Saturday, September 17, 2016
The Law of Unintended Consequences
Even though my heart starts palpitating and my stomach churns when I think about what the future would be if Donald Trump should be elected in November, I still find these fleeting thoughts streaking across my brain.
One such thought is that tourism to the U.S. will probably drop significantly. Many states that enjoy the income derived from tourism will be hurt. Trump has promised to be the “law and order” President, that he can stop the killings in Chicago in a week, and that all undocumented aliens who are criminals will be deported immediately. Oh, and he wants to stop all Muslims coming into the country. So, if I were planning to come to the U.S. to see the Grand Canyon, I would cancel my plans. These tourists would imagine storm-troopers patrolling the streets. Every person would be carrying a concealed weapon ready to shoot them and their children for the least imagined infraction. And, heaven forbid, if these tourists happen to be blessed with black hair and brown eyes, they might be swept up in one of Trump’s “deportation force” roundups.
There would be no leaders of civilized countries abroad who would meet with Donald Trump. They could never believe anything he said because he changes his mind within 24 hours. He believes everything is negotiable, and they definitely do not. Democracy, human rights, protecting the environment, responsible economic policies - those are never negotiable. I am sure, however, that Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, Joseph Kabila, Nursultan Nazarbaev, and every other dictator would be happy to welcome Trump to their country. Heaven help us.
Make America Great Again is code for “let’s go back to those good old days when minorities knew their place (as servants), the television shows didn’t have any of those disgusting gay people in them, everyone drove one of those gas-guzzling monsters turned out in Detroit and nobody worried about letting the water run while you brushed your teeth.” He implies that America is not now “great,” although he also says that we have to stop all those millions of people trying to get here. So, I imagine discrimination will flourish again. Laws protecting people will be reversed. Hatred and bigotry will reign. New York, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and pretty much all of the states in the northeast would attempt to secede from the union.
Those are just a few wild ideas. Do you have any? Share them with us.