Over the past eight years, many people blamed President Obama for the growing divide in the United States, and there is little doubt he was a party to the problem. However, he has been gone for over 100 days, and we are more divided than ever. In the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s madness, the nation has been besieged with riots in the streets, claims of fake news, outright lies and twists on the truth, growing threats of nuclear war, continuous Presidential tweets that reek of schoolboy bullying and narcissism, and White House jockeying that appears cloaked in scandal and coverup. As a nation, we have watched as a once proud political party jerked the power of the Presidency from the hands of their political adversary only to become mired in madness and drown in its own vomit.
This past week, President Trump continued to pile coals on an already blazing fire when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Whether the firing was justified or not is debatable, but the timing and how it was handled was amateurish. In what seems to be the norm with this President, he makes decisions on the fly, loosely coordinates a cover story with his staff, and later kicks their feet out from under them when the story begins to unravel. For example, in an interview after firing the FBI director, he acknowledged his people had not been one-hundred percent accurate in their initial portrayal of the events surrounding the dismissal. He said he is such an active President that there is no way his people can keep one-hundred percent up to date on everything going on with his Presidency. If that is true, he has serious communication and logistical problems with his staff; however, it is more likely his staff cannot keep up because the President’s stories keep changing.
Look at the the story behind James Comey’s firing as originally reported by the President’s spokespeople to the news media. They initially reported the Russian investigation had no bearing on the firing whatsoever. However, the President later contradicted them when he admitted Director Comey’s investigation into Russian interference in the Presidential election and possible White House collusion played a key role in his decision to fire the director. We also learned the President took issue with Director Comey’s refusal to pledge his loyalty to him. Bravo for Director Comey! Such a request was not only unethical, but in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States. Like the President’s oath of office, the FBI Director takes an oath of loyalty to the Constitution of the United States and not to any individual, including the President of the United States.
The White House madness has now escalated from Russians to pledges to possible taped conversations with President Trump’s tweet to ex-Director Comey threatening the possible existence of secret tapes made of their conversations. Maybe the President needs to study history! In 1973, President Richard Nixon got into a hell of mess with secretly taped conversations, which led ultimately to his resignation in 1974. Maybe the tweet was simply the President making up garbage once again – who knows! Made up garbage certainly fits the bill for the madness surrounding a President who says whatever he feels his supporters what to hear regardless of authenticity, shrugs it off when called to task, and moves on without an ounce of accountability. That is madness!
Some people say such madness would have never occurred under a Hillary Clinton Presidency, but I am not so sure. If she had been elected President, I believe things in Washington would be much quieter, but I don’t believe she would have accomplished any more in her first 100 days than President Trump. I am afraid, she would have consumed her first 100 days sitting in front of the mirror admiring the new President of the United States. That would be madness of a different kind, but nevertheless madness. Of course, everyone knew when Clinton and Trump became nominees for the Presidency we were in for a long maddening four years regardless of which one was elected.
©Jack Linton, May 15, 2017