We made it to 2018. We have arrived in the condition we presumed we would be in with an incredibly unqualified administration. From top to bottom, a collection of misfits and ideologues incapable of governing and found lacking of any desire to do well by the people of the United States. Trump has made misstep after misstep from his very first day. He has no agenda, as we were all fully aware. He has reacted day in and day out to his childish whims, counter-punching those that call out his inadequacies, and made foolish, unsupported, unwarranted, and uneducated executive orders and unilateral decisions.
Exactly as we expected.
If anything came as a surprise, it was the GOP’s total inability to govern as well. They can form no consensus aside from their spineless, heartless party-wide suffering of the existence of Trump. Even as they look to their own demise; one by one, separately and together, and in their tacit acceptance of this wretched creature, they can’t stop themselves from their own self-fulfilling prophecy and the doom they themselves have wrought. The GOP has become the antagonist caught in the last futile attempt to do any and all manner of damage to those around them as they fall from the cliff to which they have inexplicably run.
Their vast and spectacular forthcoming campaign contributions shall not be enough.
So where are we headed in 2018?
- I still think the Mueller Investigation will make the bulk of their indictments directly before the midterms. I was surprised by the indictments at the end of 2017. Wasn’t expecting that at all. Although Mueller may not be at all politically motivated, I can’t help but to think there would be an internal clock ticking that begs some type of resolution before the election as a form of necessity and great import to the nation.
- The stock market will make a correction. We are long overdue for a correction. Very, very long overdue. The exchanges are a strange creature that react more to emotion then often given credit. It could be anything at all that starts a correction. It could be something stupid Trump tweets. It could be less than expected earnings on Apple or Google or AT&T. Sooner or later it will happen. Hell, it could happen this week with the, “Buy on the rumor and sell on the news,” already set-up in the form of tax reform.
- War. I hate to say it, hate to even talk about it, but…we have to consider this. With this administration purposefully stoking anxieties and enmities all over the world, the possibility of war is greatly increased. Particular concern is this administration’s nudging of Saudi Arabia and Iran to drop the gloves on their proxy wars, for an all-out actual war. I can’t see this happening in 2018. 2019, 2020..yeah it’s possible. North Korea…well as stated by Lindsey Graham, he sees the US reacting militarily to N. Korea at 70% if they test again. Right now, as things stand, there is a 100% chance they will test again in 2018. So, if Graham is correct, that’s a 70% chance of millions of people dying.
- The unknown. This is just as scary as war to me. We honestly don’t know what Trump will fuck up next and how awful it might be. He appears to be capable of anything. The longer madness goes unchecked, the more likely that we shall have increasingly negative results. Any manner of awfulness could happen. We could suffer from some cumulative effects of bad decision after bad decision in the form of economic, natural, or man-made disaster. We could suffer immediate and dramatic consequences of an unforeseen Trump created political catastrophe. We can suffer from mere lack of knowledge created by the brain drain from the government and seriously depleted State Dept. We just don’t know.
I would like to state that 2018 will be a splendid year in which we all bind together for some common good…you know, the kind of thing we always want to hear at the beginning of a year. But, I can’t do that in all honesty. I’m afraid that 2018 will be much worse than 2017. There isn’t much to look forward to in the coming year as a Nation or individually as a citizen of this Nation.
I’d rather wish you a happy 2019.