Just a few days after his inauguration U.S. President Donald J. Trump has already confirmed a doubly dangerous personal characteristic: (1) acting on impulse in an attempt at being important and pleasing his followers and (2), showing as incapable of retracting himself, once his original action is shown to be wrong. The President of the United States cannot afford to fly by the seat of his pants but, especially, should be able to reassess when this proves to be the sensible thing to do. The Executive Order issued by President Trump to “protect the country from terrorists” is now being challenged not only by the democratic opposition, which could be dismissed as a purely political initiative, but by federal judges named by previous Republican administrations, such as is the case of Seattle judge James Robart and by key portions of the Executive Power, the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. The national uproar against this Executive Order has been an unprecedented act of civic rebellion against a president who has only been in the White House for a few days.
How is President Trump reacting to this? In his twitter he has just said: “The opinion of this so-called judge essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” In the mouth of Donald J. Trump the businessman and TV personality this language would have been inappropriate but in the mouth of the president of the United States it is unacceptable. President Trump cannot afford to exercise personal disqualifications and disdain for opposing views. He is no longer in charge of the Miss Universe pageant.
In a blitzkrieg of early actions President Trump has already managed to quarrel with Mexico, Australia, Iran, China and is in his way to do so with Israel. Watching him at work he does not look at ease in his job and, therefore, tries to compensate for this uneasiness by acting as a rapid and strong decision maker. In doing so he is getting the applause of his inner circle but should do well to listen to what the country at large is saying.
President Trump feels he has to make good on his promises about the Mexican wall, about immigrants, about Muslims, about the need to dismantle Obama’s policies, just because they are Obama’s. But he has to remember that Hitler also tried to make good on his promise to exterminate the Jews and that Chavez, the Venezuelan satrap, also promised to fry the heads of the opposition leaders in hot oil. In spite of all the suffering they generated these men were not able to make good on their promises. Also fortunately, the United States has stronger checks and balances than Nazi Germany or “Chavista” Venezuela ever did. They will act to impede President Trump from fulfilling some of his promises. They are not all bad but some, such as his rejection of global warming and his elimination of rules for transparency in the behavior of U.S. business abroad, are extremely negative for the planet and for the country since they place the interests of minorities over the common good.
As a conservative immigrant into this great country I am appalled at President Trump’s dangerous bedside manners. I remember Casey Stengel managing the original New York Mets, a great manager being given a nightmarish team. Now I feel the opposite, as if a great country had been given a nightmarish president.Casey gave up voluntarily but Trump might have to be impeached.