The great paradox of President Donald Trump is that he promises to the American people that he will “make America great again” but in practice appears to want to do so without honoring and defending the values that have made America great in the past.
Following are opinions based on analysis of indisputable facts.
President Trump wants to make America great again while attacking the most respected newspapers in the country (e.g., the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal) as “the enemy of the people”. By libeling these and other newspapers and media outlets and leading an assault upon the press, he violates a central tenant of American democracy, Freedom of the Press, which is protected by the First Amendment.
Freedom of the press is central to any democracy, and is the first target of all would-be dictators and authoritarians.
He wants to make America great again by attacking a “so-called judge” who is a U.S. District Court judge appointed pursuant to provisions in the Constitution, and attacks other court decisions, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the District Court’s order staying application of his Executive Order on immigration, which would block entry to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries, and refugees in general, for different periods of time.
He seeks to make America great again by cozying up to Vladimir Putin and Russia, who are conducting a full-fledged assault on American and European democratic traditions and institutions, who have rejected the United Nations Charter’s prohibition of the illegal use of force across international frontiers by invading and annexing the Crimea, and invading and occupying the eastern Ukraine, and who have continuously violated the most fundamental provisions of international and humanitarian law (“the law of war”) by supporting Bashar al-Assad’s war crimes and crimes againnst humanity in Syria, and by directly committing such crimes in that country themselves.
He seeks to make America great again by attacking the unanimous conclusions of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 elections with the intent to favor his campaign, with the involvement of Vladimir Putin.
He seeks to make America great again by not criticizing Putin or Russia for anything, aside from issuing the mildest of possible criticisms when absolutely cornered by the press.
Above all, Donald Trump seeks to make America great again by conducting an all-out assault on the very concept of the truth itself.
By continually spouting major and minor lies, he appears to want to reshape the landscape of truth, so that he can dismiss any criticism, however factually based, by simply labeling it “fake news”. All the while, he is constantly generating “fake news”of his own.
The Trump Paradox is glaring and screams forth from the heavens.
President Trump wants to make America great again while violating the traditions and values which, over the course of some 240 years, have made America great, one of the greatest nations in history, emulated throughout the world.
We need to work and think hard in order to understand the truth, particularly the truth about where Trump is taking this country, and then to act with determination and dogged perseverance to do something about it.
The Trenchant Observer