Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor,Change is hard. No one is more aware of this truth than your humble correspondent. The aging process includes a component that insists that whatever is working should not be tampered with except in extreme circumstances. Old people strongly embrace the idea that if something is working, don’t fool with it.
All this is normal and may even be healthy except for those whose lives are ruled by politics and the double standards that govern their political lives. The elevation of Donald Trump to the White House has made it clear that change is not welcome among the politicians. They all know their place in the hierarchy. They know the rules of the Washington power game. They were comfortable in the knowledge that they would continue the accepted practice of selling their influence, making themselves wealthy and enjoying their rock star way of life.
But then came Trump. He was not and is not one of them. He is showing little interest in becoming one of them and they hate him for it. From the start of his campaign to the present, he has not acted like a politician His connection to voters offers little evidence that he will become a Washingtonian.
The Democrat power brokers among the established elite in Washington initially laughed at the prospect of a Trump Presidency. They thought they could easily get rid of this upstart, buffoonish millionaire known for speaking his mind. Democrats knew that Republicans are known to cave at the first sign of trouble.
For Republicans, trouble is any criticism offered by Democrats and their media myrmidons. The Republicans were so fearful of Barack Obama that they fully funded every item in every Obama budget request. The Republicans, alleged champions of truth, justice, and the American Way offer little public support for President Trump.So far, Dems have slowed cabinet appointments, forced Michael Flynn to quit his appointment, and forced Attorney General Sessions to recuse himself from certain investigations. So far, the Democrats reason, so good. They may not make Trump go away but if Republicans keep silent, the Trump presidency will become irrelevant.
Change is hard. But the voters decided to give change a chance. We elected Donald Trump. We believed what he said. We knew he was not one of “them.” We wanted real change in Washington. The two wings of The Establishment did not. Members of the two branches of the Washington hierarchy did their best to keep Trump out of the White House.
The plan was working until the prez delivered The Speech. In a little over an hour, on national television, the Donald became the POTUS. Some of his detractors agreed.
The speech struck fear into the heart of Democrats and Republicans alike. This guy, they reasoned, actually meant what he said during the campaign. Left unchallenged, he might succeed in remaking the country The ordinary schmucks, the voters, might retain their support for this incompetent who threatens the Democrat-Republican love fest in lala land.