Those who have read my blogs touching on the political “reality show” that we are currently experiencing will know that my primary aim is to not take sides but rather to state opinions based on observation.
In the past I have wondered aloud why Donald J. Trump would want to be President but he did and he is.
After six months I still wonder how a successful business man, a billionaire who has been intimately involved with government at all levels during his career, could possibly think that he, acting alone, might change the political direction of the country.
I have to assume that he knew he would be acting alone because in order to enlist the aid of those needed to make the changes he promised he would have to get a majority of the elected officials, blue and red, along with the members of the “Deep State” to abandon their personal cash cows and enact legislation and rule changes diametrically opposed to the system they spent years, even lifetimes building.
Trump’s lifelong experience has been interacting with people who wanted to make a deal. His current adversaries don’t want deals, they simply want to be left alone to continue working their games, consolidating power and amassing personal fortunes.
We Americans have always championed the underdog, thrown our support to the guy or gal who undertook the impossible and fought against the long odds. In that spirit logic would dictate that we would be cheering for The Donald but that’s not going to happen, underdogs have to be charismatic.
Mr. President, it would seem that you have jumped bare-knuckled into a knife fight. You’re a smart guy, you must understand that there is no one you can trust. Maybe you do realize it and that’s the reason for the high level of nepotism. But there are thousands of “them” and only a handful of y’all.
Perhaps you could emulate Samson and start swinging the jaw bone of an ass. Any current elected official would be a suitable donor.
The final analysis is that you are not prepared for this game. You spent decades helping folks stack apples into their carts and now you want to upset those apple carts. Somehow it escaped you that these members of the political class are better at protecting their turf than the Crips, the Bloods and MS-13 combined and in their way just as ruthless.
The latest iteration of anti-Trump pushback is embodied in Robert Mueller, Special Counsel. Mr. President, you got punk’d. Your staunch supporter, Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, recused himself on the flimsiest of reasons, opening the door for a special counsel and you get an enemy straight from central casting. A guy you passed over for a job he really wanted, BFF of the FBI director you fired and a life-long democrat. Good luck controlling that narrative.
This is not to say that you don’t have options, just none with good optics. You start by ordering a purge of leakers inside the intelligence community. That’s moral high ground since they are committing crimes and endangering national security. A few indictments with the possibility of serious jail time in that arena should slow down some of the opposition.
Then you get rid of Mueller. You can’t fire him but if your buddy Jeff Sessions won’t reverse his recusal you can fire the guys who can fire Mueller until you get to the guy who will.
While this stew is cooking you go to the American people, stay on message about your proposed programs and lay the blame for obstructionism at the feet of Congress and their bureaucrats where it belongs. Mid terms are just around the corner.
You’ll still be the underdog but you should at least make the fight look a bit more like Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed than the Charge of the Light Brigade.
And when you finally tire of the whole charade you might just claim that there was a misspelling in your campaign slogan. Outlaw shredded cheese thereby making all Americans grate again, pick up your marbles and go home.