Taco Trucks and Trump

Last night I went to my usual taco truck to pick up a burrito, and was surprised to find a long queue. Someone I used to work with was there, and we chatted a bit. Apparently there were taco trucks at restaurants all over town and people were going to them as a sort of solidarity move against Trumpism. I just wanted a burrito.

1. My first thought is that with so many prominent Republicans publicly declaring their intention to vote for Hillary Clinton (Mitt Romney, Colin Powell, George H.W. Bush, et. al.), it’s hard to see last night as a Republican victory and a Democratic defeat.

2. That said, with the Congress firmly in the hands of the Republican party, I expect that Trump’s proposals that help the super-rich, including tax cuts for the wealthy, the total elimination of all inheritance taxes, and repealing the ACA, will sail through. I expect any initiative that Trump puts forward that actually helps the “forgotten” working class of Middle America will have a snowball’s change in hell of getting through—stemming the tide of illegal immigration, rewriting anti-worker trade deals, closing loopholes that cost American jobs, universal health care, encouraging small manufacturing, raising the minimum wage, reducing education costs, etc. The rich will never allow such things, even under a nominal Republican, so long as they fund congressional elections.

3. That being said, when initiatives that actually help the 99 percent are inevitably crushed by the mainstream Republicans who control Congress, what will Trump supporters do then? Withdraw support? Switch parties? Or just keep voting mindlessly for Republicans like over the last thirty-plus years?

4. With much of the nation and the U.S. Federal government now a de-facto one-party GOP state, who will Republicans blame for the continuing deterioration of the country over the next four (which will happen) now that they don’t have a Democratic scapegoat??? Serious question.

5. Everyone cynically expects that politicians will break their campaign promises after they get elected; why were people so scared that Trump will actually keep his? I expect all his talk about banning Muslims and deporting Mexicans will all be dismissed as empty, unrealistic campaign rhetoric, and much of the hysteria concerning them will dissipate. I fully expect to be eating at my same taco truck four years from now.

6. The worst thing about a Trump victory: Scott Adams will become an even more puffed-up insufferable narcissist asshole than before. Seriously, I can’t stand that guy.

7. Console yourself with a joint—marijuana won big last night.

8. So, I guess the next series of The Apprentice will feature Jeff Sessions, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani. What better way to pick cabinet members in a country like the United States than reality TV?

7. Four years from now, if (more like when, I expect) Trump hasn’t delivered on Making America Great Again™, what will happen? A lot of people around the world feel that American voters were bamboozled by a fraud and a con artist. Will history prove them right???

8. Personally, I’m far more disappointed in the Russ Feingold loss. Feingold is one of the few decent, honest, trustworthy politicians out there, and he lost to the vapid plutocrat Ron Johnson for a second time. Johnson has been nothing but a reliable rubber-stamp for the most extreme pro-wealth, anti-worker legislation over the last six years, yet ran as an “outsider” against “career politician” Russ Feingold (who has actually been in the private sector for the last six years). Feingold, of course, was the only senator to vote against the USA Patriot Act, which confirms my belief that all the right-wing yammering about standing up to “government tyranny” is just coded racist claptrap, and always has been.

9. Finally, I think one positive note is that this shakes things up a bit. I read mostly UK media, and of course they are all likening it to Brexit. And it is the same in may ways–the forgotten people who have been crushed by globalism and unrestrained capital have finally had enough, and will do anything to hit back against an impersonal, invisible system stacked against them. Slavoj Zizek, who claims he, too, would have voted for Trump, makes some interesting points, whether you agree or disagree:

Also recall that 18-25 year-olds cast more votes for Bernie Sanders in the primaries than for Trump and Clinton combined, and would have delivered this result in the general election:

And if that still doesn’t’ cheer you up, take heart that either four or eight years from know, we KNOW we know we will elect America’s first straight, female president:

8 thoughts on “Taco Trucks and Trump

  1. Which of your parties is less corrupted by ‘globalism and unrestrained capital’, do you think? In the UK it’s hard to tell. Blair on the Left and Cameron on the Right were bought and paid for. Corbyn and May? Corbyn’s a total yogurt-knitter and May – coming from the noble office of Home Secretary – has /actually/ been running the country (domestically at any rate) for some years now. If Bernie (your Corbyn equivalent) had run, do you think he’d have won?

    • It must be hard to knit yogurt!

      Hard to say if Sanders could have won. On the one hand, he would have neutralized many of the populist positions Trump adopted, since he held them too and was appealing to the same people. He also was untainted by scandal and not perceived as (or is) an “insider” whereas Hillary Clinton is the consummate insider. On the other hand, he would have been tainted with the “socialist” label. One article I read the day after quoted some voter in some Rust Belt state (Pennsylvania, I think) as saying, “Thank God Hillary lost, otherwise we would be headed for socialism.” Trump’s advantage is that he’s running as a member of a white ethno-nationalist party, whereas people here perceive the Democrats as the party of “lazy” minorities, immigrants, refugees, gays, and other marginalized groups (tinged with SJW activism) no matter what the economic message is. Sanders would have had a hard time over coming that perception in Middle America; Trump could combine his anti-elite message with appeals to identity politics.

    • Now, if only they’d turn that anger into kicking out all the other guilty politicians out there, regardless of party affiliation. That would be a good thing. I wonder if all the people angry at Hilary’s email shenanigans would have voted for Scott Walker, for example.

  2. I think that Slavoj Zizek made some very strong points. I would like to think that this election will make the political system reevaluate itself, but I don’t think that this will happen. I think that if there is any hope at all it will be in the streets with the protestors. And it will have to be long term and unrelenting, the way things used to be back in the 1970s. Also, coalitions will have to be formed to complement these protests the way that the old Black Panther Party did with their breakfast programs and education programs. I just don’t see the system ever serving the people.

  3. No fan of any corrupt Clinton’s here, nor vile Trump.

    Only took him two days for the betrayals to start.

    Controversial promises vanish from Donald Trump’s website

    “They include the “Donald J. Trump statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration”, in which he called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.

    Also gone is his promise to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement, the list of his potential Supreme Court justice picks and details of his economic, defence and regulatory reform plans.

    The Trump campaign did not respond to emails seeking comment on the changes.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/317853/trump's-controversial-promises-vanish-from-website

    Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

    “Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you the American people,” Trump says in his closing campaign advertisement, followed by flashing images of K Street, Wall Street, and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein.

    “But the Trump transition team is a who’s who of influence peddlers, including: energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; adviser Eric Ueland, a Senate Republican staffer who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and Transition General Counsel William Palatucci, an attorney in New Jersey whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon. Rick Holt, Christine Ciccone, Rich Bagger, and Mike Ferguson are among the other corporate lobbyists helping to manage the transition effort.”

    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/08/trump-transition-lobbyists/

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