Tragedy of A Trump Presidency

By Sherman Jackson, PhD

Have you given any thoughts as to what a Trump presidency would be like?

Well there are numerous statements by Trump as to how he would govern. In one of many ads, he brags about shaken up America. Trump does not realize we live in a constitutional society.

A president Trump would be limited by the powers of the office shortly after he is administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice.

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Regardless of how much his supporters want help to clean up Washington, there is only so much a president can do based on our constitutional/political system. Congress is not under the authority of the president. Congress is an elected body of representatives. Thanks to the “leadership” of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Congress has not done much of anything except engage in partisan politics. Republicans have fought President Obama in every attempt he has made toward achieving a successful agenda.

Should Trump win the Presidency, it will be the Democrats who will oppose a Trump agenda. That is the way our political system operates. Trump has also indicated if he were President, he would authorize his attorney general to conduct an investigation that would lead to the imprisonment of Hillary Clinton, his presidential opponent. That is what dictators do in banana republics. Under the rule of law, we have a peaceful transition of power. Trump does not believe in the rule of law.

An editorial by the Cincinnati Enquirer described Trump” as a clear and present danger to our country. He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters. Trump has no foreign policy experience, and the fact that he doesn’t recognize it-instead insisting that ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do’-is even more troubling. His wild threats to blow Iranian ships out of the water if they make rude gestures at U.S. ships is just the type of reckless, cowboy diplomacy Americans should fear from a Trump presidency.”

Trump has based his candidacy on a mountain of lies and false promises. While his supporters know he is lying, they still believe he can turn things around in Washington. Trump is a great one to exaggerate about issues pertinent to his supporters. Take for example the issue of immigration. Trump claimed Hillary’s open border policy would allow over 650 millions foreigners into the United States in one day. That is an impossible feat to be accomplish in one day or that matter forever in our society of rules and laws. Still his supporters cheered him on. Trump supporters are not dumb or naive, so why do they enjoy the lies Trump feeds them? They also believe Trump would change the direction of the country. Yes he would but which direction will that be? Trump’s rise to political power was based on the birth movement which was an outright lie.

Will Trump continue to feed the American people lies to retain their support?

Trump and the birthers contributed to a racial divide under Barack Obama, America’s first African American president. Trump has called Hillary crooked. Yet he has broken with political tradition by hiding his tax returns from the eyes of the American people because they would reveal how crooked he has been with his taxes. In addition to be dishonest, Trump has an ego problem. Here is how Dr. Alan J. Lipman, professor of psychology at Georgetown University, has, in part,” described Trump’s state of mind in an article “The narcissism of Donald Trump’s candidacy”, written for CNN. Com: Trump is” guided by impulse, the search for praise and vengeance, and the wish for personal grandiosity. Trumps’ ever-present need for praise meanwhile, makes him extremely vulnerable to manipulation. Professor Lipman added that Trump is quick to be drawn into conflict.” Once engaged, he finds it extraordinarily difficult to pull back for fear of a loss of perceived power, a trait that would be easily provoked in a host of foreign and domestic policy situation. “ Trump is a man who” lacks empathy for the consequences of his actions upon broad swaths of the American public. A man with a fundamental need for conflict and with a remorseless willingness to use the most destructive tools of society toward those with whom he disagrees and who he feels have betrayed him. Trump is willing to act upon impulse, without knowledge, and is driven by fury, He is a candidate with the potential to bring a democratic republic down with him.”

Listen up America, can you imagine the damage a Trump presidency would do in four years by a man who does not believe in the rule of law and one with a narcissistic personality?

Sherman Jackson, PhD,  American Constitutional History and Law, Miami University, Professor Emeritus, jacksows@miamiohio.edu

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