If not, you might not be paying attention.
Now, this isn’t an existential dread. No, this is a worry for what may be coming–another type of disaster, if you will; one that I fear is more than a little bit likely. (Not probable, in my estimation, but there’s definitely a non-zero chance.) I don’t go down this path lightly–I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that any time someone is trying to scare you, you need to check what they’re selling.
I’m not selling anything. I’m just advising caution, and being at least emotionally prepped. We, as a country, are looking at the possibility of not merely a Republican presidency (which we’d get through with only fairly minor pain), not even “just” a Cruz presidency (which would hurt quite a bit more, I think)–but at a Trump presidency.
Unless the man undergoes a massive personality shift through late November and December, there’s really no telling what might happen to the country. Oh, I don’t think it would necessarily collapse–but I’d be not the least surprised to find ourselves two, maybe even three steps down that “stairstepped slow fall” before all is said and done.
It’s been curious, watching the rise. For my money, though I thought he was absurd, I’ve not doubted that he’d get significant backing, probably win a couple of states. I certainly never expected the type of following that he’s whipped up. (And ‘whipped up’ is indeed the right phrase–they’re nothing if not frothing.)
The fooforaw over replacing Justice Scalia is an interesting mess, too. Various members of both parties have made statements about why President Obama should or should not be able to nominate someone, and why the Senate should or should not advise, and then (after a vote) either give or withhold consent. Whatever else there may be about the situation, “not doing anything” is probably the last thing needed.
It certainly feels as though we’re living through the fabled Chinese curse, and “living in interesting times.”
I’m thinking about starting a series of gear reviews, and maybe going over “basic” home preps over the next few months. Water, food, etc. I hope you’ll stick around!