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Trump's Dilemma

Postby Peter1469 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:42 pm

Trump's Dilemma

This is an interesting article from Geopolitical Futures. It discusses the power of the US president and the difficulties that Trump will face. The executive is not very powerful on its own. However, some presidents can exercise more power than others. Those who win the popular vote decisively. Trump did not.

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Donald Trump’s presidency will have geopolitical consequences. Most of the world wants to know what he will do. But that depends on what he can do. That, in turn, will be determined by the political dynamics within the United States as well as by counteractions of other nations. This is a case where politics rises to the level of geopolitics. Trump’s actions will be conditioned by the actions of other players, particularly in Congress. Trump, after all, will only be the president and his unilateral powers will be limited. For most of the things he wants to do, he needs Congress to go along. Therefore, the American stance toward the world will depend, for the moment, less on what Trump wishes than what Congress decides to do.

Trump has presented himself as a transformative leader, confronting a crisis in the U.S. with a radical new approach, both in policy and in political culture. Many presidents present themselves as transformative, but few are. In the 20th century, two were genuinely transformative. One was Franklin D. Roosevelt and the other Ronald Reagan. Both faced problems that the vast majority of Americans knew to be problems. Roosevelt confronted the Great Depression, Reagan the stagflation of the 1970s. Both also confronted significant geopolitical problems. Roosevelt had to deal with the emerging crisis in Europe and Asia, combined with his social and economic concerns. Reagan, in addition to an economic crisis, had to cope with the defeat in Vietnam and the subsequent relative increase of Soviet power.

It was clear that these problems originated in the prior political and economic culture and that being different on multiple levels from the conventional expectations of the past was essential. Roosevelt’s decision to fund massively federal programs for the unemployed generated rage, as they ran completely counter to what was expected from a president. Reagan suffered the same public discontent. Early in his term, air traffic controllers went on strike despite laws banning them from striking. He fired them. Firing striking workers regardless of the law was considered unthinkable. He was vilified for the decision.

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Re: Trump's Dilemma

Postby Common » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:06 pm

Trump will get much done, he didnt win the popular vote but the GOP did across the country. That has impact and the fact that he has the house and senate. I admit the senate has some GOP establishment D heads like Mc Cain and Lyndsey Graham who have both outlived their usefullness

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Re: Trump's Dilemma

Postby Peter1469 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:13 pm

Change is coming, that is for sure.

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Re: Trump's Dilemma

Postby Don » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:30 pm

If he knows stuff that the establishment and the media that fronts for them have tried to keep from the American people he can blow the lid off the whole thing and have the American people on his side. Lies and conspiracies cannot stand the light of the truth.
Free Enterprise: A million salesmen pushing the “too much”. Socialism: A million ration clerks dividing up the “too little”

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.
George Orwell


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