What’s taking so long?
Ivoted for Hillary Clinton last year and not for Donald Trump, as did a majority of voters in the U.S. One of the many reasons I voted that way was because I was under no illusion as to how Trump would behave if he gained the office of president of the United States.
Trump had made it very clear throughout his campaign that he would continue the behavior that won him the nomination. He would lie about everything, threaten anyone who disagreed with him, play to his base of “deplorables” (Hillary was right) and in general, he would behave exactly as he had throughout his highly disreputable career.
In other words he would continue to cheat, lie, threaten, bluster and play his role as if he was still starring in his own “You’re fired!” TV reality show. Except he would now be “playing” with our faltering democracy and with the actual future of the United States still, as if he were in a TV reality show.
Why couldn’t our supposedly experienced and intelligent legislators, on all sides, have foreseen this very frightening situation where the greatest threat to the security of our great nation now is its top executive?
It’s very clear that the whole Republican Party, from top to bottom, is responsible for what may end up being the greatest disaster to befall our nation since the Civil War. How could so many American women vote for a man who has continuously shown such disdain and complete lack of respect and concern for all women? How could so many people have voted someone into the role of commander in chief who has demonstrated such a complete lack of ability to focus intelligently on difficult problems and situations or on any real problems and situations? Trump being in that very serious role has moved the Doomsday Clock closer to Armageddon than ever before.
If I knew this all would happen if Trump “won” the presidency, why didn’t the venerable “Grand Old Party” understand this also? Well, of course many of them did, but as usual, the survival of the party apparently took precedence over the survival of our democracy and our beloved country.
For that extreme dereliction of duty, the whole Republican Party, in my humble opinion, is guilty of treason and the party leaders at least, including Trump, should immediately be charged with that very serious crime, preferably before the Doomsday Clock reaches “midnight.”
David King is a retired IT executive, ex-single-engine airplane pilot, a politics and history addict and resident of Santa Fe.