|U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump|
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Left wingers - stop the despair over Donald Trump's victory and get some perspective on history!
To my fellow left wingers in despair tonight as President-Elect Donald Trump speaks: this is not the end of the world, not close. Trump is a divisive, obnoxious and often offensive candidate - he may be very dangerous indeed.
But the United States and the world have survived more dangerous presidents in more difficult times.
Richard Nixon was a paranoid psychopath who escalated the immoral Vietnam War, bombed Cambodia and Laos, persecuted his political enemies and brought the world close to war. He backed the military overthrow of democratically-elected Chilean President Salvador Allende and supported the Pinochet dictatorship.
Ronald Reagan was approaching senility during his presidency, waged covert war against Nicaragua, supported death squads in El Salvador and Guatemala and much more.
George W. Bush was a cocaine using draft avoider who invaded Iraq and Afghanistan at huge cost of lives while destabilizing the entire Middle East to this day, while VP Dick Cheney and others ran the US government.
Trump may yet prove worse, though those are terrible enough measures on which to judge.
But let us reflect - and not get wrapped up in overwrought emotion when a clear sense of history is so urgently needed.