The Ideological Island of President Donald Trump I would like first to express my sincere thoughts and prayers to all of those who have been in the path of destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We have seen the best of America through these natural disasters.
Recently, President Donald Trump made a “deal” with Capitol Hill Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. I have listened to the pundits and analysis. There have been many who have praised President Trump for getting something done. And there are others who have evidenced utter shock. I would advise President Trump to remember the story of Faust and his deal with the devil. It created the metaphor that is termed Faustian, meaning the ill conceived and ambitious surrender of moral integrity and character in exchange for short-term power and success. Faust gave up his soul, an eternal quality, for something that was temporal. And so it will be that in three months, December, we will have another debt ceiling debate.
And ask yourself, who of you can raise your own debt ceiling allowing you to borrow more money to pay bills? Certainly, it is not possible for the common American to print money in order to maintain their economic viability. We were going to fund the disaster relief for Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. So truly, there was not real big policy win for President Trump, just a temporary perceived success, but what will be the lasting consequences?
The real issue that no one is assessing is that President Donald Trump finds himself on an ideological island. Sure, perhaps making the deal with Pelosi and Schumer was an endeavor to shame and embarrass Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. These two Capitol Hill GOP “leaders” certainly could use some shaming since their level of incompetence and cowardice make the Scarecrow and Lion from the Wizard of Oz look like Einstein and Spartan King Leonidas, respectively.
But in truth, President Trump finds himself in a certain no man’s land of political ideology and principle of governance. Yes, the Trump agenda has stalled, but President Trump has done a grand job blaming everyone, conservatives, liberal progressives (Democrats), moderate Republicans, the media, and everyone else. Perhaps President Trump should take a lesson from former President Harry Truman who had a sign on his desk stating, “the buck stops here.” And just as a reminder, I didn’t like it when Obama blamed…