I'm tired of winning


Candidate Trump kept his promise: in one negotiation after another, his victories wore me out. I'm tired of winning. He told me he was the only one who could do the things he's done, that he's a stable genius who knows more than the generals and understands things the deep state bureaucrats won't acknowledge. I've tried to keep up with his lightening fast decisions and changes of direction, his announcements today that conflict with his statements yesterday, his creative interpretations that do not fit with evidence that I find.

I don't feel alone in my exhaustion. Californians, unused to winning so much and deeply fatigued from fighting deadly fires, wonder where to find the new energy to rake 33 million acres of federal forests. I also notice that the North Koreans seem tired of his winning as well. In times past, the U.S. demanded concessions prior to a summit meeting. Today, North Korea demands concessions from us prior to meeting. Evidently, they require pre-meeting victories because they know they will lose once they begin negotiations with Trump.

Even allies indicate exhaustion. Our former Southeast Asian trading partners, happy to be relieved with the burden of American trading victories, agree to a new trading association with China. Surely our winning exhausted the already embattled Kurds. And recent public testimony indicates that war weary Ukrainians found winning with us both wearing and tearing. Finally, sadly, I notice that increasing numbers of American farmers, unable to keep up with the never-ending series of best ever trade/tariff agreements with China, choose bankruptcy rather then planting as a more restful long term economic strategy.

Closer to home, in American politics, any number of political leaders (including two speakers of the United States House of Representatives) choose retirement rather than try to keep up with the president's winning streak. And the parties, themselves, exhibit little strength of vision or energy: the GOP — too tired to support its most cherished values of budget accountability and strong international alliances; the Democrats — stunned by so much winning became only do nothings who morphed into treasonous scum.

As for normal governmental processes: winning all the time placed impossibly heavy demands upon people. With his standards so high, the president could not find enough qualified people to fill available positions. And even people he found could not stand the pace, and they resigned in exhaustion. No wonder that people outside regular diplomatic channels took on special responsibilities for Middle East policy and Ukrainian policy. Thank goodness for loyal family and loyal close friends. And large campaign donors. And GOP primary opponents. And loyal lawyers. Who else could keep up with his pace of winning?

For myself, I'd like to take a break from Trump's winning ways. I would rather return to some older, more humble constitutional goals, like striving toward insuring justice and opportunity for all and concentrate on more personal goals like being honest and earning trust. Also, every now and then it would be nice to fix a road or build a bridge or free wrongly convicted prisoners. To whom should I look for advice about embracing the winning-all-the-time concept? I suppose I might ask Vladimir Putin, who also seems to be on a winning streak.

 Leland Stuart remains connected with Lincoln County, although he recently moved from Waldport to King City. 

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