A lot of people are worried sick about what President Trump might do next. Rest assured, there are limits to the damage he can do. But, his term or terms in office will be quite interesting, to say the least. There is an old Chinese curse that is, sadly, applicable: “may you live in interesting times”.
The office of President is specifically designed to limit the bad the President can do, which also limits the good he or she can do. All our Presidents do both good and bad while in office. That’s just human nature. The ones we consider "good" Presidents do more good than bad, and vice versa. It's never “either-or”.
In Mr. Trump's case, I fear he will do more bad than good, not so much out of malicious intent, but out of egregious ignorance compounded by unwarranted arrogance, and a demonstrated inability to speak or value the truth. But only time will tell.
Age may not be the sole Constitutional qualification to be President that we need anymore. Ignorance so egregious should be a disqualifier for the Presidency in the Constitution. I’m not sure how you measure it to judge, though.
The President Is Not the Only Problem We Face
Meanwhile, I am more concerned about the damage the Republicans will do while in control of all 3 branches. They are demonstrably unfit to govern, since for more than 3 decades now, the entire party has been held hostage to an extremist minority within their midst. As the popular vote indicates, the Republicans are about half of American voters. So minority within their party is a small minority indeed, compared to all of us.
That minority has managed to either purge, or forcibly convert the rest of the Republican party into voting with them, via the "primarying" threat. Because it’s an extremist minority view that controls, everything the party has ever claimed about economics and public policy has proven to be a lie, for many years now.
This is an example of a minority takeover of a government, via extortion and propaganda. This a minority uninterested in doing things for the people, or even in maintaining their freedom, despite what is claimed. It is all about obtaining and wielding power over others.
Prior examples: the Nazis, the Bolsheviks, the Chinese communists, Pol Pot in Cambodia, etc. And THAT is why I am concerned about our future as a democracy. Mr. Trump's deficiencies are just incidental to THAT threat.
So Where Is the Alternative?
The problem is that we have little in the way of an alternative that is not just as dangerous. The Democrats also sold out many years ago to the same financial giants as the Republicans sold out to, more than a century ago. They went "rich elite", and completely forgot about their core constituency, the lower middle class working people who typically held factory jobs.
Which neglect is exactly why that base revolted and elected Mr. Trump!
The fundamental trouble is with party agendas on both sides: they have little to do with reality, being extremized WITHOUT REGARD TO FACTS, just to differentiate the parties. Political agendas do not make good public policy. They never have.
An Unexpected Problem Confronts Us
Money is power. The love of money and power corrupts everything it touches, as any preacher can tell you. The real problem: the financial giants own both parties, and controlled who actually ran for President in 2016.
Mr. Trump was the only Republican a “corrupt elite politician” like Hillary Clinton could conceivably beat. And she did, in the popular vote! On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton was the only Democrat that an ignorant incompetent like Mr. Trump could possibly beat. And he did, in the electoral college! PER THE PLAN!
Both party primaries were deliberately rigged for these two candidates to keep the "blood and circuses" interesting enough to prevent public perception of who was really pulling all the strings behind the scenes. You didn't think Mr. Comey was incompetent enough to violate FBI investigation procedures by making those two public announcements (July and October) about Mrs. Clinton's email-mishandling, did you? And it WAS mishandling, but she is not unique in that fault, not by a long shot.
Mr. Comey was forced to do those irregular election-swaying announcements by the financial giants to keep the race looking "even" for a longer time, until the giants could get their man in at the last moment. This was with Russian fake news (via Wikileaks, Sputnik, and RT) helping to sway voters' minds, in addition to Mr. Comey’s October announcement.
The collusion deserving investigation is less about Mr. Trump's campaign than it is those financial giants. They wanted an incompetent they could influence or control to help give them everything they want. They got him.
Can We Fix This Problem?
You cannot expect a wholly-bought Congress to change this, no matter which party is in power. They work for who bought their jobs for them, not us. This has been true for decades now. They would have to cooperate with a grassroots Constitutional amendment process, too, and they will not, because of the money.
Ballot-box solutions are thus pretty-well ruled out. This evil takeover of our government will not go away without some sort of revolution, I fear. The giant corporations and banks control the entire federal government, which means they control the armed forces. And they know the rebellion is inevitably coming.
Why else would EPA enforcement officers (and similar non-military career government workers) need body armor, swat vehicles, machine guns, and most of the ammunition being produced? They are to serve as adjunct troops to help put down the rebellion!
Compared to this picture, an arrogant and ignorant incompetent like Mr. Trump is small change, even with his finger on the nuclear trigger.
Keep your guns and ammunition hidden. You’re going to need them. Just as the Second Amendment says.