US Democracy, Prosperity Doomed as Presidency Regarded as a Job with Fun


President Trump at a news conference in the East Room of the White House on March 17. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

In a declining great nation, a president is faced with lots of tricky problems, but there is a popular view in the US that a president elected in the troubled nation under heavy burden of debts shall have fun instead of lots to worry.

Perhaps all the recent presidents and those who want to be elected have the mentality to enjoy the presidency instead of performing the difficult obligations. Callum Borchers’ article “Donald Trump’s joyless presidency” on Washington Post yesterday, (a recommended article!) shows such mentality. If such mentality is popular in the US, US democracy and Prosperity are doomed.

On the contrary, we saw a Chinese president brave to hit hard at very powerful corrupt generals and security head, knowing well that he was faced with the danger of assassination. A nation is bound to rise if it has a leader who regards performing the most dangerous and difficult obligations as his unshirkable office duty.

I hope that US people, especially vested interests in US Congress and media, help Trump make the US great instead of being happy to see their president in trouble in dealing with lots of tricky problems. Otherwise, with such a great leader, China will become the only superpower while the US will decline into a second-class nation. That will be a sad development as there shall be balance of power in the world.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Post’s article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/01/donald-trumps-joyless-presidency/?utm_term=.4e927ac263a9&wpisrc=nl_most-draw16&wpmm=1.

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4 Comments on “US Democracy, Prosperity Doomed as Presidency Regarded as a Job with Fun”

  1. Steve says:

    I believe China will be the world’s global leadership due to it’s autocratic governance. A One Party leadership is easier to maintain and reform it’s policies effectively, compared to the US multi party democratic system. In every US election campaign, every presidential candidate are seeking electoral votes by slandering or finding fault with other candidates, hoodwink the people with promises, bashing other non democratic nations, employ election strategy experts in policy decision making, reaping huge donations from the US elite to support preferred candidates, etc.

    At the end of the day, All policies (democratic, autocratic, etc) belong to both sides of the same coin. Its a question of bringing out the best decision making policies and reformation when required. A change of democratic governance could severely affect foreign policies such as the invasion of sovereign countries as in Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc

    However, I believe that in future, our world will be better served with a prophetic prediction of being ruled by three superpowers instead of one. In over 30 years, China’s autocratic system has proven time and again to be the most effective governance compared to say, Australia has had 5 Prime Ministers in 5 years. These 5 Australian PMs has done nothing great for the country in 5 years. Its China making Australia rich.

    By the end of President Trump’s term of office, he may not even sit for an election due to lack of popular support. In comparison, Chinese fully support President Xi, but Americans are waiting for a chance to Dump Trumpism. Should Trump’s protectionism policy fail to improve the US economy, instead increases the treasury debt to over 23 trillion dollars, it’s fair to say that the USA will decline below a second class nation. After all, the infrastructures already rank D rating by US civil engineers and its practically impossible to secure funds for repair, let alone building new infrastructures.

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  2. Simon says:

    The sooner America capitulate the better for trhe world.

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    • Steve says:

      It’s far better that Americans do not succumb to the effects of poverty, but rather changing opportunities by wise leadership for a prosperous world. No doubt, the US are noted for its scoundrel leadership by being invasive, causing untold sufferings and slaughter, but hopefully, a wise leadership can prevent chaos and decay in the US. It’s a shame if US decline to a second class nation due to poor leadership.

      The really sad thing is that our world is in a probable catastrophic chemical ending age of WMD. And US possesses the most nuclear warheads. The US better not sink or capitulate.

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      • Simon says:

        “A country deserves the government it gets” and that is true with America. It got rich by hegemony, invasion and trade manipulations during international crises in both world wars, none of it is down to hardwork by its people. It is auspicious that a country in China is able to oust this pretentious jumped up former British colony from a position it hardly deserve.

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