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Fidel Castro died today, November 26, 2016, at the ripe, old age of 90. In response to this (not unexpected) news, Donald Trump Twittered© “Fidel Castro is dead!” That Donald Trump is no threat to Cicero is not breaking news. When the adults came to work at Trump Tower (Do they get double time for Saturday?) they released the following statement:
“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,”
Still, Trump didn’t repeat a vow made during the campaign to reverse Obama’s normalization process, saying that his administration will:
“Do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty… While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”
I’ll add this to the expanding list of campaign flip flops in the fervent hope that Trump remains, wait for it – rational in his approach to governance. All elected officials lie – and for good reason. For those who find this appalling, I suggest you pull your head out of your ass. The nuance is how, when and where they use the unique gift of rhetoric called lying. I have some confidence that the Donald Trump that I know from NBC’s “The Apprentice” will be a bright-eyed student on this subject, albeit continuing education for seniors.
To govern well, and to remain in power to govern at all, is underpinned by a field of study called politics, of course. It would be a fool who would get involved in something that they know absolutely nothing about without first learning something about it. As a businessman, I’m certain that Trump has read and can quote from Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War. It’s required reading for the potential billionaire, almost as important as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in the halls of the Wharton Business School. For the politician, it is Cicero and more relevantly, Machiavelli that Trump must read and understand, insofar as Donald Trump is now the Orange Prince of America.