We seem to forget that leaders are, after all, human. Our expectations, however, are that they be much more. We ask and expect them to be able to solve everything. Most often those expectations are beyond any one human’s capacity to achieve.
President Trump is perhaps the prime example of overblown expectations from both sides of the political spectrum. To the farther side of the right the trump agenda is pure genius and to the farther side of the left it is pure evil. Neither is correct.
So get real, people. Dial it down.
There Is No Master Plan
Trump is neither an evil genius nor a master manipulator. Those in government are never as powerful and capable as we imagine.
From National Review: By BEN SHAPIRO, February 1, 2017
This week, the Trump administration botched the rollout of a relatively moderate immigration and refugee executive order that would have paused immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for a set period of time and ended Syrian-refugee immigration indefinitely. Instead of vetting the executive order or coordinating with the relevant agencies, the Trump team simply unleashed it, leading to widespread chaos at airports and massive protests by the Left.
But something odd happened next.
Instead of chalking up the executive-order debacle to inexperience or incompetence, members of the Right suggested that this was all part of a Trumpian 4D chess play: Trump had suckered the media into becoming unhinged, thereby promoting his agenda to keep America safe.
Meanwhile, huge swaths of the political Left determined that it had to be part of some broader, more nefarious scheme, too. The media immediately labeled the executive order a “Muslim ban,” even though it clearly didn’t ban all Muslims. Trump, according to a Medium post by Yonatan Zunger, had launched the executive order as an early “trial balloon for a coup.” Racial activist Shaun King quickly tweeted out the piece, and it trended on Twitter.
So, according to the Right, Trump and his team are heartbreaking geniuses of Newtonian magnitude. And according to the Left, Trump and his team are evil geniuses of Darth Vader magnitude (to be fair, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes this about himself).
This isn’t anything new. During the Obama years, Obama supporters convinced themselves that every Obama move was a masterful manipulation of the political system; when Obama failed, it was the American people who had failed him, not the other way around. Meanwhile, the Right attributed to Obama Satanic powers — he couldn’t just be screwing things up like a self-assured narcissistic control freak. He had to be a political alchemist intent on securing a third term for himself in the White House, a man on the verge of opening FEMA camps.
But here’s the sad truth: All these interpretations are idiotic.