Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Donald Trump the Good, the Bad & the Ugly (6 months later)

One month after he was sworn in as President I posted the Good, the Bad & the Ugly on President Trump’s first month on the job.(see below)  Now that he has been President for over 6 months it’s time to revisit my view of the man and the job he is doing.
The Good
With some exceptions, I was originally impressed by the people he appointed to his cabinet and otherwise.   It is now apparent that regardless of the people he appoints that he will do what he wants and if anyone gets in the way they will be fired, or ignored.  The treatment he has given to Attorney General Sessions is appalling and the same can be said about his National Security Advisor and the Secretary of State. Good men who are trying to hold things together for a President who at best is an incompetent jerk or worse a man who has a lot to hid.  I know this is supposed to be “The Good” but I am having a hard time finding anything good to say about President Trump other than a good Supreme Court pick and the fact he isn’t Hillary. There were so many good men from my party to pick and it is a Greek Tragedy that Donald Trump got the nomination. 5 months ago I had hope for President Trump and had some doubts about being #Nevertrump during the election. I no longer have any hopes for President Trump, those doubts are gone. I made the right decision to not vote for him in the Oregon Primary and not vote for him the General  Election ( For the record I did not vote for Hillary).
The Bad
We live in a dangerous world and the enemies of Freedom in Russia, Iran, North Korea and China will take advantage of a crisis of leadership in the United States.  I originally had doubts that the Russians had anything on Trump and was critical of the Democrats and the Main Stream Media for spending so much time on it. I opposed the appointment of a special investigator. And was no fan of FBI Director Comey.   However, with what is happening to Attorney General. Jeff Sessions, I no longer have any doubts that President Trump is deathly afraid of what will come out. He is a man who acting like he has something to hide!  If he forces Sessions out and makes a “recess appointment” of one of his cronies to be AG who then fires Mueller we will have a real Constitutional crisis . The same will be true if he starts issuing pardons to his family and associates to keep them quiet.
The Ugly
President Trump is an ugly man on the inside and it keeps coming out. I agree with his stated positions on many things but do not believe he believes them and is just saying them because he knows that’s what his ardent followers want to hear. He brings out the worst in people and will continue the deep divisions exacerbated by President Obama However where Obama was a smooth operator. Trump is cruel and crude. He enjoys hurting people and I am not talking policy. As a Conservative Republican since Goldwater and Bill Buckley it hurts to see so many of my Conservative friends taken in by this con-man. I understand and feel the anger against Hillary, Obama, the Liberal Media and most of the academia  on our campuses, turning this country into Europe or worse. I see the culture of our country turn its back on hard work small government, freedom and individual responsibility.  Trump will not reverse this trend but will set back the Conservative cause for  a generation. I am not yet advocating Impeachment as it would nullity a valid election and  in turn make our  divisions deeper.  My hope is evidence will come out that will convince a large majority of Americans that President Trump must resign so that a good man, Vice President Pence, can take over.  However, President Trump along with some of his allies on Fox News (not all, there are some good people there) and other Trump agitators will poison our democracy and that he really could shoot someone on 7th Avenue in New York and his followers would stick with him. 

We are in for a rocky ride America. It’s bad and ugly but for a political junkie it is exciting.  It’s only going to get worse before it gets better and as yet I see no light at the en