Lawrence DiCara reflects on Trump's first six months

By Tanner Harding | Jul 23, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding Lawrence DiCara with tri-town librarians Susan Pizzolato (Mattapoisett), Libby O'Neill (Marion), Gail Roberts (Rochester) and Robbin Smith (Mattapoisett).

Marion — “One of the great parts of being at this point in my life is I can pretty much say whatever I want,” laughed Lawrence DiCara. “Ask me about Sean Spicer, ask me about O.J. Simpson.”

DiCara, a former member of the Boston City Council and 40-year veteran of the Democratic State Committee, was at Marion Music Hall as part of the tri-town libraries’ civic engagement series.

The talk focused mostly on Donald Trump’s first six months in office, with DiCara giving his opinion through the lens of his political experience.

On the fluctuations in American politics:

“There’s no certainty we will have predictability in our politics. Each president is different and each presidency is different. Some presidents who are supremely prepared are not successful, and some who are less prepared are successful…No one has ever entered the Oval Office with less experience, so it’s not surprising that it’s been, to put it kindly, chaotic.”

On the difference of running a country versus a business:

“Being the president of a government is very different than being a sole proprietor of a business where there are no checks and balances.”

On Trump’s reported demands of loyalty from staff:

“Demanding loyalty is not a new phenomenon in American politics…Though competence, not loyalty, is a pre-requisite to success. John Kennedy said he didn’t care if people voted for him. He thought active debate was loyalty, not passive affirmation.”

On Trump’s temperament:

“He has seemed at times unpresidential, and this is facilitated by the social media era in which we live.”

On the future of politics:

“I fear the enemy to increase public involvement is, what I call, the enteratainment state. Will our future be dominated by people known only for being well known? Millennials are not voting in great numbers, but people think there will be a resurgence in civic activity with millennials.”

On voting:

“Voting needs to not be as burdensome. We need to protect the right to vote, and look at the way other countries do it. We need to stop lagging in the 20th century.”

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