A Very Stable Genius?

In Politics Plus

By Michael Gomez
Jan. 8, 2018 at 1:56 p.m.

President Trump defending his mental stability by saying that he was a “very stable genius” reminded me of Christine O’Donnell telling us that she was not a witch. I’m not one to say the president is mentally unstable because there is no medical documented evidence of that and I don’t see a scenario where we will ever see that. If President Trump leaves office, he will be convinced to resign without any admittance of criminal, political or any wrong doing, leaving a case for plausible deniability. Trump will surly use his pardon powers before he leaves office.

I’ve read about 75% of the hottest book on Amazon, “Fire and Fury” and I’ve yet to find anything that I didn’t already know because it’s mostly a collaboration of newspaper accounts, off-the -record quotes and a confirmation that Donald Trump is in over- his- head.  I don’t think you will enjoy the book if you just have a passive knowledge or interest in everyday politics.  The errors are miniscule and do not take away from the theme of the book: Donald Trump does not have the intellect, curiosity, or temperament to be a successful president of the United States…….. Just this morning, we learned that his current schedule “Executive Time” has Trump’s first meeting at 11:00AM and his day ends at 6:00PM. It’s no wonder he has the time to tweet 16 times a day. Several times quoting what he hears on Fox News.

The right is pulling out all the stops to discredit the book as being a book of fiction, written by a discredited liberal. I heard some righties mocking the left for believing Steve Bannon, a man they despised last week. For starters, President Obama would never have allowed Dinesh D'Souza ,18- months of unfettered access to the White House. It’s never about believing Steve Bannon or making him a hero because he didn’t say anything worse than what Senators Flake, Corker and Collins have already said on the record. It was the right who thought Steve Bannon was a credible chief political strategist and allowed to sit in on meeting of national security. It was Donald Trump who chose Michael Flynn to be his National Security Advisor. I will crosscheck the findings in this book with that of the final Mueller report and the books that will follow. “History never looks like history when you are living through it. ~John W. Gardner.

President Trump is a lifelong salesman/entertainer who always exaggerates the facts in his favor. For example, the president inherited a good economy but under his watch the economy has not grown: In 2016,2,240,00 jobs were created compared to 2,055,000 in 2017. As expected, manufacturing and coal mining jobs only rose by 1.6% despite deregulation. Labor force participation in January of 2017 was 62.9% but in December it was 62.7%. I’ll give President Trump the Wall Street record gains because that is based on speculation where boastful rhetoric usually rules the day. We already know Trump is not the deal broker he claims to be or else he would push wage increases instead of jobs, in an economy where unemployment is relatively low.  

Journalists have always written unflattering books about previous presidents but they have never been threatened with a “cease and desist” letter, which only arouses curiosity and encourages book sales. A political savvy administration would know that and they probably did but their thin-skinned boss had to do it his way. Reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s convention message "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."

I didn’t need a book for confirmation that Trump was above his head as president. I saw his performance on the debate stage but what does that say about the candidates he beat. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, and Ted Cruz told us how unqualified he was and not the man they trusted with the nuclear codes. My how things changed after the election, one is in his cabinet and the others are singing his praises, hoping he’ll throw them a bone every once in a while. They certainly don’t want to become fodder for Trump’s 6:00AM Twitter rants.

Republican leaders agree that they are uncomfortable with the president’s tweets but they will not intervene or bad mouth him as long as he is signing favorable legislation and appointing conservative judges. Evangelicals will look the other way as long as those conservative judges rule in favor of new abortion laws and against gay marriage. The neocons are satisfied with Trump’s tough talk and McConnell and Ryan are grinning ear-to-ear now that we are finally gutting all the regulations and taxes on big business; it’s a match made in heaven. Wait and see what happens during the 2018 mid terms where the money says a blue wave is on the horizon. History will not repeat itself with the current makeup of the GOP. We won’t experience a Aug. 7, 1974, like meeting where the likes of U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., U.S. House Minority Leader John Rhodes, R-Ariz., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, R-Pa., made it clear to Nixon that it was over. They told him that he faced impeachment, conviction and removal from office for his role in the Watergate scandal…. Today, it’s party over country.

Trump supporters will continue to support their guy despite the trivial matter like Mexico paying for a $18 billion wall to keep the Mexicans out and at least he’s trying to impose his Muslim ban. The president tweeted a halt to transgenders serving in the military but the generals would have none of that, but at least he’s trying in their eyes. The economy is sound which gives the GOP a little time to say “Give it a little more time, the corporations will increase your wages.” How many times have workers fallen for that “trickle down” economic philosophy?

I guess I’m old fashion, I want an intelligent president who is an eloquent speaker and has a working knowledge of what they speak of. I don’t want that person at the corner bar who wants to nuke anyone who looks at them cross-eyed. I’m more impressed with diplomacy than I am with bellicose because I know the capability of our military is second to none. I don’t need braggadocios because newspapers, magazines, television, Google and history gives me all the knowledge I need. I’ve always been taught that if you are all that good, others will voluntarily sing your praises.

I can’t picture President Obama ever having to tell us that he was a very stable genius or that he went to a good school.



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