Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf In The White House?

The short answer is no one. Yes, the novelty of intimidation and bluster might work with heartland rubes on the campaign trail or in the fake reality TV world or dealing with thugs in real state, but not so much when it comes to governance.

It turns out that you really do need to understand details of the issues and governing procedure to be an effective political leader. It goes back to that old saying that only those who know nothing can be absolutely certain about everything. Unfortunately significant portions of the electorate were ignorant of this truism when candidate Trump assured the masses that he could do it all — bigly. Thus the nation finds itself stuck with an ignoramus who being at least theoretically in charge of government operations, yet remains in essence one who is nothing more than a lying, psychopathic fraud.

Sure one might be able to bullshit their way into government just as one might temporarily fool folks that one is a plumber, a surgeon, or a nuclear physicist, but faking expertise in any of these fields won’t hold up for long. And so the administrative clowns show that is presently making camp in the White House is, well, looking like a clown show.

All his adult life the Donald has applied coercion and sleight of hand to create the illusion of success. This is why he is terrified that his tax returns become public knowledge. They would likely paint a picture of failure, corruption and massive debt.

President Trump was going to show do-nothing politicians how a “businessman” gets things done — no more talk, talk, talk and more talk.

And how was such a man-child of limited knowledge going to pull of this miracle of leadership? He was going to apply the only bit of genius he understands — fear. But, alas, for the poor Donald, few if any one of account in Washington fears this clueless president, one who uses random bursts from his rhetorical machine-gun to keep shooting himself in the foot.

As it turns out, when it comes to the art of politics, just creating enemies won’t cut it, a president requires allies, and the impetuous Mr. Trump has always had a habit of quickly throwing allies under the bus. Thus in his panic to play president his way, Mr. Trump is trashing potential allies left and right. And thus few, if any, are afraid of the man in the White House, the one who stands virtually alone, despite his snarls and nasty tweets. He’s an empty threa — wolf, wolf.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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