Our new president promised to come out of the gate running and he has not disappointed … 22 executive orders in only his first two weeks in office.
Funny, but it wasn’t that long ago Republicans cried foul when President Obama resorted to the presidential prerogative at the start of his presidency.
“It is unilateral, overreaching and unconstitutional,” wrote Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz. “Left unchecked, it is behavior that undermines, and will ultimately erode, the foundation of our democracy and our freedom.”
The problem Trump and his administration have encountered, and the lesson they have hopefully learned, is that when you act quickly you tend to make mistakes.
Many of Trump’s executive orders have been poorly thought-out, poorly written and poorly executed.
Nothing exemplifies this better than Trump’s executive order on immigration.
President Trump issued his poorly-cloked Muslim travel ban to take effect immediately without preparing those who would have to execute it. This led to confusion and needless detainments at airports across the country as Homeland Security tried to sort things out (who was banned and who wasn’t).
Now, Trump’s travel ban is rightfully and predictably being challenged in federal court on constitutional grounds.
It seems Trump is simply checking off his campaign promises without any regard to the consequences. It’s an unnecessary and dangerous “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” mindset.
“A businessman with no experience in public office,” today writes New York Times reporter Peter Baker, “Mr. Trump has shown in his administration’s opening days that he favors an action-oriented approach with little regard for the two other branches of government.”
Good governance requires reflection and planning …. something akin to the governing style of the last occupant of the Oval Office.
Trump and his administration must learn that governing in these polarized times calls for a commitment to inclusion, transparency and deliberation.
Mr. President, just because you promised your base something in October doesn’t mean you have to shove it down the nation’s throat as soon as you get the chance.
The country needs a thoughtful leader with a “slow hand.” For the sake of the nation, sir, no more quickies please.
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