Everything we expected to happen, in a general sense, has unfolded. President Donald Trump is everything we skeptics believed he’d be when we opposed candidate Donald Trump.
He’s an amateur, a dilettante, a self-obsessed bully, a suffocating narcissist, and a liar.
But none of those are reasons to oppose him. We’ve had presidents with all of those faults before. There is one problem that stands out above the rest, that we must now deal with.
Trump has made America about himself.
His actions in office are almost transparent compared to the opaqueness of his personality looming over our nation. Liberals hate him so much they side with America’s enemies, and enemies of the very causes they cherish just to oppose him.
Linda Sarsour is a shameful, vile woman whose call for Islamic “jihad” against Trump should be condemned by anyone who understands the context she used, meaning of the words, and the audience she spoke them to. But because it was against Trump, misogynistic, anti-Western, anti-Semitic values can be ignored or explained away.
Many Republicans and conservatives are no better.
Respected and brilliant people like Newt Gingrich have prostrated themselves at Trump’s feet only to besot their own reputations. Chris Christie, once a GOP hopeful for the future, practically self-destructed beginning with his Trump sycophancy. Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, and (to some extent) Victor Davis Hanson have succumbed to the Trumpist clarion.
Prominent evangelicals like Jerry Fallwell, Jr. and Dr. Robert Jeffress of Dallas First Baptist have gone full-Trump only to blur their own commitment to Jesus’ teachings.
All of these are getting a cup full of comeuppance.
One of the greatest and most effective defenses of Trump as a positive character is his children. Look at how beautiful they are, how they’re all well-spoken, intelligent and successful.
So much for that argument.
Donald Trump, Jr. did not fall far from the tree. His biggest mistake is not cottoning to his father’s paranoid penchant for avoiding using email, or any other private communication that could later be used against him. “Tapes” are something Trump would never do, because he likes the flexibility of denial. Trump Jr.’s paper trail was his own undoing, and could be his father’s if the media has its way.
I am now more convinced than ever that America made a mistake.
Before the torches and pitchforks come out (and they will, anyway), know that I never believed in the binary choice of Trump or Hillary. I believe Hillary Clinton also would have been a terrible mistake. The mistake America made was putting Trump forward as the answer to progressive, leftist, cultural and political hegemony.
Using Trump as the battering-ram against the left’s heckler’s veto was a mistake because Trump has made everything in the country about himself. Even when he makes a good speech and elucidates concepts like the value of Western Civilization, his power to use those moments for good is limited by his own fatal flaws.
Trump has harmed the Republican Party in ways that will take years to recover.
Wait, there are consequences to letting a dishonest nutbag with zero impulse control take over your party?https://t.co/nnz1NtTAsh
— John Schindler (@20committee) June 28, 2017
If it recovers at all.
He has harmed the Democrats by forcing them to coalesce around an unsustainable platform of self-hatred, America-bashing, unaffordable social programs, and rage at anything “impure” in the abortion-loving, Christian-hating progressive far-left.
But people will elect Democrats because they hate Trump and what he stands for.
So Trump, arguably, in four years, could more the country further left than if Democrats held the White House if Republicans suffer a losing wave in 2018. The possibility of that event is greater than many believe, especially if Congress can’t deliver on its promise to repeal Obamacare.
All of Trump’s distractions, on Russia, his tweets, his mean and ugly responses to media, his shameful pitting of his own staff against each other, and his obsession with his own press, have made actual policy progress much more difficult.
If I had my way, I’d say to Trump, thank you. You’ve successfully cracked the armor of the left, pierced the shield of its media lapdogs. You’ve driven them to madness and brought them to their knees. If that was your mission, you’ve accomplished it. Now it’s time to govern.
If you’re incapable of governing, as it appears you are, and you refuse to step back and let capable people do the yeoman’s work while you sit back and sign things and give tours, then you should walk away. There’s no shame in retiring as a winner.
America made a mistake and we will be paying for it for quite some time if it’s not corrected.
This is a good time to mention the Federalist Party, a new and fresh conservative, small government party without the albatross of Trumpism hanging around its neck. As that movement grows, we will see if the mistake might be less costly than the two parties (that effectively act as one, politically at a national level) alone could hand us the bill for.
Not everything in America has to be political. And not everything in America has to revolve around Donald Trump, who has managed to damage both major political parties.
It’s time to recognize that America made a mistake putting this man in the White House. As for me, I’m hoping we have the will to walk away on both sides of Trump and put some daylight between violent antifa and alt-right extremists.
America is better than the man we elected president. It’s time for us to repent of our mistake and pray for our president, and our nation, that we would move beyond cheerleading and personality cults and begin the healing.