In this darkest moment in modern U.S. history, Iâ€™m looking for a silver lining.
This is the best Iâ€™ve got: The president is not a king.
While he can make some executive decisions that could be world-ending, like nuking Iran or Syria or anyone else who offends him on Twitter, the majority of a presidentâ€™s powers are kept in check by Congress and the Supreme Court.
Donald Trump cannot tear up the Constitution and keep his job. This isnâ€™t Putinâ€™s Russia (yet).
The House of Representatives is the junior varsity team of Congress, and they've proved their incompetency and inexperience time and time again. However, the Senate retains at least a modicum of decorum.
While the Senate holds a 51-47 Republican advantage, it also contains moderate patriots like John McCain and Marco Rubio. There are plenty of senators who don't want to see their country go straight to hell.
The Supreme Court situation is a little more scary. Because the somewhat rational Senate was derelict in confirming a justice this year, the next one will be nominated by Trump and could be a wingnut. However, the only vacancy in the Supreme Court is left by the most conservative justice one can imagine, so nothing really changes there.
Itâ€™s concerning to prognosticate that 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg might not make it through Trumpâ€™s term, but that spitfire can still do one-armed pushups. We donâ€™t know if or when the next opening will come up.
Donâ€™t get me wrong. This could be bad. Trump's acerbic and reckless words can have a huge impact on stock markets and geopolitical events that will be felt around the world. He may open the door for unchecked aggression by Russia and genocidal tragedies in the Middle East. He may drive the world into another Great Depression, wiping out the savings of the very people who voted for him. Ironically, that could turn this country's wealth system upside down, which would lead to some very unintended consequences. Itâ€™s gonna be weird.
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