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Rich Man & Poor Man - Column by Vasu
Rich Man & Poor Man
The common trait between Modi and Trump is their use of social media. They have millions of followers and both are active on social media. That’s where the similarities end.
Trump is rich and new to politics. He is used to managing a private real estate enterprise (nothing public that must report to the shareholders) and only he was in control of his actions. His life is well documented and until a couple of years ago he was not involved in public policy or politics. In his still infant presidential role, Trump has continued to be impulsive as he was in his private enterprise. His social media challenges are more challenging rather than policy, and his contrasting communications are often contradictory to his own public pronouncements. As every word that was said before being a politician and after he has become one, the difficulty is to keep the message straight. USA is a well healed nation with its economy, its people, its military and its borders are all in contact motion of protecting the nation, and running despite of the politics. USA is much too large for a single person, or single party to put it at risk, and it can self-correct any anomalies. Outside of the truly democratic enterprise, the nation is also self-affecting and self-analyzing. No one person even if it is the nation’s leader is above the law of the land, and respect (eventually) for the rule of law is still followed. The problem with Trump might not be his social media skills, or his political skills. His problem is exact opposite of Modi. Trump and his message can be directed to his election (republican) manifesto. No matter what the political pressures are, Trump should stick to his work to do, and stay with policy making. The first six months of Trump’s issues have been more with his own party and his social media attacks. All we need to keep Trump and the republicans on the same agenda, and leave the personal attacks on social media to himself. All will be well as we do have a Republican congress and Republican president, and a republican agenda is supported by 50% of the population. If Trump’s presidency will have to start working on policy and legacy, it can simply stick to the republican agenda and push a daily resolution of the republican party agenda. Trump offering to cut the deficit to zero sounds wonderful to me, and most of the forward-looking citizens. If he does nothing but simply eliminate the government waste and budget deficit, he would have brought his businessmen skills (he keeps touting) to governance. Trump certainly has the business skills and he has his party in his tail winds, and pushing even a single point agenda (zero deficit) he will be well deserving of a legacy of performance. He is only number 45 on the presidential list, and the citizens are for sure capable of choosing a leader.
The poor man as a prime minister and a rick man as a president are both in the same time for the civilization and have a huge contrast in where they come from. Their social media skills are reflective of their personalities that are in opposite spectrum, and perhaps also reflective of the economic agendas of the nations. The reflection of the contrast in reaching the massive audience is also reflective of the audience and its interest in what they expect of their leader. The audience is what will drive these leaders and their agenda and policies. We can perhaps reflect the nations receptivity to what their leaders represent. It’s us people who drive democracies and it is us people we elect our leaders, and whatever messages we get back from our leader’s is simply our doing.
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