I will add one thing. The scenario I present is a worse case scenario, but I admit I am not a prophet (although it remains to be seen if Trump can make me a profit) and therefore have no special powers to determine what will happen. So let me make my take on Trump a bit more nuanced..
My stance on Trump is that I want to avoid what his worst case scenario will present. So, as I have intimated before, IF I have a choice between hiring someone to do work for me that is like Trump, I'll pass thank you. His instability dictates this position, though I cannot say 100% that it will bear out. And the reason is precisely for his instability. But by its nature that instability may be helpful (as I see it):
- Trump was an ostensible democrat before any of this happened. Will those tendencies come to the fore now?
- Trump has no political experience - could that lack of experience work to the American people's favour? He ran his campaign essentially bragging about this..
- Trump has waffled on his right wing hard core promises; does that mean he ran his campaign solely to get the presidency and now that he has it, he'll basically do whatever he really
feels? There is already hints of this.
- Am I wrong about Trump being a megalomaniac (any more so than other politicians) and he's really just a 'stern father figure'?
If it were up to me I would never risk that Trump will be 'just another president' or in this specific case, 'better than Hillary'. He is too volatile and too inexperienced. He also appears to be incredibly dense about complex subjects and as such has the potential to be manipulated on subjects that can be both destructive - a bad thing and helpful l- a good thing. He can start a sentence with one view and finish it with another.
It is this lack of focus I think combined with an ego that has great potential to cause the damage that people see.
And it is in that regard that I am not opposed to his character defects as such. For example, his misogyny as it relates to political office
doesn't bother me as long as it doesn't translate into policy*.
In short I do admit that there is an x-factor about Trump, if you will, that adds a certain uncertainty to forecasts about him. So, I do hope for the best, perhaps expecting the worst. On opposing his presidency, I had no choice but to take him at his word on his sometimes (bizarre) policy prescriptions. As I see it, it was the rational thing to do. The burden is now on Trump..
*Pence and Trump here are instructive. Trump > Pence. My take:
Trump is not solely about power as long as he has it/is in control. His type doesn't necessarily
want to foist his views on others. He believes he is greater than the people and as long as he can pursue his fantasies, he really doesn't care about whether the public at large embraces them or not. In fact he would probably prefer that they not (try) to be like him because this keeps the distinction between him and the rest of us and thus is evidence to himself that he is more powerful than the rest of us..Don't try to mess with his status though..all bets are off if he feels threatened..
Mike Pence. Not so much. He appears to me to want everyone to be the same as he. He is one of those that either is incredibly repressed and/or feels like he is on a divine mission to bring everyone into his line. This type is the worst of the rulers. They can't be bargained with (unless forced), the possibility of bribes, money, sex are not even considered as most of us might. Rigidity characterizes their existence. They want power for powers sake and/or they want everyone to be like them in an effort to justify to themselves that their own character is 'normal'. It is imperative that others cannot have what they deny for themselves..