Donald Trump Will Prove to Be One of the Greatest and Most Consequential Presidents
Similarly, his first public actions were to appoint as his two principal consiglieres Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon -- two men of radically different backgrounds and styles, but two that have already proven they can work together for victory. A Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. Trump recognizes what many business leaders do -- that you get as many disparate stakeholders as you can to achieve your goals, bring as many factions as possible together and convince them what they want is what you want. Not only is that good business practice, it's politics at its best and straight out of the pages of Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and Mario Puzo.
Trump is by instinct and profession a doer, a builder. Ideology will be in the back, not because it's bad, but because it's in the way. I have no doubt that he will have to push some people and alienate others in his headlong desire to get things accomplished. He will be in constant conflict because he simultaneously wishes to lower taxes and rebuild the infrastructure. But somehow I think he will succeed in that balancing act.
But if you ask me what Trump's signal achievement will be at the end of his (yes!) eight years, I further predict it will be this: Donald Trump -- not Barack Obama -- will be the one to end our forever national nightmare about race and revive our African-American inner cities that have been (okay, I won't you use the inaccurate "decimated") laid waste to by fifty years of Democratic Party rule. He will bring businesses and jobs to people who haven't seen them in decades and rewrite the alignment of our political parties, upending identity politics. He will bring all of us together as never before or at least back to that time before Obama when racial tensions had cooled and people weren't transfixed with race, as they are now. They could just live their their lives devoid of pervasive political correctness.
Quite an accomplishment, no? Ah, you're skeptical that could happen in eight years. Well, get behind him anyway because, as the man said, what have you to lose?
And if you're worrying about the state of the world while all this is going on, can Donald deal with international leaders, etc., this just just popped up in my inbox from the Presidential Transition Team Communications Office as I was wrapping up this column:
(New York, NY) - President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday night and thanked him for the President’s well wishes and congratulations after winning a historic election. During the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another, and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward.
Isn't that those Chinese who have been stealing all our jobs? Is Donald Trump selling out already? No, the negotiations have begun.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already.