The highest political office in the United States is that of the President. The Commander-in-Chief of the military, one of the most powerful people in the world. The leader of the country with the largest military budget in the world (larger than the next 25 countries, combined). He (I say he, because there has not yet ever been a woman elected president) is the leader of a country that, while still united, in my opinion, is tearing itself apart and headed to the brink of either an economic or political collapse within a couple of generations. But that’s beside the point of this week’s post.
The President of the United States is elected every four years. Candidates go campaigning for many months prior to the election, which coincidentally happen in leap years. They spend ungodly amounts of money for advertisement and politicking, making empty promises and trying to sway the voters to choose them at the ballot box. Since this country’s inception 243 years ago, there have been 45 men elected to this position (again, I say men because no woman has been elected yet). The youngest to be elected to the presidency was Theodore Roosevelt (JFK was believed to be the youngest at one time, elected at 43, but Roosevelt was 42 when inaugurated). The oldest is Donald Trump, inaugurated at 70 years old (the previous oldest was Reagan, just shy of his 70th birthday). The longest term was Franklin D Roosevelt, being elected to four terms, but having died in office after serving just over 12 years (just shy of three months into his fourth term). The shortest presidency was William Henry Harrison, dying after only serving 31 days in office. His inaugural speech was like two hours in the rain, and he subsequently died from pneumonia because of it.
Okay, enough presidential trivia. Now, my thoughts and opinions. In my lifetime, the best president we’ve had was Ronald Reagan. I’m sure Kennedy was great, but he was assassinated 9 years before I was born. Reagan was a communicator, he was for smaller government and believed in the power of the people. He lowered taxes for many, and there was prosperity. Ronald Reagan’s presidency wasn’t without its conflicts and scandals, but it was a good time, nonetheless. In fact, Reagan was very popular back in the day. His elections were landslide victories (in 1984 he won in 49 states), and it was the last time that California voted for a Republican president. California has voted Democrat ever since, and probably will now until the end of time.
I have my opinions of the other presidents since then, most of them are “meh”. Not great, but not terrible. Currently, the person occupying the White House is Donald J. Trump. What do I think of Trump? First, let me say that I have never seen such a concerted attack against one person in my lifetime. Many celebrities and almost all the mainstream media have a bloodthirsty hate for Donald Trump, and are hell-bent at removing him from the presidency, no matter the cost. I’m not expressing an opinion for or against him; I’m just stating the obvious hate for him. For the majority of Americans, they either despise him or are enamored by Trump. There is no “in-between” for them.
As for me, I don’t despise the man, but I’m not a fan of his, either. First of all, I think he uses social media WAY TOO MUCH. If he’d stop tweeting so much, that’d be a good first step. Sure, Obama had Twitter at his disposal, but he used it very sparingly. Obama didn’t even have a personal Twitter until after he left office (that I know of). Trump uses his personal Twitter for his “verbal diarrhea” almost daily. Does Trump even have political advisors who aren’t his family? I mean, his daughter and son-in-law have high security clearances and have political positions? Um, nepotism much? And some of the shit that spews from his mouth (and his Twitter), oh lord. Mr. Trump, sir, last I checked, windmills don’t cause cancer. Oh, and if you eat “hamburders” , you might choke if you don’t wash them down with some nice “smocking” hot “covfefe”. Mr. Trump, many Americans (including myself) would prefer you got off of Twitter for the next couple of years, but if you must go run your mouth on social media, do us a favor, would you please? Learn how to spell properly and use coherent sentences.
Trump is the first person to be elected president without having a lick of political or military experience. You can definitely tell he’s at a disadvantage when dealing with other world leaders.
Trump’s campaign centered on two things: repeal Obamacare and building a border wall. Well, Obamacare wasn’t repealed—not enough votes in Congress to repeal it, and that’s when Republicans controlled the entire Congress! And the border wall? What a fucking joke! No Democrat will ever concede a wall be built. We can’t even get Congress to declare an official language in this country. How we gonna get a border wall built? Besides, even if there were a wall across the Mexican border, there is a well-established system of tunnels under the border already in place. People determined enough would find a way to go over, under, around or even simply through the damned thing. If a fence was 20 feet down, 100 feet high, extended a few miles offshore in either direction, and electrified, then there might be a chance. But we know that’s never gonna happen!
As far as communication goes, I already mentioned Twitter overuse. In verbal communication, Trump is basically a simpleton. In terms of vocabulary and grammar, Lincoln, for example, was very eloquent (illustrated by the Gettysburg Address), using 9th-grade level vocabulary and 11th-grade level grammar. Even Clinton had 8th-grade level vocab and grammar. What’s Trump’s level? His vocabulary is actually around 7th grade, but his grammar is like that of a 10-year-old (5th-grade level). So, he speaks like a child (and frankly, he acts like one frequently).
Now, Trump’s moral character is quite embarrassing for the office he holds. Trump (prior to ever considering running for president) was recorded in a lewd conversation about women. He said something to the effect that when a man is famous, women will let them do just about anything. That’s when the infamous “grab them by the [vulgar term for female genitalia]” quote came from. In the same conversation, he described how he tried (and failed) to come on to, and have sex with, the co-host of Access Hollywood. He certainly didn’t shy away from certain words in his semi-private conversation. Anyway, Trump is a grade-A sleazebag who even at one time mentioned how, if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter, he’d date her (how repulsive!).
In short, Trump is definitely not in the “greatest presidents” category. He’s not even in the top 10. I would put him more toward the bottom of the barrel. So far, not the worst, but approaching. He should stop running at the mouth on Twitter and concentrate on learning what being a President involves and listening to his real advisors. A “leader” who is constantly bitching and moaning and not producing much results is not an effective leader. However, with today’s immense political divide, very few people would actually be successful at leading this country and bringing it back to great prosperity. Too much government, too many regulations, too much governmental “nanny state” or “big brother” overreach and micromanagement.
Anymore I don’t think it would matter who the President is, there’s too much bickering and too much pettiness in Washington to ever unite and truly “make America great again”. For now, we’re all along for the ride. It’s bumpy and we’re all in it together. So, sit back, put on your seat belts, keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times, be safe and be well.