Why Democrats Shouldn’t Try to Beat Trump at His Own Game
The politics of fear can’t solve the challenges of our time.
U.S. politics seems to be consumed by fear, from terrorists and rising superpowers abroad to immigration worries and rapacious corporations at home. These are serious problems, and Americans should expect their leaders to work to calm the public and offer solutions. All too often, however, candidates and elected officials — none more so than President Trump — find it easier to pump up hysteria for political gain.
As the 2020 campaign heats up, it would be a mistake to try to out-duel Trump in this politics of fear. Instead, Americans must demand leadership that is driven by confidence, perspective, optimism, wisdom and resolve — leadership, in other words, that resembles that of a very different sort of Republican president: Dwight D. Eisenhower.