Is Trump Irrelevant?

Econophile's picture

Those who had lauded the expansion of executive powers when Barack Obama was president perhaps now see the dangers of an imperial presidency with Donald Trump as president. It doesn’t matter if you are Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, because we all know what Lord Acton said about the corrupting influence of power.

In previous columns written during the presidential campaign, I observed that Trump is devoid of ideology. His appalling inauguration speech was loaded with vague objectives which he apparently thought he could achieve by edict. In his nomination acceptance speech, he recited a list of issues which he said, “… I alone can fix it.” That is some chutzpah and it is more revealing than Mr. Trump realizes.

I noted, “Trump follows a long line of populist leaders who use tired terms like ‘America first’ or the ‘Forgotten Man’ to incite their followers. They promise big and deliver little.” Populists sacrifice principles for power.

The chaos that is engulfing the Trump administration should be worrisome to all of us. Trump as president has revealed his true self and he is unlikely to change. Attempts to inject gravitas into President Trump have proven futile. Trump supporters enthusiastically welcomed General Kelly as Chief of Staff whom they thought would tame Trump and bring some order to the chaos that has been the hallmark of his administration. That has not been the case as we have seen in Trump’s Charlottesville tweets.

His supporters now similarly cheer the ouster of Steve Bannon, another agent of chaos, as a turning point in Trump’s administration. That would be wishful thinking. If we’ve learned nothing else from Trump, we know he is uncontrollable and will dig in and double down on his blunders.

One wonders why President Trump continues to sabotage himself. Any rational politician would wish to build a consensus of support in Congress to achieve his policy goals. Yet Trump seems pathologically incapable of doing that. The Charlottesville missteps have seen the Republican Congress backing away from him, afraid his noxiousness will rub off on them. Ditto with the business leaders on his advisory councils. Even worse, the press hate him and the long knives are out, digging for anything that would take him down. Why would a rational man keep doing this?

The answer is that he can’t help himself. You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to see the inherent flaws in his psyche. He either has seriously defective judgment or he has some mental issues that cause his compulsivity. Whatever it is, it is something beyond his arrogance, narcissism, and thin-skinned ego.

Which leads me to wonder if he is becoming irrelevant.

He alone is sabotaging his presidency. He has alienated a Republican Congress, his key advisers are at odds with him, and he lacks an ideological vision of what really does makes America great. It is obvious that he will not be the agent of change that voters hoped for. This makes him irrelevant and it is likely that the result will be a do-nothing presidency.

Being irrelevant does not make him harmless. He has a penchant for lashing out without consulting his key advisers. One could argue that “lashing out” is just harmless rhetoric, but in the foreign policy realm it is not. His attempts to top Kim Jong Un’s empty commie-rants, his threat to bomb the s**t out of ISIS, his threats against China and Iran, and his cosseting of Putin present him as a potentially dangerous, unpredictable, and destabilizing force. We need friends, not enemies, in this world.

Other than blundering onto another war, the greatest danger he presents is his threat to disrupt free trade which demonstrates a shocking ignorance of economics. Withdrawal from TPP, trade sanctions against China, and his goal of destroying NAFTA will only serve to destabilize our economy and bring on recession and unemployment.

What can we expect of Trump’s legislative accomplishments? Apparently, nothing. He failed to articulate true healthcare reform and a divisive Republican Congress failed spectacularly to fill the breach. Perhaps they will do nothing and let Obamacare fail. Tax cuts are a possibility, but it appears that it will be driven by Congress not the Executive branch.

There is something to be said for legislative paralysis. The fewer the legislative “reforms”, the better the economy. Once businesses, the drivers of prosperity, believe there will be stability and predictability in government action, they can better plan and invest for the future. If they believe that the playing field will be changed (regime uncertainty), they are less willing to invest in future expansion.

That is not to say there are not significant problems that government needs to address, but there is no political will to solve them. No president nor any Congress, left or right, seem willing to sacrifice power for solutions.

As much as his detractors would wish it so, unless the press or Robert Mueller come up with a smoking gun, a dead body, and a cache of rubles, it is unlikely he will be impeached. We must assume the man will last for a full four-year term.

Trump risks becoming irrelevant because no one will take him seriously. He reminds me of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where, after warning King Arthur that, “None shall pass”, he keeps defiantly taunting Arthur even after the king chops off his arms and legs. Trump just had a leg chopped off; he might be limbless by 2020.

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DarkestbeforeDawn's picture

Say what you will about Trump.  Hillary Clinton is NOT President. He CANNOT be any worse

carbon's picture

Trump  never WALL, deliver ,just like the Atlantic City Casino disaster .

 

dogismycopilot's picture

Roger Stone on fire on Alex Jones. Apparently Stone's sources are being frog marched out of the White House. Also, Trump's personal bodyguard has been driven out of the WH by Kelly. Bad shit in the woods is happening now. Trump might have lost the Korean War, but he's still my President!

Roger Stone Talks Trump Poisoning/Schiller Resignation & More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh8HNs1ETHE

DaveA's picture

Trump's election was a fluke anyhow, because the Permanent Government almost always gets its way. The PG is treating Trump as your body treats an embedded foreign object: Try to expel it, and if that fails, build a cyst around it. So Trump ends up alone in the Oval Office with all the levers of power that aren't actually connected to anything.

If Trump is irrelevant, that means elections are irrelevant, it means that America is not a Democracy or a Republic and hasn't been for some time. It is a mega-state answerable to no one, existing solely for its own empowerment and enrichment, and its legitimacy is based entirely on its ability to fuck you over.

Ross123's picture

I only got to the second paragraph when this came othis was said and then I gave up reading. What BS !!

"His appalling inauguration speech was loaded with vague objectives which he apparently thought he could achieve by ..."

 



InnVestuhrr's picture

Trump has already mortally wounded Trump's presidency.

joego1's picture

The way I look at it he is a successful New York sociopathic businessman which against a Politicizing free riding satanic psychopathic  grifting lawyer  is a no brainier. In my mind he is a transitional figure as we transform our society in so many ways. What will we be when it is over? I hope we are better. The answer to the question is very much yes.

TheFulishBastid's picture

WAIT Wait wait! You mean to tell me a purveyor of shitty champagne, mail order steaks, crappy hotels, and money losing casinos might not be qualified to be the leader of America?

You're saying, the WWE 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, host of a reality show who fired people from non-existent jobs ,  might  not be capable of handling matters of state involving nuclear powered states, former head of KGB heads of state, and ongoing natural disasters?

HUH, who could've seen that coming?

sparksmass's picture

Right, what we need is a community organiser with no executive experience whatsover, that would be the man we need.

Blacksunday3's picture

Yap yap yap. Another ZH troll piece.

SheHunter's picture

I am much more'liberal' than many of the ZH crew and I voted for Trump because even if I do not agree with all the stances he took during the election I want someone, anyone in office who will rattle the cage.  And Trump is rattling the cage. I detest he fired Bannon and I fear he is becoming mired with the swamp.  But I will give him his full term and watch closely to try and get insight into if he is attemtping to work within the swamp confines to implement his agenda or if he has accepted the swamp.  right now I do not know which is happening.  What we all know is he got sobered by what he saw once he got into office.  I cannot imagine all he is juggling but it must be pretty damn huge and sobering.  I bet he looks forward to the rallies he holds.  Might be his realty check.

 

dogismycopilot's picture

For all my bitching about Trump, he is still my President and was duly elected. Full stop. 

Lot of bad shit happening in the woods right now.

Steve Piecenzk lost his shit on Alex Jones today. Piecenik just cracked. 

STEVE PIECZENIK: ALEX JONES 9/11/17 (pt-3) INFOWARS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoMJEH0pCck

libertyanyday's picture

whats that say about the whole if America......the swamp refuses to answer to america, congress has ventured off its rocker and wont help america just to spite trump, no businessman is gonna go to the head of the line without paying his dues.....the republic is dead.

Duc888's picture

 

 

Bannon was pushed out by Kelly.  Bannon is much more useful outside the White House.

Duc888's picture

 

 

Nice hit piece ASSHOLE.

Nona Yobiznes's picture

I don't see anything wrong with the way he reacted to Charlottesville. The only people who made it into a massive scandal were the media. Trump took a measured response, blamed violence on both sides, denounced white supremacy multiple times... and also had enough discernment to realize that the protests against monument removal were not only made up of white supremacists. This is a bullshit criticism.

SheHunter's picture

Agree.  WTF was wrong with his honest reaction to Charlottsville.  Trump is not a career politician so he speaks with a matter of fact tone that can be jumped on and bastardized by the MSM.

Zorba's idea's picture

E CON o Phile, just come out with it...Only the Deep State is relevant. Hop to it

Zero-Hegemon's picture

The longer the system doesn't work for anyone, the sooner it all becomes irrelevant for everyone.

Turn your gaze beyond the one man and behold an entire sea of irrelevance.

Duc888's picture

 

Two lines and you nailed it.  Trump is a Catalyst.  The system is going down.

DarkestbeforeDawn's picture

I hope you're right. I'd gladly say good-night Irene if it meant the destruction of the Oligarchical Collectivism pedo pukes.  A 50 mile wide well placed asteroid should do the trick.  I'd rather die than to see them win the end game.  And I mean that.

Reaper's picture

Who are we to take seriously?

deepfriedbrain's picture

Comeplete BS article from a complete BS person...

Regarding Trump:

media & ass clowns like this guy thinks people don't take Trump seriously....

Ask the NAFTA negotiators.

His base takes him seriously enough to put a bullet in anyone that thinks they can have him forcibly removed.

Trump will be president until 2020 and then the globalist will take another 50 years to get back to this same point.

libertyanyday's picture

2024 , by then the country should be so financially devestated that a dictator is instlalled or we are at civil war.

blindman's picture

dude,
everything is irrelevant,
how could trump be any different?
riddle me that grasshopper.

RedBaron616's picture

I was with you until you got on the wonderful benefits of so-called Free Trade. All Free Trade has done is endangered the Middle Class of America by making them compete head-to-head with the cheapest labor to be found on the planet. American factories that employed thousands of middle class Americans are now employing thousands of Chinese, Vietnamese, and the next group that will work for peanuts. Free Trade has destroyed the American Dream. Red China has become the nightmare it is because, guess what, the USA is FUNDING their MILITARY BUILDUP through the wonders of FREE TRADE. Econophile? No, EconoIdiot!

libertyanyday's picture

there has never been free trade in the usa. the closest country would have been hong kong circa 1989.  Free trade is govt free, no outside restrictions just 2 people contracting in a mutually benefiicial transaction............never seen in the USA.

oncefired's picture

I read until the "The Charlottesville missteps have seen the Republican Congress backing away from him, afraid his noxiousness will rub off on them." sentence. Trash like this shouldn't be given any space!

JamesBond's picture

Federal and Supreme Court picks is enough of an accomplishment for me.

ebworthen's picture

Really dopey article. 

Econophile clearly doesn't get it.

I wonder if he lives in the D.C., the N.Y.C., or the Newport Beach delusion dome?

new game's picture

deplorable response, i was civil, but now it is, hey econfuk, fuk off cuksuker...

media dik suker. "media hates trump" news for you dikwad, they are the enemy.

NEVER APPEASE THE ENEMY, IT NEVER WORKS(DUMBFUK)...