Will Trump make Amer­ica great again?

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: IN HIS ar­ti­cle ‘White power trumps good sense’ (Sun­day, Novem­ber 13, 2016), Ian Boyne writes: “There is a lot of hasty, half-baked com­men­tary be­ing dished out, but this Trump­ism de­serves a se­ri­ous and sur­gi­cal anal­y­sis.”

Yes. Mr Boyne’s anal­y­sis is very se­ri­ous and sur­gi­cal. His the­sis, in ef­fect, is: “... White power has been as­serted in a most fe­ro­cious and ag­gres­sive way, and Trump, like all ne­o­fas­cists, was able to ex­ploit the fears and anx­i­eties of the ma­jor­ity against ‘the de­plorables’.”

Now, I’d like to pose, in gen­eral, first the main ques­tion fol­lowed by a se­ries of other ques­tions: What now of Mr Trump’s win?

Will tear­ing up what Mr Trump sees as ex­ist­ing oner­ous trade and mil­i­tary treaties; plac­ing heavy tar­iffs on im­ported goods, say from China; pun­ish­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers who ship jobs abroad; de­port­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants; mak­ing it harder for for­eign­ers to come to the USA; dras­ti­cally cut­ting in­come taxes for the wealthy, and dra­mat­i­cally re­duc­ing cor­po­rate taxes on busi­nesses: With these ideas, were they to be­come prac­tice, lead to a re­vival in the economic, cul­tural, and racial for­tunes of his vot­ing con­stituents?

MAS­SIVE SPEND­ING

Will slash­ing the size of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, and at the same time ad­vo­cat­ing mas­sive in­fras­truc­tural spend­ing; putting back big coal on the front burner, and res­ur­rect­ing derelict steel mills; mas­sively in­creas­ing mil­i­tary ex­pen­di­tures; plus, all the other ideas that he has floated: if ef­fected, can these poli­cies lead to an economic re­nais­sance of the USA?

Will stock­ing the Supreme Court, and other ju­di­cial branches, with his hand-picked ap­point­ments and giv­ing them new ‘law-and-or­der pow­ers’ when it comes to deal­ing with abor­tion rights, gay mar­riage, racial, eth­nic, and gen­der is­sues, ter­ror­ism, and mi­nor­ity groups com­ing on the streets and demon­strat­ing for their rights: Will his ideas, were they to be trans­lated into prac­tice, see a restora­tion of Amer­i­can glory?

In short, will Trump’s ne­o­fas­cists ideas, as Boyne de­scribes them, re­verse the ef­fects of glob­al­i­sa­tion?

Will his di­vide-and-rule tac­tics re­store the Amer­i­can dream and ‘Make Amer­ica Great Again’? GE­ORGE GAR­WOOD mer­leneg@ya­hoo.com

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