CONTEXT: In almost any field in which one is responsible for the well-being of others—law, medicine, psychotherapy, for instance—the profession in question has well established standards of care. Failure to meet those standards may constitute malpractice and potentially result in charges with financial or criminal liability. Unfortunately, the same is not true of the most visible “profession” in the country, namely politics; yet politicians make decisions that may affect thousands or even millions of people.
THE MOST DISQUIETING POINT: At the pinnacle of American political power sits the president, and the one we have now displays astounding levels of carelessness and incompetence. The combination of ignorance, impulsiveness, and insecurity he displays endangers not only our own citizens but allies and foes alike.
What’s the most concerning? That he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know? That he has no interest in well-thought-out public policy? That he lacks the judgment to consistently name competent, experienced people to crucial government posts? That he eschews even the most rudimentary standards of respectful human behavior? Answers will vary, as test makers would say. They’re all major concerns.
In the space of a very few days here’s a smattering of what he did, not necessarily in this order:
(What? Did he just wake up thinking, “It’s too quiet around here. Who can I trample on just for the hell of it?” Fortunately, he got pushback from the military, not known as a bastion of liberal thought.)
I could go on, but I want to keep these pieces short enough that busy people will read them. (There was, for instance, the classless firing of FBI Director James Comey; the persistent harassment of his own attorney general, the raging nepotism, the stream of lies, the nearly total absence of presidenting.) Trump loves the campaign; he loves speaking in front of the masses. It’s governing that he doesn’t like, doesn’t understand and can’t do. At best, he’s an embarrassment. At worst, he’s a catastrophe waiting to happen.
August 2, 2017