It hasn’t happened yet, here in north Texas, but I’m reasonably sure the sun will come up today.
That’s about all I’m sure of at the moment.
I watched the election results come in last night with a group of increasingly distressed folks in a local pub, who could not believe this was happening. I finally went home before Wisconsin and Pennsylvania sealed Hillary’s fate, but with the mathematical certainty looming on every TV screen.
It is now evident that are we are entering a time of testing in this country. It remains to be seen how severe this test will be, but all the signs to point to an acute constitutional crisis in the near future. Trump has given every indication that he will manipulate and twist the levers of government to suit his own ends, as well as doing things that are strictly illegal. How much damage will be done before the shaky mechanisms of constitutional checks and balances take hold is unclear. It’s even unclear whether those mechanisms are up to the task.
Everyone who believes in a future for the US that isn’t some devolved nightmare of racial and nationalistic stupidity, shot through with an economic buffonery that threatens not just the American economy, but the world’s, is going to need dig in and work to save what we can. In previous posts I suggested the fate of the American Republic was at stake in this election. That suggestion is now hard reality. We have elected a demagogue and a fascist to our highest office, a man who would have dismayed Jefferson Davis. This is a danger inherent in democracy, that sometimes manipulators of a distressed and frightened populace gain power. When this happens, and it happened last night in this beautiful country, it’s then the duty of all true patriots, however much they disagree with each other, to stand up and resist.
There’s much more to be said, but I will need to say it when I’ve had a chance to get more sleep and to organize my scattered thoughts.
In the meantime, if you pray, pray for this country.
God help the United States of America. God help the world.