FFS, what other choice is there?
Edit: I know it seems simplistic but you could break it down to the most basic game theory as well. If he is capable of acting good or bad:
He acts. It’s good. We support.
He acts. It’s bad, We oppose.
He acts. It’s good. We oppose.
We do not benefit.
He acts. It’s bad. We support.
We don’t benefit.
Not going to do the diagram. Oh Fuck it.
Acts: Good / Bad
Support: 1 / -1
Oppose : -1 / 1
The basic answer from this is that blind support or blind opposition give a null return. Whereas a mixed response of supporting the good and opposing the bad give a positve return of 2. It makes sense to support him, judge him by his actions, or “give him a chance” when he’s doing something good, and oppose when he is doing something bad. Blind Opposition to everything he does, can be shown to be ineffective. So can blind support. One allows the bad, the other disallows the good. Neither is favorable.
Opposition does sort of presuppose massive unified action and that the President gives a rat’s ass. (Sorry. I picked the wrong day to stop drinking and writing.) The President seems to be immune to resistance or criticism. I get that way when my 3 year old goes off on a tear. Sometimes you just have to stick the kids in time out, ignore their screams and tantrums and clean the damned house. If the kids want out of time out they can do their chores and follow directions or they can sit and do nothing. In the end, the house is cleaned, their life is easier and they are eventually going to put you in a home anyway. Might as well enjoy your mobility while you have it.
So, we are left with the question — if the President is going to take action do we know what actions?
Yes, we do, he seems to following his plan. It’s all on the website for the first 100 days. Published in the open.
So do we judge him? Or do we judge the actions?
The actions count. How we feel about him matters very much during the campaign. The campaign is over. What is reality now is what he does. Not who he is. I don’t care about his supposed immoralities. That’s all done. And if you were judging either candidate on how “moral” they were, you have a bad case of naïve, that only a few years in Detroit, or the back alleys of Phuket can cure. The country and the future are more important than continuing this temper tantrum.
“Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make of them the means to achieve great ends.” — Charles de Gaulle
(Yes, he was French. He was still cooler than most of you.)