Who but Donald Trump would have the ego-centric audacity to unilaterally decide that the Presidency of the United States should be a part-time job? Now that he’s been elected he has informed those he supposedly serves, the American public, that he doesn’t expect to give up his day job while in office.
Certainly, it cannot take a brilliant, energized, diplomatic dynamo like Trump much time and effort to attend to world crises both known and emerging – to maintain foreign relations around the globe – to deal with military policy and preparedness as Commander in Chief – to wipe out ISIS and secure our borders – to prepare effective economic, educational, social, health care and (risking an oxymoron) intelligence strategies – to (snicker) fulfill his campaign promises – and to take care of all the other business entrusted to him by the American people when he was elected. Undoubtedly, he will be able to handle all that with one hand tied behind his back and standing on one foot while he continues to run his insignificant family fruit stand. Heck, he’ll probably have have ample free time to improve his golf game three or four days a week at one of his many golf clubs.
Don’t worry about it. We’re in good hands.
Donald says he sees “no conflict of interest” in running the country and his company at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I am so relieved to know that he doesn’t see any conflict of interest there. That must mean there is no chance that anything like the Teapot Dome scandal during Warren G. Harding’s crooked Presidency might happen. I was afraid that might be a cause for concern, but evidently the Donald is cool with it.
Actually, it’s easy to understand why he sees no conflict of interest because, given his eyesight, it is true. He doesn’t want to see any conflict of interest, so by Royal Proclamation there simply isn’t any. Its absence suits his purposes at the moment, so it must be true… at the moment. End of story.
There is one, and only one, interest that drives every single thing that Donald Trump does. It’s called self-interest, and he has made that an art form. The sooner we all recognize this about the man front and center, the better we will understand what he is likely to do in a given situation. We may despise his “logic,” but we elected it. It isn’t new. It’s been plainly there throughout his entire miserable celebrity career. Reality is what he says it is. Otherwise you’re fired!
Truthfully, the U.S. Presidency is much more than just a part-time job (with benefits) to him. He covets the opportunity to operate both the country and his company in tandem in terms of his self-interest. Rather than a conflict of interest, it’s a veritable accelerant of self- interest. Think of how much money and power he will be able to accrue in The Trump Organization when he can negotiate business deals while carrying the ability to annihilate the folks on the other side of the table. Who knows, he might even get rich.
And what an opportunity to expand Trump Air!
Who’s Fooling Who?
Donald Trump is not stupid, he just assumes the rest of us are. Perhaps he’s right. Where are the righteously loud and indignant objections to the notion that Donald Trump would even think about conducting his commercial empire as usual while wielding the power of the Presidency of the United States? Let’s trust Trump to be honest and forthright in all his business dealings and in all his obligations to the American people. (It’s called turning over a new leaf.) Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s trust Putin to do that too. He’s at least as trustworthy as the Donald.
The Trump Organization Dictionary (4,276th Edition): promise (prom-iss) N. or V. Noun. A statement or position that is convenient to make or espouse at the moment, but which the Donald retains the right to reverse or revise at his discretion. Verb. To make a statement or take a position that is convenient to make or take at the moment, but which the Donald reserves the right to recant or disavow whenever necessary.
Hail to the Cheer-Leader-in-Chief
How did the man who grabs cute felines get elected as President of the United States? He counted on voters turning a blind eye to the history and nature of the parasite, totally discounting the objectionable so long as he was cheer-leader-in-chief for outlandish positions they longed to hear.
Now he’s elected, don’t hold your breath.
Many are expecting him to “empty the swamp.” I am here to tell you folks, Donald Trump does not want to empty the swamp; he wants to rule it.
I seriously fear that somewhere along the line Trump is going to try to tamper with the impeachment statutes of this land to somehow make himself immune to them. When he quietly or publicly tries to alter the last possible threat to his absolute rule, let’s try to see what’s right in front of us and deny him the opportunity.
Otherwise we will continue to get what we deserve.
©2016, James C. Ash
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