Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI Media | Date: 02 October 2018
It is my belief that this era of global Leadership is in deep peril, and is in dire need of a correction.
There are two countries presently that stand at the forefront of daily headlines, where the issue of leadership is the burning talking point. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is under mounting pressure, as some within her Tory Party camp are of the expressed view that she is not up to the task of ensuring that Britain gets a fair deal in their BREXIT negotiations with the EU.
At times, PM May does seem bereft of ideas on what to do, and with the ever-circling Boris Johnson gunning for her job, she is in the unenviable position of seeking to secure her job as Prime Minister, and also seeking to ensure that BREXIT for Britain does not become a disaster.
Can PM May lead this charge?
One thing is certain in politics, and that is any perceived weakness would be trampled on, as the vultures gather, sensing blood. Not even the Iron Lady, the late UK Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher was spared the knives within her own party. So PM May, may very well walk head on towards the point of no withdrawal.
In the United States, there is a President Trump on the loose - a man that seems to have lost his grip with reality from fiction. The weekly head turning headlines from the Trump Presidency are a perfect display of non-exemplary Leadership from a country that touts itself as being the leader of the free world, and the benchmark of democratic principles and practice.
Of course, Trump supporters will see nothing wrong with his style, as to them he is showing strength in Leadership. History has taught the world however, that strongmen eventually lead their countries towards social decay, diplomatic disrepute and a disregard for the rule of law.
The thoughts that President Trump tweets or says from his lips often make for cringe worthy engagement from a man who says that he was out to make America great again. The pâté of conspiracy theories and dishonesty that Trump excuses for governance makes the U.S a weak participant in the progressive movement that some are pushing to raise the standards of politics around the world by those concerned about the blatant dumbing down of national development conversations.
Has Trump disavowed the founding principles of the United States and gone rogue within the confines of his mind?
The Trump Presidency is not just an American issue. Trump is embellishing a very dangerous precedent for the world of developing nations. There are some leaders within the developing world - from island states seeking economic survival to bigger countries still reeling from years of mismanagement - that are very much ideologically positioned towards authoritarian type rule.
There are leaders within the developing world that hate to be challenged openly by the media. They regard the media as the enemy in similar vein as Trump, and have an abysmal track record when it comes to defending the truth. In fact, it is they and their surrogates whom they have blinded with their rhetoric, which would seek to defend the most obvious of lies and misinformation. They have waged an all out war on facts and truth. Very much in the same manner that Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Fox News and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have waged all out war on facts on truth.
It is these people who are the true enemies of the people and blatant enemies of progress. They abhor you for exposing their folly. They have become the guardians of lies and deception.
What Trump is doing, is not just destroying U.S Democratic norms and values, he is destroying global principles of decency and political conduct. Trump being the leader of the free world is legitimizing what has already been on display by way of shameful political conduct by some leaders in the developing world - from the Philipines, Eastern Europe, from Africa, from within Latin America to the Caribbean.
Whether we like it or not, the world looks to America for leadership. We know politicians lie, but seemingly lies and misdirections have become a standard, and this is unhelpful to a world where we aspire to build further communities of progress and prosperity.
Note: Jeevan A. Robinson is Editor-in-Chief of Marketing, News & Information Media – MNI Media. He can be reached at Jeevan@mnialive.com