Month: June 2019

Why President Trump is an oxymoron

After a blog post from years ago, prior to the 2016 election, I supported Hillary Clinton but would give a Trump presidency a chance. Although I would be disappointed, I was willing to work for the better of the country in the long run.

I still have the same feeling, I am thinking of my country. For that main reason, for the future that includes my children, I must insist that this presidency must end as quickly as possible. There have been many volumes written about the absurdity, conspiracy, the incompetence, and the genuine evil promoted by this administration. I will site a few now but please remember this list is not exhausted and will probably be outdated as new catastrophes emerge hourly.

  • Immigration issues at the southern border, separation of families, children and cages and concentration camps
  • Emoluments
  • Financial malfeasance
  • Conspiracy and obstruction of justice as outlined in the Mueller report
  • Lying
  • Fighting science and fact, promoting short-term beliefs and political considerations over the long-term good of all
  • Nepotism
  • Supporting authoritarianism
  • creating virtual dumpster fires and then bragging for putting out that same fire
  • Cheating on his family and an entire country
  • Hubris
  • And arguably the worst, hypocrisy (e.g., golfing)

A more recent and complete list is provided here by David Leonhardt.

I am proud of the title of this post as I think it captures my disappointment in the current president in so many dimensions. Firstly, it is ridiculous that this man is president of anything, let alone a country as great as the United States of America. From what I have witnessed, I would not trust this man with a goldfish.

Next, moron is contained in the last word, and conjures up the appropriate image of not just a dumb person, but someone who thinks they’re smarter than they really are.

Lastly, that same word also contains ox, which conjures the image of a large brainless brute who bullies their way through their own incompetence.

It is always upsetting to see people rewarded for bad behavior. This is also a reminder that democracy is not a perfect system that is just better than all of the others. It is the approximation of the best by using the popular, and he had demonstrated here people can be confused, often conflating competence with confidence.

Presently many people are pushing for impeachment hearings to start. Others suggest waiting until he is voted out of office where he can then be in prison. I believe the best approach is to do both, begin impeaching hearings as well as continue to gather evidence so he can be prosecuted once he leaves office. I would also add that as soon as possible the policy to not prosecute a sitting president be eliminated — no one is should be above the law.

Blame also goes to the Republican party for tolerating this behavior and enabling these bad outcomes for short-term gains.

Non-voters and those who simply do not participate in the process are also to blame. People need to prepare and to vote.

Finally, there is blame left for the Democrats who for decades chose civility over patriotism.

One should avoid any oxymoron, especially this one.