The adage that "you never miss the water until the well runs dry" will be the recurring truthful theme in the United States(US) throughout 2017. After eight-years of rational, even-keeled and well mannered leadership, the US will veer into the fearful unknown under a new President-elect in 2017.
Therefore, unlike the predictable saneness experienced under President Barack Obama's leadership, there is no way to predict how a new administration in Washington, DC, will perform given the vile, harsh and splintering rhetoric of the President-elect during the Presidential Elections. So in 2017, some individuals, who might have questioned the effectiveness of President Obama's soundness, will finally come to realize the greatness and the respect the US earned in the past eight-years. But the realization would have come too late as social and economic conditions widen from ocean to coast and from hamlet to city.
An apparent fondness the President-elect has of Russia's Vladimir Putin that he would criticize the findings of his own intelligence agencies and not Putin, will figure high in US affairs in 2017. This fondness of the Russian leader by the President-elect may cripple the effectiveness of the US Executive Branch to function.
If the anti-immigrant ramblings and the rights restricting rants uttered by the President-elect should become policy, then divisions will surface in America on a scale not witnessed since the Civil War or at the height of "Jim Crow" in the Southern US. Minority issues and women's rights will become hot button issues in 2017.
Yet, in the face of possible gaping divisions in the US in 2017, the Congress and the Supreme Court of the US might be forced to step in to take the necessary steps needed to protect and to retain the Republic.
However, with politics being politics - having politicians saying whatever they want in an all out effort to get elected, the President-elect, having won the Electoral vote, might come to terms with the reality that any effective leadership from the Oval Office, must be conducted from the Center and not from any extreme. Thus, Washington's continuity as a power of immigrants and as a beacon to all peoples with equal respect of all peoples across all races and all classes, could be sustained in 2017.
The America of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan and Obama, is still possible in 2017. We, the American people, will have to reaffirm a commitment to liberty, to equality, to democracy and the rule of law in 2017. Moreover, in order to continue successfully in 2017, we must also reaffirm to the principle that this nation is but one-nation, with a shared intertwined destiny.
A choice of two Americas face the US in 2017. What face will the nation carry? The President-elect must decide and decide early. May God Bless us all!