On the phone yesterday, my boy said this to me, verbatim: “God bless Donald Trump to make good decisions and God bless bad guys to not be bad guys and do good things instead.” I am fairly sure that he is reciting the nightly prayer in which my wonderful wife leads both our kids.
Our little girl always yells “Donald Trump!” whenever she sees his picture in a newspaper or magazine that I’m reading. Such is the presence of our Head of State in American lives ... and one reason I am dismayed at the identity of the particular individual serving that role for the United States.
But to return to the prayer cited by my boy: what is a good decision from the point of view of the current president? There seem to be three potential versions of the Trump presidency, thus far.
- President Trump is a wrecking ball who will self-destruct.
- President Trump has a plan (whether instinctual or thought-out) that will allow him to be more successful (in a purely political sense) than his opponents understand. The threat is to American governance, but not American democracy.
- President Trump is executing (whether instinctually or with a plan) an authoritarian playbook. Be afraid.
Which is correct?