No time machine for promises
Regarding “Trump’s quest for unity likely to fail” (Jan. 18): Jonah Goldberg is right that the incoming president will not prove to be a unifying figure, quite the opposite, but Goldberg dodges the true reasons why. Putting aside for a moment the issue of Donald Trump’s enormous ego, shadowy ethics and his propensity for playing loose with the truth, his cabinet is composed entirely of people with extreme viewpoints that are directly at odds with large swaths of the population.
During the campaign, he promised millions of frustrated and anxious voters a time machine that would take the country back to another era, when factories were full of well-paid workers instead of robots, when there was little worry over international competition or environmental destruction and when everyone knew their place in society. When the time machine fails to deliver, I expect some people will surmise that they’ve been had, realienating another large group. The Republican Congress can be counted on doing what the Democrats would do in their position; bully the opposition, overreach and deepen the divide. I’m not sure what comes next, but unity is not in the forecast.
Bill Hildebrand, Sunnyvale