aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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Fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy ride

President Trump has been flip-flopping all over the place. Campaign promises, inaugural address visions, senior advisors, are all in flux. What Trump believes and what he does are malleable. But we knew that. At least, those of us who had paid attention to politics for a while knew that; the Trumpkins of various sorts may have persuaded themselves that Trumpism was a fixed star that would guide us to their most-desired destination, whatever that was.

Some of Trump's decisions are going to please conservatives and some are not. But that's not unusual. No president makes even his own loyalists happy all the time, let alone those who are merely along for the ride. I'm just hoping that, on balance, the good outweighs the bad. But whatever the future holds, Trump has already done three things that have justified his election, many times over. The rest of his term may be a nail-biter, but I can't say I regret his winning the presidency. He'd have to do an awful lot of terrible stuff to cancel out the benefits of his assuming the office.

And what are those three things he has done that justify his election?

1. Hillary Clinton is not the President. Progressives want to point to Trump's gaffes and goofs and say, "Don't you regret voting for this man?" Not a bit. The idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency is simply too awful to contemplate. She was, and is, the most corrupt politician in US history. Her policy choices would be equally inept, but ideologically worse. Until you understand just how deep and visceral is the rejection of Hillary by conservatives -- and more than just conservatives -- you cannot understand the election of Donald J. Trump. Every day that I wake up and find that Hillary Clinton is not the President of the United States is a good day; Trump would have to go a long, long way to dim the sunshine that smiles on us.

2. Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court. The actual opinions of Justice Gorsuch are all in the future, and no doubt I will occasionally be disappointed in them. That's the way these things go. But for now, there is no doubt that Trump honored his promise to pick a worthy, originalist, successor to Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia's death changed the dynamic of the 2016 presidential election. Many conservatives held their noses and voted for Trump for this reason alone, and they have been vindicated. I wish the Supreme Court wasn't such a big deal. If it merely did its job, instead of trying to be philosopher-kings, it wouldn't be, and we'd all be better off; however, the progressives have turned the judiciary into coaches rather than merely referees, so it matters who sits on the bench.

3. The Cabinet. The chaos in the Trump administration is basically in the Office of the President, not the Cabinet. Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, et al -- the Gong Show -- may tell you something about the way Trump runs things, or fails to. But Trump's Cabinet picks were surprisingly solid. They may not all work out (all presidents pick some disappointing people, and there is also always change), but they are far better than I would have thought going into the election. I consider them a bonus.

So, I'm rooting for the President's success, though I admit many criticisms of his conduct, his decisions, or his staffing choices. On balance, I'm content -- hopeful, even -- though also preparing for turbulent times. And I pray for our country, rather than throw brickbats.
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