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Trump is destroying America's institutions to prove his legitimacy

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DOANLD TRUMP IS FIGHTING TO SEEM THE LEGITIMATE PRESIDENT OF THE USA

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

As you look at Donald Trump's behaviors since he supposedly won the presidency of the USA you cannot help but appreciate that he probably feels that he is an illegitimate president and he is fighting to convince the American people that he is legitimate.

Why would he feel illegitimate? Hillary Clinton won more popular votes than him; in most countries Hillary Clinton would be the president but given the quirks of the American political system whereby the Electoral College elects the president Trump won.

And he did not even win the Electoral College by much compared to Barack Obama and other Presidents; he merely managed to squeeze in.

Trump tried to dismiss his loss of the popular vote by claiming that Democrats had many illegal aliens vote on Election Day. This is rubbish.

I have worked as an election worker and know how difficult it is to vote at America's elections. To vote you have to preregister. To register you have to show the county where you live your government issued identification cards, such as the US Passport and or your state Driver's license and your social security card.

On Election Day you go to the precinct assigned to you, which is usually the one closest to your residence. If your name is on the list allowed to vote at that station and your ID is okay the election worker issues you the ballot paper and you go into a private booth and mark your preferences and go slide it into the ballot box (where it is immediately counted by the computerized box and the result sent to the county elections office; by 8 PM on election day the county knows who won the election).

If you do not speak English and do not have the proper IDs you probably would not be brazen enough to try navigating the voting process knowing that many election and precinct workers are watching your every move. In fact, if you have the slightest foreign accent people pay close attention to you and check your ids more carefully.

Please note that to vote you have to show government issued IDs such as US passport and or state Issued driver's license and your social security card.  Many African Americans do not have government issued ID cards and therefore are prevented from voting; moreover, since they are poor and move around a lot their names may not be on the precinct where they currently live hence the voting officials may not see their names on their list and would not permit them to vote.

If black folks who are born in America find it difficult to vote how is it possible for illegal Latinos, whose brown color and Spanish language makes them foreigners, to find it easy to vote?

Simply stated, it is highly improbable that illegal aliens voted for Hillary Clinton.

Then there is the Russia issue. There is suspicion that the Russians helped Trump win the election. This may or may not be true; there is the Robert Moeller investigation of the matter so we must withhold judgment on whether the Russians colluded with Trump to steal the presidency.  In the meantime, Trump feels that folks doubt his legitimacy and is struggling to seem legitimate.

Donald Trump's fear of illegitimacy notwithstanding has actually accomplished a lot. He has passed a massive tax cut for the rich; as a result, we already are hearing that insufficient revenue is coming into the US treasury. That is no matter; the US government would borrow money from China to function.

If borrowing does not solve the shortfalls in revenue, Republicans would want to cut what they call welfare programs that help the poor such as social security, Medicaid and Medicare; they want to eliminate those and probably will, sooner or later, succeed.

And I wish that they succeed for that would finally enable the poor to realize that the idea of democracy in America is a sham, they would  know that the country is a plutocracy and oligarchy; the scale would fall from their eyes and they would begin the struggle to make America a fair country, make it a social democracy where the public paid for all public education through university and vocational training and provided the people with publicly paid single payer health insurance (not the mickey mouse of Medicare where you still have to pay 20% of your medical cost and if you do not have the money you are as good as uninsured).

Trump's other programs, such as building a border wall at its border with Mexico, remains boondoggles. He had promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico will not pay for it. That means that Americans would pay for its estimated $28 billion dollars. Since the man cut taxes and insufficient money is coming to the treasury so where is he going to get that money?

You guessed it, borrow it from China! The country's debt today is over $20, trillion. By the time Trump is done the debt would be over $25 billion ($25 trillion is what economists tell us is the maximum debt load that the $17 trillion US economy can carry).

Perhaps, given his history of declaring bankruptcy and walking away from his debts, Trump would declare bankruptcy for the country and walk away. It remains to be seen if he can do that, convince China and the other countries the USA owes to forgo the moneys that Americans owe them.

Trump promised to build or rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure; to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure probably would take five trillion dollars. The government does not have that kind of money; even if it wants to borrow it I doubt that other countries can lend it more than $2 trillion dollars. The roads, airports and railways are probably not going to be modernized.

On the immigration issue Trump is probably going to have some success; he probably will eliminate visa lotto, chain immigration and manage to keep the Daca folks.

America's immigration needs to be revamped. America cannot take in every third world person who wants to come to America; I see eye to eye with Trump on the immigration issue.

Third world folks should stay in their countries and fight for clean governments; they should stop their corruption and stop running to other countries where there is good governance and blooming economy.

The USA should only have merit based work permits for those persons with the skills that the country desires but otherwise stop admitting immigrants. There needs to be a cooling off period to give newly admitted immigrants who are not American by culture time to do so.

America must stop multiculturalism and give all Americans a single, scientific culture so as to avoid the balkanization of the country.

America must stop admitting Muslims into the country; if there are too many Muslims in America they would make moves to take the country over; they would be exploding themselves in suicide bombs trying to create chaos and then take over the country; that is how they took over the Middle East. We do not need the religion of violence in America.

In the meantime, Donald Trump struggles on to convince his self and the American public that he is legitimately elected. To accomplish this goal he is, as we see, increasingly subverting the FBI, the Justice Department and accusing the media as fake media. By the time the man is done America's hallowed democratic institutions would have been destroyed.

If Trump is not checked he probably would transform America to a third world country. If he succeeds he speeds up America's decline and fall. This needs not happen. Therefore, Trump must be checked.

Trump, if you colluded with Russians to obtain the US presidency please do the country a favor and resign; please do not destroy America's institutions to hide your guilt.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

February 4, 2018

www.centerformindscience.org

 

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176