Politics in America were given a sardonically iconic moment today, as a picture of President Trump staring happily into the sun while watching today’s total eclipse, an event so rare that it only happens once every hundred years. Back in Washington, however, an eclipse of a completely different nature is also moving right along. There’s a new sheriff in town at the White House
General John Kelly, who’s been sent in to hold Trump’s hand until Special Investigator Robert Mueller can finish proving he deserves to be impeached, has been doing a decent job teaching kindergarten. This does no credit at all to Trump, who has forced this upon the rest of the government by turning the White House into a circus tent.
By placing into real power the likes of former White House Easter Bunny Sean “Spicey” Spicer, ridiculous buffoon Anthony “Scaramouche” Scaramucci, and the walking debauchery Steve Bannon, Trump has badly discredited himself, in the eyes of virtually everyone other than his ever-faithful base.
Several hours ago, less than three days from the end of his tenure in the Trump administration, Bannon gleefully declared his intention to “weaponize” Mueller’s investigation, by pressuring Reince ” Fly-Killer” Priebus- the warrior Priebus- to testify against Jared Kushner as to his participation in the 2016 Russian election hacking. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the squabbling of satraps does not belong in the Oval Office, and one does not grow nostalgic at the thought of it.
Most of us have been screaming for years that if Trump were actually elected, we were headed for trouble. Before Trump took office, the majority of Americans never once thought he was qualified to hold the job. It was easy to predict that if Trump attempted to manage the White House the way he had his campaign, based on fly-by-night decisions made with very little forethought or planning, there would be cataclysmic results.
It is an unescapable fact that the Trump administration is broken. It can’t fulfill a single one of Trump’s campaign promises; in the first 100 days, it broke 80 of them. It came into being that way. It has proven to the world at every turn that it can’t do anything right.
Its executive orders have been unenforceable, not to mention morally repugnant, not that this stopped Trump from actually boasting that he’s issued more of them than any president since Truman. That is true, and it’s also true they’ve all been failures. It also failed to repeal Obamacare, even with Republicans in control of every branch of government.
In a functional White House, a strong chief of staff who can execute the president’s agenda and tell him what he does not want to hear is one of the most essential components for success. None of that was going to be possible under Reince Priebus, who had neither the experience nor the personal charisma needed for the job. John Kelly would have been a great choice at the beginning and he’s a credit to the office now- but it is still far too little, far too late.
Trump will be Trump. after all. His handling of the Charlottesville tragedy, and the worldwide condemnation his remarks on Heather Heyer’s brutal murder earned him suggests strongly that he doesn’t intend on changing any more now than he ever has. Kelly seemed to realize this several days ago, when he was photographed grimacing and staring at the ground during last Tuesday’s press conference at which those comments were made. Kelly is said to have been “frustrated” with the President’s handling of questions. Mr Trump reportedly “went rogue“. So were we.
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of the Weekly Standard, said on Saturday that he considers it “The hope of all reasonable people” that John Kelly and H.R. McMaster will “run” the White House, and until the midterms come, this seems like a logical conclusion. Nuclear war with North Korea, for example, certainly seems less likely under the advice of McMaster than with Bannon. There is no doubt that this branch of the administration has proven itself less chaotic than the others. Hopefully they’ll do well at holding Trump’s hand, until the day he is forced to resign.
Both millennial and other voters will need to show up at the polls, in record numbers. We will make possible a Democratic comeback, turn the Congress blue, and start to clean this mess up. We are the only ones who have the power to stop all this from going any further.
Even when eclipsed and waning, Trump is still extremely dangerous. He has proven himself both ruthless and reckless enough to continually try for desperate measures of distraction, like when he tried randomly to ban transgender soldiers from the military last month. Every minute he’s still in office, is a minute that the country is considerably more at risk than it would ordinarily be. Having this sort of stress applied daily to the system of the human body leaves it vulnerable to infection and at greater risk for illnesses. This may also be true for human society.It’s incumbent upon us all to pitch in and bring this thing to its conclusion.