What's next for America is grim. The Most Frightening (And Real) Aspect of Paul Krugman on What's Next for America:
The political damage will extend far into the future, too. The odds are that some terrible people will become Supreme Court justices. States will feel empowered to engage in even more voter suppression than they did this year. At worst, we could see a slightly covert form of Jim Crow become the norm all across America.
And you have to wonder about civil liberties, too. The White House will soon be occupied by a man with obvious authoritarian instincts, and Congress controlled by a party that has shown no inclination to stand up against him. How bad will it get? Nobody knows.
...Trumpist policies won’t help the people who voted for Donald Trump — in fact, his supporters will end up much worse off.
Now, for the frightening and sobering part:
1. Maybe the historic channels of reform — speech and writing that changes minds, political activism that eventually changes who has power — are no longer effective.
2. Maybe America isn’t special, it’s just another republic that had its day, but is in the process of devolving into a corrupt nation ruled by strongmen.