So Donald Trump is going to be president. Of the United States of America. Yup, the orange hyper-tweeting, tiny-handed, name-calling bankrupt bully with the platform of negative –isms has been hired for the top job of the world’s biggest superpower. So what should you do now? Move to Canada and grow maple trees eh? Build a wall around your home and make Mexico pay for it? Start a revolution aimed at toppling those in power and creating a state of anarchy and civil war? While these might sound like perfectly reasonable courses of action, they aren’t likely to lead to the kind of American dream that you’ve been working toward your whole life. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore everything that’s happened, put your head down and hope for the best either. The country is far from well and a Trump presidency is not exactly what the doctor ordered.
In some bizarrely ironic ways, Trump’s presidency will begin a lot like Obama’s: buoyed by a movement of passionate supporters with some historically high expectations and an unprecedented wave of hope. And now his voters expect him to put his campaign promises where his mouth is. But, as with Obama, those expectations are unlikely to be met, and those hopes will probably be dashed. But Trump is never predictable. And this could be where the silver lining is: Trump might – unpredictably - be good for the country. By implementing his infrastructure plan he could create thousands of new jobs; by amending parts of Obamacare he could lower costs and sign up more people; by renegotiating certain trade deals it’s conceivable that he could actually boost the economy; and by coming down hard on ISIS he might potentially lower the threat of terrorism. It might be hard to believe in a silver lining at the moment, but if Trump is flying the plane, it certainly doesn’t help the passengers if he crashes.
Yes Trump is the first president without any military or political experience. Yes he is surrounded by questionable types who promote hateful propaganda against refugees, Muslims, women and immigrants. Yes he made a lot of scary campaign promises about walls and vetting and roe v wade and bans and healthcare (some of which he’s already kinda sorta backtracking on). Yes we still know nothing about his taxes. And yes a lot of his unacceptable rhetoric has been normalized and is being imitated in American classrooms.So why stick around, you ask? Because, America. Because an unchecked Trump is a danger to the country and thus the fragile world order; because the Republican Congress can’t be allowed to neglect the other half of the country now that they are back in power; and because frankly, the country is stronger than one leader and one presidency – as long as its people are willing to learn and love continues to trump hate.
Feel like the country is heading towards a very bleak future? It could be worse. Movie for your mood: Metropolis