Expiration Date on Trump Promises–and the Consequences

Judging from the “flipflopping” Trump has made, the promises he made in the first year of his campaign have largely ALREADY expired, even before the elections. Of course, win or lose, his promises are ALL subject to “walk-backs,” “apologies,” “updates,” “explanations,” and other “weasel words.”

Given our experience with his sincerity, we can only expect that what he says he will do can only be true until the next time he takes up the topic. Now that we KNOW that, it’s clear that we can’t predict–or expect–to know ANYTHING about his policies and programs, his foreign policy, and his economic ans social policies.

Lo, if Trump is elected, ALL HIS PROMISES WILL HAVE REACHED THEIR EXPIRATION DATES, and the voters will have bought what can accurately be described as “A PIG IN A POKE.” The last time this happened was when the 13 colonies let Congress pick our first president. That, and the following elections resulted in the creation of the “party” system, which helped to make things more democratic. Now that seems to be falling apart. Unlike the early 1800s, the country seems to have no clue about how to make change easy.

Electing a WOMAN may be the only feasible way of “finessing” the problem, since Trump is such an improbable and erratic candidate. Still, with all her flaws, she may be the only thing standing between a change from democratic government to some kind of oligarchy or even dictatorship. And then may come the “revolution” that Bernie Sanders calls for–but a lot more bloody than anyone expects.

John H. Langer, JD, Ed.D. Retired Federal agency manger, former professor of education, public school administrator, and writer of a number of articles and publications on education, public affairs, substance abuse and social issues. In writing a book on attention and memory as it relates to education, this blog is helping to focus attention n current issues, and hopefully, add something useful as well.

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