Trump's 100 days

There has been much chatter about Trump's first one hundred days. Much of the commentary is woefully ill-informed. The discussions are more about whether or not one approves of Trump's presidency than whether or not he is keeping his campaign promises.

 

There really is no need for this evaluation to occur in a vacuum. Back in October, Trump himself provided the criteria that should be used. I am referring to his Gettysberg Speech. If you have forgotten it, as so many of the political journalists appear to have done, you can refresh your memory here.

 

It is worth re-reading the speech. If one goes through it line by line, one will see that he has been remarkably consistent (contrary to his representation in the media). Where Trump's promises lie within the executive authority of the president, he has made sustantial progress, even though the courts have attempted to undermine his authority. It is where he promised to work with Congress to introduce legislative change, such as repeal and replace Obama Care, that progress has been limited. The failure to make progress here says much more about the Republican Party than Donald Trump.

 

Where Trump's first one hundred days can be legitimately criticised in terms of his campaign promises is foreign policy, specifically his repeated claims regarding non-intervention, seeking co-operative relations with Russia and prioritising the destruction of the jihadists. On foreign policy, Trump has abandoned his positions and adopted the policies of Hillary Clinton, the neoliberal globalist elite's candidate. This is a serious failure and betrayal of the people who voted for him.

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Comments (42)

  1. Munkyman

    It’d be nice to be able to be non-interventionist, but the DPRK won’t allow it.
    IF we can verify a chemical/biological/dirty weapons attack & it’s point of origin, I can get behind turning the point of origin into a smoking crater.

    May 02, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      North Korea is not a threat to the US. It is the US that is threatening North Korea.

      May 02, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        The DPRK has made direct threats against the US, the US is not a threat to the DPRK or we’d have finished the Korean War, detante exists because we want it. The DPRK is seeking ICBMs in order to better threaten the US.

        May 02, 2017
        1. mrmacq

          oh my fucking gawd

          May 02, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            It’s only your gawd when it’s fornicating. Why is that?

            May 02, 2017
            1. mrmacq

              oh my
              spunky made a joke…

              May 02, 2017
        2. stevehayes13

          North Korea has not threatened the US. It has responded to US threats by saying it is prepared to defend itself by all means at its disposal.

          May 03, 2017
          1. mrmacq

            ya mean NK has hind legs
            yanks prefer all others to simply roll over
            to show the soft underside
            to do the yanks bidding
            .
            how dare they stand up to the great and glorious

            May 03, 2017
            1. stevehayes13

              North Korea watched what happened to Iraq and Libya after they had given up their weapons of mass destruction.

              May 03, 2017
            2. mrmacq

              only the big boys are allowed big sticks
              says so right in the big boys rules
              no one else is allowed the means to defend themselves
              .
              one would think if non proliferation was truly the goal, that the big boys would give up theirs as well
              .
              but i gather THEY have the right, unafforded others, to defend themselves

              May 03, 2017
            3. stevehayes13

              They were content to allow Israel, India and Pakistan to acquire them.

              May 03, 2017
            4. mrmacq

              yup
              the soviets helped the chinese
              the chinese help pakistan and supposedly N korea
              india however did it on her own (she also did NOT sign the nonproliferation)
              israel is a question mark widely believed to possess (theyre not telling)

              May 03, 2017
            5. mrmacq

              and of course we have the turnip suggesting that the saudis, japan and south korea should have them also
              after all theyre going to get them anyways

              May 03, 2017
            6. stevehayes13

              Israel does have nuclear weapons.

              May 04, 2017
          2. Munkyman

            The US has made no threats regarding crossing the 38th. The US has long imposed trade sanctions, so they’re no threat.

            May 03, 2017
            1. mrmacq

              The U.S. military is “prepared to launch a preemptive strike” against North Korea if there are signs the country plans to test a nuclear weapon.
              .
              Donald Trump told to consider striking North Korea by senior senator …
              www.express.co.uk › News › World
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              Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
              I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.
              .
              McCain: US should consider preemptive North Korea strike as ’very …
              www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/politics/john-mccain-north-korea-pre-emptive-strike/

              .
              no
              no threats what so ever

              May 04, 2017
        3. mrmacq

          its another day, disbelief has waned
          let us now examine your rather rash statements there
          .
          “The DPRK has made direct threats against the US, the US is not a threat to the DPRK or we’d have finished the Korean War, detante exists because we want it. The DPRK is seeking ICBMs in order to better threaten the US.”
          .
          DPRK has made direct threats against the US”
          yes, in retaliation to threats (the turnips saber rattling)… ‘murica made towards them
          .
          “the US is not a threat to the DPRK or we’d have finished the Korean War”
          first off spunky it was a UN resolution, parameters clearly defined. ’murica as a signatory on that resolution, are bound by it
          it werent your war against the slopes
          you wouldve been in violation had you proceeded
          (little fact that escapes a lot of yanks is that you guys werent the only ones there)
          .
          “detente (fixed that for you)…exists because we want it.”
          well actually spunky Ike was gung ho for protracting that “war”
          he didnt mind taking on the chicoms
          matter of fact he had an agreement with Chiang Kai-shek
          (’muricas puppet in china) to come in on the US side
          thankfully your prez at the time had a presence of mind
          .
          “The DPRK is seeking ICBMs in order to better threaten the US.”
          everythings about you, aint it?
          theyre working on the model “T” in nuke design. hardly comparable to your multi warhead designs
          nor the fucking numbers
          their maybe 10 to your 6800
          but hey…we can see why you feel threatened
          .
          do you see now why i blurted out “oh my fucking gawd”?

          May 03, 2017
        4. mrmacq

          May 03, 2017
    2. mrmacq

      The resolutions since 2009 furnished UN member states with interdiction authority, calling upon states to inspect North Korean cargo within their territory, and subsequently seize and dispose of goods prohibited by UNSC Resolutions.
      .
      All five resolutions were passed unanimously by the Security Council under Chapter VII, Article 41 of the United Nations Charter. While legally binding, states are prohibited from using force to carry out the obligations of the resolutions.

      May 02, 2017
    3. mrmacq

      just in case you missed that last line
      “…states are prohibited from using force to carry out the obligations of the resolutions.”

      May 02, 2017
      1. stevehayes13

        Washington thinks international law only applies to others. They think the US is exceptional.

        May 02, 2017
        1. mrmacq

          not just the boys in Washington
          this lie of ones self being above all others extends to some of the common men, down there

          May 02, 2017
    4. mrmacq

      the us used chemical weapons in veitnam
      still good to go on getting behind turning the point of origin into a smoking crater?
      .
      Nearly 30 years after the Vietnam war, a chemical weapon used by US troops is still exacting a hideous toll on each new generation.
      .
      Hong Hanh is falling to pieces. She has been poisoned by the most toxic molecule known to science; it was sprayed during a prolonged military campaign. The contamination persists. No redress has been offered, no compensation. The superpower that spread the toxin has done nothing to combat the medical and environmental catastrophe that is overwhelming her country. This is not northern Iraq, where Saddam Hussein gassed 5,000 Kurds in 1988. Nor the trenches of first world war France. Hong Hanh’s story, and that of many more like her, is quietly unfolding in Vietnam today. Her declining half-life is spent unseen, in her home, an unremarkable concrete box in Ho Chi Minh City, filled with photographs, family plaques and yellow enamel stars, a place where the best is made of the worst.
      Hong Hanh is both surprising and terrifying. Here is a 19-year-old who lives in a 10-year-old’s body. She clatters around with disjointed spidery strides which leave her soaked in sweat. When she cannot stop crying, soothing creams and iodine are rubbed into her back, which is a lunar collage of septic blisters and scabs. “My daughter is dying,” her mother says. “My youngest daughter is 11 and she has the same symptoms. What should we do? Their fingers and toes stick together before they drop off. Their hands wear down to stumps. Every day they lose a little more skin. And this is not leprosy. The doctors say it is connected to American chemical weapons we were exposed to during the Vietnam war.”

      There are an estimated 650,000 like Hong Hanh in Vietnam, suffering from an array of baffling chronic conditions. Another 500,000 have already died. The thread that weaves through all their case histories is defoliants deployed by the US military during the war. Some of the victims are veterans who were doused in these chemicals during the war, others are farmers who lived off land that was sprayed. The second generation are the sons and daughters of war veterans, or children born to parents who lived on contaminated land. Now there is a third generation, the grandchildren of the war and its victims.
      .
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/mar/29/usa.adrianlevy

      May 02, 2017
    5. wirelessguru1

      Steve does NOT understand that.

      May 02, 2017
  2. MeanDean20012

    It was verified by army intelligence that yes it was launched by the Syrian army by orders from what ever the president’s name is over there

    May 02, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      This is rather cryptic. What was verified?

      May 02, 2017
      1. MeanDean20012

        The rocket attack that happened a bit ago. I really can’t say more because I do not want to get a friend in trouble for telling me about the CIA report

        May 02, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          This is a joke. CIA says President Assad ordered a chemical weapons attack on his own people. These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was about to unleash them on Europe and the US. These are the same people who practise lying for a living. Furthermore, there (still) has been no independent investigation – indeed the US is blocking any such investigation. Further, the information that has been presented is all from jihadist sources.

          May 02, 2017
          1. wirelessguru1

            So who gassed them then!?

            May 02, 2017
            1. jaageet

              Who is the most evil of them all?

              May 02, 2017
            2. wirelessguru1

              May 02, 2017
        2. mrmacq

          suspect
          .
          first you say army intelligence, then you say cia report
          AND if it were so ultra secret how does your buddy know?next
          one would think since theyre trying to blame the ruskies and Syria
          it would be front page news

          May 03, 2017
    2. wirelessguru1

      “Syria’s systematic use of chemical weapons and Russia’s cover-up exposed”
      http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/syrias-systematic-use-of-chemical-weapons-and-russias-coverup-exposed/news-story/68e28fbe47696bf0c2b866742c4910a9

      May 02, 2017
      1. stevehayes13

        Australian corporate media is now your go to source of unbiased information

        May 03, 2017
        1. wirelessguru1

          Not really but unlike you I look at many different sources.

          May 03, 2017
          1. stevehayes13

            Well look at the actual information – it is all from jihadist sources.

            May 04, 2017
            1. wirelessguru1

              Jihadist sources are lies and false information! Wake up!!!
              BTW, your threads have degenerated into demonic pits so you’re getting much less useful these days.

              May 04, 2017
            2. stevehayes13

              So why are you placing such credence in jihadist propaganda?

              May 05, 2017
  3. MeanDean20012

    And you are right North Korea is no threat. They just like to make noise like a 3 year old that isn’t getting enough attention

    May 02, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Then just leave them alone.

      May 02, 2017
      1. wirelessguru1

        ..and what is that suppose to mean?

        May 02, 2017
  4. wirelessguru1

    Well the USA Congress is now proven to be weak and completely irresponsible.

    May 02, 2017