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A possible upside


01/25/18



 I didn’t vote for Trump. He drives me crazy daily. But he’s still the president and, as with every president, I want him to succeed. As inept as he often seems, I can’t help wondering if there are upsides to his quirkiness.

During the campaign, Trump said that he’d defeat ISIS so fast that our heads would spin. Well, what President Obama couldn’t do in eight years, Trump accomplished in less than one year. Is it possible that this is the beginning of the decline of terrorism worldwide?
Is it possible that his braggadocious style will lead to other amazing things? Here are a few long-standing agenda items that may be accomplished.
Immigration reform: Our presidents, for decades, have tried unsuccessfully to get this done. It seems logical that insulting Mexico and developing countries isn’t a path to comprehensive immigration reform. But is his offensive talk all part of a “bad cop” strategy to concede ground as part of negotiations? I could see President Trump conceding on issues like the height and length of the wall, who’s going to pay for it and more, and actually getting some type of agreement done.
North Korea: Kim Jong Un is a nutcase who, in my view, cannot be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal that could destroy our cities. Every other president failed to get a workable deal with North Korea. What if Trump’s seemingly reckless rhetoric scares the North Koreans into making a deal? If this happens, Donald Trump may deserve a Nobel Peace Prize!
Trump’s style may not be how recent presidents have approached passing legislation, but it may work. I could see many other issues that have not been successfully dealt with where Trump’s unconventional approach may craft new paths to getting important deals done.
I realize that there will be many “Ya, but”s to this article and I’m not saying that there won’t be any long-term damage or that things will actually get done. But I am saying that, like it or not, we are likely to have three more years of Trump, and the jury is out on what he may or may not accomplish. 
Fred Bramante is the past chairman and member of the NH State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign to regional, state and national organizations. 





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