Saturday, June 3, 2017

Letter To A Friend: Trump's "Parexit" As Linchpin Of America's Precipitous Decline

Dear F,

Thanks for your email.

I also like Mattis --- consider him the best of the lot, and hope he stays.

If you have not read the following post, I encourage you -- as I encourage everyone, especially military people -- to do so. 

"Do War's Really Defend America's Freedom?"
(Homage To Marine Commandant, Major General Smedley Butler)

Concerning your Comey question... I cannot imagine Trump trying to prevent his testimony.

Then again, The Deplorable One (in whose image all "deplorables" are made) wakes up in the morning looking for hornets' nests to kick. (When your constituency is comprised of spiteful, vengeful, self-centered people, you must feed them the red meat of which they're made. "Hoc est enim corpus meum.")

On yesterday's "Friday News Roundup" (in this edition NPR interviewed David Brooks and E.J. Dionne) Brooks said Trump is jamming his middle finger in the eye of every world leader who is not a thug and seems to think this "display" will enhance his role as world leader. Jesus, Mary and Joseph! 

NPR's "Week In Review": David Brooks Gives Brilliant Analysis Of Trump's Hostility To The World

As Lao Tzu said, "the profoundest truths are paradoxical." And Trump's braggadocio -- intended to bolster his power on the world stage -- makes him fully visible as the small man he is, a floundering agent of America's precipitous decline. (Since America is no longer #1, it is impossible to "put America first." And going forward, prosperity will depend on global cooperation, not on small-minded machinations by Devious Donald's Putinesque satrapy.)

Trump's actions -- particularly his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement (which has far more symbolic than practical consequence) -- represents abject abandonment of world leadership and encourages China and the European Union to take up His Satanic Majesty's slack. 

Notably, in the wake of Trump's "Parexit," China (?!?) quickly reiterate its approval of "Paris" and many EU member states immediately treated Trump as the buffoon he is. (Never having taken the time to develop a peaceful, honorable, convivial skill set, Trump turns in on his own bombastic self, intrinsically incapable of "playing with others.")

Within the EU, French president Emmanuel Macron quickly crafted a remarkable (English language) speech containing the memorable line: "Make the planet great again."

70% of Americans (including Ivanka and Rex Tillerson) approve "The Paris Accord." And although it is ever risky to impute intelligence to Homo Boobicus ... many conservative Christians actually hold intelligence in contempt ... I think there is enough gray matter among fence-sitting Americans to realize that Trump's doubling down on isolationist nationalism does serious damage to America's role as a "model" that the rest of the world would want to imitate... and until now it has been such "soft power" that has confirmed Uncle Sam as world hegemon.  

The alternative to "soft power" is "hard power." And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have all brought catastrophe in tow. (93 year old retired general friend AWC says, "It seems we haven't fought a good war since World War II.)

On the macro-level, recent decades have seen unacknowledged sea changes in global politics, chief among them the paradoxical geopolitical transformation epitomized by Marshall McLuhan: "To the spoils belongs the victor."

Trump has no clue how to manage the spoils he's inherited and, ironically, goes about his daily rounds spoiling the United States as well.



PS Other pertinent posts:

Scare The Sheep 

And They Will Applaud Military-Industrial Profiteering

Republican Lawmaker From Nevada Sends Christmas Card Featuring Fully Armed Family

The Mistaken Concept That Reducing Cultures To Rubble Results In Peace

Punishment Rarely Reforms But Instead Tends To Reinforce Wrongdoing

On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 8:36 AM, FV wrote:

Dear A

He's just as hard on China as N.K. but still seems to think U.S. will do the right thing in the end. It's like he's putting aside dt's little tantrums as a baby's learning curve but seems sure he's be trainable for the big stuff. 

I can't let go of my hope that Mattis stays. He's not nearly the dt apologist as the other 2. Kelly is totally on the trump train.  Mc Master may wake up though life long military may do something to you in blind obedience to line of command. It's hard to believe or understand but I bet it's there.

Hopefully economy and  healthcare and taxes and immigration haven't improved by 2018 and some Dem. stars show up and that all the investigations are pointing to his slow demise by the time he'll have to start campaigning and he get's the boot  a little before our sentence is up. I want him removed from office for history's sake.

What Rep. will have emerged to run (unless it's Cruz or Pence) will be at least breathable.

Do you think dt will try to stop or at least delay Comey's testimony? Apparently executive privilege won't work since he's a private citizen.

Did you hear about all the ethics (relief ?)grants dt issued?( postdated and without dates) More than Obama issued in 8 years. 



Hope Maria's doing well. You didn't say if she had to stay in the hospital or if she was transfered to rehab or if she's home.

On Jun 3, 2017 12:46 AM, "Alan Archibald" ;; wrote:

Dear F,

I know you've only despaired of McMaster and Kelley.

But Mattis is also "carving out" pre-justification for a "crowd-pleasing" attack on North Korea - just what sobmf needs to get out of "the 40% range" into "Majority Land."

Mattis: North Korea a 'clear and present danger' to world

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
SINGAPORE - North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S.



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