A guide to life now that Donald Trump has the nuclear weapon codes.

Dear Stunned,

Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. That is a sentence that should only exist in the Book of Revelations.

Events are still in motion. Alec Baldwin is rumoured to have taken refuge in the Canadian Embassy. Vladimir Putin is planning his invasion of Finland. Roger Ailes and Bill Cosby are setting up committees to explore 2020 presidential campaigns. Billy Bush is applying for a job as White House Press Secretary. The Canadian Football League is preparing for a dazzling, star-studded future. Gov. Chris Christie is in an Oreo coma.

Last night the Vancouver Canucks played a game in Madison Square Garden in New York. I hope Ranger fans were wise enough to scribble down the words to O Canada. If they’re coming we will expect them to know it. As for the rest of us, I suppose when Canucks forward Loui Eriksson actually scored a goal we should have guessed the Apocalypse was coming.

Trump took the stage around midnight PST and delivered a rambling, gracious speech. The mood was spoiled somewhat when somebody in the crowd apparently yelled “Kill Obama.” But when you consider that the man who gave the speech now controls both the U.S. Supreme Court and the nuclear launch codes, a little death threat against the sitting president draws a resigned shrug.

How bad could a Trump presidency get? That depends on the answer to a philosophical question: What are the limits of bad? Is there a Platonic ideal of badness?

We may soon see. Trump has promised to make America great again, and there is indeed greatness to be found in America’s past. The Great Depression comes to mind. We may be entering another such era momentous enough to require its own historical name, like the Black Plague, the Terror, or the Cultural Revolution. The candidate of the Ku Klux Klan, the man who said climate change is a Chinese conspiracy, the birther/wall builder/Muslim-banner who “loves the poorly educated,” the scam artist behind Trump University, the Pussy-Grabber-in-Chief, has won the presidency with the support of almost half of the American voters. Let’s have a naming contest for that event. Something involving the word “great.”

As of Monday I considered myself to be cynical about human nature. As of now I realize that I was SpongeBob Squarepants. The mere fact that Trump won the national election after proving, again and again and again over a period of many months, that he is likely one of the most reprehensible human beings currently alive in the United States, is a mind-altering experience.

The ABOVE COPIED from http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/11/09/Trump-Americans-Lost-Freaking-Minds/


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TomDorr 2 years 34 weeks ago

Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bush jr, all had the nuclear codes, and didn't create a nuclear holocaust. Neither will Trump. In fact, the idea that the above four had the codes probably furthered US strength and cowed rival nations much more than "soft" presidents like Carter and Obama.

No one person can set off Armageddon, at least from the U.S. side.

I'll bet Iran's and North Korea's truly crazy leaders will sleep less soundly, however, when Trump takes over from Obama. ( No more of Obama's laugh-inducing "lines in the sand".)

American exceptionalism, I hope, will make a strong comeback, which will be to our benefit.

It's much better to be successful than "liked" in the world of international economic and political relationships. And, given an either-or choice, it is much better to be resented than pitied, as a nation.

Trump's presidency could be very bad, but also very good, for mainstream, middle class Americans. The same as it could have been with a Hillary presidency. We will never know how the one would would govern, and will have to wait and see how effective the other will be.

But we should not run around in a panic, yelling that the sky is falling.

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zapdam. 2 years 34 weeks ago

TomDorr qoute "Trump's presidency could be very bad, but also very good, for mainstream, middle class Americans. " so let me get this straight TomDorr the world could be destroyed in a nuclear exchange ,if easily baited Drumpf decides to show his vengeful side, for no other reason than right wingers thought they were going to shake up there government by electing a unworldly, dumbed down simpleton who has absolutely no experience ,with an irrational mindset.

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TomDorr 2 years 34 weeks ago

As I stated: No one person can start a nuclear catastrophe in the US. It's hysteria to think Trump will cause Armageddon just because he gets angry, as I'm sure all presidents did . ( Except maybe Carter. As a visible saint, he would never get mad enough to chastise any country other than ours, and only after his presidency.)

We were in far more danger of nuclear attack during the Cold war with Reagan.

Russia would never attack or retaliate against us, because they are smart enough to understand what would happen to them. China never would, as we are te market they need to survive, and also would understand what would happen to them.

North Korea also knows that Trump is not Obama, and they, like Iran, could be "taken out" by heavy use of conventional weapons by the US completely. ( Nukes would not be needed, thus radiation would not become a global problem).

Please, no "Chicken Little" routine.

Hillary has proven to be very hawkish, and also very vindictive, dishonest, self-serving, and inept (as Sec't of State). That is a far more dangerous combination than a Trump Administration that would have experienced, proven leadership as consultants.

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zapdam. 2 years 34 weeks ago

" As I stated: No one person can start a nuclear catastrophe in the US. It's hysteria to think Trump will cause Armageddon just because he gets angry " , should we all bet the survival of mankind on that statement TomDorr.

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TomDorr 2 years 34 weeks ago

Zap: We are kind of betting on the survival of mankind. If Putin hasn't pushed the button, I'm confident Trump won't.

Trump is not a dumb person, no matter what his other real or perceived flaws might be. Only an idiot would start WW Final, and winning this election shows he's smareter than many think.

If he does draw a line in the sand, however, I believe morenations are likely to respect it.

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