With the past gloom and doom predictions of what a Trump presidency would look like, we are about to find out.
During the presidential primaries, many people said a lot of things, good, bad, even mean about the future of our Republic under the leadership of Donald J. Trump. As I write this, he is putting his administration together, so far, so good. His team of executive billionaires, his retired Marine General, and his education secretary will soon take their place in history. Some are Democrats, some not. Some hated by the left, some loved by the right. Might it be a good mix?
We don’t know how the man will govern, but we do know he is a man, as a man (human), he is subject to making mistakes and you can bet both right and left will be watching, and waiting. Will he act on issues the way he claimed as a candidate? Was his bark worse than his bite?
This article is not about predicting the future and is but a marker in time. A time where we have heard what Trump says, we know his past, we know how president Obama used his phone and pen. Will Donald Trump follow through and eliminate much of president Obama’s legacy? Will he be worse? For constitutional conservatives, we hope president Trump will carry out his good promises and leave the bad ideas in the past as part of a learning process.
The thought of his unconstitutionally commanding this or that in a haphazard fashion as in the primaries is beyond a nightmare. I am betting on our Constitution to defend us from ourselves, and president Trump.
Trump was asked what he would do if the military disobeyed his illegal orders. His reply: “They won’t refuse. They’re not gonna refuse me. Believe me.” Moderator Brett Baier shot back, “but they’re illegal [orders].” Trump brushed off the criticism: “I’m a leader, I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it.” This is Trump’s modus operandi. The law is always subordinate to his leadership, and he will do whatever it takes to achieve his terrific goals.