Trump's new world order bleak
Friday, August 10, 2018
Our president exaggerates frequently, having made 4,229 false or misleading statements to date, reports The Washington Post. This statistic is immediately dismissed by millions of our citizens as “fake, fake, disgusting, news,” as the president recently said in Pennsylvania, where he again reinforced his earlier characterization of the press as “the enemy of the people,” urging his cheering audience to believe nothing that the media says or writes and suggesting that his administration alone can be believed. Accordingly, Mueller ‘s investigation is a “witch hunt” — because this administration tells us, repeatedly, it is: Facts are inconsequential.
Never before in this country has there been so concentrated, so vicious an attack on fact-based, objective reporting of the news; and it’s becoming more intense. We’ve seen this before in pre-WWII Italy and Germany where fascists recognized the necessity of defaming and gaining control of the media in order to sell their brands to their peoples. But freedom of the press is enshrined in our Constitution, a document of which this president is, apparently, ignorant or contemptuous.
President Trump repudiates the world-order that’s been put into place since the end of WWII, insisting that we’ve been duped by friends and foes alike into making political and financial arrangements that have unfairly exploited us. Trump disdains multilateral agreements of all types, wishing to replace such agreements with bilateral deals which he will personally renegotiate as only he (so he believes) can do. “NATO is obsolete,” NAFTA is the “worse trade deal ever,” the Paris Accord and the TPP are more of the same, etc. Our allies are a bunch of dead beats, and powerful autocrats have become our best buddies? Nonsense!
Make no mistake: Trump intends to remake the world-order. Do you wish to live in that world?
Robert J. Hursey Jr.