What Time Is It?

Is this the best of times or the worst of times in America? That’s the question that comes to mind as I reflect on the upcoming inauguration of the newest president of the United States of America. On the one hand, current President Obama is calm, rational, articulate, and knowledgeable: aware of the international implications of what he says. On the other, President-elect, Donald Trump is an impulsive bully, irrational, inarticulate (even bumbling), and ignorant in his use of incorrect facts that he often includes in his Tweets.

Outgoing-President Obama, in disagreeing with opponents rebuts with thoughtful arguments. He challenges the content of criticism not the critic personally. Trump employs school yard bullying tactics. He, wanting in his knowledge of the real facts, attacks the critic. Often he seems to have totally lost sight of the remarks and apparently unable to formulate a reasoned response hurls insults.

Consider his response to the remarks of Merle Streep during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Without saying his name, Streep slammed the actions and campaign remarks, not the person, of the man who will be U.S. President, number 45 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4100774/Meryl-Streep-slams-Donald-Trump-Golden-Globes-acceptance-speech.html).

Trump’s response, using the power and opportunity presented by his new office, was to do what any schoolyard bully might do: attack Streep’s person. In one of his most recent Tweets, Trump, apparently ignorant of Streep’s remarkable talent, even though he doesn’t know her, called Ms. Streep the “‘most-overrated actress in Hollywood’” and “‘a Hillary flunky who lost big.’” What he lacked in substantive argument Trump compensated for by misusing the power of his new office.

Donald Trump continues to prove the point he made himself during the election, “America has never been so low!”