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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Political experience a must for president

I wonder how the vast majority of President Donald Trump voters and supporters feel about his first couple of months in the White House.

I’ve been pondering such, as the major campaign promises and policy initiatives he confidently said would become a reality, have not materialized — at least not yet.

I admit, I did not vote for Trump. However, after he was elected, I told myself and a select few friends, perhaps we should give him a chance.

He has made political history by becoming the first president of the United States to gain election without any political experience.

Be that as it may, I have heard and read how Trump is not a public policy person. It appears, to date, many of his staff members lack substantive policy experience as well.

In the past, I’ve discussed with family, friends and others the importance of our elected leaders — particularly, the president — to possess some degree of political experience. Despite some Americans complaining our government bodies are filled with career politicians, maybe there is a place, after all, for such individuals.

Many American voters, since at least the 1980s, have expressed a distaste for politicians and the political process, arguing, for instance, for a regular change of political leadership and term limits.

However, someone who has served in an elected position for a number of years offers knowledge, understanding, connections and the ability to work and maneuver the political system. Such attributes, in today’s acrimonious political environment, are arguably necessary.

An elected political leader who lacks these traits proves to be a liability rather than an asset. There is so much more that goes into leading and governing a nation than mere business experience.

Certainly, electing a president who does not entirely fit political stereotypes proves American democracy and the voting process works, but at what cost?

Trump, to date, has failed at repealing and replacing Obamacare, has reneged on his previous statements that Mexico will pay for the border wall, and we continue to hear and read of his administration’s involvements with Russia.

Last week, Trump ordered military attacks on Syria in response to the gassing of their own people.

I hope he relies on the experience of his military advisers and seriously considers their recommendations.

The next three years and eight months will be interesting to follow. Where is America going and where will America land?

Can and will Trump “Make America Great Again,” despite his political naiveté and inexperience?

Only time will tell.

Mark Reccek

editorial assistant

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