As millions around the world rise to the plebiscite exacted upon the new Trump Administration, the consequential effects of such a national decision would be subjects for analysis, discussion and debate for years to come. Over 50% of Americans rejected the conventional wisdom of ‘establishment politics’ by replacing it with an ‘untested’ media-savvy corporate approach, as the proletariat class swung the pendulum. The maxim of economics pivoted the outcome, although cultural, social and other demographic tonalities excoriated the forlornness of this historic occasion. Triumphalism aside, the Presidency is integral to both representative and participative democracy, which means that the new administration has to set not only a tone of civility and inclusivity, but also humility and grace. Of course, questions remain as the impulse of sections of the electorate remain befuddled. For instance, what leadership style will the new administration bring to the office? Will it be authoritarian, consultative or delegative in character? How will relevant personnel be chosen for the executive branch of Government? Will they be appointed, chosen or selected according to ethnicity, faith, socio-economic persuasions and/or political loyalty and tribal affiliation, rather than love for country? The fact that ‘democracy has spoken’ is not necessarily a fait accompli. The Trump Administration must seek to ‘govern for all the people’ and maximise every talent whilst tapping into the reservoir of potential in the country and elsewhere around the world. Doing these and more, will set possibly, a ‘de-jaundiced’ example to mature and fledgling democracies globally.

by Dr. Christopher  A. Johnson