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Love him or hate him, only a fool could deny the weighty presence of Donald Trump and his capacity to turn our world upside down. Surprisingly, predictions that he would explode like an overinflated hot-air balloon, or be cut to his proper measure by seasoned politicians and an enlightened media, or be intimidated by the enormity of his ignorance in dealing with the complex problems confronting our country have all proven false.
Instead, Trump has proved to be incredibly effective in institutionalizing his whims, perversions and other eccentricities as government policies while the established order is in disarray. At every turn since taking office, he has systematically mocked the checks and balances intended to ensure rational governance—the Constitution, Congress and a free press. How did this happen?
Allow me to offer a possibly plausible explanation for this unfortunate confluence of circumstances. Throughout most of its existence, our nation was driven by market forces that required commonly agreed upon rules of the road to drive the economy and maintain enough of a social safety net to prevent riots. These included ever-improving standards vis-à-vis civil behavior, education and the legal profession, as well as rational health, immigration and workplace practices.