I know I am not the only American who believes this, but the possible partial government shutdown seems to sum up quite nicely the first year of Donald Trump’s chaotic presidency.
Politics can be, oh, so poetic at times.
Such as right now.
It is quite possible that we’re going to wake up Saturday with the government shuttering some of its doors and windows. And think of it: This event might occur on the exact date one year after Donald Trump took the presidential oath of office.
No Drama Obama handed the White House keys over to All Chaos All the Time Trump.
Ain’t it cool? Well, no. It’s not.
The government shutdown, if it comes, will signify to me that Donald Trump’s time as president has come to a form of full circle.
He stood on the Capitol podium one year ago and delivered that dark, forbidding inaugural speech. Then right out of the chute, brand new press secretary Sean Spicer scolded the White House press corps with a scathing rebuke of its reporting of the size of the president’s inaugural crowd.
That, dear reader, set the tone for how this administration was going to conduct business.
So, here we are. One year later, we’re about the close many government offices, denying services to Americans who are entitled to partake of services they pay for with their tax money.
Trump, meanwhile, is chiding Democrats because they insist on a funding bill that takes care of so-called “Dreamers,” those U.S. residents brought here illegally when they were children. Democrats are chiding Republicans over their insistence that a funding bill include money to build a “big, beautiful wall” along our southern border.
The president’s “leadership” on this government funding madness has been missing in action.
I’ll just remind you all that of all the principals involved in this fight, only one of them represents the entire country: the president of the United States.
To borrow a phrase, Donald Trump “is leading from behind.”
Ah, yes. The political poetry of this chaos is so very telling.
As is its irony.