Better With Cats

Shadow Waiting for the President's Speech
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President-elect Donald Trump made a victory lap in Iowa last night, speaking to a crowd in Des Moines estimated at 5,000.

The word “great” was used frequently, at least once in quick succession, referring to the “great, great people of Iowa.”

At least one of my neighbors attended. I did not.

The internet was filled with chatter about Trump, and to a lesser extent, Hillary Clinton. Much of it seemed outrageous and ridiculous as anonymous people asserted false and true notions with opinions thereof in a melee heard throughout the wires of social media. The world wide web enabled Iowans to hear the remote cackling of presentism from as far away as China.

I wish we had a cat.

If people spent more time posting photos of cats on the internet, life would be better. Better cats than politicians, their entreaties and supporters.

I don’t really want a cat.

Supporters are finding Trump can’t or won’t fulfill some of his campaign promises. For example, he said in Iowa during the primary he would change his hairstyle if elected president.

“I would probably comb my hair back. Why? Because this thing is too hard to comb,” Trump said, according to The Des Moines Register. “I wouldn’t have time, because if I were in the White House, I’d be working my ass off.”

No hair-styling appointment has been announced.

There were other pie crust promises:

Drain the swamp: You’re kidding, right? Millionaires, billionaires and retired general officers have been his picks for key positions. The District of Columbia swamp was drained long ago and the better question is what types of creatures will populate it during Trump’s first term? The mix will change, but every one of his picks has lobbied on Capitol Hill, some more prominently than others. They all seem to be swamp rats.

Lock her up: He won’t appoint a special prosecutor for Hillary Clinton. That’s the role of the Justice Department, and anyway, he doesn’t have the will to go through with it.

“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump said during a New York Times interview. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”

Build the Wall: Whether the Congress will approve funds to build a wall on the United States southern border is an open question. In any case, Trump acknowledged part of the “wall” will be a fence.

The idea a “wall” would keep out undesirables has always been fallacious. Have we forgotten the open border with Canada? “Wall” was always a metaphor for putting the United States first, protecting U.S. jobs, and revitalizing an odd anthropological domain of American culture. That it advanced to a major campaign theme is emblematic of a bogus need for “security” in a country where any criminal can get a gun and wreak havoc in our schools, churches and other public places.

I predict Trump will follow Reagan’s lead on immigration reform as business interests persuade him to back off the deportation plans so the benefit of low wage workers can enhance their bottom lines. He already reduced the number of undocumented residents he seeks to deport.

As we consider the 2016 election aftermath, recall how long it took for corruption during the Warren G. Harding administration to come to light under Calvin Coolidge. Harding led to Coolidge, then to the richest president at that point, Herbert Hoover. Hoover led us through the consequences of business excess when regular people seemed all to be living in Hooverville.

I hope that part of history doesn’t repeat itself under Trump. If it does, life will likely be better with cats. It took 12 long years for the worm to turn after World War I, bringing Roosevelt and the New Deal. We have to pace ourselves.

Let’s all take a deep breath and post a few pictures of cats. It’s not a real solution, but fit diversion to get us through to inauguration day and the repudiation of everything we hold dear. That’s when the true challenge will begin.