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Nepotism in Government Breeds Stupidity in Governance

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Trump insisted on placing his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner on center stage in Osaka for the G20 conclave
Trump insisted on placing his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner on center stage in Osaka for the G20 conclave
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As witnessed during Donald Trump's recent attendance at the G20 Summit in Osaka and his side trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea, relying solely on the counsel of one's daughter and son-in-law resulted in Trump displaying for the world his total ignorance of the fundamentals of international relations and geo-politics. Trump insisted on placing his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, on center stage in Osaka for the G20 conclave and at Panmunjom for a hastily arranged meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Ms. Trump acted as if she was on some sort of sorority house outing and was keen to impress her friends with inane statements that stepping into North Korea with her father was "surreal."

Ms. Trump's husband failed to impress anyone a week earlier after his long-awaited and overly hyped Middle East "peace plan" was presented at a "workshop" in Manama, Bahrain. Dubbed "Peace to Prosperity," Kushner's plan more resembled a real estate development prospectus brochure than a bona fide peace proposal between the Palestinians and Israelis. The Palestinians and some Arab nations were wise to consider Kushner's plan "dead on arrival." Kushner's and Trump's real estate companies are known mainly for bankruptcies and fraud. In reality, Kushner's plan foresees the Palestinians selling their land to developers in a get-rich-quick scheme. No where did the plan mention the political status of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, or the Palestinian diaspora's right of return.

Kushner's call for Gulf and other investors to ante up $50 billion over a ten-year time frame for infrastructure development, which includes a $5 billion transport link between the Gaza Strip and West Bank, appeared to be more a get-rich scheme for Kushner, his friends, and Trump's cronies. The only people who seemed excited about Kushner's contrivance included former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital, and Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group and chairman of Trump's short-lived Strategic and Policy Forum, both of whom were in Manama to praise Kushner's initiative. Billionaire US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said of Kushner's plan, "It's going to be like a hot IPO [initial public offering]."

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Kushner's plan was rightly panned for being an unrealistic project concocted by someone who counts Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as a close friend. In concert with orders from Netanyahu and two other Kushner compatriots former Trump attorneys David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's adviser on Israel the issue of Palestinian sovereignty was not included in the "peace plan."

While Kushner failed to impress anyone in Bahrain with his peace plan nonsense, his wife, Ivanka, made an utter fool out of herself and the United States by appearing center stage at the G20 Summit. Rarely was Ms. Trump absent from photographs of the gathered world leaders. A short video link was released by the Élyse'e Palace in Paris showing Ms. Trump attempting to barge in on a conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, and British Prime Minister Theresa May. It is clear from the audio that Trump's daughter was way out of her league and her insertions of babbling nonsense failed to impress the four leaders, three of whom are responsible for major nations and one for an important international organization. Ms. Trump has only been responsible for using her White House position to enrich her portfolio of handbag, clothing, perfume, footwear, and jewelry companies.

Trump's neo-conservative war hawk national security adviser, John Bolton, did not accompany the president to Panmunjom. North Korea has made no secret of its dislike for Bolton, an opinion that is shared by many other countries and a sizable percentage of Americans. Instead, Bolton was banished to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, where he conducted talks with Mongolian state security secretary Davaasuren Damdinsuren. Bolton's place in Panmunjom was taken by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who would not even have a job in the television business had it not been for the fact that his father, Dick Carlson, was a past president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and director of the Voice of America. Together with Ms. Trump and Kushner, Tucker Carlson made up the US contingent in Panmunjom for the first ever "visit" by a sitting US president to North Korean soil. In fact, two past presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, accomplished much more during their post-presidential visits to North Korea than did Trump for a self-serving "photo op."

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When it comes to the G20 leaders, regardless of politics, it can be safely said that Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are in a class by themselves when it comes to experienced practitioners of geo-political statecraft.

At the other end of the spectrum, where inexperienced and outright stupid novices roam, is found Trump and Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. During a joint press conference in Osaka, Trump was asked about President Putin's belief that "western liberalism" was on the political ropes. Trump, obviously unfamiliar with the concept advanced during the Age of Enlightenment by such 17th and 18th century figures as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Baron Montesquieu it should be firmly stated that anyone who ever took a college political science or history course is familiar with the refrain "Hobbes, Locke, and Montesquieu" began blathering about liberal Democratic cities in California, specifically mentioning Los Angeles and San Francisco. In a cringeworthy moment, Trump incredulously said, "I guess you look at what's happening in Los Angeles, where it's so sad to look, and what's happening in San Francisco, and a couple other cities which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people."

It is of little wonder why Trump only seems to bond with Bolsonaro, an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Bolsonaro is a disciple of the Richmond, Virginia-based Brazilian polemicist, Olavo de Carvalho. A fierce opponent of former Brazilian Presidents Luiz Ina'cio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, Carvalho rejects Copernican, Newtonian, and Einsteinian physics, choosing to believe that the Earth does not revolve around the sun; that the concept of infinite numbers, as well as manmade climate change, are hoaxes; that there was no such thing as the Spanish Inquisition; that vaccinations kill people or make them crazy; and that Pepsi sweetened its drinks with aborted human fetuses. Carvalho has also said that there is insufficient evidence to prove whether the Earth is flat or a sphere. No wonder Trump and Bolsonaro admire one another. They have become the antithesis of the Age of Enlightenment. They represent a modern "Age of Stupidity."

One could easily dismiss those like Carvalho as lunatic gadflies. However they have powerful admirers and cohorts, as witnessed in March 2019 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Former Trump adviser and campaign strategist Steve Bannon co-hosted a screening of a complementary film about Carvalho. Present was President Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, a representative for South America of Bannon's global fascist "Movement." Following the screening of the film, Carvalho declared that all journalists are drug addicts. While many journalists do enjoy their adult beverage of choice, such a Trump-like statement by the political guru of Bannon and Bolsonaro provides further evidence that our world has entered the Age of Stupidity, where up is no longer down, facts are considered false, and imbeciles like Trump and Bolsonaro, along with their corrupt families, now govern major nation-states.

 

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The world is witnessing a metastasizing abomination. The putrefaction of a life form which presents itself as human but spreads the diseases of violence and insanity wherever it goes. Outwardly, it could technically be classified as human, but inwardly, it is consumed with the grotesque ravings of something that long ago separated itself from anything of worth. Its stench permeates all it claims power over. It revels in destruction and chaos. It inhales the caustic acid of truth but spews forth the black contagion of lies. It feeds on greed, lust and the suffering of others. A bloated obscenity, proud of its cruelty and murderous contempt for goodness. It is monstrous in its narcissistic self importance. Perverted in its relationships. A princely man of filth, whose kingdom is the cesspool; without a conscience or an IQ -- THIS IS TRUMP AND FAMILY.

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Nepotism generally creates only unqualified job placements. Unless the circle it's working with is complete with idiots, then it breeds stupidity. (Which is where we are now.) :p

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The circle is unbroken, We made it. pal.

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