Trump doesn’t even love himself.
This country is in real trouble. It is led by a person who is incapable of bringing our people together. He values only money. An example of this shallowness occurred early in his term.
Our president bestowed the honor to Saudi Arabia for his first visit to a foreign country. Did he forget that of the 9/11 terrorists, 16 of the 19 were Saudi citizens? Obviously more important to Trump is that nearly 2,000 members of their royal family own luxurious homes and apartments they bought from Trump Realty.
Being a kingdom means you don’t have to bother with elections. An additional benefit is the ability to eliminate political enemies by dismembering them. In other words, it is ruled by killers.
In addition, Trump is no gentleman. He treats women like dirt, even a head-of-state woman. Angela Merkel has led Germany for over 12 years, the most powerful country in the European Union. Merkel was trained as a nuclear physicist and has more smarts in her little pinkie than the whole of our president.
Our president is furious with Merkel because she led the entire EU to join the Paris Climate Change Accord, following the lead of former president Obama. Anything that is attached to Obama is Kryptonite to Trump.
And there’s Russia. Nothing would please its leader Putin more than the destruction of NATO. After World War II America built the bulwark of the Transatlantic Alliance. It is the most successful peace-keeping structure the world has ever seen.
Since his election, President Trump has failed to say anything critical about Putin. Trump even opposed all U.S. intelligence agencies when they concluded Russia attacked our 2016 presidential election.
One very big question looms over the relationship of the United States and Russia. What does Putin have on Trump that scares him to death? Threats from Putin are no small matter. He has had Soviet dissidents wiped out many times. As a former KBG agent, he knows how it’s done.
It’s a coincidence that Russia and Saudi Arabia both rely on oil and gas commodities for their economies. That makes a convenient Trump policy to oppose the development of alternative energy like solar and wind.
It’s interesting to compare Barack Obama’s capacity to express love to Donald Trump’s complete lack of it. Obama spent nearly all of his political capital to pass Obamacare. It added more than 20 million to the insured, driving the percentage of uninsured Americans to below 10%. This fact alone saved hospitals over $100 billion because far fewer uninsured used emergency rooms. Billions more could have been saved but many Republican states refused Medicaid expansion, even though federal money was available to pay for the expansion.
The Trump Administration is still fighting to kill Obamacare even though we are in a medical crisis with our global pandemic. The timeliness is utterly senseless.
Also Trump is furious when he is reminded how popular Obama is. Based on votes cast in presidential elections, except for Dwight Eisenhower, Barack Obama is the most popular two-term president since WW II. He and Ike are the two presidents who twice garnered more than 50% of the votes.
Now celebrating the July 4th birth of our nation, our president had the perfect opportunity to deliver healing words to a divided nation. Sadly in two addresses, at Mount Rushmore July 3, and a day later from the White House lawn, President Trump chose the opposite. He could have reminded the nation of our precious First Amendment and sacred right to protest, and differences of opinion are necessary to make a country better. Instead Trump made two speeches to deepen our differences, to drive us further apart.
The Declaration of Independence says it all. The love of our country and the love of each other is desperately needed now. This is the biggest job of our president and he has no idea how to do it.
The final sentence of the Declaration:
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
David Strand lives near Aitkin.