It's Not Unimaginable

The unimaginable has happened. Donald Trump has been elected as the next president of the Divided States of America. Given the once unimaginable likelihood of that ever happening, is it not then imaginable to think he will not survive his entire term as president? That he will either quit or get impeached? (I will not include the other scenario which would result in his not completing his term, for I do not condone violence.)

Why would he quit, you ask? Two reasons: one, (admittedly the lesser reason) being president of the Divided States of America is not monetarily profitable. While I'm sure it swells his ego to sit in the Oval Office, he will not make troves of money, the likes of which he is accustomed to receiving. The man, after all, is a billionaire businessman, and I imagine a billionaire businessmen wants to continue making billions of dollars instead of wrangling with senate committees over federal budgets. (Yes, Donald, in case you're not aware, that's one of your new jobs.)

I shall now segue to my next reason--the more significant one--since it comes on the heels of what I just wrote. Donald Trump finds himself way over his head. It is called the Peter principle, made popular in 1969 by Dr. Laurence J. Peter, a psychologist. Dr. Peter wrote, "In a hierarchically structured administration people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence." In other words, as he wrote in simpler terms, "The cream rises until it sours." Let me further explain how this principle applies specifically to Donald Trump. His supporters in the election "promoted" him to a job with responsibilities he will likely not be able to fulfill, for the position of president, with its many tasks, far exceeds his field of experience, which in government is zero!

Let's take a look at the disconnect between the seven main jobs he will acquire as president and the likelihood of his not being able to fulfill them. First, as the Chief of State he must, above all else, be an inspiring example to the American people. Do I even need to list the many ways it seems unimaginable that he can fulfill this task? Second, as Chief Executive he has to hold Cabinet meetings and read reports from various agencies. I have no doubt that he can read, but I question whether he can listen, take advice, and allow himself to be guided by others much smarter than him. I'm sorry, I can't give him a passing grade in this job. Third, as Chief Diplomat he must negotiate with foreign leaders and while doing so remain level-headed and calm. Where is the evidence that a man who has acted like a temperamental toddler can accomplish this task? It's beyond imaginable. Fourth, as Commander-in-Chief he has to command generals from all the armed forces and make important decisions about troop deployments and withdrawals. Good grief, with his temper I'm afraid he will lead us into war! Sorry, it is beyond his skill set and personality to fulfill this job. Fifth, as a Legislative Leader, he must work closely with Congress, which passes laws. As president, he has the right to veto the passage of these laws. Giving Donald Trump veto rights is akin to giving a child a loaded gun. It spells disaster. Sixth, as Chief of Party it will be his job to help people in his party to get elected or appointed to office. To call Donald Trump a man of poor judgment of character is to state the obvious. (Can you spell "David Duke"?) Seventh, as Guardian of the Economy he must meet with economic advisors, as well as business and labor leaders, on important issues such as unemployment, taxes and budgets. As a businessman perhaps he possesses some savvy for this job, though his record on cheating the I.R.S. of millions, if not billions, of dollars does not bode well that he will succeed here either.

Given that he is a man accustomed to success, is it not unimaginable that he will quit when he fails to fulfill the many jobs for which he is unqualified? This then leads to the other scenario for his not lasting his term as president: Impeachment. While it is unlikely he will get impeached for failing to fulfill the jobs as president (many presidents, with government experience, failed, have they not?), it is not unimaginable--unless he changes his behavior and actions dramatically--to think he can be impeached for other reasons. According to our Constitution (I am paraphrasing here), a president can be removed from Office if convicted of the following: Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Treason and Bribery are clearly understood, and I don't see Donald Trump ever being accused of those. High Crimes and Misdemeanors, though, is a category full of interpretive and gray areas, such as "intimidation," "conduct unbecoming," and "abuse of authority." As I've already mentioned, unless Donald Trump changes, in a serious way, what he says and what he does (I don't believe my providing examples is necessary if you've been conscious or semi-conscious the past six months), it is not unimaginable to think he could land himself in serious trouble, which could lead to impeachment.

Many months ago I wrote a blog expressing my doubt that Donald Trump was serious about becoming president. He campaigned like a man concerned most with grabbing the spotlight, as any egocentric man would, and he spoke and acted like a man (it's called self-destructive behavior) who couldn't care less if others thought he was a jerk. Thus, I truly believe he was as shocked as everyone else when he won the election. He sure looked shocked to me when he gave his acceptance speech. He, in fact, looked like a man about to suffer the Peter principle.

Just as we witnessed the unimaginable two nights ago, I see no reason to not believe that many more imaginable occurrences, such as his early departure, might take place as well.

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