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Trump's Rule-Bending Path

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, an American politician, lawyer, and 16th President of the United States

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”

FRANK HERBERT, an American science fiction author

“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist

“I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King, unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they do no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way against holders of power…power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

LORD ACTON, an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer.

“Crime is contagious….if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law.”

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS, an American lawyer and, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States


Introduction

Trump's Rule-Bending Path

Trump’s Rule-Bending Path to apparent success finds itself filled with the drive for raw power over others. No matter if that power is forged in business or politics. His tendency to disregard the most basic standards of society gets him into significant trouble over time. Once in trouble, he uses money and the legal system to whitewash the problem away. When, as is currently the case, his troubles cannot be washed away, he resorts to paranoia and prevarication to escape accountability. The question is, is the strategy that served him well for much of his life now failing as he faces very difficult scrutiny, one that does not seem to be going away? None of his prior strategies seem to carry any weight in the environment of a federal courtroom.

In the intricate tapestry of Donald Trump’s world, power isn’t just a currency; it’s the very fabric that weaves his narrative. Exploiting a system he deems rigged, Trump’s disregard for rules and norms is a constant thread in the tapestry of his public life.

The Trump Tower, a symbol of his ascension in Manhattan, was built on a foundation of rule-bending. A deal with a mob-connected union boss and the use of Roy Cohn, known for defending mafiosos, illustrated a willingness to sidestep conventions to achieve grandeur.

Trump’s Rule-Bending Path: International Maneuvers

Trump’s foray onto the international stage became a playground where oligarchs and despots found common ground. From the Plaza Hotel’s sale to a Saudi prince to lucrative dealings with Russians, Trump’s affinity for the wealthy transcended borders. The bizarre Azerbaijani episode and the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow highlighted a pattern of cozying up to those with power.

His Oligarchic Cabinet

As president, Trump’s Cabinet mirrored the oligarchic allure. Inexperienced plutocrats assumed crucial roles, blurring the lines between business and governance. Ivanka and Jared Kushner, unequipped for their senior positions, symbolized the nepotism that defined his administration.

Paranoia in the White House: Paranoia thrived in Trump’s White House, mirroring oligarchic control tactics. His admiration for authoritarian leaders translated into policies favoring the corporate elite. The $1.9 trillion tax cut, a signature move, exemplified a skewed prioritization of the wealthy.

Trump’s Rule-Bending Path: Media Manipulation

Media intimidation and attempts to undermine independence mirrored the tactics of oligarchs, revealing Trump’s desire to control the narrative. The Trump International Hotel became a stage for foreign officials seeking favor, blending business with politics seamlessly.

Legal Battles and Autocratic Ambitions

Facing legal challenges, Trump’s pursuit of power remains unwavering. Rigging the system is not just a strategy; it’s a mission to escape accountability. Oligarchy, for Trump, isn’t merely a means to wealth; it’s a stepping-stone to a looming autocratic ambition.

Trump’s Rule-Bending Path: Essence of Conduct

In the essence of Trump’s conduct, power dynamics, rule-bending, and a transactional approach continue to define his public life. Paranoia, finger-pointing, and an aversion to accepting responsibility are the colors that paint his canvas. The insatiable thirst for absolute control shapes his trajectory, transcending business to the realm of politics.

Indelible Mark on History: Conclusion?

Examples abound, from the Trump International Hotel’s foreign dealings to the tax cuts benefiting the elite. In Trump’s world, rules are malleable, and the essence lies in bending them to serve an unyielding appetite for power, leaving an indelible mark on the tapestry of American history.

As the threads of Trump’s narrative intertwine, the picture that emerges is one of a man who, fueled by a relentless pursuit of power, shapes his world according to his own rules, leaving an enduring imprint on the pages of history, albeit a negative portrait for certain.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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