Dear Leader’s First 100 Days In Office
Titled “Contract With The American Voter” this is our newly elected leader’s proposal for the beginning of his time in office so long as he is allowed to be there. He starts off wording it as if it is a contract with the American voter. This so-called “contract” is far from a contract. Either it plays on the idea that Dear Leader is really a washed up businessman or one of his advisors is invoking some perverted literal realisation of social contract theory. Given that this writer believes no one on his staff nor Dear Leader himself to be versed in the ways of Rousseau or Hobbes, let’s go with the former.
The wording and title of this proposal reminded me of something I had heard in undergrad. A brief search of a 100 Day Action Plan brought me around to learn that this wildly ambitious proposal resembles a business template for new business leaders on their first days in charge of a company. For someone like our Dear Leader, it makes sense to form an outline from a business practice. After all, poor thing has no idea the difference between a country and a business. While many believe the United States to be a business, she is still just a country. Surely, she has lovely round businesslike components, but she also have many bumpy parts that make her radically different from a business. The biggest difference, in my opinion, between the two, is that at the end of the day you get to go home from a business. You may work full time or part-time or seasonally or on contract. A country, on the other hand, you are a full time citizen. That is your home. You are a part of it for life. Running a business means you only have to care for the people of the business in certain capacities. Running a country means you have to care for the people of the country in all capacities. It is in the interest of both business and country to work in tandem to ensure that people have the resources they need to make good choices for themselves.
Our new Dear Leader is looking at our wonderful country and citizenry as if we get to go home at the end of each day. But we’re already home. And he’s taking our home and running it into the ground. And telling us that if we do not comply, we will be subjected to the increased police forces that he is magically going to be funding from the money that he is taking from the resources that we actually need to survive.
Personally, I think the end of his contract is a lovely touch. “This is my pledge to you” as if he were giving us a choice in the matter. We do have a choice at the end of the day, I suppose. It is a dangerous choice, but the other option is to comply.