We've all been Trumped


A short ditty that I've remembered for a good while has come to mind me so many news stories have been when analyzing President Trump:

If we could see ourselves as others see us, it would from many a blunder free us and foolish notion. I can't remember the author, but it seems to fit Trump to a "T."

The news articles of late have said it all in many ways, shapes, forms and times. One recently by David Brooks, proud Republican columnist on the New York Times staff, especially caught my eye. He wrote a May 15 opinion, When the world is led by a child.

Here are the three main points he made. See what you think:

* Trump is an infantilist who has not mastered the maturity of an adult. While most adults have learned to sit still, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy bouncing around in a classroom.

* Trump is constantly seeking outside approval, telling heroic, fabulist tales about himself

* The president lives in a fantasy land where he learned everything there is to know about health care in a very short time and knows more about aircraft carrier technology than the Navy.

Brooks summarized by saying, "King Donald is the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect," the phenomenon in which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence. Two examples include that Trump says he knows more than any of his generals about warfare (he matches Dick Cheney's five military deferments during the Vietnam War) and he knows more about aircraft carrier technology and the use of plane catapults than his admirals.

There has been way too much said about Trump in the negative vein. It hurts me, too, to see our presidency demeaned, but this seems an extreme exception.

Trump has, is and will continue to conduct himself in only the fashion he chooses. He is not going to loosen up, let up or turn over a new leaf. He is himself and sees that as the exact way he wants to be and will be.

In my opinion, we need to look elsewhere. Impeachment is not pleasant for anyone, but it is the only tool left us. Best we get with the program, and as my old, brisk, but honest, Montana cowboy friend would say, "Let the tail go with the hide."

Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at bernie3024@gmail.com.