I’ve already been seeing “Not My President” t-shirts around and at first I thought, “Awesome, I can dig up my old one from the Bush years if I still have it!” I got a generic one, not the one with his face on it. I’d like to think I did that because I had the foresight to realize there would definitely be another President I disapproved of and the shirt would be evergreen, but in reality I was a broke college student at the time and the shirt without Bush’s picture was cheaper.
Being the President is, in fact, a job. Some have done the job better than others, some have done it drunk, some did some shady stuff, ok, most did some shady stuff, ok at some point or other pretty much all did some shady stuff, but nonetheless, despite its flaws and the growing pains of our evolving democratic experiment it is an office that warrants a certain amount of esteem and respect.
Until now. Donald Trump has not even taken office yet and he has managed to threaten international diplomacy on Twitter at 6:30am, he doesn’t attend his intelligence briefings and let’s not forget he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. He is a media spectacle gone awry, he is the GOP Frankenstein come to life, he is at best the United States’ Berlusconi and at worst the United States’ Donald Trump.
If he’s not your President, that’s swell, but hell, he isn’t A President.
“Aw, come on Ron, that’s a bit ridiculous, I get your logic but the guy’s the President-elect, he’ll be in the White House.”
Again, it’s a job. I could carry around 4 tires all day, that doesn’t make me a car. Not a perfect analogy I know, after all I’ve been driving way longer than Donald Trump has been in politics so I’m vastly more qualified to take my shot being a car than he a President.
So to the “give him a chance” crowd: If you were out car shopping for a new car and every row had the newest models, complete with all the trimmings, Bluetooth compatible, SiriusXM for the first 3 months, the works. Except for one car, far in the back…That car is me, holding four tires, complete with 1/20th horse power, seating for one person under 5’4”, and no SiriusXM but everyday when you take me somewhere I’ll tell you how I’m going to build a wall and lie about who I’m going to ask to pay for it. Are you going to buy that new Elantra or are you going to give me a chance? Not giving me a chance? Well, then, I don’t have to give Trump one either.
Plus, at the end of the day this guy only cares about two things, his brand and his ego. Time to use that to our advantage. The one gleaming light of this is that PINO Trump has an incentive to listen to Public Opinion and follow it more so than any other President at least in recent history, his brand will be around long after his 4 years in office are over.
Far as ego goes: Stripping away his legitimacy as a commander-in-chief within the populous will get his likely-made-in-China boxers in a bunch, and to prove that he’s not as inadequate as a President as his hands are to play the cello, he’ll have to actually go rogue, raise hell within the GOP to establish dominance and hopefully the bickering will last until the Midterms. Crazy plan? Maybe. But no crazier than cooperating.
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