good call on the predictions front, but I think you missed one:
get rid of Trump and you get Pence.
Seems it’s time to start to examine what Pence is.
A man so mired in his own version of righteousness that he can’t be alone with an unrelated female without compromising his sense of propriety.
This flags up warning signals, or should do with any right thinking individual. His record shows a total disregard for human rights.
This is the the stuff of the Wahabi in Saudi Arabia, yet there is now a frightening reality that he might be POTUS. There is virtually no difference in their outlook in religious terms.
What other extreme views does he have in mind, ready to inflict on everybody else?
The US and global economy is based on the use of finite energy, converted into infinite, unsustainable debt. This debt is predicated on the availability of infinite amounts of oil coal and gas. This is of course nonsense, so our economic system will tank in the near future, because our industrial infrastructure lacks the energy to support it.
We are locked in a downward spiral, driven by climate change overpopulation and energy depletion. To Pence these are hoaxes as they are to many more diehard GOP’ers. People like Inhofe spring to mind — -there are many others.
It is impossible to separate political and social problems from those chaotic forces. Wacky politicians will exacerbate them.
I’ve expanded that theme here:
When the economy does crash (not if) it will result in violent civil disorder, in the USA and elsewhere because the economy will cease to function in any normal sense. This makes martial law inevitable, with Pence in ultimate control, convinced that he is put there by god. God’s chosen are always the most dangerous individuals.
You then have the extreme religious right trying to run a collapsing country, and blaming the whole sorry mess on a lack of prayer, and with a vicious outlook towards anyone else who does not fit their warped views of righteousness.
Trump may be incompetent, but Pence isn’t. He is potentially much more dangerous. He will do what the extreme right wing want him to do, because he wants to do it too. He will be very competent as a theo-fascist dictator, fully supported by his cohort of GOP godnuts, eager to inflict their extremist views on everybody.
So when we’re cheering Trump’s departure, let’s not get too complacent, a lot can happen in the next three years. If my predictions are accurate, it might turn into a theocracy that lasts a lot longer than that.