I am Canadian and even I can agree that there was no real great choice between Clinton and Trump for Americans in this election which also caused unprecedented numbers of independent votes. Neither were ideal candidates by any means of the word. Unfortunately, Americans seemed so disenchanted with Obama’s 8 year reign in power that they decided to duck Clinton and go against the Democrats. It was hard to watch and even harder to swallow the outcome.
As a Canadian, we do have a stake in whomever gets in as president of the U.S.A.. Trump is easily coming across as huge Trouble for not only Canadians and Mexicans but, for the world. Trouble should be spelled with a capital “T” because this man knows no boundaries. His acceptance speech wreaked of insincerity and an “I’ll do what I want anyway” air even though the words spoken were sounding conciliatory.
Other countries around the globe are concerned as well. Even France’s president spoke of fear and that he and his country are hoping for the best but, fearing the worst. They all smell danger in this man but, hope that they are wrong and can work with him…a potentially hard feat for such a hard-headed man who made his way to the top of the political ladder by sheer brute force and unabashed ignorant promises and policies.
There’s a lot to potentially be lost by the U.S. in having Trump as their president. He will represent America to the rest of the world in all conceivable ways. The most frightening could be in military terms. We all know that he’s a “hot head” who says and does whatever his brain comes up with at that moment. That’s not a comforting thought for the entire globe, let alone the country, itself.
Of course, there are his staunchest supporters who didn’t simply cast a rebel vote against the Obama Administration or the Democrats but, those who truly love and want Trump’s type of thinking and are willing to overlook his many ill-conceived ideals and ideas. They are the ones who will pump their fists in the air to defend this multi-billionaire’s stances on just about everything, including women, Latinos, Blacks and having Mexico pay to build a wall across the border of the two countries. They are the ones who will be raring to slam what I’m writing here. That is understood and expected from such thinking styles.
There’s only 2 hopes now for The U.S. and the world. Either Trump learns that being president of such a powerful country doesn’t give him carte blanche to do what he wants, whenever he wants, saying whatever he wants to say it and to whom or, he’s impeached. There is a high bet that there could potentially end up being assassination attempts on Trump. Let’s hope not because no one deserves that and no one would want to have another Kennedy situation on their hands however, he’s made and will continue to make enemies so, it’s a conceivable possibility. He could be his own worst enemy in that arena, backed by his staunchest supporters.
Last night, Canada’s Immigration Site crashed as likely thousands of Americans started seeing the unbelievable reality that Trump was going to win this election and wanting out of the U.S.. It’s likely that cooler heads will prevail shortly and, it was simply a knee-jerk reaction to the unexpected news that Trump truly was in the lead and would likely win. In coming days, people will go back to their lives…at least until the exchange of power has been handed over in January 2017 from Obama to Trump. By then, most will have accepted the reality that Trump is their president and they will have to wait and see what he does first, next and thereafter in that role. Bets are pouring in though that there will be major goof-ups that will affect not only the U.S. but, also the rest of the world. Meanwhile, Russian President, Vladimir Putin and caucus, popped the cork on a bottle of champagne yesterday to toast Trump’s win. Is that saying something?
A lot of people around the globe couldn’t believe that Trump had made it as far as he did let alone that he would go on to become president. Yet, he did. It’s frightening and it’s sad that the world has to bite their fingernails and try to get a meeting with him before he does much damage. At the least, they hope to garner an understanding with Trump as to where each country stands, what will be tolerated and what won’t. It will likely be polite meetings right now but, as time goes on, lines and boundaries will be set by each country. Trump is sure to make some enemies for both himself and America within a short period of time.
One thing is for certain. As powerful a nation as the U.S. is, it is not an island. It needs the rest of the world for its survival as a whole. If Trump ticks off enough of the world, America won’t be “great” by any means. It will be a living hell for not only Americans but, for the world as a whole. Trump had better step into office on the right foot and continue to tow the line or he could put America in line for a lot of heartache and trouble. There won’t be an “I told you so” strong enough to back that train up once it starts.
Hillary made mention of “the ceiling” in her concession speech that could have one wondering if she has knowledge that she’s keeping close to her chest for the moment?
“Now I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling,” Clinton said with determination in her eyes. “but someday someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”
As people took to the streets of several major American cities in protest over Trump’s win for differing reasons with more protests planned, one can only hope that there’s light that will be shed on that possibly, mysterious message that Clinton gave out. One can put 2 and 2 together to come up with 5 or, one can assume that there’s something there that’s being held for now. I’m not sure which way it was meant but, time will tell.
From my little corner of life, we have a long road of wait and see ahead with Trump at the helm and my bet is that there’s Trouble brewing and will show up within weeks of him getting into the Whitehouse. It’s sad and wishing all of my American friends well…along with the rest of the globe. This is going to be one bumpy ride so, hang onto your hats.