Truck Stop wrote:
Today does seem to me a particularly crazy/bad time, and that's almost completely on Trump.
Until Trump, all that crazy garbage lived only on right wing talk radio,
Trump brought it into the open.
And that cliche about there being no greater disinfectant than sunlight? Not always true. Trump has let tens of millions of Americans come out as terrible, radical, revolutionary people.
So the question is now what. If Trumpism loses in 2024 and we go back to a normal set of affairs, then this period will seem like a brief flareup of American yahoo-ism.
But if Trump is reelected and continues on this road he's started the country down....then we are in for the biggest historical moments since the civil war.
(I'll agree the 60s-early 70s were worse in a violent assassination sense. But the people running the country then were based in reality all all pretty much the same whether D or R. Both parties were within the 40 yard lines.
So they just kept the country on roughly the same tack. But now, the GOP is different - it wants to put the country on a totally different course than it is on now. This is the difference. We can't know what Trump would do the country if he had the reins for another 4 years)
There’s a lot of hyperbole in what you say. I did not vote for Trump but what specifically did he actually do that was “garbage.”
Low taxes, American focused industry, following established immigration laws, no terrorism tolerance, social and medical issues left to the individual states as the constitution states.
So besides the “orange man bad” hyperbole what was so wrong with his policies?
in a nutshell, he ended the idea that US presidents tell the truth except when they really can't.
Trump lied about almost everything, all the time, on purpose.
He degraded the basic idea that the truth is important and could be found out. Democracy depends on truth. Without truth, democracy just can't work. That stuff used to exist only on right wing talk radio. Now it's at the center of US politics. Incredibly dangerous.
I know that's not what you meant by 'policy' but it's the most important piece of the damage trump has done and will continue to do. I could talk policy if you want, but that's not as important. We can recover from bad policy. We can't necessarily recover from the loss of truth.