The Editorial Board isn’t waiting for 2020 to call 2016 a massive mistake. They’re calling it now.
Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.
Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced.
Yes, hopes were misplaced. That’s an understatement. Did they really think this would be, say a minor train wreck? The kind everyone walks away from, people call it a miracle no one was killed, thank God!! Sadly, reality is worse than that. There will be fatalities. This is turning out to be a spectacular wreck and conflagration. Something Michael Bay might put on film!
They’re going to be doing a series on this, not a one day thing. Which is terrific. Although, like their pointed criticisms during the campaign, nobody cares what newspapers say on their editorial pages anymore except maybe inside the Beltway.
So, the LA Times gets it. And they’re not a liberal paper my friends, oh no. But it won’t change a single Trump voting “mind” (can we call the grey matter between Trump voter’s ears minds? I’m not sure we can.) The Editorial Board is sure we’ll survive this. But let’s check back in with them 6 months from now, maybe that too will have evolved to a less optimistic view as it did between November and now.
The United States is not a perfect country, and it has a great distance to go before it fully achieves its goals of liberty and equality. But preserving what works and defending the rules and values on which democracy depends are a shared responsibility. Everybody has a role to play in this drama.