By Robert J. Garrison
Greetings readers! It’s been a while since I have written a piece. I have held back writing anything to take a breather from the breakneck speed of this year’s election cycle. I also wanted to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance to formulate his cabinet to give us some insights on how he would govern as President.
The latest tweet by the president-elect about restarting a nuclear arms race isn’t easing any nerves either. As this tweet illustrates:
However, I believe that despite Trump’s tweets and campaign rhetoric, Donald J. Trump will save American democracy, at least for a little while. Why do I believe this? I believe this because President-elect Trump is a person that loves to make a deal, which means he is open to compromise.
For the last six years, the country has been politically paralyzed due to partisan politics by congress and President Obama. People grew weary of the standoff between ideologies in Washington. This weariness led them to revolt and choose the political outside – Donald Trump as the 45th president of the U.S.
Since Donald Trump’s electoral win in November, he has been hard at work putting together a cabinet, talking with congressional leaders, and going on a “Thank You!” tour. During this hectic two month time, President-elect Trump has sent out some signals that he is willing to negotiate a deal with businesses, whether using a carrot stick with Carrier or the bully pulpit in regards to Boeing. In fact, his drive to make a deal is what voters love about Trump.
Voters love the fact that Trump is willing to compromise to get something done. The voters understand that while he won as a republican, he isn’t beholden to party ideology and is willing to be politically flexible to get things done.
Being a businessman, Trump knows the tactics of negotiating a deal. One of the tactics is setting the goal higher than what you really desire. You do this to leave room for compromise thus giving you the appearance of giving in and giving the other side the appearance of fighting. At the end of the negotiations, you got what you wanted all along and the other side gets something as well and both sides can look good and spin it as a “good deal”.
If democrats want to have any chance of keeping their seats and gaining more they better at least come to the table and deal with Trump; at least they will be able to get something by coming to the table. However, if democrats just fight, obstruct or protest President-elect Trump on every single thing, they and their constituents will lose.
The time of ideologues is over! Voters are sick of nothing getting done. It is now time for congress to put aside their differences and step out of their political bubbles to work for and get things done for the American people. Donald Trump is politically open enough to make that happen. President-elect Donald Trump just might save democracy from the uncompromising ideologues.
Donald Trump is also politically open enough to lead, compromise and hammer out deals for the American people. Pundits, commentators, and the media have underestimated Donald J. Trump from the beginning and they are in danger of continuing that error now that he won the election. President-elect Trump just might save democracy from the uncompromising ideologues and prove to the pundits, commentators, and the media that he is not the danger to American democracy that they thought he was; but in actuality, he will be its savior.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious writer for The Systems Scientist. You can connect with him directly in the comments section, follow him on Twitter or on Facebook, or catch up on his articles in the Archives.
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