By Alejandro A. Tagliavini *
The Republican Party Convention hosted Donald Trump in an auditorium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to try for four days to convince voters that the 45th US president deserves a second term. Without competition, he was overwhelmingly nominated to face the Democratic Party leading Joe Biden.
In a Hollywood style show, Trump took a surprise trip to accept the nomination and spoke for an hour even though, at one point, he said, “to finish” and continue for 20 more minutes. He has shaped the Party to his will so much that the Republican Committee announced that, for the first time in its history, it will not adopt a new electoral program, but will “continue to support the America First agenda.” “It is no longer the Republican Party. It’s a Trump cult”, lamented analyst Bill Kristol.
Shortly before, his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who has been with the president since 2016, announced that she will leave the White House ending a surprising situation: one of the advisers closest to the president is, in turn, the wife of one of the voices more critical of the president, lawyer George Conway, a member of The Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans who were fighting against his reelection.
Nobody knows how they have not been divorced. “We disagree on many things, but we are united in what matters most: our children,” says Kellyanne. “For now, for my dear children, it will be less drama and more mom,” she adds. The husband also announced that he is leaving the opposition group to spend time with his family.
Kellyanne is a star, inventor of the expression “alternative facts” to justify mistakes, such as when they exaggerated the number of people who attended the presidential oath or the nonexistent Bowling Green terrorist attack. Meanwhile, her husband attacked the president to the point that “You. Are. Crazy” he wrote like this with separate periods. To which Trump responded on Twitter, calling him a “total loser” and a “hell of a husband.”
The remote classes of his four children due to the quarantines have made things worse. The daughter, Laura, 15, is a celebrity. In June, the girl started using TikTok under the name ShortFakeBlonde to criticize Trump, then her mother, and finally her father. Among other posts, she appears twerking in her kitchen to hip-hop music and lyrics describing the female genital tract. Finally, she announced that she would go to court to ask that her parents stop having guardianship over her.
“More family and less drama.” It is not by chance that political activity destroys families, on the contrary, it often happens. There are many types of companies, but for now, let’s look at the extremes. Those of the military type, pyramidal, hierarchical, such as the State that is based on the monopoly of violence – you win, I lose – with which, by imposing its laws, it installs the conflict. And, at the other extreme within the private sector, networking where people interact and cooperate voluntarily for the benefit of all: you win, I win.
In the former, the conflict and, therefore, egocentricity is the modus operandi, in the latter the system rewards for helping others, creating a great force between the different participants, it is a system based on interpersonal relationships, human virtues, and creates a great synergy between profession and family.
* Senior Advisor at The Cedar Portfolio and Member of the Advisory Council of the Center on Global Prosperity, de Oakland, California