Posted by: maboulette | May 4, 2017

Proving He’s Not a Man of Action, Trump Just Keeps Pilfering and Punting

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What in the hell in President Trump even doing anymore?  Most of us knew he would be bad at this job – this is not the Trump his supporters expected or the rest of us feared.  During the campaign Trump played like an erratic and impulsive power grabber who would swiftly take whatever horrific action he might feel like on any given day.  But instead he seems to be aiming for the appearance of action while keeping timidly safe –what is he afraid of?


Trump did come out of the gate flying with his extremist and corrupt cabinet picks and his overbearing Muslim Ban executive order.  But after the latter was shot down by the courts, and his approval rating settled in at the lowest of all time for any new president and his Russia scandal became real enough to take him down, Trump started playing small-ball.  Those balls keep getting smaller.  Today his executive order was on school lunch programs.


He pretended to do severe damage to an airbase in Syrian but made a point of not seriously harming it, so as not to provoke response. He pretended he was sending a warship fleet to North Korea, but he never did. He backed down on his threat to rip up the Iran peace deal. He backed down after his initial failure at repealing ObamaCare. And now he’s backed down on his empty threat to shut down the government unless someone funds his border wall, because by now everyone involved knows the only threats he makes are empty ones.


Simply put, Trump is doing nothing. He’s not trying to do the bombastic things he insisted he’d do. He’s not doing most of the basic things a president is supposed to do. He’s just sort of there. And he’s not even really there, considering how much time he’s spending away from the White House. Meanwhile, Trump continues to use his office to pilfer for himself what are probably fairly small amounts of money in comparison to the overall size of the executive branch he now commands. If anything, Trump’s cabinet underlings seem to be better at the whole racketeering thing than he is.


So this is what Trump the office-holder looks like.  He is miserable deer in the headlights who is afraid to take definitive action on anything for fear it will further erode his already fragile position. He pitifully holds rallies with his dwindling support base because he cannot handle knowing that most Americans despise him.


Trump’s hero Andrew Jackson did permanent damage to the fabric of democracy by consistently taking critical and disruptive action.  Trump himself has turned out to be a sobbing coward who hides in shadows in hope he will last long enough in this job to meekly pick up a few more pockets before one scandal or another finishes him.  If the Resistance initially rose up due to fearing Trump might get his way, that same Resistance should now feel further emboldened with the knowledge that it’s winning and he is losing.


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