152 What Has Happened
December 13, 2016 § 3 Comments
Kirk Sale has written an op-ed piece in the Charleston Courier-Journal for Monday December 12(available online) about the revolution Donald Trump has begun, intended to overthrow the liberal world established in 1945 to combat Communism, entrench Keynsian economics and monetary policy, and “democratic” politics. Almost everything you can think of where you might think of as an instrument of government of with positive results, from to Social Security to NATO to the National Parks to minimum wage could be dismantled–infrastructure tends to mean the likes of Mount Rushmore or Hoover Dam or London Bridge, or the wall to keep Mexicans out.
My sense about my brother is not that Trump is to be trusted but that the necessary dismantling of federal power could not be done at all without there being something scary about it, especially for Democrats who have become comfortable with massively large governments, and Beltway Republicans. Given the size of Clinton’s popular plurality, it may be no later than 2018–unless gerrymandering has taken its toll–that many who voted for Trump go looking for others when they find out what they’re in for.