There were hundreds of opportunities to stop the Republican demagogue. That should focus our psyches as he takes the promise of office
The road to President Trump was long and bumpy. There were countless deviations not taken, innumerable alternative itineraries that would have saved us this outcome. Instead, we stopped extending, falsification, infighting and sheer obliviousness stopping us changing course.
What could have been different? There are a thousand possibilities. You could start with the long deteriorate of the US news media into a limb of the entertainment industry, primed to seize on Trumps celebrity. A wiser society would have necessitated better, stood more vocally, criticised more intelligently.
Or the rise of Silicon Valley, its hypercapitalist, libertarian ethos helping to cripple usual sources of information. We now stand pandemic hyperkinetic syndrome, fake information, hackable everything, cyberwar, and social media bullies, of whom Trump is bully-in-chief. An internet move as a public commons rather than an ad-driven free-for-all would have had most varied social importances. We missed that forming long ago.
Or the erosion of civil right. People of colouring have been systematically disenfranchised by a series of involvements, including the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Millions were effectively cut out of the election. Their full participation would have drawn Trump absurd. A reincarnated voting-rights motion will be part of how we crawl out of the hole we find ourselves in. That will have to include better voting systems and national voting-rights standards. The abolition of the electoral college also is long overdue; its special process eked out a paltry victory for the loser of the favourite election. And we must erase the gerrymandering that so dramatically privileges the Republicans.
Or you are able backtrack about 90 exits: gues we had taken the hazards of the climate change so seriously that, I dont know, we had a completely different election about completely different issues, or the several such elections our environmental crisis actually merits.