Donald Trump’s Cabinet is going to be anything but ordinary. People know that Trump has taken an unorthodox approach in the election process, but he has now taken a step further to create a Cabinet that is an open mockery of American politics. I know, Trump supporters will insist that he is trying to make change and be different from the average politician, but when does that go too far?
The Presidential Cabinet was created in 1789 by President George Washington, and it consisted of only five members, as opposed to the current 16 Cabinet members. It was made up of Vice President John Adams, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War Henry Knox, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph. The purpose of the Cabinet is to advise the President in matters he does not fully understand, and to assist him in carrying out his duties.
The problem is that Trump’s appointments can do nothing close to that. Donald Trump has made sure that he has appointed the most unqualified people for some of the most important jobs in United States government. One major example is his appointment for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Trump’s nominee for the position is Dr. Ben Carson, a former contestant in last year’s election and an admitted attempted murderer. Dr. Carson has stated multiple times he did not want a cabinet position, and that is the most likely reason why Trump appointed him to a position he had no interest or background in.
Another position Trump chose to fill with an obscure appointee is that of the Attorney General. The duty of the Attorney General of the United States is to enforce and uphold federal laws of the Supreme Court. Jeff Sessions is the man Trump chose for this job, a Senator from Alabama.
Sessions is a man who is loyal to Trump, being one of the few Republican Congressmen to support him from the beginning. In opposition, Sessions is not a man who is loyal to modern American values, and his hateful comments towards African-Americans cause a lot of controversy. Regarding the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions stated “Those [expletive], I used to think they were OK, but they are pot smokers”. Well, at least he is pretty open about his policy stances, but that is really the only good thing about him.
The most amusing appointment, however, is Governor Rick Perry of Texas, as Secretary of Energy. There is much to say about why his appointment to the position is absurd, other than the fact that he does not believe the position should exist, and openly has opposed it in the past.
Not all appointees are bad, however. Secretary of State appointee Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobile, is a good man aside from his ties with Russia. General James Mattis, appointee for Secretary of Defense, and General John Kelly, appointee for Secretary of Homeland Security, are both straight-shooting and progressive military officers who are more than qualified for their positions.
In the end though, the glaringly bad choices outweigh the good, and I do not think this was an accident on Trump’s part.