After such a nasty campaign season, the public is sick of politics and has incredibly low expectations for Washington. Even partisan politicians may be tired of fighting. With that, Donald Trump may actually be able to get some things done.
What struck me in the day following the election was the classy tone taken by President Obama. Despite some very strong anti-Trump language from the President during the campaign, he urged Americans to peacefully accept the election results and try to overcome the growing division in the country. Even Hillary Clinton took a similar tone saying Trump is the president and “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
So, if you’re willing to have an open mind, here are a few reasons why this could work out okay for America.
President-Elect Trump wants to appeal Obamacare, but not the parts you like
One of the big events in the days prior to the election that swung it in Trump’s favor was even further price hikes for health insurance rates. It’s not a partisan issue to underscore how it is hurting working Americans who are devoting a bigger and bigger chunk of their pay check to healthcare costs. Obama didn’t necessarily have bad intentions. Expanding coverage is a noble pursuit, but the policy isn’t working as hoped. Even former president Bill Clinton thinks it’s a disaster:
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half and it’s the craziest thing in the world.” – Bill Clinton
There is at least one piece of the Affordable Care Act that most Americans like though. That’s is the protection for preexisting conditions which allows all Americans to enroll for health insurance. This is the piece that President-elect Trump wants to keep:
“I think we need it. I think it’s a modern age. And I think we have to have it. … You cannot let people die on the street, ok? Now, some people would say, ‘that’s not a very Republican thing to say.’ Every time I say this at a rally…it got a standing ovation.” – Donald Trump
He’s actually a social moderate
Donald Trump struck a chord with Christians in the third debate when he stood against partial birth abortion saying:
“In the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother… as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth.” – Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton disagreed with the notion of the procedure being morally perilous, saying she unequivocally supports abortion without restriction.
Trump isn’t nearly as conservative on this issue as many Republicans though. He Trump has not stood against first or second trimester abortions (which comprise the majority of them) and has not indicated any support for any kind of federal legislation on the issue.
He’s the first Republican to mention LGBT citizens in a GOP acceptance speech:
“As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. [Applause] As a Republican, I’m so happy to hear you cheering for what I just said.” – Donald Trump
While those on the far left may decry that he isn’t a social justice warrior, those on the far right aren’t exactly celebrating him as a consistent social conservative either. That’s because he’s a moderate.
War, What is it Good for?
There was one issue where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama disagreed with each other. Hillary wanted to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria. President Obama and President-elect Trump are less eager to get involved, not wanting to show aggression towards Russia.
The Clinton campaign worked feverishly to position Trump as a surrogate for the Russians. While that was a bit of a stretch, it does seem that Putin strongly prefers Trump as POTUS. Putin’s preference isn’t paramount in who we select to lead our country, but it would be ideal to avoid war with Russia and both President Obama and President-elect Trump seem to agree.
It isn’t going to somehow make you retroactively vote for Donald Trump if you grow hopeful, and my intent isn’t to convince you that you should have checked his name. Rather, I hope this gives you some optimism, mitigates some worry, and helps you have an open mind about a presidency that nobody can confidently predict.