A Norwegian pundit said, “The U.S. is ungovernable.” He suggested that many Americans don’t know what a state is or what a government does. According to him, many Americans seem to want to be left alone as if 314 million Americans just happened to wind up in the same in the same geographical area and feel that should be left to cope for themselves without government intervention. This provides a perfect scenario for big fish eating small fish.
The Republicans have paved the road on which Trump is driving toward the White House. With their obstructionist politics they have rendered Washington almost dysfunctional which gives Trump the opportunity to say “Washington is broken and only I can fix it.» The irony is that the Republicans now find themselves in a no-win situation where they can either align the party with him and thus define it as racist, misogynistic, anti free trade, anti-Nato (scaring the s… out of Baltic state leaders) and support his corporate tax cuts which would raise the national debt by an estimated $5 trillion. Or they can distance themselves from him and give the election to Clinton and face the prospective of liberal Supreme Court justices, a doubling of the minimum wage, an expansion of Obama Care and her clamping down on Wall St. From the Democrats’ perspective and a little schadenfreude one might say that the Republicans’ dilemma couldn’t happen to nicer guys.
Much of Trump’s base complains that Washington has forgotten them and in revenge they are going to vote for him. But what they are voting for is one who refuses to raise the minimum wage and swears that the first thing he will do as president is to abolish Obama Care costing the 20 million people enrolled in the program their affordable health care. In addition he will dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau whose mandate is to protect consumers from predatory financial institutions such as Wells Fargo which recently issued credit cards to “customers” without their consent and charged them a fee. It is strange how many Americans vote against their own economic interests while complaining that Washington has abandoned them.
Trump has been talking about his famous wall since day one. But he has already constructed a wall which he doesn’t even know he has constructed, a wall between himself and reality. When he still thinks he won the first debate while 62% know that he didn’t, he is living in his own bubble. What would a president out of touch with reality from day one be like in the course of four years? Would we see a growing discrepancy between Trump’s reality and the real world reality and a president ensconcing himself in a mental bunker, not the place from which we want our president to govern.
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