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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

By subverting conventions to a degree no recent president came close to matching, Trump has forced Americans to reassess their policy priorities and reaffirm their values and freedoms, in the process strengthening democracy in the US. Trump's presidency is causing Americans to take a harder look at what they expect from their government. Some of the ways in which this is happening are very subtle, but important, and will ultimately have a positive impact on American democracy.

Trump's presidency is waking up Americans, including those in Congress, to the ills of unopposed expansion of executive power. Already, members of Congress, including some from his own party, are speaking out against his use of emergency powers, a manifestation of a more assertive Congress that is finally stepping back to the plate.

Trump's presidency is also fostering greater electoral participation, helping to establish a government more representative of the nation's changing demographics.

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Ironically, these phenomena came about as a response to widespread anger directed at the administration and the president himself; it is unlikely that a Hillary Clinton presidency would have resulted in similar results in the 2018 midterms. The net impact of Trump's presidency may have a more far-reaching, positive impact on the legislative branch, and thus American policy, than would have been experienced if anyone else occupied the White House.

Many presidents have had tense relationships with the media, including Barack Obama. Yet it has taken repeated abuses of the press by Trump, including bullying of individual journalists and newspapers, and repeated calls of "fake news" and "enemy of the people" for renewed support to grow for journalists and freedom of the press.

In short, Trump has placed a mirror in front of America and forced it to take a hard look and reassess how it values itself as a people and a nation.

This last point is further illustrated through Trump's foreign policy – it is about time America asked its allies to do more, or to at least meet the requirements set in alliance agreements. The US should not have to be the world's policeman, especially if it is not being paid to do so.

Yes, Trump is a controversial president, but he is also the president that America needs right now. The world is changing, just as the US is changing. The strategic, economic and societal realities of 2019 are much changed from those of 20 years ago.

Trump did not cause these changes, which have been festering quietly for decades. It may be surprising to find that only through a non-conventional president like Trump are Americans able to acknowledge, and ultimately confront, these new realities.

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Interesting OP-Ed out of the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong's main paper), written by Chi Wang, a naturalized US citizen, the former head of the Chinese section of the US Library of Congress and a life long Democrat.

For those of you not afraid to actually read an article, it has a very interesting viewpoint on what is going on the US.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 11:07 PM | Reply

Annnnd, the link got stripped out, sorry about that.

Here it is:

Donald Trump is the leader America needs to confront today's realities

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-20 11:12 PM | Reply

You on Putin's payroll too?, FakeLawyer?

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-21 02:09 AM | Reply

Very interesting article.

Thanks for sharing.

Monson,

You are a bore - a 1-trick pony.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-21 09:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Good read.

#5 | Posted by sunuvavitch at 2019-02-21 10:10 AM | Reply

Trump? Leader?

I haven't read it but unless that's ironical I'm guessing it's going to be BS.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-21 10:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I haven't read it but unless that's ironical I'm guessing it's going to be BS.

#6 | POSTED BY JPW

Read it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-21 10:12 AM | Reply

I haven't read it but unless that's ironical I'm guessing it's going to be BS.

Confirmation bias much?

Come on JPW, you are smarter than 99% of the DR Left, you are the last person I would expect to be afraid to broaden your perspective.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-21 10:30 AM | Reply

JPW,

I'll throw out a teaser - opposition to Trump is SO strong that congress is beginning to reclaim a bit of its power that it has so willingly surrendered to the Executive over the past few decades. The theory is that, probably unwittingly, Trump has inspired opposition to the excesses of Executive over-reach.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-21 10:33 AM | Reply

Part of the reason that I posted this was to see which, if any, of the Usual Idiots on the DR Left would dare to read this without being shamed into it.

JPW's reluctance to even click on this article because he immediately assumed it was "BS" (while surprising as I said in #8) was something that I expected from the locksteppers on the DR Left- They are so afraid of reading something that they think goes against everything that they have been told to believe by HuffMediaTalkingDailyCommonThinkAlterPoMattersPointsDreamsProgressMemoNet that they won't dare read something that has a title that seems to be positive about Trump (but the substance of the Op-Ed actually isn't).

Let me summarize the article for those of you with Reading Comprehension issues:

The author's premise is that because Trump is such a distasteful and controversial figure to much of America, he is waking up not only our electorate, as seen by the GOP getting trounced in the midterms, but Congress, who has been needlessly subservient to the Executive Branch for way too long.

Don't be afraid, go ahead and click on the link in #2, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the article.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-21 11:39 AM | Reply

The Op-Ed is a load of ----.

Any "positives" resulting from Trump's actions or reactions to those actions will be fleeting at best, while the damage that Trump has done and continues to do will be long lasting.

Examples: The lifelong damage that will be suffered by children ripped from their parents and placed in cages-lifelong trauma.

Tax cuts for the wealthiest will result in ballooning debt and further wealth gap.

Russian meddling in our elections will continue.

Emboldened domestic terrorists-i.e. that coast guardman arrested just this week

To name just a few

Against that you have what? Some talk about Congress taking back power? HA!

Isolationist actions that are tearing apart our alliances.

Trade policies that are a mixed bag at best

And let's not even consider the potential/probably future actions

Best case? Impeachment of Trump

Worst case? Trump refusing to leave office.

Again, OP-ED is a piece of ----

#11 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-02-21 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Again, OP-ED is a piece of ----

#11 | Posted by truthhurts

Agreed. The point seems to be the country deserves to be scared straight.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2019-02-21 12:02 PM | Reply

Trump refusing to leave office.

#11 | Posted by truthhurts at

For the life of me I can't think of any incentive for Trump to leave office voluntarily.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2019-02-21 12:04 PM | Reply

Trump is not what this country needs:

Rep. Joe Kennedy III @RepJoeKennedy

1 day of Trump headlines:
- Senior officials ignored law to help Saudi Arabia get nukes
- President asked Acting AG to interfere with SDNY
- Dept of Ed tried to obstruct investigation into Sec. DeVos
- Commerce Sec. lied on his financial disclosure

This isn't normal.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-21 12:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I'll throw out a teaser - opposition to Trump is SO strong that congress is beginning to reclaim a bit of its power that it has so willingly surrendered to the Executive over the past few decades. The theory is that, probably unwittingly, Trump has inspired opposition to the excesses of Executive over-reach.
#9 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

You aren't looking at it from the Liberal perspective.

It would take acknowledgement that Obama over reached ...

#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-21 12:16 PM | Reply

#11-13

As predicted, the Usual Idiots of the DR Left are so afraid of "something that they think goes against everything that they have been told to believe by HuffMediaTalkingDailyCommonThinkAlterPoMattersPointsDreamsProgressMemoNet" that they have to throw up those very talking points.

Zed does seem to get some of it" "The point seems to be the country deserves to be scared straight."

Tell me how he is incorrect.

$14

Of course it isn't normal, the author's point is that it took a bigly dose of abnormality to shock the electorate and Congress into doing something about it, and they have.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-21 12:53 PM | Reply

Confirmation bias much?

It was a joke taking a shot at calling Trump a leader.

Yeesh.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-21 02:00 PM | Reply

that they won't dare read something that has a title that seems to be positive about Trump (but the substance of the Op-Ed actually isn't).

Which is why I told JPW he'd be pleasantly surprised if he clicked the link and read the article (which he usually does).

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-02-21 02:25 PM | Reply

#17

Fair enough.

#19 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-21 09:00 PM | Reply

I read it. It's like saying "Now that the bank got robbed, we know we need better locks".
Faint praise indeed.

#20 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-02-22 05:43 AM | Reply

The sick thing is this isn't the first Trump supporter I've heard use this line. Must be the new talking point.

#21 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-02-22 05:50 AM | Reply

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