Tom Ross
2 min readMay 3, 2024

A Stress Test on the Founding Principles of America

In the grand saga of American history, there have been leaders who embodied the noble ideals upon which this great nation was built. And then, there’s Donald J. Trump – the stress test America never knew it needed.

Thomas Paine once famously remarked, "These are the times that try men's souls." Well, move over, Paine, because Trump's reign has been a marathon of soul-trials, a stress test that would make the founding fathers question the very fabric of their creation.

Thomas Jefferson envisioned a nation of enlightened citizens, guided by reason and governed by the will of the people. Yet, under Trump's rule, we've witnessed a reality TV spectacle that would make even the most cynical of philosophers question the enlightenment of the masses.

George Washington, the father of our nation, warned against the dangers of foreign influence and the corrosive effects of factionalism. But with Trump, we've seen cozying up to dictators, blatant disregard for democratic norms, and a level of divisiveness that would make even the most partisan of Founding Fathers cringe.

Let's not forget the words of wisdom from the man himself, George Washington, who said, "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." Well, Trump's brand of patriotism often seems more like a parody, with flag-waving antics and Twitter tirades that would make even the most fervent nationalist question their allegiance.

So, as we reflect on the legacy of Trump, let us remember him not just as a president, but as a stress test – a harsh reminder of the fragility of our democracy and the enduring importance of the principles upon which it was founded. And in the immortal words of the founding fathers, "God bless America, and may He help us survive the stress test that is Trump."