Look, I don’t like Donald Trump all that much. He’s not “presidential,” and he doesn’t seem to be an overly nice person in many circumstances. He seems to have a tense relationship with the truth, and shoots from the hip in the most powerful office in the world.
However, I don’t need to like my President, just to have reasonable hope that he’ll the right thing for our country, the greatest country that’s ever existed. Here are some comparisons with Trump’s supposedly oh-so “presidential” predecessor:
- Trump’s less extreme — by any measure — than Obama.
- Obama was smooth. And so smooth that everything he said had no meaning whatsoever:
- “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Smooth! A lie, but smooth.
- “Strategic patience.” Smooth again, but it really meant: “Go ahead, Kim Jong Un, develop a nuclear weapon.” But, it was smooth. And oh so “presidential.”
- “Lead from behind…” Yep. Smooth again. And meaningless. Every psychopathic Tom, Dick and Abdul in the Middle East interpreted it — correctly, it turns out — to mean: “Green light!” We have Barack Obama to “thank” for: ISIS. But, yep, “lead from behind” is sure smooth! And, very “presidential.”
- Why is Trump’s scatter-shot, feint, bob, weave, look left and aim right style worse than Obama’s smooth, ever so “presidential,” but nonsensical codswallop? Answer: It’s not.
- Why is Donald Trump’s bluff, bluster, sputter and spew worse than Obama’s suave empty-suitness? Answer: it’s not.
- Item #1: Neil Gorsuch. So far, so good.
- Item #2: Tax cuts. They’re good things. He did some. Not nearly enough, but some. The correct amount would be enough tax cuts to defund the Department of Education, the EPA and a bunch of other regulatory agencies that blight the land. (The correct tax structure would reduce the size and scope of the federal government by a third, pay off the debt in a generation and bring widespread prosperity.)
- Item #3: ISIS is down for the count.
- Item #4: the Korean peninsula has hope for getting off Square 1 for the first time in more than 60 years.
- Item #5: Virtual defunding of Obamacare. Feckless Republicans (probably Never Trumpers themselves) prevented the total annihilation of the toxin that is Obamacare.
- Trump, as mentioned above, shoots from the hip. That’s not a good thing. A hypothetical President Hillary Clinton would not shoot from the hip… but would always do the wrong thing. At least Trump has a good chance of doing the right thing, though it can be scary how he gets there.
- When Trump blustered back at North Korea’s little tinpot dictator Kim Jong Un, everyone in America shook in their boots. “He’s getting us into war!!!” they bleated. In retrospect, how was that worse than Obama’s “Strategic Patience,” which guaranteed a nuclear North Korea? Answer: it wasn’t. Granted, this still has to play out, but for the first time the Korean Peninsula has a chance to break the more than three generations-old stalemate that has been in place there.
As mentioned previously, I just want a reasonable hope that my President will do the right thing for the United States of America. Such a President is also, by definition, doing the right thing for the rest of the world.
With President Obama, I knew that he would do the wrong things to America and the world. I was right. Why is Trump’s crude, coarse, bluff style in doing the right things, worse than Obama’s smooth, “presidential” manner in doing all the worst possible things? Answer: it’s not.
With a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton, you know for certain that you’d have had steady, calm, not loud, and really bad leadership. Oh, it’d be steady alright, and very “presidential.” And very bad. Why is very bad better than mostly good? Answer: it’s not.
I voted for Trump, holding my nose, in November of 2016. I’m not holding my nose anymore.