Nero fiddled; Nixon fretted and taped; Trump tweets (and tapes?). Nero blamed the Christians; Nixon blamed the media and his infamous enemies list; Trump blames the media, our own and international intelligence communities, federal judges, his predecessor, refugees, members of Congress, whistleblowers and immigrants — anyone but himself. While defending murders authorized by his BFF Putin, he publicly trashes patriot Sen. John McCain, leaders of our allies in Europe and elsewhere, and generally anyone with whom he disagrees. He seeks to allow Russian spies back into our country, while banning Iraqis and others who aided our military in the Middle east. His idea of draining the swamp is to load in more venomous and greedy reptiles. While his proclamations destroy our consumer protections, negate pollution controls, sell off public lands and parks to oil/gas monopolies and embolden the big banks and Wall Street traders to re-create another financial meltdown, he seeks to create an American oligarchy; all the while he’s throwing proclamations on the conflagration.

Not since William Henry Harrison contracted pneumonia on his Inauguration Day has a presidency been as imperiled so early in its outset. The defining difference here of course is that Trump’s tenuousness is self-inflicted. It appears that Assad’s regime could outlast Trump’s — both with assistance from Russia. We can now firmly grasp that this man fully believes his own hype, that he considers himself above the law — and most recently, the U.S. Constitution — and that he feels that he truly could commit murder in midtown Manhattan, or in this case divulge national security secrets to the Russians, and remain immune from prosecution.

As I have stated before, we have to hope that Mike Pence has been better vetted by our intelligence community. We also have to trust Congress to deal swiftly and with bipartisanship with Trump’s recent transgressions. One-upmanship is not in the best interest of the country. Lance the boil, drain the infection and start the healing process.

Pat Crowley is a resident of Bloomfield.