|The Return of a Rhetorical Presidency|
In the article From Gilded Age to Progressive Era on this blog on November 18, 2009, the following prediction was made:
We can see that the Gilded Age was replaced by a much more confident and progressive era in US national and political life. This is consistent with the major planetary periods of the time. The national life in the USA since the 1980s has been characterised by great economic progress, with notable advances in communications infrastructure. However, imbalances, financial panics and social tensions have also been there. The forthcoming periods of the Sun (April 2016 - April 2022), Moon (- April 2032) and Mars (- April 2039) indicate that the US will experience a return to considerable progress in the national life during these periods, associated with policies that lead to a reduction in tensions over inequality or injustices, consistent with earlier such periods in the national life.
In this article, let´s review the similarity of the Sun periods in SAMAVA USA chart, in terms of the views of historians about the first Progressive Era (1896-1919) and how President Trump's policies (2016-) are in alignment with progressive reforms. What they have in common is reforms aimed at making society more just and vigorous. This idea is well encapsulated in the phrase "from poverty to prosperity", which was made by President Trump at a rally in Michigan yesterday. Like Presidents McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft before him, President Trump is proving to be a "rhetorical President". This is testament is to the role of a strong leader, especially in the Sun period.
The rise of the “rhetorical presidency” in the early 1900s is widely seen as a pivotal development of that office. According to the original rhetorical presidency theory, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson diverged from the traditional mode of presidential leadership and guided the institution in a starkly different, more visible, and popular direction rooted in public speaking. While Roosevelt and Wilson are certainly worthy of the attention they have received in transforming the office, William McKinley’s status as a key player in the development of the rhetorical presidency has been overlooked.