I am a Democrat.
I wanted to rattle that fact off right away as I am sure the majority of you reading this seemingly political piece would like to know how I lean. So yes, this is a Democrat authoring a piece about why President Trump is dangerous to America. The difference is, politics have nothing to do with why.
“Temperament” was a word thrown around during the election that I want to revisit. Critics of then-candidate Trump would often pivot back to the the question of his temperament. At first, I found the strategy laughable. We look at the history of our country and there are times where all of our leaders have lacked the same temperament to lead. Bill Clinton lied to the American People about his sexual encounters in the Oval Office with an intern, Richard Nixon illegally recorded conversations, Lyndon B. Johnson has, famously now, been known to weirdly invite colleagues into the bathroom with him and the list can go on and on. No human is perfect, we all have flaws, it is only when those flaws become fearful that they become a bigger issue.
President Trump has done just that.
He is a person who looks strongest when he is making jabs at those who are weaker. Hillary Clinton, his favorite target, cannot go a month without hearing her name come out of a Trump surrogate’s mouth. I can’t recall any leader of a modern democracy who has continually spoken about the person they’ve beaten almost a year after the election.
Puerto Rico, after being ravished by a natural disaster forcing the island to be without power, was the next target, with President Trump claiming that the problems of post-hurricane Puerto Rico were partially the fault of the Puerto Rican government.
Trump has endorsed behavior of violence, gloating and hate speech against those who disagree, then has the audacity to stand at a podium and claim we need to come together as a country.
This is all so confusing to me. Today’s political discourse has evolved from Charles Krauthammer and Joe Scarborough each arguing their side of a particular policy decision to a series of cartoon frogs holding cups with the phrase “liberal tears” as twitter profile pictures doing anything they can to gain the attention of our President.
Republican lawmakers before the era of Trump would at least put policy up for debate that was debatable. Now, we see Republicans fighting each other and threatening to target their seats. This all started with the election of Donald Trump.
Do we want our next generation of leaders to look up to a man who feeds off the weak? Are we OK with allowing The President of The United States to explore ways to punish the free press?
Some will say “yes” and cite the booming stock market and job growth we are seeing. Me, I look at the unfinished pyramid on the back of our dollar bills and say no, we can do better. It’s time we all strive to be the best we can be, that means admitting when you’re wrong and not vindicating those who are. Washington could use a boost of humility, but in January, it got just the opposite.