FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

These are Strange Days

What is happening to America? The Trump-Pence jolt throws a weird uncertainty over the future.

Incoming President Donald Trump vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who will revoke women’s right to choose, making it a crime again for desperate teen girls and women to end pregnancies. Few modern democracies have such a prohibition.

Can he return America to the ugly era of illegal back-alley butchers? Or is he so erratic and unpredictable that he will forget this threat?

Trump vows to halt the Affordable Care Act that gives health insurance to 20 million Americans. He says he will replace it with something “terrific,” but nobody can guess what it might be.

Trump vowed to block Muslims from entering America, making this the only democracy with a religious test for entry. Can he undo freedom of religion?

Despite evidence from thousands of top scientists, he says global warming is a hoax (perpetrated by Chinese). He wants to break U.N. treaties and halt U.S. support for international programs to prevent climate disaster.

Trump vowed to capture and deport 11 million undocumented Hispanics, and build a giant wall across the southern border at Mexico’s expense. Can he make America a stockade?

Trump promises a colossal tax giveaway to the wealthy. Can he do it without wiping out billions in revenue that provide the public safety net sustaining millions of U.S. families?

In a couple of months, when Republicans take complete control of Washington, will they inflict all these drastic changes on Americans? Or will public resistance derail part of the conservative agenda?

What’s coming in 2017? Suddenly, the future seems bewildering.

Great numbers of Americans never dreamed that a Trump-Pence victory was possible. We failed to grasp the depth of frustration and ethnic resentment among so many less-educated white male voters. Was tacit racism a significant factor? Now reality looms.

As The Washington Post said, progressive Americans “awoke Wednesday morning to wonder if they were welcome in their own land.” Most of us haven’t quite absorbed the complete trauma.

Trump’s campaign lacked a well-thought-out agenda of political goals. Instead, he seemed to blurt ideas impulsively, shot from the hip. Everything revolved around his riveting, bombastic, dominating personality.

And his personality is the most vulgar and nasty I’ve ever seen in American politics. He has a petty quality. It’s almost possible to envision him trying to start a war over an insult.

The New York Times observed: “It’s a strange, distressing situation for citizens to be in — to acknowledge the danger of having a reckless, unqualified leader, while maintaining respect for the office he holds.”

Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly won the popular vote. But the state-by-state electoral tally can’t be undone. Americans must live with the new reality abruptly imposed on us. These are strange days.

More articles by:

James Haught, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is editor emeritus of West Virginia’s largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Weekend Edition
August 17, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Daniel Wolff
The Aretha Dialogue
Nick Pemberton
Donald Trump and the Rise of Patriotism 
Joseph Natoli
First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion
Andrew Levine
Midterms 2018: What’s There to Hope For?
Robert Hunziker
Hothouse Earth
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Running Out of Fools
Ajamu Baraka
Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class
Paul Street
Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People
David Macaray
Trump and the Sex Tape
CJ Hopkins
Where Have All the Nazis Gone?
Daniel Falcone
The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk
Cesar Chelala
The Historic Responsibility of the Catholic Church
Ron Jacobs
The Barbarism of US Immigration Policy
Kenneth Surin
In Shanghai
William Camacaro - Frederick B. Mills
The Military Option Against Venezuela in the “Year of the Americas”
Nancy Kurshan
The Whole World Was Watching: Chicago ’68, Revisited
Robert Fantina
Yemeni and Palestinian Children
Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
Orcas and Other-Than-Human Grief
Shoshana Fine – Thomas Lindemann
Migrants Deaths: European Democracies and the Right to Not Protect?
Paul Edwards
Totally Irrusianal
Thomas Knapp
Murphy’s Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors
Mark Ashwill
More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells
Ralph Nader
Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
Hans-Armin Ohlmann
My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family
Matthew Funke
The Nordic Countries Aren’t Socialist
Daniel Warner
Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment
Dave Lindorff
Mainstream Media Hypocrisy on Display
Jeff Cohen
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
Victor Grossman
Stand Up With New Hope in Germany?
Christopher Brauchli
A Family Affair
Jill Richardson
Profiting From Poison
Patrick Bobilin
Moving the Margins
Alison Barros
Dear White American
Celia Bottger
If Ireland Can Reject Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too
Ian Scott Horst
Less Voting, More Revolution
Peter Certo
Trump Snubbed McCain, Then the Media Snubbed the Rest of Us
Dan Ritzman
Drilling ANWR: One of Our Last Links to the Wild World is in Danger
Brandon Do
The World and Palestine, Palestine and the World
Chris Wright
An Updated and Improved Marxism
Daryan Rezazad
Iran and the Doomsday Machine
Patrick Bond
Africa’s Pioneering Marxist Political Economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018)
Louis Proyect
Memoir From the Underground
Binoy Kampmark
Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne Loses to Vienna
Andrew Stewart
Blackkklansman: Spike Lee Delivers a Masterpiece
Elizabeth Lennard
Alan Chadwick in the Budding Grove: Story Summary for a Documentary Film
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail