As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1933, “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.”
This is our eighth column on Donald Trump since March 9, 2016 (see a list at our blog entry of November 8, 2016), as we join in the national past time of trying to understand the man who challenged us with “Vote for me, what have you got to lose?”
With the sudden request by President Trump for his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to resign (the same as being fired) February 13, 2017, we see cracks appearing in the organizing foundation of the new Trump Administration. Will we win or lose?
As with Nixon and Clinton, their error (character flaw) was lying about an act, not the act itself. (Flynn made several telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, December 26 and 27, 2016, when President Barack Obama, by Constitution, was still president of the United States). We made notion of great transgression in an earlier column in January. Flynn is but one of many problems the Trump Administration is having to deal with as of the writing of this column. Here is a quick list:
- North Korea: aggressive violations of U.N. agreements regarding missile development.
- China: aggressive moves in the South China Sea and in international finance.
- Russia: aggressive moves by Putin off the coast of Delaware and buzzing our ships in the Black Sea.
- Iran: its violations of the Iran deal.
- Obamacare: fighting to repeal without a replacement.
- The Wall: still a center of concern regarding cost and effectiveness.
- Fighting bipartisan, deep-state partnership attempt to keep the status quo, while positioning for making Trump a loser today and the Democrats winners again in 2020.
And the list goes on. In fact, it is so perilous that even Americans who voted for Trump are fearful that he may be over matched by the demands of his office. These problems are not only damaging to his legacy but also damaging to the security of the United States of America.
To remove a National Security Advisor after 24 days on the job makes many Americans uncomfortable, adding to the divide right now between the president and the people, even those who voted for him.
Donald Trump holds the key to the national security vault. Pushing the wrong button or combination of buttons puts all Americans in danger. Some observers say Trump won’t have a “first 100 days” to hit the ground running. The writer of this column agrees.
We haven’t named Vladamir Putin or Russia because until Michael Flynn is questioned by Congress we’ll have no idea as a nation why Russia feels so comfortable in reading the intent of the United States before the United States knows what its intent is. We all pray for our republic, because we all know as the nation goes so goes our future.
We hope the Trump Administration has the wherewithal and the honest intellect to follow in the footsteps of previous presidents who have safely guided this nation. We hope and pray that new ideas and advisors will set this new president on a correct path.
Whether Republican, Democratic, or Independent, we all want to be comfortable in our own homes and be in a nation that provides comfort for its citizens. Anything other than that will be disastrous to the citizens of this nation.
May God continue to bless this great nation. We speak of a God that is worshipped by many nations, religions, and faiths. We all have a stake in the future of the nations of the world. May God give this nation strength to bring its message in line.