What are some positives that you think can come from Trump's presidency? No matter how much of an asshat many of us think he is, is there anything to be gained by his being president?
Maybe, just maybe, it'll wake up some of the more complacent among us. Those who didn't feel like they 'needed' to vote, or take an more active participatory role as citizens.
Maybe more people will start paying closer attention to who they cast their votes for.
Oh hell. Who am I trying to kid? There's isn't anything remotely positive about that miserable piece of shit. We're going to be paying for his ineptitude, and cleaning up his mess, for generations. We're fucked. Totally, and irrevocably, fucked.
The positive outcome is clear and there for all to see. It exposes the truth about the political system. It lays bare the obvious. The United States is a democracy only in show. The truth is that we are a Plutocracy.
Trump shows us the bare truth. Most will still remain blind to it even though they can see clearly that this emperor has no clothes.
Unfortunately, the Trump presidency is only a symptom of a much deeper sickness.
In trying to ponder a polite response to this question, I can not help but compare it to asking a person who has lost his feet in a horrific traffic accident "What are some of the positives that you think can come from " loosing your feet? One answer could be, "Well, I won't have to cut my toenails any more. Sorry. I honestly can't think of any positive outcomes from this Republican president.
He helped lay bare the depths of hopelessness of the country; that if someone like him can become president, it uncovers the pathetic shape of the populace. He has helped pull back the veil on the lack of common sense, adequate education, lack of morality and scruples, and utter short-sightedness of the people who voted for him. There's too many of them, and it's a problem that won't go away soon. Watch him get in for a second term. To me, it marks the decline of the American empire.
And, like someone said, helped me figure out who to unfriend on Facebook...
I think the one major improvement is the increase in awareness and engagement in the political process and fighting for social justice. I have seen a lot more engagement and passion among my peers than I had previously. Three people I know are running for office in my community, one for family court judge, one for state Senate, and one for state representative (AND, I babysat him when he was a kid so I am taking partial credit for that one ????). A graduate of my all-girls high school is running for US Congress and is an incredibly strong candidate - and an Air Force vet - who is likely to unseat a Republican incumbent. Anger can be destructive, but when it's channeled appropriately, anger gets shit done, and I think it's going to get a lot done over the next couple years.
haha! I was just having this conversation. We are learning what a president can do if he has no respect for the office. He is actually breaking laws and nothing is being done. I think most of us thought that once you broke the laws as a president, you were gonna get Nixoned. Turns out, this isn't so. And that is dangerous. We need to fix this problem. The trumpling is unplugging the holes in the boat.
I don't think this is specific to DJT, but having a Republican (even if in name only) seems to instill confidence by businesses — or maybe it's a calculated effort on their part to support the Republican agenda — and we see more investment, more expansion, faith in the stock market, etc. So, There may be a financial benefit in that respect. Unfortunately, I'm unconvinced that the skew of policies toward corporations and the very wealthy doesn't undermine those gains for the rest of us.
YES. For one thing, many liberal women and LGBTQ people woke up and started running for political office.
He's such a jerk that even the hard core GOP have felt embarrassed by him.
Also, the hate memes mocking minorities that proliferated on my Facebook page from "Haiti missionary kid" childhood friends inspired me to dump religion for good.
Positive, huh? Hmmm...uuuhhhh, hmmm. Well, I guess for me, personally, it would have to be that the whole Trumpus assholis maximus (my pet name for him) phenomenon has prompted me to want to explore living in another country. I've not traveled a whole lot in my life, only speak/understand one language, and I have something of an affinity for learning about different cultures. Also, my suspicion that a relatively large part of the population of the USA is, unfortunately, not all that bright, seems to have been confirmed with the election of DJT. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'm "smarter than all those folks" that voted for him; but I do think I'm more discerning.
In general, on a cultural level, I am hoping that the vile, self-serving, anti-social, de-humanizing agenda of the Republican Party will become evident to those who have a shred of intelligence and open-mindedness, and can finally recognize the grotesque nature of this entire administration for the shitstorm it is.