The ‘Year Of Living Dangerously’ Under Trump

A Personal Perspective

On Jan. 20, 2017, I was on vacation in Jamaica, West Indies, glad to be away from the hoopla of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States.

Not that I couldn’t have seen it there had I chosen to. The spectacle was blaring out of every TV set you passed. I told everyone who would listen, “This time six months from now he won’t be president. He’s going to self-destruct.”

I was wrong. That is not to say that Trump hasn’t self-destructed on a daily basis. For any other president with the same outrageous behavior, it would have been over already. In fact, he or she would never have been elected.

But Trump is the new Teflon Don. Nothing he said and did during the election campaign damaged his chances of winning, and nothing he has said and done thus far in his young presidency has undone him.

As president he continues to say and do offensive things like failing to condemn neo-Nazis and members of the KKK – not even when it led to the killing of a counter protester in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The so-called leader of the free world instead talked about “both sides” being wrong and that there were “some good people” amongst the gang of marauders.

His constant stoking of the fire toward North Korea is another reason for grave concern. The childish name-calling (“little rocket man” and “short and fat,” etc.) is not only the stuff of 10 year-old school yard bullies, but the stuff of potential nuclear holocaust when you’re dealing with someone who is also drunk with power without anyone to restrain him.

Trump’s years-long infatuation with Vladimir Putin – and all things Russia, has also compromised us in ways that we have never seen under another president. As the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election trudges on, Trump gets ever more unhinged.

It boggles the mind that anyone, let alone millions of people, looked and listened to Donald Trump and thought, “presidential material!” What a doggone situation to be in. On the positive side, Bob Mueller’s investigation is still ongoing.

The president of the United States would rather fuss about Black athletes refusing to stand at attention for the national anthem, than to accomplish real legislation. He is incapable of addressing substantive world national and world events.

He’d rather lie about Obama and Hillary, going as far as calling for the latter’s impeachment. How illogical is that? But that’s how he tries to distract from his own possible impeachment.

If he had been such a great patriot he would have been paying his fair share of taxes and he would not have been in bed with Putin.

The Trump presidency should be the bane of every thinking person’s existence. This has certainly been the “year of living dangerously.”

Undocumented immigrants are now afraid to drop their children off at school, fearing they will be picked up by immigration officers. DACA students are afraid of having their education interrupted with a sudden deportation; a new tax bill unfair to all but the one percent, i.e., Trump, his family, friends and campaign donors. The tax bill is for them, not us.

So will Trump be president this time next year? Please God, no!

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