Curiosity of a Cursory President-Elect
cur·so·ry ˈkərs(ə)rē/ adjective hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed. synonyms: perfunctory, desultory, casual, superficial.
It was Tuesday night. I was sitting in a Vegas hotel room when Mr. Trump took the stage and announced that he received a call from Hillary Clinton. Tears welled up. After a few minutes, I turned off the TV.
STUNNED. The sentiment around this country — and the world for that matter — when Donald J. Trump was announced president-elect.
Besides wondering if our country had regressed, I wondered what kind of example we would set for our children and society at large. What are the cultural implications of this presidency?
As much as I understand the need to unite behind the people’s voice — the people’s choice, I can’t help but wonder about the ripple effects of a Trump presidency.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us are left with more questions than answers, despite Mr. Trump’s release of his 100-day plan. As this election cycle proves, the questions we choose to ask matter. A dissection of media’s role in the 2016 presidential election by Vox illustrates the correlation between headlines and our votes. With that said, the questions that follow come with the forethought of public sentiment alongside links — answering some questions while posing others.
A Republican Threesome.
What does a President Trump mean for the GOP establishment, who fought so hard to distance itself from Candidate Trump?
It’s a potential perfect-storm-scenario the Grand Old Party would be hard-pressed to say graced their dreams — a Republican threesome, the White House, the House, and the Senate.
Let’s say, at best, number 45 appoints level-headed and conservative soundboards. We’ve got Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff (or CEO) and Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Council (or COO) so far. Trump said both will work as “equal partners”. Red flag?
So, what are the backgrounds of these men? A Conservative and a White Nationalist respectively.
Besides being RNC chair, Priebus was the GOP due diligence man, a fundraiser and political agent for Scott Walker’s and Paul Ryan’s rise in Wisconsin. Bannon — a former investment banker with Goldman Sachs and executive chairman of Breitbart News and host of its daily radio show until recently — and his pro-Trump organization have published headlines such as those below.
How will Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans work to get agenda passed, while distancing themselves from The Man himself? Or will the ‘people’s will’ gifted to the party this election cycle push the establishment’s rhetoric further to the right?
Race, Culture and a Pinch of Religion.
What does a Trump presidency mean for the hundreds of thousands of voices that found their race-based vibrato at Trump rallies?
How do we channel the growing voices chanting “Not My President” across the nation for the sixth day in a row? And when will president-elect Trump invite a conversation with them?
What does it mean for those fearing a President Trump will snatch Obama’s Executive Orders from under them?
What does it mean for immigration, climate change, and the interpreters of our laws intermingling with the legislators of those same laws?
I had a Mexican woman in her mid-30s tell me she was voting for Trump because she didn’t believe in killing babies. She was selling condoms, rolling papers, and sexually suggestive products inside a Vegas casino. But she chose religion, which is her choice. However, would religion conflict with what she is peddling?
Blurring Lines of Nationalism and Global Citizenship.
What does this mean for racist hate groups that spiked under Obama? Will those voices get louder? What about the ones spiking abroad amidst fear, like those associated with the Brexit decision? We are the world’s leader, so what message are we sending?
Foreign Policy & ‘Extremist’ Thoughts.
And then of course, there is that little issue of foreign policy to be traversed in the dicey landscape that has formed chasms following a barrage of terror attacks worldwide across the year — marked by the one-year anniversary of the Paris Attacks. What will come of Syria? (Airstrikes on Aleppo resumed this morning.) Baltic States? Taiwan? South Korea?
How will we work with our largest trade partner? Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated the president-elect Sunday night — the last leader to do so. How will it impact tangent trade agreements within the region?
**Will our Second Amendment Rights supersede our First Amendment Rights? Will President-elect Trump change the order of our Bill of Rights?**
**And with the military growth Mr. Trump plans, will it mean he’ll have his own army behind him, should he need it? A bit ‘extreme’, I know. Although, the word loses value on a daily basis.**
As this cruel thought passes, I think we can all thank Politico for the following article. God bless America.