The fury burning across the country that
If he wins and
The first to disappear will be the Affordable Care Act.
The rising monthly premiums, co-pays and deductibles that have plagued American health care for decades will continue unabated. More and more people will be trapped in a system designed to work for the health insurance industry, not people who require medical care regardless of their class status or income.
The cowards in
Next to disappear across the border in a Trump presidency will be the millions of immigrants who do the hard dirty work most Americans refuse to do.
The people who kill and butcher the pigs, chickens and cattle Americans eat will be gone, sent packing back to where they came from, sometimes a lifetime ago. The workers who stoop to pick the vegetables and fruit in American refrigerators will be gone too. Produce will rot in the fields of American farmers, providing more opportunities for foreign farmers to increase their food exports to the
In cities big and small, hotel maids, cooks and kitchen help in restaurants will be deported. Guests can clean their own rooms and toilets and cook their own meals. It'll be informative. Though the education Trump supporters need to avoid economic and societal catastrophe will have come too late.
Speaking of which, the stock market roared back Monday after FBI director
It will also be dangerous to say things about a
With or without
The most frightening outcome of a Trump presidency involves the military, and beyond that his control of nuclear weapons, which alone is the president's decision to use.
A president who insists he's smarter than his senior officers is dangerous. It's not unforeseeable that officers who rightly consider Trump a nincompoop will resign their commissions and retire rather than obey illegal, immoral, or disastrous orders issued by a maniacal fool.
Contrary to Trump's ignorant assertions, the
It would be comforting to believe that all of this shall not come to pass. That Americans will choose not to establish a dsytopian TrumpWorld where unpleasantness, fear and anger become the coin of the realm, not just campaign noise.
Better to choose an alternative where goodness, mercy and decency don't disappear. Along with everything else that until this interminable campaign has made America admirable. But the outcome is in doubt.
And yet for a few more hours today, Americans still have a choice between anger or reconciliation. It should be a no-brainer for those who have one.
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