Washington Post Editorial– ‘Trump’s two-year presidency’

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 29: Demonstrators protest President Donald Trump's executive order which imposes a freeze on admitting refugees into the United States and a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries at the international terminal at O'Hare Airport on January 29, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Similar protests have been staged at airports nationwide over the past two days. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

ed note–anyone entertaining the notion that a piece like this appearing on the front page of the Washington Post website is just there for filler needs to end their extended stay on Fantasy Island and check back into the Hotel Reality. Furthermore, anyone who thinks that OpEds like this would be appearing in an establishment paper owned lock, stock, and barrel by Judea, Inc if Trump was truly ‘owned by the Jews’ as some ‘experts’ in this movement claim needs to get a stronger prescription for their reading glasses, because what they think they are seeing that leads them to such conclusions is in fact not based in reality.

Washington Post

Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long.

My “good” prediction is based on the Law of the Pendulum. Enough Americans, including most independent voters, will be so ready to shed Donald Trump and his little shop of horrors that the 2018 midterm elections are all but certain to be a landslide — no, make that a mudslide — sweep of the House and Senate. If Republicans took both houses in a groundswell of the people’s rejection of Obamacare, Democrats will take them back in a tsunami of protest.

Once ensconced, it would take a Democratic majority approximately 30 seconds to begin impeachment proceedings selecting from an accumulating pile of lies, overreach and just plain sloppiness. That is, assuming Trump hasn’t already been shown the exit.

Or that he hasn’t declared martial law (all those anarchists, you know) and effectively silenced dissent. We’re already well on our way to the latter via Trump’s incessant attacks on the media — “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth” — and press secretary Sean Spicer’s rabid-chihuahua, daily press briefings. (Note to Sean: Whatever he’s promised you, it’s not worth becoming Melissa McCarthy’s punching bag. But really, don’t stop.)

With luck, and Cabinet-level courage that is not much in evidence, there’s a chance we won’t have to wait two long years, during which, let’s face it, anything could happen. In anticipation of circumstances warranting a speedier presidential replacement, wiser minds added Section 4 to the 25th Amendment, which removes the president if a majority of the Cabinet and the vice president think it necessary, i.e., if the president is injured or falls too ill to serve. Or, by extension, by being so incompetent — or not-quite-right — that he or she poses a threat to the nation and must be removed immediately and replaced by the vice president.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) got a frosty reception in his home state on Feb. 9, at a town hall. Angry constituents packed a high school auditorium, grilled the high-ranking congressman with questions and peppered him with boos and chants while protesters amassed outside. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)
Aren’t we there, yet?

Thus far, Trump and his henchmen have conducted a full frontal assault on civil liberties, open government and religious freedom, as well as instigating or condoning a cascade of ethics violations ranging from the serious (business conflicts of interest) to the absurd (attacking a department store for dropping his daughter’s fashion line). And, no, it’s not just a father defending his daughter. It’s the president of the United States bullying a particular business and, more generally, making a public case against free enterprise.

To an objective observer, it would seem impossible to defend the perilous absurdities emanating from the White House and from at least one executive agency, the Agriculture Department, which recently scrubbed animal abuse reports from its website, leaving puppies, kittens, horses and others to fend for themselves.

In a hopeful note, a few Republicans are speaking out, but the list is short.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz recently got a taste of what’s ahead for Republican incumbents. Facing an unruly crowd at a town hall meeting in Utah, the House Oversight Committee chairman was booed nearly every time he mentioned Trump. Even if many in the crowd were members of opposition groups, the evening provided a glimpse of the next two years. From 2010’s tea party to 2018’s resistance, the pendulum barely had time to pause before beginning its leftward trek.

While we wait for it to someday find the nation’s center, where so many wait impatiently, it seems clear that the president, who swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, has never read it. Nor, apparently, has he ever even watched a Hollywood rendering of the presidency. A single episode of “The West Wing” would have taught Trump more about his new job than he seems to know — or care.

Far more compelling than keeping his promise to act presidential is keeping campaign promises against reason, signing poorly conceived executive orders, bashing the judicial and legislative branches, and tweeting his spleen to a wondering and worrying world.

Trump’s childish and petulant manner, meanwhile, further reinforces long-held concerns that this man can’t be trusted to lead a dog-and-pony act, much less the nation. Most worrisome is how long Trump can tolerate the protests, criticisms, humiliations, rebuttals and defeats — and what price he’ll try to exact from those who refused to look away.

  1. #1 by TonyFromIN on 02/11/2017 - 9:34

    To be fair, this is not without historical precedent. Obama, George W Bush, Clinton, all lost their parties seats in the follow up Midterms. So if you look at history as an indicator of ‘swings’ in the House/Senate, it is a plausible argument. The party that controls the WH always loses seats in the Congress with the follow up Midterms.
    This is the reason that you will see a very aggressive first 2 years.

  2. #2 by Jan Roepke on 02/11/2017 - 9:34

    I heard all this same crap in Sept, Oct and Nov of last year.
    The Dems need a new crystal ball reader that’s not so hateful…and not so wrong.

  3. #3 by Jonathan Sanders on 02/11/2017 - 9:34

    It’s tragic that the news media as a whole has become nothing but a big op-ed piece. There are average Americans who fear Trump will become another Hitler but, the media wants Trump to become another Hitler. In fact, you all demand that Trump become another Hitler. Why did Americans vote Trump in? Maybe it’s because Democrats tried to shove their beliefs down everyone’s throats. They destroyed the democratic religious base. They told Americans that they could express their beliefs but, they couldn’t act according to their conscience. They said if you disagree with same sex marriage, you can’t be a florist, you can’t be a photographer, you can’t be a baker, you can’t be a judge, you can’t be a court clerk. Then they said, you can’t voice any dissent either, you can’t express your beliefs unless they’re just like ours. Interracial marriage and same sex marriage wasn’t alike. There is nothing in the Bible that opposes interracial marriage but, the Bible does say things about homosexuality. Instead of nudging people, they shoved people. As much as Americans fear what Trump may do, they haven’t seen Trump silencing dissent but, they’ve seen more than enough evidence of the opposite side silencing dissent.

  4. #4 by Horacio Puente on 02/11/2017 - 9:34

    Did he do all that in less than a month?? WOW

  5. #5 by 5 dancing shlomos on 02/12/2017 - 9:34

    trump = 8 years

    is chaffetz jew in mormon cloak
    gotta cover all bases

    need to review local amish

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