Single Sentence Saturday: What’s really wrong with Trump as President in one sentence

The biggest problem with Donald Trump as President is that he has no concept of service. 

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Comment by Rodney Roe on February 17, 2018 at 6:56am

True. Everything is viewed as a service to him.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2018 at 7:24am

I’m pretty sure that he sees service as for losers, people who don’t make it to the top of the pyramid. The Presidency for him is the top of the political pyramid, and his followers like him because he deserves it - his support is a form of entitlement. I wonder if he’s ever used the expression “public servant.” 

Ron got me thinking about this with his Presidents‘ Day post. Someone knocked Nixon, who I had a lot of problems with but who in retrospect I have to give credit for a lot, but the thing about Nixon is that he knew who he ultimately worked for. Nixon’s country was important to him. Trump’s country is not, except insofar as being the greatest brand in the world, which is his idea of greatness, and in his case I’m pretty sure he believes that his brand will help America’s brand, not America but Trump’s America, because he’s the Ultimate Winner. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on February 17, 2018 at 7:40am

I think he sees everything as a big show with a few stars and a lot of "spear chuckers".  Poll numbers establish his place as "top bill".  The extras, as you say, are seen as losers.  What he lacks is a sense of personal service.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2018 at 7:41am

The result of this lack of service - that public education will deteriorate, that the environment will deteriorate, that civil rights will deteriorate, that America will get a smaller share of the portion of the energy industry where the growth is, that millions of Americans will not be able to afford health care, that immigrant families will be broken up - is that in terms of the majority of the population, Trump is turning America into a Nation of Losers. That, I think, is a concept that people who like him can understand. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2018 at 7:44am

Yes, personal service. I meant a concept of service from him, not to him. He understands service to him just fine, but he does not see himself as any kind of servant. But good Presidents have to. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 17, 2018 at 7:59am

The issue w your question is that it may be answered on numbers of planes...moral...psychological...political...(to name just three0 and each plane may have if you will, an apex problem. 

Narcissists have little or no appreciation of Service beyond service to themselves. 

But this is just one answer.

Comment by Rodney Roe on February 17, 2018 at 8:10am

He lacks the moral concept of responsibility, that by being given the position of president he has accepted responsibility for the welfare of all Americans. Like many narcissists he knows the words to say but doesn’t accept his role. He’s just made another deal in which he intends to short the other side.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2018 at 8:13am

But it may be the best summation answer. We can say that the guy is a narcissist, but that’s about him, not about the job. It’s a label, a diagnosis and, politically, an epithet, but it does more to address the reason behind the problem than the problem itself. The problem itself is that he doesn’t serve. His job is to look after approximately 325 million people but his inclination is to look after one. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 17, 2018 at 8:18am

I don't, I'm saying, subscribe to what you are calling Summation Answers. Even the rotten are too complex. 

Comment by Ron Powell on February 17, 2018 at 8:26am

Trump knows exactly what service is. He has spent his entire life in the avoidance of engaging in anything that remotely resembles service.

The problem/trouble with Trump as Presidents is his belief that there are no rules or laws that apply to him.

He fully believes that he may think and do as he pleases in any sphere of endeavor or engagement.

Trump has never had to face or deal with the consequences of not following the rules, or breaking the rules in any aspect of his personal or public life.

The biggest problem with Trump as President is that he believes that he is above the law and that he thinks and  behaves according to that belief.


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