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Gary Horton | Healthy Democracy and Transparency Go Hand in Hand

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15.01.2020

“We have been, I have been the most transparent president and administration in the history of the country by far.” So said Donald Trump back in April 2019 – as he has similarly riffed throughout all his presidency.

I don’t know how Trump does it. Trump has achieved a lock-hold on at least 30% of the American electorate, and they believe, almost to each syllable, every word he speaks. Trump doesn’t disclose anything, doesn’t provide evidence or facts. Donald Trump is a master-manipulator’s manipulator. Anything is believed, with no disclosure necessary.

For the other 70% of Americans still clear-thinking, the topic of transparency in the Trump administration is paramount.

It’s our money he’s spending. It’s our future he’s determining. It’s our budget he’s blowing – with a trillion-dollar deficit. And it’s our country’s reputation many feel he’s trashing.

In our democracy, we’re supposed to be engaged, and we’re supposed to know what the people’s elected representatives are up to.

There are few actual grounds for presidential secrets. Military secrets and high diplomatic negotiations are rightfully so. Even in these situations, select members of Congress need to know, so as to conduct the proper oversight with which they’ve been charged.

What we’ve instead seen is opposite. Much of what’s happening in Trump’s administration remains out of sight, with only the tiniest windows providing illuminating light.

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