Dec. 29, 2016 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.
For the first time in nearly a decade, I am facing the approach of the new year with a sense of dread and apprehension. With President Obama’s second term rapidly winding down, and, starting Jan. 20 under a Presdent Trump providing little but nervous uncertainty, the future for this country looks darker than I have ever seen before. While Obama had a number of notable achievements, he was nowhere near as effective or influential as I had hoped he would be when I first voted for him in 2008. He was far too conciliatory toward the Republican opposition and tried to deal with them in good faith. This proved to be a fatal mistake, for they wanted nothing to do with him whatsoever and were committed to his political destruction. They were determined to deny him a successful legacy, and, unfortunately, they succeeded for the most part.
Trump’s electoral win shocked the entire globe. With help from Vladimir Putin, and due to ongoing Republican efforts to sordidly gerrymander precincts across the nation and disenfranchise as many voters as possible, plus with a generous helping of scurrilous propaganda against Hillary Clinton being distributed far and wide by Trump and other Republican operatives, the least experienced and least qualified candidate in our entire history was able to snatch electoral victory from perhaps the most qualified presidential candidate the country has ever seen. Over the years, I have grown accustomed to constant Republican lies during campaigns, but they still remain as infuriating as ever – and this year set a new record in outlandishness and frequency!
Now we will soon see the emergence of a dangerously insecure, unstable, brooding, and vengeful man at the helm of power, and there are numerous signs of impending disaster lurking. His cabinet picks rank among the worst of all time, from authoritarian and provocative warmongers to fossil fuel polluters to anti-education zealots to laissez-faire Wall Street bankers to greedy billionaires who have no regard at all for working people to hideously unqualified, bumbling types like the former Texas governor Rick Perry. These are indications that Trump will be putting Pay 2 Play on steroids!
We are soon to see the effects of putting a man in power who has never held elective office before, and who shows little evidence of what his actual leadership role will be, or that he will even follow the confines and/or established procedures of his office. There is every indication that this man has the temperament and mentality of a spoiled little immature 10 year old brat. He seems inclined to make snap judgments and appears to want to rule by edict, as if he were a monarch. We can only hope that Congress will do diigence and deliver him a well-deserved ass paddling whenever he steps too far out of line, as he most certainly will. But I am not at all optimistic this will occur. I greatly fear that this dastardly for-the-wealthy-only-and-to-hell-with-everybody-else reactionary, Tea Party infested Republican Congress will impose an austerity budget on the poor and needy while giving even more unneeded tax breaks and subsidies to billionaires and their corporations. The Republican leadership, both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are chomping at the bits for the next legislative session to begin. Their aim is to completely undo all the protections and gains the New Deal and the Great Society offered the working masses, to privatize all that they can, to end federal regulation on business, and to achieve a reactionary, anti-labor and pro-business majority on the Supreme Court – effectively turning it into an EXTREME Court which will set this country backward for decades, and maybe even for all time. We CANNOT allow this travesty to happen!!!
These are the fears and very ominous possibilities we in the 99% MAJORITY, who are NOT members of the billionaire class and never will be, ALL face. We must unite and fight these reactionary types with every means at our disposal, or the opportunities and freedoms we have known all of our lives will disappear forever. Get ready to put up your dukes, fair-minded progressives and workers – the next 4 years will be CLOBBERIN’ TIME!
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