Sunday, June 24, 2018

One of the Challenges

The challenge of the Trump Presidency for me is that I've always said that the office holder can't possibly make so many decisions in the normal course of events and always be wrong, or right for that matter. Its just statistically improbable. There fore the challenge is to be realistic and try not to fall into the trap of finding wrong or right at all turns.

Following Trump is, more than any other President in my day, challenging me to do just that. No, it's not because I hate the man. That may be true for some, and I've read many a comment from people who profess as much, but it is not true for me. I don't let myself go there with much of anyone or anything. To hate leads to anger, and anger leads to a lot of negativity. He who angers you, controls you. Keep that in mind, next time a pundit is interpreting events on t.v. or the radio!

Trump is challenging because its all to easy to find fault with what he is doing, because what he is doing is often contrary to wise counsel and historical norms. Elections have consequences, and Trump has obtained the privilege to make the decisions that will shape the now and the future, that's not in dispute, however his ceaseless attempts to contradict the past is leaving little opportunity to agree with him. Because the past isn't always wrong, despite what Trump says.

Take this idea of a Space Force he proposed recently. One can easily conclude that this would be a decision hard to find fault with, or that the axiom that elections have consequences should hold, or beg me to refrain from comment. And it mostly had, until today.

There is another reason that makes it challenging not to always be critical of Trump, and that is he channels simplistic one liners as a sort of verbal finishing maneuver. These debate finishers have a way of boomeranging back to bite him in the arse, and those who promulgate them.

You can't change history. That's a recent one.

Let's just understand that space has been devoid of military presence because our past Presidents decided to keep it devoid of military presence. The wisdom held that having already the ultimate weapon in the "bomb", perhaps space can be spared the need to be armed to the teeth, like the rest of humanities spheres of influence.

There has never been an arms race in space, just a race, and that's indisputably a good thing. Why ruin that?

In fact, if we got the inkling that some other nation would want to infiltrate space first with arms, the U.S. could handle the situation then, however there doesn't appear to be much threat, or I'm missing the reports. Honorable mention to our own Ronald Reagan.

That history can not be changed is highly debatable, and I don't believe it for a minute. Robert E. Lee statues be damn, but if Trump goes through with this Space Force, and ushers in a new era of military expansion into peaceful space, history will be immutable on this, Trump hasn't always been right.