Posted tagged ‘Bob Corker’

Everyone’s Dream

October 24, 2017

One of the most popular questions posed to most young elementary students is some form of “what do you want to do when you grow up”?

Policeman, fireman, and President usually top the list of replies. (It is also true that around the time of baseball’s World Series, or football’s Super Bowl, or hockey’s Stanley Cup, or basketball’s Final Four, becoming a sport’s star is also heard often. These young responders see something noble and worthwhile about these career visions and feel proud to lay future claim to one of these professions.

Later in life, say in high school or university, the same question normally gets a more nuanced answer. The would be fireman may see an electrician or carpenter as more attractive. The policeman may consider accounting or law a wiser choice. And any one thinking about University or professional sports as a career target, even if a gifted athlete, can do the math and calculate their own probability of success.

For those hoping to become President, most were in awe of past President’s resumes and now turn to legal, financial, or corporate top positions seeing them as more attractive and attainable.  Wanting to be President might be still a dream albeit not a strong desire.

President Trump is changing all this. Unlike George Washington, whom we are told never told a lie, or Bill Clinton, who claimed never to have had sex with that woman, or Richard Nixon, who famously said “your President is not a crook”, President Trump may protest when the press insinuates his wanton regard for truthfulness, his history of predatory behavior towards women, or his excursions outside the boundaries of established law, but young, idealistic minds will see truth from fiction.

As Commander in Chief, all Americans have reason to be concerned about their President Donald Trump. His temperament is ill-suited for most any leadership role let alone the role of someone in charge of nuclear weapons. (Fortunately, the current military chain of command appears rock solid and potentially offers resistance to pre-emptive strikes ordered by the President. But do we want a coupe to resolve this situation?)

Never the less, what type of image does this worry about the need to counter balance the President with military obfuscation?

Even more worrisome, however, is President Trump’s behaviors on domestic issues. The President is well on his way to being seen as the “Divider in Chief” or the “Denier in Chief” as the President seeks to delight his narrow base of supporters or undo past Government promises aimed at protecting the environment, work place, education, or healthcare.

We should not jump to the conclusion that the President is “dumb”. He may have made some poor choices but dumb or strong headed, if assumed, would be a mistake.  On the other hand,  bully, mean spirited, and boorish are descriptors which more appropriately summarize President Trump’s behavior. Is that a place where tomorrow’s leaders would aspire?

Like most bullies, President Trump is prone to randomly pick on someone.  In a few cases, to the President’s surprise, the target will strike back and attack the President verbally, morally, or possibly legally.

Senator Bob Corker is one such person. After supporting the President when others were silent, the President repaid this kindness with belittling “tweets”. Unlike Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell who received the same type of unnecessary and unkind words and kept silent, Senator Corker has struck back “words for words”.

Most bullies, when they are called out, turn their attention elsewhere. This may happen with respect to Senator Corker.

What won’t disappear, however, is the disgraceful public image our President is making, and the disillusionment young Americans may feel.

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Buying Votes?

August 26, 2017

President Trump cast his net this week in hopes of garnering votes for the 2020 election. Given where, however, the President cast his net, it would appear his efforts were directed at keeping 2016 voters rather than earning new ones. Hmmm.

President Trump began by calling out by name Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for not leading the Senate Republican majority to a victory in the “repeal and replace” fiasco. Senator John McCain was next for his deciding “no” vote and Senator Jeff Flake gained recognition “just because”. House Speaker Paul Ryan got his “shout out” over the House failure to put forward a Federal Debt Increase bill. Rounding out the shame list was Tennessee Senator Bob Corker who questioned President Trump’s fitness as President. I wonder what the President is thinking? Does he think vinegar will bring the bees to his flowers?

Next the President showed what the conservative Christian majority is really about. Lest you wonder, Christian behavior is not the answer. The President continued his efforts (delighting this group) to reverse policies which allowed transgender persons to serve in the military. With the armed forces leadership not pressing for this reversal, one wonders why the President wished to make this unforced error (singling out and demeaning a minority group)?

To complete the trifecta, President Trump decided to teach the nation a lesson in his version of the importance of the rule of law. The Teacher in Chief pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been convicted on Federal contempt of court charges. When directed by court rulings to cease profiling Phoenix area residents, Arpaio simply continued. Isn’t no man above the law?

There is a consistent theme among these actions, President Trump’s 2016 winning coalition had subsegments which, on learning of these actions, sat up and said, “that’s our President”.

Calling out Congressional leaders (Congress with a low double digit opinion rating), picking a fight with the “T” of the “LGBT” community (where no problem exists), and pardoning a sheriff who gave the middle finger to Federal Courts, all clearly satisfied President Trump’s base.  Yet these actions could have unfavorable blow back for the President. So, why did the President do these things?

The answer probably lies close to the thought, “President Trump couldn’t keep himself from doing them”.

Picking on others is what a bully does. Picking on others who will not or cannot strike back is even more what bullies do. And, degrading the institutions of Congress, the Military, and Federal Courts, seemed to the President asa means to elevate his own image in comparison.

I wonder who will tell the President that in this matter, the Commander in Chief has no clothes.