I actually have no quarrel with any of that. All the way down to the notion that the election of Trump is indicative of some national malaise that we somehow need to understand and cure.
But, chew this around for a bit. This requires you to step outside yourself a bit and take a 10,000 foot nonemotional view of the matter:
- Was Trump the first sign of that malaise? Or was the fact that our choices for President in 2016 were a (a) neoconservative Democrat under FBI investigation, (b) an aging ex-Communist who wasn’t a Democrat running as one, and (c ) a marginally sane selfpromoting prevaricating businessman who used to be a Democrat and become a Republican, also a sign?
- It is possible, after a financial meltdown and an anemic “recovery” averaging 2% a year, where the jobs “recovery” was primarily in McJobs and wage growth was stagnant, and where the only winner in the last eight years were the major corporations and the investors in their equities………that the only way America can find their way back to a dynamic economy is by hiring an asshole who doesn’t give a shit about anybody but himself in order to fix it?
Maybe we should look at Trump not as much as a President, but more like the military school that you send your delinquent kid too when he flunks out of school, so he can get some sense slapped into him.