There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a unique individual. It is also obvious that he has many flaws. However, he has many significant accomplishments to his credit for the first 7 months of his term, notwithstanding the lack of support from substantial segments of the Republican establishment and the implacable resistance of the Democratic party, aided and abetted by the mainstream media.
The greatest obstacle has been the Republican so-called leadership. It should have been obvious that Paul Ryan, who is a decent man, totally lacks the skills and the stature required to be a dominant Speaker of the House. His weakness was glaringly evident in his feeble run for vice-president against Joe Biden, who in one-on-one confrontation chewed him up and spat him out. It is tragic, bordering on treasonous, that after condemning Obamacare for seven years, Ryan and his factotums didn’t have full-scale, first-rate repeal and replacement legislation ready on the first day of the Trump presidency. They did not, and the bill the House passed is weak and of dubious efficacy.
As for Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader of the Senate, he, too, is weak and ineffective. He seems to have been totally unaware that Senator McCain, one of the most over-rated politicians of his era, was planning a bait and switch of grandiose proportions. His appearance in the Senate to vote on moving the Senate bill to the floor was adored by “everyone” as an act of great courage because of his surgery and cancer diagnosis. But McConnell failed to determine before McCains’s grand-standing, what his intentions were on the vote to send the bill to conference. Everyone, and especially McCain, knew that the House and the Senate versions had deep flaws and it would require highly skilled legislators to merge and improve them to create a successful piece of legislation.
But the crafty, egomaniacal McCain said he couldn’t vote for the deeply flawed version, knowing full-well that the very purpose of the vote was to transfer the legislation to a venue where it could be improved. McCain’s true motivation was to damage Trump. McCain is fiercely jealous of Trump who won the presidency while he failed miserably. To compound the matter, Trump had already infuriated McCain by denigrating McCain’s heroic service in the Viet Nam war.
While this was going on, Trump and team have gotten an unprecedented 15-0 Security Council resolution against North Korea. Trump has been criticized by both sides for his powerful responses to bellicose threats from North, but even if Trump’s “friends” didn’t get it, Kim did. He backed down from threats against Guam.
In another essentially trivial event, right-wing extremists, some shouting foul epithets, marched legally in opposition to the removal of statues of Civil War Confederate leaders. They were assaulted by bat, stave and rock throwing lefties, while the cops stood by. A White Supremacist punk drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors and killed an innocent woman, seriously injuring several others. An outrage, no doubt, and Trump condemned it, excoriating violence on MANY sides. The left and some utterly foolish Republicans were furious—Trump wasn’t specific enough in not specifically naming, NeoNazis and KKK’s in the march. Trump was correct. In fact, he was referring to the many instances of violence in recent years, including the slaughter in San Bernardino, the horrific attack in Orlando, and the many incidents abroad, including in Paris, London, Brussels, and soon after in Barcelona. Trump was condemning violence in its many forms, but the left and even the right chose to view his words as relating only to the events in Charlottesville. Later, he condemned the KKK, Neo-Nazis and the others who had marched in Charlottesville, but even that was not sufficient. Subsequently, he spoke an obvious truth: the hard right protestors had secured a valid permit for their march, and while they made many disgusting statements, it was the counter-protestors who struck the first blows. But Trump’s enemies would not have accepted anything he said, as they were determined to trash him and any of his supporters who spoke out to defend him. Very few did. Nothing Trump said was false, dishonest or disreputable in any way. But, this was used as an excuse by many in the business community, academia, etc. to condemn him, drop out of business and other fora and councils, and isolate him as much as possible. I am 87 years old and have been following politics for over 50 years, and I have never seen anything like the attacks on Trump. While his enemies gloat, they ignore—to their and our peril—the effect of this undeserved calumny of a U.S. president. There is undoubtedly a vast left-wing conspiracy, but many Republicans and conservatives who should be supporting the president and acknowledging his achievements, have disgraced themselves by joining in this cabal. I wondered whether we could ever recover from Barack Obama, America’s most dishonest and destructive president, but the despicable attempt to destroy this President of the United States is so vicious and wide-spread, I fear for the nation. I fear for Western civilization. I fear for the world. Only the good sense and high character of the vast majority of the American people can save us from disaster.