Trump appears to want to keep the world out of his world. The White House. Perhaps he even fears if he does not protect himself, the protesters might gain control of the White House. Such would be the end of the world Trump has become accustomed to.
For 72 hours this past week the fence of fences was erected around the White House. A security perimeter. The fence a black steel one. A violation of democracy.
Armed guards, sharp shooters, and combat troops are omnipresent.
The White House has been transformed into a veritable fortress. The physical manifestation of Trump’s vision of law and order “domination” over the thousands of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest social injustice.
The White House now heavily fortified resembles a monarchical palace or an authoritarian compound of a regime from a faraway land.
The fenced in / barricaded White House portrays 2 symbols.
Trump’s supporters see a projection of absolute strength, a leader controlling the White House and surrounding streets to protect his people.
The anti-Trump see a wannabe dictator and a President hiding from his own citizenry. The White House barricaded as if a “military base.”
Something bothers me. Actually everything Trump is doing bothers me. His fortification of the White House stands out. Trump forgets it is “our house, not his.” We the people merely let him live there rent free while he is President.
From the first day Trump took office, he has been at odds with China. Bullying them. Not handling disagreements in a diplomatic fashion. He hurt China. However, China has caused more pain to the U.S.
The most recent example being crude steel production. China leads the world in crude steel production. Far and away. Even after China’s surge in 2019, it has continued in out producing every nation thus far this year. In spite of China’s having to deal with the coronavirus crisis, physical disputes internally and with Hong Kong, and an ill conceived Trump tariff war.
China is a country that has never let a major crisis do it in. Even the present one of pandemic proportions. China never lets a good crisis go to waste.
The U.S. ranks 4th in production. Before and after April. The U.S. dropped crude steel production 32 percent in April.
India which runs 2nd worldwide, dropped a whopping 64 percent.
China on the other hand, moved in the opposite direction. First for several years, China increased crude steel production 64 percent in April.
Interestingly, China did the same thing during the 2008 crisis.
Production graphs clearly show China spiraling upwards and the rest of the world down.
One of the Opinion pieces in the Tuesday edition of the New York Times was titled: DONALD TRUMP IS OUR NATIONAL CATASTROPHE / With malice toward all; with charity for none.
Many believe their President. Even where he is badly wrong. They respect the office and will follow the person filling the chair to whatever extreme.
Recall April and Trump’s promotion of Clorox or some other disinfectant to kill coronavirus. Drunk or spread on the skin. If drunk, would kill the virus in the lungs within 5 minutes.
I thought Trump was crazy and fortunately no sensible person would believe his rank ignorance.
I was wrong.
The CDC reported this past week that there are Americans gargling with bleach and drinking household cleansers to prevent coronavirus from affecting them. These persons believe such actions are “preventive measures.”
Many of Trump’s actions are “reactive.” In most instances, “retaliatory.”
This past week Trump ordered 9,000 U.S. troops to leave Germany by 9/1. Trump’s reason was the need to offset NATO defense expenses. The real reason is that Merkel thwarted Trump’s plan to host a G7 meeting this month.
Putin is smiling big time!
As you are aware, I am an admirer of Canadian blogger Ian Welsh. Though I do not always agree with him. The man is sort of bi. Swings both ways. Liberal and conservative.
On April 26, 2017, Welsh published an article titled “The Age of War and Revolution.” The article was republished this past week on June 2. Its contents as applicable today as 3 years ago.
The article is lengthy. Broken into 4 sub-sections: Economic, Geopolitical, Technology, Environmental.
Regardless what Trump was tying to sell the American people prior to the coronavirus crisis, the American economy was not that good. Good for the extremely rich. Sucked for everyone else.
I set forth 4 quotes from the Economic sub-section. Each speaks for itself.
“The developed world has soaring inequality and is stagnated. Real value is not being created, instead it is being cannibalized through financial gains by rentiers; they take all the profits and download all the risk on to others…..”
“Response to a financial crisis…..bail out the people who caused it, make everyone else pay.”
“…..it doesn’t matter if Thelma has a TV or a smartphone, what matters is she’s scared all the time because if she loses her job she’s screwed, and as a result she has to do whatever her boss says. She has little real freedom, save the right to become homeless. And that fear is constantly there, even if it is subconscious.”
“The age of neoliberalism is all but over.”
Key West reopened this weekend. I cannot tell you how it was, what happened, etc. I did not go out. My local friends, except for Donna and Terri, did not go out. Their position…..Not time yet.
Ergo, I have nothing to report.
Enjoy your Sunday!