Trump’s reck­less­ness

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­cent speech in which he urged po­lice of­fi­cers not to be “too nice” in deal­ing with ar­restees has (rightly) alarmed many both in­side and out­side the ranks of law en­force­ment.

How­ever, I don’t think the pres­i­dent was con­sciously con­don­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity. He wasn’t quite sure what he was urg­ing. He was say­ing some­thing that sounded good and clever to him at the time.

And therein lies the prob­lem with this pres­i­dent: He speaks reck­lessly be­cause he thinks reck­lessly. And that’s a big­ger prob­lem than it first ap­pears: While his reck­less speech and thought could very eas­ily lead to ter­ri­ble re­sults, it is also the case that while he is speak­ing and think­ing reck­lessly, he is not do­ing what the pres­i­dent is sup­posed to do: Speak and think wisely, in the best in­ter­est of the coun­try.

While Pres­i­dent Trump is be­ing his own self-ag­gran­diz­ing, ego­tis­ti­cal, child­ish self, and while his staff and the leg­is­la­ture are en­abling this be­hav­ior, the coun­try is ef­fec­tively with­out lead­er­ship. I be­lieve Repub­li­cans in the leg­is­la­ture must put coun­try be­fore party and or­ga­nize to be­gin the process of re­mov­ing this man from the White House while the dam­age can be min­i­mized.

STACY M. CLAN­TON Magnolia

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