You can’t fix yesterday

Dear President-Elect Trump:

In a few days, you will become the most powerful human on the planet, the President of the United States of America, the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces and the uncontested leader of the free world.  Whether I like it or not, just as your predecessor was, you will be my President.  I do not believe I have to remind you of the world chaos resulting from the recent years’ lack of American leadership.  That may sound biased coming from the mouth of an American, but facts speak for themselves.  You are charged with the safety of Americans – all of us even the stupid ones – not only at home, but around the world.  There is an old military adage that says an army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.  Be the lion you promised to be.

You were bold and bombastic in your challenge to the status quo or rather quid pro quo that exists between America’s corporate world and Washington’s political establishment.  I admit my concerns as through your life you have been quite the successful player in that world.  The real world exists outside that bubble.  The real world elected you.  Your challenges to the media are certainly long past due, but kicked dogs do bark the loudest and some bite but, do not let lies or fake news as they call it now go unchallenged.

You, “the” deal maker, have promised us big league or is it bigly?  Not sure if anyone has figured that out yet.  You promised to make us great again.  We are already great but sorely lacking America centered leadership.  That is why ideology prevalent in our own land including inside our Whitehouse believe we need to be taken down a peg or two – that we need, on a world scale, to level the socialist playing field.  It is an expression used ad nauseum during the past decade.  We do not need to level a doggoned thing. You cannot build prosperity by bringing everyone down.  Instead, we need to pull everyone up.  Everyone is potential winner waiting for arrival of good leadership.  General George Patton correctly assessed “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.  Americans play to win all the time. … The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.”  No one remembers who lost the Super Bowl.  So do not worry Mr. President.  If you deliver as promised, Americans will never tire of winning and our friends around the world will never tire of it either.

You put terrorism, defense, immigration and border security, trade, medical care, education, the courts, energy, tax reform, jobs and economy onto your plate along with some things I probably failed to mention.  Most assuredly all of that is broken, but that is a big plate brother.  A promise to make America great again by fixing those issues is what got you elected.  Those are your deliverables, your personal contract with Americans.  You have to deliver big or bigly or big league.  Just remember what General Patton said, Americans will not tolerate a loser.  Ask the Democrats.

You are unquestionably a successful man albeit one who badly needs a haircut.  I am sure you faced great challenges before, but in none of them were you solely responsible for the safety and security of a nation.  On January 20, 2017 when you walk into the Oval Office as “the man”, I am certain the enormity of that will hit you like a ton of steel. I am also quite sure that you do not need any business or leadership tips from me, but that never stopped me before.

You can’t fix something that happened hundreds of years ago, a few years ago, or even a few days ago.  What happened is written into the books.  You cannot plead ignorance of it or pretend it did not happen, but you cannot fix it.  You can’t fix yesterday any more than you can predict tomorrow or ten minutes from now for that matter.  Do not refight yesterday’s battles.  That is where some would like to keep you focused.  They are losers and hope to make you one also.  So leave them behind and do not spend valuable time focused on the past.  Focus on getting it right today and going forward every day.  Or in language you may prefer.  Win.  Start fresh.  Aim to win every day.  Do that and America wins every day and just maybe we will get to see again what winning and greatness look like.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  – James 4:13-14

Mr. President, you are but a mist.  Do not dawdle.

© 2017 J. D. Pendry

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