Donald Trump has repeatedly said he deserves to be on Mount Rushmore with the greatest of our U.S. Presidents including the father of the United States of America, George Washington. Well does he?
Let’s take a look.
First, great leaders empower others around to be their very best. They are humble about their success. Poor leaders think it’s all about themselves and others have very little to do with their success; a very immature unevolved myopic view of reality.
Over the last 3.5 years, we’ve had to endure the extreme narcissism and self-aggrandizement of a man who is constantly making it about himself and blaming others for everything that goes wrong. Worse, he engages in the ugliest of insults and demonization. Add in his cavalier penchant for lying and It’s been an exhausting exercise indeed.
Now, the Trump Cult members love this man. Zero critic! He can do no wrong in their jaundiced eyes. They believe he is the embodiment of leadership. Many even put him above Jesus Christ of Nazareth. But he is not. He is so far from leadership that it would take 100 million light-years for Trump to reach even the same galaxy as men like George Washington.
As for Jesus Christ, I am fairly sure Jesus would give Trump the other cheek when violated by his stay in power at all costs Machiavellian ways. Trump, for his part, would summarily slap the other cheek because that’s the kind of man Trump is; a sociopath with no conscience! He can take a dump on anyone… no one is allowed to show up the Trump! He is a very sick weak man!
In fact, Donald Trump may be a man with lots of money who has been able to game the system playing the finance game but he’s no leader of men. In fact, he never has been. He is just a man with lots of useless money. It’s nothing great men aspire to…
What is weird is that most people think Trump ran a huge organization when, in fact, The Trump Organization was a very small firm with very few people. His game was always manipulating finance, making deals and licensing his brand name. There was never any serious leadership of men necessary in such a small firm.
In fact, unlike General George Washington, our first U.S. President who served his country with amazing distinction putting his life on the line over and over again for liberty, justice, and our republic, Trump, when called to serve his country in the 1960s, ran like the coward he is five separate times. Yes Five!
Trump received phony deferments to serve in the Vietnam War claiming he had bone spurs. Of course, that was another Trump ruse and should have served as a big red flag for American voters. But somehow it was not. It was if they had no clue what a real leader of men looked or acted like.
- Did they lose perspective?
- Is the current population so poorly educated that they don’t know history, civics, or the virtues of leadership?
- Or maybe they were so deep in the media-induced fear of their future that they reached for a perceived strong man as a desperate move to save them from whatever it was that they believed was attacking them?
In my view, this latter scenario is more likely because, in times of fear or, as in this case, perceived fear, we know from historical human study that humans under duress throw out their moral judgment in favor of a strong man savior.
So I am fairly sure that this is what actually happened in 2016. And Trump has been super successful branding himself as a strongman so he fit their bill perfectly. Fast forward and Trump does get an award for keeping the brand and fear going so that his voters don’t actually question his obvious weakness in that he is neither a strong man or a savior. He gets an A-plus for marketing!
Nevertheless, in the history of the U.S.A. there have been fantastic leaders of great and high integrity; men and women with whom we can be proud of… men and women who we can look up to and aspire to be like. The list is quite long!
Who really wants to be like this man who engages in childish insults and plays the irresponsible blame game like no other in our history? No reasonable person of character would even consider aiming to be this coward.
Now to further this comparison, let’s take a quick look at quotes from U.S. President George Washington and compare…
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
“Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country”
Trump continually insults any politician from any party that does NOT agree with him or anyone in general. He is simply a nasty and mean spirited man. A complete ZERO!
George Washington respected the men who served the country. He may have disagreed with their positions but it was always with great honor and respect because he had perspective. What a difference right?
“But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”
Washington is widely accepted on almost every list known to man as the greatest or 2nd greatest American consistently. It goes back and forth between him and President Abraham Lincoln who dealt with the worst war in our history and put the country back together.
Trump, on the other hand, has been called many names but humble is NOT one of them. He is the exact opposite of humble. And great? Only members of his cult refer to him as such and that does NOT qualify as objective.
In reality, history will NOT regard their opinions when deciding if he deserves his place on Mount Rushmore. Instead, future generations will review his blatant use of gaslighting racism and bigotry along with his blatant attempts at dividing the country and sink him down the list into the depths of the worst of the U.S. Presidents.
My kind educated guess is that he would definitely be in the bottom 10 probably just next to Herbert Hoover who, like Trump, was a rich elitist who, as a poor communicator, fueled trade wars and exacerbated the Great Depression.
THE BLAME GAME AND EXCUSES
“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”
Washington did NOT win every battle. No one does. Every leader suffers defeat. But one thing great leaders like Washington do is take responsibility. They do NOT make excuses or blame others. As President Harry Truman once coined “The Buck Stops Here” meaning he is the man; the guy responsible for it all.
Trump, on the other hand, plays the blame game every single time something goes wrong. And worse, he attempts to take credit for things he did NOT do when they go right. He is the worst of the worst; a real piece of work indeed.
TELL ME WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE AND I WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER
“Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
Washington clearly was keenly aware of who he kept company with. He had high standards. In fact, through legend, he is credited with saying “I shall not tell a lie” when caught as a young boy under the cherry tree.
The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.
The Cherry Tree myth did not really happen but he was given such high praise from the public to earn such a story because he was, in fact, an honest gentleman who rose to the highest level of character.
Trump? “Lie” is his middle name. In fact, sensible people who think and are NOT members of the Trump Cult all know whatever his says has to be triple checked because he lies so often. Trump is a pathological liar and simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Talk about a complete difference in integrity… Washington of the highest and Trump of the lowest.
In closing, knowing what you know, would President George Washington even allow Donald Trump in the same room with him?
Well, of course, we don’t know because Washington lived a few centuries ago. But let me answer it myself in a 21st century way by saying “Are you kidding me? No Freakin’ Way!”
Leadership! Something very important to think about during these challenging times!
Quote Source: TheGoodReads.com
Recommended Books on George Washington
George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation (Little Books of Wisdom)
Here are the 110 rules which George Washington copied into his early notebooks
Copied out by hand as a young man aspiring to the status of Gentleman, George Washington’s 110 rules were based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595.
The first English edition of these rules was available in Francis Hawkins’ Youths Behavior, or Decency in Conversation Amongst Men, which appeared in 1640, and it is from work that Washington seems to have copied. The rules as Washington wrote them out are a simplified version of this text. However much he may have simplified them, these precepts had a strong influence on Washington, who aimed to always live by them. The rules focus on self-respect and respect for others through details of etiquette. The rules offer pointers on such issues as how to dress, walk, eat in public, and address one’s superiors.
From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington.
In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America’s first president.
Despite the reverence his name inspires, Washington remains a lifeless waxwork for many Americans, worthy but dull. A laconic man of granite self-control, he often arouses more respect than affection. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow dashes forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man. A strapping six feet, Washington was a celebrated horseman, elegant dancer, and tireless hunter, with a fiercely guarded emotional life. Chernow brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. Probing his private life, he explores his fraught relationship with his crusty mother, his youthful infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax, and his often conflicted feelings toward his adopted children and grandchildren. He also provides a lavishly detailed portrait of his marriage to Martha and his complex behavior as a slave master.
At the same time, Washington is an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people. Not only did Washington gather around himself the foremost figures of the age, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, but he also brilliantly orchestrated their actions to shape the new federal government, define the separation of powers, and establish the office of the presidency.
In this unique biography, Ron Chernow takes us on a page-turning journey through all the formative events of America’s founding. With a dramatic sweep worthy of its giant subject, Washington is a magisterial work from one of our most elegant storytellers.
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
George Washington’s place in the foundations of the Republic remains unrivaled. His life story–from his beginnings as a surveyor and farmer, to a colonial soldier in the Virginia Regiment, leader of the Patriot cause, commander of the Continental Army, and finally first president of the United States–reflects the narrative of the nation he guided into existence. There is, rightfully, no more chronicled figure.
Yet American history has largely forgotten what Washington himself knew clearly: that the new Republic’s fate depended less on grand rhetoric of independence and self-governance and more on land–Indian land. Colin G. Calloway’s biography of the greatest founding father reveals in full the relationship between Washington and the Native leaders he dealt with intimately across the decades: Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Guyasuta, Attakullakulla, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Cornplanter, Red Jacket, and Little Turtle, among many others. Using the prism of Washington’s life to bring focus to these figures and the tribes they represented–the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware–Calloway reveals how central their role truly was in Washington’s, and therefore the nation’s, foundational narrative.
Calloway gives the First Americans their due, revealing the full extent and complexity of the relationships between the man who rose to become the nation’s most powerful figure and those whose power and dominion declined in almost equal degree during his lifetime. His book invites us to look at America’s origins in a new light. The Indian World of George Washington is a brilliant portrait of both the most revered man in American history and those whose story during the tumultuous century in which the country was formed has, until now, been only partially told.
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