posted on 28 June 2016
Written by Frank Li
The field of the 2016 Presidential election is effectively set: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton! As a voter longing for change and hence a staunch Trump supporter, I am not even sure what a Trump Presidency would look like. So let me spell out three distinct possibilities, by comparing Trump with three well-known transformational world leaders:
Let me elaborate on each ...
1. President Trump could be an evil leader like Hitler!
This projection comes from the Trump haters (e.g. It's not the 1930s. But Donald Trump should scare us all the same). It is invalid for one main reason: the 3-branch structure of our government limits the power of the Presidency, no matter who occupies the office! In other words, no American President has ever been, nor will be, a dictator like Hitler was! Specifically,
In short, President Trump would not be Hitler-like, at all!
2. President Trump could be a total disaster like Mikhail Gorbachev!
Contrary to his popular image in America, Mikhail Gorbachev will perhaps eventually be recognized as a traitor by Russian historians! One main reason: he irresponsibly surrendered to the West by allowing the USSR to disintegrate, resulting in many disasters not only for Russia, but also for its former satellite states (e.g. Ukraine). For more, read: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S.
Very notably, today, his Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 is as laughable as President Obama’s in 2009! For more on Mr. Gorbachev and the Cold War, read: Correctly Assessing President Ronald Reagan. For more on President Obama and his Nobel Peace Prize, read: President Obama and War.
In short, would President Trump fail as spectacularly as Mikhail Gorbachev did? Highly unlikely, thanks, again, to the 3-branch structure of our government!
3. Could President Trump be as great as China's Deng?
In stark contrast with Gorbachev (Mikhail Gorbachev vs. Deng Xiaoping), Deng has proven to be, in my humble opinion, the greatest peaceful transformational leader in human history!
What did Deng do to deserve such a great honor? He laid the foundation for China's spectacular success over the past 38 years, with no end in sight! Specifically,
Unfortunately, it's highly unlikely that President Trump would match Deng in greatness, thanks, again, to the 3-branch structure of our government! However, I certainly hope President Trump would strive to be Deng-like!
4. How could President Trump be Deng-like?
First off, Mr. Trump should study and recognize the value of my most accurate diagnosis for America (Diagnosis for America (Version 3)), as well as the best solution (Solution for America (Version 3))!
Bottom line: our biggest problem is neither terrorism nor the wall along the borders with Mexico, but our failed political system!
Therefore, President Trump must set out to reform our political system first! Three must-fix examples:
Secondly, as the GOP Presidential nominee, Mr. Trump must commit to the following three action items upon becoming the President:
Finally and most importantly, Mr. Trump must win the Presidency first by balancing the messages between campaign rhetoric and realistic promises as the President!
America is desperately in need of a peaceful transformational leader as great as China's Deng! Will that be Donald Trump? Perhaps not, but I hope he would try his best!
Now, a key question: with the reformed definition of the American Presidency, would Donald Trump define himself out? For example, Mr. Trump has never served as a state governor and he is already 70 years old before taking office in January 2017.
The answer is "yes, he would"! However, unusual times require unusual measures. President Trump should optimally re-define the American Presidency for future generations, just like what Deng did in China! After all, not only did Deng start reforming China when he was in his 70s, he was also a bloody communist before that!
Mr. Trump, be great! The path to greatness has already been shown to you! For all our sakes, please listen and just do it!
Give Donald Trump a chance to make America great again!
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