With the surprise election of Donald Trump as president-elect of the United States, it appears that this nation has become “Trump Country.” Having won an adequate number of votes in the Electoral College, Trump will actually be the new president.
No surprise Trump won the election, even though the win was not a blowout. The values and political leanings of voters on in much of the certainly were more consistent with the views of Trump than those of Secretary Clinton.
It is indeed rather amazing that Donald Trump essentially ended the political involvement of two American iconic families: the Bushes and the Clintons. He disrupted the expected coronation of Hillary Clinton as the first female president of the United States. It appears that Trump may be a better politician than initially reported. This fact, combined with the unrest and angst in the nation, were two significant factors in creating Trump Country. He attracted many previously perceived disenfranchised citizens and those whose economic wellbeing has, for too long, been dependent on second and third jobs and other remedies for low wages. While immigration and fear of terrorism were prominent issues, in the end, the issue of economics was the deciding factor in this presidential election.
In view of the gridlock and inactivity of Congress in recent years, there must be real change in Washington. This was expressed by millions of voters in November.
As president, Trump needs to exhibit good judgement, communication and vision to make Washington actually work. He must demonstrate strong leadership and endure the slings and arrows of the media and the Democrats. This is most important in view of the very vitriolic and divisive nature of the recent national election. Washington, D.C. is in many ways not a part of Trump Country. Part of this situation will change when the Trump administration fills nearly four thousand presidentially appointed vacancies in the upper levels of the federal government. Once those positions are filled, officials at lower levels will be appointed. With his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, Trump needs to remain cognizant of that promise and the nature of the bureaucracy which exists in the nation’s capital.
One of the initial matters the leader of Trump Country will face is the need to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Not only will Trump fill one existing Supreme Court vacancy, he may have the opportunity to fill several other potential vacancies during his term of office. In Trump Country, it is anticipated that any newly constituted Supreme Court will be expected to reverse previous decisions and substantially change the course of future rulings. This is yet another way the nation may change in its attitudes and viewpoints. Remember, while it may be Trump Country, this event may generate more division and rancor in the national scene. Or, these changes may indicate the evolution of new mores among the citizenry.
Trump Country, as evidenced by Trump in the promises promulgated in the presidential election, may affect many components of our national law and culture.
With the election of Donald Trump, it will truly be a new day in the United States. His background, vastly different from that of his 44 predecessors, will captivate the public and the media. His honeymoon in Washington may be brief, his decisions and recommendations quite different. And, his worldview is still emerging.
For many Americans, they are ready to roll out the carpet for Trump Country. Now, let’s find out what constitutes this new landscape and where its new roads will lead us.
To Mr. Trump, I say, “Carpe diem.”