I’m as surprised by the outcome of the U.S. election as anyone. I wondered what happened and how a person with such simplistic and flawed (and vague) policies could have been elected. The policies that he did have were crude and simple for problems that are long standing and complex.
Then it hit me. Much of the appeal would be the simplicity. We are overloaded as a society and many of the problems we face are complex and require a strong focus, expertise and ongoing monitoring and adjustment to move in the right direction much less solve.
What Trump had was simplicity.
- Want to stem illegal immigration: Build a wall
- Want to deal with the large number of undocumented overstayers: Deport them
- What to deal with ISIS: Bomb them
- Don’t like the previous healthcare: Repeal it
All dead simple solutions. All unlikely to resolve anything but at least iof people understand the response, they can feel like something is being done about it.
Personally, I think it was a popular vote for simplicity. These problems aren’t simple. What is heartening is that it seems Trump is listening.