Friday, February 3, 2017

Worse Than I'd Feared

Well, Donald Trump has been President Of the United States for a couple of weeks now, and the world hasn't come to an end. But it's not as if Trump isn't giving it a good effort. It's not just that he's issued a series of executive orders of questionable quality and legality. It's the fact that the first two weeks of his presidency are as much of a circus as the campaign was. And that's scary.

Again, keep in mind that I'm not some cry-baby liberal who thinks that Hillary should have been president. Because I don't, actually, think that Hillary Clinton would have made a good president. But at least she had some experience holding her tongue.

As much as I think that Hillary is too tied up with the financial sector, and that she's a bit hawkish for my tastes (given the history of American military intervention in, say, the last 100 years), I don't think she would have insulted the Prime Minister of Australia. Or the President of Mexico. I don't think she would have rushed headlong into a ban on travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries without some facts to back it up.

And while I think she is beholden to powerful banking interests, I don't think she's so self-serving as to exclude countries from that ban, from which actual terrorists are known to have come, on the basis of having business interests in those countries. Trump might deny that this is the case, but the coincidence makes no sense outside of that context.

Nor do I think that Hillary Clinton would have spent time during an important fence-mending speech to the CIA talking about the numbers in the election. Or commemorated the Holocaust without once referencing Jewish victims. Or talked about Black History Month without actually knowing who Fredrick Douglass was.

Clinton, in other words, for all her faults, has a filter. Trump has none. It's not that we've never had a president with an ego this big. I think that LBJ might still beat out Trump for ego. But even LBJ didn't air his ego and his temper in public. Even that crude Texan knew what to keep away from the eyes of the world.

In addition, the "dealmaker" that Trump think he is hasn't done much on the deal-making front yet. He's bossed people around and tried to throw around the weight of his office, but he hasn't made any moves to work with anyone on getting anything accomplished. And from what I've heard about his pre-presidential business life, I think that's pretty much what we can expect from Trump.

And, of course, the worst thing is that he refuses to do what is necessary to ensure that what he does in office is seen to be for the good of the nation (and the world) instead of for the self-enrichment of Donald J. Trump and his family. By not divesting his massive holdings—or even divulging them—he makes every policy decision suspect.

And that last problem is, I think, reason enough to have had enough of President Trump. Even after only a couple of weeks.

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