Saturday, February 27, 2016

Trump Offers Americans a Deal. But Would He Deliver?

Candidate Trump is a salesman who  offers Americans a deal. The deal, essentially, is the "alt. media" agenda, which makes sense, since the alt. media have virtually destroyed the newspaper industry and have seriously eroded the credibility of the corporate online media, Fox News, CNN, the BBC, etc., etc. The triumph of the alt. media over the mouthpieces of the Money Power represents a radical transformation in public opinion, and, as the current US Presidential nomination contests prove, politicians ignore the change at their peril.

What specifically is the deal Trump offers?

On 9/11:
The World Trade Center went down during the reign of George Bush. He kept us safe? That is not safe.

and George Bush had the chance [to kill bin Laden before 9/11] and he didn't listen to the advice of his CIA.
Nine-eleven truth? Not exactly, but close enough for most people.

On George Bush's Iraq war:
They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.
On the destruction of Libya during Hilary Clinton's term as secretary of state:
We would be so much better off if Gaddafi were in charge right now. If ... we had Saddam Hussein and we had Gaddafi in charge, instead of having terrorism all over the place ... You look at Libya right now, ISIS, as we speak, is taking over their oil.
On Russia:
Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along with Russia?”
On Political Correctness:

Political correctnes being V.I. Lenin's term for restraint on free speech, a restraint that, in Russia, culminated in Stalin's terror when a word of complaint about the bread ration during the siege of Leningrad meant summary execution by the NKVD.
I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct... I don't frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either.
On illegal immigration:
America's prisons house 351,000 criminal aliens who committed a crime after having already broken the law by entering American illegally. Making taxpayers pay for 351,000 criminals who should never have been here in the first place is ridiculous. ... And get this: criminal aliens have an average of seven arrests. That's at least seven crimes committed against American citizens by each of these criminals who should never have been allowed to cross our borders.
The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs.
Trump seems not to have spoken of the role of  at least 11 million illegal immigrants in maintaining a roaring underground economy, where minimum wages laws are ignored and taxes are not paid. But this negative impact on American citizens is well understood by those at the bottom of the employment ladder, many of them poor blacks and Hispanics. Trump most likely avoids mention of that issue to avoid being misrepresented as stigmatizing American citizens and legal immigrants of Hispanic origin.

But Trump has spoken often and clearly about Mexico, China and other Third-world nations taking the off-shored jobs of tens of millions of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, or who have abandoned the workforce due to total discouragement.
We need smart negotiators who will serve the interests of American workers – not Wall Street insiders that want to move U.S. manufacturing and investment offshore.
Plus as Trump proposes, a sane corporate tax policy that encourages investment in America versus the Third World.

And that, beside promises to veterans, some bluster about Chinese currency manipulation, and warnings about the danger of Muslim extremism in America, is about it. In summary: no more stupid wars, make deals not war with Russia, end the PC race war against European Americans, stop undercutting American workers by mass illegal immigration plus H1b visa immigrants who take jobs from American-trained tech-sector workers, and combat the offshoring of capital and technology — and the American jobs that go with them — to the sweat shops of the Third World.

But could he deliver? And would he?

In the matter of will: Trump has a huge ego, and to go down in history as the president who conned the people on a gigantic scale is something Trump would surely struggle mightily to avoid. What's more, as a vendor of American real estate and recreational facilities, Trump's wealth depends on the wealth of ordinary Americans, so raising American prosperity is in Trump's interest, unlike that of most American billionaires who are invested in multi-national ventures that profit from exporting American jobs to the cheap labor, low regulation countries of the world (something Trump has not been averse to doing where it serves his interest.)

As to his ability to deliver, a President Trump would begin his term in office with a gigantic moral advantage over the Money Power bankers, hedge funds, and global corporations. He'd have just beaten their propaganda machine, avoided assassination, and grabbed among the most potent levers of political power. The only serious challenge he would face would be from the bought agents of the Money Power sitting in Congress. But those bastards would have realized by then that the Money Power propaganda machine that failed to defeat Trump would likely fail to shield them too if they defied the clearly expressed will of a majority of Americans.

A Trump presidency could well prove to be a carnival of bluster, braggadocio, and useful, if vastly overstated, achievements. But could it turn into a nightmare of nationalistic right-wingism and Hitlerite imperialism?

Anything is possible. But America in 2016 bears no relation to Germany in 1939. Germany, then, was a small and crowded country recently humiliated in war, and surrounded by territories formerly part of Germany that had been taken from Germany under the terms of what was perceived, even by many of Germany's enemies, as an unjust Versailles Treaty. Hitler thus had multiple reasons for war, whereas America has no reason for war other than the lunatic Neo-Con ambition for global empire.

It would not be without precedent if Trump, having won the election, were to entirely reverse his foreign policy position and put America on the path to war. But he would immediately confront the "alt. media" forces that enabled his own rise to power. The push-back would be furious and the outcome further American foreign policy failure and humiliation. In foreing policy, a Trump presidency would, therefore, much more likely be marked by a Reaganite policy of speaking softly while carrying a big stick. And if truly successful, a Donald Trump presidency might well pave the way to an eventual Ivanka Trump Presidential run. If a Bush and a Clinton dynasty, why not a Trump dynasty too?


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