A Possible Blessing in Disguise!?

The election of Mr. Trump as president about eight months ago, spurred the media on TV and news papers to engage in analyzing this unexpected development, expressing either elation or lamentation about his election. After six months of his assuming power, the con voices seem to be overwhelming the pro faction supporting the president, and the con camp seems to be continuously gaining more ground in negatively painting his actions; as amply demonstrated in recent polls of his presidency.

Many of the President’s detractors dwell on criticizing his unorthodox style in conducting state affairs; which is in fact appreciated by his followers. Others deride his position regarding global environmental and trade issues. Others yet are concerned about his promise to ‘make America great again’ by increasing ‘defense’ spending, cutting the government’s contributions to heath care, and reducing taxes on corporations and the wealthiest of Americans. The criticism goes on and on with scant impact on the President’s ardent supporters.

For my part, while critical of the president’s posture, and suspicious of his intentions, I believe that certain extremely positive conditions could potentially ensue from his election as president. 

To begin with, one positive development which appears to be emerging as I write is that the Republican Party and their supporters seem to have come to grips with the folly of their strategies in recent years in supporting movements such as the Tea Party, and encouraging hate and adversity as their main method of winning elections. They now seem to realize that their strategies can, and have backfired; thus, they are beginning to reconsider their failed strategy. Furthermore, the wisdom of the founding fathers in instituting checks and balances between the three branches of government appears to be kicking in to check executive branch excesses, and to draw Republicans in Congress to work with their Democrat colleagues. This might bring an end to the stifling polarization of political parties, and is evidenced in the current deliberations regarding healthcare in Congress.

Another potential positive development of at least equal significance, relates to the general public’s attitudes towards elections. Candidate Trump made numerous campaign promises. Apart from building “the wall” and banning Moslems and other ‘undesirable’ immigrants from entering or residing in the country, his most significant promise related to addressing the legitimate plight of the poor and the middle class in America. I certainly wish him all the best in fulfilling this particular promise, and his success would constitute a positive development. Alternatively, judging from his background and actions in business, I strongly doubt that he will ultimately come through with meaningful action to address this issue; on the contrary, I believe that he will continue the trend of making the rich wealthier at the detriment of the working class. In this case, he would be revealing his true colors to the segment of the electorate that have supported him -who I might add, elected President G. W. Bush for a second term in spite of his track record in his first term in office- thus leading them to eventually come around to electing candidates based on their credentials and tract record in assisting the disadvantaged, rather than on their personal emotional impulses. This, in my view, would not only bode well for US citizens, but for global developments at large. It would halt the trend initiated by President Regan and PM Thatcher which, several decades ago, reversed the movement of the working people towards making a reasonable living.  

Author: Ismail Rifaat

Ismail Rifaat is an architect and urban planner with extensive international experience in architecture and city planning. He also served as planning expert on two United Nations assignments. He is the author of "Shaping the Future: For the People, By The People" and "Planning for Survival". Both titles are available on Amazon.com.

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