The Problem with Trump Is Voters Elected the Wrong President
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
He was supposed to lose, not win. Hillary claimed it was her turn. It was time to break the glass ceiling and elect a woman as president.
Besides, she claimed, she had lots of experience as first lady/co-president with husband Bill, US senator and secretary of state.
She ignored her deplorable political record only a despot, imperial warrior, and Wall Street crook would admire.
Media scoundrels supported her overwhelmingly, operating as virtual press agents, not journalists, instructing voters on who to back.
Most didn’t listen so things turned out the wrong way, creating political turmoil after Trump’s surprise.
His only redeeming attribute is he’s not Hillary, or at least it seemed during months of campaigning.
After six months in office, he resembles her with a gender difference. There’s plenty about his domestic and geopolitical agenda to criticize, nothing to praise.
Yet he’s denigrated for the wrong reasons, not the right ones, not for escalating naked aggression he escalated, new wars he may launch, his corporate favoritism over social justice, or police state harshness he favors.
The NYT claims he’s “destroying our democracy.” How can he destroy what doesn’t exist. One-party rule with two right wings runs things, each taking turns.
“America is on its way to a full-blown constitutional crisis,” The Times bellowed. How much worse can things get when the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama ignored rule of law principles entirely?
Trump operates the same way, bipartisan neocon infested Congress worst of all. Yet he alone is criticized – not for his actions, because he was supposed to lose, and he’s perceived as anti-establishment.
Whoever heard of an anti-establishment billionaire anywhere, especially in America and other Western societies? They didn’t get super-rich by being good guys, playing by the rules, and operating outside the system.
The Times: “Mr. Trump is willing to deal a major blow to the rule of law — and the American Republic — in order to end an independent investigation into his Russia ties.”
Fact: He’s right calling the investigation a witch-hunt. No evidence suggests he or his team had or have improper or illegal dealings with Russia.
Fact: The investigation involves denigrating and weakening him ahead of trying to oust him from office, easily controllable neocon Pence ready to step in, a fifth column element close to the seat of power.
Trump erred by choosing him. He’d be best served by assigning him minor duties alone, not important ones on the domestic or world stage.
The Times: “Mr. Trump is increasingly emulating the playbook of popularly elected strongmen who have done deep, lasting damage to their countries’ democratic institutions.”
Fact: Trump is pathetically weak. By passing deplorable sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, Congress usurped executive authority, consigning him to a bit geopolitical role on Russia, serving notice they’ll take charge of domestic and geopolitical issues at their discretion, leaving him out of the picture entirely if they wish.
Like or dislike him, it’s a deplorable state of affairs when the president of the world’s richest and most powerful nation is more figurehead than leader.
It suggests his days in office may be numbered. He’s been mostly ineffective so far – other than banning targeted Muslims from entering America, waging endless imperial wars, and exclusively representing monied interests.
The Times: “(T)he only sure way to save the republic is (by) standing up to the president’s authoritarian behavior…today.”
Neocons running things replaced fundamental freedoms with fascist tyranny. Tinkering around the edges can’t change things.
The problem isn’t Trump. It’s the system too debauched to fix. The only solution is nonviolent revolution. Nothing else can work.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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