Thinking Ahead to the Post-Trump Era

During illiberal regimes, liberals invariably do the best they can to resist and prepare for life after liberation. Leaders of the Resistance are often key members of the new governments.

This happened in Europe after 1945 and after liberation from Napoleon in Prussia after Prussia’s defeat at the battle of Jena in 1806.

The post-Trump era may begin sooner than you think.

This is how David Brooks ended his column in The New York Times on November 11: “Trump’s bigotry, dishonesty and promise-breaking will have to be denounced. We can’t go morally numb. But he needs to be replaced with a program that addresses the problems that fueled his assent. After all, the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year. The future is closer than you think.”


2 responses to “Thinking Ahead to the Post-Trump Era

  1. Impeachment, IMHO, is a pipe-dream. Proceedings would have to be initiated by the House of Representatives and then the trial is up to the Senate. Both houses of Congress are dominated by Republicans, some of whom may privately detest Trump, but all of whom are cynical and opportunistic enough to realize that their tenure as senators/representatives depends on not opposing him publically.

  2. Of course oppositions should develop policies to counter those initiatives they consider dangerous and damaging.
    After all, it was the lack of such policies (or the lack of any evidence that suggested such policies would be implemented) that led to this situation in the first place.
    That’s a reasonable response, but this suggestion goes too far.
    Things might seem bleak, but we are not at war and we should not be promoting pipe-dream rhetoric.