Thursday, December 08, 2016

Who's In Charge Here?



President-Elect Donald Trump has all but declared that he will not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, as he promised during the campaign. The number of popular and energizing promises that Mr. Trump made before the election which are now being scuttled continues to rise. Some cynical political commentators might say that during the campaign Mr. Trump lied to get votes.

I don’t think Mr. Trump lied on the campaign trail. I think he was acting. Donald Trump was acting aggressive, mean-spirited, and vindictive because he knew (or intuited) that this fa├žade would gain him votes. Like a poker player acting calm with his straight flush in hand, or a negotiator acting like he has the power position, Mr. Trump broadcasts whatever is necessary to make the deal that he wants to make.

Take one step further into this semi-metaphor of acting. Actors do not make films. Writers compose the script, producers arrange the logistics. And directors, as the name implies, really guide the show. Even the best of actors, with poor direction, can turn a good script into a disaster. Actors are lost without a good director.

We have seen what a good actor Mr. Trump is. We know that he can follow the direction of a discontented citizenry who believes that they have been put last on the agenda. We know that he can follow the direction of the real estate market and international business interests. We know that he works well under the direction of reality television rubrics.

In less than two months, Mr. Trump will be the President of the United States. The question is not whether he will be able to act well in that role. The star actor has stolen the show already. The crucial questions are different. Who will his director be? Who in fact will be running the show?

~ emry

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Emrys,

You were and are dead wrong about Donald Trump. He is not a hypocrite. He sincerely believed everything he said during the campaign. He is a patriot who loves this country. He is also a devout Christian. He called Hillary Clinton "Crooked Hillary", because that is a perfect description of her. Remember that Jesus called the Pharisees: "vipers", "hypocrites", and "white-washed tombs". Trump calls them as he sees them. He is extremely honest and shuns political correctness. CNN, The Washington Post, and other main stream media outlets spew forth a relentless false view of Donald Trump. He has brought God back into our government. I hope you don't buy into the extreme leftist "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that took hold after his election and still infects many now. I think we are going to see great things for our country and for Christ in the remaining 7 years of his presidency.
Love & Shalom
An Old Friend