9-11 changed everything. No it didn’t. The election of Donald Trump changes everything. No it doesn’t. We like to speak of seminal events as if they are switches, turning something on or off, or changing channels. They aren’t. Seminal has the same root as semen. When the sperm enters the egg, the human who will appear 9 months later is not predetermined, much less the adult they will become. All the sperm does is create potential in the egg. The eventuality is determined by environment and the actions of other humans. The same is true for a seminal event. 9-11 created enormous potential, both for good and evil. Immediately after the towers fell, there was a massive outpouring of unity, empathy, and solidarity from all corners of the globe. This could have been embraced and nurtured, had there been leaders with the vision to do so. Instead, our leadership chose to use fear and ignorance to fuel two devastating wars for profit. One might say that the actual seminal event was not 9-11, but the 2000 election debacle which installed George W. Bush as president.
The election of Donald Trump also unleashes great potential, both for good and evil. We can look at it as George Bush looked at 9-11, you are either with us or against us, dividing the country in two, or, we can embrace the common issues which brought us to this point. Democrats, rather than trying to figure out how to defeat Trump, should be crafting legislation to rectify the problems and address the issues which resulted in his election. Don’t worry about whether his populist agenda was genuine, don’t worry about Russia. Take him at his campaign word and craft legislation to rebuild the infrastructure, to create jobs, to reform immigration, and to reform the tax code. While the Republicans are busy repealing Obamacare for the 5 zillionth time to be replaced by an identical Trumpcare, steal their agenda, call their bluff, and do it in a way that is non-partisan, without a bunch of special interest riders on the bill, just genuine, straightforward legislation. They will either have to get on board and do what is right for the country or own their hypocrisy.