If I Could Sit Down With Trump
I’ve been thinking about this for a while; one of those idle ideas that gets turned over in the back of your head until it becomes a plan. What if I could sit down with President Trump for ten minutes? What if I could just have a conversation with him?
And here’s what that idea has turned into:
“Thank you, Mr. President, for agreeing to meet with me.
“You’re facing some serious problems, I know. Public opinion of your administration is at an all-time low. Your legislation is getting ripped apart by your own caucus. And that’s making it all but impossible to do what what you wanted to do when you decided to run for this office. But I have a few ideas that could help with all of that.
“First: schedule a press conference… and at that conference, announce that you’re leaving the Republican Party. Not to become a Democrat; not to join a third-party; not to form a new party. No, tell them that you are hereby an independent, and that you will remain an independent for the rest of your Presidency.
“Because let’s be honest here: both major parties are doing pretty awful in the public eye, and neither of them can do a single, solitary thing to you if you declare yourself an independent. Yes, it means you won’t be of the same party that currently holds Congress, but that party is pretty clearly not doing anything for you anyway, because the hard-liners make it impossible for their caucus to rally together. And that brings us to the next thing….
“Second: announce, in that same press conference, that you will not sign a single, solitary piece of legislation where at least ten percent of the Congressional votes for it did not come from each of the major parties. Why? Because actually making any real progress on the kind of things you promised people — healthcare that really is better than the ACA, infrastructure programs that really do fix our country, tax reform that really does work for the betterment of the nation, all of it — requires bipartisan action, and that’s completely absent in Congress today. Making clear that they’re going to get nothing past without working across the aisle forces their hand.
“Of course, if you *keep* having to force it by mandate, they’ll chafe at the bit. So that brings us to…
“Third: sit down with Sen. McConnell and Speaker Ryan and tell them, in no uncertain terms, that it’s time to end the opposition to earmarks. The reason that Congress was able to work in a bipartisan fashion for as long as it did, and a big part of the reason that it stopped doing so, is because earmarks were legislative lubricant that could actually get the two parties to come together and hammer out bills that better represent the sentiment of the country as a whole, and that doesn’t get repealed the next time Congress happens to change hands.
“That’s pretty much it, other than the obvious follow-on of telling Mr. Preibus to go look for another job; after all, he’s loyal to the Republican Party, not to the people or to you.
“If you do these things, Mr. President, I think you’ll find whole new avenues open to you, and a country that is much happier to have you at the helm.”