Last November it seemed almost unbelievable. This August, least than a year later, it is still unbelievable.
Donald Trump is President of the United States of America.
After all the jaw-dropping foolishness we saw during their election, and the wicked bad-mouthing of his opponent, it seems to be beyond comprehension that The Donald is President. It seems incongruous that a man whose appeal can only be to the small-minded is in an office once occupied by a man whose intellect was so great he seemed to think of everything before he even opened his mouth. He even made jokes, for heaven’s sakes, that seemed premeditated. What’s more, they were funny and we didn’t laugh at them out of politeness or nervousness.
True, a vote for The Donald’s chief opponent would have probably meant the retention of America’s status quo. And the election of a woman to “the highest office in the land” for the first time. But would that have been so bad? At least, we would’ve known where we stood.
A leap into the unknown
As it is, the election of The Donald was a leap into the unknown. And I don’t mean the kind of ‘unknown’ not known by Donald Rumsfeld. I mean the kind of ‘unknown’ we are currently experiencing; the unknown that creates uncertainty.
We don’t know, for example, from one week to the next, what The Donald will say or do tomorrow.
He could say he’s going to build a wall. But nothing seems to happen.
He could say the North Koreans threaten world stability. But they still launch nuclear missiles.
He could hire me tomorrow. But next week I could be fired.
While he is still there – and he may be there until 2024 – we should all be worried. His behaviour, and his decisions, are laughable but they all have their consequences. Anthony Scaramucci [the Mooch] might seem like a clown. But he’s a dangerous joker, capable of making his boss look positively benign.
The transatlantic view
On this side of the ocean, we can disbelieve, even laugh.
But I would hate to be a liberal living in America now. I might even be ashamed of my country. I certainly would not want The Donald to be my President. Not for a moment longer.
However, I do not know who might take his place.
Change was needed, of that there is no doubt. The system had become atrophied. Obama could not get anything done, because the numbers in both houses were stacked against him. Everything was a compromise. A fresh approach was needed.
Goodness knows but that Britain needs a change! The current government is the same as its predecessor, in all but personnel.
But where are the men or women who can take the places of those that are in charge? Are we to have to carry on as usual, while our current ‘leaders’ (including Valdimir Putin and co) are there?
Few of us are leaders. Most of us prefer to be led. But not by people who say one thing, do another, and turn everything into a reflection of themselves and their so-called achievements.
We all need someone else ‘there’. Someone we can trust.