Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, November 11, 2016

Running Out Of Words

Today in US Gov class, kids pressed me on what sort of policies Trump might pursue.  I told them as best I could, based on Trump and Paul Ryan's public stances.

They were aghast.

Ending compliance with the Paris Climate Accords, ending Obamacare, ending Clean Air initiatives, abandoning the Iranian nuclear deal, a trade war with Mexico and China, massive regressive tax cuts.

But, you know, #Benghazi and emails and the tenor of her voice...

Clinton was a poor candidate to be running for a third term in an anti-establishment year.  James Comey truly ratfucked the election in a way I presumed wouldn't happen.  Trump motivated missing voters with naked appeals to racism and cultural resentment.

But if Trump really does embark us on a truly terrifying national nightmare, we can all thank the news media for a bang up job of shedding light on the issues at stake in Decision 2016.

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