Uncle No No

Some more of the same


That title is inspired by an earlier post. Pardon me for a moment, but there seems to  be an echo:

Donald Trump won the hearts and minds of a segment of American society, a segment that flinched at shadows and saw what wasn’t there to be seen. It is a segment for which the truth is a sometime thing, and what is believed is driven by inner voices overriding crisp reality.

  • The religious right saw a savior who would return piety to government institutions.
  • The self-serving saw a politician who would rein in government meddling.
  • Isolationists saw someone to protect them from a fearsome world just an ocean or a wall away.
  • The paranoid saw a politician who respected their romance with deadly force.
  • And some saw a white man who would restore privilege where it was rightly due.

Some or all of these are going to be disappointed.

Yeah, people. I hope you didn’t milk all those expectations dry, because there’s not much left. The list is short now but likely to grow. Where to start?

Start with “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

During Donald Trump’s successful White House campaign, his massive crowds thundered: “Lock her up. Lock her up.”

What he didn’t say was that, as president, he would not have the authority to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, much less jail her, as Trump threatened during a debate. That’s the jurisdiction of the U.S. Justice Department, which is supposed to work outside the influence of politics.

Now that he’s won the election, the president-elect is sending a signal both to Congress and, perhaps even his incoming attorney general, that it’s no longer politically beneficial to try to prosecute the former Democratic presidential nominee. In a Tuesday meeting with editors and reporters at the New York Times, Trump said he doesn’t “want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”

All that aside, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton has never committed an indictable offense. For all the shouting, for all the rhetoric, for all the accusations, the former Secretary of State is one clean politician. A comparison with the president elect, from all accounts institutional grade indictable, is ludicrous,

But according to Trump University employees, Mr. Trump’s investing techniques were never part of the program. Instead, salespeople were trained to exploit vulnerable “students” by pressuring them to pay thousands of dollars to attend seminars and “personal mentorship programs,” many run by people with little or no experience in real estate. One sales manager called the entire business model a “fraudulent scheme.”

Mr. Trump initially said he would never settle the suits, a claim he has often made in other cases. But in fact, Mr. Trump settles lawsuits quite often — in more than one-third of the cases whose outcome is on the public record, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Politics. As soon as he was elected, he changed his tune on the Trump University suits, surely realizing that it would not look good for a sitting president to take the stand in his own defense against charges of fraud and racketeering.

Trump supporters who were promised the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would forthwith evaporate upon The Donald’s taking office are in for some disappointment, some of it already setting in:

After reiterating his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President-elect Donald Trump has indicated that he may keep two of the law’s most popular provisions. One is straightforward enough — children up to age 26 being allowed to stay on their parents’ plan. The other — preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of preexisting conditions — offers a perfect illustration of why Trump and most of the other Republicans critics of Obamacare don’t understand the health insurance market.

There is a lot more to the foregoing from The Washington Post, and it explains some of the harsh truth that the ACA was designed to handle.

Any serious consideration  by President Trump to pull the United States out of NATO is going to be met with firm opposition from the people in charge of our national defense:

Nato’s secretary-general has issued a dramatic warning to the US president-elect Donald Trump: “Going it alone is not an option, either for Europe or for the United States.”

Writing exclusively in the Observer, the leader of the western military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, claims the west faces its greatest security challenge in a generation.

NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was envisioned by General Dwight Eisenhower following the conclusion of World War Two in Europe. It has had strong support from American administrations ever since, including the current one:

Donald Trump will retain America’s commitment to the Nato alliance, Barack Obama has said, seeking to reassure a jittery world of continued American leadership.

The Republican was often critical of Nato during the presidential election campaign, branding it “obsolete” while praising the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, a source of alarm in foreign capitals.

But speaking in the White House before heading to Europe on his final foreign trip as president on Tuesday, Obama said Trump indicated when they met last week that he would not pull out of the decades-old alliance.

My prediction of earlier this month is likely to continue bearing fruit, and also considerable disappointment to a large block of the electorate, so easily taken in when they were told what they wanted to hear. The coming years are going to see a large dose of buyers’ remorse.


2 thoughts on “Uncle No No

  1. A choice essay, John. One of your finest.

    I picked up on this phenomenon as soon as the first tentative tentacles of PR were proffered to a joyful public, ‘splainin’ the Wall is ‘only a metaphor’ (Reince quote). It confirmed my feeling that The Preznit-Elect Donald was doing a classic bait-and-switch, one of the many colorful tactics he has employed as a ‘businessman’ (Michael Bloomberg: ‘Trump’s a conman’) over decades.

    My initial conclusion was ‘Geez, The Donald better have one of them rickety Trump Airlines 727s gassed up and hot on the runway, gold bullion loaded in the hold, because he’s going to have several million bitterly disappointed and heavily armed erstwhile supporters hot on his fat tail. He’ll need to absquatulate, flee the scene, “spend more time with my family” do a runner, a la Batista.’

    Then someone very astutely pointed out in a comment on the web that people will often just shut up and eat their losses as they do not want to be seen as having been so spectacularly fooled. They’ll keep up a brave ‘Let’s pretend’ front, smothering their resentment (while foraging for food and shelter) and continue to support their smart smoothie in Trump Tower / White House.

    [On the other hand I would not be surprised to see the Orange Wonder be inducted into your exclusive ‘cannot buy insurance at any price’ club. He’s out on a limb, which he himself has been sawing on furiously.]

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