What Challenges The Next President Is Facing
It doesn’t matter who wins the next presidential election, but whomever it is, they’re in for the ride of their life.
It’s due to the changes in technology, environment, and public/civil reactions. It won’t be a world where simple orders get things done, this is going to be a world that would baffle the likes of the ages’ best philosophers. Just take a look at what’s transpired around the world in the past 15 years. We’ve had natural disasters of such magnitude that one might think that the world was in one of those classic Irwin Allen disaster movies like “Towering Inferno” or “Earthquake”. Technology has gone from simple flip phones to smartphones that are like the fictional tricorders of Star Trek fame. Advances in medicine have altered the way we resolve the problems of the sick and injured, our space probes are discovering a variety of hitherto unsuspected phenomena and there may be more to come.
On a cultural front, we've seen battles among the various ethnic and racial groups. At present, turmoil in the streets is as volatile as ever. Law enforcement is up against a massive wall of mistrust and attacks. It's basically a civil war starting and no end in sight. Mistrust is in abundance in every aspect of American life and that of the world's governments. Americans are literally up in arms regarding the betrayals of corporations who pay no taxes, hire illegal workers or have manufacturing outside of America altogether while the citizenry of the country foots the bill. Banking institutions are up to their old tricks and one of the biggest scandals ever, perpetrated b y Wells Fargo has shown Americans that the small guy has no protection and is an unwilling servant to the whims of Wall St.
Without trust on all levels, how will the US survive? It will take nothing less than an Act of God to remedy what America has been suffering from. The entire country is disenfranchised and now that violence has hit the streets with civilians and police the targets of terrorists, revenge killers, and more, the only avenue is to address the problems the people have been complaining about for decades.
Illegal immigrants are a major factor, but history has proven that for 40 years, the US government has been reluctant to clamp down on the problem. Amnesty was the solution of the Republicans under the Reagan Administration but that only exacerbated the problem. Following presidents neglected and contributed to the problem with now a possible tens of millions of illegals eating up American resources that had been earmarked for its citizens. Those resources has left the American citizenry in such a state of despair that it equals the Great Depression of the 1930s. Many media and politicians balk at the idea and state there's a Great Recession, but the numbers don't lie. With over 100 million not in the workforce of a population of over 325 million, that's not a recession, it's a national disaster.
To remedy the economy means putting down regulations against corporations but those corporations are the bread and butter of the political infrastructure. They buy and sell politicians using not only money but extortion. Barack Obama promised change but none was delivered. He was either too incompetent to handle the problem or part of the problem. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been touting their own economic plans but none are addressing corruption which, in truth is the biggest factor. They're all afraid that the big corporations will flee the US taking what little jobs and resources they have here thus cutting off the supply line of money to the politicians.
The foreign powers are watching like vultures to see what's left to pick clean from the present turmoil. Should civil unrest reach disastrous levels, it would eave not only America in danger, but the world's economy as well. It wouldn't take much. Just ten to a hundred die-hard terrorists with only high powered weapons could disrupt America to such a degree that the world's economy could collapse. It's happened before with the 9/11 attacks. That showed how vulnerable and delicate the world's economy is.
Should private technologies create a quantum leap in medicine, defense, and other vital areas, it could put America at a disadvantage. Congress and the future president would have to work in tandem but that's unlikely unless both are on the same side. The Republicans have shown a penchant for siding with big business and now, thanks to President Obama, the Democrats have gotten the same rotten reputation.
The next president is going to have to become the biggest repair person ever. That's all that's left to do, repair America and it won't be easy. The criminal infrastructure of the US is so massive it would take drastic measures to address and the following bloodshed and chaos would rock the planet. There's basically no way out except educating the public and hoping they can control themselves.
This means the next president needs communication skills like no other. Clinton and Trump are no JFKs or FDRs. They're both money people with dogs in both fights. Neither could be effective as whatever they would initiate ethics-wise would damage their bottom lines. They'd be cutting their own throats.
The next president has no other route than through education and communication with the public on a regular and open scale. Trump could do it as he's not a caged in politician, Clinton cannot because her life's blood comes from the Wall Street, military/industrial complex powers.
The bottom line is that America will be walking on eggshells as will its new president, hoping that the basic infrastructure will hold together until something comes up, but with China rising in technological prowess, the Middle East still in turmoil, Russia holding pattern to see who wins the election, organized crime still running roughshod all over the planet, and the ever looming threat of natural disaster, walking on eggshells is actually an understatement.Posted by GregB at October 4, 2016 6:01 PM