“Is there a legitimate reason to fear?”
As president elect Donald Trump now takes control over the White House, conversations begin to take place regarding him running the country. Saturday January 21st, 2017 was the day protest were held in major cities across the country and around the world. Women took to the streets as they marched in opposition of the new president elect. From New York City to Chicago, from Los Angeles to over the Pacific Ocean into Sydney Australia. Women who felt their rights would be in jeopardy of being impeded upon once the new president took office. These protest would reach record numbers into the millions.
Now my question is, are we right to protest or are we more afraid than we should be of the newly inaugurated president? Even though he is the leader, how much voice will he really carry? And to what extent will he even be allowed to do what we’re afraid he will do? Could he really do what we’re all afraid will happen? If given enough time, is it possible that he can turn around so much he has said in the past? Or is it too late and there is no going back? The reality is yes and no. But we all have theories as to why he can hurt the country, but why he can’t is something we don’t discuss. Well, what is truly stopping him from doing what all our fears are in the end?
For starters, removing the 11 million immigrants from the country is more of a can’t do. Something of such magnitude isn’t as easy as just walking into households removing people. The initial cost to do so would require massive logistical issues that is a sure enough nightmare for the government. Not to mention the economic loses from people being forced out. The problem is that there are a lot of emotions and not enough thought driving these initiatives. But for those who know this specific group of people, they’re not sitting around living off the system. They’re contributing to the system. Whether it’s providing food and clothing for their families, to renting properties and sending children to college. So, forcing this many people out would cause short term and long term financial windfalls not to mention the massive blowback from the public who already have been vigilant in their fight against the president.
Another obstacle keeping the president from impeding upon the people would be the vote in Congress. The president is in control of a third power, he stills need one third more from outside himself. If he is unable to get his two thirds (meaning a third from him and Congress or the House), he is rendered immobile. He does have veto power, yet can’t outright just make decisions. So nothing on the scale to what we fear can happen without the system’s backing. Which explains why so little gets accomplished even with all the promises on the campaign trail. But, I’m sure a lot of people know this, so why the fear? It’s not just the idea of him winning the presidency. It sets precedent that someone else will come behind him with the same rhetoric and create even more of a climate of separation.
Yet does it; are we just being too sensitive or can one person just walk in and change the landscape of the country? Probable, yet highly unlikely because his behavior could cause a domino effect hurting too many people that aren’t even meant to get hurt. So why are people so read to fight? My best guess is that there are a lot of fears. We have these fears that we are losing something. Something that may not even come up while he’s in office, but just the idea of him eluding to us losing something could cause a problem. In the end, he may just turn out to be like every other leader we’ve had. Do some good, some things that irritate us, yet the country maintains an equilibrium. Up until the next guy comes into office, where we start the insanity all over again.