Full of Sound but Lacking in Fury

A critique of the Trump Administration one year in.


Alexander Thorp

George Crooks, ’19, taken by Alexander Thorp

In the course of our relatively brief democracy, we have not seen anything quite like this. This country has been privy to its own slew of political scandals, underminings of democracy, and even a civil war. What makes the Trump presidency one year on so remarkable is the sheer level of inefficiency that seems embedded in Trump and his cabinet.

When one takes a look at the actual impact of the Trump administration, it appears to have served as more of a wakeup call for most Americans than a long-term political upset. In the months following the election, streets filled with the angry voices of protesters and traffic was blocked by the masses coagulating in ways unwitnessed since the Vietnam War. Trump’s mere election was a defibrillator to the spirit of left-wing America. From socialists to climate scientists to dreamers, people came from every corner in protest of this self proclaimed unifier.

Damage is hard to undo, but we don’t have much choice.

It would be remiss to leave out the effect that President Trump is having on the economic landscape and the way in which the White House interacts with the media, and in turn, the public. For every five domestic and foreign blunders, President Trump has rolled back regulations or widened the gap between his White House and the delivery of the truth even further. The full effect of the Trump presidency will lie in how the public responds to him. Should we have the wherewithal to tackle everything that President Trump is and the causes for Trump’s presidency, then we as a generation could get us in line with the rest of the world, in steady progress. Damage is hard to undo, but we don’t have much choice.