We’ll see where this goes. I am more optimistic than you are. I understand the point you are making between reality and perception, but in 1920’s Germany, there was real starvation and genuine poverty; in the US, the primary medical problems of the lower income class are obesity related diseases. Words can only go so far to create the perceptions of which you speak. The right does talk things down, but you can only talk down a fat nation with bulging 401K’s so far. Not to Weimar Germany levels.
I think it important to point out that there is a rather wide gap between Trump’s verbal rhetoric and his stated platform found on his campaign website. His mouth issued demogogery; his platform……substantially more balanced. I assume he’s going to work off the written platform, not his own rhetoric.
Thus, the campaign social demagoguery gets set aside (already several signs of that) in favor of the economic agenda. Trump appears not to be anywhere’s near as interested in social issues as he is in economic (he’s already called gay marriage “settled”); and his economic package is (a) garden variety supply side where (b) Ryan and McConnell have already telegraphed that they’re not interested in massively raising the deficit. Add those two pieces together, and we could very well hit his 3.5–4% growth targets. As James Carville said “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Bottom line? The Constitution will hold. The House and Senate are not going to be interested in politically unpopular social legislation. The true Trumpsters will be satisfied with some sort of scaled down wall and enforcement of current immigration law, together with the “extreme vetting” of potential immigrants from Middle Eastern hotspots.
There is a lot of uncertainty, to be sure. PRIMARILY, we are testing for the first time in……forever, perhaps …… the proposition that a rich man can’t be bought, and that a rich man as POTUS can govern without becoming beholden to special interest groups which skew policy.
I have no idea where this is going. But although you and I agree on the “talking down the government” part, there does exist a genuine problem where globalization causes a “hollowing out” of America by destroying the working middle class, and is clearly demonstrated by the increase in the GINI coefficient over the years. It has to change, Trump and Sanders saw it and addressed it, and Trump won in part because Clinton did NOT address it.
Stay tuned. Get popcorn. It’s going to be a wild ride. But I think 2020 will come where EITHER we say “shit, that sucked, let’s never try THAT again!” or “geez, let’s re-elect this guy and hope he never dies”.
But nothing in between. :-)