I listen sometimes to respected political commentators discussing the president-elect...what he does, what he tweets, who he selects for his cabinet and the White house. What strikes me is they talk about all this as if there is a serious person, a Leader who has been elected to be a leader of the Free World.
Qualities of a good leader: honesty, compassion, integrity, confidence, knowledge, curiosity.
Why Trump cannot be a leader.
Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassion
The so-called intellectuals have conveniently forgotten the election campaign and all the outrageous things that Trump said during the campaign. Charlie Rose said this about Trump, the President-elect, that is fascinating - Trump sometimes behaves like a normal person. Not a word about Trump's qualifications and his character.
It is abundantly clear to any intelligent person that this man is a pathological liar, a con man, a psychopath - thin-skinned and vindictive. He has managed to insult almost every group in our country and abroad.
Trump did not hesitate to say and to promise anything that his supporters wanted to hear. Anything...even knowing at the time he was promising what he could not fulfill. Either he lied or he is totally ignorant about almost everything in the world. Make your choice. I suspect it is a combination of both.
Honesty, compassion, integrity, confidence.
Trump has none of these qualities. So how can seemingly smart people forget who this man really is and seriously discuss his policies, his strategies and totally ignore Trump's past and present behavior?
Trump is a populist. "But Trump is far from unique. As many commentators have noted, he fits the wave of authoritarian populists whose support has swelled in many Western democracies." https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/03/11/its-not-just-trump-authoritarian-populism-is-rising-across-the-west-heres-why/?utm_term=.e5339020054c
These "intellectuals" conveniently forget Trump's fascination with dictators like Putin and Kim Jong Un. Case in point - Trump's approval of the annexation of Crimea and Putin's invasion in Ukraine.
They are forgetting Trump's shocking ignorance in almost all subjects that the President needs to deal with - economics, trade relations, science, ecology, society...you name it. So even if we assume that Trump will hire good advisers (so far the facts have proven otherwise) how will this ignoramus be able to understand their reasoning and their advice and then make decisions?
People should understand better about the qualifications needed to be a leader, especially the leader of the free world, if they are seriously commenting and discussing Trump's planning and policies. This process of making the thin-skinned psychopath look almost normal is dishonest and puts our Democracy in danger of becoming another Russia that Trump so admires.
I agree with Dan Rather: When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in a terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see someone in the press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation, I cannot hold back any longer. https://www.truthexaminer.com/2016/12/breaking-dan-rather-just-released-a-heartbreaking-statement-about-trump-you-must-read-this/