Skip to comments.Why the Presidency Can’t Just Go Back to ‘Normal’ After Trump
Posted on 02/22/2020 8:59:15 AM PST by ransomnote
Heres the problem: Many of these presidential norms and traditions that Trump has left by the wayside arent timeless at all; theyre actually quite new. They grew up alongside and in reaction to the expansion of both the federal state and the presidencya process that began in the early 20th century but gained steam from the 1930s onward. With the growth of what Arthur Schlesinger Jr. called the imperial presidency, each occupant of the Oval Office has left his imprimatur on the development of what we think of as normative presidential conduct.
That means that whatever impact Trump has might not be so easy to undo.
Take, for example, three cherished institutionsWhite House news briefings, independent courts, nonpartisan law enforcement agencies and a nonpartisan civil service. Their foundations are more young and shaky than you might think, and once altered, they may not be easily restored. Future presidents may regard newer precedents as more binding. A once-sturdy nonpartisan civil service and equally assured nonpartisan courts may be too weakened to enforce a return to prior norms. A public once conditioned to expect certain things of its presidents may have lost a critical amount of muscle memory. In short, anyone who expects a restoration of the status quo circa 2017 may be in for a rude awakening.
Though at critical juncturesthe Civil War, the Progressive era, World War Iit swelled temporarily in size and importance, the presidency for almost the first century and a half of its existence remained a limited office with a small staff and constrained purview over national affairs. That changed in the 1930s and through 1950s, as first the New Deal, then World War II andfinallythe Cold War necessitated a vast expansion of permanent federal authority and, with it, an increasingly powerful and autonomous executive branch.
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“Take, for example, three cherished institutionsWhite House news briefings, independent courts, nonpartisan law enforcement agencies and a nonpartisan civil service.”
LOL. Thanks for my morning comedy minute! Never this mutt was a comedy writer
“Normal” was gone in January of 1993.
Is that a joke?
“...nonpartisan law enforcement agencies and a nonpartisan civil service.”
[[Heres the problem: Many of these presidential norms and traditions that Trump has left by the wayside]]
No- Here’s the problem- TDS Never Trumpers make up wild vague accusations, but NEVER give any specifics about he accusations-
“A once-sturdy nonpartisan civil service and equally assured nonpartisan courts may be too weakened to enforce a return to prior norms. “
And that’s Trump’s fault, because the civil service became weaponized against him in 2016 and forward. Riiight./s
W was treated like Nixon. That’s normal?
President Trump has raised expectations for performance and delivery in a way that no bush or obama traitor type would be able to get away with their brands of BS and make it through 4 years without an uprising.
Don’t you love these idiots, lets go back bending over and being nice and getting pummeled.
The media is permanently neutered. That bothers people in the media.
Nepotistic, Democrat cesspools.
not sure what your comment has to do with what i said? My comment was about the hysterical hyperbole of the left as they call our president a dangerous man, white supremacist, white nationalist, racist, unhinged etc etc etc- but never give any specifics to even begin backing up the claims with actual evidence that they accuse him of
FDR totally corrupted our system. Must start there.
O, please. Libturds have been waging guerilla politics since at least the 60s while Republicans have fought “honorably” like and lined up to be mowed down like gentlemen.
“non partisan civil service”?
In 2020, 95% of federal employee campaign contributions went to Democrats.
Normal was gone in January of 1993.
“Normal” was gang raped, burned alive and then buried in a shallow grave among cheering crowds by Emperor For Life - FDR.
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