Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
I was awake late last night and then early this morning. I think like most, I expected Clinton to win. WOW! What a shock. I’ll probably surprise you by not saying anything negative. That’s because I’m a great believer in good systems. The US may be imperfect in many ways, but it’s a country that has various good systems. It’s also a country where there are many, many well qualified, intelligent and educated people who are part of said systems. It’s entirely unlikely the country is going to turn into Venezuela or the USSR over the next four years. No gulags. No political arrests. No re-establishment of slavery or segregation.
At this point I must admit I feel I’ve made a mistake. For Trump’s message to resonate with as many people as it does, it means there is a socio-economic problem in America which must be much more significant than I had imagined. I still don’t see how ending free trade (or building walls) could possibly fix problems of that nature; but if what he’s going to try to do is somehow address those issues it’s in the country’s (and the world’s) best interest to wish him luck.
So to all in the US, I wish you good luck.