In his Saturday address President Trump talked about Senate action on his first Supreme Court nominee that will “protect the rule of law and democratic way of life that is absolutely a birthright of all Americans.”1 That democratic way of life may be our right, but how often does it work for us when something needs to get done?
Some incredible facts were revealed during the first 41 days of Donald Trump’s presidency that began with his arrival in Washington and ended with Tuesday’s address to Congress. What we learned didn’t come from the president. It doesn’t have anything to do with our dreams or the nation’s spirit.
Too often something you want takes a big piece out of you when you get it, like a cute stray dog that sinks its teeth into your hand the moment you offer it a snack. Trump’s plans to repeal the “no stumping from the pulpit” Johnson Amendment runs a big risk of doing exactly that.
I am not surprised that Jimmy Carter is attending the inauguration. Whether or not you agree with his politics it’s hard to argue that the man has integrity. He is also wise enough to know that turning his back on America’s leader is a foolish thing to do.
When it comes to political predicaments it’s hard to top having to please everyone on immigration. The obvious solution is to do nothing. That hasn’t worked so well and is a damned no matter what you do scenario. Short of deporting every last illegal by the end of January, Trump will have a hard time pleasing hard liners.
Chicago took down its Trump signs.1 The city no longer deemed him worthy of its respectful brown placards. Removing the signs in this destitute sanctuary city is probably more of an honor to a Republican than putting them up, but no one would argue that payback and disrespect are a sign of the times.
After the election the media gleefully brought us stories of people who were fearful of what a President Trump might do. Many were afraid of being deported. Others lived in fear of hate crimes. They recited what they had been told to believe.