In 2016 many Americans no doubt have lost faith in the system. As healthcare and the cost of living rise while wages stay the same. Many understandably feel disenfranchised with the usual cast of characters in DC who repeatedly make promises and always fail to deliver. This was the allure of Donald Trump.
Trump’s greatest allure was indeed his ‘enemies’. Between the Dems and the GOP establishment both scoffing at the idea of a Trump Presidency, many took that as cue that Trump was someone whom they could trust.
As a libertarian, I found some of Trump’s comments on foreign policy appealing to me. He repeatedly said that we never should have went to Iraq and criticized U.S. participation in regime change. While agreeing with him whole heartedly on those 2 points, he always gave me the vibe of a snake oil salesman telling me what I want to hear. Just because somebody is your enemies’ enemy doesn’t always make them your friend.
I would say the first clue that Trump had cut a deal with the establishment for me was his VP pick Mike Pence. If you watched the VP debate you’d see Pence constantly contradicting Trump’s non-interventionist ideas while coming off as great of a warmonger as Hillary.
At this point Trump is rumored to have top positions in his cabinet for Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie to name a few. All of whom business as usual GOP mainstays.
Emma Goldman once said: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal,”
While I wish Trump the best of luck and hope the best for my country, I’ve seen nothing to lead me to believe it won’t just be business as usual in Washington, D.C.
Orange is the new tyranny.