Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Day In The Anti-Life - One Hundred!

We have reached one hundred days of the Trump administration. Since Donald J. Trump became president of these United States it has simultaneously seemed like a mere moment and an impossible age. There has been so much tumult in the first one hundred days that you'd think we were approaching the end of the first four-year term. (When many Presidents famously turn to foreign affairs after confronting the limits of domestic policy change.) That's certainly what it seems like now that our "so-called" President has discovered all of his war toys spread across the globe, and has in complete contradiction to the litany of long-winded taunts to the contrary, taken up a role as an exceedingly eager commander-in-chief.

Of course his supporters seem all in, as if what he says and what he does have no relevance beyond the purely tribal lust for a strong leader. I can see why folks might've seen some of the support of Obama in this same light, but they'd be wrong in the main, and certainly Obama after his first few years was held to a standard unlike most of his predecessors. Likewise Trump might leaven his quixotic approach to world affairs with something akin to the calm exhibited by his predecessor, but I rather doubt it. Nothing in his history nor his demeanor suggests this is the case. He naively thinks the world operates like he imagines it to in his "ugly American" mindset.

One thing is pretty certain though. He is aided and abetted by the Republicans, a clan of nitwits and self-important nabobs who have said "nee" to anything that struck them as remotely against their ill-considered prejudices and now are finding that putting together a positive agenda ain't all that easy. Being the gadfly is self-aggrandizing and for a rank of conservatives reared on the endless swill spewed by Limbaugh and his ilk and now it seems they cannot get past their cranky complaints to get anything done. Rather with the both houses of Congress and the Presidency in hand, they still seem inclined to find a scapegoat (Pelosi, Democrats, the Mainstream Media) to explain their own misunderstandings of the proper limits of power.

I have little doubt that they will eventually get something approximating an act together and will do some proper damage to these United States (so Liberals need to stop chortling about his failures so far), but we have been spared some of that damage early because reality has seeped into the domes of some few of them, and they realize that even a flawed healthcare plan is better than no healthcare plan as their constituents are also slowly realizing, even one which bears the brand of the dreaded Obama. Not to say that Trump has done nothing at all, as many of the copious executive orders he's signed to unravel some protections from the Obama years, and that's doing something, even if that something is entirely negative.

Trump wants to say that "one hundred days" is just a figment of the imagination of the media and he's pretty much right about that. But like most everything the Dolt-in-chief mutters he wants to have it both ways.He himself has promoted the hundred days measure and now that he's fallen well short of his often bellowed claims, wants to shift the blame to someone else (standard for him). His hyperbolic claims to accomplishment fall short of  actual real reality, and it's clear that even his ardent supporters cannot fabricate enough "alternate facts" to convince even themselves that the case is otherwise. They've tried to manufacture crowd sizes and mandates but the shock and awe of cold reality is a tonic even the most benighted supporter has to take a whiff of eventually. Maybe.

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