Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ego Over Institution

The Guardian reported:

U.S. President Donald Trump has celebrated Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s bid to shepherd China back into an era of one-man dictatorship, suggesting the United States might one day “give that a shot”.
Xi's effort to suspend term limits is not new.  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez did that very thing.  Egypt's Hosni Mubarek benefited from a constitutional change implemented before he rose to the Presidency.   Chavez died of cancer while Mubarek lives, a free man.  A divided Togo wrestles with re-instituting term limits.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is serving his sixth term as President.  Russia would have to drop term limits for Putin to run again for office.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel formed a coalition government and will serve her fourth term.

I took the liberty of changing a famous quote by reality TV star Donald Trump.
"And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the p___residency. You can do anything."
Xi's a star on a Shakespearean stage.  Ego over institution is a global tragedy.

Update 4-4-20:  President Trump and his son-in-law redefined the Federal government's emergency role in the Coronavirus Crisis.  The Hill reported:  "The Strategic National Stockpile was described as "the nation’s largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out."

The description continued: "When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency."

Trump family egos required a language change to fit son-in-law Jared Kushner's statement:  "The notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile, it's not supposed to be the state's stockpile that they then use." Jared apparently is much like his father-in-law.  Ego over everything.

Update 4-10-20:   Trump praised daughter Ivanka for creating 15 million new jobs.  In the three years Trump has been president, only 6.7 million jobs have been created in total. That's before the coronavirus decimated employment in the U.S.