Can Things Get Worse After Trump?

Mike Weisser
3 min readJul 3, 2022

In January 1976 I arrived on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley to begin a year as Visiting Professor in the Department of History. I arrived on campus shortly after the media started talking about how Ronald Reagan, who had declined a third term as Governor, began making moves to be the POS/GOP Presidential candidate later that year.

When I asked my colleagues how they felt about Reagan running for President, the response was unanimous: “He’s crazy! He’s going to blow up the world! He’s completely nuts!”

I thought about those comments when Reagan left the White House in 1989 and the country was not only still in existence, but things were just fine. I thought about the ‘crazy Reagan’ comments again when I read an op-ed in The (failing) New York Times about how the country is now divided along a red-blue axis and will never be united again.

Incidentally, NYT shares traded on Friday for $28, down from $54 on August 1, 2021. The shares were trading for $10.90 on August 1, 2016. So much for how The (failing) New York Times has failed. Anyway, back to the op-ed and how America is splitting in half.

The gist of this effort to get everyone worried and scared about where the country is headed is provided in the sub-title which says, “On abortion, climate change, guns and much more, two Americas —…