The Great Dictator in Waiting
This Week Donald J. Trump has made it clear that he will only support a peaceful transition of power if he wins. This is so wrong on so many levels I’m not sure I can cover them all. First and foremost for a candidate, much less the sitting President, to say he will not support the Peaceful Transfer of Power has never in our history happened. The closest we ever have gotten to this was in 1860 and we all know what happen then. Four years of war and hundreds of thousands of American dead. We are still recovering from all the damage that irresponsible and unpatriotic action to this day.
Just think about it. In over 240 years of our history only once before did a group of people say they would not accept the results of the election and once more we are there. And just what kind of people are we talking about? We are talking about people who can only accept a total win. Give them 90% of what they want and they cry “I was robbed”. Disagree with them and they are being unjustly attacked. These are people who have never, ever, done anything wrong. Not once. And when they are caught out cheating they say the other guy was cheating first. These are the people who make up the MAGA core support for Donald J Trump. These are people who have seized control of the “Grand Old Party” and are turning into the “Trump’s Owned Party”.
So what can be done. Basically two things. First the defeat of Donald J. Trump must be so overwhelming that no cry of “I was Cheated” can be taken seriously by any sane person. Second, and equally important, every member of the House of Representatives who does not denounce Trump’s call to not accept results of the election peacefully should be voted out of office. This goes for every Senator, too. This is no longer a issue of party partisanship. This is a mater of Loyalty to the Constitution of the United States of America. Now is the time for every member of the Republican Party to be asked “Where are the Americans Here?”
It has now been two weeks since Donald Trump has been President and our great experiment into having amateurs running the Administration of the USA. I really shouldn’t call most of the people in the administration Amateurs, some of them have very respectable resumes. People like Reince Priebus, who’s politics I hardly dislike, has avery impressive resume. But others like, Stephen Bannon, have no practical experience at all. Just the kind of person I’d select to be a participant in an experiment in have non-politicians running an administration.
So what can we see so far? Quit a lot, but just how significant any of it is is hard to say. Like all experiments in Political Science there can be a great deal of noise an furry signifying nothing (or very little). We have had much a do about all the Executive Orders coming out of the White House these past two weeks. But just what do they mean? An what about the actions that have gotten much less play in the media? Actions like making Stephen Brannon a member of the National Security Council Principles and removing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director National Intelligence from that same group? Or the attack where we lost a navy seal and a young girl died?
If I was someone who placed any worth in conspiracy theories I’d be looking for what was being hidden. But I’m not, so all I’m going to say is. When faced with an exceedingly complex problem, the simplest explanation is often the answer. Never credit malice (or evil intent) where simple stupidity (or incompetence) will suffice.
In either case, simple incompetence or conniving intentions, we need to keep our eyes open and be ready to act. Both bad intentions, or stupidity can cause great damage to our country.
Ever since Saturday’s interesting press briefing about how large the turnout was at the Trump Inauguration there has been a great deal of talk about just why it is so important to him. I think most everyone is missing the most simple and obvious answer. President Trump is a businessman and he measures success and failure using business metrics. since is is mostly a Marketer/Salesman/Showman he uses the metrics he is used to.
So ask yourself the, what is most important to the entertainment impresario? Not the performer, but the man who owns the show? Is it not the size of the house? Is not the size of the house how the impresario measures the success of his show? Sure good reviews are great, but only if they pull in the crowds. It won’t mater how many rave reviews the show gets if it doesn’t translate ‘gate’. Is this not what he and his people are talking about? The press is saying he had a poor house compared to the preceding show. How Demeaning.
What also is important to a Marketer/Salesmen is the size of the crowd because a small crowd means you have to have a higher conversion rate to make the same amount on sales with a small crowd vs a large crowed. Example for all those not conversant:
Say you need to make $1000 to break even if your crowd is 1000 people and each individual sail is $1 you will need to make 1000 sales and if only one sale per person can be made you need a conversion rate of 100%. Now if your crowd is 1,0,000 people you need to only a conversion rate of 1% to make the same $1000. Now most Marketers go into a sales situation with a known or expected conversion rate. Given what you are selling you can then estimate from the crowd size just how many sales should be made and this is the sales goal given the salesman. A good Marketer wants to maximize the number of people he is selling to so he can have a lower conversion rate and still meet his sales goal.
See, President Trump is not using the traditional metrics used by politicians to measure success/failure he is using his old, familiar metrics. The metrics he as used for most of his adult life and the press has told the world he didn’t get good crowds and he is afraid the ‘boss’ is watching, even though he’s the boss, he can’t quite shake the fear of being called out at the next sales meeting for a poor show.
So get used to it America, you asked for a Businessman to run the country just like a business. Get used to him using the wrong metrics to measure success/failure because don’t expect Pres. Trump to change.