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Richie Rich for President?

Updated on April 30, 2011

What, with all the commotion going on about Donald Trump, I had to weigh in. Conservatives always complain that ‘if we only had a person who has successfully run a business in the White House’….. Let’s have a look at this ‘wish’ of theirs and identify it for what it is. You know, if you have a look at Richie Rich, Donald resembles him as he would appear grown up. Hopefully, Ritchie wouldn’t need a squirrel’s nest on the top of his head.

First of all, being rich in itself is not part of the skill set needed to be the President of the United States. I don’t have to remind people that there are three branches of government. The Founding Fathers had intended that each check the power of the others. Using Trump as an example, does he think he can just fire people as he does on his television show? Outside of his fantasy show, where people allow themselves to be made fools of by him each week and where he is free to be the ‘big shot’, people in reality are not little shepherd children that he can awe through the mere honor of his presence. I am sure that the 535 members of Congress are not going to be so easily impressed. Cooperation and negotiating skills with equal partners is not something you can command. In a leader, judgment and wisdom trumps (no pun intended) just being wealthy. I discussed leadership and what it meant in this hub http://hubpages.com/hub/Take-Me-to-Your-Leader-Who-Do-You-Emulate-Part-I.

Trump flunks; he is neither reflective nor humble. He talks about his net worth as compared to another GOP contender, Mitt Romney, in terms of who is the wealthiest. In the terms of what sort of character needs to be found in the person who would be king, is that relevant? I find Bill Gates to be a 1000 times more palatable then Trump, and Gates has the most money. I am sorry, but it has to be obvious that I don’t like this fellow very much. He is hardly the captain of industry he likes to see himself as. If I inherited as much money as he did from his father, I would have very little excuse not to have done well with it. At this point, I would trust a former community organizer over a cackling Donald Duck, anytime.

The other point is that history does not show that the most successful Presidents were former masters at the world of business and commerce. So what is the basis of the Conservative’s statement regarding how such men make better Presidents? There certainly isn’t any track record. Looking back over the 20th century, presidents that were rated great and near great included Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Which one of these men were considered a ‘captain of industry'? Our most successful presidents were not focused on running a business, so who says that the office of the president benefits by having that aspect of a persons background in the resume? No one was particularly impressed with the pedigree of Ross Perot who was a third party candidate in the 1992 presidential election. He too, claimed that his being a CEO at Electronic Data System (EDS) was a qualifying factor. Based on that experience, only he had the wherewithal to get Washington into line. We all know how that came out; his net worth of over 3 billion dollars did not stop him from using chicken production analogies to explain the intricacies of the economy.

In conclusion, conservatives, as always, need to check themselves and tell me true why a corporate baron would make a better president with evidence that will hold water. Thank you for your attention.

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    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hi, ge, it is too bad that he decided to step down, it would have certainly put a monkey wrench in the GOP nomination processes. The late night comedy circuit would have had material for years on end. Someone came behind him and quietly told him to butt out and step away from the stage, maybe the Koch Brothers? Thanks for weighing in!

    • geegee77 profile image

      geegee77 

      7 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      How funny Im reading this on the exact day "The Donald" decides NOT to run for president. Ha, I was kind of hoping he wouldve stayed in the race just to see how much more of an idiot he would make himself look!! Great hub again:) ge

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Thanks for weighing in, Sem. I cannot believe that the performance of the current president in office is so dismal that the other side has to resort to scraping the bottom of the barrel to find credible candidates. I will always fail to understand how this person is given so much credibility by so many.

    • Sembj profile image

      Sembj 

      7 years ago

      I agree with your views on businessmen and the presidency, and I am even in more agreement with everything you have to say about Trump. I think the last week showed him up for the opportunist he is. For a while it was worrying that he was being taken seriously!

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Thanks for reading, D. We know that the real driving force is as you say, to get someone in office whose complete loyalty is to corporate power. It has nothing to do with more effective governance, which I suspected all along. You couldn't do better than Trump, a malleable bonehead that will trumple over everything without even trying. He would be a perfect model for them, not to smart and more than willing to follow in lockstep.

    • d.william profile image

      d.william 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Loved this hub. The reason the GOP looks to the business men as potential Presidential candidates is that this is what they truly represent - corporate america. Having a dipshit business man like Trump in the presidency would assure that every whim of corporate america would be catered to without resistance.

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Lillian and Susie, thanks for reading and weighing in.

      What is this country coming to? How can this guy Trump, a walking/talking ghoul that gets his hair cut at a pet shop, be seriously thought of as a contender? This guy is a cartoon that has step down from the world of animation.

    • susiebrown48 profile image

      susiebrown48 

      7 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Love your perspective! Next thing you know Steven Tyler, J-LO and Randy Jackson will be picking the candidates for president! Great article.

    • Jillian Barclay profile image

      Jillian Barclay 

      7 years ago from California, USA

      Dear Credence-

      Great article! Trump would embarrass us the world over! I am from NY originally and love the people there! Trump, however, takes it to the beyond! He is boorish and far too hung up on himself to devote himself to America and to any who are less than wealthy.

      Just likes hearing himself speak! He is a clown! Keep writing and informing. Had heard that those who doubt Obama's birth certificate don't really know that Paradise (it truly is!)is a state! Probably best to keep it that way!

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I certain will check out the link. Hawaii is still here, much of it as you remember. Come back and lets us show you the Aloha....

    • Terry.Hirneisen profile image

      Terry.Hirneisen 

      7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      I had a love affair with Hawaii after I spent time there with my bother on R & R from Vietnam. It is a beautiful place.

      Here is a link you will want to watch!

      http://www.c-span.org/WHCD/

    • Credence2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Credence2 

      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Thanks, The serious GOP contenders are trying to get away from the stench of Trump. Lets see if they can do it fast enough without picking up some of the scent

      Lets here it for

      Trump/Palin 2012 or should it be Palin/Trump?

    • Terry.Hirneisen profile image

      Terry.Hirneisen 

      7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Right on Brother!! Trump inherited money and then claimed 3 bankruptcies to acquire his wealth. He is not a successful businessman. But as you point out, that is now what we need anyway. From the contenders I see Obama has a clear path ahead of him unless the public is absolutely blind!!!

      By the way, Trump declared he was like by "The Blacks". Turns out the only truth in that is some GOP white family "THE BLACKS".

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