By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald John Trump’s exit from the presidency of the United States is getting uglier by the day.
I wish I could find a bottom to its ugliness. Sadly, I cannot locate it.
So many reports are coming out daily about Trump’s seeming disinterest in the nation’s actual existential crisis: the coronavirus pandemic that is killing thousands of Americans each day. He is obsessed with an election he lost and fixated on ways he could possibly remain in power.
Trump hates the term “loser,” except when he uses it to describe others. Now that he must wear the label himself, Trump has become some sort of monster in the White House. He convenes meetings that include a disgraced national security adviser who received a presidential pardon and a campaign lawyer who insists that Trump could seize voting machines in precincts that voted for President-elect Biden.
The Russians have hacked into our security network and Trump is silent, except to downplay its significance.
I don’t fear necessarily for the future of our democratic system of government. It will survive this maelstrom of misery and mayhem. However, it is going to require some repair from the new president and his team. To that end, my hope is that President Biden deploys his vast knowledge of government and its workings to set about restoring the regular channels of communication and retooling government’s machinery.
I guess my deepest concern at this moment, as Trump’s term as president staggers to a close, is the prospect of the commander in chief doing something profoundly foolish and reckless intending to take our attention away from the Russian hacking operation. That would be for Trump to start an armed conflict, thrusting young Americans into harm’s way.
Is that beyond the capacity of a president who appears fixated solely on holding onto power? Absolutely not!
This is a dangerous man and this is a dangerous time.
We have 30 days to go before sanity returns to the Oval Office. I am holding my breath.