I didn’t vote for him, but I also don’t complain about him.
Man, was I wrong.
Way back in January 2016, I surmised President Trump might be the best thing for America. Oddly, my theory depended less on Trump and more on Congress. The latter has let me down much more than the former.
I figured if Trump won, Congress might be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. I believed polls showing Trump voters weren’t necessarily Republican voters, and I expected ticket-splitting on Election Day. (I also believed polls that Trump would lose, but that’s another story.)
Instead, Congress became even redder. That’s certainly one way to break the congressional gridlock of the Obama years, although not the one I was hoping for. I figured a Trump presidency and an almost-evenly-split Congress would look like this…
Congress — both Democrats and Republicans — would find common ground against a president who’d make such capricious and emotional decisions, he’d offend both parties’ core philosophies while also challenging them.
In my cynical view, that was the only way to get Congress moving again. Trump wouldn’t be a swamp-drainer as much as a warm enema.
To me, the greatest threat to American democracy is paralysis, from Congress not passing budgets to not appointing judges to not doing much of anything to tackle the country’s problems. Such inaction and infighting is the most prevailing theory for why the Roman Republic shed its democratic ways (for white male property owners, anyway) and became the Roman Empire. Hell, even Google says so.
Spare me the jokes that Trump is already acting like a Roman emperor. This isn’t about Trump the man, it’s about Trump the laxative. Even with a Republican-dominated Congress, Trump is getting things moving again.
Look at Obamacare. Unlike other observers, I look at the stop-start Republican replacement plan as progress.
Even conservatives conceded during the Obama years, Congress voted 54 times on “defunding measures that would have crippled Obamacare” — and those were all symbolic, since Congress didn’t have enough votes to make them stick.
After the 30th or 40th time, it’s hard to keep your interest. Which explains why polls from that era showed most Americans hated the Affordable Care Act but loved the new benefits they were receiving. And regardless of political affiliation, they told pollsters they were sick of talking about sickness.
Today, that’s changed. I got my hair cut last week, and we talked about congressional action on healthcare. I go to an old-timey barbershop, and we usually talk about sex, cars, music, crime, sports, drinking, and home repair.
Thanks to Trump being Trump, healthcare is a national conversation again.
So is the FBI. How many Americans knew how the FBI director was hired and fired? Since Trump is slowly pissing off Republican lawmakers, the discussion is seeping into the public consciousness in both red and blue states. So Trump isn’t only a Congressional laxative, he’s a cartoon civics lesson.
I can’t be the only American who marvels at both Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow ripping into Trump every day. Who else on this planet could unite two pundits who have staked their careers preaching to their converted?
Certainly not Hillary Clinton. She campaigned on continuing Obama’s legacy. Like or hate him, you must admit: Congressional deadlock was a big part of Obama’s legacy. It wasn’t his fault, but this isn’t about assigning blame. It’s about the reality in the trenches.
Trump has accomplished so much in only a few months. He’s single-handedly made politics a hot topic again, he’s united left and right, and he’s freaking out Congress. Next year’s midterm elections will be the most talked-about and most covered in our lifetimes, and whatever the results, it’s likely not to be status quo. And that will truly make America great again.
Article last modified on May 17, 2017. Published by Debt.com, LLC .