Donald Trump has swept up the world in the most controversial Presidential election of the century. Against all odds, and contrary to nearly every poll leading into the final days before election night, he has surprised everyone.
Let’s step back to the 4 weeks prior to November 7. Polls were showing Hillary Clinton in the lead. The damage from so many stories about Trump’s mysoginy, sexual assault allegations, racism and an endless stream of his own inflammatory remarks seemed like the end of the historic run. Then, in a letter to Congress, James Comey of the FBI stated that they had new information that might re-open their investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal, not to mention a weak link to shamed politician Anthony Weiner and the race tightened.
Yet Donald continued to rail that the system was rigged. That our democracy was a sham, despite the fact that the race looked neck-and-neck.
I would argue that Donald Trump expected to lose at this point. Rumors were plentiful that he was going to take this newfound popularity and use it to start a multi-million dollar media company, even as difficult as that might be. Access to Media is changing rapidly from a cable provided system to on-demand and device independent subscriptions. One could argue that the inner circle he was surrounding himself with was preparing for just that. They now own the entire GOP database of registered voters, not to mention the growing nationalist alt-right movement. That’s a lot of viewers.
Fast forward to today and you have a President Elect that is scrambling to make appointments that they never expected to make, a man who is now looking at being a public servant in public housing for the next 4 years, with all of the round the clock scrutiny that the President of the United States gets from the ‘corrupt’ press. You see where I am going…
So, in the first year I predict that President Trump will be impeached. It will look like some kind of witch hunt, and he will label it as rigged, but think of what he gets! A completely Republican run Executive and Legislative branches, all of the key cabinet appointments in place, key appointment in the Supreme Court, and finally, a pocket President in Mike Pence.
Not to mention a lifetime supply of taxpayer paid Secret Service protection for his whole family.
If you’ve never been to Malta, Wikipedia has a great overview. During our scouting trip, we found a beautifully furnished modern flat in Sliema, a popular spot with expatriates due its shops and restaurants, as well as its proximity to St. Julians – Malta’s main coastal resort. Its 10-minute ferry ride to the beautiful capitol of Valletta is fantastic since many cultural activities take place there (like the free concert, Isle of MTV!). None of us have lived a city life, so we’re excited to be minimalists, taking only clothes and small creature comforts from home.
That said, on the right, you’ll see a calendar…that’s a hint to come and see us. You can click on the Google+ icon and propose dates you’d like to come.
My wife Linda and I made our first trip to Malta recently. She has been recruited to head up marketing for a new family entertainment start-up. They brought us to the island to seek residence and look at the schools for our two children. We both immediately fell in love with this small, island country. Rich in history, this will be an experience like no other for our Californian family.
Malta is just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean. Centrally located as it is to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, we look forward to exploring.
Right now we have just over 30 days to liquidate, store or prepare for shipping! Our meeting this morning since our return was all about putting together a calendar of events so that we don’t feel paralyzed by the numerous tasks in preparation to our move.
One big item that is out of the way: We already have secured an apartment in Sliema, close to Linda’s new workplace. School’s are still under debate, but we have narrowed it down to St. Edwards College or San Anton School, both outstanding schools that can accommodate both our 9 and 16 year olds.
So off we go!