Letter: Politicians have plunged us into chaos

Many of us remember the TV show of the 1970s and ‘80s starring Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. We got a lot of laughs from the bumbling Max and his sidekick as they outwitted Caos.

In real life it’s not funny. Our bumbling politicians have plunged us into chaos. Perhaps they need to get smart.

Take Donald Trump for example. Definitely an apprentice at the job of president; he’s still functioning as a successful businessman. As Peter Drucker said, “Appoint the best people — the ones who have been successful and let them make the calls. Don’t micromanage.” The presidency is different, especially when you have tunnel vision. Wall Street bigshots, 4-star generals, tough prosecutors and prominent people who share his opinions are Trump’s exemplars of success. Unfortunately, these people have contributed to the state of chaos. The smart move would have been to look elsewhere for people smart enough to be unsuccessful in the current system, who have a different worldview, who have seen the need for change.

People want change. That’s why the average person overlooked the idiosyncrasies, the inconsistencies, and the outright insults and voted for Trump.

Republicans are saddled with a president they can’t control, and Democrats are resisting, not Republicans, but Trump. Republicans need to get the message that people are unhappy with their policies. Democrats need to get the message that they haven’t done the job either.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to ask the question: What makes America great? Hint: Try peace.

Sally McMillan

Iowa City

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