In most walks of life failure is a bad thing. The one exception is failure in politics. When government trips up it can be a good thing. From that perspective it’s hard to choose the biggest failure of 2017. Many political catastrophes played out to our benefit.
When a president oversteps his bounds there is always impeachment. Democrats have reminded us of that fact since January 20, 2017. When a political party takes over the legislature and the presidency there’s not a lot we can do until the next election. That’s what happened with Barack Obama and why we have a national health care system we can’t afford that doesn’t cover everyone Democrats claimed it would cover. Whether or not Trump is an authoritarian depends on your politics. One way or the other the people have an option we don’t have with an entrenched party of bullying progressives.
The RNC just came knocking, looking for money again. Republicans have a lot of explaining to do before they deserve a single cent, starting with their tepid support for the president and the America First policy they aren’t supporting. Are they afraid they will be accused of being nationalists or is this the timeworn tradition of separating themselves from a president who might interfere with their job prospects and control of a Congress they still can’t seem to take charge of?
The mean-spirited war of words that started after the White House ended TPS for Hondurans ignores the fact that this temporary program has dragged on for 20 years. This isn’t mass deportation despite the disinformation from Democrats. Two decades is long enough and changing the reason Hondurans need sanctuary in the U.S. is not an excuse to keep them here in perpetuity.
Critics have blamed the president for everything from risking global nuclear annihilation to touching off a losing trade war over steel and aluminum tariffs. What they forget is that when Trump bluffs he usually gets what he wants, whether it’s a concession from Congress or a change in policy from a misbehaving foreign government. A House member from Minnesota recently called his administration incompetent, but the more insightful will one day call Trump’s chaos government simple good business.