On Thursday, July 28, the Democratic Nominating Convention ended and the two major candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election had been chosen. The next day the Presidential Campaign was officially on.
In certain respects Donald Trump is a unique candidate. There has never been another one like him. Basically he is a bastion of ignorance with no idea of the responsibilities involved in being President of the United States. His experience has been landlord, presumably setting racial boundaries to whom he rented, builder of hotels, casinos, and other types of structures where he has never fully paid his contractors, and TV performer, where his favorite statement, which he proudly copyrighted, was “You’re fired!.” His business record, which is well documented, is pathetic, rich in bankruptcies, lawsuits, and nonpayment of bills. He seems to see the presidency as an extension of himself and his nefarious methods. If he were to extend those principles as President he would destroy the creditability of the United States.
Vladimir Putin, the current President of Russia, seems to want to gradually stretch Russia’s boundaries to where they were during the era of The Soviet Union. Trump’s attitude toward foreign policy would legitimize Putin’s intrusions into Ukraine and other possible areas.
There have been numerous bizarre incidents with Trump, some of which make no sense at all. First off, during the Republican Convention, Trump began laying the groundwork for his dealing with both enemy and allied nations. He did this by making blanket statements to the press, stating that our allies in NATO were not paying their fair share and that when he were President he would see that their contributions of money was generously increased. Actually I got the impression that he would charge our allies for the use of the American military to the point of making a profit. This would enable him to increase military expenditures without having the U.S. pay for the increase. (Shades of Napoleon Bonaparte, having your so-called allies pay for your use of the military.)
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, would love to see Trump as President of the U.S. Trump has indicated that as President he would legitimize Russia’s take-over of parts of the Ukraine. Putin has called Trump a genius and Trump has verbally admired Putin. Russians hacked the Democratic National Committees emails and had them published just as the Democratic Convention began. Was this an accident by Russian hackers or was it a plot to discredit the DNC? Take your choice.
In addition Trump has numerously stated that (1) he will renegotiate all foreign trade deals, (2) charge a 35% tariff on all goods produced by American companies that are manufacturing goods overseas, (3) renegotiate the United Nations anti-atomic development treaty with Iran in which the United States was one of the many participants. (4) He has also objected to paying back Iran the 40 million dollars that the U.S. government owed Iran. (5) Trump has promised to bring coal mining on a large scale back to West Virginia.
If we think back thirty or thirty-five years ago, it was then argued that U.S. companies, usually in base industries, were moving overseas and it was vehemently stated by many people that these companies should keep these jobs in the United States. If we go back even earlier it was argued that many companies in the North or Northwest were moving to Puerto Rico or the Southern United States where there was no tradition of unions. Of course, eventually they would become unionized. The problem then or the solution for the companies was that the result of moving these industries considerably cut the cost of production of goods and kept these companies competitive. This would be true at first in the Southern States and Puerto Rico and later when the moved companies had become unionized and labor costs had risen; they would move overseas. The cost then in keeping one of these companies at first in the North or Northwest and later in the Southern U.S. and Puerto Rico was in the thousands of dollars per worker in terms of the cost of the productivity of the worker. If most of these companies were to stay competitive they had to reduce their costs.
There were and still are, of course, vulture capitalists, financial businesses like Bane Capital that will take over profitable companies and transfer the factories overseas to make them far more profitable. Mitt Romney, while he was running for the presidency in 2012, invested millions with the former company he had chaired. They bought control of an American factory, brought workers over from China to learn how to handle the machinery, then packed everything up and moved the factory to China, leaving all the former employees unemployed. Their profits, even with transportation included, increased well over four times what it had been.
Trump wants to renegotiate all the foreign trade treaties that the United States has signed with other nations. Attempting to renegotiate all the trade treaties signed over the last twenty-five years would probably terminate most if not all of them and generate Tariff Wars such as existed in the 1930s during the era of the Great Depression. The result would be to limit trade between nations and raise the prices of a high percentage of the goods and services sold, making most people a lot poorer.
A 35% tariff on goods produced by American companies overseas would be unconstitutional. We have ‘due process” in the Constitution, which means everybody is to be treated equally. Trump could not pick on specific companies to punish. Besides, most major companies are today international. Virtually every automobile produced contains parts that were made both in the U.S. and parts that were manufactured overseas. What specific percentage makes it an American produced automobile? This is true of innumerable products.
In terms of the Iranian U.N Treaty there was Iran on one side and part of the Security Council of the United Nation plus Germany on the other side. The United States is a permanent member of the Security Council. For that matter so is Great Britain, France, China, and Russia. Some smaller states rotated onto the negotiating group. The treaty evolved over a two year period. Iran has strictly adhered to her agreement in the treaty. Upon what grounds could Trump reopen the negotiations? The United States would be outvoted by the other nations that approved the treaty.
The 40 million dollars that the United States repaid Iran was a negotiation that had been going on well before the Iran U.N. Treaty. While the United States was still friendly with Iran during the time of the Shay in the late 1980s the U.S. agreed to sell arms to the Iranian government. Iran paid for those arms in advance. After the revolution, the people in the American embassy there were seized and imprisoned for over a year. The U.S. stopped the arms deal for which it had already been paid. The 40 million dollars was the money that Iran had paid in advance and for which they received nothing. The United States Government has been holding that money since the late 1980s. This, of course, does not count the other funds in American banks that were then frozen and which have continued to be used by the American banks since then. The same thing is true of Cuba and the Castro Revolution in the early 1960s.
Trump has also promised to bring back coal mining to West Virginia. The promise is pure nonsense. The old coal mines, where the miners went underground and dug in tunnels bring up the coal, are long gone. So are mines run by such companies as Massey Energy, which used to have a large number of mines in West Virginia. Instead what coal mining that exists today is done in open pit mining by steam shovels taking out a half ton of coal at a swoop. One man driving a caterpillar does the work of a large number of teams in one day. How could Trump bring back the past?
In addition coal is probably one of the dirtiest and most polluting sources of energy available today. The coal can contain numerous minerals that go up with the smoke. One of the most dangerous of these is sulfur which can mix with water vapor to create a mild form of sulfuric acid that people breathe. There are many cleaner forms of energy available. In terms of health it would be cheaper and healthier to pay the ex-miners a monthly stipend that go back to the extensive use of coal.
What emerges with Trump is that he seems to want to be president but he has spent his life being mostly concerned with Donald Trump and has missed what is going on in the rest of the world. He is largely ignorant or just plain naïve. I hesitate to use the word, stupid. In addition Khizr Khan was probably correct when he said that Donald Trump had probably never read the Constitution. And if he had read it in Jr. High it was so long ago that he didn’t remember it. Many of his statements would indicate an ignorance of the contents of the document.
Trump has called the oncoming election rigged. As far as he is concerned in any area where he doesn’t, according to the polls, have a majority, the election in unfairly rigged toward Hillary Clinton. Because of all this Trump has also called upon many of his followers to volunteer to be poll watchers during the actual election. His language has moved beyond the Republican Party’s call for specific identification requirements. It has revived unfounded claims that the polls are rigged. His warnings have been given in urgent and racially suggestive language. He has implied that the only honest outcome would be his victory.
In addition Trump has suggest that Second Amendment People, gun owners, might take matters in their own hands since the election of Hillary Clinton would result in having their weapons taken away from them.
In Pennsylvania, which has had no Republican presidential candidate since 1988 and Trump is presently well behind Clinton in polls, Trump has stated that he could lose the race there. He wants Republicans to sign up as poll watchers particularly in areas with heavy Black populations. There is concern about voter intimidation. Trump’s comment is that he wants to stop people from voting fifteen times or more. There has been no evidence of voter fraud.
A Trump backer tweeted: “We gonna be watch’n for shenanigans…& haul ya away.” Above the tweet was a photograph of a pickup truck with a cage in the truck bed.
A Pew Research Center survey demonstrated the 51% of Trump’s supporters have little or no confidence in the accuracy of the vote count nationally. They automatically know it will be false if Trump loses.
An advisor to Trump has stated that “We are now living in a fake reality of constructed data and phony polls.” How does he know all this? The answer would be simply by instinct. His reasoning, and also Trump’s, for that matter, would be: ‘It must be so because it is so.’
Trump’s campaign recently started a website urging people to sign up as election watchers. All campaigns generally do this, but the people who do this are required to go through an extensive training program about what crosses the line and becomes intimidation. Trump’s election watchers are not required to do this.
I would like to make a comment about Donald Trump which may or may not be wholly true. Trump basically is an empty vessel that knows himself and how he functions. He has never been interested in anyone or anything else. He sees the world and everyone in it in terms of how he would respond. In his mind he has defined Hillary Clinton’s values and beliefs as if they were his own. Consequently everything she has done, does, or, for that matter, will do, is how he would behave if he were she. To him there is only one value system that is real, his own. Everything he accuses her of doing or believing is a projection of how he would or does behave. And his negative behavior toward the world in general is well documented by his bankruptcies and over 2,500 lawsuits in which he has been involved. In fact he is currently being sued about Trump University. The are three lawsuits coming up, two class action and one by the state of New York. The man is dishonest from his core and imagines the rest of the world has the same perspective of everything.
Lately the man has stated that he has misspoken on several subjects. Outside of the illegal aliens living in the United States, who he was going to round up, all 11 million of them, and kick them out of the U.S. This was a feat that it was estimated would cost four billion dollars over a five to ten year period and would also cut our GDP about ten billion dollars. It seems he misspoke when he called Hispanics all rapists and thieves. He was sorry he said that until Wednesday night, August 31st when he stopped being sorry and stated that he would kick them all out the day he assumed office.
He was also sorry he said other things. But he hasn’t told us what the other things are. This will allow him to flip-flop on anything he’s stated. I thought that he was sorry he mentioned the multi-trillion dollar wall between the U.S. and Mexico but he also changed his mind again about that.
Even Glen Beck, who was dropped from Fox News for being too far on the right,
has verbally stated that Trump is a danger to the United States. *******************************
The November 2016 Election should make for an interesting if not colorful and dramatic Presidential Election!