Twenty-six days into the Donald Trump regime, and we have a constitutional crisis.
With the reporting out of the New York Times, it's beyond doubt that Trump is Moscow's man in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. All the checks put in place in the Constitution to prevent a man like Trump from assuming power have failed miserably. The Electoral College continued to fail in the role envisioned for it by the Framers, as it rubber stamped the victory of an incompetent moron. The article restricting the presidency only to "natural born citizens", out of the belief that citizens born in a different country would have some residual loyalty to those states, has failed to prevent a president with deep ties to a foreign adversary.
Add to the Russian connection the regime's sheer incompetence at governing and we have a situation where essentially the country has no functioning government. The Trump White House is in lock-down mode, fending off one crisis after another, all of them of their own making. Far from being a cabal of evil geniuses who triumphed in November in the face of accepted wisdom, the Trump regime is a Dunning-Kruger study writ large.
Now, what passes for the mainstream of the Republican Party should be overjoyed. Its brief has always been that government doesn't work, that it needs to be slashed back to the bare minimum. To the extent that government shows itself to work—by, for example, providing popular programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and, yes, the Affordable Care Act—Republican ideology is shown to be barren. Now in Donald Trump, they have the ultimate example of a feckless government. Surely this will pave the way to a libertarian Nirvana?
However, the dirty secret is that the GOP actually wants government to work, just not so well that its governing premises are proven to be lies. Representatives and senators want federal money to keep flowing to their constituencies. They want their pet laws passed and signed. They want governing mechanisms to work just well enough to have their priorities attended to. In Trump, far from having an automaton who will sign everything, they have a crazed bull smashing everything in the china shop. Trump's main function was to sign whatever Congress sent him. With his regime's collapse into scandal and crisis, he can't do even that.
It wasn't as if voters weren't warned. Former President Barack Obama warned us. Hillary Clinton warned us. Trump's own words and actions warned us. But enough white voters were sufficiently frightened of the browning of America to turn out and vote to put the racist into office. It was, hopefully, the last gasp of a dying power structure. However, that last gasp is going to lead us into a world of hurt. To preserve their privileges, they sacrificed the well-being of the country. For their own fear, they pawned the state to a foreign autocrat. We have Trump voters like this person, who seems to have heard something Trump never said, thinking he's going to raise the minimum wage. A democracy is only as strong as its voters, and in 2016 voters showed they were weak, frightened, and irrational.
So, while we can enjoy some schadenfreude, the fact is that we are in a pretty pickle. No one is minding the store. We have a president who wanted to play at being president, not to actually do the work. We have a Congressional majority which either doesn't want to rein in Trump, or doesn't know how to do so without losing his voters. And we have a majority of the electorate which either actively votes for evil, or is apathetic and doesn't bother with politics. States have fallen into history's dustbin for far less.