The Future Ramifications of a Presidency Centered on Attacking Previous Leaders and Opponents

One of the nicest aspects of being a member of the republic we call the United States of America is the simple idea that politics might be toxic, but it historically has ended at the end of an election cycle. Sure, a candidate that loses might be upset that he or she lost and then seek vengeance next time around, but again, it was usually a limited affair that didn’t amount to much more than a boxing rematch.

That has all changed with our current president. Numerous times in our history, current presidents chose to make sure that our government did not go after previous leaders, kind of like the slate was clean and the business of government was to continue with the business of government. Our country was always forward-looking.

During the 2016 election, we had a bit of a change. The partisanship was so overwhelming, and the anger towards the other side was somewhat out of control. But when the election ended, there was a sense that we’d end up with a sense of “it’s all over, so let’s just make the best of what’s left over”. But that didn’t happen.

Our new president decided that he would emphasize his new presidency with rallies where he would go out and call for his previous opponent to be locked up, his crowds yelling “lock her up” over and over again. Instead of moving on with state, he ushered in a sense of blaming Obama for practically everything and vying to overrule everything that was done during that administration, even overruling things done by the previous-previous administration because it seemed like it was Obama-like so why take chances?

But Trump wasn’t really the only one to blame. The Democrats, not wanting to be outdone by the hatred from the other side, has done practically everything to make sure that no one would ever confuse them with agreeing with anything the Trump administration has done. And to add spice to the fun, every bad thing, every bad move and every single thing that made Trump look bad was then seen as earth shattering to the point that a simple gaffe was seen as World War 3 levels of ridiculousness.

What’s interesting is that the anger is so part of the normal disposition now that people generally cannot separate it from every day thoughts. If you’re a person who dislikes Trump today, you can’t see a situation involving Trump as anything other than anger, racism or with a sense of hatred. The Trump crowd sees everything from the opposite thought as well, which means that no matter what you do, you’re going to end up on the opposite of someone who in other spirits might be completely well meaning.

The evidence of this is how easily someone reading this can find himself or herself thinking, “Okay, I agree with half of what you have to say, but the other half is completely wrong. People who think like me are not the problem.”

The problem is that we are now all part of the problem. And it’s probably not going to get any better now that we’ve handed a sledgehammer out of the tool shed to a side that originally didn’t have one. You can fix some things with a sledgehammer, but you’ll find that quite often a tool like that does more damage than good.

But that’s okay because I’m sure we have lots of other tools in that tool shed we can use to create all sorts of destruction. And I have great faith that we’ll probably use quite a few of them.

Until then, we’re in for a whole bunch of rollercoaster fun.

Author of Innocent Until Proven Guilty and 15 other novels. Writer, college professor and computer game designer.

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