Don’t Take Him “Literally”

By Jason Taylor 

We’re used to thinking of politicians’ statements in strategic terms, as the expressions of deeper, well-considered policy views. However, we may be over-estimating Mr. Trump’s capacity, or willingness, to think in terms of informed policy, and as a result, may be over-analyzing and giving too much weight to his tweets.

His chosen form of communication, tweeting, by itself, tells us a lot about the depth of his thinking and how long he takes to consider issues. It suggests a reactive, spur-of-the-moment decision-making process, and that as President he will make actual policy based more on whim and emotion than on study and contemplation.

I don’t envy the people Trump has picked for major posts in his administration. I think his erratic outbursts will be a major headache for the serious policy thinkers among them, and both they and the Republican Congress could find themselves constantly surprised, undermined, and even seriously at odds with him.

Trump may want to outspend Putin in a nuclear arms race, but he still has to get the money from Congress. Hopefully there’s till enough adults in Congress to put an end to his childish and dangerous desires.

I’m tired of guessing as to whether Trump is spinning, manipulating has a secret master plan, has insomnia or anger management issues, or just doesn’t know what he’s talking about whenever he tweets. I’m also tired of the fact that apparently even his advisers and press people don’t know what he’s thinking but are constantly spinning it and defending anyways.

I like clarity in communication and the security of knowing that people say what they mean and mean what they say. Especially with a President.

I Wonder if the President-elect knows that the US has enough nuclear firepower to destroy the planet using only a fraction of the weapons we already have available? And that the US still accounts for 90 percent of all military spending in the world as a whole? So who exactly is he prepared to outmatch?

Trump invites trouble. There was no justifiable reason for him to introduce the subject of nuclear weapons. He is not the president. And while he may think he’s going to scare off potential enemies with his talk, he’s also scaring his own citizens. It doesn’t look like there’s a peace-loving bone in Trump’s body. On the contrary, he seems to be raring for a fight with someone. Any excuse to be able to show off his power.

It didn’t take all that long to completely unravel 240 years of American progress. Very hard to create something, it does not take much to destroy it. At this time two months ago, did you possibly think it would be like this right before Christmas?

Are you scared now, America?


  1. As the great philosopher Spock once said, “It has always been easier to destroy than to create.” I sure hope we don’t get to have a front-row seat to a demonstration of that maxim any time soon.

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