Trump’s Corruption Mandate

At TRI, my short article “Trump’s Corruption Mandate” begins this way:

“Donald Trump’s astonishing election victory was in part a backlash against increasingly corrupt American politics.

“Transparency International publishes an annual Corruption Perceptions Index, ranking all nations from most to least clean in their political conduct. The United States entered the twenty-first century by falling out of the top ten. Scandinavian nations such as Finland, Denmark, and Sweden along with Commonwealth nations such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom dominated the top spots, while the USA was ranked fourteenth.

“Since then the USA has declined further in the Index’s rankings. …”

Read more here.

2 thoughts on “Trump’s Corruption Mandate

  • February 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    At worst I’ve feared Trump will facilitate the nation’s return to a new Dark Age, at least a relative one; at best I’ve hoped he will he will prove to be a kind of Martin Luther, also a repulsive figure, and hammer in the wedge to break the chokehold of Washington as Luther did the chokehold of the Catholic Church.

    My two greatest concerns are that Roe vs. Wade might be overturned and woman once again slaughtered in the dens of back alley abortionists, and his nationalist protectionism which always ends up hurting all sides. In 1930, for readers not in the know, the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act was passed to insulate American industry and workers from the ravages of the depression. It is now recognized by economists across the board to have been the nail in the coffin of America and the world’s faltering economy at the time.

  • February 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I disagree with feminists who think the election results were a vote against women. It was a vote against the rotted, incredibly venal and increasingly totalitarian system Hillary and hubby were thoroughly ensconced in. But as Hannah Arendt noted, most revolutions are failures. Revolutionaries are so focused on what they’re against they fail to see clearly what they’re fighting for until it’s too late e.g. Russia in 1917 and Iran in 1979. Arendt considered the original American a truly successful revolution.

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