Let’s review for a brief moment some of Donald J. Trump’s key Cabinet appointments.
I thought it would be worthwhile to look back a bit in the wake of the Dr. Ronny Jackson nomination to become head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jackson is a fine physician who has a good rapport with the president, which seems to be the major — perhaps the only — reason Trump selected him to lead the VA. He has no experience in leading an agency of such size and importance. His nomination is in dire peril over allegations of drinking on the job and over-prescribing of medicine.
- Dr. Ben Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon who now runs the Department of Housing and Urban Development. His experience in running a huge federal agency? None, although he said he once visited a public housing complex.
- Betsy DeVos was educated in private schools; she sent her children to private schools. She has no direct experience or exposure to public education. Yet she runs the U.S. Department of (public) Education.
- Rick Perry once declared he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy. Now he is the secretary of the agency he once promised to wipe away.
- Scott Pruitt served as Oklahoma attorney general and sued the federal government repeatedly over what he said were onerous regulations designed to protect our environment. Now he is head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Jim Bridenstine had no science background before Trump nominated him to lead NASA, the nation’s space agency.
- The Trump administration has burned through four communications directors in less than 18 months. One of them had, um, no experience in the communications field.
Is there a pattern here? Sure there is. The fellow who nominated all of them to their high offices has no political/government/public service either.
The first public office the president of the United States ever sought was the one he occupies at this moment. He has no experience in government. None in public service.
He doesn’t know a damn thing about the value of public service, nor does he seem to appreciate why people serve the public.
There will be more drama and chaos to come. Of that I am certain.
But … the president tells it like it is.