Words speak louder, and related risks of anger policy

This story will make you smirk if you’re the sort of person who still can’t understand how on earth the nice people of America could vote this way.

“The gap between President Trump’s ambitious promises and actual policies is large and growing,” said William C. Inboden, a White House aide under President George W. Bush and now executive director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas. “This is weakening the institution of the presidency itself, which becomes diminished when presidents over promise and under deliver, or when responsibilities normally handled by the president become habitually shirked to Congress or other nations.”

If you’re a Trump voter or supporter, chances are it will make you angry. Maybe you’ll blame Congress. Or the media. Or both. Hillary? Must be someone’s fault… other than the obvious.

And the obvious isn’t what you think I’m about to say, for this is not just classic Trump. It’s classic anger politics. Anger makes you promise to rip things up. But of course there’s usually precious little ripping in government. Because the real world is different from the fantasy world angry people have in their heads. So now they look stupid, too, for not being able to tell the difference between angry-real and real-real…

… which only makes angry and frustrated people angrier and more frustrated, and down and down we go, in ever smaller vicious circles.

Failing to keep your electoral promises isn’t a particularly rare thing in politics. But to promise yuge and deliver nothing is a special kind of achievement, reserved only for those whose promises are, obviously, unrealistic.

And if that makes you angry, then I’m afraid you are part of the problem.

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