How Trump Enabled China to Dominate the World.

“President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and a transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated the disintegration of world order, further imperiling cooperative efforts.”

I was watching a PBS special about China and its ambitions, and about its growing influence in the world. It had plenty of criticism of China and its domestic and foreign policies. But it did not have a word about the disastrous isolationist policies of the Trump administration that are enabling China to succeed. The US gave up its leadership in the world and just stepped aside, practically inviting China to take over.

“President Donald J. Trump’s abdication of global leadership and a transactional approach to world politics has exacerbated the disintegration of world order, further imperiling cooperative efforts.”

https://www.cfr.org/blog/corrosion-world-order-age-donald-trump

TPP agreement

Asian countries distrust China and wanted this agreement as a way to contain China’s aggressive behaviour.

“TPP afforded clear economic advantages and a template for containing China and addressing its flouting of international trade rules said co-lead author Ian Sheldon, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.

“As the Trump administration retreats from the region by ending US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, China’s Communist leaders are ramping up their globalization efforts and championing the virtues of free trade. In an address last week to the World Economic Forum at Davos, China’s President Xi Jinping likened protectionism to “locking oneself in a dark room” and signaled that China would look to negotiate regional trade deals. “

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2064927/why-trumps-withdrawal-tpp-boon-china

Alienating European allies

“Another interesting insight of the article is that in addition to the negative economic consequences of pulling out of TPP, the U.S. has also alienated key allies through application of tariffs on steel imports from the European Union, Japan and Canada, undermining any multilateral pressure being placed on China.” https://aede.osu.edu/news/us-withdrawal-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-hurts-us-benefits-china

Quitting the Paris agreement

The US clearly gave up leadership to China.

When the news hit the wires, they popped champagne corks in Beijing.

That’s because China is legitimately interested in leading the world in the deployment of and investment in renewable energy. The People’s Republic is currently the world’s largest producer of wind and solar energy and the largest investor in green energy projects. Five of the world’s six largest solar manufacturing companies can be found in China, as well as the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Failed N. Korean policies.

Trump boasts about his friendship with N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But Kim was playing Trump like a fiddle and its acceleration of nuclear arms production while China’s influence there is growing.

The Trump zero sum approach to life.

Global cooperation, working with allies for common goal, and win-win policies are foreign to Trump

All his life he has never trusted anybody, has never had friends, and has never had any mutually beneficial cooperation.

His only principle in life was and still is “winning” Winning at all costs. A zero sum game where if there is a winner – there should be a loser.

And this is his foreign policy, if you can call it a policy. Trump is incapable of working on long term goals. He is driven by impulses.

Now more about China –

The Chinese are not eager to fight. They use a soft approach and soft power.

Money, diplomacy, intimidation. And China has been very successful. In part thanks to Trump’s ineptitude.

China is a de facto superpower and is still one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

It has ambitious and aggressive expansion plans spreading throughout the globe.

It is fast becoming a leader in technology and in green energy.

It’s influence is visible on all continents. The problem of course is China’s totalitarian Communist regime that has created a dystopian and centrally controlled society by using advanced surveillance technology.

And by “helping” other countries with new technology China is trying to collect sensitive technological and political information.

But China is doing what most of communist totalitarian regimes have always been doing. The United States on the other hand failed to keep up its leadership, and has failed to organize and unite world democracies to stop China. And Trump and his administration are solely responsible.

White privilege, defunding and other big words

We need people from all walks of life, all races, all ages and all states to beat Trump. And the extreme rhetoric, demands to destroy everything and then build again sounds good but will lead to defeat and four more years of the Trump nightmare.

What is white privilege?

Am I privileged?

In my old country, the Soviet Union, I knew I was different; I was not quite like other kids since kindergarten.

I knew it in school, summer camp, college, the army.

I knew that I should not apply to certain colleges or jobs because Jews were never accepted there.

I knew it because my white Jewish father was sent to the Gulag and died shortly after he came back after Stalin’s death.

Did I feel privileged then? Go ahead, guess.

Did I feel privileged when I came to the United States? We came with a small child. I was 30 and my wife was 25. It was hard, my English was bad but we never had any doubts about our choice.

White PRIVILEGE.

Privilege definition: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor : prerogative; especially : such a right or immunity attached…

It is a sad fact that racism is alive and well in the United States.

But please don’t generalize and don’t slap the labels on the whole white race.

Rural America.

I wonder if you ask a white coal miner if he feels privileged? Or folks in the deep south – do they feel privileged? I am not sure farmers these days feel much privilege. Rural America?

It is simple to assign the blame to just one source.

White privilege. So how do we fix the issue of “white privilege”?

America has made considerable progress in the last sixty years. Is it enough? No! It is a work in progress!

You know why Democrats lost in 2016? Because white rural America did not feel privileged!

Education and the lottery.

Is affirmative action a good thing? Yes! It helps. But it is not helping young people who do not have a decent school education.

I think that a lottery system for kids who want to go to good school and get good education is a disgrace! The only way to pull kids out of the vicious circle of ghetto life is to give these kids, these families every opportunity to get an education.

Black families

Have you heard how black kids call black kids who want to learn, to succeed? Oreo Cookie!

And this alone, this stupid stereotype, is probably not less damaging to blacks than racism from other ethnic groups. It is black on black racism!

Just listen to this woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EDolug4m2Q

“Have you ever been called or heard someone called an “Oreo?” These racialized names make me really frustrated, angry really. My son talked to me about being called an Oreo and how he made sense of it. Well, his reasoning didn’t make much sense, so mama had to school him. The term is rooted in the lie that Black people are inferior and if they excel that means they are “acting White.” I share why this thinking is flawed and not rooted in history or reality”

Why am I saying all this now?

Because I am concerned that Democrats will manage to lose the election this year!

You should not support or try to explain riots and looting. Try to explain it to a store owner who, on top of the COVID 19, got his/her business destroyed (literally) by a mob.

You don’t call for dismantling the police in America. We need to reform the police! To assign some of their current tasks to other institutions. But the vast majority does not want to get rid of the police.

There is still a lot of violence, shootings and murders in America. Violent gangs, drug cartels, mass shootings in America. Who are you going to call if there is shooting nearby?

You (whites) don’t accuse ALL whites of being “privileged” Because the idea should be NOT to lower yourselves but to help others to help themselves to rise from their current level.

There is a reason there is a police officer in public schools: weapons, mass gun insanity and school shootings – not to oppress children.

So please think hard before making grand pronouncements.

We need people from all walks of life, all races, all ages and all states to beat Trump. And the extreme rhetoric, demands to destroy everything and then build again sounds good but will lead to defeat and four more years of the Trump nightmare.

Cult

Some Trump supporters just don’t know any better. And some know who Trump is and support him for their perceived benefit.

The dark and scary world of trump supporters.

I am trying to imagine their world.

It is scary. The whole world is against them.

Immigrants, minorities, those weird liberals, LGBT freaks.

They are after them, after real Americans. They want to take everything from these real Americans who make America great.

Money, jobs, even their kids. These communists socialists homosexuals want to seduce American kids with science, history and even music! And make them into Democrats!

But finally!

Now here is a real leader, Trump, who will get rid of all America’s enemies. He, America’s savior, will drain the swamp!

Members of the Trump cult do not want democracy, or democrats because they are all communists and socialists, they want to take away freedom from real Americans, these libtards use big words that they learned in these liberal colleges! And these big words are the code that liberal freaks use to damage our great president and to force real American patriots to learn science!

And the scariest part – these liberals want to take away our guns! The Constitution says that any free American is free to buy as many guns as he wants to protect America! To protect the freedom of real American patriots who are making America great by protecting freedom!

And now this liberal hoax (big word!) about the “virus”!

This lie is created by liberals communists socialists to damage the only leader real Americans can trust – Trump.

And what do you know?! It turns out this rich communist Billy Gates created this “virus” to scare people who are fighting to make America great again! But it’s a lie! A socialist gay conspiracy! There is no “virus”. Do you see any “virus” around? No! If we, real American white patriots would see this dude COVID we would blast it with our freedom guns! And Billy Gates should go to jail for being an enemy of white America! Or even better we will hang him! Because that is what the Constitution says! It’s in our Bible!

These scared and angry people do not trust the media – “liberal media”.

And the television and papers (called newspapers) All these liberals are against our great president! They saying big words with many letters just to confuse us patriots. We know that “education”(big word) makes people into socialists gays. Makes their brain soft!

We, white American patriots, real Americans, we will help our patriot Trump. We will burn all these books with big words in them. Books are evil! Trump never reads books and he is a genius! (a very stable one).

All these “facts” are fake news. You cannot trust anybody – everybody is in it just in for themselves.

America is under attack. All these weird non americans want to come to America to take over. And we MAGA patriots will follow our president who talks to God every day and God told Trump MAGA!

God bless America and his anointed son Trump!

These are the people who are basically ignorant and not very well educated. And maybe they don’t know any better.

But there is another kind of trump supporters. Well educated and well off. They know who trump is. They know that he is a racist, a cheat, a liar and a crook. And these trump supporters support him anyway. Why? Because they are same as trump. And these people support the narcissistic buffoon because they think they will benefit from the misery of our country under trump administration. And this group of trumpists represents the worst of humanity. And Republicans in Congress are part of this gang.

And members of this group are real criminals.

THE WORLD HAS LOVED, HATED AND ENVIED THE U.S. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE PITY IT

However bad things are for most other rich democracies, it is hard not to feel sorry for Americans. Most of them did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet they are locked down with a malignant narcissist who, instead of protecting his people from Covid-19, has amplified its lethality. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in its history seemed so pitiful.

Irish Times

April 25, 2020

By Fintan O’Toole

Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity.

However bad things are for most other rich democracies, it is hard not to feel sorry for Americans. Most of them did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet they are locked down with a malignant narcissist who, instead of protecting his people from Covid-19, has amplified its lethality. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in its history seemed so pitiful.

Will American prestige ever recover from this shameful episode? The US went into the coronavirus crisis with immense advantages: precious weeks of warning about what was coming, the world’s best concentration of medical and scientific expertise, effectively limitless financial resources, a military complex with stunning logistical capacity and most of the world’s leading technology corporations. Yet it managed to make itself the global epicentre of the pandemic.

As the American writer George Packer puts it in the current edition of the Atlantic, “The United States reacted … like Pakistan or Belarus – like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering.”

It is one thing to be powerless in the face of a natural disaster, quite another to watch vast power being squandered in real time – wilfully, malevolently, vindictively. It is one thing for governments to fail (as, in one degree or another, most governments did), quite another to watch a ruler and his supporters actively spread a deadly virus. Trump, his party and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News became vectors of the pestilence.

The grotesque spectacle of the president openly inciting people (some of them armed) to take to the streets to oppose the restrictions that save lives is the manifestation of a political death wish. What are supposed to be daily briefings on the crisis, demonstrative of national unity in the face of a shared challenge, have been used by Trump merely to sow confusion and division. They provide a recurring horror show in which all the neuroses that haunt the American subconscious dance naked on live TV.

If the plague is a test, its ruling political nexus ensured that the US would fail it at a terrible cost in human lives. In the process, the idea of the US as the world’s leading nation – an idea that has shaped the past century – has all but evaporated.

Other than the Trump impersonator Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, who is now looking to the US as the exemplar of anything other than what not to do? How many people in Düsseldorf or Dublin are wishing they lived in Detroit or Dallas?

It is hard to remember now but, even in 2017, when Trump took office, the conventional wisdom in the US was that the Republican Party and the broader framework of US political institutions would prevent him from doing too much damage. This was always a delusion, but the pandemic has exposed it in the most savage ways.

Abject surrender
What used to be called mainstream conservatism has not absorbed Trump – he has absorbed it. Almost the entire right-wing half of American politics has surrendered abjectly to him. It has sacrificed on the altar of wanton stupidity the most basic ideas of responsibility, care and even safety.

Thus, even at the very end of March, 15 Republican governors had failed to order people to stay at home or to close non-essential businesses. In Alabama, for example, it was not until April 3rd that governor Kay Ivey finally issued a stay-at-home order.

In Florida, the state with the highest concentration of elderly people with underlying conditions, governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump mini-me, kept the beach resorts open to students travelling from all over the US for spring break parties. Even on April 1st, when he issued restrictions, DeSantis exempted religious services and “recreational activities”.

Georgia governor Brian Kemp, when he finally issued a stay-at-home order on April 1st, explained: “We didn’t know that [the virus can be spread by people without symptoms] until the last 24 hours.”

This is not mere ignorance – it is deliberate and homicidal stupidity. There is, as the demonstrations this week in US cities have shown, plenty of political mileage in denying the reality of the pandemic. It is fuelled by Fox News and far-right internet sites, and it reaps for these politicians millions of dollars in donations, mostly (in an ugly irony) from older people who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

It draws on a concoction of conspiracy theories, hatred of science, paranoia about the “deep state” and religious providentialism (God will protect the good folks) that is now very deeply infused in the mindset of the American right.

Trump embodies and enacts this mindset, but he did not invent it. The US response to the coronavirus crisis has been paralysed by a contradiction that the Republicans have inserted into the heart of US democracy. On the one hand, they want to control all the levers of governmental power. On the other they have created a popular base by playing on the notion that government is innately evil and must not be trusted.

The contradiction was made manifest in two of Trump’s statements on the pandemic: on the one hand that he has “total authority”, and on the other that “I don’t take responsibility at all”. Caught between authoritarian and anarchic impulses, he is incapable of coherence.

Fertile ground
But this is not just Donald Trump. The crisis has shown definitively that Trump’s presidency is not an aberration. It has grown on soil long prepared to receive it. The monstrous blossoming of misrule has structure and purpose and strategy behind it.

There are very powerful interests who demand “freedom” in order to do as they like with the environment, society and the economy. They have infused a very large part of American culture with the belief that “freedom” is literally more important than life. My freedom to own assault weapons trumps your right not to get shot at school. Now, my freedom to go to the barber (“I Need a Haircut” read one banner this week in St Paul, Minnesota) trumps your need to avoid infection.

Usually when this kind of outlandish idiocy is displaying itself, there is the comforting thought that, if things were really serious, it would all stop. People would sober up. Instead, a large part of the US has hit the bottle even harder.

And the president, his party and their media allies keep supplying the drinks. There has been no moment of truth, no shock of realisation that the antics have to end. No one of any substance on the US right has stepped in to say: get a grip, people are dying here.

That is the mark of how deep the trouble is for the US – it is not just that Trump has treated the crisis merely as a way to feed tribal hatreds but that this behaviour has become normalised. When the freak show is live on TV every evening, and the star is boasting about his ratings, it is not really a freak show any more. For a very large and solid bloc of Americans, it is reality.

And this will get worse before it gets better. Trump has at least eight more months in power. In his inaugural address in 2017, he evoked “American carnage” and promised to make it stop. But now that the real carnage has arrived, he is revelling in it. He is in his element.

As things get worse, he will pump more hatred and falsehood, more death-wish defiance of reason and decency, into the groundwater. If a new administration succeeds him in 2021, it will have to clean up the toxic dump he leaves behind. If he is re-elected, toxicity will have become the lifeblood of American politics.

Either way, it will be a long time before the rest of the world can imagine America being great again.

Daily Wisdom

I wonder how many people will inject rat poison if Trump tell them that it cures stupidity.

A spike in New Yorkers ingesting household cleaners following Trump’s controversial coronavirus comments. https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-new-yorkers-household-cleaners-trump-20200425-rnaqio5dyfeaxmthxx2vktqa5m-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3B4mVVaTfC5eVswNBs2JQb9R1dD1i4vjEf_cXDUJ8OtbDAySd0TC4uxS0

Daily Wisdom

Who knew?!

Thousands died of corona virus not knowing that the cure was right in front of them!

Inject Clorox in your lungs and get your ass in tanning salon in a harry. Cured!

Thank you our stable genius, our fearless leader, tremendous and unbelievable TRUMP! Our SAVIOR IN CHIEF!

HALLELUJAH !!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/24/revealed-leader-group-peddling-bleach-cure-lobbied-trump-coronavirus?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR1EInQUhbYTDo-E5EcKZQC69gHPi7bNysA9EbiVnrgZ1VyR-IF4f-hqcxk

Daily wisdom

Coronavirus, religion and stupidity.

21st century wisdom

What can I say? How far did the wind blow?

“American televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who recently claimed that the coronavirus pandemic will be “over much sooner you think” because “Christian people all over this country praying have overwhelmed it,” has summoned the “wind of God” to destroy the novel coronavirus during a recent sermon.

Before blowing at the camera, he said: “I blow the wind of God on you. You are destroyed forever, and you’ll never be back. Thank you, God. Let it happen. Cause it to happen.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/televangelist-kennth-copeland-blows-wind-194622515.html