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Trump's Leadership Legacy

“Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.”

Roy T. Bennett, Zimbabwean politician and author of The Light in the Heart

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

J.K. Rowling, a British author

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another in positive ways and examples.”

John Maxwell, an American author, speaker, and pastor

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”

Dolly Parton, American Musician, actor, and writer


Introduction

Trump's Leadership Legacy

Trump’s Leadership Legacy is a mixed bag of tricks. As a New York real estate developer, he used the media to build a reputation as a successful businessman. Yet he used his notoriety to often express racist tendencies that followed him throughout his life. Becoming a reality TV star only played to his authoritarianism. He seemed to take great joy in exercising the power of speaking the words, “You’re Fired.” as he controlled the fate of celebrity contestants. Taking those traits and more to the Presidency of the United States, he unveiled his love of power and his inability to accept defeat at the hands of the voters. In this piece, I argue that he should never be returned to that powerful office because he is unfit to serve anyone but himself.

In the intricate tapestry of American politics, the question of leadership stands as a towering concern. Leadership that echoes debates that have resonated throughout history. The “Great Man Theory of History,” as articulated by Thomas Carlyle in a series of lectures in 1840 C. It asserts that leaders possess inherent qualities that set them apart. A meticulous examination, particularly in the context of Donald Trump’s leadership, reveals a disconcerting dimension. It transcends mere talent: psychopathy.

Trump’s Leadership Legacy: The Insurrection of Jan 6, 2021

Recent seismic events, most notably the shocking Capitol insurrection, underscore the urgent need to scrutinize Trump’s enduring role in American politics. The Hartmann Report adeptly poses the critical question. If Trump were to falter, who among the GOP could step into his formidable shoes? To unravel this quandary, we must delve deeper into the unsettling realm of psychopathy. We define psychopathy as a defining characteristic of toxic leadership.

Trump’s Leadership Legacy: Psychopathy

Psychopathy, a trait historically shared by tyrants such as Hitler and Mussolini, emerges as a critical variable. It is the unnerving ability to manipulate, devoid of empathy, that sets individuals like Trump apart. Notably, psychopathy isn’t confined to the political realm; its tendrils extend into corporate boardrooms, influencing decisions that inflict harm upon communities and the environment.

The Reactionary Reagan Legacy: The Beginning of the End

Consider the profound consequences of Ronald Reagan’s 1983 decision to ease anti-trust regulations. The corporate landscape metamorphosed, prioritizing profit over people. CEOs, potentially driven by psychopathy, sanctioned actions detrimental to workers and the environment. This parallels the destructive leadership exhibited by Trump, who exploited economic discontent to sow seeds of division among Americans.

The argument that psychopathy is a rare quality sheds light on the peculiarity of certain CEOs commanding exorbitant salaries despite possessing comparable skills. The scarcity of leaders who can implement ruthless decisions without moral qualms places a premium on their services, perpetuating a cycle of corporate malfeasance.

Trump’s Leadership Legacy: Historical Precursors

By drawing poignant parallels between Trump and historical figures like Hitler, the analysis underscores the unique threat posed by Trump. Unlike his GOP counterparts, Trump possesses a lethal combination of psychopathy, charm, and persuasive prowess. This singular threat necessitates a focused effort to expeditiously remove him from the political stage.

The comparison to cult leaders serves as a cautionary tale. Cults often crumble without their charismatic figureheads. Similarly, the survival of Trumpism hinges on Trump’s continued influence. The urgency to dismantle his political career and address his crimes becomes even more apparent. Without Trump, the cult of Trumpism risks dissipating, and the existential threat to democracy diminishes.

Trump’s Leadership Legacy: Confronting the Menace

However, as we confront the impending vacuum that Trump’s removal might create, we must recognize the responsibility to address the systemic issues that allowed such a leader to emerge. The allure of charismatic but toxic leadership underscores a deeper societal vulnerability that demands attention and rectification.

In conclusion

The call to keep Trump off the ballot transcends mere political maneuvering; it is a safeguard against the perpetuation of a perilous leadership model. Our argument, grounded in historical context and recent events, resonates as a fervent plea for normalcy in American political discourse. It is an impassioned call to acknowledge that leadership, especially when tainted by psychopathy, demands swift and decisive action to protect the very democratic fabric of the nation. As we navigate this tumultuous terrain, let it be a clarion call for introspection, reform, and the preservation of the values that define the American experiment.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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