To the Editor:

Noam Chomsky would write, “It was ever thus,” but I am neither old nor smart enough to cite the historical precedent. What I can say is that never in my memory has the repudiation of government of, for and by the people been so obvious, so “in your face peasants.”

One look at the good old plutocrats club that will make up the Trump cabinet should be enough to have Trump voters wondering “Seriously, is this what I wanted?”

So much for populism—for Medicare bargaining to lower drug prices, (amendment killed with objection from big pharma pawn Senator Roy Blount)—for 35 percent tariffs on manufacturers moving out of the U.S. (easier to give a $7 million taxpayer-funded bribe to a billion dollar corporation).  And what should be the last straw—the appointment of  a climate-change denier to head the EPA.  What’s next? Putin pal Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state? (Oh, wait that could happen.)  Still a few weeks until Trump takes office, but so far his election is a painful lesson in being careful what you wish for.

Martin Doerfler