This started out as a comment on Kosher's blog, but the analogy struck me so I decided to follow through on it...for those of you of a non nautical bent, to “con” a ship means to Captain it, including but not limited to the “steering” of the ship. I like the term because, as it applies to the Imperial Presidency, the term “Con” has a nicely political meaning as well......
Trump IS dangerous, but his "base" is not that loyal. I voted for him, but only to prevent the entrenchment of EITHER (in this case Democrat, in 4 to 8 years republican) major party. To me, the dangers inherent in The Donald are the dangers inherent in an Imperial Presidency. You can't govern and keep the nation whole when half the country hates you and must be coerced into "obedience". Didn't work for Obama, isn't going to work for Trump.
Trump hasn't had 15 years to put together a fanatic following (as did Hitler)- He's more like Casey at the bat, and I think he knows it. If he “Strikes Out”,his fans will dump him like a hot rock. He doesn't want wealth and power, he has those. He's after a place in History as a GREAT leader.
The danger he represents isn't so much that he's going to hijack the ship of state, it's that he doesn't know how to steer it, but he's a Hot Dog, that isn't going to stop him, he'll hot rod it around until he burns out the engines and/or runs it aground.
Why did I vote for Donnie instead of Hillary? The Clinton's represent the opposite problem, they understand all too well how to Con the Ship of state, but THEIR intent IS to Hijack it....
Why have I been saying we would have been better off with Ben Carson? Because he's the opposite of a Hot Rod. He has no idea how to run the ship, but is wise enough to know that, and would have allowed those under him to guide him, his role would have been more ceremonial.
So, how about the guy I voted for in the Primary, Bernie Sanders? I would 1000% rather give him the keys than Trump, he's an honorable man and he knows the ropes.... only problem with him is that no one really seems to know for sure where he'd take us.......and the Senate damn sure wouldn't let him try.
If I'd been given free choice of “Captains” this past election, I'd have chosen John Kasich, someone who was my representative to congress when I lived in Westerville Ohio, and someone I know from personal experience and observation to be a capable and, more importantly, a modest and honorable man who can be trusted with more power than any one man SHOULD be trusted with.
What's the answer? Take back some of the power the presidency has stolen from the legislature.
Ideally, the situation would be Ben Carson in a mostly ceremonial presidency working the “Con”, with John Kasich as Vice President, and thereby president of the Senate, in a much more Prime Minister like role of government by the Legislature... ie the People, as it was meant to be.
As always, I welcome your comments, but as always please be thoughtful, I'm getting kind of tired of seeing the wrinkled old asses of those superannuated children who cannot resist the attention they get when they “Show their Asses”(Colloquial around this part of Ohio for the stupidity shown by those who have nothing to contribute, but say it anyway) ( cf. “Mooning”)