By Jason Taylor
Yes, the Office of the President is vacant, yet at the same time, it cannot be filled. So long as Trump is legally the President, no one else can assume the position. And I don’t see Trump taking the step of resigning anytime soon. Most of us with a shred of dignity would be mortified by the actions and words we’ve seen from Trump to the point that we would seek the nearest hole and cover ourselves over. But Trump didn’t inherit that dignity gene, and we can’t compel him to have gene therapy to repair that deficit. So the only recourse is for all those Republicans who have come out this week to chastise the President — Graham, Corker, Flake, McCain, and others — to get serious about removing him legally.
Of course, even if that were to happen (and I am not holding my breath), we would still be in dangerous waters. President Pence will replace bombast with sanctimonious piety while shoving the knife into the backs of women, minorities, LGBT Americans and others. In some ways, I fear this even more than a President who is sympathetic to white nationalists, because the latter is so toxic as to be ineffective, while the former may subtly do the same things and get his Republican enablers to go along.
It seems obvious that Trump never really wanted to be president. He wanted the adulation of crowds at his rallies and he wanted a pulpit as a candidate to promote his brand, but he never took any time to understand the responsibilities and duties of the presidency, never cared about how government actually works, and never spent any time trying to grasp the complexities of foreign policy. I suspect that on November 8th he was bewildered and dismayed at his victory, despite the narcissistic glow he felt about winning. Once in office, he was clueless about the business of actually leading the government. His many years as a supremely bad manager who played a successful executive on TV flowered into the chaos we now see in the White House.
In a very real sense, he never has been president, he’s been trying to play a caricature of a president on TV, and we can now see how poor an actor he really is.
The Trump presidency has not only began but has already done so much damage that it is hard to imagine how long it will take to reverse if at all possible. The question all of us should ask ourselves is how to change the conditions that led to people vote this type of a strange bird into office. Unless we do that, and quickly, we will be yet again “surprised” by the next guy or gal elected for the highest office. Let’s stop meandering on marginal issues that you and your newspaper has focused on in good times and determine a game plan that we can all stick to change the macro conditions so that another Trump doesn’t replace this one.
On March 4, 1861, just before the start of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln said this in his first Inaugural Address:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Lincoln gave his own life for American ideals.
156 years later, a despised Deplorable-In-Chief and his Russian Republican co-dependents pollute the Presidency and the nation with the obscene depravity of their systematic voter suppression, one-white-man-one-vote Confederacy perfectly propped up by their slave-era Electoral College.
Life is better in America today than it was in 1861, but the leadership is obscenely worse. Accordingly, it’s time for the citizens to lead and once and for all overthrow the Trump-GOP Confederacy at 2018, 2020 and 2022 voting booths. Slavery and Native American genocide are America’s national sins, the underside of which is America’s nasty national cancer, white supremacy, which has been allowed to fester and be exploited to our national shame. We need to eradicate this national plague that our Birther-Liar-In-Chief has surfed to deplorable political stardom.
America’s Darkest-Angel-In-Chief must be summarily rejected.