By Laurie Kotka

What if I told you that I had a radically different cure for cancer?

After a little investigation, you learned that my proposed cure had no basis in medical understanding – basically because I have limited knowledge of biology, anatomy, and medicine. When confronted with these facts, I counter that it’s actually a good thing because medical research experts have become biased by their perspectives. I then assert what everyone really needs is a new way of looking at things.

My cure might only have appeal for those who are left without hope through traditional medicine.

The cure fails. And I begin to lose credibility.

People return to traditional medicine with the realization that while it is not perfect, it still does the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

It’s not unreasonable to seek unconventional answers when the conventional ones seem to fail to meet our needs.

I can understand for some people that made Trump an attractive option.

But Trump’s cure was based on an absolute lack of knowledge of politics, government, the law, basic civics, foreign policy, domestic policy, policy making, etc.

Amid tanking favorability ratings, Trump sarcastically remarked at a reception for senators and their spouses, “Nobody ever told me that politics was going to be so much fun.”

Really? Leading one of the world’s most powerful nations isn’t proving to be a 24/7 party?

I’m led to wonder if Trump thought it would be as simple as closing a business deal. Take the client out for bowling, say some nice things to their face, talk about how great the deal is, and then sign on the dotted line…and threaten when necessary…

So surrounded by a failure to deliver on his repeal and replace promise, a contentious budget proposal that could trigger a government shutdown, ongoing Russian influence investigations, his advancement of libelous and unsubstantiated wiretapping claims, two blocked executive orders on immigration, increasing tensions between the United States and overseas allies, collapsing funding for his Great Wall borderlands project, recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from Trump-Russia investigations, the resignation of his National Security Advisor retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, rampant administration nepotism, and U.N. concerns over the future of free speech in the United States…

Reports state Trump has been to a golf course no less than 13 times in his short 9 week tenure as President.

While Trump has been quick to point the finger at the media, democrats, dissenting republicans, Paul Ryan, Former President Obama, Hilary Clinton, judicial bias, and his own staff for many of the issues confronting his administration, of the healthcare vote failure, Trump remarked, “We learned a lot about the vote-getting process. For me, it’s been a very interesting experience.”

While I appreciate the hint of humility, what alarms me now is what triggered the warning sirens in the beginning. The budget, healthcare, and international relationships are all complex things. It was equal parts leap of faith and overriding desire for different that gave us President Trump. While I never put the health of our nation in the hands of that inexperienced doctor, many others did. They were hoping for a cure to Swamp Cancer.

Unfortunately, the doctor is on the golf course.

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