Every President has several accomplishments and several failures. But, time blurs our memories, and we tend to remember very few of each.
The little we remember becomes their legacy.
Thus, legacy is in the eyes of the beholder, and what you remember about a President may be much different from what I remember.
Presidents have personalities; their legacies generally reflect their personalities.
Here is how I personally perceive the legacies of our more recent Presidents.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legacy is a blend of Social Security and “a date which will live in infamy.” I remember Harry Truman for dropping the atomic bomb and for recognizing of Israel.
I see Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy as the interstate highway system and his warning about the “military-industrial complex.” John Kennedy will be remembered for the Cuban missile crisis and landing men on the moon.
Lyndon B. Johnson is remembered for “The Great Society,” and sadly, for Vietnam. Richard Nixon, of course, is famous for Watergate, but also for opening diplomatic relations with China.
I seem to remember Gerald Ford mostly for pardoning Nixon, and Jimmy Carter only for the Iranian hostage crisis. Though each had positive accomplishments, they don’t stand out in memory.
For me, Ronald Reagan forever will be the end of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. George H.W. Bush lasts in my mind for the “Read my lips, no new taxes” lie and for the Willie Horton bigotry.
Bill Clinton always will be Monica Lewinsky, with a nod to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and “Slick Willie.” George W. Bush, to me, is the Iraq war.
Barack Obama’s legacy will be “Obamacare,” though ironically, it is a copy of a Massachusetts law signed by Republican Mitt Romney.
And then there is Donald Trump. Having a limited ability to read or desire to learn, he has done a minimal amount. He masked his insecurities and inabilities by focusing not on doing the job, but rather on self-aggrandizement, anger, and insult.
Perhaps that is why, despite having strangely passionate followers, he was voted out of office.
It is too soon to know what Trump’s legacy will be, but I predict for most of the world it will be summarized like this:
Today, as I write this, Trump continues to build his legacy.
He pardons convicted criminals, which may even include pardoning himself. He endlessly, and without evidence, claims the election was “stolen” from him, and he does everything in his power to void the votes of millions, thus voiding American democracy.
His incompetence regarding the COVID-19 disease has led to the unnecessary deaths of three times more Americans than died in the Korean and Vietnam wars, combined.
By this year’s end, we will exceed in just one year, the number of World War II combat deaths that took place over four years.
As I said, “lie” is but an overall summary of his legacy. Many, more specific terms can be found here.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
3 thoughts on “Every president is remembered for something. What will be Trump’s legacy?”
Dear Mr. Mitchell,
Thanks for this list.
Donald J. Trump produces, directs and stars in the longest running continuous TV Reality Show in history. He is a master of audience manipulation. It may be the only thing he does well. He cast his Cabinet with actors and charlatans from the Federalist Society , the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute. If he had been awarded the Nobel (Noble) Prize for something, he is sure he would have been a shoe-in for an Emmy. But, he is still working it and has a devout cult-like following of tens of millions, the same people who regularly watch reality shows.
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I saw one show. It was typical Trump. He came in near the end and spent about 5 minutes making stupid, irrelevant comments then left (To go golfing? To hook up with a porn star?)
Anything that requires real effort on his part is anathema. That is how he ran his presidency. That is how he runs his life.
I see his presidency as a reflection of this country. All those votes he got tells me politics isn’t the answer and that people are still easily mislead. Because of FDR and the Depression, with each president we hang on to a lot false hope. Obama’s skin color was the latest symbol of hope and change. Didn’t work.
To me the answer resides with economics based on an abundance model of technology and mass release of currency for all. As long as scarcity and “survival of the fittest” thinking remain the accepted truth, and the controlling few refuse to”give it up”, we’ll suffer. Our day of (w)reckoning is not far off.
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