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Donald Trump and the Wrecking-Ball Presidency

Once , when America was still very great, Presidents tended to be builders: they built things like the Interstate Highway System, which began, in 1956, under Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, whose critics called it an “ascent into the stratosphere of New Deal jitterbug economics”; or they built protection from radioactive contamination, as when John F. Kennedy signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, in the fall of 1963, less than two months before he was murdered; or they sought to build domestic-policy systems, such as Lyndon B. Johnson did in order to…

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Donald Trump, Anti-Communist

Marion Smith, RealClearPoliticsDonald Trump made “America First” the centerpiece of his election campaign, and many thought this would mean a domestically focused doctrine of protectionism and withdrawal from world politics. But the president has unexpectedly come to embrace a core element of the international role “leader of the free world.” He is naming and confronting the human rights abuses of single-party dictatorships. In a manner not seen since Ronald Reagan, he is attacking their flawed claim of justice—Marxism—by which they deem to rule millions against their will…. … Read the…

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