Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Consider the alternative

If your political leanings are similar to mine, you awoke this morning to some very disappointing news.  However the way I've forced myself to view Trump's election is to reflect on the fact that it was the peaceful outcome of the democratic process.

The opportunity for citizens to choose their leader without gunfire or military coups or phony elections is what separates this nation from North Korea and Russia and Iran and just about every African nation.

So now we'll see what he can do in the next four years.  Personally, I don't see much of an impact on my life or my family.  But collectively as a nation and because republicans now have complete control of the Federal government, the implications are wide ranging.

For starters you can expect a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  That's going to leave millions of people with no health insurance and at the mercy of  HMOs.  Second, for good or ill the next supreme court justice is going to be very conservative. That in itself could have the greatest impact.

That's just for starters.  For the rest we'll have to wait and see.  But one thing I can tell you for sure. If you're one of those people who voted for Trump hoping to see dramatic, life altering changes over the next four years, I have some very disappointing news for you.  It ain't gonna happen! Four years from now we'll be wondering what happened to all of those promises. And then we get to do it all over again to a new set of promises.  Such is the American political scene. 

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