posted on 15 July 2016
Written by Frank Li
In a previous post (What Would a Trump Presidency Look Like?), I spelled out several possibilities we might expect if Trump becomes President, encouraging him to strive for greatness matching China's Deng.
By selecting Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, as his running mate, Trump has further demonstrated his wisdom and potential for greatness. Therefore, a formal comparison between Donald Trump and Deng Xiaoping is due ...
1. Deng Xiaoping
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Deng Xiaoping:
2. Donald Trump
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia.org - Donald Trump:
America is "desperately in need of a great transformational leader like China's Deng" (Washington vs. Mao). Could Donald Trump possibly be that leader?
3. Trump vs. Deng
Right now, Trump is of little significance to his country's success, as compared with Deng. However, Trump has the opportunity of matching Deng, provided that he becomes the next American President, amends the U.S. Constitution, and retires after his first term, all as I have previously suggested (What Would a Trump Presidency Look Like?).
With that, let's look ahead to a possible future by fast forwarding to June 14, 2021 ...
President Trump, now comfortably in retirement, invites me to his 75th birthday party. At that time, I would compare him with Deng in four categories as follows:
Let me elaborate on each ...
3.1 Economic reforms
Deng successfully transformed China's economy from communism to state capitalism, while President Trump revived America's superior capitalism. Given the magnitude of such a daunting task, Deng achieved far more. Edge: Deng.
3.2 Political reforms
Deng transformed China's political system from communism (or more precisely, feudalism, with Mao being the de facto last emperor) to a new form that is best described as "a dictatorship with a new dictator every 10 years" (Chinese Presidency: An Earned Kingship for 10 Years). It appeared to be slightly better than America's political system (Towards an Ideal Form of Government) until 2017, when Trump became the American President. President Trump fundamentally changed America's political system by amending the U.S. Constitution as follows:
As a result, America's political system is, once again, superior to China's. Trump achieved far more than Deng. Edge: Trump.
Deng started with the economic reforms, saving China's political system as a by-product. Trump did it the other way: he started with the political reforms, saving America's economy as a by-product. Edge: Even.
Both Trump and Deng left their jobs with their respective countries well positioned for the future. Edge: Even
Overall, Trump and Deng are even: 1 and 1.
Deng's place in history is well set: Deng has proven to be the greatest peaceful transformational leader in human history, in my humble opinion.
Trump's place in history is still tenuous and in the making ...
Mr. Trump, you have a powerful choice: Heed sound advice (What Would a Trump Presidency Look Like?): first become the next President and then strive for greatness matching China's Deng, or, alternatively, remain a nobody - just a spot-filler President by luck and circumstance!
Mr. Trump, be great for America! The path to greatness has already been shown to you! For all our sakes, please listen and just do it!
Below would hopefully be America's memory on your 75th birthday ...
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