Why Don­ald Trump is the most dan­ger­ous per­son on the planet

The Herald - - OPINION -

A BODY rots from its head. Through­out his­tory, whether in busi­ness, pol­i­tics or pol­i­tics in ex­tremis – war­fare, suc­cess or fail­ure is at­trib­ut­able to lead­er­ship.

For those who ar­gue we should af­ford Don­ald Trump re­spect, as the “Leader of the free world” I would ask that they speak to the peo­ple of the city of New York who have done busi­ness with the Trump or­gan­i­sa­tion. I lived there and I saw at first-hand what do­ing so meant.

The United States is a won­der­ful coun­try pop­u­lated by many good peo­ple. It re­joices in its “can-do” ap­proach and work­ing in New York was en­er­gis­ing and ex­cit­ing. How­ever it is a coun­try of ex­tremes. Amer­i­cans truly be­lieve their coun­try is cho­sen by God to be great, pro­vided that God re­flects the Amer­i­can ethos of neo-lib­eral cap­i­tal­ism. The re­sult is that there are no so­cial brakes put on in­di­vid­u­als’ be­hav­iour when pur­su­ing suc­cess and suc­cess is mea­sured en­tirely in fi­nan­cial terms.

As ev­ery­where the rich dom­i­nate, but un­like the old world where the worst ex­cesses of greed are tem­pered (al­beit marginally) by the con­cept of so­cial ser­vice, there is no such tra­di­tion of ser­vice in the US. The Kennedys, Bushes, Clin­tons all utilise their po­si­tion, fi­nan­cial in­flu­ence and power in pur­suit of their own self-ag­gran­dis­e­ment. Trump is no dif­fer­ent in that re­gard.

How­ever where he does dif­fer is that he has no sense of his­tory or his place in it. For those other fam­i­lies they saw their place in the con­text of his­tory. Mr Trump sees ev­ery­thing be­gin­ning and end­ing with him­self.

To ar­gue that we must re­spect the po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent and there­fore ex­tend that re­spect to the cur­rent in­cum­bent is to take the old world view. Mr Trump does not re­spect the po­si­tion, nor its his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. His ac­tions are de­ter­mined by how he be­lieves he him­self has been treated, not him­self em­body­ing the po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent of the USA.

Be­cause of that he is the most dan­ger­ous per­son on the planet to­day.

If you don’t be­lieve me, just ask a New Yorker.

Bill Mitchell,

Up­per Ardelve, Kyle.

DAVID Stub­ley sug­gests (Let­ters, July 13) that Don­ald Trump’s at­tributes are be­ing den­i­grated by a bi­ased me­dia and us “ill in­formed peo­ple. I do not read po­lit­i­cal news but I do, un­for­tu­nately, have to view on tele­vi­sion “the fact” of a per­son spew­ing forth racist, misog­y­nis­tic, big­oted ha­tred. And this per­son is sup­posed to be the leader of the western world.

Every word that Mr Trump spouts is for his own self-serv­ing rea­sons and he de­means us all. That is why to­mor­row I must join the protest. He is not a leader for a civilised so­ci­ety.

Lesley Bar­row,

17 Red­hall Bank Road,


AMIDST the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and un­bear­able pres­sure Theresa May has been un­der this week, along comes Pres­i­dent Trump to doubt­less turn a drama into a full­blown cri­sis.

On the bright side, the Prime Min­is­ter has fi­nally found a use for her pe­riph­eral and wretched Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land, David Mun­dell.

Fol­low­ing months of marginal­is­ing Mr Mun­dell in Cab­i­net and re­fus­ing to even reg­is­ter him as a vi­able par­tic­i­pant in any of the Brexit dis­cus­sions or ne­go­ti­a­tions, Mrs May has in­structed Mr Mun­dell to of­fi­cially meet and greet Pres­i­dent Trump when he ar­rives in Scot­land.

The words poi­soned and chal­ice read­ily spring to mind.

I hope our lack­lus­tre Sec­re­tary of State man­ages his un­en­vi­able task with less gusto than the in­deco­rous piz­zazz he dis­played when he opened a food bank in his con­stituency in 2015.

Owen Kelly,

8 Dun­ve­gan Drive, Stir­ling.

SNP Deputy Leader Keith Brown tells us Don­ald Trump isn’t wel­come in Scot­land (“Brown: We are united against this big­otry”, The Her­ald, July 13).

He may or may not be cor­rect – but does it mat­ter what the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion thinks about Mr Trump? Nicola Stur­geon heads a de­volved do­mes­tic as­sem­bly of a non-sov­er­eign na­tion. He’s the leader of the world’s largest econ­omy. De­spite Ms Stur­geon’s re­lent­less self-ag­gran­dis­e­ment, she has no in­ter­na­tional trade re­spon­si­bil­ity nor for­eign af­fairs re­mit. Why would Mr Trump bother to meet her?

But could Ms Stur­geon and her lieu­tenants lux­u­ri­ate in jeer­ing from the side­lines, if Scot­land were an in­de­pen­dent na­tion? I sus­pect she’d be work­ing as hard as Theresa May is with Pres­i­dent Trump to grow our econ­omy and sup­port job cre­ation. Martin Red­fern,

Wood­croft Road,


THEY blame their coun­tries’ woes on “out­siders”.

Those who do not vote for them are “dead” to them. They iden­tify a new out­rage or re­fer to an old one in nearly every sen­tence. They make in­ces­sant cries of per­ceived in­jus­tice. They make high and mighty procla­ma­tions on be­half of the peo­ple. They rail against a bi­ased press. They have their pet jour­nal­ists, news­pa­pers and chan­nels.

They have launched ill thoughtout and fa­tally flawed leg­is­la­tion. They have put un­savoury peo­ple in po­si­tions of author­ity only to whip them away when the truth of their back­grounds emerges.

They claim that they would have done things with the EU dif­fer­ently. In­stead of ac­cept­ing that that peo­ple don’t agree with them they claim that no­body has lis­tened to them.

I’m fair scun­nered lis­ten­ing to both Don­ald Trump and the SNP. Kenny Wilson,

21 Union Street,


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BRIAN Bea­com’s slant on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit (“Let’s play golfer Don­ald be­cause Scot­land is bunkered”, The Her­ald, July 12) men­tioned the WB Yeats poem, The Sec­ond Coming. How­ever, the part of the poem which has al­ways seemed most in­ter­est­ing, or even pre­scient, to me at least, Mr Bea­com has re­moved. The lines in ques­tion are prob­a­bly more ap­pro­pri­ate for much of what is hap­pen­ing on planet Earth: Things fall apart; the cen­tre can­not hold;

Mere anar­chy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and ev­ery­where

The cer­e­mony of in­no­cence is drowned;

The best lack all con­vic­tion, while the worst

Are full of pas­sion­ate in­ten­sity.

The last two lines above be­ing very per­ti­nent.

Dr Ron­nie Gal­lagher,

5 Wyn­d­head Steading,


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