Why I am Scared of President Trump And Want to Talk.
If we’re going to survive the next four years, we’ll have to figure out how to work together and communicate our differences in a productive way.
To that end, let’s start the dialog because I really do want to understand your vision for the country under President Trump and what you think is/was going so wrong.
(Yes, we can spend hours documenting the transgressions of Obama, Clinton, and The Left- although I’m not up for that right now. And believe me, I share your concern on some of the topics you are likely to bring up.)
So I’ll go first… as I want you to understand my point of view. Now, please, do not lump me in with some concocted and distorted image of a “liberal”. The craziness that has set in with respect to political dialog is hysterical and manufactured at present. We CAN have dialog with disagreement, as well as facts!
If we can’t dialog it leaves us at this place: America has decided its new national sport is politics and everyone is rooting only for one team. I think we can all agree that approach, and the associated behavior, won’t work long term because even though one team “wins”, in reality both teams lose long term.
So let’s get to it — here is what I find of concern thus far; I’m eager to hear your point of view on this list.
If you voted for the President because you believe in fiscal conservatism, you should be concerned that billions of your tax dollars are going to build a wall that will likely have a small impact on the effects of immigration and will be an albatross of cost for years. It’s a symbol, not a complete strategy for dealing with immigration and the downstream costs of allowing illegal immigrants in. In fact, immigration out of Mexico to the US has been on the decline, so is it really needed? If you also think you voted for fiscal conservatism, you should look at Trump’s tax plan and the independent analysis of it by economists that says it will balloon the deficit. Let’s also not forget that the new administration is taking steps to weaken and maybe repeal Dodd/Frank which means less consumer protection from Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers. I’m not a big believer in trickle down, so only hope and time will see if that concentration of wealth will get to the average Joe/Jane.
If you voted for the President because you were tired of Washington politics and wanted to ‘drain the swamp’ of people that have partisan interests or are inexperienced, then you should be angst ridden about Dr Carson, Ms Devos, and Mr Mnuchin, etc who have all lied, plagiarized, or openly admitted their managerial or skills weaknesses to run the very agencies that they were nominated to run.
If you despise the left because of “Political Correctness,” you need to be asking yourself if you’re okay with the President swinging the pendulum towards censoring communications from, and cutting funding to, MULTIPLE government organizations like the National Park Service, the EPA, the State Department, and more. You should also be upset with Trump’s digressions because, the last time I checked pussy grabbing, mocking Gold Star parents, mocking the disabled, outright lying, and being thin skinned is not only unpatriotic behavior, it’s the antithesis of political correctness. Why is that important? Well this anti-PC behavior has already spilled into everyday discourse, our schools, and the media. If this is the price of swinging the pendulum away from political correctness, I think some level of PC might not be that bad.
If you voted for the President because you hated Secretary Clinton’s email server, I expect you to be calling your representatives to ask why Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Preibus and others continue to use their unsecured personal emails, RNC accounts, and why your president is still using an unsecured Android device.
If you still don’t Trust the Mainstream Media, think the media are all elitists, and want to return to a more authentic and productive bi-partisan dialog, than I expect you to call for oversight and moderation of ALL news including Fox News, Info Wars, Town Hall and the thousands of radio stations and right wing media that equally propagate misinformation and lies. Freedom of speech is one thing, but freedom to spread ‘alternative facts’ that leads to hate and misunderstanding is a slippery slope.
If you believe that funding for women’s healthcare should be cut drastically, funding for R&D into climate change and the Zika virus should be cut, while refugee children are turned away, you need to stop acting like your concerns are religious or moral. Their ideological and an existential threat to humanity.
If you voted because you believed the President would better protect you against terrorists, you need to ask yourself why it’s okay that your president took away $130 million in anti-terror funds from New York because of his mean spirited punishment of Sanctuary Cities. Do you feel safer knowing this now? You also need to ask why he has frozen funding for Veteran payments. To his credit he has agreed to add 15,000 new DHS jobs which will probably be necessary now that our allies and potential allies don’t trust us, and the President feels free to berate them on phone calls and in the media. There’s also massive turnover at State Dept; more than 900 State department workers, AND dozens of commercial sector CEOs, and other politicians (McCain, Rubio, Cheney, Rove, et al) think the Immigration Ban will make us *less safe*? We’re pretty much in uncharted, and risky, diplomatic waters which seems to have been the agenda all along.
If you are angry that your health insurance is too expensive, you should ask why Republican senators are repealing ACA without a replacement. This potential action will leave 20 million people without insurance and expose people to rising costs as people lose healthcare, and healthcare lobbyists and companies raise prices to capitalize on free market economics while also enjoying less regulation.
If you wanted to bring jobs back to the US you should be angry that Mar a Lago just hired another round of international workers over Americans. And that Trump’s hats, merchandise, and the merchandise of his children’s business are made abroad. And that Mr Trump is probably still not paying HIS FAIR SHARE of taxes (we’ll never know). And if you are happy that NAFTA may be repealed, and that we already pulled out of TPP, you must be concerned about the possibility that the flow of cheap goods from Mexico and Asia will slow and those goods will become more expensive. You should also be upset that those countries will likely choose to tax our products which means, in all likelihood, we won’t be able to afford imports while no one will want our exports. Many economists are also very concerned that this trade approach will not create jobs.
If you were concerned with national security, I expect you to be concerned with the restructuring of the National Security Council with an *admitted* anti-Semitic, Lenin-ist, racist, misogynistic, domestic abuser as a key member. Steve Bannon believes in “unleashing evil” remember? Do you feel safer with this being the new face of “American values” when it comes to National Security? Face it he just tapped into latent hostility against immigrants because for the last 40 years approximately 40% of Americans have wanted to slow or stop immigration. It’s just in our blood to distrust, dislike, or hate the “other” even when you have a higher likelihood of being killed by a lawn mower than a Radical Islamist Terrorist on American soil. Remember, today it’s the Muslims, tomorrow it could be your gay grand-kid, or your Latino friend or employee, or your black neighbor — or you.
If you believe the Clinton Initiative provided unequal treatment to countries that supported their foundation and benefited the Clinton's, you should be livid that your president has moved to block visas from Muslim countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but NOT on places where he has business ties like Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. You should also be equally livid that he has not — at all — sold his business interests and that there is no blind trust. His sons, and by extension, he, still own the companies. And they have already started diverting international diplomats to his hotel in Washington, tripled Mar a Lago membership fees, and God knows what else will happen over the next 4 years that will indirectly benefit the Trump business.
One last reason: international relations with Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. If you think that there is nothing wrong with the meddling and personal and business ties with Russia via senior administration officials, and the saber rattling with these unstable countries and their unstable leadership, then you should really look up “sedition” and hold your loved ones tight (like, say, your nephew in the Army). Don’t forget, too, that the new Admin is turning a blind eye towards increasing Russian aggression and land grabbing in Eastern Europe, while publicly goading China, North Korea, and Iran into war (does the recent incident on a Saudi ship remind anyone of the Gulf of Tonkin?).
In sum, if you can honestly look at this list of concerns and still say that Trump is “in the right” then I’d like to understand how you’d come to that conclusion. Is it based on ethical, moral, and law standards? If you can define all of these actions as patriotic, conservative and careful, or in our best interest, I’d further like to understand your rationale.
To me, the first two weeks, have been nothing but a showman trying to make good on campaign promises with little thought or careful examination of the broader, and lasting, implications.
I think that we need to look no further than Trump’s first two weeks in office to say that the style and substance of the new administration is of concern to a majority of Americans. I, for one, am scared.