Friday 20 July 2018

Trump is maddened by 18th-century gibberish

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Flann O'Brien pointed out that there was a basic misunderstanding at the centre of his life, whereby his wife was under the impression that he was "a husband", apparently unaware of the fact that he was actually a philosopher.

Likewise, at the root of the crisis in America, there is a basic misunderstanding on the part of those who believe that Trump is a president to whom the usual standards should apply, when in his own mind and that of his many supporters he is something else: namely, the president that America, in the depths of its being, has always wanted - the type who sees the normal "checks and balances" of the US constitution as being essentially un-American, as some sort of bureaucratic folly which needs to be blown away when a man's got to do, what a man's got to do.

The West was not won on checks and balances, they reckon, and would never have been won on checks and balances. And if we are being honest, we'd have to say that they're not wrong about that. John Wayne did not care much for checks and balances. The sheriff of Dodge City delivered his checks and balances through the barrel of a gun.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss