I know Trump wants all the coal jobs back - but I'd think it would be hard to get back in the mines, with all these dead canaries piled up everywhere.
I'd call these warning signs of horrors to come - but the man has always been the living symbol of arrogance and greed, and if anyone didn't expect exactly the raw ineptitude and pride in that ineptitude that we're getting, I'd be amazed.
Republicans claim that Government can't solve any problems, and then make it their solemn job to prove that at every opportunity, and Trump is the latest in growing line of leaders exemplifying that determined inability to provide basic governance while wasting endless amounts of resources.
I wholeheartedly agree. The big question is how to get out of this quagmire? As far as I can see, the election of Trump is just the culmination of decades of deliberate mishandling of the one things that makes democracy work: education. The part of the population that needs better education and better chances in life, has been abandoned by the road side at least since Reagan, and instead been fed a diet of shallow soundbites about 'freedom' that wasn't really freedom at all. The ability to think critically and the self-esteem that comes with being able to distinguish truth from deceptive nonsense is not something we are born with, but in the name of freedom, religion has been allowed to influence far too many aspects of education.
It is easy to understand why so many Americans - especially white, working class men - feel so angry with the government and the world in general, because they were just abandoned with no jobs and no realistic prospects of working or educating their way out of the pit they are in. And I can understand why they feel resentful, that everybody else are getting help and advantages - but the unfairness does not lie in trying to improve conditions for women, blacks or other minorities, it lies in abandoning white, working class men. And because they haven't been given the education they need and deserve, they fall for a guy like Trump, precisely because they have been taught for ages that they are too stupid and worthless to get a chance, because he sounds like he cares. And the churches only make this situation worse, with their insistence on believing in things that are always impossible to actually experience for real.
The only way out of this mess is education - not education in IT or academic disciplines, but the skills needed for critical thinking and sustaining a strong belief in yourself. We should take up some of the good ideas from the past, where (at least in some countries) there was a movement towards 'educating the masses', and people of the working classes would actually spend time going to classes or reading clubs or the libraries etc, and discuss ideas. This is of course highly dangerous - critical thinking leads to people realising that not everything is true, that you hear from the people in charge, the politicians, religious ministers or whatever. It may even lead to socialism; those in charge definitely don't want working class people to be clever.