by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In a 2000 episode of The Simpsons, a flash forward shows Lisa being elected the first heterosexual female U.S. President. Her biggest challenge is fixing the economy: “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.” Did this animated show predict the 2016 election?
I am currently reading Chernow’s Hamilton biography, which lends a great deal of insight into the current election. From our Constitutional beginning, there has been a philosophical split in this country between those like Hamilton who viewed a strong federal government and an industrialized nation. On the other hand Jefferson and Madison led the antifederalists. They preferred a weak central government, strong states, and an agricultural nation. This is a debate we have been having since the 1790s and seemingly is the same one we are having today with a society still ideologically split along rural/urban lines.
This election came down to two dichotomies in our society: between rural and urban; and between college educated and not-college-educated. The United States elected a television celebrity and real estate mogul to run the country. So what does a Trump presidency and Republican control of both the House and Senate mean for our future? All I can offer are broad strokes since his positions and his policies have switched over the years and even during the campaign. The main thing that there is general agreement upon by the pundits and policy experts is that we can expect a great deal of uncertainty.
A lot will depend on how much of a “Republican” Trump is.
The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.