Thursday, February 9, 2017

What’s up with The Donald?

My take on The Donald is that his actions so far can easily be explained by a desire to get off to a very fast start at carrying out election promises, plus incompetency. The combo of exuberance, hubris and incompetence is a potent one. Ideology on the part of his staff adds spice to the mix. He will have to rein in the likes of Bannon and Miller, and perhaps Conway. If he doesn't, if the mode of operation doesn't moderate, then he won't solve any of our vexing (maybe existential) issues. Then we will be moving on to the next egotist believing he or she was born to be POTUS.

As for making money, I suspect his candidacy announcement was exactly that. He is probably as surprised as we are that he won. That he and his staff were unprepared to take power is evidence of that. But, I really don't care if he becomes richer while president. (If he didn't then, he would anyway after leaving office ala Bill Clinton.) I don't care because all I care about is what he does or does not do for the country whilst in office. If he solves some of our existential issues, then he'll be worth every penny. If not, then we will be, it can’t be said enough, moving on to the next egotist believing he or she was born to be POTUS.

In the meantime, we should save our energy to react to real mistakes of policy, and not exhausting ourselves reacting strenuously to every tweet, falsehood or bungled but legal action.

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