A good chunk of American voters are standing aghast as Donald Trump engages in a scorched earth presidency. While I live in a state of shock, I am convinced the Republicans are enabling him for two reasons. First, they want him responsible for the final axing of programs like Obama Care and Planned Parenthood. Second, they are giving him enough rope hang himself in an impeachment process. After that, their good-old-boy, Mike Pence, will take the helm and turn the ship of state into a theocracy.
Given my political experience, I would guess Trump serves as a distraction, a tool to advance some Republican goals while leaving him ignorant of others. Our new president may know how to promote his brand and slit the throats of a few competitors, but in Washington, he is walking through the Tulgey Wood without a compass and has more to fear than the Jabberwock.
Main Street may applaud his decision to lower drug prices, for example. But he won’t be allowed to storm that citadel. Too many in Congress take armaments from within those walls, enough ensure their reelections. “The drug industry has made more than $1.47.5 million in political contributions since 2003.” (Pharma’s Worst Nightmare,” by Don Bloomfield, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 23-29, 2017 pg. 18-19.) I doubt Trump is aware of the vast army that will oppose him. More Pharma lobbyist walk the halls of Congress than do lawmakers. Nearly 60% of those lobbyists were previously employed there or in other branches of government. They know the terrain better than the president.(Ibid pg. 18.)
Detractors have called Trump insane. If he believes the Republicans are behind him, I must agree. Already, they are warming their hands over his incendiary policies, dancing around its flames as he disappoints and alienates every segment of the population. When the time is right, the Republicans will lop off his head to great applause and the masses, so the party imagines, will be grateful and vote Republican happily ever after.