As far as finding fault in, expressing fear of, and being frightened by the first and foremost fellow I find few peers. I expressed worry and wrote posts that he is being blackmailed by Russia; that he will encourage racism to rise; that he speaks in foolish gibberish like a dictator; that he’s abandoning our allies and lining up with foreign leader hostile to our way of life; that he is a “wretch concentrated all in self;” that he will hurt America by lifting Russian sanctions and moving our embassy to Jerusalem; that his inaugural America First speech is alien to our country’s values; that he and his staff tell obvious lies; the lies they tell all relate to his view of the country from an extreme narcissist viewpoint; that a mass movement of ordinary people will not put up with him; that he acts with the mentality shown by the Alice in Wonderland characters (or the emperor in the Emperor’s New Clothes); and he acts and thinks like Tsar Nicholas II.
It is fair to say I am not among those smitten by him. Yet as the time passed I thought I noticed a change. It seemed he became less the egotistical tsar and more aware that the sun doesn’t come up for the purpose of bleaching his hair. Having spent many years bullying people around he is finding that act doesn’t work too well in a democracy. Although he is still surrounded by sycophantic servants in position far beyond their capabilities it seems that some, and I expect they are in his family, are telling him: “Dad, you’re not tsar, you are president! Take off the crown!”
Understand that I did not vote for him nor for the all the ideas he espoused. He is much too far on the right for me and these ideas run up against my beliefs that America must be a more inclusive and welcoming society especially for those suffering the greatest hardships. I believe it is immigrants who have made America great and they should be welcomed; I believe we should accommodate as much as possible the diversity among our citizens in all aspects. However I recognize Trump is president and he has a different agenda and is entitled to pursue those things he promised doing.
In that respect he has shown one trait that is admirable is that he is a man of his word. Although he lies so much I sometimes blush saying that. Trump would be so much better off if he acted presidential rather than like a demigod; if he believed what his eyes see rather than what he wants to see. He did say during an interview that “I like order and I like strength.” Keeping true to his promises he is showing strength of conviction (put America first). From that he is issuing directives that make clear his positions which will bring about the order he desires.
I’ve covered the sideshows in my prior posts. Now let us see what he has done with his executive orders except the one on Muslim immigrants. He ordered the go ahead on building the Wall, the speeding up of the deportation of certain undesirable illegal immigrants, the reviewing and slashing of regulations, the continuation of pipelines, the use of American products in the pipelines, and the streamlining of environmental regulations. He froze federal hiring, withdrew from the Trans Pacific trade deal, stopped U.S. funding of abortions overseas, froze all planned new regulations that were in process, stopped some of the ACA (Obama care) mandates, and some other housekeeping matters.
These all are consistent with his promises to his constituents. The wisdom of some of the actions may be questioned and debated but nothing that he has done so far is something that should surprise outside the immigration mess. Nor are they beyond the actions of prior presidents who by these orders intrude somewhat into the provenance of Congress.
I suppose with him it may be best to watch his actions and not what he says. I say the crown rests uneasily because I sense his interaction with three foreign leaders: the UK’s Theresa May, Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto has taught him that “America First” must be tempered by the knowledge that like it or not he lives in a very complicated world and that every action will result in a reaction. Maybe he is learning that the sun shines on all of us and not just him. At least I thought that until his immigration disaster, telling U.C. Berkeley “no federal funds”, and threats to Iran (“PUT ON NOTICE” whatever that means). And notice I don’t put on his lap the messed up raid in Yemen although I question why Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon had input into the decision to go ahead.