Amer­i­cans need a way for­ward

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: The Trump pres­i­dency

How re­fresh­ing to see editorials, ar­ti­cles and let­ters in the me­dia are print­ing much less on the U.S. Mi­nor­ity Pres­i­dent. He will self-de­struct in his own time. An­other Bru­tus to­day may not be called upon.

Mean­while, both Ox­ford and Mer­riam-Web­ster de­fine a per­son who twits as a fool. One is re­minded of the cau­tion­ary words at­trib­uted to Abra­ham Lin­coln “... you can­not fool all the peo­ple all the time.” By stoop­ing to en­no­ble the thin-skinned oaf by writ­ing about him, au­thors merely self-di­min­ish in pro­por­tion.

Bet­ter to give much more ink to an­a­lyz­ing the prob­lems that caused hon­est Amer­i­cans to be gulled into vot­ing for the self-pro­mot­ing popin­jay. As jobs were lost and plants closed in the “Rust Belt” due to glob­al­iza­tion and re­place­ment tech­nol­ogy, pop­ulism was re­born. Amer­i­can pop­ulism rose in aus­ter­ity and dis­ap­peared in pros­per­ity many times in the past, of­ten in sym­pa­thy with a wide­spread anti-vote. The chal­lenge now is to en­gage with those vot­ers and un­der­stand bet­ter the causes of their anger.

The elec­torate will even­tu­ally re­gain its com­mon sense, and ig­nore cam­paign slo­gans and lies, but first it must be of­fered the re­as­sur­ance of a sane eco­nomic pol­icy. Amer­i­cans will­ingly sac­ri­ficed in the past. They will work very hard once again, when they see a solid way out of to­day’s al­lur­ing de­fla­tion, his­tor­i­cally low re­turns, and far too easy debt. Where are the next Lau­re­ates in Eco­nomic Sciences? They are needed now. Norm Stefnitz, Burling­ton

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