Burdick Charles

Charles F. Burdick.

In March of this year, I wrote a Guest View, “A message for our president,” which appeared in The Southern. My message in that article was simple and direct: President Trump is not leading this country as the position demands. I stated that my hopes were, “in another year are so I can give you a passing grade, but now you are failing.”

A few months have passed, and I see no drastic changes. Our president is still constantly tooting his own horn and everyone else is wrong. A good example of this was a Thanksgiving Day call to troops deployed overseas to pat himself on the back. While I was in the Navy, I spent two Christmases and one Thanksgiving overseas. No president called, but if one had, my shipmates and I wouldn’t have been impressed to have heard a boastful speech — a simple thank you would have sufficed.

Another recent statement by President Trump after U.S. intelligence concluded that the leader of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. based Journalist. Trump disagreed, and went on to say, ”maybe the world should be held accountable because the world is a vicious place.” Can you imagine a statement like that being made when a man has been murdered? He is suggesting that the world should be held accountable and not the thugs that committed the crime. Sure, the world is a vicious place but cannot be compared to in this kind of situation.

All of Trump's cabinet members are the greatest people in the world — until they disagree with him. He will not accept the idea that they are there to help him make decisions. His thinking must be that he, and only he, knows best. I can’t help but think that Trump fills those positions thinking the only reason he’s doing it is because it is required by law. He acts as if these people were only an aggravation to him. 

President Trump knows more about our polluted air and water than do the top scientists of our day. To him it’s all fake news. Nothing like this exists.

We all feel good about ourselves at times. I think this is a normal thing, but it is beyond normal when we reach the point of excessive admiration for one’s self. This is called narcissism. Trump has exceeded the normal and his imagination has carried him away from reality.

At present time, the stock market is unstable and the experts lay blame to the massive tariffs that are being levied on different countries, a case in point, China. Everyone would agree I think, that equalization of trade tariffs was needed. This is an example where the president could use the expertise of his cabinet members that are schooled on this subject. I know the president brags considerably about his business feats and abilities in private life, but this is government business and more people should be involved in such a matter. Two heads are better than one.

All one has to do is read the newspaper or watch the news on TV and you will understand, if not already, when I say "no changes seen in Trump’s tweets” or his spoiled child syndrome.

I am only speaking of things that makes the daily news. We have a president who has threatened to shut down government if Congress doesn’t approve funds for his wall. History dictates that no wall has ever, in the history of the world, been successful. I believe that Trump wants the wall so that it will be recorded in history as the Great Wall of Trump. Why else if walls have never worked.

There is an old saying: “There is a thin line between genius and insanity.” Are we at that line?

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