By James A. Kidney It took one week for Defense Secretary James Mattis to prove wrong those who believed he might be a stabilizing island of sanity in the Trump Administration. See the picture above. It is a picture of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary Mattis last Friday at the Pentagon, where Trump executed his signature on the executive order “temporarily” barring immigration from seven Muslim countries. Note the display medal in the background. The visible one among several backing the stage is is of the Congressional Medal of Honor — the country’s highest military honor. The word “valor” is carefully staged to appear in photos above Trump’s head. Mattis is shown happily examining the pen with which Trump signed the order. I apologize for believing Defense Secretary James Mattis would bring sanity to the madness of the Trump administration. The disease that is Trump has already … Read more of this post . . .
By James A. Kidney Donald Trump’s actions as president-elect have been so aggressive that it is hard to keep up. Here are a collection of observations now that the cabinet is taking shape: We Have Our First Inarticulate President. That Means Trouble Donald Trump has the peculiar ability to speak or Tweet in abrupt, short sentences, using the same words over and over that have a visceral appeal to his supporters. This is a talent among advertising copy writers, but Trump does not so much seem to be applying a skill as testing the limits of his communication abilities. This is a serious problem for America. A President needs to communicate directly with his or her constituents. Doing so demonstrates leadership, builds confidence in the man and the office, explains policy and comforts Americans that their leader knows what he is doing. Trump has communicated only through Twitter, television appearances … Read more of this post . . .