“Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy”

While it isn’t surprising to see the Washington Post Editorial Board opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy for president the timing and the force with which they have expressed their opposition seems unusual, possibly without precedent.

DONALD J. TRUMP, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome.

The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament.

They detail:

  • He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance.
  • To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions.
  • Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together.
  • His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril.

And they go on to list:

  • Start with experience. It has been 64 years since a major party nominated anyone for president who did not have electoral experience. That experiment turned out pretty well — but Mr. Trump, to put it mildly, is no Dwight David Eisenhower.
  • There is nothing on Mr. Trump’s résumé to suggest he could function successfully in Washington.
  • he displays no curiosity, reads no books and appears to believe he needs no advice. In fact, what makes Mr. Trump so unusual is his combination of extreme neediness and unbridled arrogance. He is desperate for affirmation but contemptuous of other views. He also is contemptuous of fact.
  • Mr. Trump offers no coherence when it comes to policy. In years past, he supported immigration reform, gun control and legal abortion; as candidate, he became a hard-line opponent of all three. Even in the course of the campaign, he has flip-flopped on issues such as whether Muslims should be banned from entering the United States and whether women who have abortions should be punished . Worse than the flip-flops is the absence of any substance in his agenda. Existing trade deals are “stupid,” but Mr. Trump does not say how they could be improved. The Islamic State must be destroyed, but the candidate offers no strategy for doing so. Eleven million undocumented immigrants must be deported, but Mr. Trump does not tell us how he would accomplish this legally or practically.
  • What the candidate does offer is a series of prejudices and gut feelings, most of them erroneous.
  • The Trump litany of victimization has resonated with many Americans whose economic prospects have stagnated. They deserve a serious champion, and the challenges of inequality and slow wage growth deserve a serious response. But Mr. Trump has nothing positive to offer, only scapegoats and dark conspiracy theories.
  • Mr. Trump speaks blithely of abandoning NATO, encouraging more nations to obtain nuclear weapons and cozying up to dictators who in fact wish the United States nothing but harm. Republicans…put forward a candidate who mimics the vilest propaganda of authoritarian adversaries about how terrible the United States is and how unfit it is to lecture others. He has made clear that he would drop allies without a second thought. The consequences to global security could be disastrous.
  • Most alarming is Mr. Trump’s contempt for the Constitution and the unwritten democratic norms upon which our system depends. He doesn’t know what is in the nation’s founding document. When asked by a member of Congress about Article I, which enumerates congressional powers, the candidate responded, “I am going to abide by the Constitution whether it’s number 1, number 2, number 12, number 9.” The charter has seven articles.
  • he doesn’t seem to care about its limitations on executive power. He has threatened that those who criticize him will suffer when he is president. He has vowed to torture suspected terrorists and bomb their innocent relatives, no matter the illegality of either act. He has vowed to constrict the independent press. He went after a judge whose rulings angered him, exacerbating his contempt for the independence of the judiciary by insisting that the judge should be disqualified because of his Mexican heritage. Mr. Trump has encouraged and celebrated violence at his rallies.
  • Mr. Trump campaigns by insult and denigration, insinuation and wild accusation.

According to WaPo Trump is the worst of the worst.

The party’s failure of judgment leaves the nation’s future where it belongs, in the hands of voters.

Many Americans do not like either candidate this year . We have criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the past and will do so again when warranted. But we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution.

Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger.

I acknowledge that many people, including some in New Zealand and regulars here at Your NZ, see Trump as a refreshing alternative to establishment politics and power in the US and think that he could do great things.

But like the Washington Post I have serious concerns about his playing to populist prejudice, his lack of experience, his lack of substance, and his international threats that could put the world at risk.

Democracy has it’s strengths, especially when compared to the alternatives.

But democracy in the US, in an overreaction to a corrupted, money and business dominated clique) risks making a farce of itself and threatening the stability and well being of the democratic world.


Editorial: Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

Transcript: Donald Trump’s interview with The Washington Post editorial board

 

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  1. artcroft

     /  23rd July 2016

    A clear and succinct explanation of all that is wrong with Trump. I struggle to understand how anyone can support a candidate who offers these incredible proposals i.e the wall but can’t explain its funding or delivery.

    Trump’s lying. The only thing we know for sure is what he won’t do i.e build the wall (its impossible). So what will he do. No one knows. Not even Trump I reckon.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd July 2016

      Need to get the size down …

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      • Gezza

         /  23rd July 2016

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  23rd July 2016

          Well, if someone sends their pet gorilla on stage to take the lectern when Donald Trump is supposed to be there, he must expect Herr Trump to react with annoyance when he turns up and sees this. Poor gorilla-he couldn’t have known what he was being set up to do. Trump could have just called for security rather than using violence.

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      • Gezza

         /  23rd July 2016

        :/ Downticking that?</i? Anyone seen Blazer or Iceberg yet? o_O

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd July 2016

          Need to get the size down …
          0 1 Rate This

          Soz about the html fail. It was that one I meant. But never mind. I see one of them’s just arrived.
          11.52am

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd July 2016

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  23rd July 2016

            Be thankful that if we forget to put in, it doesn’t send the rest of the page into italics as happened with one website I used.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  23rd July 2016

          Or has anyone seen Lurch ?

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd July 2016

            Yes. From a distance. In a video he posted here somewhere. He was running around with his dog. You can probably google & find it.

            Why? Have you been asked to provide a description? o_O

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  23rd July 2016

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    • David

       /  23rd July 2016

      “A clear and succinct explanation of all that is wrong with Trump. I struggle to understand how anyone can support a candidate who offers these incredible proposals i.e the wall but can’t explain its funding or delivery.”

      Because the other choice is Hillary.

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      • “Because the other choice is Hillary.”

        Yes, the US face a double barrelled problem. I don’t think Hilary is as big a risk as Trump as president but it is substantial unpopularity of her that makes President Trump a real possibility.

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      • artcroft

         /  23rd July 2016

        “Because the other choice is Hillary.”

        You’ll have to elaborate exactly why Hills is so bad. Is it because she created ISIS through the misuse of her Gmail account? She’s been Foreign secretary and the world didn’t end. She’ll be at least an adequate president.

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        • David

           /  23rd July 2016

          She is the only presidential candidate who lies more than Trump.

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          • artcroft

             /  23rd July 2016

            That’s just another unsupported assertion. Got evidence.

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            • David

               /  23rd July 2016

              Are you for real? What evidence do you want exactly? Every instance where she has been proven to be lying, or just the instances where she proved her own lying in the same sentence? How about her ‘all rape survivors must be believed”? Or her amazing return on pork bellies, $1000 into $100,000 in 10 months?

              Her is a taster…..

            • Corky

               /  23rd July 2016

              This women woild need a bed configured to 180 degrees. What a bullshit artist.

            • Lets not forget that her potential secretary of state would be Victoria “F*ck th E.U.” Nuland.

              04.03.2015 Author: Henry Kamens
              Victoria Nuland’s “Secret” Coup d’etat in Georgia
              http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/04/victoria-nuland-s-secret-coup-d-etat-in-georgia/

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  23rd July 2016

          Do you think Obama has been an adequate President? He looks tired, defeated and without ambition. I can’t imagine Hillary doing any better – and probably not as well. Neither could Americans which is why she lost to Obama.

          Probably enough Americans now want a doer rather than a talker to give Trump the victory.

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          • artcroft

             /  23rd July 2016

            Obama got healthcare reform through (Repubs couldn’t even come up with a counter-proposal, just obstruction). He negotiated with Iran and in doing so avoided a war. I’m not sure what the repubs wanted here (maybe war – its good for weapons sales). The US economy is doing better than Europe and is at least growing. Obama enjoys 50% approval ratings.

            Sure times are still tough but Trump is not the answer.

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    • Corky

       /  23rd July 2016

      Lets chew some baccy, Arty. And have a talk. First, democracy in America; there’s little, but the window dressing is fine. Limitations on executive power? There’s none.The president can circumvent that in a number of ways. When worst comes to worst, the Prez asks not to be told what remedial actions will be taken to solve a particular problem.

      So back to Trump. He would be a blunt instrument of change, for better or worse. Americans would then have a gauge to judge all future politicians by. Sure, there are risks…..but life is movement, stagnation is death. Are you telling me, Arty, Hillary can save the Western world?
      Does a gun slinger face-off with an un-oiled six shooter in his holster? Does Hillary even know she has been called out? Do you really want four more years of the present global situation? Will Hillary beat Obamas score for condolence messages?

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      • artcroft

         /  23rd July 2016

        OK lets talk. Tell me Corky what would Trump do – seeing, as you say, he would have unlimited power under a weak American Constitution.

        Reforming of US politics is long overdue but will Trump positively reform it or just pull the house down. Hilary is not an agent of reform but is better than whatever Trump offers.

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        • Corky

           /  23rd July 2016

          While the Prez may have unlimited power, he must exercise that power with extreme prudence. For example, Obama, wouldn’t dare try to circumvent the 2nd constitution amendment unless he had a death wish. But read below, nothing is set in stone.

          http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425156/second-amendment-repeal-gun-rights-supreme-court

          Quote- ”A Democratic president can use his or her left-wing bureaucracy to implement a host of regulations without an act of Congress and then veto any legislative effort to undo his or her reforms.”

          As for Trump. What would he do? Wrong question. More like, he has no choice but to carry through with his promises.. Balking on his promises would utterly destroy him. Don’t forget people from the far-right down to Grandpa Sam want action and results.

          1- Build the wall and stop Muslim immigration.
          2- Revert to isolationist policies, with American trade first.
          3- Kill ISIS. Kill all Muslim organisations that attack America.
          4- Global warm doesn’t exist.
          5- Tax breaks to kick start the economy- 35 % corporate tax rate, give me a break.

          Arty:

          ”Reforming of US politics is long overdue but will Trump positively reform it or just pull the house down.”

          Now that’s the gamble. He will either sink America, or earn global respect for a course of action that stabilises America and the west.

          However, all this is predicated on Trump being alive. I believe he will be assassinated should he become president of the US.

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd July 2016

            On the other hand, he might just have the bad luck to be struck by lightning … it does happen to people ya know Corky:

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  23rd July 2016

              Someone has spraypainted a neat black ‘mute’ sign on his pavement star. Well done, unknown artist.I hope that it’s paint that can’t be removed without leaving traces.

          • David

             /  24th July 2016

            “While the Prez may have unlimited power,”

            He/She doesn’t. Presidential power is specifically intended to be limited. Obama’s subversion of this is what opens the door for some seriously bad things.

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  2. David

     /  23rd July 2016

    i am looking at Trump Tower out of my hotel room, 36 degrees here in NYC and to be honest there appears to be more concern about Trump in NZ than there does here.
    interesting watching his daughters speech about womens rights given he employs more female executives than males and here women get 6 weeks unpaid maternity. His children gave quite brilliant speeches.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd July 2016

      So did Melania

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    • artcroft

       /  23rd July 2016

      So your betting Secretary of Defence Ivanka Trump will sort ISIS “extremely quickly”. While Secretary of Homeland Security Tiffany Trump deports those 11 million illegals within a year. And that Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Melania Trump ensures it all goes down legal. 😉

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    • David

       /  23rd July 2016

      Ivanka will be the first female president of the US.

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    • Corky

       /  23rd July 2016

      “I am looking at Trump Tower out of my hotel room, 36 degrees here in NYC”
      Lol…good on ya, Dave. Might pay to sack your weatherman.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd July 2016

        I should think so, or turn up the aircon, it’s 29 according to the NYC forecast.

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  3. Pete Kane

     /  23rd July 2016

    I think a Trump heart attack (post November) maybe a greater threat to ‘democracy’, full stop.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd July 2016

      You can’t have a medical condition in an organ that you don’t possess.

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      • Pete Kane

         /  23rd July 2016

        I’m not sure these guys are that big on logic Ms Kitty (let alone science). And I say that as someone who does attend a Christian Church (but not exactly their kind).

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  4. David

     /  23rd July 2016

    “His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.”

    How does he differ from Hillary or Obama in this regard? Obama has done more to damage the limits of constitutional power than any previous president. Trump or Hillary will both just pick up where he left off.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd July 2016

    I think the incredibly prejudiced and slanderous stance of the WP, NYT, WSJ, HP, Salon, New Yorker establishment is a far greater threat to democracy than Trump who is simply going out and winning votes democratically by talking to people. Their incessant, unrelenting attacks on him most often don’t stand up to critical examination and generate their own backlash from the public who rightly wonder what is motivating this amazing hatred and hugely funded campaign.

    I’m a simple soul who thinks that over the top personal attacks in lieu of a genuine case reveal serious weakness, desperation and most likely an unjustifiable position. I don’t think Trump is a superman. I certainly don’t agree with all his policies but I’m sure he won’t be as bad a president as his opponents say or as good as his supporters hope. I think he will win though nothing is sure in politics. I just think Clinton and the Left deserve to lose given their vile tactics and behaviour as demonstrated by their tame media. I don’t want to see those kinds of people retaining power so I hope he does win.

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    • David

       /  23rd July 2016

      A very large part of Trumps success is the result of that relentless attack by the media. Many people have less trust in those media outlets than they do in Trump and see the attacks as proof Trump is their guy, not just another political stooge.

      Trump is also quite masterful at using this effect. Mrs Trumps speech was the latest example of just how good he is at this.

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    • artcroft

       /  23rd July 2016

      So your happy with Trumps attacks on a Federal Judge as unfit for the job because of his Mexican heritage?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd July 2016

        I think it is an entirely fair question whether that allows him to be an impartial judge of a lawsuit against Trump given the depth of the political hysteria about Trump’s Mexican wall. Judges have recused themselves for a lot less than that.

        As this one would certainly have to:
        http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN0ZT22C

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        • artcroft

           /  23rd July 2016

          On that logic if Hone (w****m*****f***’s) Harawira ever ended up in front of a judge he would demand a pakeha judge recuse him or herself from the case as being unable to rule impartially. And you would agree?

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    • MaureenW

       /  23rd July 2016

      I can’t recall anything similar in the past. It seems that all the news media and the tv talk shows have colluded to do this “crazy Trump” thing. Can you remember any similarity in the past Alan?

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  6. Zedd

     /  23rd July 2016

    It sounds increasingly like the ‘GOP masters’ think Drumpf is a ‘usurper’ who does not represent their traditional values.. BUT has used his ‘celebrity’ to fool the majority into believing his every utterance !

    I think it used to be called ‘spell binder’ OR ‘dream weaver’ OR maybe just MASS HYPNOSIS ?? :/

    I heard that, if you repeat something often enough.. many will start to believe, even the most incredible B-S 😦

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    • David

       /  23rd July 2016

      Very few people believe Trump. Very few people who will vote for Trump believe him.

      They just believe that he will act in their interests far more than the other options.

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      • Iceberg

         /  23rd July 2016

        No one believes the candidates anymore. They all tell lies. Remember the one who was bugging his opponents offices, or the one who was rooting the interns, or the one who invaded another country on lies?

        Trump hasn’t done any of that yet, and they’re still hating on him. Well, the interns bit is probably arguable.

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    • Zedd

       /  23rd July 2016

      I just closed my eyes again
      climbed aboard the dream weaver train
      driver take away my worries of today
      & leave tomorrow behind.. Ohhh Dream Weaver

      Fly me high through the starry skies
      maybe to an astral plane
      ‘cross the highways of FANTASY
      Help me forget today’s pain.. Ohhh D-W

      Though the dawn maybe coming soon…

      (by Gary Wright.. not Drumpf)

      Very apt, to I&I 🙂

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  23rd July 2016

      You deeply misunderstand the average American voter. These people have spent their lives bombarded by advertising. They understand hyperbole and wish fulfilment. They don’t take Trump literally but they hook into his spirit and sentiment. At a deeper level than literal legalistic contracts they figure he is going to do something for them rather than the privileged elite who pamper themselves at the taxpayers’ expense in Washington and New York.

      It’s that simple.

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      • Gezza

         /  23rd July 2016

        You deeply misunderstand the average American voter. These people have spent their lives bombarded by advertising. They understand hyperbole and wish fulfilment.

        1. The ordinary, average American voter doesn’t actually get to vote for who becomes their President.

        2. Because the’ve spent their life being bombarded by advertising they don’t know their arse from their elbow & many of them have no clue where Afghanistan even is or what they had for breakfast but they’d recognise Kim Kardashian & Taylor Swift immediately.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  23rd July 2016

          They do know what they had for breakfast. It was a steak, just like lunch and dinner.

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd July 2016

            XD The QEII Park Marine Memorial to the 10 US Navy personnel drowned off Whareroa Beach near Paekakariki, during Marine landing craft attack training in Winter seas on 20 June 1943, notes that the Marines hated eating eating New Zealand lamb & were always hanging out for US beef. They called our NZ lamb that the locals supplied their cooks plentifully with ‘god-damned mountain-goat’!.

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  7. Kevin

     /  23rd July 2016

    They probably said the same thing about Reagan.

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    • Zedd

       /  23rd July 2016

      definite similarities ! :/

      & Ms May looks like Maggie Thatcher ?

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    • David

       /  23rd July 2016

      Mostly they called Reagen a simpleton who didn’t have the nuance needed for dealing with the Soviets. The sophisticates didn’t have it right then.

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  8. Zedd

     /  23rd July 2016

    there’s an old saying; ‘what goes around.. comes around’ (in ever diminishing circles) 😀

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  9. Zedd

     /  23rd July 2016

    what gets me.. Drumpf’s look of TOTAL contempt.. towards his opponents BUT also his ‘supporters’.. “just wait until I get my hands on the levers of power.. then see what awaits y’all !!!” 😦

    OH DEAR… :/

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  10. What all of the comments on this subject have in common is what I consider to be a lack of real understanding of the dynamics of politics in the USA. US citizens are different to Kiwis in a couple of fundamental ways. The most important difference is that we do not see ourselves taking on a global leadership role. The Left/Feminist/Gay movements in New Zealand will be dismayed when the inevitable happens and Helen is cast out of the Global leadership role she is trying to achieve. This will happen because global leaders do not want a controller in charge and are looking for a much more malleable person than Helen to be Sec Gen UN. (And not a question of competence in the role). This to me illustrates the gap in Kiwi understanding of Global political leadership as opposed to the US position which has a history of super power leadership since WW2. The other difference between the US and NZ is obvious, NZ is entirely dependent on overseas trade access for its economic well being. The US could retreat into isolationism, as it has done before, and still have a viable economy because size does matter. The logistic difference is between the US having internal lines of communication and NZ being reliant on (costly) external lines of communication. I actually think the election is for Trump to lose, rather than Clinton to win.

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  11. Zedd

     /  23rd July 2016

    @bjm

    I tend to agree.. BUT I just sez wot I&I seez..

    ‘Knowledge is power’ unfortunately most of the ‘knowledge’ we are fed, is often MISINFORMATION & half-truths, to fit certain propaganda agendas !?

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  12. Turkish coup rumour source was msnbc producer Kyle Griffin, and the CIA’s Fethulah Gulen was the source of the self coup rumour.

    http://forum.clonehost.net/topic/28/attempted-coup-in-turkey/8

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  13. You can not stand for the Presidency of the USA with out billions of dollars worth of support behind you. So you need to be rich in your own right or have the support of BIG (US) MONEY. If you have that support, you have a chance of being elected, but without it, forget the possibility of being President. Supporting evidence -read the Recent Political and Economic History of the USA. Of course once elected you will be beholden to BIG MONEY that you will need to ensure your plans get accepted by the House and Congress. It seems to be an accepted fact that there are many US citizens who are fed up with income disparities, low wages, privilege being exercised by the few at the expense of the many etc etc ad nausiem. So, who is going to have any chance of implementing their Administration’s plan? Clinton or Trump ? Do we follow the money?

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd July 2016

      Seems to me if you stand for President of the United States, you probably have be the kind of person who’ll stand for anything.

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  14. Pete Kane

     /  23rd July 2016

    Certainly no question about NYT and Hillary support (vs anyone). This was so far down the headlines. Although we will see going into this coming week’s convention.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/us/politics/dnc-emails-sanders-clinton.html?ref=politics&_r=0

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  15. Interesting Washington Post comparison between Donald Trump and Dwight D Eisenhower, saying of the latter, “that experiment turned out pretty well.”

    I guess we’re supposed to think the two men are as different as chalk and cheese, or perhaps like a Chipmunk [or Racoon?] compared to an Eagle?

    But men exist and leaders emerge from a milleux. The cream that rises to the top depends on the milk, and the cow being milked. They were or are men of their times.

    Eisenhower certainly was, an exemplary military general, he became 34th President exactly when required in the global milleux of the era … Korea, the Cold War … Post-War American conservatism and expansionism. These were the days of “Honey, I’m home”, Betty Crocker, ‘My Three Sons’ and “FantasyLand, the happiest Kingdom of them all.” Conservative everything … including and perhaps especially politicians and the press? Missile silos.

    ” In the first year of his presidency, he threatened the use of nuclear weapons in an effort to conclude the Korean War; his New Look policy of nuclear deterrence prioritized inexpensive nuclear weapons while reducing funding for conventional military forces. He ordered coups in Iran and Guatemala. Eisenhower gave major aid to help France in Vietnam … Congress agreed to his request in 1955 for the Formosa Resolution, which obliged the U.S. to militarily support the pro-Western Republic of China in Taiwan and continue the isolation of the People’s Republic of China.”

    More telling perhaps in relation to Trump is this, “Eisenhower entered the 1952 presidential race as a Republican to counter the non-interventionism of Senator Robert A. Taft.”

    And so to the new milleux 2016. While war and expansionism, perhaps even blatant U.S. imperialism, still plays a major part, we are accustomed to it now. No-one’s really protesting. The real ‘war’ today is economic and based around neoliberal ideology; capitalism, free trade, globalisation. Neoliberalism has “brought the situation upon itself” in much the same way America’s militarism had in 1952; but Oh Lordy how things have changed in Yankee Doodle Dandy!?

    “The Free Market” has wrought a mainly liberal media, where standards don’t matter compared to sales, and the FIIRE economy has robbed America of everything from a ‘middle class’ through a citizen’s individual sense of power to hope for the future. Add immigration into the volatile mix. It’s all about money. The ever decreasing amount available to the common citizen, the ever increasing amount claimed and controlled by the ruling elite …. We all know the story …

    A renegade “Tycoon” is exactly what’s required now – Trump’s not even a ‘Captain of Industry’ – rather than a staid, retired Army General …. and, in true symbolic style, almost to perfection, the tycoon’s “industry” or industries involved are “hotels, casinos, golf courses, the Manhattan neighborhood Riverside South, and numerous other developments, many of which bear his name, including Trump Entertainment Resorts.” FIIRE.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump

    He’s actually the perfect candidate for today, when not only does truth not matter any more, we know there isn’t any truth, only the highest bidder, just as ‘Ike’ was perfect in his day when truth seemed so simple. On behalf of a fearful population, Ike campaigned to continue and expand the ‘war on communism’ – containment – just as, inversely Trump will contain and reverse some of the excesses of neoliberalism on essentially the same platform … fear … in its contemporary forms …

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  16. Trump’s call for a wall should be regarded as an appeal for a return to traditional US isolationism and constitutional democracy as originally defined by the Founding Fathers. It is a figurative symbol of saying we need to shut the door, get our act together and then open for business as normal, what ever that is. I confess I did not see the extent of unrest and suspicion growing in the US about their leadership. but looking back at some of the claims being made about conspiracies such as Obama’s removal of privacy protections, the widening of State surveillance powers, the politicisation of the US Supreme Court, the outrageous compensation cases being pursued in the courts of law, their predilection to punish those who oppose their policies, without reason (its called bullying e.g. NZ anti Nuclear stance), their stance of Might is Right etc etc. But hey as long as I am the little guy in the gang they lead even with my bum showing through torn pants, I am on their side.

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    • I rather like your analysis beejay, although I predict what the American people will receive from Trump on immigration, isolationism and constitutional democracy will be exactly what you’ve described, “a figurative symbol”, ‘The Wall’.

      Sure as Johnny Appleseed can’t lie, I don’t see Trump reversing “removal of privacy protections” or decreasing surveillance – not if he wants to catch Muslims and Mexicans and deport them – ‘unpoliticising’ the Supreme Court – not if he wants to prosecute the Muslims – and, from what I’ve heard, he’s openly threatened to “punish” his political opponents?

      I’m fairly sure ‘Might is Right’ will prevail because U.S. imperialism is too deeply mired in global affairs to “shut the door”, other than figuratively in the form of a really big expensive wall to rival and supercede what the Israelis have got? Something the Mexicans can just sail around and land at Baha or Florida?

      Regards “the little guy in the gang they lead”, maybe we could declare ourselves neutral?

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