Trump can still be stopped
Trump has not even formally won the election. The Electors still have to vote for him in mid December. If we can convince enough to vote against him, he loses the majority and the House will have to decide. They are not legally bound to vote for who they promised to, or who their state binds them to vote for. This is a real, tangible chance that we have a month to accomplish.
Don’t let some arbitrary notion of “having” to respect an election (in which Trump lost the popular vote) make you just accept such a risk. If the electoral college voted to nuke Canada for no reason, but more than half of the people voted against it (or even if the popular vote was to nuke Canada for no reason), it would make absolutely no sense to respect this election. The threat that is posed is far too great for some outdated notion of how we should treat elections when we lose. Don’t do what is politically correct, or polite, or respectful, do what you believe will have the best outcome for everyone. Don’t follow social rules, follow moral rules to be true to yourself.
Contact your electors. Make your position clear. Contacts your local and congress representatives. Show the racists, the representatives, and the world that you don’t support the guy using racism to win an election. Don’t stand by and be complacent, that’s how Brexit happened and it’s how Trump happened. We think our vote won’t matter, but apparently 200,000 people thought that way and let Trump win. We think people aren’t dumb enough to vote for Trump, but there are a lot of dumb people and a lot of smart people who actually think Trump is a good candidate. Don’t tell yourself it will be fine, or that you’ll deal with it. Confidence is a weakness exploited by those who want to manipulate you. This is a matter of democracy, where the populace must be vigilant. We don’t let the government do what they want unsupervised, we need to stop the rash of racist and homophobic attacks that have been going on. People are already getting hurt, if we don’t do something now it may be too late.
Trump’s tone has somewhat changed since he was elected. To what extent that’s just a show, is hard to tell. Maybe his tone will change even more, maybe he won’t do any of the racist things he said he would. Maybe he’s just trying to keep the racists and republicans in line and to support him while he actually does good things.
Regardless, I and many others including government officials and leaders of their fields think that Trump is unqualified to be president. He is prone to anger, he knows nothing of diplomacy, he has a conflict of interest with his own companies making his promises to end corruption questionable, he isn’t even a particularly good businessman, but even if he were the mindset of a businessman is unsuited for politics. Politics is about strategy. He lies frequently and has a conflict of interest with businesses, so I’d say he’s just as corrupt and lying and a Washington insider as Hillary or anyone else. His policies go against basic human rights and objective science. Not only is he promising bad things, but he’s incapable of doing them, other than by corrupt means.
Trump has shown some rolling back of his populism, but not enough to assure that he won’t be a terrible president, with a staff full of CEOs,
- getting rid of the Dodd-Frank banking regulations that were put in place to avoid the high risk taking by banks that caused the 2008 financial crisis
- and climate change deniers, with one leader as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- He’s not showing good signs in terms of openness to the press
- he’s said he will protect LBGTQ rights, but then didn’t.
From his plans for his first 100 days in office:
Some of the things he has said are good. I have listed some of the not so good ones below.
He wants to implement
- A “hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)”, which would make sense except many government agencies are severely under staffed, and this will create at the very least short term issues with government efficiency. The lines and waiting times are already long enough.
- A “requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated”. While reducing regulations can help, this has to be the WORST, most ARBITRARY way to do it. Why must it be two regulations that must be eliminated? Why did he pick 2, and not 1, or 3? The answer is that he thinks like a businessman and makes silly rules that may have good intentions but don’t make any practical sense. This is not the proper way to reduce regulations, this is a lazy way to do it that won’t work. Either they’ll get rid of necessary regulations without understanding the consequences or the loopholes they’ve just created, or they won’t be able to agree on which regulations should be eliminated, and have immense trouble creating new, and perhaps important and necessary regulations, especially when such regulations are needed quickly.
He wants to hurt the US economy by
- renegotiating or eliminating trade with the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA
- withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- alienating foreign countries with American exceptionalism with no regard for the economic or long term impact it will have, because Trump has no experience in diplomacy or politics and is unqualified to do so.
He wants to put the US ecosystem at risk:
- “[Lifting] restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.”
- – while some of these may be safe, others are debatable, and some of these resources have been kept untouched because of the direct impact that their extraction would have on local wildlife, as well as that they allow the US long term energy production as a safety net.
- “[Lifting] the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward”
- This going through tribal land. Where are the clean energy projects?
- “Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure”
- As said before he denies climate change. Not just denies, but absurdly claims it’s a “Chinese hoax”
More arbitrary, pointless, naïve, short sighted acts of petty showmanship:
- “Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama”
- Supposedly “every” here includes any good things Obama did. So Trump has openly admitted to wanting to blindly do things without any regard for the consequences they will have on the American people.
Expensive, immoral, and pointless populist racism meant to point the blame of everyday Americans at immigrants, showing them an enemy to rally against:
- “Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities”
- which include “Some of the 31 American cities are Los Angeles (the first since 1979); Washington, D.C.; New York City (see also Illegal immigration to New York City); Jersey City; Berkeley, California; Coachella, California; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Santa Ana; San Jose; Oakland; Salt Lake City; Dallas; Detroit; Chicago; Salinas, California; Minneapolis; Miami; Denver; Baltimore; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; New Haven; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Somerville; Cambridge; and Portland, Maine”- that’s a lot of cities that won’t receive funding. If they don’t receive any federal funding at all, they may be in grave trouble.
- “Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back”
- This is far too expensive, not to mention pointless. This won’t solve anything, and will be expensive, possibly separating those families or putting them in danger by sending them to foreign countries. This would deny them their houses, possessions, cars, jobs, money, and friends that they may have had in the US. Letting those who already live in the US would not be a problem. If, for some reason people need to be deported, then it should be done properly and with reason, not as a mass deportation, blindly prosecuting people for having illegally entered the United States. They deserve our humanity.
- “Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.”
- It makes sense to vet people who come from specific areas where there are militants hostile to the United States. It doesn’t make sense to vet -everyone- “extremely”. The US benefits from foreigners putting money into the US economy, working for US companies, and giving the US what they have to offer.
- “End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.”
- A wall has been shown to be too expensive to build, and absolutely pointless. It won’t stop immigration, because all it takes to get over it is a ladder or a tunnel. If you try to make the wall taller to avoid this, then people simply get longer ladders, which are far cheaper than adding a few extra feet of concrete along thousands of miles of border.
- Mexico won’t pay for the wall. They have no reason to, no obligation to, no incentive. This is just alpha male pride from someone who doesn’t understand diplomacy. There is no way to force Mexico to pay the United States this money. The US will end up with a wall that didn’t solve the problem, and a massive loss of money.
- Putting immigrants in prison will just overfill the already overfilled US prisons. This suggestion is logistically impossible without far more prisons being built, or worse, Trump endorsing the private prison complex. Not to mention that prison will give a lot of immigrants exactly what they want, somewhere to sleep and regular food and water. This will encourage some people to illegally enter the US.
- “Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.”
- while this may be good in some way, there is no mention of the militarisation of civil police or the repeated unnecessary deaths they have caused, mostly of minorities. It also seems to fall into the old War on Drugs, and doesn’t seem to be doing anything different to solve the source of crimes, but instead just wants to throw more money and violence at it.
Possibly favouring corporations, showing the corruption he supposedly wants to eliminate:
- “Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.”
- This might be good, or it might fall into the old trap of letting drugs get through without the proper testing required to make sure people aren’t hurt by the medication.
- “Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.”
- This along with other corruption reforms is good. However, his cabinet seems to be full of the exact people he claims to be against.
Pointless military expansion, further alienating the rest of the world.
- “Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values”
- The US does not need to restore national security because it never lost it. The US military gets far more funding than any other country in the world, and more than the next few combined. Some military projects do need to be developed and supported for national defense, such as countering missile and cyber attacks, but throwing more money at it isn’t really the solution. It’s a blind, short sighted blanket solution.