President Trump is having a lot of fun. The man isn’t a politician, he’s a comedian. Curious that he would decline to appear at the The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, because he loves jokes so much.
The most divided political climate our country has ever seen elected Donald Trump; handed power to a Washington outsider. I don’t believe Trump really believed he could ever win, at least not until the very last moments. I think Trump ran because his wealth is his brand. Trump Towers, Trump Fragrance, Trump Golf, you name it. He generated almost 3 billion dollars in free advertising because of his campaign antics, imagine the value it added to his brand.
So our President won by playing reality television in a presidential race. A better man would have stopped by now, a good man would have quit a long time ago. His insistence on stirring the pot by antagonizing liberals and appealing to his red state base through social media is dangerous to our country. In a nation so partisan, healing will come not through rigid party platforms, rather popular decisions on big ticket issues. Trump has a real chance to be a populist president, perhaps even a sequel to the great Theodore Roosevelt. The two have quite a bit in common. Just like Trump, TDR was a Washington outsider, conservative in only name, eccentric, charismatic, and despised by both sides of the aisle because he held so little allegiance to either. President Roosevelt, however, was a great man, and utilized his unique circumstances to establish 200 million acres of national park, bust greedy monopolies and turn America into an international power. So far, Trump has used his unique circumstances to baffle the nation with his aggressive immigration orders and mindless tweets. He is a reality tv star, famous for being famous, but not appearing fit to serve as president.
Instead of moving America into the future, by working to solve real problems, President Trump has decided to waste his time on small-time social issues. The idea that the president of the United States has time to rescind bathroom protections for transgender students is ludicrous, yet it happened. Why would Trump further sully his reputation by choosing sides in the issue literally known as the “bathroom debate”? Because Trump enjoys firing up his base and he loves to antagonize liberals!
On the international front, the President is also creating havoc rather than pushing the country forward. He has antagonized NATO allies by saying he does not think the alliance is important. He has embarrassed the Mexican president and people with insulting remarks. Yet Trump holds Vladimir Putin in high regard, notwithstanding his meddling in our elections and his assassinations of domestic adversaries.
In a country clearly moving towards marijuana legalization, yesterday Trump had his press secretary announce plans to step up federal enforcement of pot laws. Why? It certainly isn’t a political blunder, Trump has proven his aptitude in the subtleties of politics. I think Trump likes how ridiculous Spicer is, I think he is amused by how horrified the liberal media is by every one of his comments. The punchline of the Spicer’s most recent joke is associating marijuana usage to the opioid crisis, rather than massive over prescription of dangerously addictive painkillers
It is often said that leading the country effectively is about addition, not subtraction. By alienating so many different voters, and ignoring big issues, Donald Trump is practicing politics by subtraction. Without adding voters to the tent, very little will get accomplished and Trump will be the first one-term president in three generations.