‘Chaos’ is Leftists’ favorite word, but CEO-savvy Trump has it mastered

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America’s Leftists are enamored with certain words to propagandize the public, like “oppressed”, “racist”, “white nationalist”, “inequality”, “gun nuts” and so on.  But, arguably, their favorite word for 2018 was “chaos”, which the left and their media allies incessantly used to characterize the Trump White House. I must reveal my amusement when  I noticed how extensive the word spread. It’s like journalists all went to the Liberalism 101 class where they were instructed to mechanically parrot the word!

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Chaos became a journalism term, used by reporters who want to editorialize or advocate instead of report.  Now, when the media assigns “chaos” to describe higher rates of employee movement in Trump’s Administration, this constitutes a failure in their critical thinking. What is really a shake-up in staff is being labeled chaos by the media because too many journalists want Trump to fail. Staff shake-ups are common in corporate America and common in the Executive Branch of most states. To fix problems, successful chief executives make personnel changes. Duhhh.

Trump has always been a CEO and a leader, and he thinks like one. Most experienced U.S. business executives embrace the prospect of a president who makes decisions applying the same template used by CEOs of large, complex organizations. This is because we know that effective CEOs get rid of people who 1) are not performing as expected or 2) aren’t “with the program”. An example is when Trump brought in Priebus to be Chief of Staff; when it turned out that the job did not get done as expected, an effective leader like Trump broke into “heave-ho” mode. Appropriately, sometimes Trump uses trial-and-error with his appointments.

Tolerating sub-par performance is a trait of a weak boss, and effective leaders fire sub-par performers more quickly. Dismissing poor managers also sends a message to other employees that failure is not tolerated. If that hurts someone’s feelings, or an anti-Trump journalist doesn’t agree, too bad.

The media wants to claim that everything is heading toward Armageddon anyway because they think their sensationalizing triggers eyeballs and clicks. These are the people who want to call it “chaos” at the southern border when the migrant caravans materialized; the media plan was to “prove” a border crisis could not be controlled by the Republicans or Trump. Their plan is part of the left’s hate-Trump syndrome, where every little thing that Trump does or says is labeled “creating chaos”. But actually, chaos is a more accurate term for the demonstrations by the left, and their violent, militant Antifa mobs.

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Trump is at the top of the political food chain. He is responsible for what people below him do in his administration. When someone does not get the job done, Trump is going to replace him, and he should. Even a nail-biter like Obama made five changes in his Chief of Staff, more than Trump has made, but you didn’t hear about that from the Obama-fawning mainstream media. Also, you were not told it was “chaos” when Obama set a turnover record for his initial Cabinet in his first 100 days, with four major members removed.  It was common for our five prior presidents to replace a goodly number of staff after mid-term elections. There are a lot of reasons why appointees stay or do not stay with any president—these are hard and stressful positions, in some cases there is burnout from conflicts and meat-grinder jobs, in other cases presidential advisers want to return to the private sector to earn more money, or take esteemed positions at universities or reputable think tanks.

Unlike many of his predecessors, Trump has his own style, is a good manager, and he won’t tolerate mediocrity, dead weight or incompetence. He campaigned to drain the swamp by getting rid of lifelong professional politicians, and after decades of build-up, it is a slow process to uproot career bureaucrats. To the extent possible, Trump wants to run the White House like a business, and in the business world, “you’re fired” when you don’t produce. But the media wants to call it chaos when it’s really an environment of healthy conflict, and competition between different points of view.

 

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John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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