The underlying problems will not magically disappear with a new president, even if that president is as radically different from the current one as a Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. How could they, they're institutionalized! And institutions change very gradually, right? But what will change pretty much right away, I'd wager, is the political/cultural vibe, both in the US and beyond. 50% of Americans will, for the first time in 4 years, breathe a sigh of relief. Probably even more for the populations of Western Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico. Backlash will, of course, also occur in some form. Trump supporters might end up seeing him as a martyr, tortured and murdered by the "deep state" ... and fanaticism is an ugly and scary thing.Johnny Dangerous wrote: ↑Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:21 pm Some kind of systemic change is all that will course correct. I don't claim to know what it is, but the problem is a lot deeper than one big fascist baby's personality. I think he's awful and is a bad sign, but the idea that his presidency created our situation is simply not accurate at all. He's exacerbating all kinds of horrible things that were already going on, and adding to it with the open racism, misogyny etc., but let's not let that lull us into the idea that the problem will go away with a new president.
Trump took a few months to cast a giant shadow over the world. Who's to say that a new president couldn't lighten that shadow just as quickly? Will a more upbeat vibe make the underlying problems disappear? Again, how could it when these problems are institutional. But it might encourage good things to happen. Especially since the bar on "goodness" has been waaaaay lowered since Trump became would-be King of the World.