Well, it’s a new day in America and the new president seems to have united not only much of the nation but also much of the world. Yesterday’s affair seemed pleasant enough (with important reporting of the First Lady’s new dress), though it lacked the celebrity presence of today’s event, which also seems to have a global presence. I haven’t been able to figure out a specific change that the protesters are calling for. The primary solidarity seems to be around a dislike of Trump personally (and, by extension, people who are like him, in the view of the protesters). In other words, I haven’t seen anyone calling for specific policy change.
I don’t say this to disparage the protest or the protesters. It does seem to lack the punch of the anti-war protests of 2003, though. It was pretty clear then what everybody wanted. Still, people peacefully getting together to express their displeasure and frustration? Isn’t that the heart of democracy? I think the same kinds of feelings that got Trump elected are now being displayed against him.
Elections bring realignment in power, the shifting of allies and enemies, a movement of who is on the inside and who is on the outs. It’s interesting to see the current realignment and imagine the ramifications. For example, how will the Five Eyes nations react when the current administration continues to favor Russia and demonize the political establishment, media, and intelligence community of its own country? It may be that they stop telling us all of their best secrets.