Author’s Note: As always, I am speaking for myself and not for American Atheists or any other organization of which I am a present or past member.
Somehow, I ended up on a mailing list from the Trump campaign. Either they bought my email address from some data aggregator or someone signed me up as a prank but either way, these emails have been both illuminating and distressing.
The latest one I received outlines what Trump says he will do in the early weeks of his presidency:
“Here’s what I’ll do during my first 100 days in office:
Appoint judges who will uphold our Constitution – this is so important;
Change federal immigration rules to give our people the opportunity to fill good-paying jobs, and cancel regulations that send our jobs overseas;
Lift the job-killing Obama restrictions on energy production;
Repeal and replace Obamacare – it’s been an absolute DISASTER for families and small businesses.”
Besides the fact that he clearly has never had a basic civics class and has no idea how our government is organized and how the federal powers separate, the biggest concern on this list pertains to the kind of people King Trump would nominate to the Supreme Court. Pro big business? Anti civil rights for the parts of America that aren’t white or heterosexual? Or some unhinged wingnut of which there are plenty of judiciary examples to choose from? It is impossible to tell because no one can tell where he actually stands on any issue beyond personal promotion. As for “changing federal immigration rules to give our people the opportunity to fill good-paying jobs”, what jobs is he talking about? He has already made it clear he considers immigrating Mexicans to be a threat to America but what exactly are those high paying jobs that he things they are taking away from American citizens? Finally, while Obamacare needs significant improvements, it did bring insurance to millions who didn’t have it, it did fix some of the more despicable practices of the insurance industry, and it would have brought insurance to many more if certain red states didn’t intentionally derail the program by refusing to expand Medicaid. Has he even bothered to learn anything about the families whose insurance he wants to kill?
Sadly, there are people I care about who have completely bought into Trump’s con job on the American people. I almost wish he would win so in six months, I could tell these people “I told you so”, but since I think he could create chaos for our country in that short period of time, I’m glad that a presidency for him is getting more unlikely by the day. However, when Hillary wins, I think we can expect a different kind of chaos when he and his supporters refuse to yield amid accusations of a “rigged” election.
We will just have to wait and see.
Photo credit: Jill Carlson (jillcarlson.org); https://flic.kr/p/w5fe2F