WHEN TRUMP LOST THE ELECTION AND YET…
Trump for all intense and purposes lost the election during the first debate when he threw all civility out the window and buried Presidential dignity for all to see. While his opponent Joe Biden managed to look Presidential and at times showed courtesy in his behaviour and speech if not consistently, enough to gain the sympathy of the undecided.
Then on the heels of the debate, President Trump was confirmed Covid19 positive.
Disaster after disaster. The man who would proclaim he was no political leader but rather a manager of the economy, crucial to shaping government policy in the endeavour to make America Great Again had shown himself to be inadequate when dealing with the intricacies of government by the people.
Trump had forgotten that ideas when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than mere bluster and self-belief.
Biden seemed to understand that by setting the agenda of the election campaign by focusing on putting together a winning coalition of effective support aimed at the people he appeared to offer a credible alternative and the potential for statesmanship which has been sorely lacking in the Trump Presidency.
If Trump is to resurrect his campaign he will need to understand leadership is partly a question of vision about the direction in which policy ought to be developed, while projecting electoral appeal and putting together a winning coalition of effective support. While Trump will always find it hard to fall back on executive efficiency, and institutional power-broking he can make the most of his charisma and if not always rational persuasion, appeal to the homespun values of middle America.
Unfortunately, Trump suffers from bombast and self-promotion leaving himself open to ridicule and in some quarters contempt. His political and social enemies have laboured to make the crude contention that he the President is always “wrong”, regardless of the facts.
The 45th President of the United States would do well to note Shakespear next time he contemplates his political future. ‘There is indeed a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. And if not, not.’
When Trump reappears from his hospital interlude he will without reservation have to take his chance.
Trump is swimming against the tide, and yet he may well have the last laugh once again. It would do well to be aware that the polite alternative would deliver a leftist net of psychological untruths, bent on the destruction of constitutional America, by unethical people who hide behind the masque of ethics and morality. These Democrats surpass President Trump in their hypocrisy and when their interests are threatened, they very quickly throw overboard the values they flaunt in the public place and replaced by any means to destroy their opposition.
It is to be hoped that America will see through the Democrat charade and re-elect a flawed but sincere President Donald Trump.