My biggest fears of a Trump Presidency

It is probably no surprise that I am not a fan of Donald Trump.  He is a nepotistic, narcissistic, misogynistic, racist asshat. I still don’t think he has the temperament to be POTUS.  His acceptance speech and actions since being elected were more conciliatory and level, but after 18 months of being an asshole of the first order, it rings a little hollow.

My biggest concern is not that he’s confident, thinks he knows everything and looks out for himself.  You can’t run for that office without being a little full of yourself.  My biggest concerns about the things he might actually do are (in no particular order):

  • He may get to pick more than one SCOTUS justice.  The first won’t change things much.  If any of the liberal justices retire or die, then I am really concerned that we will have a conservative court for most of the rest of my life.  I think that that spells the end for a lot of civil liberties and gives the rich or corporations much more control over our government than they already do.
  • His attitudes towards everyone that isn’t a rich, white male will set a bad example for all of the youth of this country.  I think we’ve been making a lot of progress  (but not enough) towards making things more equitable for all Americans and that goes out the window.
  • He is going to ruin a lot of world relationships.  If he goes forward with ditching a lot of existing treaties then that is going to create ill will towards America and do lasting damage to the last 70+ years of work building our stature in the world.
  • He is going to eliminate all of the progress with environmental regulation and won’t need to live with the consequences.  The problem kicks the can down the road, and he and most people on the conservative side of things, are going to make it so we cannot roll things back on climate change.  They seem to be doubling down on everything.
  • Education is going to suffer because he’s a fan of eliminating standards and for voucher programs and charter schools which are essentially no better and take money away from public schools which are short on resources to begin with.  This leads to less resources for public school children and distracts from making things better for all children.  The concept of trying different things and letting the market drive innovation is appealing but it becomes a for profit motive and that changes the priorities.
  • Changing regulation and laws to benefit corporations more than has already been done.  This ranges from energy to intellectual property to network access.  I see things getting more expensive and generally worse for most of us.
  • Erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security.  A common theme since 9/11 has been to argue that we need to have more restrictions and less oversight of government intrusions into our lives.  This is done in the name of security but it easily leads to an authoritarian dystopia and stifles free thought.

As I’ve said before, I’m hoping that the government inertia and differing priorities/styles of Trump and the GOP controlled legislature result in minimal movement until we can get a more balanced legislature in 2 years and retake the White House in 4.