There are few people alive now who remember what 1942 was like. After Pearl Harbor, it seemed, the Axis and the Japs were on a constant march forward, while America and her allies were in constant retreat. Freedom hung in the balance, The Man in the High Castle was about to become a real future.
We got through 1942, and I believe we’ll get through 2017. I believe 2017, like 1942, will also teach us enduring lessons, lessons three generations of Americans will retain for the rest of our lives.
The global threat of Trump, the reality of a Trump presidency, is teaching us those lessons.
First. The American System is more than the Presidency.
It’s more than Congress, more than the judiciary.
The American system has robust checks and balances everywhere. There are institutional checks throughout the bureaucracy. There is the voice of the people themselves. There is Wall Street and technology. There is the media. America is a highly complex system. Journalists and pundits oversimplify it to our peril.
The power of the Presidency rises and falls based on the character and popularity of the President. Barack Obama embraced the complexity. He was a successful President by any measure. You may not like his program, but he got it through.