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Irrepressible Trump Has Curbed GOP's Enthusiasm
November 20, 2017
Whether Donald J. Trump closes his presidential
experimental-gig resigning, impeached or misgoverning the entire 4-year
term, he is a sure bet to enter America’s history books as an
embarrassment to a nation and to the electorate that put him in the Oval
Office; also a disgrace to a political party that sold its conservative
ideals for thirty shiny pieces of illusory, legislative hope.
That’s on the praying expectation that Trump’s unskilled jugglery of US
foreign policy is firmly kept in check against any possible attacks of
madness. I believe many, if not most of us are really afraid to ask
whether our government in Washington has the necessary “fool-proof”
safeguards-in-place to prevent a nuclear holocaust.
And lacking an answer to that unasked question, here is the ultimate
survival concern: Can Americans feel safe and secure if they have to
place their trust solely on the chivalrous efforts of a couple, or
three, 4-star generals? Yes, generals who might be
honorably-intentioned but are part of a questionable military that has
yet to win a war in seven decades, notwithstanding Ronald Reagan’s truly
comical episode in Grenada.
Publically we are told that the
President of the United States, as Commander-in-Chief, has “the one and
only finger” on the nuclear button, the Gold Codes that could send us
all, prematurely, either to a believers’ godly paradise; or, for
non-believers to a limbo of dusty-smithereens. Yet we flaunt our system
of government… where our most precious freedom, that to be alive – our
very existence, depends on an elected rabid unicorn.
mark a year from the time Trump was elected, my journalist-friend from
India’s dictum of a year ago reverberates ever more strongly, to the
point of muffling any possible denial to the sad fact that Americans are
finally getting their just deserts… to the point one-third of the
nation, representing his combo Republican-Populist base, is willing to
self-immolate, politically, if by so doing they perform surgical revenge
on the other two-thirds.
Republicans’ ugly nuptials with
narcissist Trump in order to bring to term a gluttonous, capitalist baby
are bringing about a honeymoon lacking intimacy. A hopeful demolishing
of Obamacare has not had so far the required legislative wrecking ball,
and a new round of wealth re-distribution, from poor to rich, does not
augur well for the unlikely couple… not while there might still be moral
concern and civic decency in a handful of GOP senators. That, of
course, remains to be seen.
But if personally or domestically
things are not going well for Trump – with Muller’s investigation
gaining momentum and key conservative legislation so far a total bust,
in the international arena success follows in parallel. Despite the
president’s claim that his recent trip to Asia was a “tremendous
success” [in Trump’s never-ending use-misuse of superlatives, tremendous
tops his list in the size-spectrum since he’s yet to discover gargantuan
given his lack of curiosity for the literary] claiming that now he is in
charge “America is back”; the reality that actually occurred in this
trip is quite different.
If during this 5-nation visit he was
given the courtesies afforded the leader of a major, important nation,
such ceremonial adulation should not be confused either with direct or
even indirect success for US foreign policy, politically or
In his 20-minute post-trip briefing, Trump claimed
credit for unifying the world against North Korea’s nuclear program;
also an implied authorship in the paving of a “free and open
Indo-Pacific”; and a call for US reciprocal trade relations with the
In truth, if you read the accounts of what took
place from the press of the visited countries the differences grow from
extensive to drastic.
In the economic realm, the creation of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership trade zone in the Pacific Rim by 11 friendly
nations, but sans the US, basically summarizes the economic component…
where the US had no role. In the political arena, and the defiance by
Pyongyang to continue with its fast-track program of
regime-survival-through-nuclear-might, only China’s Xi Jinping offered a
reasonable proposition to defuse the crisis with North Korea. The
proposition: a direct and simple quid-pro-quo, in this case a
“freeze-for-freeze,” where North Korea stops its nuclear and missile
development, and the US and its allies rein in military exercises in
their Korean peninsula front yard. That, of course, is something
rejected a priori by the Pentagon.
To some of us, this trip
yielded a much different reality than that being portrayed by Trump.
China’s Xi Jinping shines next to our elected charlatan in both smarts
and demeanor, giving us a precursory sign that the fate of the American
empire has been written, perhaps giving entrance to smaller regional
empires without hegemonic global ambitions, China and Russia logical
present heirs in the coming power-division.
And that brings us
to the Republican Party and its trials and tribulations with Trump. The
enthusiasm the GOP had last January as President Trump was given the
reins of the nation is continually diminishing, converting it into a
mirage from a hopeful past.
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