Thursday 24 November 2016
1 Further to my piece on racism last Tuesday in which I insinuated correctly that Peter Dutton was a racist, Malcolm Turnbull at a doorstop interview was directly and with unambiguous clarity asked:
”Did he support the position taken by his immigration minister, Peter Dutton, that Lebanese Muslims should not have been permitted to come to Australia in the 1970s because a small number of their descendants generations down the track went on to be charged with crimes?”
Not once but three times he was asked this question. His answer to the question was a glowing endorsement of the Minister, singing his praises to the point of suggesting he was the best Immigration Minister Australia ever had.
He could have answered a number of ways. He could have spoken about ministerial power and the obligations carried with it. As Immigration Minister he is expected to promote Australia’s success as a multi-cultural nation with a proud history of accepting people from all over the world.
The power of his words should not only reinforce the need for vigilance against terrorism but also nurture a harmonious society.
Alas he does none of this and like his former leader promotes fear and division.
The Prime Minister often asserts that an inclusive nation is the best weapon against terrorism. If he really believed it he would have given Dutton a public dressing down. One that condemned in no uncertain terms Dutton’s disgraceful comments against migrant Australians who have helped build a great nation.
In not doing so he has again reinforced the notion that he is captive to the extreme right of his party. A place that Dutton occupies together with others that determines whether Turnbull is leader or not. No balls one might say. Dutton is well out of his depth and should be sacked. He has demoted citizenship to an ephemeral sort of nothingness for those who wish to become one.
“It is better to be comforted with the truth than be controlled by lies”.
2 I have for the sake of my own sanity refrained from writing about Donald Trump for the past few days. But somehow I seem to have awoken from the trance I have been in and reality has assumed its normal place. So now that I am on dry ground again let’s see where we are.
A During the campaign he let it be known that he wanted Hillary Clinton behind bars. Now it seems he has found forgiveness in his heart and no longer wishes it so. Of course his original intention carried no weight. It was not something he could do. It was a job for congress alone.
B He now doubts the value of torture. Good bye waterboarding. A bit wet behind the ears you might say.
C He now promises after denouncing climate change to keep an open mind on the subject. He refused to repeat his promise to abandon the Paris accord.
D He reckons he has no obligation to put his businesses in a blind trust. Addressing conflict of interest, he said the President can’t have one. Suggesting he was above it all.
E He met with the New York Times and gave them a dressing down. He would not/could not elaborate on policy positions and only spoke in generalities. Fancy calling in the top newspaper in the country and telling them what they can and cant say. I wonder what Rupert thought.
F He rejected any suggestion that he was above federal anti-nepotism laws by installing his son-in-law into a White House job. He now sees Kushner helping out in reconciling the dispute between Israel and Palestine despite the fact that he has no experience in international affairs. Miracles can happen. Bullshit.
G He was upset with the criticism of his appointment of ultra-white nationalist Bannon as his chief strategist. Well the man is a racist.
H He sees no reason to reveal his tax returns. Perhaps he thinks he is above honesty now. Here is a link describing how easy it would be for his companies to benefit from his Presidency.
I His children will play a big part in his Presidency. His daughter sat in on discussions with the Japanese Prime Minister.
J He has decided to scrap the TPP. It will effect many countries.
K He is interviewing people, including Romney, who called him some of the most derogatory things before and during the election for some of the top jobs. Who would have thought?
L Trump University defrauded thousands of customers of a total $40 million, and Trump may personally have pocketed $5 million in profit. So he settles for $25 million.
“I settled the Trump University lawsuit for a small fraction of the potential award because as President I have to focus on our country”.
M The President-elect’s Charity has admitted that it has violated the legal prohibition against “SELF DEALING” which bars the leaders on non-profit charities from using its money for private or family reasons. It didn’t seem to worry Donald.
During the presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported on several instances in which Trump appeared to use the Trump Foundation’s money to buy items for himself or to help one of his for-profit businesses.
N An American friend sent me this about Obamacare:
O He will reverse Rowe V Wade when he can appoint a couple of judges to the Supreme Court who will guarantee to do his bidding. Remarkable isn’t it.
So Paul Ryan and Republicans have revealed their “replacement” for Obamacare, and it’s even more horrible than you might have imagined. So what is their grand solution? They’re going to move everyone to minimal coverage, high deductible plans. Ryan’s justification is that people don’t really use insurance anyway, so they don’t really need a decent plan.
Basically, Republicans have proposed a plan that is many times worse than what we had before the ACA.
P I think the wall is gradually becoming a fence.
Q Deportations have been put on hold and the Muslim register might need a rethink.
R The swamp is being cleared and replaced with an open sewer of lobbyists, racists and all manner of putrid people.
S The trade war with China is also on hold I think, although I did hear him say that every decision will be made on an America first basis.
Well, that about concludes my Trump update. How on earth did this man, who has so corrupted the English language as to make it unintelligible, become President. What a phony as the American’s would say but they still voted for him.
That’s the end. I could have expanded on ‘F‘ but could have presented some problems.
What must those who voted for him think?
My thought for the day.
“Will we ever grow intellectually to the point where we are able to discern and understand the potential for the good within us?”
PS. I forgot to mention that for the first time in American history the first lady wont be living in the White House.