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With power comes responsibility. But responsibility alone is insufficient. It must be leavened with wisdom. |
Trump must exercise some wisdom to see what has happened to himself now that he holds a mantle of power which is no different in strength from those held by others.
First, his own achievement in the business sector has been because of his legacy from his father. He didn't make it all on his own. Unlike the american, mexican, chinese and other workers of the world, he was given a silver spoon from birth. Granted he expanded the legacy and added wealth but it is a mirage because he is as red in debts as he is as blue in wealth, much of which made from deals with countries around the world, China including.
He shouldn't psychologically think that since China is associated with the color red, he can get rid of his red debts by going head-to-head on China in much the same way french north africans in Paris are stealing from french Chinese in Paris just because the former say they are muslims and therefore have a right to purloin welfare from the hardworking french Chinese.
Second, he must discern the insensate grand strategy he is executing. Trade protectionism doesn't jive in tandem with military expansionism. One goes inwards, the other outwards. The torsional force so created will create a vacuum in the center; as events start running over his head, things will collapse into that vacuum; it will become a geopolitical black hole no game theory model from any of his think-tanks can describe accurately so that matters will start careening to disaster by the chaos theory of entropy in the thermodynamics of human affairs.
Furthermore, protectionism on the one hand and expansionism on the other spells only a self-serving mentality that hangs out to dry the rationale for interference in other peoples affairs presumably out of a sense of ally support especially when he has also torpedoed the very TPP accord that the US albeit by his political rival had cobbled and coerced the same allies to sign. Or is he saying Obama as the 44th US president didn't have the same interest of the same country in mind just because one groups is democrat and the other is but half-republican veering to neo-conservatism?
Third, he must candidly ask himself when he was building his own business, what did he believe in from the outset that had served his purpose and objective? Didn't he believe in American industry founded and lubricated by the Invisible Hand of capitalism? If he did then, why not now? If he retorts the American worker is suffering for it, then he should exercise in sequence honesty followed by reality followed by wisdom to seek a viable solution out of their predicament.
Take his recent executive order to use only American-made cold-rolled steel for oil pipelines as an example. Fine, one can excuse knee-jerk actions to excite one's supporters; i am no stranger to executive orders of my own device. But did he think a step further by doing so what will be the bottom-line result? Surely the art of his deals is all about bottom-lines too? The result will be higher oil refined prices because American labour costs to make those steel pipes are higher than obtainable from the world market? And that is because American steel mills whether the mini-mills or the hightech behemoths have to input ruinous worker healthcare and retirement liabilities into their labor rates which is also why it makes utterly incongruous sense to impose tariffs and anti-dumping duties on steel imports from countries like China which if he would care to check last makes for 1,300 million what his country makes for 320 million. On economies of scale alone, protectionist measures cannot be justified let alone the savings foregone by not buying cheaper imports just to save enterprises badly run for years until their liabilities are now threatening not just american jobs but also the integrity of the global trading system besides world peace.
Fourth, if he still cannot fathom this, at the least consider the American worker he wants to uplift is also the same American consumer his policies will finish off through making the goods they purchase more expensive by the stroke of a xenophobic mind, and by the same token, the American industry making for the American consumer he wants to uplift to help make America great again.
Fifth, he should be more honest, realistic and wise about matters than the people he has surrounded himself with to advise him on what to do without putting words into his directions to fit their own jaundiced-mind prejudices and personal agendas.
Can he for instance safely say they are not on their own already throwing bones to their own networks who are obsequiously pliant because they are already looking to reap a post-Trump era?
He should fully realize that in just one month, he has surrounded himself with the most globally unsettling group of advisors and helpers, all of whom espousing right-wing neo-con vituperatives more radical than the previous republican grouping that have upended global realpolitik and which can only lead to future altercations and conflicts to no one's gain in the end.
His Tillerson, Bannon and Navarro have already in all but so many words preempted their chief by already declaring proxy war on China, one even to the extent of playing on judeo-christian sentiments, another by making a video to make China the same bogeyman of America's own excesses and lazyboning no different from the way the author of Mein Kampf had denigrated the jews yet upon whom Americans harbor conscience-stricken partiality. In what way are the chinese they dislike different from the jews they support? Do they need to ask the french north african muslims in Paris for a more academically balanced answer to that question? Bannon, as a banal example, has already castigated China for her 'ancient territorial claims'. By doing so, this weak specimen of neo-KKK white supremacy, furthermore from Goldman Sachs, has just insulted the intelligence of the American forefathers. Is he saying that American natives have no ancient territorial claims to their own North American land?
He should take a step back and ask himself quietly if the situation is reversed and the US is China and China is the US, would he expect others who have 5,000 years civilizational experience to stand down while he of a 150 years no-culture experience can elbow push others around just because he cannot put his own house in order without punishing others in the process for no fault of their own? To save him trouble looking, he certainly can't find any answer from Yale's Skull and Crossbones alumni buddy club of power-mongers what more Washington's illuminati fraternity.