jueves, 19 de enero de 2017
THE TAINTED LEGACY OF AN OBDURATE GLUTTON
His extreme, intransigent and abusive positions not only leave a tainted legacy, but a country more deeply divided between those who were charmed by his elegant populism and the other half of the 99% who were systemically persecuted by the tyranny of everything that is politically correct. Also by means of populism, though unrefined and abrasive, Trump has placed himself in a similar position. And in another contrast with Obama, he seems to have some of the right ideas, though he is dead wrong on protectionism and trade restriction as a means to grow the economy and create jobs. Perhaps the most important and certainly most difficult lesson that should be learned is that wanting Trump to fail (the same way some sought Obama to fail) only works in self detriment. Maybe the U.S. is divided beyond repair. Maybe it will take more imposition than persuasion to undo much of the damage that that obdurate glutton caused. Maybe the grand old party´s grasp on near absolute power, all too enticing for politicians, will yield comparable outcomes in terms of their extremism, with some of the main dissimilarities being a voracity for protectionism and mercantilism in lieu of socialism, exacerbated moralism, nationalism and interventionism instead of their predecessors´ disdain of traditional values and an appeasing, complacent and weakened moral standing in the world.
Or maybe, my some miraculous fortune, they might just pass on some of that cake … and get it right.