You may recall Donald Trump on the campaign trail talking about government and about how he “alone could fix it.” Yep, he’s the only one. Let’s take a look at the record, shall we, of just what Trump hath wrought. New Civil Rights Movement:
With Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.
This is staggering. This is simply stunning, and yet this is the new normal in the Crazytown that is the Trump administration. While Trump obsesses on throwing red meat to his base, which is largely what the Nielsen termination was about, and tweets, the government is not staffed and it’s not being run. We are almost three years in to this administration, and a lot of the broad brush strokes of governance have yet to be done.
Not convinced America is in crisis yet?
Think about this.
At the Dept. of Defense, 25% of key positions as of April 1 remain unfilled, according to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. At the State Dept., that number jumps to 39%. Homeland Security: 44%.
Granted, some percentage of those are nominated and awaiting Senate confirmation, but if Democrats are holding them up, there’s reason to believe it’s the quality of the nominee that’s the problem, given Trump’s record.
As The Post notes, there are currently 140 key positions requiring Senate confirmation for which the Trump administration has never nominated anyone.
Trump simply is not up to the task of doing the job he was elected to do. This has been apparent since square one. When Trump was elected and went to the White House for briefings, even he said that he “didn’t realize the job was so big.” Trump is an ego running riot. He knows he can’t do the job, he doesn’t even like the job, but his ego won’t allow him to do what any decent man would do, which is to admit error and step aside. It’s debatable whether he would even step aside and not seek re-election. Don’t hold your breath for that one. Trump wants to keep the facade of leadership going. He wants the rallies, the screams of the supporters. That’s his drug. The fact that he can’t give them anything in return is inconsequential.
The bottom line is that America is more vulnerable than she has ever been and God forbid we are attacked, it could be truly catastrophic. We have to win in 2020. America can’t take much more of this neglect. Government is an engine, and like any fine tooled machine, it must be maintained, it must be serviced. What we have going on now, is government set out to pasture, like a junker, to mold and rot. We don’t need another four years of this, we’re going to be lucky to get into the White House and fix what’s already been damaged. And that will take years. Trump and his cabal of crooks are like termites, once they get into the foundation, good luck. We need to fumigate before the damage becomes irreparable.