These are worrisome times. The US electorate is split and the fairly even divide falls along numerous fractured lines. President Trump apparently taking advantage of these splits has, as promised, begun his Presidency with one bombastic statement after another. Fast and furious if there was ever an example. What is the method of his madness?
President Trump has been obsessed with the fact that he lost the popular vote (which he denies) and added to the “who cares” list, that his inauguration was attended by more people than President Obama’s (it was not). Again who cares.
President Trump apparently has decided that his first fight will be against a small nation, Mexico. He has proposed a 20% tariff on all US imported Mexican goods, which could cripple the Mexican economy if Congress would pass such a law. And don’t we already have a trade agreement with Mexico which precludes any additional tariffs? And I wonder what the World Trade Organization will say about this arbitrary behavior?
The trap thinking people face is to attempt to assign a logical reason for each of President Trump’s actions. From a cursory view, most of his declarations are fact starved. Most statements do not seem connected to an overall theme even though President Trump helps the listener with “Make America Great Again”.
The kindest observation might be President Trump, or his advisors, have thought about all these statements and are just anxious to get things done. While this may be true, a more cynical view might be safer.
Donald Trump was a bully. President Trump is bully, bully. Accordingly, one can expect him to pick on anyone or any country which cannot go tit for tat with him or the US. This will be our face to the world. Does it work for you?
Even more cynical is the thought that Donald Trump is not just a bully but also a “clever fox”, trying to keep Americans off guard, arguing about meaningless issues, so that he or his inner circle supporters can sneak something by.
The irony may be that we had all better hope that President Trump has ulterior motives. Otherwise, the evidence leads to someone unfit for office.