I have not joined the protests in the streets yet. I am thinking of joining. I don’t have much faith in the system at this point. This is the second election in this century with the winner of the popular vote losing the presidency. On both occasions the progressive candidate was beaten and the conservative won. In this case the choice was not a good one especially since the Wikileaks emails show that the DNC had worked with the Clinton campaign to suppress the vote for Bernie Sanders. It certainly didn’t help me enthusiastically support Clinton, even though I did vote for her.
There are some things about Trump I do like domestically. His infrastructure spending program for example. It should provide the kinds of jobs that Obama wanted to produce with the stimulus program that was underfunded by Congress. Personally I would like to see the Affordable Care Act made more affordable. I am afraid Trump will throw out the baby with the bathwater rather than make needed reforms. Certainly the elimination of prior conditions was a benefit for many of us, including myself. I would hate to be stuck with Kaiser simply because I could not be insured again, although Kaiser is not a bad plan.
On the environment if Trump leaves the world commitments to work to reduce Global Climate change then the deal brokered by Obama with the Chinese will be in the trash bin and the number one and number two pollution sources in the world will return to their profligate ways. Market forces, especially led by the insurance industry will be left to work with more progressive nations to impose the environmental reforms needed, but the green light to the fossil fuel industry is not going to help put the USA in a leadership role in slowing climate change.
On foreign relations his proposal to build better relations with Russia is commendable although it is not clear what that means. Since Trump has put Pence in charge of building his administration apparatus we can expect to see hawks and neo-conservatives since Pence made it clear he did not want a rapprochement with the Russians. The contradictory nature of the Trump agenda makes it very hard to predict what he is actually planning. One example he wants to support the Russians in Syria but he is opposed to the Iranians, both are supporting Assad. What is Trump going to do? Upset all of the other American allies to work out a deal with the Russians? This kind of ideological incoherence is not going to make it easy for policy makers to present allies the new American approach.
So I will not be out in the streets, at least not just yet. We need to see how much of his mean spirited rhetoric was just that, and how much is a reflection of a racist and reactionary revolution. His comments on deporting immigrants is particularly reprehensible. His anti-Muslim statements and provocations has already encouraged racists to act out at least according to reports on Democracy Now.