For the umpteenth time since Donald Trump was sworn into office, we are hearing from the media that the wheels are falling off the train, that the White House is in chaos, and that it’s only a matter of time before Republicans on Capitol Hill abandon the president and feed him to the ever-hungry jaws of Mr. Robert Mueller. This time, it’s because Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in protest over the Syria withdrawal – a turn of events we are expected to read as utterly shocking, even though Mattis was often cited as someone who would soon be moving on. Even by President Trump himself, who said he was “something of a Democrat” in an interview only a couple of months ago.
But hey, that narrative doesn’t sell newspapers.
Now we are witnessing some very strange things, such as liberal pundits pretend they are somehow in favor of U.S. imperialism around the world, in favor of war, and in favor of a permanent U.S. military presence in the Middle East. We could have sworn they hated all of these things, but apparently their ideals change on a day-to-day basis depending on who is calling the shots. And when Trump is the one making the calls, one thing is certain: Anyone left of center is going to loathe the decision. Even if it’s a left-of-center decision.
We’re pretty sure Trump could declare December 28th National Transgender Day, and the media would have a problem with it.
The wisdom of pulling our troops out of Syria is a debate worth having, but we’re tired of hearing all the hysteria about losing Mattis, the so-called “adult in the room.” President Trump is the adult. President Trump is the man we elected to lead this country. Trump’s campaign promises were the ones we endorsed with our vote in November 2016. We didn’t elect James Mattis, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, H.R. McMaster, or any of the others who have come and gone in this administration. We elected Trump.
And part and parcel with electing someone? Wanting to see HIS vision carried out domestically and internationally. And if Trump is surrounded by a Cabinet that is constantly slow-walking his orders or trying to talk him out of making the best decisions he can make, via his worldview? Then those individuals absolutely should resign.
We don’t need a Shadow Executive Branch, thwarting the duly-elected president. We need men and women who will advise the president…but also know when it is time to lay the arguments aside and implement the wishes of the boss.