Will Trump make America great again?
THE EDITOR, Sir: IN HIS article ‘White power trumps good sense’ (Sunday, November 13, 2016), Ian Boyne writes: “There is a lot of hasty, half-baked commentary being dished out, but this Trumpism deserves a serious and surgical analysis.”
Yes. Mr Boyne’s analysis is very serious and surgical. His thesis, in effect, is: “... White power has been asserted in a most ferocious and aggressive way, and Trump, like all neofascists, was able to exploit the fears and anxieties of the majority against ‘the deplorables’.”
Now, I’d like to pose, in general, first the main question followed by a series of other questions: What now of Mr Trump’s win?
Will tearing up what Mr Trump sees as existing onerous trade and military treaties; placing heavy tariffs on imported goods, say from China; punishing manufacturers who ship jobs abroad; deporting undocumented immigrants; making it harder for foreigners to come to the USA; drastically cutting income taxes for the wealthy, and dramatically reducing corporate taxes on businesses: With these ideas, were they to become practice, lead to a revival in the economic, cultural, and racial fortunes of his voting constituents?
Will slashing the size of the federal government, and at the same time advocating massive infrastructural spending; putting back big coal on the front burner, and resurrecting derelict steel mills; massively increasing military expenditures; plus, all the other ideas that he has floated: if effected, can these policies lead to an economic renaissance of the USA?
Will stocking the Supreme Court, and other judicial branches, with his hand-picked appointments and giving them new ‘law-and-order powers’ when it comes to dealing with abortion rights, gay marriage, racial, ethnic, and gender issues, terrorism, and minority groups coming on the streets and demonstrating for their rights: Will his ideas, were they to be translated into practice, see a restoration of American glory?
In short, will Trump’s neofascists ideas, as Boyne describes them, reverse the effects of globalisation?
Will his divide-and-rule tactics restore the American dream and ‘Make America Great Again’? GEORGE GARWOOD firstname.lastname@example.org