You are a very brave and courageously dedicated soul Frida (maybe something in the genes?) but you are both trained in and familiar with the long haul perspective. It may be that what was will be something else again in the future. I mean that events are not following the long haul pattern. Trump isn’t LBJ who tried both guns and butter but produced buckets of blood that wouldn’t wash away easily. Trump isn’t Nixon who cloaked buckets of blood beneath Kissinger’s guns and margarine. Trump isn’t even Reagan who went for the guns and forgot the butter entirely. Trump isn’t any of them, not even no fly zone Clinton nor Bush I who was definitely smarter than Bush II/Cheney. He isn’t even Obama who is starting to seem smarter than we all thought the longer Trump is around.
Trump isn’t following the patterns that we find in the past. He mixes up ingredients as he sees fit and rushes the stew to the table before it is ready to be served. Risky business that. Riskier still is his introducing a ruling elite to the hands on managerial status. His billionaires are now hands on department heads and not just behind the scenes funders.
The long haul may play out to be something that history will claim shouldn’t have been allowed to take place. We moved slow (the long haul) and Trump moved with inconsiderate speed. When Trump is done (assuming he is allowed to get away with it and is not impeached) he will have instituted all the missing pieces for a permanent corporate coup.
In my opinion… that will mean hard times and buckets later. Trump and cronies aren’t really deniers as much as they are in fact believers in climate change, however they want to be in charge as climate change goes critical and simply don’t care that they could possibly avert the worst of it now. Instead Trump is setting up an authoritarian denialist corporate coup to control the response to shocking climate change. That will become a serious problem soon enough.
Remember … Trump and cronies all know what they are doing… they just don’t care.