President Trump


Well, time is coming to the end of summer, which means school has just started or is about to start. The usual curricula are in place, teachers are scurrying around to get their classrooms ready and administrators are worrying about whether anything will show up that they have not planned for.

Well, yes there is. It is doubtful if Donald Trump has been planned for. For the first time in my life, we have a national president who inserts himself in in almost every communications media to the extent that it is difficult for children to miss.

The most recent is the mess in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of all things, statues of Confederate generals and statesmen have become headline news. In Charlottesville, first the group opposed to such memorials showed up and were met by latter day confederates (or was it the other way around?). In any case, events became rough with one pro-Confed driving his car into a crowd killing a woman anti.

When the President finally commented on this assault, he said that both sides needed to watch their behavior. Then, the next day he changed that to the pro confeds needed to be careful about abusing people. Then, he apparently rethought this position and on the third day was back to both sides watching their behavior.

We have two problems with this: as President he needs to take a position on the nation’s behalf, and then, he needs to stick to it. Unfortunately, he seems to understand so little about being President that these aspects of the position don’t occur to him.

This President makes his way into the news every day. Today, he announced he has pardoned his buddy Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa county, Arizona who had come to pay no attention to the courts.  He was voted out of office and convicted in court.   Assuming high school students (some at least) see these events in the news, how do they, particularly in government classes, deal with this part of real life that affects us all?

  1. #1 by Marvin Mostow on August 27, 2017 - 10:54 pm

    This is very good but unfortunately true.

  2. #2 by Terry Jackson on August 29, 2017 - 2:53 am

    Once again, you speak the truth with clarity and wisdom. I just don’t even know how to make sense of this….

    • #3 by John Boswell on September 2, 2017 - 7:43 pm

      You know, I couldn’t see how he got elected, but I made up my mind to take a neutral attitude, give him the benefit of doubt, etc. Well, he ran through that in a hurry. It is now Sat afternoon and my son-in-law, who lives across the street, is coming over for a drink. We are keeping up with our resolution not to discuss politics any more. I think it’s the alcohol that keeps us on that track.
      JGB (Now that I have found your comments,I have just replied to all of them. Keep them coming!)

  3. #4 by Terry on September 9, 2017 - 4:20 am

    Yes, I try not to get too involved in political discussions with others. But behind closed doors, my husband and I rant like crazy about what is happening. I am surprised weekly, and not in a good way. Have a drink for me with your son-in-law – and just pretend I’m sitting with you!

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