Washington, DC – On Thursday, two media outlets appeared to coordinate an attack on President Trump and his leadership. Both outlets accused President Trump of a failure of leadership, which is nothing new. The thing you must pay attention to was buried in the articles.
The first outlet was CNN, who said that Trump was not leading America very much and that America was trying to save itself. CNN tried to compare Trump’s presidential leadership to that of several retail businesses, like Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, and other local governments. CNN calls them “centers of authority.”
There is a significant difference in the leadership of a business or a local government, compared to our country. First of all, a business has the right and authority to conduct business within its walls as they wish, within general bounds of law. If those businesses want to require masks, shoes, shirts, etc., they can do that.
In regards to government, our Constitution clearly states that the President is the head of the United States government, not local governments. It’s also very clear that this virus is affecting areas of the country differently than others. The President has said all along that each state needs to address the issues they face individually.
Think about this perspective. What if President Obama had declared a disaster for a hurricane, but forced all states to comply with the orders he gave? It does not make very much sense, does it? This is exactly what CNN is wanting.
CNN is implying that they would prefer to have a dictator in office, or a king. America was not founded on such principles or leadership. We were founded with the central government for national issues, but local and state governments to handle things that affect them directly.
Not to be outdone, The Huffington Post ran an article on what real leadership looks like. Their suggestion of real leadership was Dr. Anthony Fauci. They shared a post of Dr. Fauci, suiting up to treat an ebola patient several years ago from Twitter. You can see the photo below.
Throwback to 5 years ago when Tony Fauci, at 74 yo, was suiting up to treat an Ebola patient himself because he "wanted to show his staff that he wouldn't ask them to do anything he wouldn't do himself". This is what leadership looks like. https://t.co/QctW672ykC pic.twitter.com/71j5qNWOsP
— Adam Phillippy (@aphillippy) July 15, 2020
Think about this for a minute, are they suggesting that President Trump should be out here as a physician on the front lines attempting to fight the virus? The argument is that Fauci claimed he would not ask his people to do anything he would not be willing to do.
For the record, President Trump has not asked anyone to do something he would not be willing to do either. So the argument is invalid. He has no qualifications to be a doctor working with patients. He also knows that we simply cannot shut down our country out of fear.
So you see two depictions of leadership in the suggestions by The Huffington Post. One is a man who is willing to force everyone to stay home, live in fear and completely crush the economy. The other is a man willing to let states decide what works best, but encouraging them to not encroach on freedom.
A strong leader understands the concepts of delegation, positivity, and communication. Trump does not attempt to be a dictator with this. He tries to remain positive that we will find a cure and that a vaccine is coming. Trump communicates as much as possible. Yet, when he does all these things, the media attacks him.
So the media has claimed they want a dictator that mandates submission. Trump Is not that type of leader, but he has the characteristics of a successful and strong leader. Which type of leadership do you choose? Trump is not perfect, but for me, I’ll stick with his leadership.
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