Way back, I think when Donald Trump was just beginning his presidency and it already seemed outrageous, I wrote that the best thing Republicans and Democrats could do is essentially ignore him (as much as possible) and go about their business.
I almost think that might apply today.
Surely, behind their mask of acceptance, most or at least a strong number of Republicans do not like a lot of things he is doing or the way he approaches matters — his uncivil behavior and breaking of all norms of democracy and decency and tradition. On the other hand they like some of the policies such as a more laissez-fair approach on business and a weakening of health and safety and environmental regulations and enforcement and a tax structure that seems to favor business over working people. So they put up with his despicable behavior. I did not say “deplorable” since that word got Hillary into trouble, but really it would fit in this case. I mean Trump is deplorable but all who support him are not necessarily so.
Sometimes I think they just revel in the fact that he is (deplorable). He socks it to all those high-minded progressives who live in their protected compounds, safe from the mob, and blurts out bigoted rants that they feel might get them into trouble in this new “politically correct” environment — I mean you can even get busted for saying the N-word, imagine, yet in the bizarre reasoning of those high-minded folks it is ok for minorities to use the word (I began this paragraph as satire and ended it basically in reality — is that like real life imitating art? I don’t know).
But here is something the Democrats (and Republicans) could do in the wake of the revelations or maybe I should say confirmations in the Mueller Report on Trump’s weird and questionable dealings with a foreign adversary and his efforts to impede investigations by the Justice Department, they could hold hearings, yes, by all means do so. But at the same time they could actually go about the business of governing or legislating. They could deal with the refugee problem at the Mexican border that has flared up as the result of the strife and violence and ongoing gang and drug warfare, primarily in Central and South America. They could continue to fine-tune Obamacare.
(I realize that the Republicans still control the senate but politics is often called the art of compromise.)
Lately I have read reports that there is even a crack in that façade of acceptance of Trump in the Republican-controlled senate. Yes don’t be afraid Republican senators. Do what you think is right. When you agree with Trump go along with him, but when you do not just don’t. You don’t need to make a big deal out of it or confront the bully head-on in a war of words you can’t win. No one can win an argument with Trump because he is like a little kid who lashes back: “I know you are but what am I”? or, “well, you’re ugly and stupid” (stick out the tongue and say “neener, neener”). Or he insults your wife.
I think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the right idea at the beginning of Trump’s presidential term when Trump began or continued from the campaign his absurd contention that Mexico would pay for a wall at the border. Asked if that were true, McConnell answered: “Uh, no”. Enough said.
In short, Trump should be treated like the crazy uncle who lives upstairs.
(I also realize that those Republican legislators who disagree with Trump are afraid to speak up for fear of getting primaried out in their own districts — hey if you are scared of that senator or congressman maybe you have not done your homework with the people you were put in there to represent.)
The only danger here is what happens if the nation faces a real emergency. Checking my memory, I don’t think Trump has been really tested on such as most presidents wind up being. And I did not say they all have handled it well.
Early on Trump ordered an air strike on a Syrian air base aimed at retaliation for and as an impediment to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. It was thought initially that was his bold move. But it had like zero effect and was not followed up. And that is not necessarily a criticism of Trump, just an observation that it was not the test it was thought to be.
Maybe defusing tensions with North Korea, whose crazy murderous tyrant was conducting nuclear missile tests to demonstrate the capability to hit the U.S. within minutes, was Trump’s crisis. He first tried threatening back with words and then he flew half way around the world to praise the young man. We have not been blown up yet so one for Trump maybe. I had thought it better to say little but keep our defenses up and explore all options behind the scenes as to what to do to eliminate the threat. But what do I know? Now we have elevated the tyrant of one of the world’s poorest countries — where the leader lives in luxury while his countrymen starve — to international status.
We hope a real or another test never comes. But if it does, one wonders. Trump does not even have the support or control within his own White House, as evidenced by Mueller, and he has poisoned relations with our allies.
But it appears as of now that he is in the White House to stay the term and quite possibly another if the Democrats cannot get their act together.
Impeachment is an option but only if congress sees a call for it among the people at large, and that is as it should be.
Elections have consequences, and we are dealing with them.