The first hundred days has not even begun, but Trump is already governing through business connections, elite connections, and texting, bypassing the permanent government. The Philippines was moving, arguably had moved, from US alliance to Chinese alliance. Trump and Duterte have a friendly chat, and it was fixed.
The problem was that fresh from its great successes in overthrowing governments in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, etc, </sarcasm> the State Department and the Permanent US government was gearing up to overthrow the government of the Philippines, but Trump told Duterte not to worry. Problem solved.
The state department was not involved in setting up this phone call, which was organized through Trump’s private business connections in the Philippines. Expect mega outrage in due course at the total lack of separation between president Trump and billionaire CEO Trump. Trump is acting as if he has just performed a hostile business takeover of the very badly run US incorporated. The permanent government will call this corruption, and in a sense it is, though in practice it is more that Trump is spending his own money and using his own business assets to govern the country. Rather than public President Trump enriching private CEO Trump, CEO Trump is applying Trump’s own private assets to govern America. There was and is uncertainty over how rich Trump is, though he flies around in a castle in the sky with a gold plated bath tub, but whether he is rich, or super rich, he is rich enough to run a presidential campaign out of his own pocket and his private connections turn out to wield a lot of power, enough power that he is not helpless before the forces of the permanent government. He was not helpless during the campaign, and he will not be helpless as president. Putting his business into blind trust would render him helpless. We voted for Trump because we well knew he was an insider and a very powerful man, and we figured that power was much needed to deal with anarcho tyranny.
The entire world has been living under the threat that if you do not install prog government that keeps up with the latest in progressivism, your country will be destroyed, like Libya or the Ukraine. Trump has removed this threat. If the Philippines is safe from the murderous, sadistic, and indiscriminately destructive wrath of the state department, so is Poland and Hungary. Expect a cascade of fashy governments around the world.
The progs complain
populist strongmen have begun to put pressure on critical media, to violate minority rights, and to undermine key institutions such as independent courts.
“Critical media” means of course media of the permanent government, either openly and directly controlled like NPR, or with a thin pretense of private ownership like the white house press core, which despite being nominally private works from government offices and receives government benefits.
“Minority rights” means of course arrogant minority privilege. Hear disruptive female hires interrupt and talk over their boss, watch good-for-nothin black hires take up the whole corridor when they walk down the corridor. Because they are almost fireproof short of a lawsuit, and you are not.
“Independent courts” means courts under Harvard’s thumb legislating from the bench – and we are about to see the “Independent” courts legislate open borders.
Progs think the Scalia court was “right wing”. Let us reflect on three packages of judicial legislation that no one on the court would challenge
The supremes are by past standards, raving lunatic fringe frothing at the mouth left. All of them.
1. Law enforcement is crippled by rules that are intended to prevent them from discriminating against blacks. The court sees that blacks tend to be convicted at higher rates than whites, concludes discrimination, and issues rules. The rules, being designed to prevent nonexistent discrimination without actually imposing arrest quotas, fail, more rules ensue.
2. Political repression. For example the Bank of Beverly Hills was destroyed not for defying regulatory rules requiring them to make loans to Hispanics with no income, no job, and no assets, but for doubting the moral superiority of those imposing these rules. “Hostile environment” is in practice, search for thought crime. If people at your company commit thought crimes, regulators will destroy it.
3. “Disparate impact” prohibits hiring on merit and recruitment on ability, giving us the stupid elite.
To fix Disparate Impact, Hostile environment, and restriction on policing you would need to give five justices helicopter rides to the Pacific ocean, for I am pretty sure that every justice on the court currently supports these things.