Saturday, January 21, 2017

A New Perspective Is Required

Those of us who thought we had the election in the bag now have to take off the sack-cloth and wash off the ashes. We've wailed and pointed our fingers, some have taken to the streets and others watch from the sidelines and swear a lot. The TV talking heads on the Right are sounding more like Henny Penny all the time.

But, as stated in a previous post our big bull of a President is out of the chute. We know he can't buck off Uncle Sam (Congress) for the next four years. He can buck, spin and fish tail all he wants. You can be sure we will get an ear-full of his antics every day.

Frankly, it's starting to sound like 'The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight'. They are poorly prepared to fill those 600 odd jobs that are critical to the running of the country, and require only a simple vetting to fill. Plus all the fussing over divesting when everyone knows it's going to have to happen or the Ethics Committee is gonna be on him like white on rice. Then there is his Cabinet nominees - the Democrats have broken out the pitch forks and torches, and rightly so.

Or it could be terrified Millennial news reporters are simply nit-picking and shrieking in hysteria. We survived two terms of Bush/Chaney after all.

No one doubts that Trump is already in charge of an extensive empire of his own. We're just totally creeped-out by the bromance between Trump and Putin.

I watched the new President and his lovely bride dance to 'I Did It My Way' and felt an unaccustomed emotion for him.

I felt sorry for him.

He might have gotten into office by doing it his way, but he's all ready racking up a back log on his To-Do list. It will take months, if not years, to clear the table. He might never get anything else done his first term at this rate.

While Obama came in and went out with stellar approval ratings, President Trump doesn't have the approval of the people, or Congress. He's never held political office and is an outsider in the political machine. His new job has one of the steepest learning curves on the planet, and many suspect he hasn't been doing his homework.

His every move is under a microscope that would make an atomic particle nervous.

Will he deliver on all those lavish and perhaps misguided promises? Just for example - Health Care - will he 'fix it' or will he kill three times as many people annually as died in the Wars?

If somebody (Ivanka?) cribbed the notes from a country that has a Universal Health Care systems that works, he might pull that little miracle off. Since nearly every other civilized nation in the world has one, even Russia, it can't be that hard to get a copy. He's not getting any help from McConnell - that's for damn sure.

Can his performance silence the critics (doubt it - they never shut up for the last 4 Presidents, why would he be any different?)

IMHO - our new President is going to be SWAMPED by Monday morning and DRAINED by Friday. We might not see or hear much from him for the next few months, or even his first year, as he bawls, bucks, spins and fish-tails his way around the Oval Office.

But I've failed to stock up on popcorn. No, really, I don't want to watch this play out. 

I watched Obama go from 'Lamb to Slaughter' to 'Scapegoat' (it was so bad my dad called him "Bambi") vilified on Faux News almost as bad as Hilary (Lucifer Incarnated) Clinton. While I'm sure that both the Obamas and their daughters will remain activists, they will have to take a break and rest up.

I hope that Bill and Hilary Clinton will take some much needed personal time. They are entitled to enjoy their grandchild, just like anybody else.

My uncle Howard served an Ohio Senator back in the 1950's - he used to say that you know a person's power by their enemies. So Hilary will always in my mind be measured by fact that Vlad Putin had to sic the KGB on her to stop her from becoming President. WOW! that's some enemy!

I'm cancelling my DVR recordings of MSNBC, The Daily Show and The Late Show - because I can't imagine 4 more years of their coverage of the Trump Presidency. I'm burned out. Let the old bull rip.


1 comment:

K. A. Jordan said...

I've had to start disconnecting from my news shows. I just can't watch.

But what I've seen makes me think that he might try to govern through Twitter and executive order because I don't think he and his kids can put together a real Bill and his enemies in Congress are going to stab him in the back while the media goes for the throat. He's going to spend the next four years pissed off and frustrated - pissed at the media and frustrated by Congress at every turn.

They stumbled out of the gate and can't get their stride. The citizens are going to fight him tooth and nail - and protest his every move. He's going to fall farther and farther behind on the non-glamorous day-to-day work involved.

I'm not sure a man his age can survive that kind of stress.

Other countries are going to start screwing with him - the US of A is going to lose face - and as we fall from Statesmen to Thug I'm not sure our economy will survive that kind of stress.

Our first openly oligarchist President might end up as being just another figurehead, though for a different reason.

Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command") is a form of power structure in which power actually rests with a small number of people. These people might be distinguished by nobility, wealth, family ties, education or corporate, religious or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.

Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich, for which another term commonly used today is plutocracy.