On the Job Training
The Making of a President
Every four years Americans vote for the person they feel will best represent the country as its leader. Most people who have ran for this position in the past took pride in trying to convince the people of America that they were qualified to hold that position. The American people feel that the president of our country is the most powerful and most respected man in the world, so we try to vote for someone who will hold the office with dignity and respect. There's only one problem with this theory. Each time we elect a new president, he usually doesn't have any past experience to show he can handle the job. The only exceptions are the few times that we have elected someone who held the office of vice president, or they were elevated due to unforeseen circumstances. In my lifetime there have only been four of the twelve presidents who have that distinction. Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush.
Nixon was vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower and was expected to be the next president when Eisenhower's eight years were up. He wound up losing to John F. Kennedy and was so distraught he considered never running again. Johnson was Kennedy's V.P. and had the misfortune of inheriting the presidency after Kennedy was assassinated. He ran again when that term was up, but refused to run for another term, which would have made him the longest sitting president since Franklin D. Roosevelt had he won. This opened the door for Nixon, who was elected to the next two terms, but didn't finish his second term due to a scandal known as Watergate. He was facing impeachment, and with heavy evidence piling up against him, he resigned from office with two years left on his term. Gerald Ford finished his term and refused to run for re-election. Bush Sr. was Ronald Reagan's V.P. for eight years, then won the election for the next term, but lost the bid for a second term.
Obviously having experience meant nothing to these four men as none of them served a full two terms. Two of them didn't want to be re-elected, one abused his power, and the other couldn't win a second term. That means that the other eight presidents were coming into the job with no working knowledge of.how to run the country. George W. Bush had the biggest advantage because his father had held the office two terms before him. This was a significant victory as he defeated the sitting vice president, Al Gore, although he lost the popular vote. In all, 14 vice presidents have become presidents.
So the majority of presidents all went through on the job training. Beginning with Franklin D Roosevelt, a president's progress has been measured by what he has done in his first 100 days in office. That's kind of like the average person being on probation for the first 90 days of starting a new job. The biggest difference is the president can't be fired in that short of a time period unless he has committed some sort of major crime. The people who voted for the losing candidate are usually bitter for awhile, and even when the new guy institutes policy changes that can affect their lives, they accept the fact that he is representing the country in a dignified manner. Even though this was a new job for them, they had held some sort of public office of authority that proved they knew how to lead. So we always knew that they would eventually start to acting presidential, and the world also knew they were dealing with a man that they could look up to.
This year has been different. The man who was elected to office despite losing the popular vote by more than 3 million votes, had never held any sort of public office. He was perceived as a successful businessman based on a failing reality television show that portrayed him as an intelligent executive. He ran a campaign that offended every ethnic group in America and belittled women. He insulted every candidate that ran against him and not once did he apologize for any of his actions. A lot of people still think this was an act to get elected and that once he got in office, he would learn the job and run the country like a multi-billion dollar industry, immediately putting the country on a path to financial prosperity for everyone. Well, that's what the people that voted for him thought. Here is a man with no political experience and he would get those Washington bureaucrats in order. However, his first 100 days was filled with turmoil and new issues almost daily. There were weekly reports of tensions between him and members of his staff as he denied there were any meetings with his staff members and Russian officials leading up to the election. The insults didn't stop either and he didn't get a single piece of legislation passed. His biggest claim to fame was getting Neil Gorsuch appointed to the Supreme Court, and that wouldn't have happened if the republican senate hadn't cheated and changed the rules for voting for confirmation, relying on Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.
His die hard supporters told us that he was new to politics and he was learning how to be presidential and to give him some time to learn the job. It has been almost 9 months and nothing has changed. His only political agenda is to overturn everything President Obama did. It is eating away at him that he couldn't get health care repealed and he is blaming everyone but himself. His only accomplishments have been through executive orders, which he doesn't need approval from congress to put into law. He has insulted all of the leaders of our allies while praising Vladimir Putin as a great leader. The fact is, he is trying to run the country like a dictator, not taking advice from anyone. He has in no way tried to unite the country while picking fights with anyone who disagrees with him.
The frustrating thing about it all is the media talks about this man like he will change. He lies daily and constantly makes offensive statements that are an embarrassment to the country. He has no intention of trying to learn how to be diplomatic or at least show some class. He is obsessed with television ratings of news and sports networks and the NFL while his ratings as a leader continue to plummet to the lowest depths in modern history. He is meddling into the operations of private business, telling NFL team owners who they should fire, which is a clear violation of his office. He has no regard for the fact that he is the servant of the people, even those who didn't vote for him. This type of behavior would not be tolerated in any private industry and he would have himself been fired months ago.
Recently republican senator Bob Corker from Tennessee expressed concern that Trump may be leading us down a path to start World War III through his lack of tact or diplomacy. His constant battle of insults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has the world on edge. He has already dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal on a non-specific target wasting taxpayer dollars as it had no impact on the war in Afghanistan. Just today he admitted that he listens to all of his advisers then does what he thinks is best. It was this kind of thinking that sent his businesses into bankruptcy at least six times.
His next major folly is to convince congress he can come up with a plan for tax reform that will benefit everyone in the country. Trump's history shows that nothing he does benefits anyone but himself. This man has had so many shady dealings that he refuses to disclose his own tax records. He even bragged during his campaign about how he hasn't paid taxes. He bristles at the notion that his taxes may become public information during the Russia investigation. He continues to run his businesses and visit them almost every weekend at taxpayer expense. Is there any doubt that any tax reform he tries to institute will benefit him and not the country? His initial draft has shown that and was shot down.
These are just a few of the reasons that Trump has shown he is not qualified to continue to hold the title of president. It's been almost nine months and there has been no improvement in how he handles the job. He shows no intention of trying to do what the people of America want him to do. He goes against all decent American values. He wants to kick out immigrants, build a wall to keep others from getting in, impose a travel ban that restricts others who dream of a better life in America than they have in their current countries, and he has shown he supports white supremacists. This is amazing for a man whose mother was an immigrant and has married two women that were not born in the United States. I have never seen a president who attacks the people he represents, many of whom voted for him, the way that Trump does.
Trump's penchant for making enemies out of countries we have at least negotiated a truce with has put our military in serious jeopardy. Going to war all over the world can spread our military thin, leaving us vulnerable for attack at home. Insulting our allies will also lesson the chance that we have help if we are attacked, as they might see it as justifiable. The republican party must realize that it is time to quit supporting this man just because he is a republican and start thinking about what's best for the country. Removing Trump will elevate Pence to the presidency and they might actually get something done and respectability may be restored to the office of the president. At least Pence will know how not to act.