Here we are, just over two months into the Trump administration, and one of the nation’s largest newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, wants you to know its patience is exhausted:
It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.”
Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.
Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced. In a matter of weeks, President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all.
What’s not to like? you ask. By now, the Left’s litany of bogeymen and bugbears frightens only the dumbest among us, and it never seems to matter to them that they just had eight years in which to address their “concerns” about “climate change” and education — and the public just roundly rejected them. That’s what elections are for, after all.
Yet course corrections are never something the Left can tolerate, and increasingly less so. As I’ve often pointed out, the American Left has essentially adopted the Brezhnev Doctrine — and once a socialist idea had been implanted, it can never be uprooted. But’s not just Trump’s eminently sensible policies the Times hates, it’s the man himself:
What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself. He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality that it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation. His obsession with his own fame, wealth and success, his determination to vanquish enemies real and imagined, his craving for adulation — these traits were, of course, at the very heart of his scorched-earth outsider campaign; indeed, some of them helped get him elected. But in a real presidency in which he wields unimaginable power, they are nothing short of disastrous.
Although his policies are, for the most part, variations on classic Republican positions (many of which would have been undertaken by a President Ted Cruz or a President Marco Rubio), they become far more dangerous in the hands of this imprudent and erratic man. Many Republicans, for instance, support tighter border security and a tougher response to illegal immigration, but Trump’s cockamamie border wall, his impracticable campaign promise to deport all 11 million people living in the country illegally and his blithe disregard for the effect of such proposals on the U.S. relationship with Mexico turn a very bad policy into an appalling one.
Oh, baloney. The Democrats and their lackeys in the lickspittle media have been directing the same level of ad hominem vituperation against every elected Republican president since Richard Nixon. That the L.A. Times feels the need to embarrass itself so publicly with this childish temper tantrum tells you all you need to know about the Left in the first few months of the Trump presidency:
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