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Although Donald Trump managed to squint his eyes so much in his presidential campaign that we had little chance to see what was in those traditional Scottish/German ovals, he does become defined much better when we rinse him through the historical process.

And the first thing I see is that – at age 70 – he is the oldest man to have ever been elected president of the United States,

But what do we do with that?

I am thinking I need take out again my moth-eaten state of California history credential just to talk about precedent.

Fortunately, we look back at all of our presidents and we find that Americans have actually had the best times under the very oldest administering leaders.

That doesn’t mean that Abraham Lincoln who died at the young age of 56 wasn’t a great president.  But certainly Americans had their very worst years during the Civil War that may have been prevented if the young elected Lincoln had not overlooked as he was elected the serious threat of such a war. And if Lincoln had been an old Eisenhower, Reagan, or Harry Truman instead of the young hard case that he was, I believe there would have been a much greater chance of freeing the slaves with negotiation rather than a warfare that left it’s a tradition of racial hatred in the South that still emerges almost 200 years later.

But a 69-year-old President Eisenhower, a 77-year-old President Reagan and a 68-year old Harry S. Truman also had their hands full with crisis – the threat of nuclear war throughout practically every month of their administrations.  And yet there was something in their old constitutions that entered their encounter with man’s cruelty to man and – as opposed to the slaughter under Lincoln – they somehow unmanned it without sacrificing the lives of hundreds of thousands of young Americans as their working materials.

This is not to dismiss the seriousness of the Korean War under President Truman, which yielded almost 37,000 American fatalities in a vividly intense four year period.  My father – a veteran of both World War II in the Pacific and the Korean War – said the Korean War was much more terrifying because it felt like he was fighting in a much smaller boxing ring.  In fact, Truman secured a positive place in history because he managed the Korean War against turning into something even worse than it was – it could have easily become World War III.

And so what can we expect now of the prospects of peace and strength and prosperity in an America with a 70-year-old President Trump?

History at least will tells us that among the greatest Roman Emperors  -- those who presided the most humanely over the strongest and most prosperous of Roman Empire eras -- were Augustus, Antonius Pius, and Justinian.  These three reigned respectively until they were 75, 74, and 83 years old respectively.

Of course, in the primitive state of the ancient herbal medicines of those times,  keeping an 83-year-old emperor going would have to be equivalent to maintaining and repairing a 100-year-old American president in our own  age.

By the same token, the Roman emperors who ruled the most disastrously were also the youngest.  This wasn’t just about the well-known Nero, who killed himself at age 30 while he was fleeing from virtually the entire enraged population of Rome.  The disastrous Roman emperors also included practically whose names all seems to start like my name with “C” –  the emperors Caligula, Caracalla and Commodus -- who were each put to sleep by patriotic Romans  authorized to take care of them properly them at respectively the ages of 28, 29 and 31.

So what was the difference in the good ruling of the men who managed the vast Roman Empire in their seventies versus those who screwed everything up when they were emperors in their twenties?

In every case, it seemed that the older emperors had settled on what really was important to get by in life – again, these were the qualities of peace, strength, and prosperity.

The hopeful thing about Trump is that if you listen to him talk for a long time – I realize that can be hard because Trump has been the biggest blowhard in a New York City that is full of blowhards – yet you can finally detect in him that the enduring values of peace, strength and prosperity are really his own core values.

And after working closely near the Trump neighborhood in New York City for nearly 20 years, and getting news about him on a very regular basis, I can confidently say that his detractors who say he is racist are on the wrong track.  First, no racist can get anywhere in New York City, the city that is so diverse it has more languages spoken in it than anywhere else in the world.  Also racism is really a kind of mental sickness, a cognitive allergy against different kinds of races, as Hitler clearly had this illness. Yet Trump has a long record of clearly enjoying being in the company of the many different movers and shakers of many different races in his ebullient career in his city.

If Trump is biased against anyone at all, he is biased against failures, and will exercise the most non-Christian words against whom he describes liberally as “losers.”

But let’s stop a minute now.

I have now brought out in such circumstances the best possible attitude toward the new president, a hopeful one, because it is too soon to be disappointed and I am tired of disappointment anyway.

But to also add some more realism to this picture, one of the reasons why Harry Truman,  Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan were great old men was that they were also great young men.  Their age only heightened the greatness that they always cultivated, throughout every step of their lives.

But there were also presidents who had problems when they were young, and these problems only crystallized when they became older.  Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon readily come to mind, Jackson with his paranoia of the English and Native Americans and Nixon with the same paranoia against anyone who did not support him politically.  Unfortunately, advancing age is not friendly to paranoia.

So the other view of a President Donald Trump comes when we consider that just being aged doesn’t guarantee virtue.  Age usually just amplifies the qualities we had when we were young. But was the younger Trump the kind of younger man Eisenhower was, who devoted his life to military service and grew into a great commander of the greatest invasion against evil in history? 

Was the younger Trump the great man the younger Truman was who as captain in an artillery battalion  in World War I lost not one American on his watch while he drove into the thick of the fighting?

Was young Trump the great younger man that Reagan was, who sacrificed a great movie career that he never managed to recoup because he willingly joined the arm to serve in Europe in World War II?

Or is Trump more like Andrew Jackson, who had very deep problems as a young man, most not his fault, and who reacted by building up walls all around him as an increasingly older man, which resulted among other things in his exterminating innocent English settlers in Florida and committing virtual genocide against the native Americans he sent on the infamous Trail of Tears?

Again, history will show us the true Donald Trump.  And if we are true patriotic Americans, it is our duty to follow Trump as he leads well.  Just as it would be equally our patriotic duty to secure the White House for America should President Trump or any president fall mentally ill from the responsibilities of the most difficult job in the world, which are terribly pressing even for a man much younger than 70 years old.

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.