Six more days and we’re done. Done as in done with the election process or done as a country.
Should Donald Trump win on Tuesday November 8, 2016, we would be embarking on a new beginning, a new direction and a new atmosphere under a new businesslike style of leadership. We can anticipate, for instance, significant positive changes in the system that Trump often characterizes as being "rigged". Starting with Congress, as the new President the Donald will attempt to make good on his promise to “drain the swamp” -- an allegory to the curtailment of influence peddling by lobbyists by limiting the term of office for the Representatives via Constitutional Amendment. This move will mark the dismantling of the so-called political establishment in Washington that has for so long been controlled by special interest groups. Power will be given back to the people, as Trump promised during the campaign.
However, if the nation elects Hillary Clinton as Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of this great nation (and it is still a great nation despite Trump’s suggestion otherwise), it is almost certain it will be dragged into a political quagmire that may take decades, to get out of, if ever. If that were the case I dare say we’re done as a country. Done in terms of economy, security, stability, social order and standing in the world. For that matter the world itself will be transformed as a consequence of the resulting shift in power structure. As the United States fades, China rises as the new dominant nation and new contests will begin with the USA playing a minor role.
Whether we like it or not the second forecast, pessimistic though it may be is also, one must admit, very real. The scenario is articulated best by a well-known Democrat who worked for President Bill Clinton for six years and who was also involved in a previous Hillary Clinton campaign, Doug Schoen. During an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner last October 31, he announced: “I am now convinced that we will be facing the very real possibility of a constitutional crisis with many dimensions and deleterious consequences should Secretary Clinton win the election".
What Schoen was referring to is gridlock in the government like it has never known before as infighting ensues between the three branches of government because of the anticipated indictment of a sitting president for criminal offenses committed before her election. The reality is that the facts of the Clinton mess does not bode well for this country’s future. It is a bad omen. The Clinton Mess (as I call it) is basically configured thus: WikiLeaks Revelations + Clinton Foundation Corruption + FBI Email Investigation = Hillary Clinton Mess. Extend that equation to include the Democratic Party's own scandals about alleged rigging and sabotaging one of their own -- Bernie Sanders -- during the primaries and their alleged collusion with the Justice Department re the investigation into Hillary's illegal server and missing emails, plus the exposed collusion with the media by their interim Chair Donna Brazille, plus the Obamacare debacle of debilitating rising costs and voila! you have a gargantuan explosion with about 650,000 shrapnel pieces in the form of emails to boot!
And how about Clinton’s speech about her dream of “open borders” which implies uninhibited and unlimited influx of immigrants into the US from just about anywhere? Or anticipated payback demands by big foreign donors (government and private entities) to the Clinton Foundation? Given the magnitude of the controversies and each one's potentially damaging impact upon this nation, the picture does not look good at all. From any angle. It is much too overwhelming.