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Here’s One Reason Trump Has Been Good for Democracy

February 13, 2017

Make no mistake: President Donald Trump’s policies may end up damaging the United States and bringing instability to the world order. But there is a silver lining. Since democracy is based on a contract between candidates who make promises and voters who believe them, Trump’s willingness to deliver on his campaign platform should be commended – and may have a lasting positive effect if it teaches voters to take rhetoric seriously.

Indeed, during the last presidential campaign, many observers ignored Trump’s vows as pure campaign rhetoric. If elected, they believed, Trump would not...

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