Trump Divides and Rules – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Trump Divides and Rules – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Opinion - commentary -analysisimagesWhy protest? You can sit and do nothing. They will gradually chip away at your rights while you are busy with other things. Then one day you will wake up to find that the liberties you took for granted are gone, and never to be replaced.

You make some token noises but no one really listens. It is too late. The alternative is to peacefully rise up and let your voice join in a crescendo that advocates for change. The tone in Washington is ugly, incorrect and poisonous and looks likely to get worse. The voices for change are needed more than ever before.  

The seven countries on Trump’s ban list were denied a total of over 100,000 visas. But the Muslim world has remained largely silent on the actions of the US. The reason is that President Donald Trump has neutralized key Muslim countries. He has done so through a combination of self-interest and tough talk.

It is no secret that Trump has major investments in several Muslim countries. But the seven countries on his travel ban list are not among the places where Trump does business. As the protests took place in the United States it is interesting to see the extent to which Trump’s decision may have been motivated by self-interest.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On February 18, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Donald Trump’s presidency ‘likely to be second shortest in history’, says presidential historian

    Author predicts the USA leader will last between 31 and 199 days

    Charlotte England | Independent UK

    Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed.

    Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job “between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841”, who died of pneumonia and the “199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881”, who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin “after terrible suffering and medical malpractice”.

    Even if his time in office is “dragged out”, Professor Feinman predicted that Mr Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850.

    The 20th century American history professor, who recently published a book about the unfortunate fates of USA leaders, added that he thought the “Pence Presidency” was inevitable.

    He was referring to Mr Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, who would take over if Mr Trump was to leave the leadership.

    In a blog post, he added that he thought it was likely that Mr Trump will be impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks.

    His prediction comes shortly after the White House admitted the President was told several weeks ago that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had NOT told the truth about a telephone call with a Russian diplomat.

    The news fuelled broader concerns about his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the role his country may have played in helping Mr Trump’s election.

    Professor Feinman, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University, suggested the businessman turned politician is more generally unsuitable for office.

    “Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behaviour and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness”, he said, citing Mr Trump’s decision to hold a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in a public space within earshot of other people as “a sign of his failure to act responsibly”.

    “The fact that Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in pushing Flynn out is a sign that Pence is already asserting himself with Trump” he said, adding the vice President often appears uncomfortable with Mr Trump’s “freewheeling and careless behaviour”.

    No USA president has ever been successfully impeached, although an attempt was made with Bill Clinton but he was acquitted by the Senate.

    Richard Nixon also resigned before he could be impeached for serious wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal.

  • Clyde Duncan  On February 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

    More Disconcerting Predictions …

    Thomas Hobbes: the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

  • Albert  On February 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Dr. Narine you have done some wonderful research not often seen in the media. Things are moving so fast that printed information quickly becomes old news.

    Where were all these people before the election? I saw figures that said 23% of eligible voters went for Trump, 25% for Clinton and nearly 50% did not vote. Was Trump not an obvious threat before the election. Now we all have to pay for this blatant error. Only God knows what will happen to the country in the next few years.
    One frustrating point is that we the tax payers are paying $10M/week to protect Trump and his family to travel around making money and playing golf.

  • Clyde Duncan  On February 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Miller Time …. Check This Out ….:

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Well said, Dr. Narine.

  • Gigi  On February 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

    There are several major factors that should be looked at:
    1. The seven countries that Trump have PUBLICLY identified are among the countries that the Obama administration had on their list of countries restricting entry because of heightened terrorist risks. America’s ongoing WARS with Muslims the world over has incited intense resentment and hate. America wanted an enemy and it has found one. If it is capable of defeating that enemy is another matter.

    2. A Pew poll of the American public (a random polling of Americans. Not Trump supporters) showed that 58% of the public supported Trump’s ban. A breakdown of the polls showed that the poor and middle-class Americans were more in favor of Trump’s policy versus upper middle-class/10 percenters. What the poll showed was that the poor and middle-class were the groups most affected by immigrants. The poor in terms of job competition, and the middle-class in terms of footing the expenses of these immigrants. The uppers/10 percenters are the ones who benefit through cheap labour.

    3. Trump rightfully mocked hypocritical democrats – crying Shumer and the lot for pretending to care about these immigrants given that their home boy Obama deported more immigrants than any US president. Interesting too, the ICE raids are being conducted in major liberal cities with the largest immigrant populations. So these raids have the FULL support of the individual state govt. Crying Schumer and his cabal are very much in support of these raids. The uppers/10 percenters are in support of immigration providing the immigrants are not housed in valuable real estate areas, which is exactly where most of them are housed. When gentrification is being stalled because of poor immigrants, it makes economic sense to fix the solution by getting rid of the problem.

  • Clyde Duncan  On February 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

    How the media made this Monster: Normalizing Donald Trump and demonizing Hillary Clinton, and it’s not over ….

    Heather Digby Parton | SALON

    Last spring when Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were sewing up their parties’ respective nominations, I wrote about a phenomenon that I could see was going to be a problem going forward:

    Media outlets’ need for “balance” that made them normalize Trump and demonize Clinton.

    The contours of the coming general election were starting to form and what I saw wasn’t healthy. Over time it became downright toxic and the poison still infects our politics now that the presidential election has been decided.

    Throughout the primaries Clinton’s opponent, Bernie Sanders, had declined to attack her about her “damn emails” and he was right to do so. The “email scandal” involves a spurious charge that by having a private server Clinton was guilty of a federal crime, which is ridiculous.

    That belief spawned the execrable chants at Trump rallies of “lock her up” and “Hillary for Prison” and this became Trump’s primary attack against her. It was a very serious charge fraught with baggage that went back more than 20 years when the press demonized her as a “congenital liar” and a criminal (neither of which were true then either.)

    Clinton, meanwhile, was trying to hit a moving target, a man who is thoroughly immoral and corrupt in every way, crudely insulting everyone except his loyal followers until it all seemed to merge into a cartoon caricature that his voters didn’t take seriously.

    His “policy” pronouncements, ranging from calling for building a wall to banning Muslims and from torturing terrorist suspects to killing their families, were cheered on wildly by his fans and reported dutifully in the press as if he were a normal politician offering up his views on a highway bill.

    His myriad business failures were discussed but never put into the context of politics. His plans to keep his businesses going after the election weren’t questioned. His mistreatment of women was covered extensively and then dropped.

    Month after month, Clinton was hammered in the press over the arcane email story with new “tranches” being continuously released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    Then WikiLeaks began dumping the hacked private correspondence from her staff, each new group creating headlines but revealing nothing criminal or even unethical.

    It was a relentless drumbeat that ceased to have any specific meaning early on and instead became a symbol of Clinton’s dishonesty, untrustworthiness and finally her criminality.

    It’s not that the media didn’t vet Trump. It’s that they vetted him badly – in a way that people couldn’t understand. And where CNN and the other networks are concerned, the hours and hours of free airtime, the bending of the rules and the normalizing of his outrageous campaign rhetoric, which the network honchos admitted was great for ratings, certainly adds up to special treatment.

    But if we thought media outlets had “normalized” Trump before, it was nothing compared with what’s happening now. Media representatives assume that Donald Trump has “pivoted,” which is shorthand for their ongoing assumption that at some point Trump would drop the cretinous imbecile act he uses to entertain the rubes and morph into the intelligent, thoughtful businessman he really is.

    This anticipation of the pivot was a regular feature of the campaign which obviously never actually happened — or ever will. Trump is Trump.

  • Albert  On February 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Gigi:”Poor and middle-class most affected”

    This is very obvious in the South where there is a large majority of poor whites. Clinton’s people obviously underestimated their anger. As an example Kentucky has the largest proportion of whites to other races in the south. It is also one of the poorest. Largely unskilled and poorly educated. Lots of drugs, high crime rate. Poor young whites walk around like beggars. One young white woman said she did two poorly paid jobs but could not make ends meet with her four children.

    This use to be a strong coal mining state now it look in some ways worse than Harlem in the 60’s. These are the groups who are likely to hate immigrants, but with some justification. Would it be a surprise that 80% voted for Trump and his false promises.

  • demerwater  On February 21, 2017 at 5:27 am

    It has been my observation that, as the gap between the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots” increases, some sort of social correction takes place.
    Nationalism and the struggle for Independence by former “Colonies” of the major powers, the rise of “Socialism”, the “Tank Man of Tiananmen Square”, the “Arab Spring” and events like those are evidence of this phenomenon.
    To my mind, the election of Mr. Trump as POTUS is the American attempt to resolve, what has been the “10% / 90%” economic chasm, the “lawful / lawless” stand off and the emerging ability of business to increase profit and share value without “Labor” – traditionally an equal Factor of Production in Economics.
    Full disclosure: I have no facts, figures, charts and graphs to substantiate my observations. I am not an Economist. I am quite open to correction.

  • Albert  On February 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Demerwater…..” the election of Mr. Trump as POTUS is the American attempt to resolve, what has been the “10% / 90%” economic chasm,

    After reading the lecture of Steve Bannon on the other posting I think you may be right. Though Trump might not be the right President in place for such a major change….unless he would merely be a rubber stamp.

    Under Bannon model the social/economic correction in the U.S. would take years.
    Don’t think Americans could take the pain. There would be riots in the cities. Not in the south, there is nothing to burn…glad to be there. Immigration to the US would be drastically cut to reduce spending…..many immigrants add to social costs at least in the short run. Social security most likely would be placed on the stock mkt. and medical care privatized. As usual the poor and middle class would have a long painful future.

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