I don’t believe that Donald Trump is particularly likely to push the world into a nuclear apocalypse, create Russian domination of the United States, or fundamentally alter the world economy. But, as I’ve observed his unhinged Tweeting this past week, retrograde proposals for the economy, and the strange, sudden abandonment of any principle by the GOP’s congressional leadership, I can’t help but think we’re on the verge of a Carter-like four years. Paul Ryan has a unique opportunity to get America back on track, yet continued obsessions with the border wall, manipulation of private companies through social media, and rhetoric around ethics make me concerned that the very strategy that brought us back into power has left us incapable of governing.
Why rural American voted for Trump
Despite my depression at the current state of the party, articles like this articulate exactly why I remain a Republican. The dichotomy of believing people are good vs. people are bad is a way I’d never thought of the two party’s philosophies — and it really it spot on. It didn’t lead me to vote for Trump (which is the thesis of the article), but it definitely explains my reflexive opposition to many Democratic policies, and my attraction to ones that emphasize personal accountability. I blame my Catholic upbringing.
Specter of the atom
Former Secretary of Defense William Perry has been on a crusade the past few years to bring back awareness about the dangers of nuclear weapons, both in conflict and the hands of non-state actors. His view is that those of us who grew up in a post-Soviet world have never had to live with the fear of armageddon hanging over our heads, and as a result have become oblivious to the remote but catastrophic possibility of a nuclear detonation. I don’t know that I buy into all of his assertions, but his sense that it is not taken seriously by either the public or world leaders seems accurate, and worth heeding.
The curious world of Donald Trump’s Russian connections
I suspect that the most extreme Trump-Russia accusations are not rooted in much factual basis, but investigations like this one in conservative-leaning The American Interest make a compelling argument that there’s more disclosure needed. I appreciate that unwinding his real estate dealings would be exceptionally difficult, but the widespread comfort people have with Trump’s lack of transparency, from tax returns to financial disclosures, is insane. I don’t begrudge him one bit for looking toward Russia to fund his business dealings (get the money where you can), but there comes a reasonable point where you need to accept that the President of the United States ought to be held to a higher standard than any person on the planet without the title “Pope” in their name. Our leaders have often failed to meet that standard, but Trump seems determined to push it to a new low.