Don Davis

People opposing presidents

I don’t believe there has been such a clamor to discredit a president, from nearly the first day in office, particularly in a high-profile, public manner.

Although, contemporary methods of dispersing information have played a mighty role nurturing increased fearlessness, frequency and subdued accountability.

Furthermore with the ease and efficiency of reporting, interviews, blogs, books and more, plus fame, money and alleged support from grateful opposing parties, the process becomes essentially rewarding and safe to confront powerful people.

So we think.

In the past, any kind of threat, harassment or attack on leadership would have, and does in several countries today, draw a radically different response and result.

Additionally, even in free, democratic countries, individuals hesitate to accuse local law or government officials. And, not too many would accuse a local gang member or crime boss. This is because of personal proximity and potential daily contact giving way to panic of clandestine repercussions.

Thus, I find it very curious that people, in some cases average citizens, would publicly confront a sitting, country president with negative allegations.

Nevertheless, I understand if someone feels they have been humiliated. If truly authentic, it is a noble undertaking to try and regain dignity. But going against someone more influential, this takes massive planning, timing, accuracy, and permanent support, and once begun there is no telling where it will end.

However, in reality the advantage is normally with the more influential and the one that has ‘the power’.

Next, there may be those attempting to reveal undisclosed events, behavior or intimate details. In some instances, perhaps breaking from the reputation and timeless tradition of confidentiality no matter a person’s gender, preferences, culture, or occupation, whether good or bad, evil or not.

For them, despite their revelations being temporarily sensational this is a substantially difficult journey especially if it encompasses consensual sex.  Moreover, commonly the conclusion does not go the way intended.

President Bill Clinton is an example. He was embarrassed by allegations, but survived and went on to be one of the most beloved presidents, while the plaintiffs are muted in history. In effect, the incidents made Bill Clinton a folk hero to many whose opinion on sex and marriage is uninhibited. In Europe, where having a mistress was widespread, few gave it a thought.

Another is President Richard Nixon; he resigned in disgrace but was later known for his remarkable statesmanship with China.

Then, there is the man himself, President Donald J. Trump. He is not only the president of the most powerful country in the world, with all the agencies under his authority, but he is also a billionaire.

As a behavioral analyst let me elaborate on billionaires. Generally they are confident, fearless, driven, aggressive, intimidating, unconventional mavericks, that can buy anything they need or wish, rarely compromise their desires and requirements (but will compromise with equals or near equals to get what they want), and if a person has annoyed a billionaire, that person has usually and exceedingly regretted it.

All this above and more, without being a president.

President Trump though has candidly shown his softer side, something strong individuals seldom do. Nonetheless, he is additionally New York City born and bred with a robust character, thrives on challenges and not often backing down or away from confrontation.

What’s more, if Trump succeeds in brokering a North Korean Peace treaty, it will be unparalleled in modern history. If he prevails in the Middle Eastern quagmire, though possible war or ordeals with Vladimir Putin and Iran, he will be a regional hero. If Trump achieves his target objectives on the Trade Deals the public opinion pendulum will swing towards him regardless of the ‘Russian’ collusion commotions.

Yet, if something we have not heard about does exist in the ongoing investigations, it may be enough to conclude the Trump years and then this article will be nothing but worthless gibberish.

Presently though nothing appears to jeopardize Trump’s presidency, and in time the investigations will have to terminate or risk serious backlash.

Now, the point of this article is not to insult, discourage or prevent people from accusing a president. On the contrary, if it’s based on their own deep necessity to right a wrong, this is by and large respectable and honorable.

But if there is alternative or outside motivation, consider the fate of individuals who challenged worldwide presidents, kings, emperors, and ‘strongmen’. More recently, reflect on those who confronted President Bill Clinton.

One last thing; Donald means – world ruler, world conqueror and dark stranger. Take that for whatever it is worth.

In the meantime, I bet the conspiracy theorists and prophecy hounds scour books and ancient scripts to see if there is any correlations with either ‘world ruler’ or ‘dark stranger.’

About the Author
Don Davis is a published Middle East analyst and book author that has been in the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean region since 1992. For more than twenty years most of his research material was client confidential and behavioral related. But some of his abridged reports have been posted as articles or blogs. Don is also the book author of the international spy and assassin thriller, The Children of Santiago. The story is no fuzzy, cutesy story. Instead, a sobering, blunt, action and psychological account about a military general, Santiago, using child, teen and young adults as spies and assassins. Recruited from international families while on active assignments abroad during the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 1990s.