The sound of loud alarm frightened the peaceful inhabitants of the New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. power corridors. A political earthquake measuring nine on the Richter scale shook the United States of America. The editors at the major US newspapers worked overtime to change next day’s prearranged headlines.
Barack Obama, who by many conservatives is thought to be the worst president since Jimmy Carter, started getting used to the idea of handing over to Donald Trump, whom he just a few days earlier branded as unqualified for the position. What happened?
The descendants of those who made our country the greatest on Earth, who gave us liberty and justice, who built our dams, roads and tall buildings, looked one more time at what Ayn Rand would describe as the creeping socialism of the Clinton-Obama travesty and said: enough.
Obamacare, political correctness, unnecessary foreign conflicts, a confused nation, exclusively liberal media: enough.
Self-censorship negating freedom of expression when discussing the actions of minority groups, blacks, gays, lesbians, women and everybody else who feels entitled to special consideration on account of some past or present evil deed on the part of society, to them the voters also said: enough.
Change is in the air. Following Donald Trump’s election, the media, which all through the election conducted an unbelievable hate campaign against him, immediately started on a new path. According to “mainstream” sources, there are two Americas, and the president must do everything in his power to unite the two sides; perhaps with similar compromises that brought our country to the edge of the abyss under Obama.
It seems no one expressed to them the view that in an election there are winners and losers, and their views lost. In several US cities thousands demonstrated against the results of the election, claiming a First Amendment right to do so.
Yes, thankfully in our country people can still express their sentiments. Political correctness has not yet destroyed one of our most sacred rights. Maybe it is not too late. Nevertheless, the timing of these demonstrations is curious. We already elected a president. Now, would be the time to fall behind him for the good of the country. No?
The president-elect is the first American who will occupy the highest office of the land without any political or military executive experience. He needs all the help he can get. His task is a difficult one.
Trump, a gracious host, charming companion and a surprisingly nice man in private, ran one of the most obnoxious, in some cases incomprehensible, campaigns in US history. He expressed the frustrations of the electorate, not always in the most appropriate manner.
Mexicans, women, Moslems, the handicapped and other groups’ sensitivities have been severely challenged by Trump’s style and his no-nonsense politically incorrect speech. Everyone who personally knows Donald Trump agrees that he is no racist, not homophobic or xenophobic, and treats women on the average no worse than one could expect from a male of his age and social class.
During his campaign he spoke in the language of the pubs, or in some instances the language of the dressing rooms. Some of these expressions were not appreciated, even by his own supporters. Too bad, because he must not only be decent but must also look the role. Time and experience should cure this problem. Trump’s post-election interviews portrayed already a “kinder and gentler” Donald.
It would be interesting to examine what are the major changes that the new president must absolutely institute to satisfy his supporters. He must start with immigration.
He must start with this not only because his supporters expect a solution but also because it is probably the easiest part of the puzzle. He will build a wall, a fence or whatever it takes to hold the influx of illegals through the Mexican-American border, and will also increase personnel at the border.
The best estimates right now put over ten million the number of the illegal immigrants in the country at any one time. According to Trump’s estimates there are over two million who pose imminent danger to Americans; criminals, drug merchants, murderers, potential terrorists, human traffickers and people of similar characters.
In all probability, he would start immediately by apprehending these individuals and returning them to their native lands. The campaign against these undesirables would give Donald Trump time to offer a comprehensive plan regarding repatriation of the remaining millions who are economic refugees from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Contrary to popular belief, not all illegal immigrants present in the United States are citizens of a Latin American country.
The arrogance of the European political elite notwithstanding, he will find the best means to rearrange US relationships with Europe, the European Union and NATO. Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of European Commission, stated after the election that it would take two years “to teach Trump how Europe works”.
The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, also criticised Trump, as did the German Deputy Chancellor and the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.
I would strongly urge all of these gentlemen to exhibit more humility toward a man who in the past 30 years ate for breakfast more significant and smarter men than the above-mentioned speakers.
President Trump will make it clear that the US expects NATO members to fulfil the agreement they signed and spend no less than two percent of their GDP on military expenditures. This is the members’ obligation, and the minimum requirement for their security. This change would also help the US administration to reduce some military expenditures without jeopardising the security of NATO members.
Trump will abolish Obamacare. It is likely that some aspects of this ill-conceived, ill-executed law might have features worthy of preservation under a different structure, but this irrational concept will not remain. There are no free lunches, and nobody knows this better than someone who had to work all his life. The story of Obamacare is another example of socialist legislation that the American population abhors.
The most difficult of the new president’s promises involves the reindustrialisation of our country; a necessary task the execution of which appears to be devilishly complicated.
On one hand we must secure some of the industrial jobs that we lost and some of the industrial jobs that we are yet to lose. On the other hand trade wars are not the answer. These conflicts would only end up with everybody losing.
We all know the re-thinking and re-negotiating of some trade agreements, tariffs and other global trade issues is very much in order. The living standard of workers in the United States is stagnating. In fact it has been stagnating for decades.
The Trump electorate would not stand for another decade of stagnation. Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and the heartland want to work. They welcome the progress Mexico, Vietnam or China have made over the last decades but for Americans naturally America comes first.
This is the greatest challenge of the Trump presidency and the new chief executive would be very foolish not to understand the main motivation of his supporters.
The United States’ foreign policy is also likely to be modified in some aspects. There should be less interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states. Ambassadors and their subordinates will not be encouraged to explain to the heads of states and ministers of other countries what democracy and freedom mean.
No, this does not signify that we would tolerate and accept oppression, dictatorships or the curtailment of human or civil rights. It will simply mean that the US government’s local representatives would not make the country in question feel that a bully is in their midst. I believe we will be less arrogant and more helpful to our friends and more feared by our enemies.
Make America great again! America first! It is the greatest country on Earth and only we can destroy it or make it even greater. These are the thoughts of a Donald Trump presidency, the way I read the message.
If I am right, a more effective, a more efficient, a more logical, a more law-abiding, a more conservative and, at the end, a better America is in our future. And for those who fear a Trump presidency, I would say: let us give the man a chance.
He deserves it and with our help we can all be proud of his success. Because his success will be our and America’s success.
George F. Hemingway