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How To Defeat Donald Trump in 2018 and 2020.

Posted on | June 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

Mike Magee

It is still early, but I believe Trump may survive immediate impeachment, though a number of his loyal followers may not be so fortunate. This means that those who oppose Trump – both Republicans and Democrats – need to be prepared for elections in 2018 and 2020.

After a recent post on the subject of positive leadership, with Trump as a foil, one of my loyal subscribers commented, Mike, after many years of active involvement in health policy through my professional organizations, I am preparing to take the next step and run for the legislature in my state. Your essay on leadership has provided me with an excellent framework for my campaign platform. I couldn’t agree more that now more than ever we must each choose to lead in whatever way we can.”

If we were to commit from both sides of the aisle to the bipartisan defeat of Trump and his unwavering supporters,  I would suggest that local, state and national leaders embrace and include the following ten points in their election platforms.

1. We have a President who is brazenly and unapologetically regressive.

2. His self-propelled rise advantaged change and magnified fear in a segment of our population.

3. President Trump is a negative leader who embraces fear and uses it as a currency to mobilize and organize populations and achieve short-term regressive goals. 

4. Negative leaders retrench and divide; positive leaders connect across the divide.  Negative leaders segregate; positive leaders aggregate. Negative leaders build walls.  Positive leaders built islands of common stewardship.

5. I am a positive leader. That is why I oppose Donald Trump and his supporters.

6. I believe in pursuing common ground based on openness, inclusiveness, cultural sensitivity, justice, opportunity for all, goodness and fairness.

7. I believe in shared values and a unified vision for the future that includes lifelong learning, new technologies, curiosity, introspection and an active social conscience.

8. As your leader, I will support formative relationships, that is, as I care for you, you will continue to form me as a human being. 

9. I am committed to the success of you, your family, your friends and your community thru cooperative productivity. We will help each other succeed.

10. Together, we will combat Trumpian fear. I commit to:

         a) advancing positive leaders who lead with vision, not fear.

         b) never remaining silent in the face of evil or injustice.

         c) persisting and enduring – I will never give up on you, and hope you will never give up on me.

         d) pursuing balanced success marked by happiness, relationships, and a stubborn adherence to the highest human values.

         e) promoting faith in a higher power, not as a last resort, but as a beacon of goodness, resilience and strength.


2 Responses to “How To Defeat Donald Trump in 2018 and 2020.”

  1. Jason F
    June 8th, 2017 @ 10:04 am

    Amen, Dr. Magee. Amen!

    (But, ironically, for 10-e…I feel unequivocally certain about separation of church and state. No matter the church or lack thereof.)

  2. Mike Magee
    June 8th, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

    Thanks, Jason! I know where you’re coming from on 10-e. I’m a very strong supporter when it comes to separation of church and state. My inclusion of higher power here is for two reasons: 1)In addressing the the Svengali appeal of a negative leader like our President, we need to summon our better angels to bolster our courage to resist and to allow us the refuge of sleep and recovery to arise revitalized and in a position to engage the next day. 2)To restore order will require a unified effort of both Republicans and Democrats – a big tent approach. This may require the fuel of a “higher power” to bring us together in common cause. Best, Mike

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