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Dear Mr. President-elect, Donald J. Trump,
Congratulations on being elected to the highest position in our land, and indeed, the leader of the free world – our 45th President of the United States of America.
Every elected position is a great responsibility, and indeed, one that is always driven by a higher “invisible hand,” as stated in the book of Proverbs (21:1): The heart of a king is like a stream of water in the Divine hand, wherever He wishes, He will direct it.
But your election, Mr. Trump, stands out in particular as unprecedented in history: You defied all the predictions and pollsters, you upended both the Republican and Democratic parties, you did not follow the “established” rules and guidelines for a political campaign, you exposed the media’s biases and inadequacies – you basically broke every norm. And yet you won a resounding victory, breaking the blue wall and turning over states that no one expected you to win.
One can hardly find an equivalent event in the history of presidential elections that qualifies for a true “invisible hand” directing the electorate to upset the existing systems and infrastructures.
One word stands out to describe this cataclysm: Disruption.
Mr. Trump, you tapped into the fiber of this country’s restlessness and eagerness for change; to change the existing political norms and to bring this county back to its great legacy.
This is the reason for my writing to you today: I am absolutely convinced that you face a once-in-history opportunity to lead this country, and by extension, the entire world, to a new world order of global peace and prosperity.
What has made this nation great? What is the secret behind the 240-year-old unparalleled success of the USA?
We don’t need to look far and wide for the answer. All we need to do is return (retrace our steps) to the deep and enduring roots of this county as they were laid down by our Founding Fathers.
The mission statement of this country was defined by the Founding Fathers in 1776 when they established this great nation. And they fought the Revolutionary War to defend this mission stated in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
By studying different systems and their failures, by personally experiencing the consequences of being denied basic human freedoms, by building this country’s pillars not on their own subjective whims but on eternal values rooted in the Bible – the Founding Fathers understood that the grand American experiment is only possible with a firm foundation that absolutely guarantees individual rights.
A nation built on the principle that “All men are created equal” as “One nation under God” and E Pluribus Unum, created the best business climate to allow this nation to flourish. With its promise of freedom and equal opportunity, the United States has welcomed people from all over the world and encouraged them to contribute to the growth of this country.
And flourish it did. The investment of the Founding Fathers paid off. The synergy of people from all backgrounds coming together as equals under God created the highest developed country of all time.
For 240 years our mission statement – the principles of the revolution – has never been challenged.
But this great corporation lost its soul somewhere along the way. America forgot its true mission statement.
The unprecedented prosperity of this nation has spoiled us. We have built the greatest empire in history, with the highest standard of living, and the most powerful technology. Everything seemed to be going so well. The unheard of economic boom, the information revolution, the unbelievable advances in medicine and science, promised to deliver a new world order. Consumption – mass consumption, enabled by mass industry – became the dominating driving force in our consumer driven economy.
But no business can function without it being aligned with its mission. How much more a great nation like ours: Our country can live up to its enormous potential only if it is aligned with its mission.
Indeed, our sustained prosperity has given rise to a profound complacency. Today it is becoming obvious that we have taken for granted many of the freedoms and blessings that were contained in the vision of our founding fathers. Our newfound vulnerability and deep feelings of uncertainty expose more than ever the emptiness of financial security. It makes us realize how alienated we become when we our jobs and careers become an end in themselves, divorced from their deeper mission statement: an expression of our souls.
Now, over two centuries later this nation has been issued the greatest challenge it has ever faced. Perhaps the United States is on the threshold of a new revolutionary war – the final frontier. And it is indeed a great honor and merit and responsibility and gift to be part of this drama and affect its destiny.
This, Mr. President-elect, sets the stage for your new administration to reclaim our great American heritage.
This country must align itself with its mission – the business of this nation must reconnect to its higher calling. And when the USA lives up to its calling then, and only then, can it serve as a beacon to the other nations of the world. Simply being a nation of great wealth and enormous military muscle does not by any means give it the moral high ground. Other nations, religions and peoples have much longer traditions and histories than the relatively new world of the United States. But this country can demonstrate something unique to the world. As a country, it can rise above its own national issues and serve as a beacon of light teaching the world the universal principles of all humankind – the principle upon which this nation was founded – how to live in peace with God.
This disruptive election is a wake-up call. Disruptions are tremors signaling the dawning of a new era. The stunning way this election disrupted the powers that be, the media, the political establishment, reflects the “market correction” and reality check of a country that has lost its moorings, and is in search of reconnecting with its mission.
Mr. President-elect, with this extraordinary election, you now have the opportunity to realign our country with its purpose. To rebalance business and spirituality, Capitalism and compassion, matter and spirit.
With the cabinet and team you build please make it a priority to offer us a new business model, a new paradigm – one that integrates our work with our essence. By recognizing that our careers and businesses are means and vehicles to fulfill the divine plan in our lives, we can reclaim the core beliefs that are the secret of the nation’s endurance.
The United States now stands at perhaps the most defining moment of its history. We are now locked in a struggle to renew our contract with the soul of our nation. In many ways we now are faced with the formidable task of finishing what our Founding Fathers began.
We must balance our economy of consumption with higher values. Let us learn how to reclaim our mission statement: What are we? Who are we? What is this company called America?
New paradigms are always difficult. That’s why they are new.
We hope and pray for you, Mr. President-elect, that you serve as a divine agent that leads this country and the world into a new era, a world driven by the moral principles upon which all civilization rests, a world in which all people, races and nations, in all their rich diversity, live in harmony and peace, humbly serving the higher calling for which we were all created.
God bless you and God bless America and the world.