This is what happens when the Electoral College elects a reckless, feckless goon who surrounds himself primarily with intellectual lightweights and dilettantes, hypocritical office-seekers, hustlers out for a buck, and racists and their fellow travelers.
President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration, better known as the “Muslim Ban,” will not make America any safer. This rushed and thoroughly under-vetted action invoked 9/11 yet oddly, it did not cover the nations from which the 9/11 hijackers came, most notably Saudi Arabia. Could that be because of Mr. Trump’s business interests? Quite possibly but his lack of transparency on his finances makes the extent of his Saudi dealings unclear. His failure to place the public good about his private interests, in reality and perception, is deeply troubling.
On top of that comes the news that Steve Bannon, pedlar of alt-right bilge, is on the National Security Council. And I thought we won World War II. Reagan and GHW Bush had, among others, James Baker, even W had some heavy-hitters around his White House. They were grievously wrong on multiple fronts, but they were within the bounds of sanity.
The casual- to- the-point-of-accidental relationship that exists between his Administration and the truth is evidence that the President cannot be trusted, not by Republicans, not by our allies overseas, not by anyone. There might be occasional convergences of interests but make no mistake, there is no Weltanschauung to this President beyond a seemingly endless and bitter selfishness.
This, ultimately, will likely prove to be the undoing of his Administration. Once a critical mass of Trump voters, and GOP Members of Congress, realize that Trump isn’t so much a Republican but an irresponsible, aspiring tin-horn with no respect for conservative values or our Constitutional order, they will move away from him in droves. Lacking such a base, he will be like President John Tyler, a man without a party. Let us hope this realization occurs sooner than later.