Trump’s Character

Trump and Obama are almost like polar opposites.  Obama was an outstanding representative of his black race, while Trump is a pretty sad representative of his white race.  The Obama family behaved itself impeccably in the White House.  Obama presided over the government with even-tempered moderation and spoke eloquently.  Trump has been tarnished by personal scandal and speaks more like a high-schooler than a college graduate.

One of the biggest Republican complaints about Obama is the creation of ObamaCare, but much of ObamaCare was drafted by Congress which had to haggle over how to make it work.  If the crazies in the Democratic party had not been kept in control by Obama’s moderation, it would have been much worse from a Republican viewpoint.  The biggest general criticism of Obama’s foreign policy was probably his failure to enforce the “red line” against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.  I support Obama’s decision to work with the Russians to remove chemical weapons from Syria, rather than blow Syria to smithereens.  We could not have “won” the war in Syria, and getting Syria to dispose of almost all chemical weapons except for chlorine probably meant that there were many fewer deaths from chemical weapons than there would have been otherwise.

I think Obama’s negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA, was a significant accomplishment that reduced the risk of nuclear war in the Middle East.  Trump was very foolish to abandon the agreement.  He may try to get Iranian concession on non-nuclear issues, such as support for Hamas, but he should have left the nuclear deal in place and worked to expand limits on Iran’s other activities.

On the anniversary of Charlottesville, the main Trump issue that I support is immigration and support for white people, including the non-crazies who participated in Charlottesville because they opposed removing the Confederate monuments.  The protesters against removing the monuments should not have tried to look like Nazis, but those in favor of removing the monuments, who had already won on the main issue, should not have violently opposed the marchers.  Charlottesville now has the reputation as a place where free speech is unconstitutionally opposed by violence.

Trump is right that immigration has significantly changed the United States for the worse, at least for the former white majority.  I support his efforts to get immigration under control.  I also support his efforts to deal with Putin on a friendly basis.  Russia’s economy may be weak, but its nuclear weapons arsenal is second only ours.  On the other hand, I do not support his confrontations with our traditional friends in Canada and Western Europe.  And I don’t like his bull-in-a-china-shop style. He threatens and blusters, but then (thankfully) often backs down to a more reasonable position.

I don’t blame him for opposing the Mueller investigation.  The Russian collusion investigation was started to try to declare Trump’s election illegitimate, and has now morphed into trying to create a basis to impeach him.  It may not be a “witch hunt” but it is a virulent personal attack on him by Democrats led by the intelligencia, Jews, blacks and Hispanics.  It is racist to a significant degree. Trump may have played the race card first, but the response has also been extremely racist, so that the current tension is due to ill will on both sides, not just Trump’s.

Trump is amazing in that he does not let the violent attacks against him deter him.  Apparently they affect him, but mainly by making him angry.  Although Trump is a poor example of what would expect as a representative of the white (formerly) ruling class, no polite, gracious member of this class could or would withstand these withering attacks.

So far, the Democrats’ case seems so weak that it seems to depend mainly on Don Junior’s meeting with the Russian lawyer in Trump Tower.  This is thin gruel for an impeachment, although impeachment is really a political act rather than a legal one.  If the Democrats take over the House, and if Mueller comes up with enough other material to convince some Republicans in the Senate, impeachment is possible.  I really don’t want Pence to be President, but maybe if he just took on a caretaker role until the next election, the country could survive.  Right now the 2020 election does not look pretty.

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Trump Tower Russia Meeting

The media is making a big deal of Michael Cohen’s claim that Donald Trump had advance notice of the Don Junior’s meeting with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.   The media talk about this meeting as if it was treasonous.  I don’t think it was even improper.  What if the Russians were going to tell Trump that Hillary had given classified information to a Russian spy?  Wouldn’t it make sense to see what the Russians were going to say?  If the Russians were going to offer $1 million to the Trump campaign, the Trumps could have refused it.  I don’t see what’s wrong with listening to what the Russians had to say as long as the Trumps did not act on any illegal proposals.

The media’s efforts to portray this meeting as treasonous are just part of the Democratic Party’s effort to invalidate the election and remove Trump from the Presidency.  If it’s not an illegal meeting, then it doesn’t matter whether Trump had advance notice of it or not, even if he has denied he knew about it beforehand.  Therefore, Cohen’s claim is irrelevant.  It just gives the press an opportunity to bring up the meeting again and slander Trump’s connection to it.  It’s another illustration of how partisan the press is whether it’s “fake news” or not.

Jews and Asians at Harvard

A recent report says that Harvard is discriminating against Asian applicants.  Harvard once discriminated against Jewish applicants, but I believe that Harvard has been discriminating in favor of Jewish applicants for years.  It’s difficult to tell, because Jews don’t allow themselves to be identified as Jews, except when they want to be.  When they are identified, it’s sometimes confusing whether only religious Jews are numbered, or all ethnic Jews, a larger number.  Jews who do not want to be identified as such, identify as white.  Thus, the number of “white” students at Harvard includes many Jews, who are not identified separately.  This means that the percentage of students who are non-Jewish white is much less than the published percentage of “white” students.

As a consequence, Harvard has become more and more a Jewish school, most recently recognized by the selection of a new Jewish president, Lawrence Bacow, whose mother was a Holocaust survivor.  Of course, he’s not the first.  Larry Summers was another Jewish president of Harvard.

The problem for Asians is that the Jews at Harvard see Asians as competitors.  Jews are not concerned about blacks and Hispanics, whom they see as inferior races easily dominated by Jews.  They probably see whites as inferior, too, but whites remain competitors because they were the original founders of the United States and of Harvard, and of many American institutions, which give whites advantages beyond what Jews may consider their strengths as a race.  Asians, however, appear to be the equals of the Jews in intelligence and industriousness.  Thus, Jews need to dominate prestigious schools like Harvard to help maintain their position in America.

Of course, it’s not only at universities that Jews (and others) see Asians as competitors.  This Bloomberg article reports how Asians are systematically excluded from corporate executive suites.

It would be interesting if the suit against Harvard by Asians brought out any information about Jews at Harvard, but it is unlikely to do so.  If anything, they will manage to get themselves lumped in with “white” students, so that “whites” will take the blame for any discrimination against Asians.

Fareed Zakaria’s June 28 Washington Post column, “Meritocracy is under attack,” took on the issue of discriminating against Asians, since he is an example of an Asian who went to Harvard.  He points out that until the 1950s, the US was run by White Anglo-Saxon Protestants or WASPs.  The WASPs were removed from power by the concept of a meritocracy that was created by the educational system.  Fareed, of course, as a South Asian, was a beneficiary of this system.  Who created the system?  I think it was largely Jews who were bettering their place in American society.  However, having gained preeminence, they do not plan to give it up, and thus are discriminating against the new rising meritocracy: Asians.