My international friends want to know what the hell is happening in my country.
“Why did Hillary Clinton lose?”
Well, she didn’t win the electoral college.
That’s not what they’re asking. They want an analysis of what went wrong, but I’m not a big fan of post-mortems. We won’t learn anything from her campaign’s mistakes. Nobody ever learns from the errors of the past. That’s not how the brain works. We improve outcomes by considering what might go wrong and then doing the opposite.
And, besides, Trump is now president. Let’s figure out how he’s about to fail and work to prevent it.
First, I believe he and his comrades will come for women.
They always come for women, even when they say it’s not about women. The administration will focus on the family, which translates to a google search for “white + Christian + heteronormative family.”
Trump and his coalition will concentrate on restricting abortion and limiting access to affordable birth control. So, let’s create a strategic plan so that no woman is denied access to her constitutional healthcare options.
Women’s interest groups will continue to lawyer up, hire lobbyists, and invest in phone banks to secure hearts and minds. But regular women should volunteer, develop public speaking skills. Do your part to show that you can be pro-choice and pro-family, however the heck you define family. That’s possible.
The second thing Trump will do is act concerned about kids while overseeing the systematic dismantling of educational standards and funding.
Not that we have a lot of standards. I know that equal education in America is a joke. Do you know what else is a joke? Local charter schools with little oversight that care more about ideology than crafting a curriculum that allows American kids to compete in the global market.
Trump and his chumps will tell you that school choice is the answer. They’ll say that federal funding is best managed at the local level. And they’ll also insist that local values trump national standards.
I’m here to tell you that Chinese and South Korean kids kick our kids’ asses at math and science because they study math and science. There’s no local interpretation of math. It’s math.
You know what they don’t obsess about? Abstinence-only education.
If we flash forward and ask how Trump will have failed our kids, it turns out that you will have failed your children because you didn’t serve on a local school board and fight these Trumpian reforms.
Sit on a school board or curriculum committee for the sake of the kids. I know it sucks, but you had kids. Own it.
Finally, we know that Trump and his cronies will try to tell you that what’s good for business is good for America.
We have 100 years of data showing us that our jobs are trying to kill us. American workers are underpaid, overworked and our cholesterol levels are too high. Sitting is the new smoking, and smoking is less dangerous than working in one of those new Trump coal mines he’s promising that will change our economy.
Conscious capitalism can improve the world, but Trump doesn’t give a rip about changing the world. He doesn’t even give a rip about the business community. He cares about his balance sheet because nobody has a better balance sheet if you remember. The banks love his sheet.
Do you want to make sure our economy doesn’t fail? Don’t let him drag America down the path of bankruptcy. Improve your financial knowledge, don’t buy a home you can’t afford, and don’t let him “do deals” on behalf of America unless those transactions are 100% transparent.
So, yeah, it’s not hard to see a fundamental path of destruction with Trump.
But all presidents fail to some degree. We let them fail even though it’s not that hard to get involved and police the political environment for shenanigans on either side of the aisle. And we can prevent failure by envisioning it, planning for it, and, hopefully, leading our country to a brighter future.
You just need to raise your hand, ask better questions, and be willing to get involved.