Donald Trump is not well suited to being an American president.
Sure Trump has a lot of business experience, but there’s a big difference between managing a business and leading a country. As CEO of his own corporate empire Trump gets to dictate, to call all the shots. Whether he’s earned it or not, he’s the boss and, within legal limits, can tell his employees what to do. And clearly he’s used to that. Being president doesn’t work that way though. Presidents routinely face opposition that they can’t simply bully or overrule. A president needs tact, diplomacy, persuasion, and good judgment. Do ‘diplomat’ and ‘Trump’ fit in the same sentence?
Trump’s latest headline grab is a ban on all Muslims entering the United States until they figure out what’s “going on”. Leaving aside how to prove religious belief and the ensuing logistics, how will they define “what’s going on” with Muslims?
Back when the IRA was causing trouble in England, would anyone in their right mind have proposed banning all Irish Catholics from entering England? Or banning all Italians because of the Red Brigades? Or banning all American blacks from holding government office because of the Black Panthers? I realize that many are nervous about ISIS. Without a doubt there are good reasons to be nervous.
But surely one of the most important qualities of a good political leader is to have good judgment. And inherent in good judgment is the ability to show restraint and not over react, to be proportional in response.
To judge an entire group by the actions of a few is misguided and wrong. Banning entry of all Muslims and painting them all with the same terrorist brush as ISIS is an uninformed, impractical, and dangerously alienating approach. It would also be an enormous waste of resources. The world is still searching for a cure to terrorism, but I’ll tell you that banning an entire religion isn’t the way.