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Donald Trump - President Zero

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One of the challenges of writing about President Trump is that it is hard to avoid slipping into a Billy Joel-esque "We Didn't Start the Fire" litany of the many, many outrages that have come to define this Presidency. I would like to argue, however, that over time the dumpster fire that is the Trump Presidency may be best defined not by its actions but by its inactions.

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This is not about the fact that the President spends an astonishing amount of time watching cable news shows, tweeting and golfing (i.e., doing essentially nothing), but rather that when called to defend the interest of the nation he leads Trump has refused to act time and time again.

Our Declaration of Independence proclaims that we are endowed by our creator "with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" and that the function of government is to secure these rights. Our liberty depends on the proper functioning of our democratic system and yet when the intelligence community and Robert Mueller's investigation confirms that the Russian government has and is continuing to interfere in our political process, President Trump's response is to call it a hoax and jokingly ask Russian President Putin not to interfere in the upcoming elections.

When it comes to protecting American lives and security, Trump is also absent. Trump has done nothing about Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea, which has caused great alarm to Ukraine and our European allies. Even worse, Trump has cut off military aid intended to bolster Ukraine against Russia and, instead, transferred it to fund his vanity border wall.

Trump also has allowed Kim Jong-un to advance North Korea's nuclear program and develop missiles capable of striking Japan and our bases in the region. As South Korea and Japan increasingly express concern, Trump minimizes the threat and does nothing because Kim writes "beautiful" letters to him playing to his vanity and Trump cannot concede that he has been played.

When foreign dictators wound or kill an American citizen or American journalist, Trump will take their word that nothing improper happened despite all evidence to the contrary as he did in the case of Otto Warmbier and Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump's status as President Zero is most evident when confronted with the threats presented by climate change. His own Pentagon declared that climate change was a serious threat that puts at risk many U.S. bases, but Trump's response was simply that his generals were wrong. The Pentagon also has long held that climate change presents a national security challenge as a "threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world," as this would trigger mass migrations and refugee crises like we have never seen before. Yet at the latest meeting amongst G7 leaders, Trump simply blew off the meeting on climate change.

Yet this is not a case of a passionate President sticking to his guns on a core belief. Trump knows full well the consequences of inaction on climate change and has sought approval from Irish authorities for a giant seawall to protect his golf course there from a climate-induced sea-level rise prior to taking office.

The same is true in investing in new climate-friendly technologies. Throughout our history, the United States government has helped the country lead the major transitions in the global economy from automobiles, aviation, space and the internet. Trump, however, is content in letting other countries take the lead in the rapidly advancing post-petroleum economy which promises many high paying jobs, choosing instead to make jokes about windmills.

In terms of dealing with our own crumbling infrastructure, Trump promised to be the "builder President". Unfortunately, Trump approached the issue like the grifter businessman he is and offered to only contribute one-fourth of what the federal government would normally provide to states for such projects and then abandoned the issue altogether. The problem is that our crumbling infrastructure not only hurts our economy with delays, impairs mobility for national security but it puts people's lives at risk as we have seen in bridge collapses and with contaminated water systems in Flint and Newark.

There comes a point in every presidency, in which the president must rise to the occasion and face head-on the challenges of his time and do what is right for the nation even though it may not have the full support of his base. That is what leadership is about. Trump has shown no such inclination. He is perfectly comfortable doing nothing despite the many pressing challenges of our time.

Sending a misspelled tweet ("covfefe") is excusable. Doing nothing when leadership and action are required is not. For that, Donald J. Trump should forever be known as #PresidentZero.

 

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It is increasingly becoming clear that there is a vacancy in the White House in the one position that cannot afford one.

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The next time POTUS MAXIMUS hails a helicopter, send him a golf cart, with a large pink slip, to let the world know who's fired.

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Heavens to Murgatroyd, it is the "american" people who's fired...have been for decades, nay, centuries even.

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This 2 min video video would be a great supplement to your article.

https://twitter.com/MarkDice/status/1170775354857811968


Your article lacks evidence and comes straight from the MSM propagandists, because they are not acting as journalists. Anyone who still believes the sky is falling because Trump is president has lost the ability to think critically.

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While there's nothing wrong with this article, the focus on negativity brings about even more of what we do not want. Even though we've been sadly manipulated to believe in negativity, the chronic negative focus can turn into a miserable habit of self-defeating victimhood, and a self-fulfilling prophesy. Closer to something more accurate is that "You can't be surprised by what you already know." Don't we already know what we're dealing with? If we want change in the White House or anywhere else, in my view, it's to each of us who is able to take responsibility, actively participate in constructive work for wholesome change of any kind. There is no "somebody else" in a democracy. We're it. To expect incompetence to be competent, to expect stupidity to be intelligent, to keep focusing on the negative is not only a waste of time, it is a profound waste of inherent intelligence, creativity, massive experience and skill, tremendous capacity for goodness, real solutions, a wholesome vision for the future. There are reasons why distractions are constantly inflicted upon us. While accountability is important, expecting this President to behave differently isn't a solution, or surprising.

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There are more than enough issues to justify attacks on Trump without resorting to the "Russia-bashing" myths.Noam Chomsky recently outlined the real story on who's interfering in our government/elections.

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The reason that presstitutes don't attack Trump on real issues is because the power elite are against those issues too: e.g. withdrawing from Syria, ending war in Afghanistan, peace with Iran, healthcare for all, mass transit, prison reform, investing in public education etc.

Attacking Trump for real issues would be what the Democrats call being purists, i.e. not practical because the power elites would never agree.

So, the "safe" thing to do is MacCarthy type smears of Russian influence, "threat" of North Korea, etc.

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So! Another DNC sycophant not only believes - but has the insolence to write about - the Russia-gate/ Ukraine/ Crimea/ DPRK preposterous propaganda. What's new? What's incomprehensible (and pathetic) is that opednews prints it. Bennet Kelley - 0 Opednews - 0

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If the unpatriotic, immoral, unethical Ronald Reagan had followed though on the Carter Energy Policy, then it would be the USA leading the world in fast train and alternative energy use/research and not China. The firing of the union FAA Air Traffic Controllers by Reagan was to encourage CEO's to off-shore/out-source American manufacturing to China to union bust, maximize shareholder returns, exploit cheap labor and circumvent EPA laws. These and other misguided Reagan Policies laid the foundation for the PRC/CCP to now threaten US economic/military interests and Taiwan.


Another multi-adulterous/sexual predator like Reagan, tRump too was also a b-rated actor, turncoat Democrat, religious fraud; who resides in his own world while former Reagan War Criminals and others who are a part of his administration still try to implement their misguided foreign policies using the same methods and hoping for different results.


tRump has tapped into the disenfranchised, middle-aged white American's who feel left behind because their limited education, mentally challenged minds are scared for their narrow-minded progeny who are going to become a minority in they land they were born in. These cowards who dare not act out individually, but as a group are challenged/encouraged to act out in a violent manner. Their racist/bigoted opinions were quiet till their Socialist POTUS King Con Don came along to overtly bloviate their true feeling of hate.


Another charismatic character of equal ineptitude almost a century earlier was accusing others for its country's self-created problems and promising to make "The Fatherland" great again. tRump's whining, bullying allies while enabling adversaries is going to take many future presidents to rectify; if humanity has this long. The use of sanctions and trade war policies prove the country is on the wrong track that requires an immediate correction to re-align the USA with other nations common goals.


Sad to think the country is producing a generation of self-entitled brats, whom tRump is their mentor. A cretin with more success raping women than in business with 6 Bankruptcies to date. Which is why tRump was tasked with the collapse of the $, and his base still seem to not have a clue to this agenda. Instead, foolishly thinking a known Con Man, whose family products are made in China and tariff exempt, who stiffs contractors/workers of rightful $'s owed them, who demands more H1B immigrant visa workers for his properties is making "MAGA"...NOT!

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