America Under Donald Trump
by sokhna fall, ,19
With a series of wins behind him and a favorable electoral map ahead, the possibility that Republican Donald Trump could beat a Democratic nominee in the general election in November to seize presidential power, should no longer be taken lightly. It is time to start thinking seriously about what to do if Donald Trump becomes president.
One thing that makes the idea of Trump’s presidency so hard to imagine is the fact that his platform is so thin. His positions page on his website contains only five sections (U.S.-China trade, the Veterans Administration, Immigration, Gun Rights, and Tax Reform), and he barely mentions what he would do with specific domestic programs.
The only areas he seems consistent in describing is his immense preference for trade protectionism and his fanatic hate for immigrants. Trump could do a lot in these areas even without the aid of Congress. The first thing would be to revoke President Obama's DREAMers immigration program which provides deportation protection. He probably will not be able to deport all 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants due to obvious budgetary and logistical constraints, but he could probably pass the previous deportations record set by President Obama, and send away about half a million per year.
Trump could also make it dramatically harder for legal immigrants to enter the U.S, through ordering the Department of Homeland Security to stall and impede the visa approval process. Congress could interfere with that, but due to the tendency for a popular political party leader like Trump to attract votes for other candidates of the same party as himself, the majority of Republicans elected on Trump's coattails seem highly unlikely to do it. Indeed, they would likely grant him additional money for border enforcement, allowing him to boost the amount of deportations even more.
Regarding trade, the president has tons of discretionary authority. If individual businesses came to him with some sort of grievance, under current law he can create endless carve-outs and special "retaliatory" duties, both personally and by pressuring the Commerce Department. The result could consist of a full-blown trade war with China and other nations! Trump also promises to bring back war crimes like torture.
The most alarming thing about Trump’s possible presidency is the way his erratic personality combines with his total disrespect for political norms. He is running the most racist presidential campaign since George Wallace, publicly swears all the time with ease, gets into fights with the Pope, and even makes excuses when his followers get into physically fights with others whom possess disparate beliefs. He bears a rather eerie similarity in effect, political orientation, and in personal appearance, to Benito Mussolini.
What Trump truly craves is personal attention, as well as the utmost respect the title of president has to offer. Nevertheless, his election is a very real possibility, and we must take this time to ask ourselves whether we truly wish to stand back and watch, as the man who claims to be ‘making America great again’ be ironically the very thing that causes America’s downfall. The question isn't if we should believe him, but if we should believe in ourselves and our own political instincts. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for bigotry, and when we all take the polls this coming November, we shall as ourselves if we are to stand up for all Americans as a whole and act now, or regret it later.