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Fixing America Requires Removing a Deeply Flawed President

September 20, 2019
Thomas A. Frangos

Regarding Constantinos Scaros’ commentary [Fixing the Presidency Means Fixing America, Sept. 14]; yes, if presidents weren’t saddled with running for office in four years they could spend more time being effective. That’s clear.  Notwithstanding, a president with no moral values or direction, no decency, little intelligence, excessive narcissism, aversion to the rule of law, and penchant for vindictiveness and pettiness is damaging to those being governed and America, generally. When his only talk is of “me, myself, and I,” that’s a clear issue with his loyalties and a major problem for us all. When asked about the recent passing of exceptional journalist Cokie Roberts, Trump first referred to himself. It’s sickening.

Trump is a con-man and charlatan, that’s clear from his non-stop barrage of condescending and mean-spirited daily tweets. There is absolutely no moral or ethical grounding for any of his actions or activities. It’s purely political claptrap to assuage his supplicant minions and be “in your face.” That isn’t leadership. By every account he is insecure, small-minded, child-like, and afraid someone will upstage him.  It’s a pathetic and bizarre metal state for someone who is the supposed leader of the free world.

He cannot accept that others truly know more than he does about any subject. Pick one… how about his bizarre meteorology spew about Alabama? He’s utterly incompetent and that’s why his Cabinet is an endless revolving door. And, when we read “To put it another way, if Trump were to be guaranteed reelection he could effectuate meaningful reform in terms of guns, immigration, and trade today,  – and we’d all be better off for it,” one wonders on what basis this opinion is cast. First, he is clearly imbedded in the pocket of the NRA, so meaningful gun reform will never occur on his watch. Second, he resoundingly hates anybody who is non-white. Further, why would anybody separate parents from their kids at the border? Is there any logical or ethical reason to do so? Apparently, his in-laws were somehow better than desperate non-white parents with kids escaping violence. And, his employees at Mar-A-Lago were perfectly fine until they were “discovered.” Yeah, right. Third, if he knew anything about trade, his complaint with China would take on a much more surgical approach, with other countries involved and high-tech and advanced manufacturing techniques being targeted, not meaningless do-dads we would never make here anyway. Fourth (and for good measure), he alone caused the problems with Iran. Our intelligence determined Iran was in full compliance with our agreed nuclear deal. Nobody now trusts us because we can’t keep a deal. It’s the stuff of third world dictators.

Trump’s “beautiful” wall (he has only one adjective in his vocabulary in case you haven’t noticed) isn’t being financed by Mexico at all. It’s coming from funds appropriated by Congress to multiple military and other necessary projects which he effectively stole to build an unneeded political albatross so he can wrongly claim he kept a political promise. That money belongs to you and me, folks. Of course, Mitch McConnell, Trump’s freakish water boy, has arranged things so none of his Kentucky projects will be affected by Trump’s theft. He has further killed funding to protect our elections. Atta boy, Mitch. You need to make sure when your feckless boss loses in 2020 he can claim thousands of migrants came streaming across the border to vote against him. Pure genius!

By the way, here is a lesson on Bill Weld, the Republican challenger many are ready to dismiss out of hand. He was a very effective two-term Republican Governor in a solid blue state, Massachusetts, when all the other elected officials were democrats. Anybody remember Senator Ted Kennedy? Weld was governor during the Kennedy years, and largely fixed the state’s tax and spend problems. He, as a Republican, received an astounding 71% of the vote his second term in Kennedy territory. If you stop and listen to Weld, he’s an exceedingly smart and sharp guy on multiple issues. He puts our Orange Clown to shame on all fronts and has a demonstrated capability to work with Democrats to get the job done. The fact Trump even gets an audience is, unfortunately, testament to the abject ignorance of the voting public. Weld would make him look the part of the Stooge in any debate, and that’s precisely why Trump will never debate Weld.

Getting back to the issue of terms served, give the president one six-year term and that’s it. No re-election possibility, and no need for political pandering. Just do the job and exit in six years.

Thomas A. Frangos is a real estate developer/builder, former manager with Toll Brothers, and is currently developing affordable housing solutions for retirees in metro Boston.

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