Not the right Guy (p2)
Have you ever had to deal with a bully who threatened to do something mean to you if you didn’t do whatever they wanted? In a New York Times article, “The Lesson of Nordstrom: Do Business With the Trumps or Else”, writer Richard W. Painter’s talks about Donald Trump using his political influence to change the free market. Recently, Nordstrom decided to stop selling Ivanka Trump’s clothing line because it wasn’t selling well in stores. Upon hearing the news, Donald Trump took to twitter to criticize the brand’s business decision to remove his daughter’s clothing. Painter points out that “The president’s tweet — posted on his personal account and then re-sent from his White House account — is an act of intimidation”. The whole point of the article is to show people that President Trump is abusing his power in office to influence the free market of America. If your company makes a decision that the conflict with the Trump’s interests, then you live with the constant fear of having the president try to ruin your business. Painter also brings up the war between America and Great Britain. One of the main reasons Americans fought the British Empire was to fight the corrupt relationships between the British government and favored businesses. Comparing Trump to the tyranny of the British Empire makes me question how he will lead our country economically.
I found this article interesting to read because it made me question our Presidents ability to run our country effectively. After seeing Trump’s reaction to Nordstrom, I’m not too sure about Trump continuing to lead America. Painter’s article is persuasive due his usage of ethos and pathos.
When President Trump was sworn into his presidency, he promised to uphold the constitution and everything it stands for. So far, Trump has shown little respect to the laws that are the foundation of our country. When Trump went after Nordstrom he was using his political power to challenge the free market. Painter quotes “Americans have worried about losing freedoms in the Trump administration, including freedom of religion and of the press, as well as the right to be heard by an independent judiciary. We learned this week that free markets are at risk as well”. Reading this quote made me question if Trump will attack every company that doesn’t do business with his family. Not knowing if your own president will protect your constitutional rights is terrifying to me as an active member in society. Painter made me question if Trump is the right leader for the United States.
Another example Painter used appealed to me was his comparison of Trump to the British Empire. He states, “We fought a revolution in part against the mercantilism that prevailed in Britain, where the king and members of Parliament played favorites and people who wanted to ingratiate themselves with the government did business with companies in which powerful politicians had an interest”. Comparing Trump to the British Empire symbolizes everything that America fought so hard against to become a free nation. Having that freedom taken away would ruin everything every American has done to improve their country.
Overall, I think Richard Painter’s article persuaded me because it evoked a logical and an emotional response from me. It made me really think and question Donald Trump’s ability to run our country. The article also made me angry to think that Donald Trump is taking advantage of his position of power to limit the freedoms of others,
Painter, Richard W. “The Lesson of Nordstrom: Do Business With the Trumps or Else.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Feb. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/the-lesson-of-nordstrom-do-business-with-the- trumps-or-else.html?_r=0. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.