Talk No More, Mr. Trump–Get Down to Serious Business


November 12, 2016

Talk No More, Mr. Trump–Get Down to Serious Business

As hugely as I’ve always admired (the United States of) America’s avowed ideal of achieving greatness by grating against every ideology devoted to denying its own and other people equal rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’, I’ve simultaneously regretted its many failures to keep this noble goal in sight.

Even from the very first, for example, the ringing core statement in the Declaration of the American states’ Independence from the intolerably grating Great Britain that ‘all men are created equal’ and are endowed with ‘unalienable Rights’ including ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,’ was given the lie by the continued acceptance of slavery.

And it took almost a century of berating and grating, not to mention a catastrophic civil war, to unite the previously disunited States in the abolition of this evil obstacle to the nation’s ethical if not economic greatness.

Meanwhile, native Americans or so-called Indians continued to be disgracefully denied not only their allegedly ‘unalienable rights’ to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but also the freedom to inhabit the lands of their ancestors and ‘Great Spirits’.

Perhaps America’s nearest apparent approaches to ethical and moral and thus not merely territorial or economic greatness came when it belatedly helped save Europe from German militarism in World War I, and again intervened in the nick of time to rescue the entire planet from domination by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II.

Though in both cases economics arguably took precedence over ethics, as the US profited mightily through what President Eisenhower later identified as the ‘military-industrial complex’ in his famous warning of the American people against permitting this monster to retain too much power.

But the Cold War and the disastrous expedition into Vietnam that cost the populace so dearly in deaths and dollars so mightily enriched and empowered the military-industrial complex that it morphed into the unholy alliance of the Pentagon, Wall Street and Washington establishments that is so grating on today’s American workers and their families that they have elected Donald Trump to the presidency.

Appearing somewhat hypocritical?

Of course Trump was all too aware that resentment at the political establishment’s apparent dedication to the further enrichment of the rich and impoverishment of the poor might appear somewhat hypocritical on the part of a candidate who has so flagrantly used and abused the same system he claims to so greatly abhor to make himself a billionaire.

So he also ranted as gratingly as possible against everything else that his potential voters could possibly be revolting against, including female and marriage equality, equal rights for non-white citizens and minorities like people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTIs), universal, affordable health care, Mexican and Muslim immigration and free trade with China or indeed any other nation.

In other words, far from intending to genuinely ‘make America great,’ be it ‘again’ or as I and I’m sure a good many others would argue, for the first time ever, he’s on a mission to ensure that America becomes more grating than ever.

But I’m not against grating as such. As I mentioned much earlier in this column, the US founded the United States of America by grating against the government of people by autocratic, repressive, self-serving and otherwise unjust regimes.

So, when Trump assumes office, the task for the US Congress, Senate, Supreme Court, the media, presidential advisers, not to mention the American people and the heads of other nations, is not to render him any less grating, abusive, abrasive or even aggressive, but to redirect his angst against the right targets.

Against the Chinese Communist Party, for example, for their repressive one-party misrule of their people; not against the people of China for taking Americans’ jobs, as many of Trump’s supporters simplistically and indeed falsely believe.

Against rogue governments like Vladimir Putin’s kleptocratic Kremlin clique and Bashar al Assad’s murderous Syrian regime; not against the majority of Russian and Syrian people who are fighting to the death to rid themselves of such anti-democratic rulers in their struggle for the principles of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ so allegedly sacred to Americans.

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Trump will have to deal with this guy in Malaysia who outwitted Barack Obama with sweet nothings

Against Islamic State and all the Islamic and Muslim-majority governments around the world – like, for example, Malaysia’s allegedly criminal UMNO-BN – that make their citizens’ lives a misery under the false pretence of representing or supporting Allah; not against the good Muslims so impoverished and suppressed by such regimes as to seek refuge in the US and elsewhere in the so-called ‘free’ world.

And finally, as my word-count is running out, against sexists, racists, religionists and other species of bully in America and everywhere else around the world; not against those innocent and defenceless people such bigots like to feel free to vilify and victimise.

In summary, far from the catastrophe that so many of his opponents fear he will be as commander-in-chief of the US, if only president-elect Donald Trump can be persuaded to be as grating as possible against the mad and bad of his nation and the world and not the harmless and blameless, maybe, just maybe, he can make America great after all, if not necessarily again.

17 thoughts on “Talk No More, Mr. Trump–Get Down to Serious Business

  1. Trump is simply wrong on trade. Tariffs on imports will not create jobs and increase inflation, kill consumption. He better have a plan to create jobs and increase income or he will kill consumption and GDP. Infrastructure is good but require fast determined execution like a domestic Marshall plan. Hype will not help much unlike his business failures.

  2. Reading article likes this one either causes cognitive dissonance in its readers or makes the readers suspect the author is suffered from cognitive dissonance.

  3. Din,
    Don’t be naive! Trump will make good friend with Najib. He will definitely instruct AG to drop charges. I am more worried about the angry melayus mimicking the angry white men in Malaysia
    Should the minorities remain silent just like before? Or should minorities in Malaysia stand up just like the minorities in Northern Ireland in demanding our rights? Seriously, I am absolutely sure that Najib will win big in GE14. With 2/3 majority………hahahahaha

  4. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/rfk-trump-2016-democratic-party-speechwriter-214270

    My prayer is that Adam Walinsky is right on Trump. Entire class of elite Chinese seems to have read a not so well translated version of the article. Hopefully Mr Walinsky is right.
    Hopefully the Xi core knows what he is getting.

    @clf, even as an a-mil, I would always almost get stomach upset when reading revelation. But not the past week when I read through it. Strange that it could actually be encouraging when the world does seem to be falling apart.

  5. “Against the Chinese Communist Party, for example, for their repressive one-party misrule of their people”?
    What a stupid thinking! Speak for yourself or for USA lah.
    What is so wrong with the Chinese Communist Party? If you call that misrule, then what do you call the Democrats and Republicans who misrule the American people?

  6. Quote:- “What is so wrong with the Chinese Communist Party? If you call that misrule, then what do you call the Democrats and Republicans who misrule the American people?”

    The big difference is that the people of America, including any stupid ones among them, get to choose, every five years or so, who gets to “misrule” them.

    Maybe you could suggest that to the Chinese Communist Party? After all China is called “The People’s Republic….?”

  7. ‘..suggest that to the Chinese Communist Party?’

    Ha ha, good one Wayne. The flur will be subjected to death by a thousand cuts – it’ll take some time, and as traumatic as being ‘drawn and quartered’.

    The CCP is one of the worst Genocidal offenders on the planet seeing that Mao’s ‘Cultural Revolution’ made mince-meat and spam of 20 million victims. Worse than the Nazi pogroms – but then, he’s also the CCP venerated own fool.

    ‘Strange that it could actually be encouraging when the world does seem to be falling apart.’ katasayang

    That’s cuz the Kingdom is in you. True A-mils have understood the meme of end-times and are awaiting the Parousia. Pre-mils are those blokes who see end-times literally and as a Vocation. They make up a majority of Trumpites, who are oviparous. Do you have a denomination, besides Revelations?

  8. And the CPC are now VIP guests at MCA AGM. Next the CPC will be delivering the keynote address at UMNO GA since UMNO already have the Red Shirts. Perhaps UMNO may want to start an UMNO club in Beijing since MCA leaders are already in bed with CPC. And UMNO and MCA keeps labeling DAP as communist.

  9. Dear Orang Malaya

    UMNO is now Uncle Mohd Najib’s Organisation. Uncle will get UMNO
    to do whatever he wants in return for $$$.

    As the saying goes “Politics makes strange bed fellows”.

    Even stranger is Abdul Hadi Awang’s alliance with CPC via UMNO Baru !

  10. // Do you have a denomination, besides Revelations?

    @CLF It is hard to find one denomination to settle on these days. From a Baptist, I have decide to try out a small quiet Lutheran. Then the Pastor went ballistic as he refuses to sign onto the Same-Sex issue. Today, even editor of ChristianityToday went ballistic in a Trump world.

    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/november-web-only/should-evangelicals-part-ways.html
    There is no shame in declaring one is confused on denomination😛
    It is ok, I am still a Calvinist who didn’t believe I have earned my favor, nor do I believe favor ever was a contract that must belong to me because of something that I could do right. But, I do belong to an Evangelical Free church on membership role, but not as a core of the church. It would be too confusing to figure what Evangelical Free would mean these days.

    How about yourself? Found renewed hope as you walk closer to the end of this life?

  11. Calvinist? Not too sure about that TULIP huh? Don’t worry about that too much.

    Me? ‘Semi-Pelagian’ sprinkler not dunker – like G.H.W and G.W. Bush; and the Clintons, by ancestry. (Now you know why the world is so messed up?) I remain nominally one, as church member – but terribly irregular attendee. Not pious sort. Tend to fall asleep during sermons, if beyond 10 mins. In my youth, my spiritual mentor was often pissed at my attitude and irrelevant, if not irreverent questions – but then he became one of the Triad of World Bishops. Who am i to question?

    Done a wee bit of short-missions in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sulawesi and India. With non-denominationals who want to be free from dogmatic church control. Too much charity can pokkai one, you know..? And Church politics are probably as bad as any backstabbing vocation you care to name. Somewhat Nicolaitian..

    What is important is that you be a gentle witness, not a pain in the arse. Most of my best friends are Non-Christians, who in their own way are exemplars of the Path they follow. Persevere and Discern.

    Perhaps Ecclesiastes, Psalms and Proverbs should be re-read? A Johannine theology may suit your temperament better. It does for me, cuz i smoke anything..

    The Worm is always near. Fret not.

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