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Is Trump his own worst enemy?

Updated on February 8, 2017

Goal seeking is an honest endeavor. Most of us try to seek goals that are practical and that are in our reach. In other words, one may want to become a millionaire in one month, but common sense takes over and you know your are not going to be able to achieve that goal in that time frame.

However, if you are like Donald Trump, you were born with a golden spoon in your mouth. You are in a privileged class where you have inherited at least a million dollars. Now that he is our president, I don't think he really has used any form of critical thinking in his desire to accomplish his goals, they are more of decree. But when he talks about his goals, he is really articulating his wishful thinking and expectations, which may or may not come to fruition in the way that he was able to see it as a business person. I don't think he realized how many circumstances are not in his control as president.

Presidential Candidates and their Promises

Typically, presidential candidates make all kinds of pledges and promises while they are running for office. However very few candidates who have become president have made all those promises come to fruition. Trump, however has tried to make almost all his pledges and promises come true within a few days of being in office. But with the reality of the office of President, it has been very difficult for him to do so.

We have all heard that words have consequences. But it has never been truer than when it is for the President of the United States. Typically when presidents first come into office, there is a certain mystique and aloofness about them. But not Donald Trump, he lays it out there for the world to see and hear. Whether it is tweeting about Ivanka's brand being diminished or how, the wall is going to be paid for, the good, the bad and the ugly is out there in the world of news.

Trump's Goals

If Trump would have just kept his mouth and his tweeter closed, he would have entered the White House in good condition. Obama left him with a low unemployment rate of 4.8% and 227,000 new jobs created in the last quarter. He tried to take credit for it, but those stats were valid before he took office. The military is the strongest and most capable in the world. It is not depleted as he states.

His signature focus while campaigning was the wall. But now Mexico has refused to pay for his wall and all the world knows it. He wants to raise the import tax on Mexico so that will be passed on to us in the form of higher prices. Obama left him with an immigration policy that already uses “extreme vetting.” But now his executive order is being litigated, possibly by the Supreme Court. He just said that it will take up to two years to repeal and replace Obama care. But Paul Ryan says it will be done this year. Which is it? During the campaigns, all republican candidates including Trump said they were going to dismantle Obama Care in their first day in office.

Trump's and his supporters expectations

If Trump doesn’t like what he hears, he calls it fake news. Or he attacks those that disagree with him or ridicule him via political satire. Or if he loses, “the system is rigged.” What he is doing, without realizing, it is making himself accountable for all the promises and pledges he is trying to keep. His words and actions stay in the news. It will be interesting to see how he handles getting jobs for the “forgotten ones”, the steel workers and coal miners that for generations that is all they have known. But their jobs have gone by the wayside because of less demand and technological changes. Most of the auto industry workers have been replaced with automation and robots. NAFTA and TPP are agreements that are entangled with other countries that make it very difficult to just back out of. And they affect the bottom line of American corporations

Open Issues and Deflection

He now even has Mike Pence investigating how many illegal aliens and dead people voted for Hillary so that she could win the popular vote. This is the same tactic that he used with the Obama “birther movement.” It stayed open for years and Trump never apologized. There are people who still believe that Obama was born in Kenya. I predict that this issue will also stay open for years and there will be people who believe for years to come that Hillary rigged the system for the popular vote.

Just today 2/8/2017, he stated that the news media does not report all the terrorists attacks that have taken place in this country. Again, it is an open issue that is difficult to prove one way or the other. However, his supporters will believe him and his opponents will not.

Group Thinking

His cabinet is made up of mainly white billionaires many of them business men who think like Trump. Group thinking is very dangerous when trying to achieve goals as there is no diversity of thought to challenge the direction the group is heading in. If a group member does challenge the group, the member will probably be over powered by the group. This can and most of the time results in faulty outcomes. An example of this is Trump's first entry into a military mission in Yemen that Obama thought was too risky to execute. However, Trump and his group took it on and the outcome resulted with many civilians and a Seal Team member killed. Now the leader of Yemen said no more attacks by the U.S. into Yemen without his approval. Again it is out there for the world to see.

Conclusion

I suspect that Trump is going to disappoint his supporters by not being able to deliver the goods. But he is the one who has put himself in the news and made himself accountable by not being able to accomplish his goals which are mainly decrees and just wishful thinking on his part, as well as for his supporter’s part. It is wishful thinking because he never had any real plans or critical thinking, just words to convince people that he knew what he was doing. He was and is making it up as he goes along. There was a wise man who once said, "Sometimes to do nothing is to do everything. It is the wise person who know when to act and when not to act."...Maybe acting is what it is all about, but this is not reality TV. This is reality and he is becoming his own worst enemy in front of the whole world to see.

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    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 2 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      The problem with Trump exclaiming he's keeping his campaign promises is that a minority of registered voters elected him. That fact is not going to change, so his favorability ratings are going to stay low. So he's doing what he promised? 140 million registered voters didn't want his promises in the first place. Only 60 million did. I know some hubbers here like to play fast and loose with statistics, but numbers are numbers.

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      Mike Russo 2 months ago from Placentia California

      Kathleen: That is an excellent point and really puts things in perspective. Thank you so much for your comments. I can always look to your for rationality. I'm going to share this hub on Face Book and Pinterest and use your comment as the introduction if that is O.K. with you?

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I'm honored.

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      Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

      Just a spoiled brat who doesn't have enough sense to know when he's failed.

      I always appreciate your take on things. It is my belief that Trump's "promises" will bite him at some point.

      I don't think he has a fundamental understanding of his office. He's not a king he's not above everything. He's our servant. Legally, I think there will eventually be ramifications for this ignorance.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 2 months ago from Fontana

      Nobody has pounced on you yet??? Some look for negative on Trump so they can attack and deflect. Good article.

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      Mike Russo 2 months ago from Placentia California

      Hi Larry: Thanks for the comments. One can only hope.

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      Mike Russo 2 months ago from Placentia California

      Hi Diane: Thanks for the comments. They haven't pounced on me yet. But I'm fully expecting it.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 2 months ago from Fontana

      By now, he is hotter than fish grease at a family fish fry.

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      Catherine Giordano 8 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

      Very good article. Trump keeps talking about his promises, and he makes intermittent, usually unsuccessful, attempts to show that he is doing something. Eventually, his supporters may realize that his promises are just like that blue smoke at the Republican Convention.

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      Mike Russo 8 weeks ago from Placentia California

      Catherine: I agree, he is a master salesman and marketeer. He is selling the Trump brand just like it is a T.V. commercial He sees his opposition as another brand and he is doing everything he can to de-legitimize it.

      Fareed Zakaria, Time Magazine's Chief Editor said, "Don't confuse motion with progress. A rocking horse has a lot of motion, but no forward progress." That pretty much sums up Trump's progress so far.

      Thank you for stopping by and your comments.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 4 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Trump never was qualified to be president. He thought government could be run like he runs his Trump Organization. Dictator style. He is totally unprepared to face the reality that we are HIS boss. He is not OURS.

      What Trump believed was that he could retain all of that "corporate proprietary" information secrecy. He is not prepared for the fact that he cannot have a "secret" government within a democracy.

      He also refuses to accept that his "Point and Delegate" or pyschological "intimidation" tactics only work in business, not government.

      How deeply he is involved with Russians is not a surprise. He may pretend he didn't know Flynn, Manafort and Stone were all tied to Putin. But the more, he tries to sabotage investigations, the guiltier he looks.

      Now, Americans realize that all that "Throw Hillary in Prison" was right wing Putin work. We also know that Gowdy is in deep trouble for that 11 hour interrogation of Hillary about Benghazi because Gowdy was only acting McCarthyist for his Russian links who wanted Trump for president. The right wing can no longer be believed or trusted. We know Putin is far right of even the American right wing. Why would we trust them anymore than we'd trust Putin?

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      Mike Russo 4 weeks ago from Placentia California

      Ewent: I agree with everything you have stated. Trump is leaving a trail of his lies and his hypocrisy for all the world to see and hear. He failed with passing Trump Care and now he is moving on to tax reform. His supporters are still overlooking all of this with the hopes of his promises for creating jobs. It is just a matter of time that the coal miners and steel workers realize, their jobs are not coming back. I don't know how he is going to weasel word his way out of that, but I'm sure he and his people are working on a strategy Thanks for dropping by.

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