Letter: Can a democracy be run like a business?

And thus the “great experiment” continues: Can a great democracy be run like a business/company?

President Donald Trump’s core voters thought this to be the case and thus his electoral college win. His time in office still hasn’t educated him to the answer. He finds the tactics used in the business world are a lot different from the dealings of a democracy. But hey, he’s a narcissist and he’s stubborn, not great traits if one is to learn anything new. Methinks his journey to his answer to this question will not only be daunting, but also humbling.

Some of us know the answer to this “great experiment” question. Firstly, businesses are dictatorships, so that in itself gives an obvious answer. And as the saying goes “When Dictatorship is a fact, Revolution is a duty” so it’s no wonder the “popular voters” are in deep contrast with the “electoral college voters.”

Secondly, Trump has no template for attaining success in this experiment. In his business life, his acquisitions of new companies to his empire had these new acquisitions bow to his commands, not trying to win them over by gaining their respect nor support. Talk to any New Yorker and they’ll verify he has more enemies than friends.

The USA did a previous great experiment of trickle-down economics and that resulted in rich people’s’ tax breaks “trickling down” into offshore accounts. I have one prediction. Trump’s failure in this quest is going to result in his predecessor looking like a “God.”

Ambrose Lawson

Cedar Rapids

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