Democrats: Your effort to destroy the President is abnormal
A Brief Preamble: Your Columnist, did not support President Trump and did not vote for his nomination or election.
“ How Can we get Rid of Trump? Asks one headline. You can’t – except by defeating him in 2020 “ ( By Ted Van Dyk, Fellow Democrats, Your
Effort to Destroy the President is Abnormal, Wall Street Journal, Friday, February 24, 2017)
“Donald Trump has been in office barely a month, and already Capitol Hill Democrats and liberal commentators are plotting his removal from office, A typical headline asked: ‘how Can We Get Rid of Trump?’
You can’t .‘ Mr. Trump was fairly elected to a four-year term, which he will serve unless legitimate grounds emerge for impeachment. It’s time to move from 24-hour rage to serious consideration of the President’s policy proposals and, where appropriate, offering alternatives.
Critics should begin by recognizing that Mr. Trump’s agenda is not unlike the one that John F. Kennedy put forth in 1960. JFK proposed tax cuts ‘to get America moving again’ and a defense buildup to blunt Soviet and Chinese territorial ambitions.
Democrats could then offer constructive ideas of their own for dealing with the nation’s problems. Had Hillary Clinton been elected, she would be busy today trying to fix the cost and coverage problems of ObamaCare, as Mr. Trump and the Republicans are. Before the new administration has even introduced its proposal, Democrats are pretending that ObamaCare would be followed by nothing and that Mr. Trump is trying to ‘make America sick again.’
Likewise on immigration, any country must control its borders. Mr. Trump has taken a pragmatic position that illegal aliens who commit crimes should be deported that so-called Dreamers, who were children when their parents brought them here illegally, should be treated more. generously” (The Administration’s roll-out of its new short-term hold on immigration from seven countries where terrorists are active admittedly did not go well.)
Perhaps rather than denouncing Mr. Trump as anti-Latino, anti Muslim, or xenophobic, why not await the longer-term proposals and engage these in a serious way.
Mr. Van Dyk continues: “I did not support Mr. Trump’s election. My own Democratic primary vote went to Sen. Bernie Sanders – not because of his Brooklyn 1930s agenda but because he is an honest and authentic man who offered an alternative to the big-money, poll driven politics that had taken over my party.”
More: “It apparently never occurred to Trump-promoting media that their disproportionate coverage of his campaign was moving toward the presidency a candidate without experience in public service or much apparent knowledge of past or present public policy. Having helped him to the GOP nomination, the same media now are scandalized because he is doing what he promised.”
A bit of history from VanDyk in The Journal: “Before 2017 not only the opposition party but the media gave the incoming president leeway. Nearly every modern president has had to withdraw one or more cabinet nominations. Nearly all have had cabinet or White House staff shake-ups. Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama all made embarrassing early stumbles, which were forgiven. The media overlooked ‘R-rated’ personal conduct by Kennedy and Mr. Clinton and properly focused on their public duties”
More still: “You need not be a Trump supporter to conclude that the present anti-Trump media Tirades are something new and disturbing. Free and independent media are vital to our democracy. But freedom must be accompanied by responsibility. President Trump came to office with the complicity of now-critical media, and riding a populist wave that also carried Mr. Sanders far into the Democratic nominating process.
Mr. Trump is demonstrating in office what was apparent from the day he announced his candidacy: he lacks experience, knowledge and governing temperament. But he deserves the same chance to govern that his predecessors were afforded. The manufactured rage the media and political opposition is taking us to even angrier polarization in the country, and it will last longer that four years.”