Trump began this year like he did last threatening North Korea with nuclear weapons by telling how he has a bigger and more powerful nuclear button than Kim Jong-Un. No president in our history has openly threatened another nation in such a manner. We are truly dealing with a situation unprecedented far outside what is normal.
I don’t know about you but I like consistency which has made our country into what it has become. A constant thread has run through all our dealings whether the president was Democrat or Republican especially since the end of World War II. No prior president railed at the past (never mind trying to have his opponent charged with crimes) and none thought he was beginning our history anew. Each built upon his predecessor making small changes as reflect his philosophy.
We went from two extremes when Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter. Their beliefs differed greatly. Yet Reagan never attacked Carter. He did not try to undermine what he had done. He went forward with his own beliefs and ideals in a smooth transition of power building upon some of Carter’s programs and instituting his own.
Trump has no regard for what happened previously outside of a feeling that if Obama did it then he must undo it. I suggest the reason we see such outlandish happenings is we have a president who doesn’t read. He watches television. He has not even a little understanding of history. He never served the country as all other presidents had done by being in the military , politics or public service. He only served himself.
Remember when Xi Jingping visited Trump in Florida. Afterward Trump said Xi gave him a history lesson of China and North Korea. He said: “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy. I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power over North Korea. But it’s not what you would think.”
I hope you’re shaking your head and wondering how Trump could be negotiating anything without a background on what he is dealing with. Wouldn’t a normal person in his position have spent time preparing for the meeting with his own advisers and experts? It is apparent that he didn’t. He knew nothing about North Korea’s history.
It also turns out that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who he relies on as his primary adviser has the same habits as the president. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough told about him : “I have spoken with him a lot, I like Jared, but any time he tried to explain the history of the Middle East, he didn’t want to, he didn’t want to hear it. He said, ‘I’m tired of the talking. We don’t need to read history books.”” This accounts for his attitude shown in a January 3 article in the Washington Post which noted “An unnamed senior European official recounted a “frightening” conversation with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, . . “Kushner was ‘very dismissive’ about the role of international institutions and alliances and uninterested in the European’s recounting of how closely the United States had stood together with Western Europe since World War II. ‘He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,’ the official recalled. ‘I was taken aback.’”
Obviously you don’t want to hear anything about the past if you have no knowledge about it. Trump and his son-in-law believe they are inventing the wheel. All that has gone before them is of no value. That’s why while waiving the flag of a nuclear war – a war that will bring death to millions of South Koreans – Trump is unaware of the damage he is doing. Do you wonder if he understands the carnage a nuclear attack can cause. Do you think that with his loose talk he is oblivious to the reaction of the people who will be affected by his actions?