Donald Trump and the Peter Principle

Americans are watching the Peter Principle being lived out in the presidency of Donald Trump. For those who are not familiar with it, the Peter Principle is the observation that people tend to be promoted to a level at which they are incompetent.

I didn’t vote for Trump*, but once he was elected, I was willing to withhold judgment of his presidency until there was enough of his presidency to judge.

Currently, President Trump appears to me to be a lousy captain at the helm of the ship of State. Too many times, thus far, he has steered that ship in a way that rocks it needlessly. Sure, he has been on course a few times, but I am not confident in his ability to navigate well during the rest of his presidency.

Did anyone who voted for him know for certain how he would govern? No, they didn’t. The ones who wanted him to be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee were impressed by his track record as a businessman and by his bold talk. That fits the description of the Peter Principle as given by Wikipedia: “It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role.”

This is not to say that President Trump is stupid. There may still be genius behind his madness. After all, he figured out that he could be elected POTUS as long as Hillary Clinton was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Also, there is still plenty of time in his presidency for Trump to get his act together and do a better job as POTUS. For the nation’s sake, I hope that he does better.

Still, I am probably not the only person who is wondering why President Trump acts the way that he does. It is as if he were from a planet other than planet Earth.

Hmm, I wonder . . .

*No, I didn’t vote for Trump. I didn’t vote for Clinton, either.

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  • Yeah, Trump’s such an incompetent manager he managed to make a hell of a fortune in NY real estate, while that incredibly wise and amazingly UNACCOMPLISHED clown Obama did a wonderful job for 8 years.

    Shit, dude, can you even contemplate the amount of hate you’re showing any more? Or do you just think it’s the ‘right thing to do’?

    And does it count when even your own party’s looking to sabotage you, trying to keep the status quo in DC unchanged?

    • There are a lot of us who did not vote for Trump but who say a little prayer of thanks everyday that Hillary is not President of these United States. The difference between the current President and the former President are primarily two-fold. Trump tends to actually follow the Constitution (where as the former President did not) and the LSM hates the sitting President (and turned a profoundly blind eye to the faults and illegal activities of the former President).

      • Oh, hell yeah. We survived Obama, and are recovering. But Hillary? (Shudder.)

  • More accurately (via Wikipedia):

    The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by educator Laurence J. Peter and published in 1969. It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and “managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”

    Not relevant here as there was a complete career change.

  • jim_m

    If you want an illustration of the Peter Principle, David, go look in the mirror.


      “Seriously, if ever someone has risen to a level of incompetence it is surely you.”

      Ummm…he is writing for free and doing so to provide fodder for comment.While Trump is not a great example of the Peter Principle, he is a better example than David.

      C’mon, many of you seem like decent people, can anyone really be proud of the way Trump has conducted himself during his time in office? This is how a person comports themselves when promoting Celebrity Apprentice, but not while pretending to fill the role as President of the United States.

      • It was a very low bar…

      • Retired military

        No matter what Trump does, has done, or will do it will still be better than if Hillary was President.

        Also there is no reason to believe that Trump has weaponized the IRS , Justice department, and the intelligence agencies to harass political opponents as Obama has done.

        There is no reason to believe that Trump has been receiving blowjobs from interns as Bill Clinton did. Nor lie under oath as Bill and Hillary have done along with Susan Rice, James Comey and a host of former Obama admin people.

      • Retired military

        BTW I would have voted for Mickey Mouse if I thought it would stop Hillary from being President.

      • Scalia

        I’m really, REALLY getting tired of this, Buster. You’re stone silent on the sins of the Left, yet you complain about our posts relating to Trump.

        You have no credibility on this subject. To turn your words around:

        Can anyone really be proud of the way the Democrats have conducted themselves while Trump has been in office? This is how persons comport themselves when promoting juvenile delinquency, but not while pretending to represent the interests of the United States in the House and Senate..

        You have applied duct tape over your keyboard when it comes to criticizing Democrats, but you find fault with us?? Are you nuts?

  • Sky__Captain

    You know, if one replaces the word “Trump” with the word “0bama” in David’s liberal tirade, it is much more accurate.

  • pennywit

    This piece needs to be redeveloped.

  • Charles Harkins

    David, you should know whereof you speak having done it yourself.

  • Retired military

    “but once he was elected, I was willing to withhold judgment of his presidency until there was enough of his presidency to judge.”

    LOL This is rich. David you were bashing Trump MONTHS before the election.


      “David you were bashing Trump MONTHS before the election.”

      I think a fair amount of people on this site were bashing Trump during the primaries. This is why I am surprised by the support he now receives.

      • Despite it having been explained to you more than once. Slow learner, eh?

      • Retired military

        Only one writes for this site and has said and I quote

        “once he was elected, I was willing to withhold judgment of his presidency until there was enough of his presidency to judge”

      • Scalia

        As Rodney said, it’s been explained to you more than once, but you keep repeating yourself as if you’re making some point for the first time.

        We can’t help it if your reading comprehension or memory retention is lacking, but don’t expect us to engage in similar behavior. It is enough that we remind you that your point has been addressed.

  • Rdm42

    You’re trying too hard, David.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Well, bless his heart – I think you’re right.

  • Retired military
    • Hank_M

      THIS! President red-line retired the Peter Principle for all time.

    • jim_m

      You left out making racial hate a national problem on a scale not seen since reconstruction, spying on the American public, using the power of the federal government to violate the rights of Americans and to oppress political opposition, giving billions to Iran to promote terrorism and build a nuclear bomb, promoting ISIS in Syria as an opposition to Assad, and attempting to crush anyone who dared point out that Islam is a cancer on humanity.

  • Retired military

    Wisdom that liberals like David need to learn

    We must forgive our enemies. I can truly say that not a day has passed since the war began that I have not prayed for them. – General Robert E. Lee

  • Wild_Willie