Wow. This list is quite a wishlist.
I think the biggest mistake new administrations make is thinking too big and trying to do too much too early. A frenzy of partisan activity that alienates the opposition, not to mention scares the hell out of them. I would much prefer to see a concrete, pragmatical step by step, this and that approach to fixing illegal immigration, health care, terrorism, domestic and international. The Democrats, at least some of the more moderate ones, should have a say and be on board with two or three out of every five things Trump does. He needs to hold firm on the Supreme Court, but if he throws bones the way Reagan did to Tip O’Neill both sides can at least survive this in peaceful and productive co-existence. Of course I am romanticizing the current left (and possibly Trump) here a little bit, but who knows. I expect Trump to be surprisingly moderate - the left will figure that out and it could in the end be the right that flips out. But I also think Trump has a loyal streak that runs very deep - he will fight to give his supporters their Supreme Court nominee. But we need to remember he is not a dyed in the wool conservative. Don’t be surprised if he swerves from that. (Let me be clear here that I do want Trump to stand firm and push through changes from the right. Internationally and domestic. My big one right now is the Supreme Court working within the limitations of the Constitution and not rewriting the national social and cultural agenda for us.) Take down Common Core, please. Back to the states.
As for Tonto, uh, excuse me, Britain, getting into such a tizzy over the phone call order from Trump, calm down, guys. Trump is not a traditionalist, sorry. He told May he wanted to work with her and that he valued the SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. He said he wanted to emulate the Thatcher/Reagan relationship. Do you realize what he is saying there? Trump will be an incredibly strong ally for Britain. I think this freak out is more guilt (‘where are my manners’) to be honest. I *love *the irony of Farage suddenly becoming the unofficial British Ambassador. I have to pinch myself here, I really do.
I think the most surprising thing will be - what a good thing this election is, for the US and everyone else. Trump could very well be quite good at the job. Project Fear has taken a major hit. Now, as for the neurosis, even psychosis that fueled it…I don’t know if Trump can fix that. Maybe Nieztsche or God on that one. The left has become one sick place: anger, depression, anxiety, undermining their reason, their adaptability. (both sides of the pond) In the US, they have spent the last eight years unlearning tolerance, self-control and respect for those with whom they disagree, nurturing the most basic unhinged self-indulgence. Actually making it the law of the land along the way. “Shared values.”
I feel like someone’s fixed the cultural carbon monoxide leak. I am curious to see though what I have to say in a year or two…I went for Obama too remember.