Pretty much on a daily basis, Trump reminds me that his victory was a “be careful what you wish for” election.
His new ambassador to Israel is a strong proponent of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and of putting Israel’s wishes in charge of U.S. Middle East policy. Those two things are the nail in the coffin for whatever slim hope remains of a peace process and a two state solution. Here’s the “be careful what you wish for” part: if there is no two-state solution, Israel has these options: exercising harsh apartheid-like military control over millions of Palestinians in the region, forcing Palestinians out, or giving them full voting rights in a single-state solution. Since the Arab population is growing faster than the Jewish one, that ultimately puts at risk the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. No good options there.
Trump’s nominee for HHS Secretary wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and his new budget director wants to throw deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare on the table at the same time. I’m wondering if the angry voters who went for Trump thinking the system isn’t working for them were advocating cutting their own health care, along with the programs that numerous older Americans count on to survive? This isn’t about “makers v. takers” any more. It’s about entitlements upon which the American working and middle class have long relied.
There’s a Politico piece about an African American woman, originally a Bernie Sanders supporter, who voted for Trump as a “primal scream”. She didn’t think Trump would win, and if he did, she didn’t think things could be much worse.
Actually they can, in truly far-reaching and terrible ways.