What difference will the 2016 election make?
As I reflect on the results of the 2016 election, and the fact that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States, I can’t help but think, “What difference will it make?”
I believe it will make a huge difference, in the short run, but not really much difference at all – in the long run.
You see, I have been in this relationship before. It occurred in 2001 when George W. Bush become president, and the conservative Republicans took control of all three branches of government for the first time in 70 years. I remember thinking, wow, now they have a chance to really do conservative things. Is that what happened? Not exactly.
That said, I am optimistic that Trump, along with the House and Senate, will stand firm as a firewall to protect our First and Second amendments. I believe they will elect supreme court judges who will do the same. I am hopeful that the economy will improve. However, this optimism is tempered with concern. Concern that in the end not much will actually change.
One thing is certain, with complete control, just who, and what the GOP is, and what they want to be will become very, very clear. Will they actually limit the expansion of our government? Will they reduce taxes? Will they repeal Obama Care? Will they improve our privacy or continue to encroach upon it.
Listen GOP, this is your chance, considering the shifting demographics of our country, if you screw this up it might be your last chance.
Many are trying to argue that the election was a repudiation of Liberalism. I am not so sure. In my view the race was much tighter than it should have been considering the corruption exposed by wiki-links and the FBI investigations. Rather than a repudiation of liberalism, or even an embracing of conservatism, I believe that many of the American people who tipped the tide in Trumps favor did so with the hope that he might actually be, “outside the establishment.” We shall see.
I am convinced that four years from now, the government will be larger than it is today, its budgets will increase, its agencies will be further empowered, its taxation of its subjects will still be a requirement (by compulsion under the threat of violence). The dollar will continue to decline and lose its value to inflation, and we will find ourselves right back where we are now, entangled in an ugly election cycle, trying to decide who we are going to elect next to “make us great again.”
So with a measure of optimism and hope in my heart, I will, with you, wait to see what difference if any the election of 2016 will make.