In his victory speech last night, after thanking all those who stood by him and helped him to victory and, then after graciously praising Hillary Clinton saying “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.” After that opening, the very first thing he then said was this:
“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”
This statement of purpose – and mind you, I reiterate, was the very first thing he said after the obligatory expressions of gratitude and, I believe, sincere praise for Hillary Clinton.
This is straight out of FDR’s New Deal.
I have been waiting for someone with the reins of power to say this as succinctly as the new President-elect said it.
Based on the knowledge that Donald Trump will say anything, do anything in order to win, I have the sneaking suspicion that now, having done so, he will govern from the center. Call me crazy, but based on that simple declaration of intent regarding the re-building of our infrastructure, I am willing to bet that a President Trump will confound us all – including the Republican Party.
In fact, I am far more fearful of the Republican Party than I am of a President Trump. Remember, he was a Democrat a few short years ago. His stubborn refusal to lose may, in fact, be the thing that can overcome the Republican unwillingness to compromise for the good of this country.
I don’t even think we will know if my reading of this is on the mark or just wishful thinking by who he names to his cabinet. This is because I believe that he believes he can bend anyone to his will, and his calculation, as a deal-maker, will be that he needs the Republican Party to be on his side. The way we will know if I am way wrong about this is simply by who a President Trump nominates to The Supreme Court and what he proposes in his first 100 days.
In what appears to many to be our darkest hour I cannot help be cautiously optimistic about the direction Donald Trump might steer our great nation.
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