The farewell addresses of two great presidents offers three pieces of sage advice for President Trump if he would take it.
George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, who modeled his farewell address on Washington, gave carefully crafted warnings not just to their presidential successors, but to future generations about the toxic problems of partisanship, debt and military spending.
So far in President Donald Trump’s term, the country is witnessing a level of political warfare the likes of which has not been seen since Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 brought on the secession.
Trump wants to increase military spending, and this probably will increase the national debt.
It remains to be seen if Trump will keep his campaign promises to reduce the national debt and change the way the U.S. military approaches the world, whatever that means.
Our hope is that he will heed the advice of Washington and Eisenhower, but indications are that he will not do that.