For the first few hours I was of the “give him a chance” group. After all, Trump is not a real conservative and has indicated interest in policy changes that are in cases counter to campaign promises and could succeed in achieving goals long denied Democrats by the obstructionist Republican congress. Appointments of the likes of Bannon and Sessions make me far less sanguine about the interests of anyone outside of the 1% and Family Trump being served or benefiting from his administration. Worse, those appointments indicate a high priority in promoting an alt-right agenda.
For those who come under scrutiny and attack, which will start with our free press, we will not be able to count on the moral integrity of the party of Christian and family values to provide protection or defend our Constitutional rights. They have proven themselves bankrupt. We will, as pointed out, have no filter between NSA surveillance and extreme right wing databases, and our courts will be bent to enforce new laws that will be coming to reduce voter access and civil rights.
Be vigilant now, expression and protest are free now. After January 20, everything changes. For those who can, be prepared to come to the aid and defense of our fellow Americans who will be persecuted for their faith, their gender and their color.
What we can’t do is rely on the relative sanity of the history of American politics and convince ourselves that what’s happening is anything like normal.