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A Political 9/11 Changes Our World

Trump political 9/11

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. Financial markets went into convulsions, just as they did on that Sept. 11. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord. And a world that rushed to America’s side 15 years ago shudders at us now.

Calmer opinion says we’ll get through this. The erratic and uninformed Trump will be checked and balanced by Congress and wise advisers. One hopes but also wonders. With only a few brave exceptions, Republican lawmakers fell in line behind Trump, whatever the outlandish conduct. Can they stand up to an egotist who rains abuse on critics? And who’s going to choose the advisers?

The fears expressed here don’t center on the prospect of an extreme conservatism in the White House. Trump, as principled conservatives have long complained, isn’t conservative. A former Democrat, he called for leaving Social Security and Medicare alone. He’s supported Planned Parenthood in the past. Religious conservatives expecting him to end abortion are going to be disappointed.

During the primaries, Trump defanged the Club for Growth, the pitiless enforcer of free market purity. The Club for Growth once annihilated moderate Republicans open to any tax hike — no matter how small, on whom or what in exchange for. Supporting regulations that might impinge on someone’s profit margin was another cause for political beheading.

So when Trump backed tax and spending hikes, defended social programs and bashed free trade, another sacred cause, the Club for Growth turned its fire hose of money against him, but to no avail. The club failed to whip up tea party anti-establishment rage against Trump because Trump had absconded with the anti-establishment crown.

On the campaign trail, Trump challenged conservative doctrine in ways big and small. In Manchester, New Hampshire, he told his audience a rarely spoken truth about the consequences of carting the old factory jobs back to the United States.

“He said that his trade policies would, in addition to bringing jobs back to the U.S., raise prices for American consumers — and that this was a good thing,” James Surowiecki wrote in The New Yorker.

This revived a lost tradition in American politics in which government protected jobs and manufacturers as a policy goal. Consumers weren’t king, and keeping prices low at Wal-Mart was not a priority.

Trump’s tirades against the North American Free Trade Agreement wallowed in misinformation, as did his flat rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Actually, the TPP is designed to help us compete against China. (China is not a member.) Economists say Trump’s promised trade war could push America into a recession and cost 5 million to 7 million U.S. jobs.

Try explaining that to the blue-collar whites who flocked to Trump in search of a magical fix for their economic and social distress. Try to explain that robots are taking over manufacturing work everywhere, China included.

The Chinese government’s response is to prepare these workers for higher-skilled occupations. That’s what we should do. But the populist con game pretends that nothing has changed since the 1970s and that stopping cargo ships would restore the past. (It would certainly stop our products from reaching other ports. See the job loss numbers above.)

From a policy perspective, Trump’s proposals are not all bad. The man’s the problem. Nothing was worth the crude racism, vulgar attacks and in-your-face lying that Trump normalized in the election of 2016.

Those wanting to address our challenges in a systematic way feel their orderly world has crashed down on them. The scary question now is, Can Trump behave? Four years will tell.

Follow Froma Harrop on Twitter @FromaHarrop. She can be reached at fharrop@gmail.com. To find out more about Froma Harrop and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at www.creators.com.

IMAGE: People react to television coverage of election results at the U.S. embassy in London. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers. Media Matters ranks her column 20th nationally in total readership and 14th in large newspaper concentration. Harrop has been a guest on PBS, MSNBC, Fox News and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a frequent voice on NPR and talk radio stations in every time zone as well.

A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary in 2004 and again in 2011, Harrop was also a Scripps Howard Award finalist for commentary in 2010. She has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has given her five awards.

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  1. AgLander November 10, 2016

    Financial markets are UP substantially, not down, Froma Harrop……I guess writing for NM doesn’t require accuracy, only agenda driven propaganda!

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

      You are just pretending to have knowledge of financial markets, but you live in a bubble of a child-like dream world. Agatha, you never really emerged into adulthood and instead you live in your own “Twilight Zone” of lurid imaginations trapped like a fly in amber.

      1. AgLander November 10, 2016

        I don’t have to imagine about the unequal treatment of women in your beloved Oman and your strict adherence to Sharia Law that helps you and your fellow Muslim males continue to force your cowardly dominance on other human beings.

        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

          Russian programmers still haven’t been able to reprogram you. How many times must you insist on being an ignoramus about Oman and where I live? Is your infatuation a psychological illness that they haven’t found a cure for?

        2. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

          Your balls are the size of an ants. That’s why you have to always jack that ego. It’s all yours know buster…Run with it. And when it all comes down around your knees, don’t you dare think you will take one dime of our tax dollars to save your butt.

        3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

          Agatha, how are the egg sandwiches coming? Are you practicing Trump Shari’ah, burning churches, attacking women(you’ll need help with that, since you’re not capable of doing that alone. Get Trump to assist).

    2. The lucky one November 10, 2016

      Always some stocks go up and others go down. over all markets are down with Trump’s win but gold is up due to fears of what an unhinged clueless person like Trump will do, or try to do. Trump will be blocked if he tries to do anything that will hurt wall st., not that i expect him to try.

  2. AgLander November 10, 2016

    What will Hillary do now? She sure doesn’t want to sit around the house eating brownies and getting even more bulbous….plus there’s the “Bill thing”….they can’t stand each other. I know the perfect job for her that will keep her busy…..a doorman at one of Trump’s hotels…..it will provide her good aerobic exercise PLUS pant suits are the standard on-the-job garb!!

    1. Box November 10, 2016

      If I were Hillary I’d be packing. If I were Trump I’d seal the airports. Id also put security around the WH and not allow the entry of any Acme Paper Shredding Co. trucks. The country is waiting to see giant smoke plumes from nine WH chimneys for all the record burning going on soon.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

        If I were the two of you peas in a pod, I would be reconsidering why the two of you have wasted your lives on nothing but divisiveness and rancor.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

          Not me. I love to take my size 6 shoe and smash peas into mush.

          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

            Yes, let me help. You can’t smash those two peas hard enough.

      2. The lucky one November 10, 2016

        Well first off, right now Trump cannot do anything. He is not the president.

      3. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

        If you were Hillary you would laughing hysterically at jerks like you. It’s all in your hands now. YOU have to PROVE yourself. WE no longer do. All we have to do now is sit back and watch jerks like you fall into the snake pit you created. Trump gives orders. He NEVER takes them.

    2. The lucky one November 10, 2016

      Funny that a Trump fan calls someone else bulbous. He’ll be the fattest president since Taft. No doubt they’ll have to replace the WH bathtubs so Donnie doesn’t get stuck like Taft did.

    3. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

      Awww…what’s the matter masturbator? Can’t get off your Hillary Hate addiction? What will YOU do if Trump if found guilty of racketeering?

  3. Dominick Vila November 10, 2016

    The most immediate changes will be repealing the ACA, dismantling or weakening the EPA and Department of Education, and nominating and confirming far right Justices. I would not be surprised if the GOP takes a piece meal approach to the dismantling of the ACA, not because they don’t want to get rid of it ASAP, but because of the implications of letting 20 million Americans out in the cold without an alternative plan. What I see as the first order of business when it comes to Obamacare is the end of the mandate. That will happen in a matter of days. The GOP will then focus on replacing anything that hinders the ability of the insurance industry to profit. The only thing they may preserve are the availability of health coverage to people with a pre-existing condition, health coverage for dependents up to age 26, and the elimination of coverage caps that use to force many Americans to sell everything they owned to stay alive. The Department of Education will be weakened to the point of irrelevancy by transferring responsibilities to the states. The EPA will cease to exist, and replaced with a free for all environment that will lead to conditions similar to those in states like Louisiana, where chemical dumping is threatening not only animal species, but our health as well.
    Changes to MEDICARE and MEDICAID are almost inevitable, but will be implemented with great care, and under the guise of helping seniors, to avoid alienating one of the GOP’s most faithful constituencies.
    The most dangerous part involve Trump’s admiration of Vladimir Putin and his plan to reject the TPP and re-negotiate NAFTA. I see a military alliance between Russia and China in the not too distant future. Russian expanding its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Middle East, and North Africa. China is likely to expand its economic might throughout Latin America and sub-Saharan countries, after strengthening Asian accords.
    We are playing with fire, and we are likely to get burned if we are not careful. Hopefully, cool, experienced and pragmatic heads will prevail and guide Trump out of the reckless populist themes that allowed him to win the electoral vote and result in his decisive victory. If he surrounds himself with the likes of Gingrich, Giuliani, Carson, Christie, and other radicals, all bets are off for the USA.

    1. The lucky one November 10, 2016

      “the implications of letting 20 million Americans out in the cold without an alternative plan.” Yes and don’t think for a minute that big pharma won’t fight the loss of so many customers tooth and nail. They own many congress people.

    2. CrankyToo November 10, 2016

      Prescient commentary, indeed. There are cold waters upstream….

    3. Mama Bear November 10, 2016

      unfortunately I do not believe there will be cooler heads surrounding him. There will only be Beta Dogs feeding Alpha whatever he needs to hear – that is how he has always worked.

  4. Box November 10, 2016

    Oh, and wait, we have a bunch of unfinished business. Here is a partial list of celebrities who promised to leave if Trump were elected.

    Lena Dunham
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Miley Cyrus
    Natasha Lyonne
    Al Sharpton
    Neve Campbell
    Barbra Streisand
    Bryan Cranston
    Spike Lee

    These were Hillary supporters. But I bet none of you considered who they are–rich, fat, glutonous, greedy, blingly, foul-mouthed Capitalists guilty of Conspicuous Consumption, the very people you say you hate.

    L.A. street artist ‘moving sale’ posters for anti-Trump celebrities

    but wait,

    Canadians pledge their own wall to block Trump-fleeing US liberals

    guess they’ll all have to go to Jupiter with Cher!
    Cher Confirms She Will Move to Jupiter if Donald Trump is Ever Elected President

    Now given all that, and because I like everyone, Im very happy to help them pack and ship boxes. They have only to call. I insist they call.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

      That’s right Box, keep up the steady drumbeat of DIVIDE AND CONQUER. There’s nothing more pitiful than a bipedal Eeyore who keeps thinking of dreadful thoughts and harping about encouraging divisiveness.
      What a pathetic person you’ve become, like AgLander, Otto the Goat, Godzilla, “itsfun”, etc. who are still on a path towards death in this earthly realm, having made no substantial effort in bringing humanity together as one.

      You’ll have to account for why you frittered away your life on childish presumptions, but you have no fear or apprehension of what may await you on the other side of the door of Death, so you’re very likely intent on traveling along a current path of irrelevancy with your fellow aforementioned companions I mentioned. And you have the Freedom of Will to continue along that way—it’s just that the rest of us don’t want to be a part of your fanciful illusions.

    2. The lucky one November 10, 2016

      That’s a good point that the celebs have the option to move. most of us don’t but “fat, glutonous, greedy, blingly, foul-mouthed Capitalists guilty of Conspicuous Consumption,” fits Trump more than the people you listed.

    3. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

      You really think you have all the power don’t you Napolean? Really? And when the northeastern states secede with all of our money and leave you hicks with nothing, then what?

      1. Mama Bear November 10, 2016

        now that thought I can take with me and smile from morning til night:)

  5. Box November 10, 2016

    Oh this is TOO FUNNY! 100% of you said Hillary hasnt done anything wrong, so why is Obama considering a pardon for her, as was widely expected by her opposers, the opposers you hate because they lie and raise theories about more of her crimes and lies? Pardon for what crime? There has been no crime right? Why would Obama consider a pardon for an innocent person not even in jail or anything? Whats wrong? Tell me.


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    2. The lucky one November 10, 2016

      “100% of you said Hillary hasnt done anything wrong,” C’mon box you know that’s not true. Some here including me have been severely critical of Clinton. If Obama is considering a pardon then you have a good point but your first statement is the kind of BS Trump himself would spout.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

        You have to have an indictment to be pardoned. Trump is going to court. Hillary never has. Try again.

        1. Mama Bear November 10, 2016

          When the results of the FISA investigation are out the truth about Trump and Russia will be there for all to see. He will be revealed as the national security threat that he is.

    3. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

      The only thing funny is that now jerkoffs like you have to show how successful and responsible you are. Fail this time and you are down for the count and will have women ripping off your genitals and feeding them to the dogs.

      1. Mama Bear November 10, 2016

        where does that line start? I want to get a head start on the ripping part.

    4. Bill P November 10, 2016

      Did you read anything more than the headline. The article has a lot of might happen or possibly may occur, nothing in it claims to have a pardon being considered by President Obama. Just a lot of possibilities. Before a pardon is issued Hillary would have to be indicted, tried and found guilty until then your comment is just more troll bs.

    5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

      As someone suggested, you need to read more than headlines; and FOX ticker tape reading doesn’t qualify one as being informed either.

  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

    The thought has more clearly been shaped since the electoral college decided to ensconce King Trump as our president. Trump has lovely theoretical ideas about making people’s lives better, but his key concern is white America, with only a tacit acknowledgement that their are other Americans to consider. Like David Duke and other white supremacists, who make the disingenuous claim that they don’t hate blacks, the KKK just loves its kind, Trump loves “the blacks” and “the Muslims”, and “the Hispanics”. He just wants them to stay where they are, and only wants them closer when he needs them for something.
    The “president elect” is set to further divide the nation much like “president” Jefferson Davis did during the Civil War. The Civil War never really ended except on paper and at some ceremony in Appomattox. Trump, assuming that no new scandals will crop up requiring him to be in court for numerous offenses committed under cover of secrecy, will become the president of a divided nation, half of whom will never be able to envision a fraudulent person most of his life as their president.
    The Civil War has now just been restarted, all because of the infatuation with dividing America into a modern era of mentally walled off sections of Red versus Blue, white versus black, Democrat versus Republican, email usage versus women gropers, etc.

    To do away with this urge to be divided, a new standard has to be adopted, one based on our reality as human beings, and not the artificial notions of whites, blacks, Left, Right, etc. which are illusions and not “Real”.
    To find out what is real, this short statement by Baha’u’llah, which I’ve mentioned countless times, defines for us what is Reality:

    “O Children of Men! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance, it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.”

    The above is the key to making us and the planet Great, and not just having manufacturing jobs back, the on-going abuse of women(many of whom accept Trump’s abusive nature), or an imposition of Racialism. Until Trump and his supporters realize this Reality, America will be forever divided along artificial man-made imaginations and Trump will be a president in name only for half of America.
    If a faction of America wishes to secede, as Texans threatened to do if Hillary were elected, then so be it and Donald can be their president.

  7. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

    In a big way? I’m glad Trump won. Now, you get Pence for president. What the right wing and Republican men in this country wanted all along. Reverend Pence, preaching his Bible Thumper gospels to women and not men.

    There is not a single man in this country now most women would take the time or trouble to cooperate with or help when they need maids to clean up after them.

    This election proved ONLY one thing: Men will never allow any woman to be more powerful than they are. So, at least now that Hillary is gone, women will go back to be handmaidens of the lords of bullshit who can’t wipe their own butts without help.

    As for me? I have a conscience. I want to be able to sleep at night, I know right from wrong and if Trump is all that is right in men these days, what the hell do they consider “wrong?” Sorry, I was not raised to aid and abet a criminal like Trump. Nor, will I EVER consider him my president, respect him or in any way aid his lust for power.

    Sorry, but my conscience doesn’t allow for me to break with my understanding of right and wrong.

    Now we have a man with so much guilt trying to wipe the slate clean without EVER having to answer for his corruption? Now we have a man who will use the courts, the government and businesses to make sure he and his crook kids and wife get to live off the fat of our hard earned tax dollars?

    We were NOT outvoted. This is the 2000 Gore vs. Bush election all over again. And the Republicans are now using the Electoral College to override the wishes of over 5 million voters.

    Why the hell bother holding any elections if the Electoral College is always the last word? And why does TX have 38 Electoral votes when in 2000 they had only 23? Smells doesn’t it boys?

    Guess what you pissed off all the wrong women and if you think there won’t be revenge, think again.

    1. Dan S November 10, 2016

      Talk about lost sleep ???? I’ve been awake for the past 4.5 hrs & the night before I got 2 whole hrs in. My stepson is so upset he’s threatening to bust my car windows if I dare turn on the news. This was a very divisive election to be followed by a controversial Presidency. One thing is certain but we need to abolish the Electoral College by 2020

      1. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

        The reality is the GOP always knew that their gerrymandering and redistricting of the voter maps would make sure the red states always win by Electoral votes. The Electors come from the numbers of voting districts and according to the total population of a state.

        No way does TX have the density of NJ or NY. According to the last US census, NJ has the densest population per square mile and yet NJ only has 14 electors.

        Here’s the deal: If we gerrymandered and redistricted the political maps up in North Jersey to make it appear they are all Democrat territory, we would have a half dozen more electors, more than Texas.

        So if the Electoral College votes matter more than the popular vote, why the hell hold any elections that allow voters to vote? Just call the damn electors together and let them pick the president for us. Or, is it that holding elections is big bucks for the hick states in profit?

        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

          Your thinking is too advanced for Jim. He’s still trying to finish High School, then he may qualify for Electoral College as a tabulator.

        2. Dan S November 10, 2016

          That is enlightening to learn. Of course there will always be hard feelings after an election but this is just the start of the Ugly American showing their true nature. I’m already hearing of Trump supporters even today attacking people they don’t see as true Patriots. The Pandora Box has been opened & cant be closed again

      2. Jim Samaras November 10, 2016

        Oh I see. To eliminate those irritating “flyover states” in the election so that only those who “know” whats best for everybody to determine the election. TX, FL, NY and CA are much more in the know than IA or KS or MS

    2. Jim Samaras November 10, 2016

      Oh revenge now Ellie? My how vindictive one can get when the spoiled little cupcakes don’t get their way

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  9. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

    You know what I love most? That the Republican morons think they will tell Trump what he can and can’t do. Trump? The guy who gives orders like a drill sargent? The guy who NEVER takes ANY orders?

    Stand by folks…your dictatorship in Trump World is about to begin. How soon will there be another 9/11 on Trump’s watch? That mouth of his is just like all the knows all right wingers..can’t shut up even when they know they are wrong.

    But, you do have to give them credit. They did manage to turn wrong into right. Their version of right that is. Most of us were raised to know the difference. They spent their entire lives “getting away with it.” Watch Trump turn right into wrong in breakneck speed.

  10. Eleanore Whitaker November 10, 2016

    And the Geezer Diseased Brigade for the Trump Cabinet proves what American men are really after…Really? Gingrich? Guiliani? 9 wives between Trump, Gingrich and Guiliani…but the Bible Thumpers only focused on Bill Clinton who had ONLY 1 wife.

    See where Trump is going already? He will overload the government with white Geezer males to get rid of women in goverment and business. Or as Guiliani said, “You can’t have women in government.”

    1. Jim Samaras November 10, 2016

      And to all that I say, “so what”? If men are as qualified or maybe even more than a woman should we select the woman just because we need more estrogen in the place? If the white geezers get the job done why do you care? Trump has shown no gender bias when picking people to run his companies. I’m sure that if a woman is even slightly more qualified for a position she will get the job.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

        You say “so what” because you no longer have a conscience—the GOP blanked your mind, and now you’re reduced to selling apples and pencils in the National Memo Forum, trying to get buyers. Sorry, Jim—we’re not interested in your wares here. Try Wayne Allyn Root’s roost.

        1. Jim Samaras November 10, 2016

          I bet your a big fan of Affirmative action too huh? Can’t stand the thought of actually having to compete on a level playing field? You have a smaller mind than I thought Aaron

          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 13, 2016

            Jim, you’re irrelevant in today’s changing world. So stuck in the concrete of conservative values and racist sentiments that you no longer can stomach the thought that white privilege is a thing of the past. Otherwise, you would have the sense to avoid talking about Affirmative Action.
            So committed are you to whiteness and so possessive of that fallacy that you’re completely delusional and out of step. No wonder you sound like a broken record and represent an anachronistic view that has no place in today’s world.
            Time has passed you by, Jim.

          2. Jim Samaras November 13, 2016

            Are you trying to say that if a white person happens to be more qualified for a position that the job should be given to the lesser qualifications just because they’re black? It is thinking like that that has doomed your party Aaron! Avoid talking about it? Are you nuts? Just because you’re black and think one way I can’t even broach the subject? You have turned out to be closed minded and racist in my view sir and have no place in todays world

  11. latebloomingrandma November 10, 2016

    After Trump’s great negotiating skills with trade deals, wait until prices at Walmart go up and their wages go down. The people who put him in office will start their criticisms. Well, Donnie doesn’t take criticism. He’ll be coming after “yinz.” He knows who you are. .

  12. Jim Samaras November 10, 2016

    Our financial markets are poised to explode to new highs. Give the man a chance and stop the divisive articles that only fuel the fire. With an ego as large as Trumps the fear of failure is his motivation at this point and to let the country down would be catastrophic to it. Trump is a sharp guy and there is already talk of incentive’s to motivate corporations to build near inner cities to get people who live there not only immediate hope but put tax revenue on the books.

    Get over the butt hurt animosity and let’s work together to make the system work for all of us

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 10, 2016

      Exploding to new highs that will funnel profits into Trump’s account. Don’t be constantly infatuated with the Trump Hype.

      1. Jim Samaras November 10, 2016

        LOL…if the markets were plummeting you’d say it’s because of his uncertainty. Small minds will be just that and not even THINK of any positive points…..

  13. Otto T. Goat November 10, 2016

    What a grotesque analogy.

  14. Jon November 10, 2016

    Trump is a skunk who is not going to lose his stripe in the next 4 years.


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