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Article review: Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?
Robert Johnson
Thomas More University
11/18/2018
Article Review: Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?
Goldsmith (2017) states “Unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes: Andrew Jackson’s rage; Millard Fillmore’s bigotry; James Buchanan’s incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt’s self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon’s paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton’s lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty” (p. 60). This article digs deep into the true facts that have manifested from what is the presidency of Donald J. Trump. The fact is Mr. Goldsmith accurately depicts how Trump has no structured actions, no regard for presidential norms and will bring institutions down with him. This article is backed with the examples of poor leadership and Trumps grandiose platforms and beliefs that he doesn’t have to answer to peers and citizens of the United States of America. Examples of his public lies, shifting of policies, and aggressiveness to his own party are all valid reasons that his destructive behavior could be detrimental to our country and relationships with our allies. “Executive Power” has evolved over the years, but Trump abuses that order by
believing it should be used when he is challenged over doing things that could possibly
be unlawful, such as federal law, national security, and constitutional liberties. The fact that our courts, bureaucracy, civil society, and Congress have enforced the rules that keep Trump from being allowed to do so, are the only reasons he has not been impeached.
Mr. Goldsmith has truly put into words how I feel about this presidency and its faults. Goldsmith (2017) has put it, “Trump’s norm violations are different. Many of them appear to result from his lack of emotional intelligence- a president’s ability to manage his emotions and turn them to constructive purposes, rather than being dominated by them and allowing them to diminish his leadership” (p. 63). Goldsmith in this article has carefully identified numbers of occasions where President Trump has violated the norms of the Presidential office and these norms will snap back into place when Mr. Trump leaves office.

One can argue the point that the presidency or those occupying the Presidential office have always broken the norms. That the office has been in a downward spiral long before Trump took office. Which is accurate to a point. Donald Trump has taken norm busting to a new level. He breaks norms and does not seek to hide it or spin it in a way to not offend the public. Presidents of the past often broke norms in order to improve the operations of the government. Those who enjoy or embrace the norm breaking of President Trump are the exact reasons that he was elected. Could he actually fix an already corrupted system? Do these norms need to be changed? If President Trump is elected for a second term this could absolutely change the presidency forever.

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Within this article Mr. Goldsmith avoids being biased to one side or the other. He reports facts supported by events. Events that Mr. Trump has either spear headed or been a part of. Goldsmith in my opinion did a very good job of getting political opinions from both the democrats and from Trumps own party, the Republicans.
Firing of top advisors, CIA directors, special council, name calling, tweets, and all out disrespect for the Presidential office have been the norm for this President. A sense of being above the laws of the land and blazing his own trail. Will President Trump destroy the presidency, and the future of this office. Only time will tell if our country is fundamentally stable to cope with the fallout of this presidency.
References
Goldsmith, J. (2017). Will Donald Trump destroy the Presidency. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/will-donald-trump-destroy-the-presidency/537921/

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