From the New York Times to PBS, the media proclaims that Donald Trump is not stable, but he is the change candidate, and Hillary Clinton is not. In other words, she just stands for four more years of Obama.
In one sense this is true. It will not be possible to get legislation through the Republican House. At the same time, Trump would not be able to get anything through the Senate which is likely to be controlled by the Democrats. So on the domestic level, whoever is President will govern at the margins by executive order, although appointments to the federal departments are obviously important.
In terms of foreign policy, Trump is the change candidate. But change in the hands of an ignorant, reckless, thin-skinned, narcissist is hard to rally around.
But Hillary Clinton is the real change candidate. The Supreme Court has been dominated by Republicans since the 1970’s – more than 40 years. If the Democrats control the Court, the change will be huge. The Court will no longer be the lap child of the Chamber of Commerce. Citizens United will be a bad dream of the past. The rights of criminal defendants can be restored. Our cruel penal system can be reformed. The rights of dissenting voices can be given the protections they deserve. Voting rights restrictions will be rebuffed. Moreover, the Court has the power to address the system in which poor communities get less funds per student for education than wealthy communities. Indeed, instead of being a tool of the rich and powerful, the Court can once again be a place of justice for those who are subordinated in today’s America.
This is the real change that can take place because of this election, and Hillary Clinton is the change candidate.