Trump Is Not My President

by David E. Shellenberger on January 21, 2017

Donald Trump is not my president.

Nor is he your president, even if you voted for him. The position he now holds is chief executive of the U.S. government and head of state. The people are not the government, and the state is not the country.

Consider some additional misconceptions that encourage submission to the state and tolerance of Trump.

Trump is not “the leader of the country,” and he will not “run the country.” Individuals make up a country, and they lead themselves and run their own lives.

He is not “the leader of the free world”; the job does not exist. In a free world, there will be no states and thus no president of the United States. In the meantime, the head of the only state that maintains an empire and engages in endless war, and aggressively steals liberty at home, is an unlikely candidate to lead anyone concerned with freedom.

Trump is not “our commander in chief.” Under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the president is “commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States.”

“The American people” did not elect Trump. Vastly more eligible voters declined to vote for anyone than voted for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. “The people” do not collectively “speak,” and they certainly have not spoken for Trump.

The fact that Trump was elected does not mean that his views are correct or that his power is legitimate. The mob cannot bestow enlightenment on the ignorant nor legitimacy on the illegitimate. And all politicians are illegitimate.

There is no reason to “unite.” Unity serves the state, which seeks mass capitulation.

And there is no reason we should “heal our divisions.” It is natural for people to divide; the problem is the almost universal clamor for state power.


Many have offered causes for the debacle of Trump’s election, but there is a fundamental cause. The state is a magnet for the worst people and a vehicle for harnessing the worst ideas. Trump and his demagoguery are symptoms of the state.

Do not “celebrate the transition of power.” Condemn the existence of the power.

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