Donald Trump has just been elected U.S. President. The election is now history. Now what?
In one of my previous blog articles, I mentioned the controversies which posed a challenge to Trump’s presidential campaign – with its consequences possibly hindering both him and his effectiveness as President once he’s sworn into office. (In case you’re interested, I voted for Hillary Clinton yesterday – even though yours truly and other Americans perhaps a bit more wiser and saner vainly hoped that both Trump and Clinton wouldn’t get their respective parties’ nominations.)
Trump’s major flaw as a politician is that he’s totally green – and lacks the experience of other politicians who’ve ended up in the White House. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t exceptions to the rule: Dwight Eisenhower’s military experience and understanding of American history played a key role in his many successes as U.S. President. (They also contributed to some of his political failures – if only because the America he governed at that time faced problems far more complex and still difficult to comprehend over sixty years later.)
Being a successful billionaire businessman is one thing – leading the United States is something altogether different. Trump’s personality may have served him well in the business and financial worlds – but personality alone doesn’t solve the many problems that are part of the so-called “Big Picture” that many politicians around the world face daily, especially when its details shouldn’t be ignored and/or taken for granted, a fact that many of our lesser U.S. Presidents have learned the hard way, and for which generations of Americans have suffered as a result.
As for Trump’s presidential agenda for the next four (or maybe eight) years, he should remember that he’ll be saddled with responsibilities which’ll determine the future of the United States and the rest of the world – and only time and history will decide what kind of U.S. President he really is. If Trump succeeds – history might smile kindly on both him and the country. If he doesn’t – those who voted him into office will no doubt regret that decision and spend the rest of their lives wondering what they were thinking of in the first place.
And yet, Trump might not make it to the White House before this January – considering the controversies that’ve already dogged his footsteps over the past few months. Whether or not it’ll happen, nobody can say – but then, Trump has long had his share of enemies, and not just in the business and financial worlds. And it only takes one enemy – even the unexpected type – to do in their designated target, even a future U.S. President.
Fifty to a hundred years from now – and perhaps beyond that – a generation will look back at the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, and offer varied opinions on not only what happened, but what could or should have been. That is, if the world’s still intact. Still, in the present, there’s a bright side to all this: Trump can’t be U.S. President forever. And a lot can happen between now and 2020 which’ll help determine his place in history – and America’s future as a major world power.
JOHN LAVERNOICH is the author of five books (including not only the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels, but also his most recent, Memories Of My Youth), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:
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