It’s very easy to get caught up in post-election hysteria, especially considering our President-elect. But it’s important to keep perspective. Regardless of the faults of the Federal government, and there are many, it’s still one of the finest in the world in regards to rule of law and adherence to precedent and decorum.
Campaign rhetoric always gets charged, but we can already see the incoming Trump Administration walking back on a lot of what they’ve said. Just look at the public statements by Christie and Giuliani before and after the election on a possible prosecution of Clinton. It’s night and day.
Another thing that should be comforting is that incoming US Presidents have to appoint about 4000 public officials to head the Federal government, with a permanent bureaucracy that is already largely hostile to President-elect Trump. Trump can’t appoint 4,000 stooges. He doesn’t have that many. The vast majority of appointees will be officials who served under both Bush Administrations.
One of the things that most Presidents find dismaying is that it’s almost impossible to translate Presidential will into Federal action; there are just too many moving parts in the Federal bureaucracy, each with their own sets of principal-agent problems.
Trump is not and cannot be a Duterte. Because the institutions that prop up American politics are still very strong. The office of President tends to change a person, and if he tries to do half of the incendiary stuff he said he’ll do, he’s likely going to be the first President of the United States to be successfully impeached and removed from office.