Don’t worry if you don’t understand that title. If the majority of people could understand it, chances are Donald Trump wouldn’t be President.
Or maybe he would. Who knows.
Anyway, this post is about Donald Trump as POTUS, President Of The United States. It’s been about a week as I write this. I plan on republishing it on our Politics blog (alas, long gone) at the end of February 2017 with additional comments, if any.
The timeline for this post starts back in January 2016. I was having lunch with some friends and was asked if I thought Trump had a chance at the Presidency. I was asked because my company, NextStage Evolution, has correctly predicted electoral outcomes and their margins since 2004.
My real concern, I said, was that at some point Trump would realize he really could win and would start putting serious effort into it.
So why did he win? Campaign effort aside, Trump won for the same reason Obama won back in 2008; he’s radically different from everything else out there so he’s got to be better than anything else out there.
Back in 2008, Barack Obama was a young black guy going for an historically white man’s office. He made statements (not sure if I’d qualify them as promises) about hope, prosperity and American values.
Back in 2008, the United States was on the brink of collapse because of the Eight Years of Idiocy it’d just gone through. We were in the eighth year of a war that was suppose to last only six weeks, any common folk who’d made investments witnessed them crash and burn while those who did the crashing and burning were rewarded because their things weren’t worse (brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?), our homes were either worthless or too expensive to keep and there were no jobs to be had because companies had moved everything overseas.
Heck, the US military had outsourced packaging MREs for the battlefront!
So now Trump’s in office. Because he’s different from everything else out there. As a nation, we tried one kind of different (Obama) and didn’t get the immediate fix we wanted so let’s go for another kind of different (Trump) and see if that works.
Trump and his policies scare me.
But then I have to wonder, maybe that’s the point? Anybody remember The Tick? A great line from The Tick is “And isn’t sanity really just a one-trick pony, anyway? I mean, all you get is one trick, rational thinking. But when you’re good and crazy, ooh ooh ooh, the sky’s the limit.”
Now put yourself in North Korea’s shoes, in ISIS’ shoes, in Putin’s shoes, in the EU’s shoes, China’s, Mexico’s, take your pick, designer or off the shelf, Canadian or otherwise, it doesn’t matter.
The US’s got The Tick in office. You can’t predict what this guy’s going to do. He doesn’t play the game the way everybody else does. And he’s got the biggest ball on the court.
Screw that, he owns the court! And his ball’s not only big, it’s bigger than you, all your players and all your balls and courts put together.
Maybe the Electoral College got it right?
I mean, the gloves, they go boom, right?
I’ll be posting this to the Politics blog at the end of February 2017.
If we’re still here.