It is easy to say that Trump is failing on the one thing I thought made him a better candidate than most others two years ago and that is on the issue of war and empire. Well, that and he was a great stick in the eye of those who work hard to control the narrative.
I must admit, in many ways he is turning out even better than I had hoped…well, if we all (literally) survive his time in office.
Internationally, can you think of a time in your lifetime when the United States government so consistently and widely – and openly – made itself a pariah? For the Europeans, it is the Iran nuclear deal; for East Asians, it is North Korea; for Arabs not associated with the Kingdom…well, that’s pretty much the same as always, but Nikki Haley has a way of putting an exclamation point on it, doesn’t she.
On trade it’s the TPP, NAFTA, China dumping, etc. Every action drives allies away and drives all players to find ways to circumvent or avoid US markets, the US Dollar, US technology, etc.
Nationally…the election itself made clear the divide in America – the red counties vs. the blue counties; the deplorables vs. the “civilized.” We have the NFL and the flag – America, love it or leave it has come back in vogue. All thanks to the Donald.
Trump is doing more to accelerate the decentralization of the empire and the decentralization of the country than any other president in my lifetime. As libertarianism in theory is decentralization in practice – and as I suggested a year ago – I think Trump is the most libertarian president of my lifetime.
Does this end with the end of his presidency? I don’t think so. These trends are all inevitable; we can only thank God that the right man showed up at the right time to accelerate the process. Whoever comes next won’t matter (although if the deplorables don’t get what they want this time, the civilized might look longingly back on the days of Trump), because the direction is inevitable and won’t be reversed.
Speaking of the end of his presidency, it seems to me that Trump is setting up for a smashing victory in the upcoming mid-terms. I have suspected for quite some time that he (along with a subset of republicans in congress and some in the administration) are lining up their investigative actions and news leaks to come exploding full-tilt on the scene about four weeks before the November elections.
We know the news already and that it will be bad for the democrats. Trump is merely orchestrating the timing. Talk about tearing the country apart, I think we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Like I said, the most libertarian president of my lifetime.