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: