Opinion – Scandal of Donald Trump Jr’s alleged Russian collusion will force his father to resign, Columbia law professor predicts | The Independent – John Gelmini

As Dr Alf suggests, the plot thickens and the dangerous practice of letting your offspring and son-in-law get involved in official business is beginning to threaten the Trump Presidency which in many ways looks like a dynasty with the “King” at the top, being run by a “Baron”(acting as the real “King”( Jared Kushner), a young “Prince” (Donald Jr) and the “Princess in waiting” (Ivanka), ready to take over the throne, when the “King” has stepped down or gone back to being a television mogul.

No-one in America voted for Kushner, Ivanka or Donald Junior, and no-one could have conceived of the idea of the President living his ambitions for his daughter vicariously into the political process as if he had established a royal dynasty.

Americans probably thought that they had dispensed with this sort of thing in 1776, when they officially broke away from British imperial rule and became a republic but under Donald Trump it has been recreated minus the crowns and court intrigue.

I see a Pence Presidency on the horizon, and a wider Middle East war leading to further trouble, so the good professor from Columbia University may well be right.

Trump’s sons cannot look after the Trump Corporation’s business interests from a prison cell, so the price of that not happening might well be the end of the Trump Presidency, its replacement with a Pence Presidency and the preparation by Trump of Ivanka for the bigger role in 2022 or 4 more years after that.

In this way Trump’s political ambitions can be realised vicariously whilst his desire for self aggrandisement and bombast can manifest itself in new business ventures and opportunities to make television programmes and films.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Op-Ed: Chaotic Washington is not a shining example of democracy – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a powerful op-ed, here’s the most-read article in China‘s influential People’s Daily. It explores the question, ‘Is the US still a model of democracy?’. It suggests that that question, previously a far-fetched idea for many, is being asked more and more. Critically, it explores the realization that Western democracy—even American democracy—can fall into chaos and undermine the international community’s goal of peace and development.

Source: Op-Ed: Chaotic Washington is not a shining example of democracy – People’s Daily Online

The article clearly supports China geopolitical influence and for it’s readers blurs the differences between a one-party totalitarian regime to Trump’s America – many liberal critics see Trump’s election as a step towards fascism. Of course, it’s populism and Trump, in particular, that has debased US democracy. But we are beginning to see the US political and legal system start to place some serious barriers for Trump. It’s worrying when Trump’s son-in-law, a critical advisor, is having his business interests investigated for links with Russia.

Perhaps, the US needs a Macron, who’s not tainted by association with the Washington’s political establishment?