Upon Donald Trump being elected and taking up residence at the White House, many seemingly felt it was comparable to God’s wrath or Hitler reincarnate taking power—but they’re wrong. While the president seems to be making impulsive decisions, people need to remember the US government is composed of a checks-and-balances system.
With that knowledge in mind, if folks are going to compare President Trump to anything/anyone, they should consider him as Gulliver when the surgeon found himself in Lilliput. Think about it. We currently have a “big guy” who has apparently incited fear in an entire country, so just about everybody’s doing anything and everything (often questionable) to keep him in check—or even from succeeding (in the US’s case). (Recall the Lilliputians impulsively tying down Gulliver after being washed ashore upon his ship sinking.)
While the media has portrayed activists and hardcore leftists fighting Trump, those people aren’t the impacting element—egos deflated. Just about everyone (especially Washington) struggles with change—it’s human.
And the fearful need to relax, as President Trump’s one quasi-dictatorial outlet is Twitter—his own account. Just like anyone else, he’s free to express his thoughts and feelings on anything. (Are thoughts and feelings facts? Err on the side of “no.”) But he’s even put in check on his Tweets, as he often goes social-media dark when folks question his aides in regards to said posts.
Further, because of Judge Derrick K. Watson (HI) and Judge Theodore D. Chuang (MD), the president’s immigration ban is in limbo land—re: checks and balances. Even Obama was slapped with the judiciary ruler, as it thwarted his immigration plan—the US would have five-million illegal immigrants if not for the system. There’s too much red tape…for our presidents to make law of their every, political thought.
More, Republicans may have the upper hand in the House & Senate, but that doesn’t mean President Trump has legislative reign. Think about US health care—the president has been struggling to iron this one out. His American Health Care Act won’t see the light of day until it gets revised heavily. Trump himself once said, “[health care is] an unbelievably complex subject.” Currently, ObamaCare is an egg teetering at the edge of the federal-government table—the entire health-care infrastructure could collapse if/when that plan falls. Republicans are struggling with AHCA.
When it comes to the US, national budget, Trump can’t simply go on a shopping spree—Congress must approve and track every penny spent. In the words of Marco Rubio, “We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets.”
Yet still, liberal fear projects and depicts President Trump as this entity who’s out to squash Americans to bits—the United States’ system’s stronger… However, The New York Review of Books labeled him an “autocrat” and called him America’s Vladimir Putin. Then there was The Washington Post‘s December (opinion) piece that blatantly stated, “Donald Trump is actually a fascist” and the March piece stating, “Trump’s Twitter feed is a gateway to authoritarianism.” Many publications have slapped the president with an array of insults—the list goes on… The point is free speech is part of the United States Constitution. (Do liberals think that historically sacred document’s just a relic under glass??) That document is what enables their pubs. (and others) to reflect thoughts and ideas—much like social media.
But it seems many liberals have opined otherwise—re: The New Yorker’s “Our Broken Constitution,” December 2013 (re: “The compromises, misjudgments and failures of the men in Philadelphia haunt us still today.”); The New York Times’s “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution,” December 2012; Salon’s “Let’s Stop Pretending the Constitution is Sacred,” January 2011.
Beit Donald Trump, Barack Obama or whoever’s president, the Framers knew to create a system of checks and balances. In order for President Trump’s ideas to actually become law, they must go through all three branches of the US government—it’s more than having campaign parties with fans rooting him on.
And if some US citizens still see him as a nefarious giant, again they should think back to Gulliver—specifically when he helped the Lilliputians battle the Blefuscuans. Trump is definitely kicking ass in terms of keeping North America’s enemies at bay. Ultimately, during his struggles to successfully get things done, he can always revisit The Art of the Deal.