Friday, Donald Trump is Our President, Align with Him, America First
Friday, Donald Trump enters the White House just as he entered the race for President, straightforward, unbound by tradition and confident of his path.
In the 2.5 months since his election as the nation’s 45th president, Donald Trump has upended decades of established diplomatic protocol, business boardrooms, tested long-standing unwritten rules and continued his direct style of replying to any slight with a personal attack.
During his transition, Donald Trump made clear that he will change the highest office in our republic.
“They say it’s not presidential to call up these massive leaders of business,” Donald Trump told a crowd in Indianapolis in December. That was after he negotiated a deal with an air conditioning company to keep jobs in the state, a move many economists derided as unworkable national economic policy.
“I think it’s very Presidential,” he declared. “And if some think it is not Presidential, that’s OK. That’s OK. Because I actually like doing it.”
Even before he takes the Oath of office, Donald Trump has changed the very nature of the US Presidency, breaking conventions and many peoples expectations for the leader of the free world.
Donald Trump is aware of the historic nature of his new position.
He has told friends that he is drawn to the ambition of Ronald Reagan, a Republican, and John F. Kennedy, a Democrat.
Donald Trump sees himself as a kind of different kind of President, beholden to no one for his success and modeling himself after no leader who’s come before. Trump has said he’s read no biographies of former US Presidents, saying he does not “like the concept of heroes.”
He is the Maestro
That’s a shift that thrills his supporters, as he was elected to shake up what they see as an unresponsive and corrupt federal government in the dubbed the Swamp of Washington. Those supporters, including me, an most that I know do not want him to change.
Donald Trump won the election with that approach.
But, that worries some governing experts, lawmakers and critics, who argue that the traditional practices of the Presidency protect the health of the American democracy.
What the so called traditionalist are worried about is that they are soon to be be thrown our of their feather beds.
Since winning the election, Donald Trump has attacked some Hollywood celebrities, civil rights leaders and political rivals. He can and has moved markets by going after some companies, and praising others.
He’s questioned the legitimacy of American institutions, he engages in personal dust-ups with left wing journalists as he assails the dishonest press and media that continues questioning the results of the election that put him in office.
For us Trump supporters, that no-holds-barred, take no prisoners style is the reason he won our votes. But for the progressive others in our nation, it’s a type of leadership they fear.
President Elect Trump’s moves are changing the traditions of government in Washington, freeing lawmakers and other officials from long-respected practices of federal politics.
Those who know Donald Trump say delights in confounding establishment expectations.
President Barack Hussein Obama an utter failure in the office, had the temerity to Donald Trump advice both publicly and privately urging him to hold onto some of the traditions of the office.
Such traditions are that the President is not his own man, he is beholding to outsiders in the shadows.
Donald Trump’s supporters say it’s the institutions and Washington, and not the next President, that must change.
“Trump believes that he has a better understanding of how things work in the modern world than all of these so-called critics,” said former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, a Trump adviser, who has spoken with the President Elect about his Presidency.
“That is who he is, and the rest of us are going to have to learn how to think through that.”
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