The problem with Trump

The first month of the Trump administration has been nothing short of a train wreck, not necessarily for its policies or the work that is actually getting done beyond the spotlight of the circus, but for the behaviour and arrogance of the man in the most powerful position in the world.

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902)

Donald J. Trump's recent press conference is a perfect example.  In the pulpit of a presidential press conference he acted like a petulant spoiled child, refusing to answer credible questions from respected and credentialed journalists representing some of the most established media outlets in the world.  It was embarrassing to watch and an affront to the concept of what leadership should be.

If you can compress the essence of his first month in power, it would come down to two words: FAKE NEWS.

Some will say that he is a breath of fresh air, speaking without filters or concern for what people are going to think.  I say that even those people have to be second-guessing their beliefs that his kind of leadership is what is going to make the United States a better country and our world more prosperous, safe and progressive.

What is Mr. Trump saying to our children about what is right and wrong?  What will be the collateral damage in generations to come?    It is almost impossible to imagine what is being done subliminally and constantly to the notions of respect, intelligence, mindfulness, kindness and consideration.  It is impossible to imagine the position of America itself in the minds of humanity after four years of this kind of behaviour from the most influential personality on the planet.

Bets are being made that Trump will get impeached.  I saw one guess that it will happen within 90 days.  I'm sure my American friends are asking themselves: "What the hell can I do to change this situation?"  At some point, the President is going to step into an even bigger pile of poo and discover that he will be unable to dislodge his foot.  It's just a matter of time.  Meanwhile, the news headlines will continue to be dominated by unfathomable actions and reactions of the most unlikely and untenable president in history.  Enjoy the show, because it will eventually come to an end.


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