President Trump - a different kind of leader

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President Trump - a different kind of leader

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Most leaders in the Western World are or have been career politicians that lead a government. Policy is discussed and implemented, usually with the general agreement of the associated political party and a majority of its members. I understand that the new President is not a career politician, but a wealthy individual who has certain views about the way the World should be and that he is intent on seeing those beliefs put into practice. The past has seen a number of such characters emerge as leaders, some for good, some for bad. What history teaches us is that in either case controversy and significant change often follow them.

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Re: President Trump - a different kind of leader

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Well, it hasn't taken long, the controversy begins.

An executive order, signed by President Trump on Friday 27th January, less than a week after his inauguration, halted the entire US refugee programme.

The following day the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a legal case in response. The judge's decision to stay the order meant that people who had already arrived in the US [post executive order] could not be deported.

From the SILM® perspective, (without expressing any opinion as to the rights or wrongs of either side of the case) this is an example of an individual attempting to construct the arbitrary World in the way that he believes it should be, authority invested in him by the will of the people.

In the domain of commercial enterprise, this is what entrepreneurs and business organisations legitimately and freely do in any way they choose, subject to corporate law. It would appear that President Trump is applying this "go-get" mind-set in the domain of nation states. However, the USA that goes before him has already established laws concerning nationality, citizenship and immigration. and these laws are almost immediately being applied to challenge President Trumps intentions and actions as set out in he executive order oncerning immigration.
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Re: President Trump - a different kind of leader

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The legal challenge to President Trump's executive order banning people from several countries entering the US has ben blocked. Visa holders from those countries can now enter the US, as well as refugees from around the world, who were also subject to a temporary ban.

Again, from the SILM® perspective (offering no opinion on the issue itself) what we see unfolding is an individual trying to change the way the arbitrary World structure in which he exists (the US and its current policy on immigration) to how he believes it should be. However, the structure has in place procedures to ensure that any change to policy does not contravene existing law, which the appeal court has decided it does, and so the temporary ban was overturned.

This issue illustrates a number of important points. Firstly, about how much the arbitrary World that goes before us can determine our lives, in this case, both President Trump and specific foreigners travelling to the US. But this single event ripples out to impact upon the wider World: confusion for immigration professionals and diplomatic staff world wide; staff at airline companies and insurance companies; foreign students continuing their studies; the legal profession, both in the US worldwide, and so on.

Another point concerns attempting to change structures in the arbitrary World, and that is to not challenge structure directly, but to initiate change from within. President Trump's executive order was a direct challenge to the American Constitution in that it violated the constitutional right of all persons in the US to due process, that is, to be given notice and opportunity to respond. The consequence has been to invoke the entire judiciary to rule upon a constitutional matter rather than the immigration ban itself. It could take weeks, even months, for a final decision. It is likely that President Trump could have achieved his aim in a relatively short time by initiating change within, perhaps "having reviewed" existing procedures and recommending "improvements". It may well be that a person used to lambasting and getting his or her way may find it difficult to develop a more diplomatic approach - only time will tell.
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