Ovary Acting

BLOOMFIELD: Trump and Churchill, How Winning Leaders Engage in Direct Democracy

President Donald Trump takes his message directly to the people, and the people respond. This is exactly how democracy should be.

Scott Adams makes a compelling case that President Trump has achieved the highest approval rating of any President, ever, based on a single measure. “In a free, capitalist country, ‘the economy’ captures all the goodness and badness of a presidency without really trying. And the measure that best reflects the future of the economy, in my opinion, is small business optimism.”

The Small Business Optimism Index has hit a record high, following a pattern of highs that lasted all through 2017. Small business owners believe Trump is creating conditions that will allow them to succeed, and their optimism reflects approval.

How is it that small business owners are so familiar with Trump’s agenda and plans? Are small business owners more likely to engage with politics? More likely to care about political reporting? More likely to consume political media? There is no evidence for this. Small business owners are just normal Americans, and Trump reaches those normal Americans using social media.

When Mike Huckabee compared Trump to Winston Churchill, as portrayed by Gary Oldman in the film Darkest Hour, he was met with hysterical condemnation from the left. “Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press. Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness,” Huckabee tweeted. “But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn’t retreat. We had a Chamberlain for 8 yrs; in @realDonaldTrump we have a Churchill.”

What the film makes clearer than Huckabee’s tweet is Churchill’s willingness to canvass the people themselves about what actions they would like to take. Churchill rode the Tube and talked to the normal, regular hoi polloi of Britain, who would be called upon, after all, to bear the consequences of what his leadership wrought.

Churchill, like Trump, engaged with direct democracy. Direct democracy is the original form of Athenian democracy, and continues to be practiced in countries such as Switzerland, where citizens hold facultative referendums on all manner of legislative and constitutional affairs. In countries like Britain or America, with large populations, direct democracy becomes less practical, but the basic principle of responding to the will of the people holds true.

Both Trump and Churchill perform end runs around the media to speak to citizens directly. Many of Churchill’s citizens worked in small businesses and shops, whose collective survival depended on the actions of their leader. Trump’s America is a nation of small businesses. Both Churchill and Trump believed the central duty of leadership was to protect the people and carry out their will. Churchill led a willing populace into war and changed the course of human history.

Trump is poised to lead America into a very different future than the one his predecessors imagined, but if he does so with the approval of the people he was elected to lead, then he is fulfilling his mandate as the leader of the Free World. The Small Business Optimism Index suggests that the average, ordinary, hard-working citizens of the greatest nation on Earth approve of the President and are prepared to follow where he leads. For those who would question the will of the people, I have only one question:

When did you stop believing in democracy?

Janet Bloomfield is a shield maiden in the culture wars. Her book FeminISN’T is available on Amazon

Feature image via Politico 

 

Facebook Comments
23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Pingback: BLOOMFIELD: Trump and Churchill, How Winning Leaders Engage in Direct Democracy – USSA News | The Tea Party's Front Page

  2. John Dickey

    January 16, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Janet,
    You referred to the USA as a DEMOCRACY. It is not a democracy. Article IV, Section 4 of the US Constitution starts out with, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT….”

    You calling the USA a democracy is telling the PROPAGANDA MEDIA that their BRAINWASHING MACHINES are working on you. They call it a democracy so WE THE PEOPLE will think of the democratic party, and vote for them. If the PROPAGANDA MEDIA called it the REPUBLIC (also called democratic/republic and constitutional/republic) that it is, WE THE PEOPLE would think of the republican party, and they do not want that.

    When you call the USA a republic, you will probably have some people ask you why you do, and you can tell them why, and you can also tell them why the PROPAGANDA MEDIA calls it a democracy.

    I suggest that all conservatives carry copies of a pocket Constitution with them. I keep a box of them in my vehicle. One man came up with a way to let people print their own pocket Constitutions, and he lets anyone print it for free. You can download it at (http://www.constitutionbooklet.com/)

    I added a cover page that tells of the USA being a REPUBLIC, and put the page number on it to make it easy to find.

  3. Steve O

    January 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    For Republicans, the media is “opposition press” as though they were a functional arm of their political rivals.

    For Demcorats, the media provides cover.

  4. valentines day 1993

    January 20, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but
    I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting
    with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are
    so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any suggestions? Thank you!

  5. 192.168.100.1 router login

    February 24, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Link exchange is nothing else except it is just placing the other person’s website link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do
    same in support of you.

  6. PANAGIOTIS

    March 4, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Well I like what you said,As a junior i want some suggestion. Check my video.Thanks http://ceesty.com/wmofVm

  7. bollywood news today

    March 8, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Simply want to say your article is as astounding. The clearness
    in your put up is just spectacular and that i could suppose you are knowledgeable in this subject.
    Well together with your permission allow me to grab your feed to
    stay updated with coming near near post. Thank you
    1,000,000 and please keep up the rewarding work.

  8. bollywood movie download new

    March 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    This is really attention-grabbing, You’re a very professional blogger.
    I’ve joined your feed and look forward to in quest of more of
    your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your
    website in my social networks

  9. bollywood news 2018

    March 10, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after looking at many of the posts I realized
    it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly happy I discovered
    it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  10. Boring Blog Cornfield

    April 6, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Do you like to smell the breath of someone who just ate garlic?

  11. Wine Lovers

    April 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I think these old wine lovers would enjoy your post.

  12. Woman Smiling

    April 8, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Don’t go sniffing that too much!

  13. Typing With One Finger

    April 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Which way did he go George?

  14. Angry Stock Broker

    April 10, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Way to go on making a great site!

  15. Blogger Listening to Music

    April 13, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Rice anyone?

  16. table games

    April 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I love the efforts you have put in this, regards for all the great posts.

  17. Thank you for visiting

    April 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Don’t forget the grilled onions!

  18. Much Needed Vacation

    April 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Way to go Edward. This blog is amazing!

  19. Old People Getting Drunk

    April 13, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    No one can ever say this site is boring!

  20. Popcorn

    April 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Would you like some popcorn?

  21. Messy People Eating Snacks

    April 15, 2018 at 6:48 am

    These two are some real messy eaters!

  22. ed sheeran don t

    May 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    thank you for this marvellous post, I am glad I noticed this web site on yahoo.

  23. trenton

    May 22, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Ιt’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d mоst cеrtainly donate to tһis outstanding
    blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and
    adding your RSS feed to my Google aсcount. I loοk forwɑrd
    to brand new updɑtes and will share this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top