The legacy of Trump

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Voices -

Per­haps the last­ing legacy of the Trump pres­i­dency will be a re­asser­tion of the three co-equal branches of gov­ern­ment. The most ob­vi­ous ef­fect of his time in of­fice could well be within the ju­di­cial branch, which he has re­made in a much more con­ser­va­tive mode.

How­ever, the trend of pop­ulism in Amer­ica is still at a cross­roads. There are el­e­ments of both left- and right-wing ideas, but the core of this move­ment is a deep dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the sta­tus quo. Both Pres­i­dent Trump and the wave of lib­eral women en­ter­ing the halls of Congress share the pop­ulist man­tle. While there may be sys­temic dif­fer­ences in the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial views of the dis­parate wings of this groundswell move­ment, there are many el­e­ments of mu­tual con­cern which, in the end, might give them com­mon cause. Term lim­its, the rights of the in­di­vid­ual, the role of the “lit­tle man,” eco­nomic re­form, re­jec­tion of grid­lock, and a re­newed in­ter­est in the po­lit­i­cal process it­self are just a par­tial list of these.

As these act them­selves out on the na­tional level, the process is of­ten dirty and an­gry. How­ever, past move­ments of sim­i­lar ori­gin have even­tu­ally melded them­selves into a strong, if not al­ways har­mo­nious, en­gine for real change. The pres­i­dent’s ar­dent sup­port­ers are frus­trated by the push­back of the Demo­cratic House, but they, along with other el­e­ments of pop­ulism, may find that Congress is the most ac­ces­si­ble and read­ily in­flu­enced branch of gov­ern­ment. Term lim­its, voter par­tic­i­pa­tion, and so­cial me­dia give op­por­tu­nity to send rapid and clear mes­sages to House and Se­nate mem­bers.

With a resur­gence of the checks, bal­ances, and over­sight by Congress, the gov­ern­ment just might re-es­tab­lish the Con­sti­tu­tion’s in­tent found in its first three ar­ti­cles.

DAN GARRINGER

Lin­coln

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