This is not the first time during our nation's storied history that we have suffered through unpredictable leadership. Woodrow Wilson turned over much decision making to his wife after he suffered a disabling stroke. Many today remember the Watergate turmoil that led to Richard Nixon's premature retirement. Then there was James Garfield, who lay dying slowly from a gunshot wound.

What's different today is our current president's inability to govern in a rational way. Anyone who reads a newspaper knows the president's personality and temperament has made him incapable of reliable leadership. The big question is whether Donald Trump's leadership will be successful enough to avoid producing a historical disaster.

There are dedicated White House staffers who work tirelessly for this great nation trying to provide real service to the country. Then, on the other hand, we have this partisan Congress which, rather than working together to solve our problems and meet the needs of our citizens, spends most of its time on finding ways to favor wealthy folks and large corporations at the painful expense of the middle class and the poor.

Maybe it's time that we the voters educate ourselves better and elect knowledgeable candidates who are committed to the public good. Make no mistake, this nation is in the middle of perilous times and if we accept our responsibility to take the time to educate ourselves, we can elect qualified and committed people to public service.

One thing's for sure - after a year of presidential turmoil, the president's unpredictable mind isn't going to change - Clayton Hodgson, Le Mars, Iowa

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