Welcome to Trumpworld

Thomas Paine’s words, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” are very fitting for what we are now experiencing with this President-elect. Since I started voting in the 1960s I cannot remember a presidential election that has traumatized me and over half the country more than this one. It truly is unprecedented—I’m sorry to employ such an overused word, but nobody saw this coming and we now have to face reality, unfortunately. 

Honestly, I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that America has elected someone who only wants to surround himself with white male billionaires (not just lowly millionaires), military generals and Goldman Sachs people to run the country. Most of his cabinet post picks have been selected because they are intended to destroy the very agencies (EPA, Energy, Education, Labor and Housing) they will be heading. It’s the fox being thrown into the hen house scenario. So much for cleaning up “the swamp.” 

It’s even more frightening to think that this halfwit will have his finger on the nuclear button, as in “Dr. Strangelove.” We see him on Twitter every day telling lies and making asinine insane statements, and he’s not even President yet. What happened to one President at a time? There’s no question he is a loose cannon. As you can see from the popular vote, he lost by almost three million votes, so no matter what he proclaims he definitely did not win a mandate. 

He’s promising to roll back most of President Obama’s energy regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, and to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement that over 200 countries have agreed to, all because he says climate change is a “hoax created by the Chinese.” By the way, 97% of the world’s scientists agree that mankind is a major contributor to climate change. The health of the planet depends on us replacing fossil fuels with renewable resources. It’s a no-brainer. 

If this is a president that people voted for, then so be it, but they need to be prepared for the roughest ride of their lives. It’s not a pretty picture, folks, so welcome to Trumpworld. 

John Hahn 
Shohola, PA

 

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