Democracy: A system of government by the people of a state, through elected representatives.
Dictatorship: A system of government where a country is ruled by one person, and power is exercised through mechanisms to ensure that the ruler’s power remains strong.
Republican or Democrat, there is no debate that Donald Trump’s presidency is unlike that of anything we have seen in the past 228 years. He ran his campaign through controversy, was elected via controversy and he has so far
ruled governed with no lack of controversy. The man, whether you like him or not, is a walking, talking blob of controversy.
From Trump’s early days as a businessman, he has portrayed himself as someone who is smarter, more wealthy and more popular than his competition, no matter who that competition is. He is a person who can not admit defeat and can’t see his ego go by the wayside. Whether or not he realizes it, deep down inside, he has a yearning to be a dictator.
Perhaps this desire isn’t completely Trump’s fault. After all, he has been the CEO of many international companies over the past several decades. CEOs run their companies as dictatorships, and their employees are expected to do and act as they say. America is not a multinational corporation though, and Americans are not President Trump’s employees. We live in a democracy, governed and run through three distinct branches of government which act as checks and balances toward one another. In fact President Trump is actually our employee.
To be a successful dictator, you need three things: (1) You need the majority support of those whom you dictate to, (2) you need to show that you are a strong, confident and unwitting individual who doesn’t allow the words of your opposition to bring out your weaknesses, and (3) you need to be able to put fear into the opposition in order to deter them from rebelling.
President Trump has exactly “Zero” of these qualifications, making him…… well…. a dict-less dictator. By this, I mean he just doesn’t have what it takes to be a dictator, even if the United States of America didn’t have the 3-branch protections that we do. His ego is so great that he allows the words of others to make him look weak. He
rules governs with words more than actions. It was once said by Trump’s former wife, Ivana, that he frequently read Hitler’s speeches. The problem is it takes more than words and speeches to put the “dict” in “dictator”. Trump simply doesn’t have it.
According to Wikipedia, a dictator is someone who exudes the following characteristics:
Dictatorships are often characterised by some of the following traits: suspension of elections and of civil liberties; proclamation of a state of emergency; rule by decree; repression of political opponents without abiding by rule of law procedures; these include one-party state, and cult of personality.
While it may appear that Trump envisions himself as a dictator, to be a legitimate dictator it takes a country willing to be dictated to — and America is not a willing recipient!
This is a good thing though, at least for those who believe they can see right through the man and realize that he is a power-hungry individual who doesn’t always seem to have America’s best interests at heart. Over the past couple of weeks we have seen how democracy works. We’ve seen the checks and balances that the legislative branch, and to a much greater degree, the judicial branch of government can exude over the President of the United States. This is what has made, and continues to ‘Make America Great’, not some leader who believes he holds a crystal ball and magic wand.
God Bless America!