Donald J. Trump began his campaign for the American presidency on a distinctly negative path. First, he said that if elected, he would stop Muslims from entering the United States. Second, he would build a wall on the Mexican border and make the Mexicans pay for it. Third, he would, on his first day in office, dismantle most things President Obama had put into place, including the Affordable Care Act; overturn Obama’s policy actions to halt the dangerous environmental threat of climate change; and review or cancel trade agreements with other nations.
True to his word, the same day he took office, on Friday, January 20, he signed executive orders to begin dismantling the healthcare system known as “Obama Care,” and seriously to review the trade agreements with other nations and regions. Third, he moved to undo an Obama policy to make the purchase of housing affordable for low-income people.
What Mr. Trump fails to realize is that his ascendancy to the American presidency is a direct result of the mean-spirited and reactionary way the Republican Congress treated President Obama. They fought him from day one, and vigorously and passionately opposed every good thing he tried to do. Why? They were determined to see this first black man to enter the White House as President, fail. A few weeks after Obama took office, Dick Cheney, President George W. Bush’s vice president, showed up in a wheel chair at a Tea Party rally and announced, “Obama will be a one-term President.”
Who made Cheney God to determine how long a person is to remain in office as President of the United States? When, four years later, President Obama convincingly won a second term, we wonder how Cheney felt or thought. We have actually never heard from him since.
Now here comes another Republican —Donald Trump, trying to play God. Why do we say that his emergence as president is the direct result of Republicans’ mean-spiritedness toward Obama? Because the GOP spent so much time over the past eight years being negative and mean-spirited towards this first black President, Barrack Obama, that when the time came for them to select a credible candidate, they failed miserably. They scrambled to find a candidate, but could not, until the loudmouthed billionaire Donald Trump showed up, making one terribly embarrassing statement after another that made the Republican establishment cringe (tremble, jerk). The Republican establishment, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, did everything they could to disassociate themselves from Trump, but the more they tried, the more belligerent and vocal he became, driving a wedge between middle America and the Republican Party and the Washington political establishment.
Trump pledged to bring jobs back to America by imposing heavy taxes on American vehicles made in Mexico, in order to force car manufacturers to bring back their factories to American soil. He also pledged to roll back President Obama’s decisions on climate change, including pledging to reopen coal mines. These three Trump policies—threatening American car manufacturers in Mexico, scaling back Obama’s decisions on climate change, and the decision on coal mining, swayed millions of white votes toward Trump that helped tilt the Electoral College in his favor. Then there were the allegations of Russian interference in the elections, coupled with the eleventh-hour intervention by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleging last minute discovery of new information on Hilary Clinton’s private email used as Secretary of State. A day or two later, the FBI Director announced that there was nothing new after all. But the damage had been done and Hilary lost the election.
The point of this Editorial is to warn President Trump to be very careful how he handles power. History has taught us all—from Julius Caesar to Napoleon Bonaparte to Adolf Hitler to Samuel Doe, alas, most recently to Yahya Jammeh—that power is a double-edged sword! We all have to be careful how we use power. Why? Because we know today, but we do not know tomorrow.
Mr. Trump should not take lightly the massive demonstrations taking place around the world, especially in Washington, D.C., and across America against his rule.
They say “The voice of the people is the voice of God.” This is very similar to what the Lord told Samuel in 1 Samuel, 8: “And the Lord told him: ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you.’”