Donald Trump winning the election may call into play all of the checks and balances that are in American #politics. On the one hand he's the president, but American presidents don't have absolute power. Barrack Obama had plenty of trouble trying to get support from congress for many of his initiatives and Donald Trump could be in for more of the same.
Donald Trump versus Michael Moore?
The trouble Obama had is a point that Michael Moore, the progressive filmmaker, made on his growing Facebook fan page group. His followers eclipsed the 1,900,000 mark on Friday evening. Moore has already appeared on both CNN and MSNBC over the last couple of days and his presence in American politics seems to be growing since Trump became the president-elect. Moore wrote on November 9th:
"Any Democratic member of Congress who didn't wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that's about to begin."
Where does Trump go from here?
Even with a Republican support base in power, Trump isn't exactly the most popular Republican ever. His run at the presidency caused a lot of his own party members to jump ship, if only for one election. Congress aside, there's the matter of the growing movement among those that oppose his presidency. Trump looks as though he could walk into power with a civilian nation in turmoil, with a microscope over his every move, and with election promises that he probably can't keep.
Trump's Mexican wall idea is not going to fly following CNN reports that it could cost over $10.5B. The idea promises to fade into the background, but there's still some insight as to how his campaigning worked. He got a sense of what he thought enough Americans needed to hear and he catered to that verbally. Action will be far different, but a real possibility with Trump is that he's not going to be much different than your typical politician that is loved at first by his supporters and then loathed as election promises get broken or go unfulfilled.
There remains a legitimate question about what he meant and what he didn't mean during his campaigning. However, Trump's presidency may need to first establish credibility over simply not being tyrannical in nature.
Domestic fear has taken over the United States
Blacks and people of color, quite legitimately, have to wonder what the connection is between Donald Trump and his victory-party throwing KKK supporters. Women can't like a man in power who has historical allegations against him involving sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, anyone living in the United States with an unclear background has to wonder where they will be living in six months if their name ends up on the wrong list.
Fear of deportation is a matter that CNN addressed in a recent news piece. A man named Osmar Cruz, who received a work permit from Obama is the subject of the piece. His viewpoints may be indicative of hundreds of thousands of people in the United States at the moment.
Rachel Maddow appeared on MSNBC's "All-in with Chris Hayes" on Friday night. She expressed wonder and concern over what happens when Trump is told "no" by someone. "The thing that I worry about most," she claimed, "is how he is going to behave the first time he doesn't get what he wants. The first time he finds himself stymied, the first time he tries to do something and can't do it. What does he do when he's mad?"
Of course, the elephant in the room is the one that has always been there. There are enough people feeling fear in the USA right now to form a political base for challenges. The president is not all-powerful and his goals can be blocked. The smartest thing that anyone in one of Trump's outgroups can do is organize with other members, self-educate themselves on American politics, and prepare to be active in a non-violent way. #DonaldTrump #MichaelMoore