I must admit that our Federal Government has infuriated me for a minimum of six Presidential terms of office. We have descended morally, financially and civilly. I have watched misbehavior in the White House (always, I am sure, present to some degree at different times) become endorsed as acceptable and understandable and not cause for censure by the multitudes. Our Federal Representative and employees have shown disregard for responsibly balancing the federal budget and for actually working an honest work day properly for some pretty good wages. And now we see all our Elected officials lying with unprecedented frequency with not one hint of embarrassment.
But when anyone shouts out in anger and disappoint, stating these facts out loud, the media and multitudes shout them down as being "disrespectful." Seriously? Such behavior warrants respect? In what Universe?
And into this remarkable state of affairs comes one Donald Trump. He doesn't work for people; people work for him. That has been true for most of his life and he has made money...a lot of money. He has gotten quite used to his word being law and, to quote a recent, once successful actor, "winning."
He has, like many of us, become unhappy with our government. And he states his anger with no filter. What is most wonderful to many of us is that the media actually reports these comments. And these are comments we have made for years to each other and not one reporter, not one elected official has ever done more than nod in what was supposed to be seen as sympathy, ... and then ignore us and our anger. To see the consternation on the part of media at this is cathartic...it makes me feel wonderful at not being able to shut down his comments.
So...why am I uneasy?
Because anger, when unchecked, becomes the ignition for mob attitude and behavior; such anger becomes the rationale and excuse for excesses that go beyond those that are the immediate source of that anger. It can be dangerous...like watching a back-fire you thought would stop the big blaze suddenly turn into an even bigger danger. Be careful what you wish for...
Trump's comments are expressions of frustration...but they are not solutions. When asked for specifics, he replies with a torrent of comments which all come down to two things: "I'll build a wall" and "Trust Me." The first is only a first step to protect our borders and is by no means comprehensive. "Trust Me"????
We are completing 6 1/2 years of an administration that was elected on the basis of "Hope" and "Change." Everyone I have spoken to interpreted those words as meaning what each individual saw as hope and as change. Turned out that no one ever actually demanded that our "President" tell us how he defined those terms. That has not turned out very well.
Now I watch a firebrand and hear him saying "trust me." I don't think so, Skippy! Been down that road before and I won't do it again.
But that ignition is still operating and I watch, hear, and read the tremendous emotion of his followers, acolytes and minions declaring that "the whole thing needs to be turned down." They are the reverse image of the followers of our current "President"; facts mean nothing, questions are not allowed, discussion is useless, and behavior is crude and uncivil. Any challenge is perceived as personal, not related to policy of accumulation of fact.
We have a President right now that sees his power as exponential, by-passing Congress on everything, including items that are clearly withing the purview of Congress; who is so thin-skinned that whenever anything...anything...he says is challenged in any way, you can see the rise in both blood pressure and pulse rate. Mr. Trump has the same reaction to any challenge, only his verbal skills are far more crude and direct; Mr. Obama will internalize that and then seek retribution in some way that does not leave any evidence.
I don't want a hot head in the oval office. I don't want a liar in the oval office. I am looking for a President that is honest and has a sense of NOT being the smartest person in the world; one who will always welcome questions and disagreement...both of which expand understanding and lead to better decisions.
Does anyone who has watched the ideas and attitude that is "Trump" feel that such attributes apply?