Two Overrated Political Constructs: ‘Acting Presidential’ and ‘Appropriate Temperament’
Donald Trump’s detractors, even among his so-called supporters, have put forth the charge he is not “acting presidential” whenever he does something not to their liking. In their self-proclaimed wisdom, the intellectual class among his supporters thinks he must never veer outside the zone encompassing only the “issues,” as this group defines the issues. It is “un-presidential” to do otherwise, in their view.
Many of us non-intellects among his supporters are puzzled as to why he can’t do both: stick to the issues and stick it to Hillary Clinton, and any other opponents. So far, this is exactly what he has been doing—both. And he’s still moving forward.
Lou Dobbs, who admits his strong support for Trump, voiced concern recently on his Fox Business show. He opined that Trump should stop tweeting his perceptions of events, because his opponents can use these episodes against him. Stephen Moore, economist and policy analyst who also contributes to Fox News, in a similar vein, claimed that Trump would fare better for the duration of the campaign if he, Moore, were able to take away Trump’s Twitter account.
This latest cause for concern was prompted by a recent tweeting battle between Clinton and Trump, where Clinton tried to capitalize on her ongoing ploy to cast him as unfit to hold the office. (She’s failing miserably in that endeavor, by the way.)
The question becomes, who determines what is “presidential”? Further, who cares what opponents (primarily biased media) think about Trump’s decisions to tweet or not to tweet? I would wager that the vast majority of his supporters could not care less. Many, in fact, applaud his willingness to push back against those who would demean him. His behavior is a mark of manliness, which is in rare supply in today’s effeminate, politically correct culture.
My assumption was borne out when 62 percent of Lou Dobbs’ listening audience, in his popular daily polling on issues discussed during the show, responded in Trump’s behalf. They did not think he should curb his tweeting activities. Dobbs seemed a bit surprised. The response to the poll indicates the electorate gets it. A majority are quite comfortable with how Donald Trump is comporting himself. It’s the political and intellectual classes who are perturbed.
As for acting presidential, Donald Trump’s meetings with the heads of Egypt, Mexico, and Israel, at their requests, were examples of presidential performance at its best. These events reveal the measure of the man. Acting presidential is clearly not a problem for him. It’s just that he alone will determine when the occasion requires a specific behavior. And different occasions require different behaviors.
At a rally of thousands of inspired supporters, the goal is to encourage and build up; in meetings with heads of state, the goal is to communicate with respect and strength. Donald Trump has proven his ability to navigate both terrains, well. What his detractors think of his performance is totally irrelevant.
Another complaint against Donald Trump is that he does not have the “temperament” to be President.
Who established which temperament should be exclusive to Presidents of the United States? And what credentials give this person (or persons) authority to make such a determination? What exactly is the correct temperament? It’s very likely responses from all the people lodging this complaint would vary from person to person. I have yet to hear a coherent explanation from complainers what they expect of Trump. I suspect what many want is a typical milquetoast politician. And that will never happen with Donald Trump. Thank goodness.
This being the case, Trump is left with the dilemma of deciding whom to please. Best response would be, in my opinion, to ignore them all.
It seems a bit obvious that many of Trump’s detractors and naysayers (especially among his so-called supporters) are envious of his position.
His business associates among this group resent his successful venture into politics, which affords a different but equally compelling degree of power—power they would like to possess. Hack politicians are fearful of being exposed as ineffectual and incompetent if he gets into office and actually turns America around. His success would highlight their gross failures. They are also keenly aware that if Trump succeeds at doing this political thing his way, it will mean their way is neither the only way, nor necessarily the best way.
I’m one American citizen who is looking forward to being pleasantly validated after November 8, 2016. My hope rests in the simple fact that despite all the negativity, lies, and deception aimed against him, Donald Trump is still going strong. Whether he thought in the early stages of campaigning he had a real chance at becoming 45th President of the United States of America or the campaign was just an exciting new venture, he has fully grasped, at this point, that he is leading a revolutionary movement—a bloodless coup, shall we say.
Patriots everywhere have reason to be joyful over this turn of events. A man of substance has taken up the gauntlet in defense of America, and the world may yet have cause to applaud him.
© Sylvia Thompson
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