Thursday, November 10, 2016


I didn't see it happening, clearly very few among us did.    This was a victory reminiscent of HST's routing of Dewey in '48 right down to the infamous Chicago Tribune first edition headline ... there would have been many in the MSM having to rewrite their front page stories stories yesterday morning.

Be there no mistake about it, Trump has rewritten the US electoral paradigm in much the same way as FDR rewrote it when he defeated Hoover in '32 and, in doing so, created the New Deal coalition.

What is done is done.  Trump assumes the Presidency of a nation deeply divided ... no matter which side won there are those in both camps who would steadfastly refuse to accept the verdict no matter what.   That is sad.   We should be grateful that here in NZL the electorate is much more mature.

Trump will be a different President like no other.   His challenge is to make good on his rhetoric ... no easy task because slashing taxes, rebuilding the military, improved care for veterans, revitalising the inner cities and new investment in infrastructure all cost and all will impact on the deficit.    Inevitably he will need to raise the debt ceiling and that will bring him into conflict with the Tea-Party Republicans to whom big spending government is a anathema.  

Coupla things for sure ... Obamacare is gone.   Obama's legacy is trashed.   NAFTA will be difficult to unravel but the TPPA is dead and NZL should act post haste to renegotiate it minus the US.    The Wall will happen but whether it will work is the moot ... I think not.   Immigration will be tightly controlled ... the Emma Lazarus sonnet 'New Collossus' engraved on the Statue of Liberty which contains the immortal lines 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' will be observed in the breach.

America tomorrow will not be the America of yesterday.   It is not business as usual.   Time will tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing.   One thing for sure.   Trump won't get much of a honeymoon ... the liberal effete and the MSM smarting over their trashing will not forget nor forgive.   


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Excellent headline Vet.

Yes, the deplorables defeated the despicable.

Noel said...

Can you tell them to quickly get on with the swearing in thingy so the markets and the dollar can readjust.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... the US and Asian markets have already bounced back.

Anonymous said...

David Dukes, the Grand Wizard of the KKK has said this is the most exciting day in his life......Sarah Palin, who is tipped for his cabinet ""We're going rogue and saying, you know, the people are going to take back control of our governance."

By their friends shall you know them.........

The wall will not be built Veteran. The people who were good at building walls, the Romans, Chinese and lately the East Germans soon discovered that an unobserved wall is as much use as an unobserved minefield.

Thank God for Congress.....

Lord Egbut

The Realist said...

I predicted it Vet, and all my mates thought I was mad.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... it's a strange new world but even in this new world I'm not sure that Duke counts for anything while Sarah Palin should probably practice up 'Whistling Dixie'.

This Wall thing has me confused. Problem with walls and fences is that you can go over them, under them, through them and around them.

The boarder is 3,145 km long. There are 48 (legal) boarder crossing points and 330 ports of entry. The US Boarder Patrol has effective control of only a third of that while their ability to apprehend/stop illegals is restricted to a 208 km stretch. In 2013 the GAO released a report which had it that in 2011 the Boarder Patrol only apprehended 61% of those attempting to enter the US illegally. That translates into 209,000 who made int across undetected ... clearly a problem.

Back to the fence. The 2006 Secure Fence Act provided for the construction of 1,100 km of high security fencing. It was never completed held up by legal challenges by the Mexican Government and US based NGOs ... you have to wonder why.

I agree with you ... to make a difference the Boarder Patrol is going to have to be greatly expanded because eyes and boots 'trump' fences every time.

Noel said...

Trump from memory had it at 40 billion but its more probably going to cost 160 billion which is a conservative estimate.

Plenty of infrastructure work in the solid Republican states.

Wonder if the subcontracters will continue to employ Mexicans to get the maximum profit,

Anonymous said...

Border Veteran ..Border. Drumph does not want a Mexican boarder.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... only you to pick up on my twisted sense of the absurd.