Reader's View: Trump's incompetence saving us from Trump
President Donald Trump continually outdoes himself with infantile tantrums that demonstrate how unfit he is for his office. But his one saving grace is that his sheer incompetence sometimes prevents much of the damage he otherwise would inflict o...
President Donald Trump continually outdoes himself with infantile tantrums that demonstrate how unfit he is for his office. But his one saving grace is that his sheer incompetence sometimes prevents much of the damage he otherwise would inflict on our republic.
When he childishly forced the recent shutdown, he admitted to Sen. Chuck Schumer that he proudly would bear sole responsibility. It was a case of the truth accidentally coming out. Of course, in his usual style, he later backtracked on the admission, but the damage was done. He and his party rightly got the blame.
Another instance of shooting himself in the foot came when he had a fit over not getting the money he wanted for a border wall. He declared a national emergency that seemed to be visible only to himself and Fox News. Once again the truth came out by accident when he admitted his action was unnecessary, done solely to speed up action on the wall. Some "emergency." And please notice how decisively he rushed into action that same afternoon to deal with this supposed crisis on our border. You guessed it: He flew to Mar-a-Lago to play golf. You just can't make this stuff up.
But Trump's latest farce in declaring a national emergency is far from comical. He seems to be attempting to tear up the Constitution by seizing a power expressly delegated to Congress: the power of the purse. His is an awesome display of arrogance more befitting the authoritarian tyrant of a banana republic than the president of the United States. You can kiss separation of powers goodbye if he gets away with it.
It is time for Congress to show some backbone and reclaim its rightful role as a coequal branch of government.
James J. Amato