Opinion | Trump: Trying to Remake America in His Own Image – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

“First Donald Trump remade the Republican Party in his own image, and now he is trying to remake America the same way — into a selfish, dishonest country with no close friends, totally unpredictable, free of any commitment to enduring values, ready to stab any ally in the back on Twitter if it doesn’t do our bidding and much more comfortable with mafia-like dictators than elected democrats.

God forbid we become the United States of Trump. That would threaten our future and the stability of the world. The world has come to rely on an America that, more often than not, has been ready to pay any price and bear any burden to do the right things, say the right things, model the right things and stand for the right things — when others were unwilling or unable to do so.

All the tangible and intangible benefits flowing from the global order we generated helped to make us the richest, most secure and most respected nation in history. We need to make that prosperity more inclusive, but becoming the Ugly America will make us only more insecure.

Fox News Chorus: That’s awfully churlish, Friedman. After all, Trump may deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for the denuclearization deal he just forged with North Korea.”

David Lindsay Jr.

Yes, thank you Thomas Friedman. We are not safer, in so many ways. Here are two of many comments I liked:

Soxared, ’04, ’07, ’13
Boston

Mr. Friedman, allow me to riff on a famous rhetorical question. ”Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Are we better off than we were 17 months ago?

Donald Trump has taken a buzz saw to the policies and achievements of President Barack Obama since he assumed office on January 20, 2017. Aside from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that shifted the national debt squarely onto the shoulders of the shrinking middle class to the permanent benefit of the one percent, just what has Trump accomplished?

Are we better off than we were 17 months ago?

America has gratuitously yielded its pre-eminence in several international agreements: the Paris Climate Accords; the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the working, effective Iran nuclear deal of 2015. President Obama was respected around the world. Is Trump?

Are we better off than we were 17 months ago?

We had a healthcare system that, for all its flaws, was working and only needed bipartisan support in Congress to to improve it. Trump wishes to wreck it for no good reason except that the man before him brought it into being.

Are we better off than we were 17 months ago?

President Obama’s economic achievements eased us back from the abyss to where, today, Trump dishonestly claims credit for another man’s work.

Are we better off than we were 17 months ago?

The eight years prior to Trump were scandal-free. That is hardly the case now as a many-headed hydra of corruption flings its arms around us: Russia; E.P.A.; Kushner, etc.

ChristineMcM commented 7 hours ago

ChristineMcM
ChristineMcM
Massachusetts

Mr. Friedman, Donald Trump isn’t just “trying” to remake America in his own image, he’s succeeding.

He’s succeeding because of an unprecedented level of cowardice that has taken over the minds of Republicans in Congress.

No matte what Trump does, demands, says, shouts, tweets, or freaks out about, this Congress aims to please.

Through silence. Through obeisance to an emperor with no clothes who’s not worthy of our magnificent system of government, because he’s trashes it daily, and has been since January 20, 2017.

No, I don’t feel more secure. That sinking feeling in the pit of stomach I had Election Night has only deepened with every strange move Trump thinks is bold to shock the world but ends up biting America where it hurts.

The North Korean caper is just the latest, and the worst. What was REALLY said when the two of them were alone. What other promises were made in addition to concessions freely offered with nothing in return?

Just look all around us: He’s gutted government, gutted healthcare, pitted American against American, alienated allies and encouraged dictators like Putin–whom, he eerily seems to be directed by. Example: The Russians have been pushing an end to war games for the past decade.

It’s time for all of us to call a spade a spade, because this president is a clear and ever-present danger to the economic, political, scientific, psychological and cultural health of our nation.

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About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. It was published by Footmad and Cherry Blossom Press on September 11, 2017. Find more about it at TheTaySonRebellion.com, also known as, DavidLindsayJr.com.
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