Wednesday, 23 August 2017 19:50

Mr. Trump May Still Turn Out to Be the Greatest Thing That Ever Happened To America

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The above statement coming from me may be a blasphemy for I am not one of Mr. Trump's fans. Mr. Trump represents a political ideology that has not been tried in America before. Previous Republican presidents had represented what I might call traditional Republican views: conservative views; less government; power to the markets; capitalism; various freedoms; etc. Some of the luminaries like the Bushes, Rockefellers, Nixon, even Mr. McCain, are a little to the left of this point of view and others like Mr. Reagan (the government is the enemy) are a little to the  right of this view point.

Mr. Trump is Alt Right. He advocates American isolationism; Extreme American exceptionalism. If America is OK the rest of world could go to blazes.

This theory is held by a large segment of voters in US which is why Mr. Trump is he president today. The ideology of Alt Right has never been tried as a governing tool. If it works then America will be great again and if it fails, it will be thrown into the dustbin of history.

Mr. Trump came to office surrounding himself with an alt right advocates lead by Steve Bannon. During the first seven months of governing he put forward this ideology and by decries and executive orders he tried to isolate and insult every nation in the world (except, perhaps Israel); huge segments of America population, Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, immigrants, the poor, etc. and by his recent ambiguity on Neo-Nazis, KKK, White Supremacists, he may have even made Israel nervous.

Former President Barack Obama represented the exact opposite of Alt Right ideology and President Trump hates Obama with passion and always blames him for what is wrong with America and swears to obliterate whatever Obama did as president. Thus far Mr. Trump has failed to undo some of Obama's contributions.

The fallout from Mr. Trump's effort to govern as an Alt Right ideologue is a chaotic White House. Democrats, his avowed enemy, is opposing as Democrats had never done before. Mr. Trump has accomplished what nobody before him had ever done: unite the party. Mr. Trump's Republican Party is divided into little parties each with its own beef with the president. The former strength of the Republicans had been its single voice on most matters but no longer is this so. Even though the Republicans have control of the White House, the House and the Senate and majority in the Supreme Court, It is yet to accomplish a major legislative victory.

Why is this so?

The answer seems to be that the Alt Right ideology is not practical. It has resulted in the forced removal of it Trumps first choice of Advisers like Steve Bannon. It has resulted in the isolation of USA from world bodies including cool relationship within NATO allies; heads of large corporation are distancing themselves from Trump Administration initiatives; cooler relationships with neighbors like Canada and Mexico, reigniting the Cuban Crisis; disenchantment from the Caribbean's; etc.

With all these troubles facing President Trump little signs are beginning to show of a chastised Mr. Trump. The Alt-Right are either being forced out of the inner circle of advisers or isolated in the White House. Trump's speeches are often modified by his cabinet of other senior officers; his other extreme right officers like Jeff Sessions are becoming more moderate in their statements and even Mr. Trump's tweets have become rarer, and moderate opinions are now appearing.

If this trend continues, it will be that the Alt Right agenda has failed and a return to the more moderate Republican views will prevail. Should this become the new reality then several of the more Alt Right advocates would lose their seats in the chambers. And fewer people would campaign on this isolationist policies.

And America would be made great again.

But it is all too early!

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Boston, Massachusetts

August 23, 2017

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Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba  currently lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.