Opinion – Jared under the bed?: Team Trump and the Russians | Blog – The Economist – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right to be concerned, having a mercurial Trump is one thing but being in a situation where the man’s son in law is effectively running things behind the scenes with Trump’s older daughter at all key meetings as if she was a princess being groomed to be a future Queen is very wrong.

America fought its war of independence to be free of the rule of English kings in 1776, some 241 years ago but now we seem to have a situation in which missile strikes can be ordered by Trump after an ear bending by his daughter,and people can be sidelined, or even fired, on the say so of Jared Kushner.

This wouldn’t matter if we were dealing with a family business but we are dealing with a country that for the moment is the most powerful in the world and what seems to escape everyone is the fact that Trump was elected and his son-in-law and daughter were not.

Trump’s voters irrespective of wealth, or lack of it, voted for Trump not his family and his in-laws.
We who live outside of America want a “Leader of the free world” who can do the job alone without having his strings pulled by Jared Kushner, the Russians, his eldest daughter or anyone else. It is unseemly and dangerous for an US President for this to be the case and frankly what do any of know about Kushner or Trump’s daughter?

As Der Spiegel says with no holds barred and Dr Alf implies, who is the President? It looks like it is Jared Kushner and the power behind the throne Ivanka Trump with “The Donald” as little more than Mr Punch.

The question then is who controls Jared Kushner? Hopefully we will find out soon,and see the impeachment of Trump and his replacement with someone who knows what they are doing. America needs to regain her respect in the world.

John Gelmini

Opinion – How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic – John Gelmini

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton, January 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The answer to Dr Alf’s open question is that politicians have dissembled too much, lied too much and have tried to avoid answering or thinking about the difficult issues we face.

Delivery under Obama has been so scant that you would need an electron microscope to see exactly what HAS been delivered and in America, as elsewhere in the world, people see themselves as consumers with certain rights.

Issues like automation, robotics, cybernetics, 3D printing and the need for up-skilling, more exports and a more outward looking focus have not been addressed, so when Obama, or his equivalents around the world, says that policies are working, people compare their situations to what has been promised and find that they are being delivered what Trading Standards calls “short measure”.

This means buying a pint or liter of beer but getting less than half of it, whilst being charged for the whole amount.
In the past people would grumble, be fed lies and in most cases put up with what they were given but no longer. They want what they were promised, when it was promised to arrive, and preferably faster than that.

Politics is still in the age of horses and carts, rather than the internet age where every promise and utterance can and is being compared with earlier utterances and politicians by not managing expectations and by not delivering or explaining why they can’t (changed circumstances), risk approbation and ridicule.

Trump may be a buffoon and will not win the Presidency but Hillary Clinton will not be able to disregard some of the important points he has made however much she might disagree with the inflammatory way in which he makes his case.
The genie is out of the bottle, people want delivery and they want to see fairer distribution of wealth and the old norms are simply not going to be accepted any longer.

John Gelmini