Would a Democratic President Wield Power as Ruthlessly as Trump?

Thom plus logo Interestingly, the current divide in the Senate gives us an insight into how powerful a genuinely progressive Democratic president could be, and how much he or she could get done. As we saw yesterday, the Republicans voted repeatedly to participate in a cover-up of Donald Trump's crimes. If a Democratic president were to exercise the same kind of control over the Democratic caucus in the house and as Trump has done with the Republicans, that person could pass Medicare for All, wealth taxes, free college education, and a number of other progressive goals without difficulty. The question is whether the Democratic president would be willing to wield power as raw and ruthlessly as Trump has done.

If you go back and look at how Franklin Roosevelt got the New Deal done in the 1930s, and how Lyndon Johnson got the great society done in the 1960s, it was not that different. In both cases, those presidents used their presidential and their political power with great force, and accomplish great things. They used power in many of the way is Donald Trump is, only for good instead of evil.

Oddly, this means that even this impeachment hearing could be a very good sign for the future of our country, if Trump and the Republicans lose power in the election this year.

-Thom

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dlbczech 6 weeks 5 days ago
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A suggestion to see how serious Bloomberg is in defeating Trump: Ask Bloomberg to annonce he is willing to financially support any person who is retaliated against by Trump for speaking the TRUTH or for resigning in protest over being told to do something that is unconstitutional.

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