Democrats aren't afraid Donald Trump will be a terrible President but that he'll succeed.
Not succeed in their terms, but in his. If he does so he will change the zeitgeist and the limits of acceptable discourse. In fact whether he succeeds (let's measure it by winning reelection handsomely, though at 74 he might be better advised to be a one term president) or even if he fails badly, his election has changed things hugely. For Democrats (apart from the ones who voted for Mr. Trump) it's a case of never glad confident morning again.
So far, judging by his appointments, this looks like it might be a very good administration. I am pleased that the President-elect took a call from the Taiwanese leader. And like the fuss by Democrats who fear this will arouse Chinese wrath. So what?
I love the appointment of Marine General George 'Mad Dog' Mattis as Secretary of Defense. It gives me hope, simply because he's called Mad Dog. If that weren't enough, he produced this piece of life counselling:
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody in the room.I do hope, though, that the Neo-Cons will be kept out.
An Englishman wrote to me today saying,
I have just got back from the US and I am beginning to think Trump will be seen as the equivalent of a disruptive new entrant in the business environment. Time will judge his success, but his approach reminds me of Jack Welch of GE, forthright and straight to the heart of the matter; and it is gaining wider appeal, even from his opponents, where one can sense grudging respect.And I saw this on Facebook:
For those of you freaking out about "how do we explain that mean Donald Trump to our children?" I submit the following:
"Mommy, Daddy, is it true President Kennedy ordered the assassination of the Vietnamese President? Is it true President Johnson wiretapped Martin Luther King to try and blackmail him? Is it true President Nixon hired burglars to ransack his political opponent's office?"