The Secret Agenda of Donald Trump

trumpBy Karla Fetrow

In his first month of office, President Trump has stirred up more conspiracy theories since the spy versus spy years of the 1960’s-1870’s.  Some of the theories concern party suspicions of what the opposition is doing to undermine President Trump’s actions.  The opposition have their theories on what the President is doing to undermine the country.  In between we have the President’s loyal supporters assuring us things will get better in the long run and the rest of the public who find at least one or two of his new policies disturbing, if not blatantly unconstitutional.

The Dummying Down Conspiracydumb-america

America has a race problem.  Acceptance of racial stereotyping is usually blamed on ignorance, which isn’t really an affordable character trait for a modern day, US President.  The United States is a world leader and has the responsibility of representing itself in front of the world as well informed and equitable. The world seems to be in disagreement with Trump’s information.

The observations of Steve Bannon, President Trump’s most influential advisor in international affairs, surprised scientists and scholars involved in genealogical research when he stated (in reference to Muslim immigration) “These are not Jeffersonian democrats   These are not people with thousands of years of democracy in their DNA coming up here.”

It also came as a surprise to many to learn that Frederick Douglass is still alive.  It was thoughtful of the President to mention this early abolitionist and campaigner for human rights during Black History month, although it’s not so clear whether or not Trump was familiar with Frederick Douglass’ history.  To the crowd of listeners, he said, “I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things, Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”

The Death of Science Conspiracytrump_vs_science

The Science Community has been feeling anxieties over the Trump administration.  The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding under Trump’s proposal, with  cuts applied to research in nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing and eliminating the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

At risk, is the Environmental Protection Agency.  Just three days before the environmental conference in Alaska, where the effects of climate change and the problems that come with it are the most evident, EPA was advised by the White House to slash the number of specialists who could attend.  The annual gathering brings together 1,800 people from Native communities, government agencies and the public to discuss climate issues, including melting permafrost and villages at risk from rising seas.

images (1)Trump has been as unconcerned about science as he has about history.  He gagged researchers with the Department of Agriculture, repeatedly questioned the safety of proven vaccines, and has yet to name a science adviser.  Feeling a life-time of study rattling loose from under their feet, many scientists are packing up their data for removal to a safer location.  Others are talking about affirmative action; involving scientists in politics.

This would be an unprecedented move for a group that prefers not to get involved in politics at all, but when politics aren’t getting involved with science, something radical needs to be done. The newly formed group called 314 Action   has one goal; getting scientists elected to office.

The Isolationist Conspiracy

If the United States continues along its present course, it could become an isolationist country.  His anti-refugee actions have served to alienate four of America’s lead trade partners.  Even England, supportive in nearly every US overseas policies, has expressed a moral outrage.  John Bercow, leader of the House of Commons, cancelled President Trump’s visit to the Parliament.  To thunderous applause, he told his audience addressing Parliament was an “earned honor” and not an invitation that came automatically with a state visit.

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“I must say to the honourable gentleman,” he said.  “To all who signed his early day motion and to others with strong views about this matter on either side of the argument, that before the imposition of the migrant ban I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall. After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”

His proposal to make Mexico pay for a wall by placing a tariffs on imported goods only caused Mexico to start casting its eyes toward China as a more economically suitable business partner.  Nor did the Latin American citizens react very gratefully when Trump suggested the United States should send in law enforcement agents to help take care of Mexico’s drug problem.

31781unfree_speech_largeThe Speechless Conspiracy

Freedom of speech and freedom of press are essential components to the Bill of Rights.  They allow us to discover ourselves and others and to weigh the truthfulness in opposing views.  Typically, the press will be biased in accordance with their political philosophy.  Coverage will reflect favorably toward their party loyalties, but a conscientious press always bases its coverage on documented facts.

Beginning with his inauguration, President Trump has insisted the press has been delivering false news to the public by minimizing the number of supporters who came out to celebrate and their coverage of a simultaneous woman’s rights protest.

During his Black History Month speech, he took the opportunity to criticize the press for its faulty delivery.  After giving some vague comments about Martin Luther King’s “unique” accomplishments, he added, “You read all about Martin Luther King when somebody said I took a statue out of my office. And it turned out that that was fake news. The statue is cherished. It’s one of the favorite things—and we have some good ones. We have Lincoln, and we have Jefferson, and we have Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Even Bill O’Reilly, a staunch Republican and reporter for FOX News, faltered a little during a taped interview with President Trump made just before the Super Bowl Game.  After stating he wasn’t sure he could get along with Russia but would like to try as he believed Putin could help fight terrorism and the Islamic State, O’Reilly commented, “He’s a killer.  Putin’s a killer.”

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Trump answered, “We have a lot of killers, got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?”

Upon questioning, Trump also defended his claim concerning three million undocumented immigrants voting in the election.  “Many people have come out and said I’m right,” he told O’Reilly.  “You know that”.

O’Reilly answered, “I know, but you’ve gotta have data to back it up.”

Probably for the first time in modern history, President Trump has accused citizens of not allowing free speech to a government representative.  Normally the issue is the other way around, but targeting Berkeley, with a large majority of its population favoring sanctuary to refugees and immigrants, was sort of like sending a Ku Klux Klan leader into the middle of black, poverty level neighborhood, to give a speech.  The welcome wagon just wouldn’t be there.  It almost seems it was a deliberate conspiracy to paint himself a victim.

The Mystery Motivewells-fargo-sequestration-federal-state-spending

President Trump’s first month in office have turned keyboards into smoke signals, frantically striving to absorb the shock waves of change, but the criticisms haven’t been adamantly more fervent than they were when former President O’bama implemented policies that began with a bail-out to the banks as a means of stabilizing a country rocking from the housing bubble burst.

For those who like to compartmentalize, there has been something for everyone in his sweeping statement of reform.  For the xenophobic, the immigration restrictions and the proposal to build a wall along the US/Mexican border is a welcome solution to cultural differences.  For those who feel charitable organizations should not receive federal funding, cutting federal support for programs like public broadcasting and Planned Parenthood also comes as a relief, even among a few who work for one of these public services but feel restricted in their efforts to do good under federal guidelines.

There should even be some satisfaction for those who have felt that Russia’s President Putin has been a far more diplomatic states person than the US President, since Trump seems to view him with such warm regard.

Yet to those scrutinizing the big picture, Trump’s proposals and first official actions as a President, are sending code red to the alarm system of US solvency.  The federal departments he would dissolve would affect thousands of employees, lose millions of dollars in research and revenue and place the environmental fate of a nation in the hands of developers.  The border laws he proposes would cause a major disruption with trade, and quite possibly bring China to our back door as Mexico looks for a more agreeable partner.  It’s beginning to look more and more like making America great again means erasing everything on the chalkboard and starting over.

The OligarchRO

Anonymous went to war against Trump, alleging he had personal ties with Russian mobsters, child traffickers and money launderers.

While there has been no evidence to date that he dabbled in the steamier side of life, there is plenty of proof he caters to and rubs shoulders with the Russian Oligarch.  Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Russia since the 1980’s, mingling with the most elite of Russian society, in search of business opportunities.

Trump’s real estate portfolio advertises itself as the world’s only global luxury real estate brand.  His first month in office has seemed more of an effort to minimize the power of the people by minimizing federally funded public services, public education, discrediting the voices of science and accusing the press of delivering false news, than of stimulating the economy and governing for the greater good of society.

ireo-trumpA weakened economy, a divided people, an isolationist country devoid of the safety valves placed by science and public education, is prime real estate for an oligarch concerned only with greater luxuries.  Because we are a democracy, in the end, it’s the voice of the people who will make the final decision on how we handle our internal and external affairs, but only if that voice is united.  Until we come to a common agreement, we’re anybody’s game.

 

About karlsie

Some great perversity of nature decided to give me a tune completely out of keeping with the general symphony; possibly from the moment of conception. I learned to read and speak almost simultaneously. The blurred and muffled world I heard through my first five years of random nerve loss deafness suddenly came alive with the clarity of how those words sounded on paper. I had been liberated for communications. I decided there was nothing more wonderful than writing. It was easier to write than carefully modulate my speech for correct pronunciation, and it was easier to read than patiently follow the movements of people’s lips to learn what they were saying. It was during that dawning time period, while I slowly made the connection that there weren’t that many other people who heard the way I did, halfway between sound and music, half in deafness, that I began to understand that the tune I was following wasn’t quite the same as that of my classmates. I was just a little different. General education taught me not only was I just a little isolated from my classmates, my home was just a little isolated from the outside world. I was born in Alaska, making me part of one of the smallest, quietest minorities on earth. I decided I could live with this. What I couldn’t live with was discovering a few years later, in the opening up of the pipeline, which coincided with my first year of junior college, that there were entire communities of people; more than I could possibly imagine; living impossibly one on top of another in vast cities. It wasn’t even the magnitude of this vision that inspired me so much as the visitors who came from these populous regions and seemed to possess a knowledge so great and secretive I could never learn it in any book. I became at once, very conscious of how rural I was and how little I knew beyond the scope of my environment. I decided it was time to travel. The rest is history; or at least, the content of my stories. I traveled... often to college campuses, dropping in and out of school until one fine day by chance I’d fashioned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. I’ve worked a couple of newspapers, had a few poems and stories tossed around in various small presses, never receiving a great deal of money, which I’m assured is the norm for a writer. I spent ten years in Mexico, watching the peso crash. There is some obscure reason why I did this, tightening up my belt and facing hunger, but I believe at the time I said it was for love. Here I am, back home, in my beloved Alaska. I’ve learned somewhat of a worldly viewpoint; at least I like to flatter myself that way. I’ve also learned my rural roots aren’t so bad after all. I work in a small, country store. Every day I greet the same group of local customers, but make no mistake. My store isn’t a scene out of Andy Griffith. The people who enter the establishment, which also includes showers, laundry and movie rentals, are miners, oil workers, truck drivers, construction engineers, dog sled racers and carpenters. Sometimes, on the liquor side, the conversations became adult only in vocabulary. It’s a good thing, on the opposite side of the store is a candy aisle filled with the most astonishing collection, it will keep a kid occupied with just wishing for hours. If you tell your kids they can have just one, you have an instant baby sitter; better than television; as they agonize over their choice while you catch up on the gossip with your neighbor. We also receive a lot of tourists, a lot of foreign visitors. They are usually amazed at this first sign of Alaskan rural life style beyond the insulating hub of the Anchorage bowl. Many of them like to hang around and chat. They gawk at our thieves wanted posters. They laugh at our jokes and camaraderie with our customers. I’ve learned another lesson while working there. You don’t have to go out and find the world. If you wait long enough, it comes to you.

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2 Comments on “The Secret Agenda of Donald Trump”

  1. I honestly can’t tell if Trump is narcissistic, or suffering from dementia or if this is all some elaborate distraction hiding something that we’re not paying attention to. Whatever it is, it’s interesting isn’t it?

  2. I do find it interesting in more ways than I can count. He’s like an OCD afflicted gardener trimming the rose bushes. If you do it right, the roses flourish better. If you do it wrong, the bush dies. With so many of his proposals, there’s an uneasy, “let’s see what happens”, while others cause down right panic. Apparently, he found a better speech writer and received a bit of coaching on how to address the legislature as his Congressional address was received with a little more confidence in his abilities.

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