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posted on 23 August 2017

President Trump: Governing vs. Campaigning for 2020

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If governing is measured by the real results, Trump Administration 1.0 has arguably failed, because it has yet to produce a single major legislative victory in a Congress controlled by his own party!

If governing is measured by team building and team work, Trump Administration 1.0 has obviously failed. Any doubt? Look at the picture below.

What's the reason? Incompetence, plus campaigning for 2020 over governing!


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1. Governing vs. campaigning

Governing and campaigning are fundamentally different. In governing, you represent all the people. In campaigning, you target some of the people who will vote for you, hopefully.

Unfortunately for America, most, if not all, of our politicians are career politicians, who are constantly campaigning for re-elections, with governing being merely an inconvenience. Two informative readings:

  1. Term Limits for Congress!
  2. President Trump Must Be One-Term, Voluntarily!

A strong piece of evidence that President Trump is putting his campaign for 2020 over governing: his flip-flops over the recent tragedy in Charlottesville, VA. Specifically, between speaking to all Americans and speaking to his supporters, President Trump eventually chose the latter! For more, read: President Trump: Getting Re-elected Ad Nauseam?

2. Trump Administration 1.0 has failed!

President Trump built his own "core" team in the White House, only to see it almost completely dissolved seven months into the operation. He has nobody, but himself to blame!

As for the lack of a major legislative victory, he may choose to blame anybody but himself. However, he should be held accountable, because it is his job to find a way to work with everybody, including Congress.

Will Trump Administration 2.0 (i.e. with General John Kelly as the chief of staff) be much better? Hopefully yes, although it is highly unlikely for one simple reason: "It's the boss, stupid"!

3. It's the boss, stupid!

Donald Trump won the American Presidency for one main reason: Americans were so fed up with the existing political establishment that we were willing to try something, anything, different.

Who could have been more different than Donald Trump?

Unfortunately for America, experience matters. As a matter of fact, Donald Trump is the only American President who had no experience, either in public service or in military, prior to taking the top job in the nation. This inadequacy in experience may have finally caught up with President Trump.

Worse yet, President Trump has obviously fallen into the trap of "getting re-election ad nauseam." As a result, upon taking the office, instead of focusing on governing, he has obviously continued his campaign toward his own re-election in 2020. Three examples:

  1. To govern, his main constituents are Congress and foreign leaders, who do not give a damn to his tweets! For more, read: President Trump: Getting Re-Elected in 2020, via Tweeting?
  2. Trump rakes in $10 million at first re-election fundraiser.
  3. Trump’s 2020 Re-Election Campaign Already in Full Swing.

4. Russia investigation

Personally, I do not believe Trump's campaign colluded with Russia. However, for many reasons, for which President Trump is partially responsible (e.g. the reckless firing of James Comey), an investigation led by Robert Mueller is under way.

"If you dig long and deep enough, you will find dirt." Given Trump's business empire and political activities, nobody should be surprised that Mueller's team will find some skeletons in Trump's closet to make a case, especially in terms of obstruction of justice. Then President Trump's fate will reside in Congress, where he has few real friends. For more, read: Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment.

5. Discussion

Like many Americans, I voted for Trump for one main reason: he was obviously the lesser of two evils. Today, despite all the problems with Trump Administration 1.0, I have so far no regret in voting for him. This speaks loudly about the hopelessness of American democracy.

Unlike most Americans, not only did I significantly contribute to his campaign (GOP Establishment vs. "We the people"), I have also spelled out the path to greatness, in human history, for him (Donald Trump vs. Deng Xiaoping). Unfortunately, he does not seem to have listened.

Overall, I have had exceptionally high hopes for President Trump. But his track record so far has been very discouraging. Nine informative readings:

  1. Grading President Trump's First 100 Days: B!
  2. President Trump and War.
  3. Give President Trump a Chance to Govern!
  4. President Trump Will Be Impeached in 2017, Most Likely!
  5. Is the Trump Revolution Over?
  6. "Make America Great Again," Really?
  7. Trump Administration 2.0.
  8. An Open Letter to General John Kelly.
  9. President Trump: Getting Re-elected Ad Nauseam?

6. Closing

Let's continue to support President Trump, without blind worship, though.

To "Make America Great Again", President Trump must focus on governing, instead of constantly campaigning for his own re-election in 2020. For more, read: President Trump Must Be One-Term, Voluntarily!

To truly "Make America Great Again", President Trump must reform our failing political system, as I have suggested. For more, read the image below.

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