All throughout history the older generation has complained about the younger generation. During ancient Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, the older people were complaining that the younger people were disrespectful, and that morality was in decline. In North America, during the days of the Puritans, older people complained that the youth were headed for disaster. They complained about young people’s slang – they used “good bye” instead of “God bless you,” for example. — Norm R. Allen Jr.
The Constitution of the United States established a democracy with clear separation of powers between the three branches of government. Nevertheless, achieving a democracy still depends upon the citizens and certain qualities of the elected officials. This essay examines several famous historical leaders identified as tyrants by noted historians, and describes the common strategies all of them used to gain autocratic power in diverse societies. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is then shown to have applied the same strategies to gain autocratic power in this country.