Last night I described in a blog how I was on a seesaw (see Seasaw). This morning the unthinkable happened, I turned to my right and on the seesaw next to me was President-elect, Donald Trump. Up and down he went, at times he seemed to balance right in the middle. I couldn,t tell if he was happy.
Down he went, appointing RNC chair, Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. This guy has strong establishment credentials. What will supporters think. Wasn’t the election anout”draining the swamp.” They need to understand, we may need to pull bodies out of the swamp and put them in the administration if we want to get anything done.
The seasaw swings up, appointing Steve Brannon, Breitbart News executive, who worked so hard on the campaign, as policy advisor. Won’t this please supporters (some anyway), Bannon and Breitbart are known as the voice of the alt-right, advocates of white supremacy. I mean the KKK enforced me and are mounting a big recruiting drive.
Then there is Paul Ryan, House leadership, wasn’t he deep in the swamp. Trump tries a balancing act — hovering between up and down. Do we pull him out of the swamp and give him a voice in the administration, it’s a tough call. Maybe we get in the swamp. Ryan is talking about cuts to social security and Medicare. He has firmly supported the appeal of Obamacare. What do my supporters want? What do I want? What’s best for me in other words.
The seesaw swings down. After talking to President Obama Trump realizes that there are provisions of the law that should not be repealed. Maybe instead of repeal, it should be amended. We should keep the clause that pre-existing conditions cannot disqualify and another that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s policy. Will insurance companies pay for these provisions? If not how do we pay for them?
Trump swings up but again tries to hover in the middle. A lot was said about immigration in the campaign. Supporters really expect results. But deporting 11 million, that’s a tall order, maybe we can deport just the criminals, should be 2 or 3 million (the real number doesn’t matter as much as we say deport, deport the alien, Mexican rapists and drug dealers, Muslin terrorists, deport). And we got to keep them out. A wall is really expensive and would it work, Mexico certainly won’t pay for it. Maybe Congress will approve a fence, in a few places anyway. And what do we do with all those Muslims — those here, those who want to come here. Can we deport them if they are a threat; can we ban them from entering the country. Somehow we’d need to finesse the Constitution.
The seasaw swings up. Trump gets to appoint at least one Supreme Court justice. Any liberal interpretation will disappear. The Constitution is conservative and only political conservatives know what it means. Only they understand the founding fathers (even though they were eighteenth century elitist). The new Supreme Court will repeal Roe v. Wade. That should make the troops happy. What if over 65% of women support abortion, they still voted for me when the liberal press tried to paint me out as a sex deviant, grabbing, you know, assulting — 42 % still voted for me. And what really counts 52% of white women voted for me. But this does get complicated.
Down we go. Trump claims that gay marriage is the bag. The Supreme Court has spoken. But what to do about Mike Pence. The administration needs him. He might play a big role in policy. But we don’t need headlines like the Huffington Post’s recent “The Mike Pence (Donald Trump) Assult on LGBTQ Equality is Already Underway.” I said, The Supreme Court has spoken, tough if it was a liberal court. We can’t just change everything, can we.
The seasaw swings back to the middle. Thousands are protesting the great Trump victory. So what if a majority didn’t elect me. Trump won; the electoral college has (hopefully will) spoken. The young Clinton (and probably Sanders) sore losers are taking to the streets. They call it free speech; I call it anarchy. We need to support strong police departments. We need law and order. Some of my critics say there is an increase of hate crimes, particularly in colleges, high schools and elementary schools. It’s reported usually by the liberal press and organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that students have painted swastika’s on bathroom walls, told classmates they should be deported, told Muslim women to remove their hijabs, reminded African-Americans about lunching that happened historically if Niggers didn’t keep there place. They try to say I’m responsible. I say, “Now this is free speech.” I’m not condoning violence or destruction of property, to that, I say, “Stop it.” You remember when Nancy Reagan said, “Just say no” and ended drug addiction. Trump people aren’t haters; they love America and want to make it great again.
Trump remains swaying, balancing in the middle. What does the new administration do about Education (Doctor Ben will know), Free Trade and NATO (I bet Mike Pence can figure that out, with a little help from his friends). Climate change (we need a Secretary of the Interior who supports both burning coal and digging for more oil). Burn, baby, burn, maybe Sarah has some ideas. And jobs, how do I create jobs. The Congress probably won’t fund a massive public works project. Maybe Christi can help, I read something about his involvement with bridges. Experience can help if your not as smart as me.
Trump continues to balance. Can I force people to buy American made goods even if they cost twice as much. But that’s no good, the Trump brand of clothes isn’t made in the US. And did you hear Macy’s refuses to sell the Presidents brand of clothing. Could that be considered treason? But wait, I wander, must stay focused. Jobs, jobs, jobs, no regulations, no regulations, no regulations, lock her up, lock her up. I need to get people chanting again, that will make America great. And I’ll call Giuliani about the lock her up thing.
After about an hour of going up and down, balancing in the middle, Trump turns to me. “You know, Profy, (yes, I know who you are), this isn’t easy. Do my supporters think I can just deliver on those campaign promises. Don’t they know politics in America is compromise. At least it was until recent Republican practice. Do they want me it ignore the majority of eligible voters who didn’t support me. Is about 35% of eligible voters really a strong mandate. Now that I’m elected I’ve got to think what’s best for me. To paraphrase someone, “What’s good for Trump is good for the country.” But I’m not selfish, I don’t need a tax break since I never pay federal taxes, but some of my friends might like a break. “Maybe this isn’t so hard, Profy, all I need to do is help the 1% that control this country.” My supporters will follow like sheep. Or will they? Stay tuned.