Thursday, March 09, 2017

Trump Is Different But Not Different Enough

Viva La Differance. This is America. The shining city on the hilltop. We are the place where huddled masses find comfort. We are the place where black, white, yellow, red, guy, girl, rich, poor, straight, or not-straight all legally, morally, and (more than any other country) actually created equal. We don't simply acknowlege being different either. We shout it out in football stadiums. We blast it out over concert speakers. We wear it everywhere from Skid Row (see what I did there?) to the boardroom, from construction sites to Congress. We don't do homogenus. And that gentle reader is why the Donald is your President.

He's different. His opponents were not different enough. They were birds of a feather who fell together (sorry couldn't help myself) because they were "Establishment". All of them were either career politicians who had been crooks and liars for years or they were different but not different enough. His final opponent was crushed because of the difference. She was blah, boring, dishonest, unaccomplished, and untrusted; by her own people. He was loud, brash, and made it a point to connect to everyone who was different fromt the typical Democrat Voter. And of course he is now vilified by the ones who missed what they thought was a date with destiny. Hell hath no fury like a Democrat Voter scorned. Just look at the ongoing riots and other violence.

Donald Trump has a max of eight years to parlay that difference into something worthy of the office. He needs to get on twitter and lose the #SnowFlakeTrigger tweets. Instead he needs to tweet out what is going on in real time. How about a tweet that says "Getting ready to Veto a Bill that infringes on 1st Amendment". Or a Facebook post that says "Congress wants to penalize Almond Growers and not admit that Almond Milk is a thing. #DairyLobby #CronyCapitalism". Or an Instagram of him signing an executive order telling the DEA & the DOJ to leave non-violent drug users alone. #MyBodyMyChoice right?

He needs to be more Presidential. His Bearing, discussed in my previous post, sucks. Now is the time to be more different than ever by acting like the no compromise grown up in the room. If he thinks that Obama wiretapped him then he should say it. Then, taking a cue from Ross Perot, he needs posterboard sized documentation intended to prove the allegation. When he says the press is against him he needs to substantiate it by quoting facts that defy the press to prove him wrong.

Trump has a golden opportunity make different cool again. Imagine that, a no nonsense POTUS that stands up for the Constitution, tells Congress to do it right, appoints Judges who will also care for the Constitution, keeps the American people reliably informed, and tells the world that we are a leader of nations and not an empire. Trump could break the lock of cookie cutter crooks and liars that parade in every two to four years for their time at the trough.

Right now though he's #NotGettingItDone.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

On Bearing and Trump

Bearing.It's one of the Leadership Traits as taught to Marines. Bearing is how you present yourself. When you walk into a room your presence should fill it. Bearing means that you exude the qualities people look for in a leader. In a military leader it is the qualities that help to get your people to follow you into places that sane people steer clear of. In a political leader it means projecting honesty, empathy, wisdom, and the ability to get things done with subtle charm. Bearing can also be acting. Just because you come across as a nice guy without a dishonest bone in your body doesn't mean you are. The world is full of snake charmers who convinced others in hundreds of intangible ways that they were the real deal.

What did Bearing have to do with the recent election? How about now? How is President Trump's Bearing helping or hurting him? During the election he projected exactly the persona needed to bring the apathetic and marginalized out to vote and shockingly derail the Clinton's manifest destiny. Even if you don't like Trump, I don't, if you opposed her then it was a thing of beauty. 

But now the President is displaying the same #Snoflake bearing that spoiled, thin skinned, and overly protected college kids are projecting. If you are critical of him then you can stand by to be assaulted by him personally on Twitter. So, if you think that today's liberals are a bunch of whining losers who need to grow the hell up ... you better think that of the President as well.

Now is the time for him to excoriate his opponents and visciously remind the media that they are there to report the news without bias. He should embark on a scorched earth, take-no-prisoners, diatribe to point out everything he will be working to dismantle, destroy, or improve. Let his supporters see it and revel in it. Then he should tell those supporters that it is time to shift gears. It is time to extend the hand of friendship to the utterly defeated foe and give them an opportunity to grow up and get on board with (his words) making America great again.

In short it is time for President Trump to become Presidential. It is time to take his strategic plan and implement it using tactics that will work. Because even if you believe in him (and I don't) he is not going to be effective if he continues to act like the spoiled little college brats that are rioting because they are not getting their way.

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