First, is anyone else sick of the term “Black Friday” yet?
I have read and heard so much about this past election that it is now getting damn right boring….his supporters keep telling me about the mandate he and the GOP have now that he is prez…….
Okay, what exactly is Trump’s mandate…not what you think it is but what is his stated mandate? Or does that matter?
(I will pause here for a quick Google search for his supporters because they have NO idea other than his social media ramblings)
Within days of the U.S. general election, central elements of the result have already entered into American mythology: the revenge of the “white working class voter”; the unprecedented anti-establishment character of the President-elect; the populist revolution that led to Trump’s victory; and the years in the wilderness now facing Democrats and progressives in America.
But the endless repetition of these themes by the corporate media deserves a great deal more skepticism and scrutiny before they worm their way into all our heads to form the established and accepted narrative of this election. Let’s first review some basic facts about what happened on Nov. 8:
I listened closely to all his speeches and tried to follow his Tweets but I have a life and it was beyond tedious……there was so much contradictory stuff from his lips that I am not sure about anything he has on his mind…..
And then there is his search for the SecState…..there are so many factions jockeying for the inside position….I worry about who will be the winner…..
In recent history, a presidential election which puts the other major party in power has led to a pretty orderly transfer of power, with each party having its own collection of usual suspects that quickly and predictably fill in all the top spots. President-elect Donald Trump’s outsider status, and the number of Republican leadership figures openly opposed to his campaign, means he doesn’t have such a ready-made cabinet, nor likely the inclination to install one.
Instead, Trump’s cabinet is being assembled very publicly, amid a battle that includes neo-conservatives and establishment hawks arrayed against a group of outsiders including the libertarian right, Tea Party Republicans, and a bloc of realists who would normally not be in line for top positions.
Many of the neo-cons and the rest of the establishment had a substantial “Never Trump” bloc that opposed his election appear to feel entitled to the top positions in the cabinet, and indeed, Trump seems to be entertaining candidate like ultrahawk John Bolton for some of his biggest positions.
This position and DoD will tell me all I need to know about the direction that our foreign policy will travel……
His choices point to a mandate to this writer….but I am not positive so I will withhold me impressions ….for now.
Maybe this is something we all should worry about and not what star is dancing to what song…..just a thought!