People aren’t even giving Trump a chance

We need a more nuanced less hsyterical approach to the Trump presidency. A number of his moves are not sensible. But he has made some excellent appointments and nominations, not least to the Supreme Court. Context also helps. Obama's presidency was one of unbridled arrogance and ideological straightjackets

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More thoughtful than he's given credit for?
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Taylor Dibbert
On 12 February 2017 12:42

Donald Trump’s first weeks in office haven’t been dull. Clearly, quite a bit hasn’t gone smoothly, but people should cut Trump some slack. Notwithstanding some exaggerated assertions, America is not descending into authoritarianism.

Let’s not make sweeping judgements about someone’s presidency moments after it has begun.

On the personnel front, Trump is building a competent team. Broadly speaking, Trump has selected qualified people who are more than capable of leading their respective agencies.

Trump is still shaping the contours of both his foreign and domestic policies, though he’s obviously going to shake things up. Frankly, I don’t support a wall on the Mexican border or tariffs on Mexican goods; I am, however, willing to wait and see precisely what happens.

The executive order pertaining to immigration and refugees is regrettably broad and should be withdrawn. Nonetheless, rethinking immigration was something that he consistently campaigned on.

Perhaps most notably, Trump’s decision to nominate Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat is an excellent one.

Put bluntly, this anti-Trump hand-wringing has gotten out of hand. Some of these folks are going to complain about every move Trump makes as president.

Besides, amid all the panic, we shouldn’t forget about Trump’s predecessor. Barack Obama never thought he needed to work with Congress or build relationships on Capitol Hill. In terms of world affairs, he left America weaker and more unsafe than any president in recent memory.

Unsurprisingly, Obama isn’t going to have much of a legacy. His executive actions will be looked upon as ephemeral, not bold or thoughtful. His major domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has been a disaster and may not be around for much longer.

On the foreign policy front, he’ll be remembered for dithering, naiveté, and a consistent unwillingness to lead. Furthermore, let’s remember that Obama has seriously damaged the Democratic Party.

Obama’s tenure is a reminder of how dangerous unbridled arrogance and ideological straightjackets are, particularly at the highest levels of political life.

The time to reject this sort of ivory tower solipsism was long overdue.

Taylor Dibbert is a writer based in Washington, D.C.

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