Daniel Alpert
After four years, and despite all of the outright fabrications, Donald Trump did not deliver any effective change to America's economic status-quo. — Daniel Alpert, Business Insider Opinion Columnist
My second national nightmare is (almost) over, but the nation needs more than dreams of a better future
  • After four years, and despite all of the outright fabrications, Donald Trump did not deliver any effective change to America's economic status-quo.
  • Trump and his predecessors have left a huge swath of American families who demand action to remedy massive economic, health, and social justice problems.
  • We may have dodged the bullet this week, but we are left with a nation more damaged than that which elected Trump in the first place.
What we face over the coming 12 weeks will likely not lead to a graceful departure. And what the nation faces — during this interregnum and beyond — will not be tidied up as neatly as it was when President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon and intoned "our long national nightmare is over."

There were certainly wounds to be bound up after Watergate, but what we are left with this time around is altogether different. In this case, the country now faces the challenge of staunching a social and economic hemorrhage.