Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Did We Elect A Reckless President And What Can Be Done?

Tom Friedman argues that we have elected an unqualified and reckless clown to our highest office.  He explains why he reached that conclusion.  Its hard to argue against his conclusion, and its hard to imagine that this outcome was possible in our democracy. We should have known better.  Friedman describes what is at stake following this tragic mistake.  The entire system of liberal democracy is at risk with The Donald as the new leader of the system that has endured since the end of the second world war.  Trump's team has aligned itself with far right groups in much of Europe who would replace liberal democracy with autocracy.  Trump would rather be an autocrat than a leader constrained by a system of checks and balances.  He would trade our system for the system that enables autocrats to control the flow of information to the public and grants almost unlimited power to its leader.  Unless our elected leaders, in the party that he has captured, place the future of our nation over that of a party corrupted by Trump, we will have to bear the consequences of this tragic mistake.

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