communist manifesto) wrong. I read an article recently that said during the past 20+ years (without mentioning party affiliation), we have witnessed (unless you do not keep up on the news) a war on the middle class with lower wages, limited benefits especially in health care, declining influence of labor unions and fewer jobs. While corporate CEOs, wall street executives, and others have experienced huge windfall profits, the middle class has not gained any significant growth since the 1980s. Trump and his big buck cronies tapped into this.
The horror and shame of it all is, “We bit the hand that feeds us.” We did the exact opposite of what should have been done. We should have gotten behind Bernie Sanders. Why? Because it was he, not Trump nor Clinton, that was arguing for the middle class. It was Bernie who wanted to raise the minimum wage, penalize companies taking jobs overseas, hold Wall Street accountable, etc.
What do I mean? Isn’t Obama responsible for all this? On the contrary, Obama was working slowly to help the middle class recover from the 2008 banking/housing fallout; but it was going to take some time, more time than most Americans had the patience for. Donald Trump took advantage of this frustration and exploited it to the fullest by pretending to be the hero and proudly laying the blame for our economic woes on everyone else (including immigrants and minorities) but himself and his billionaire cronies…when in fact it was he and his cronies who have put us in this situation. But what about Obamacare? What about it? In truth, it was just another version of Romney care but under the democratic party banner. Believe it or not, it was aimed at helping the middle class in several areas: providing care for pre-existing conditions, coverage for college students, and lowering costs for the poor (who could not afford insurance prior to this time).
Where do we go from here? Good question! It is obvious to me that we must crash and burn…then, start all over again. Good luck, America!