Monday, January 8, 2018
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Weekly Opinion Editorial
GENIUS OR DUNCE?
by Steve Fair
Webster defines someone who is a genius as one that has exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. The antonym for genius is dunce. Dunce is defined as a person slow at learning; a stupid person. Last week on Twitter, President Trump declared himself, ‘a very stable genius.’
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames,” he said. “I went from VERY successful businessman, to top TV Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius . . . and a very stable genius at that,” the President said.
What prompted the POTUS to become a self-promoter of his intellect was the questioning by the media and Congressional Democrats of Trump’s state of mind. According to statnews.com, six congressional Democrats have asked a shrink from Yale School of Medicine to consult with them about forming an expert panel to access Trump’s mental health. “It’s one thing from my non-professional, non-clinical standpoint [to] believe that someone does not have the capacity to do the job, it’s another thing to talk to experts and [those] who can deal with mental psychosis on a daily basis, so I wanted to hear from them,” Rep. Jackie Speier, (D-CA), told BuzzFeed News. Back in August Speier tweeted, “POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.” So is President Trump a genius or a dunce?
First, politically Trump is a genius. No one with as little political experience has ever won the presidency. But he didn’t win it alone. He likes to take all the credit, but elections are won ‘on the ground.’ A huge reason Trump won was because Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee had ‘boots on the ground’(people) in the battleground states. Trump would not have won without that. His genius was delivering a message that appealed to voters in both Parties, but the RNC ground forces got those voters to the polls.
Second, Trump is a shrewd businessman. Whether that translates to genius is up for interpretation, but clearly he has been successful in business. He has created 34,000 jobs in his business career and Forbes reports the culture at the Trump Company to be one that is ‘open and collaborative.’ Employee turnover is low and morale is high. That may not be genius, but it doesn’t make him a dunce either.
Third, this hoopla isn’t about Trump’s mental state. It is about his policies. Liberals will grasp at whatever straw they can to get him out of the Oval Office. The POTUS knows that and when he tweets out that he is a genius, don’t overreact. He is not a dunce. He is trivializing their attacks on his mental health. Liberals realize the days of having a career politician win the presidency may be over and that is why they are openly recruiting Oprah to run in 2020.