Donald Trump was inaugurated four days ago — and my friends and family members continue to talk about our new President with mostly negative words.
I live in the blue state of Massachusetts and I didn’t vote for Trump. But, because our country currently uses the Electoral College system to determine who is President; and because the EC cast a majority vote for him, I respect his legitimacy as the so-called Leader of the Free World.
Despite his legitimacy, it’s disturbing (to use one of those words) that his Cabinet appointments and initial executive orders are changing the world order. He’s creating a new normal.
For instance, the U.S. Senate confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo by a 66-32 vote.
By contrast, Defense Secretary James Mattis was confirmed 98-1.
It’s abnormal that 14 Democrats supported Pompeo (and one Republican opposed), whereas the Mattis vote was nearly-unanimous.
I must presume that as the Trump Administration puts forward new policy ideas that future congressional votes will be all over the place: some will toe the party line and others will vote who-knows-how.