Today Donald John Trump will place his hand on a bible and take the oath of office to become our next president. And, for the first time, I am beginning to lose my optimism for the future of our country.
To be totally honest, if I were a Christian, I would wonder if he is going to burst into flames once his hand touches the bible. He has shown that he is anything but a Christian in his actions before, during and after the election.
He will be taking that oath knowing that he is the least favorable president-elect to be sworn in in our history. Usually, after an election, the favorability numbers of the president-elect go up. This time, they have gone down. Maybe that is because of his caustic behavior, or his overflowing the swamp with his cabinet picks, or maybe just because even his supporters are realizing what a virtual pig he really is.
The other thing that has gone virtually unnoticed during the transition is his absolute horrible leadership. When a new president takes office, they are required to fill about 4,000 positions in various departments of the government. The most important positions include the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.
When he takes office, almost all of those positions will have empty desks this afternoon and the unforeseeable future. So far, not counting his cabinet nominees, they have hired about 30 of the 4000 people needed to fill those positions.
He had announced at first that every political position would end today when he takes office. Then, when he realized that he isn’t even close to fill any of those critical positions, he started asking people to hang around for a “few months”. Some have agreed and some have not.
Now remember, this is supposed to be a “great businessman who organizes tremendously”. Well, this situation shows that statement is true in his own imagination. As someone who worked in business for over 20 years and in the Coast Guard for 20 years, I find this a total disaster caused by someone who loves himself but has no clue about leadership. In simple words, he has totally botched the transition. If he can’t handle that, how can we expect him to handle the country?
We can only be thankful that there are thousands of professional public servants who will take up the responsibility of these critical positions until Mr. Incompetent finally gets around to filling them.
Then we have his conflicts of interest hanging over us and him. At the moment he becomes president, he will be in violation of his lease for the hotel in the Old Post Office building. Only, nothing will probably be done because the lease if owned by the General Services Administration and he will be in charge of it.
And, since he and his team always rave about the hotel and suggest that everyone including foreign governments use it, he is in possible violation of the emoluments clause. That is just the beginning of his possible conflicts of interest. This is something that will need to be watched very closely. Only, it will be difficult because Mr. Secret won’t divulge his holdings or where he is actually getting his money.
If you love the Constitution, and all Republicans claim to do so, then the first piece of legislation needed to be passed is one that requires all public officials in the federal government, including the president, must release their tax returns. That is the only way to ensure the emoluments clause will be honored and openly enforceable.
We are looking a very uncertain next four years. Trump made so many promises to so many people he doesn’t even remember which ones he made or to which group of people he made them to.
He keeps talking about bringing jobs back, but he still refuses to ensure his own family brings their manufacturing to the U.S. and leaves those 12 countries they currently use. If he doesn’t add his family’s products to the 35 percent “border tax” he keeps threatening, we will know he doesn’t mean a damn thing he says.
There is talk about cutting the budget, again. But, the only items on the cut list are things that support the rights of every citizen. Things talked about being cut are grants to help prevent violence against women. Closing down several agency departments that protect civil rights of minorities of all kinds. And of course closing down PBS or at least privatizing it.
Then we need to watch out for cuts in several social safety nets. Republicans want to privatize Social Security. They want to voucherize Medicare. They want to “block grant” Medicaid. And, of course they want to throw about 18 million people off of their health care by eliminating the Affordable Care Act without even telling us what their replacement plan is.
These are just some of the issues and potential problems that America will face under a Trump presidency. We will have a cabinet with more ethical questions than we have seen in over 100 years. I will be quite surprised if any of the nominees are stopped. The current Republican Party is not interested in ethics or integrity.
The anti-regulation crowd known as the Republican Party is itching to eliminate all of the same regulations they eliminated under George W. Bush which caused the Great Recession of 2008. That is a very scary thing indeed. Are they actually trying to cause another Great Recession?
Then again, all of this could be mute. We will have a president who loves to attack people on twitter. What is going to happen when his target is some unstable foreign leader? How certain are we that he won’t start a war just because of his bitter, and immature use of twitter? And, if he does start a war using twitter, will he launch nuclear weapons. After all, as he said “why do we have them if we aren’t going to use them?”
We are moving into a very uncertain future. We are most likely going to see attacks on African-American rights. Gay Rights. Women Rights. Religious Rights. Our Health Care. Our Environment. Our Economy. Our Farms. Our Small Businesses. Our Public Education. And, Our Decency. It is probably the most uncertain future in my lifetime and I lived through the “great red scare”. I also lived through the so-called “hippie” movement and civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protests.
The future was far more certain during those times than it is today. The only reason those times were more certain was because we had leaders who were reasonable and rational people leading our country. Today we will get what I consider the least rational person in history in charge.
It is that instability that causes concern for everyone in the world, not just in our country. As a result, I am very cautious about the future of our country. I served my country and I hate the idea of someone so irrational being in charge of the nuclear codes.
I can only keep voicing my opposition to this madman. I can only try to point out his conflicts as they arise. I can only try to educate anyone who wishes to be educated about any damage he causes our liberties and freedoms.
We have heard for the last eight years that President Obama restricted our freedoms. But, when asked to name just one, there is silence. I am afraid that will not be the case under a Trump presidency. I am afraid that we will see our Constitution be shredded by him and his Republican lackeys in Congress in the name of Power.
I find it extremely ironic and very frightening that a man is going to take the oath of office that swears to “protect the Constitution of the United States” when he doesn’t even know what is in it.
Furthermore, his actions during his entire life has shown a complete disregard for the law and decency. He ran for president to line his pockets with more money. That is all he is interested in and that is all he will work towards.
Hopefully, the near future will also be a time of activism. It will be a time when people take to the streets again to hold our elected officials somewhat accountable. It is all up to us now. We can no longer pretend that the people in charge have our best interests at heart. They don’t.
And the shirts keep marching along.