|What if Trump wins?|
Let’s suppose that Donald Trump is elected President and tries to follow through on his promises to his rightwing supporters. Tax giveways to the rich, say. Or weakening of national safety regulations protecting water supplies and the environment. Stricter immigration enforcement, including deportations. There is a long list of things he has suggested he might do.
Of course, we don’t really know. Looking at Trump’s record – he has been all over the map and does not appear to be an ideolog. Of course, he is also a narcissist and, to that extent, controlled by his twin constituencies -- his "base" -- and his rich, privileged friends. So, yeah, he could veer hard right.
|Trump and friends|
As a leftist, I’m not worried that much.
First of all, a lot of the things that the antediluvian right advocates are already national policy! No, we haven’t gutted environmental protections – not exactly – but we have workarounds in place so can frack all over the place and destroy water resources and people’s health in quite a big way. Only low oil prices keep it in check.
|Aerial view of fracking sites|
We are far behind other countries in programs to develop “green” infrastructure.
Immigration? The abuses are well documented.
|After the US coup in Honduras, the US deported Honduran child refugees|
Inequality. The rich already have workarounds so they don’t pay taxes.
But here’s the deal.
With a democrat as President, such as Obama, people excuse his veering to the right with , “Yes, it’s bad – but it would be worse under a Republican. “
Which takes the wind out of progressive activism. You're with us or you are against us.
What exactly improved under Obama?
Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Ukraine?
|The UK spend 13 times more bombing Libya than it did rebuilding after WWII|
How lucky we are to have Putin to save our ass and prevent WW3.
You get the point.
Obama and Clinton are Faux Liberal. Or maybe Faux Right. Take your pick. Faux Faux? No matter....
With Trump in power, suddenly the lines might be clearer.
And if he failed -- the failures would be domestic -- businessmen like Trump -- and unlike Hillary -- are not into war. Domestic failures would not be incremental, as with the Democrats, they would catastrophic enough to affect ordinary people's lives pushing them out of the comfort zone.
Yes, people DO have the power!
Vote Trump so you can vote Stein.