Donald Trump and America's Future
This article is not intended to disparage, denigrate or belittle Donald Trump. It is intended to present important facts and explore probabilities. The author has compassion and respect for Mr. Trump. Whether you are a Trump supporter or opponent please read this with an open and critical mind.
In the last year, I have spent hundreds of hours researching Donald Trump. I invested the time because Mr. Trump is such a powerful and unpredictable force. He will have the ability to radically change our world and I wanted to know what to expect.
As a father, husband and business owner with employees and customers, I have a responsibility to manage risk for those I am responsible for. I believe that understanding the risk of Donald Trump is essential to my risk management duties. At the same time, I realize that those who write honestly about Donald Trump are frequently targets for his wrath. Trump has sued or threatened many who write things he doesn't like and writing about him certainly puts me at risk.
I am willing to risk reprisal by Donald Trump and his supporters because I care about America and the world and believe that we all have a right and an obligation to know who Donald Trump is.
Writing about Donald Trump is not easy. He is a complicated man and lies about so many things, especially about himself. He embodies contradictions.
There is a vast amount of information written about him but much of it is biased or just a repetition of what someone else has written. Few people that really know The Donald have shared their perceptions of him — some out of fear and others out of loyalty.
He has been sued or sued others thousands of times yet somehow manages to get many of the records sealed.
Mr. Trump has been the subject of numerous criminal investigations, most of which have been stopped by mysterious forces. He hides his finances behind layers of shell corporations and often grossly misrepresents his financial situation.
Mr. Trump is bold, courageous, hard-working and persistent. He lives in the present more than most people possibly could. He understands the power of positive thinking and knows how to bend powerful people to his will.
He claims that he doesn't smoke or drink alcohol and appears to be pretty healthy for his age.
Trump sees problems and wants to fix them, but often in a way that primarily benefits just him.
He has promised to make America great again and he certainly has some good ideas. But he also has some pretty awful plans that could forever damage the country and benefit no one but himself and his pals.
The Mind of Donald Trump
Some might observe that Mr. Trump shows the signs of being a sociopath with a severe case of narcissistic personal disorder, and they could be correct but would be selling him short. Mr. Trump is much more complex and off-the-shelf labels just don't entirely fit.
Mr. Trump has indeed exhibited some of the characteristics of a sociopath and his actions certainly indicate a narcissistic personality disorder. This observation is not intended as an insult.
While some mental health professionals have stated that Trump does likely suffer from narcissism, they have been reluctant to label him a sociopath. He does not always act like a sociopath and it is illegal for licensed psychiatrists or psychologists to diagnose someone without examining them and doctor-patient confidentiality prohibits them from making a diagnosis public. None of them wants to risk losing their license or be sued by Mr. Trump for labeling him a sociopath and it is possible that he is not actually one, at least not all the time.
Some of history's most effective leaders have been sociopaths, but then so have some of humanity's greatest monsters.
Being a sociopath and having an ego problem does not make one a bad person but it does make someone a potential threat to society because a sociopath does not have the same behavioral boundaries as others. Their mind allows them to do things that society may consider to be immoral, illegal or otherwise simply wrong.
People who are not sociopaths are usually self-regulated by their conscience, culture or fear of punishment. Sociopaths don't have the same type of self-regulation because they mostly lack a conscience and feel that the rules don't apply to them. They are more independent of environmental, social and cultural influences.
The human mind has tremendous power if focused diligently on a single goal and Trump's unusual mind has greatly contributed to his success. He is apparently not distracted by failure, self-doubt or introspection.
Some sociopaths can be dangerous to society because they have magnetic personalities and are natural leaders for a certain segment of society. Most cult leaders and highly effective con artists are sociopaths.
Sociopaths inspire undying loyalty within a certain segment of the population. There are still vast numbers of people who revere Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pinochet, Peron and other sociopaths and psychopaths.
Once a charismatic sociopath gets into power it can be very difficult to remove them because of their loyal followers and the almost hypnotic control the sociopath has over them.
There can be a fine line between a sociopath and psychopath and given the right conditions some sociopaths can and do cross the line and become psychopaths.
Mr. Trump admits that he has issues but refers to himself as merely neurotic and states that it takes someone like him to get things done. It may indeed take someone like Donald Trump to fix some of the ills that America faces but he could just as easily destroy what good is left.
Is Trump Like, Really Smart?
Mr. Trump frequently claims that he is "like, really smart". However, he often exhibits a 4th or 5th grade vocabulary and claims that he doesn't read books, so many people don't believe that he is so smart. Some people who have spent time with him in private admit that his vocabulary is limited.
There are many different types of intelligence and a limited vocabulary does not always indicate an overall lack of intelligence.
Using a more common and simple vocabulary makes him a more effective communicator with most American voters. Many Americans are not well educated and don't want to be talked down to or made to feel inferior. Also, most Americans now have a more limited attention span due to information overload and brain impairment from their diet and cell phones. Simple language simply works and Trump may be smart to communicate the way he does.
Mr. Trump is smart enough to have gotten himself where he is. He understands power very well, is persistent and knows how to achieve his goals.
When it comes to getting what he wants, on some levels Trump is a genius, but he is obviously lacking in other very critical areas.
One of the things that makes Mr. Trump a powerful person, and which we can all learn from him, is the power of positive thinking. Donald Trump and his father were followers of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and the philosophy published in his book The Power Of Positive Thinking.
Decades of research have shown that our thoughts and feelings do have significant power, not just on ourselves but on the world around us. Our minds can become entangled on a quantum level with other minds and matter. Positive thoughts have positive results, even if those thoughts might be somewhat delusional, while negative thoughts can have a negative impact.
Most people are plagued by self-doubt and have an ongoing negative mental feedback loop that limits their success and happiness. Donald Trump was able to liberate himself from that negative loop and has risen to great power, in part because of positive thinking.
Conventional thinking would lead us to believe that an effective President needs a well-rounded intelligence and the ability to take in information from a variety of sources, gauge the veracity and accuracy of the information, consider the law and the Constitution and then make choices that are best for the country. But we live in unusual times and what used to work may no longer be effective.
Trump expressed his intelligence in his first public address, via a Youtube video on November 21 outlining his agenda for his first 100 days in office.
He claimed that he would end restrictions on shale energy and clean coal and that doing so would create millions of jobs. This is not smart because:
1. There is no way that millions of jobs could be created by expanding the dirty energy industry. It might create tens of thousands of jobs at most. Dirty energy is no longer the most economical and the industry has a limited life-span.
2. There really is no such thing as clean coal. Coal can't really be made clean. It can be gasified but only with a lot of energy and then one is still left with the toxic waste to deal with. It can even be gasified in the ground but that hasn't work out as well as hoped.
3. Extraction of oil from oil-shale is uneconomical unless one uses illegal nuclear powered heaters, and it is very damaging to the environment. Shale projects are only feasible with very high energy prices or massive taxpayer subsidies. Shale can't compete with wind or solar power.
4. Spewing more carbon into the atmosphere can only end very badly. All remaining carbon fuels need to stay in the ground.
The green energy industry could produce vastly more jobs and already employs more people than the oil, gas and coal industries combined. Solar is now the cheapest and least environmentally damaging way to produce electricity.
Instead of needlessly spending vast amounts of money killing the planet with dirty energy, America could follow the leads of other countries and enjoy the benefits of a green economy, instead of merely enriching a few multinational corporations at the expense of the entire planet.
Trump's energy policy is not smart at all and should be vigorously opposed. Some of the other statements made in Trump's November 21 speech were reasonable and some were even pretty smart, like the 5 year ban on 'Executive Officials' becoming lobbyists after leaving office. However, he did not define "Executive Official" so maybe that policy is meaningless. A better policy would be to ban lobbyists altogether.
Given his actions to date and the people he is surrounding himself with, it is highly unlikely that Mr. Trump will always make sound decisions. He lives too much in his own reality and insulates himself from the critical information necessary to see things accurately and grasp the true nature of things.
America really needs Mr. Trump to become smarter and more attuned to the country's needs.
The Trump Family
Donald Trump is not his family and is not responsible for the actions of his father or grandfather. However, knowing his family history can help provide some measure of understanding of where he is coming from.
The Trumps were originally the Drumpfs in Germany. Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump emigrated in 1885 from Kallstadt, Germany to the United States at age 16. He made his fortune operating restaurants, hotels and likely brothels that catered to miners in Alaska. After making a fortune in Alaska he moved to New York, where Fred Trump, Donald's father was born.
Fred Trump and his mother Elizabeth founded Elizabeth Trump & Son. Fred Trump invested his inherited fortune in real estate and developed strategic relationships with key politicians and government employees. These strategic relationships enabled him to pay lower property taxes and obtain government funding for some of his developments.
Fred Trump was involved in various scandals related to fraud and racial discrimination. 1927 police records show that he was arrested "on a charge of refusing to disperse from a parade when ordered to do so." The only parade with a disturbance that day was a KKK demonstration and the only ones arrested were the KKK members. Donald Trump vigorously denies that it ever happened but the records indicate otherwise.
Being a member of the KKK was not unusual in the 1920s and many prominent members of white communities were supporters.
Fred was investigated by a U.S. Senate committee in 1954 for profiteering from public contracts. He had grossly inflated construction costs that he passed on to taxpayers but did so within semi-legal loopholes.
Donald was one of five children and the only one who turned out with a flamboyant personality or who followed in his father's footsteps.
Donald and Fred were both investigated by the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in 1973 for civil rights violations. Their staff he had been caught telling black families that they had no vacancies in buildings that did have space available, but only for whites.
The folk hero and musician Woody Guthrie lived for a time a Trump apartment complex named Beach Haven and wrote a less than flattering song about Fred Trump that started with "I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate".
Fred Trump suffered from Alzheimer's for the last 6 years of his life and died at the age of 93 in 1999. He passed on an estate estimated by his family at $250 million to $300 million. Donald Trump's mother passed in the summer of 2000.
Donald Trump has married three times, to Ivana Zelníčková, Marla Maples and Melania Knauss. He has four adult children from two previous marriages: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump with Ivana Trump, and Tiffany Trump with Marla Maples. Trump has one son with Melania, named Barron and born on March 20, 2006.
All three of his children with Ivana Trump are currently Executive Vice Presidents at The Trump Organization.
As a problem student prone to violent outbursts and bullying, Donald was sent away to the New York Military Academy boarding school at the age of 13 and stayed there until graduation in 1964. The military academy was the closest Donald got to military service. While in college from 1964 to 1968, he obtained four student deferments to avoid the draft and a fifth for what he claims were heel spurs.
In the Fall of 1964 Trump attended the Bronx's Fordham University for two years and then transferred to the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in May 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. At Wharton he learned more about real estate and financing.
While Trump has great things to say about Wharton, sent his kids there and has donated close to a million dollars to the school, Wharton is not a fan of Trump. In 2016, over 4,000 members of the Wharton community penned an open letter denouncing Donald Trump.
On the surface, Mr. Trump appears to be a highly successful businessman. The reality is a bit more complicated.
While in college, Trump had started working in the family real estate business and after graduation was involved in the operations full-time.
Making real estate deals and constructing and remodeling buildings is what he mostly does but he has had a number of other endeavors. His other ventures have included his role in the TV series "The Apprentice", brief ownership of a football team and airline, casinos, beauty pageants, a modeling agency, winery, jet service, cologne, clothing line, a luxury limousine service and the infamous Trump University.
Many of his ventures have failed and ended in bankruptcy. Fraud has been a recurring theme in some of his ventures.
Trump University was a scheme that operated from 2005 until 2010 and was the subject of law suits and legal actions from State Attorneys.
One of the salesmen for the scheme claimed, "Based upon my personal experience and employment, I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme, and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money."
The first class was free but the class was really just a sales pitch to purchase other classes that cost up to $35,000. The classes that people purchased contained little or nothing of value.
New York's Attorney General repeatedly warned Trump that he was violating the law by calling his organization a University, yet the state allowed Trump to register "Trump University" as an LLC and continue to operate illegally. It was not until 2013 that the state finally took legal action, three years after the scheme had taken in an estimated $40 million and shut down. If the fraud has been committed by anyone else they would have been prosecuted long before.
Compare Trumps treatement in the University fraud to the treatment of VW executive Oliver Schmidt, who is in prison without bail and faces a sentence of 169 years, for selling cars that did not meet U.S. emissions standards.
Trump University was also the subject of two class action lawsuits in federal court. In one of the suits Trump verbally attacked the Judge, calling him a hater and a Mexican. The judge was born in Indiana.
All of the suits were settled before the election in November 2016 for $25 million but with the stipulation that Trump admitted no wrong-doing.
An investigation by USA Today found that Trump has been involved in 4,095 lawsuits. The nature of the suits vary and include Trump suing gamblers at his casino who didn't pay their losses, employees and contractors suing Trump for not being paid, lots of suits for not paying taxes, personal injury suits, and 622 real estate cases.
Donald Trump has filed bankruptcy six times. His Trump’s Taj Mahal opened in April 1990 in Atlantic City and filed for bankruptcy the next year. His other two casinos and the Plaza Hotel in New York declared bankruptcy in 1992. Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts filed for bankruptcy again in 2004, after accruing about $1.8 billion in debt. Trump Entertainment Resorts also declared bankruptcy in 2009.
The Trump Organization does not actually own many of the properties its claims on its web site and instead has just licensed the Trump name to properties.
The Trump organization is a secretive network of more than 500 companies, many of them offshore. Some people wonder if Mr. Trump's real business is laundering money.
Mr. Trump may not be the business mastermind he portrays himself as, but he has been good at promoting himself and avoiding being held accountable for his crimes and business failures.
Getting even and seeking revenge is a big part of Donald Trump's personal philosophy and it is not just posturing. He really means it and one has to wonder how far he is willing to go in seeking revenge.
In several of his speaking engagements Trump has stated, "Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it."
Earlier in his career he said, "I have some very good friends and I guess I have some very good enemies. And I like it that way, somehow, and I really believe in trashing your enemies."
Up until now, Mr. Trump has indeed publicly trashed people he perceives as his enemies. It seems that it does not take much to be placed on Trump's list of enemies.
The traditional Russian Mafia is Jewish. The new Mafia is the Russian government and the oligarchy.
In Russia, you can't really separate the government from the Mafia. When the KGB transitioned into the FSB it absorbed the non-jewish Russian Mafia. Putin is the ultimate ruler of the new Mafia but certainly does not have control over the entire Russian Jewish Mafia because it is so widespread and integrated with Israel.
The Ashkenazi Jews that effectively rule Israel and the Jewish Mafia originate from Russia and continue to flow out of Russia, into Israel and then on to the U.S. and other countries.
Trump seems to be aligned with both the Russian oligarchy and the Ashkenazi Jewish Mafia. Either one is bad enough but having a relationship with both of them is really bad for America.
One of Donald Trump's ties to the Jewish Mafia is through the Russian Jew Felix Sater, son of a reputed Russian Organized Crime boss, and part of a group that likes to use the word "Bayrock" in its company names, such as Bayrock Group LLC, Bayrock Camelback LLC, Bayrock Whitestone LLC, Bayrock Spring Street LLC, and Bayrock Merrimac LLC.
The Bayrock organization has been connected to financial institution fraud, tax fraud, partnership fraud, insurance fraud, litigation fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, human trafficking and child prostitution. In a 2009 court case brought by Bayrock’s former finance director, the company was described as a “racketeer-influenced and corrupt organization [which]...operated through a pattern of criminal activity... [using] extortion by means of threats of torture and death.”
Bayrock is a front for a number of Russians and Kazakhs who engage in various criminal activities around the world.
Tevfik Arif, the founding chairman of Bayrock, is reported to have Russian organized crime ties. In 2010 he was charged in Turkey for smuggling underage girls into the country for prostitution.
Another Bayrock principal was Tamir Sapir, who also lived in Trump Tower. Sapir’s executive vice president, Fred Contini, pleaded guilty in 2004 to “participating in a racketeering conspiracy with the Gambino crime family for 13 years.” Two of the Bayrock projects that Trump was involved in were the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a 24-story, 298-room beachfront property and Trump Soho in New York. Trump Soho is a $450 million, 46-story, 39-unit hotel condominium located at 246 Spring Street in Soho, New York City. Trump was a partner in both projects but only provided his name and influence to move the projects forward in exchange for a licensing fee. Both projects resulted in charges of fraud and law suits.
Felix Sater has claimed at various times to be the Bayrock Chief Operating Officer or Managing Director. In addition to the Bayrock Group, Sater is associated with, Global Habitat Solutions, Allied Energy Solutions, Regency Capital Advisors and Sands Point Partners.
Sater started out as a Wall Street stockbroker for Bear Stearns after college. After losing his brokerage license for stabbing a man in the face with the stem of a margarita glass and spending time in prison for it, he got involved in a Mafia stock fraud operation. He pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of racketeering as part of a $40 million stock fraud but avoided jail time by turning informant for the FBI and CIA in national security matters. Sater was not sentenced in the case for more than 10 years, in 2009.
Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that Sater provided valuable and sensitive information" for more than 10 years and that his work had been "crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra." Lynch sealed Sater's criminal records in gratitude for his work as an informant.
During his years as an informant Sater likely continued to engage in criminal activity and his activities at the time indicate that he was more likely involved with the Russian Mafia, not the La Cosa Nostra.
On his Linkedin profile, Mr. Sater claimed that he spent 2010 working at the Trump Organization as “Senior Advisor to Donald Trump”. He even had official Trump business cards and had an office on the same floor as Trump’s own office in New York’s Trump Tower. However, Trump claims that he didn't really know him.
During his time as an informant, Sater was functioning as a senior advisor for companies in Turkey, Turkmenistan and Russia.
The Jewish Mafia and Israel's Mossad are heavily in-
ican citizens. This means supporting the annexation of Palestinian territory in violation of international law, ever more violence against Palestinians and possibly attacking Iran. It also means increasing American taxpayer support of Israel and decreasing investigation and prosecution of the criminal activity of the Jewish Mafia and Mossad spying on the U.S.
If Donald Trump continues U.S. support of Israel it will be a violation of the Leahy Law which rules that military units that commit human rights abuses cannot receive US training or weapons, and individuals who commit human rights abuses are denied US visas. Obama's support for Israel during his two terms were illegal but then so were many of his other actions.
If Donald Trump does the bidding of a foreign power while in office it will amount to treason, but he is unlikely to be opposed by Republican Congressmen who are guilty of their own treasonous actions on behalf of Israel.
It is important for Americans to understand Jewish culture and beliefs in order to understand the motivation and intentions of the Jewish Mafia and Israel, which have long had undue influence over the American government. I highly recommend reading the Torah and Talmud.
Donald Trump's choices for his cabinet are very concerning. Most of the people he selected have demonstrated a disregard for the law and civil society. They include racists, sexists, fraudsters, war criminals, psychopaths and some fairly unintelligent people. They most all share an extreme right-wing philosophy.
Perhaps Trump has chosen people who are like him or have connections that he feels that he needs. In some cases he may have chosen them because of their perceived power. It is apparent that some of his appointments were simply purchased.
Trump certainly isn't the first President to give cabinet positions to supporters or to choose people who are unsuited for the job.
On some levels, Trump's cabinet could make his office more effective and help him achieve his goals through unity in purpose. With them he could more easily dismantle environmental protections and the public school system while enriching his followers at the expense of the nation. It is troubling is that his cabinet choices make perfect sense if he is planning on running the country as a corporate dictatorship or to simply loot it.
If his intent was to actually make America great again, he would have needed to make much different choices. He would have chosen intelligent and capable people who have defended the Constitution and combated corruption. He would have picked entrepreneurs with a track record of building a successful and ethical business that makes a positive contribution, or organizational managers who have demonstrated an ability to manage people and complex systems. He would have chosen people who don't think like him and could offer diverse, intelligent and meaningful perspectives.
For Secretary of State he would have chosen someone who is a great communicator that represents the best America has to offer, not a greedy, lying corporate criminal.
For the Department of Justice he would have chosen someone who understands the concept of justice and who has studied criminals and how they operate. Instead he chose someone who is an unintelligent racist and sexist.
One of his most alarming selections is war criminal and psychopath "Mad Dog" James Mattis. Under his direction, US Marines engaged in horrific war crimes and deliberately targeted civilians and needlessly engaged in wholesale slaughter.
Mattis does not attempt to hide his psychosis. He claims that "It’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them." Anyone who kills for fun is very sick in the head and should be locked up or put down as one would put down a rabid dog. Instead, Trump wants to put him in charge of the most powerful killing machine on Earth.
Some of Trump's choices include billionaires. We have to ask, why would billionaires leave their personal empires to take a job that doesn't pay enough to be worth their time? A billionaire has all they could possibly want, except perhaps more power. So, if they are just after power what will they do with it?
The track record of most of these people demonstrates that they aren't interested in serving the greater good but only care about their own wealth and power. Most of them pose a serious threat to America and civil society.
Trump's special financial treatment suggests a close relationship with the international banking community and an ongoing relationship with organized crime. The question is what were they getting in return in the past and what will they expect in the future?
Certainly an alignment with powerful forces has provided a great deal of protection for Mr. Trump but that alone would not be enough to explain the halting of federal investigations.
One way a person can engage in criminal activity without prosecution is to become an informant to a law enforcement or intelligence agency. It is possible that Donald Trump was an informant for the FBI and/or CIA in exchange for protection. He certainly had the connections and close association to various criminals to be of value to the FBI and Felix Slater could have introduced him to his handlers. Being an informant would have also made Trump feel special and a winner, which are his primary needs.
Trump's treatment by the media indicates that American and international Oligarchs wanted him to be selected or at least have a very good chance of winning. If they didn't they would have simply ignored him as they did all of the third party candidates.
How Dangerous is Trump?
If all goes to plan, Donald Trump, a man with a deeply flawed character and known associations to criminal elements and loyalties to foreign powers, will become potentially the most powerful man on Earth on January 20 when he becomes President of the United States.
Trump is not just about to assume the highest office but is expanding his power by surrounding himself with people who are very much like him. His cabinet includes some of the world's most powerful businessmen, some of which are corporate criminals and sociopaths with their own dark agendas and massive financial resources and power.
Trump will not only have the power of the Executive office as President but will be supported by a Republican Congress and numerous Republican Governors.
It must be understood that at no time in American history has so much power been entrusted to one person. Thanks to George H. Bush, George W. Bush and Obama, and their erosion of the Constitution and concentration of power in the Executive branch, Trump will have far more power than any President before him. He will indeed have the power to reshape America and will certainly leave his mark not just on the U.S. but on much of the world as well.
With so much power he could do great and beneficial things, or he could destroy everything. Our collective future will certainly be impacted by this one man.
Donald Trump does not talk much about the Constitution or seem to even know what is in it. He has not expressed any intention of uprooting the violations of the Constitution imposed by previous administrations. So, there is no reason to believe that Trump will do the right thing.
At this stage we have no choice but to give Donald Trump a chance. But the American people should be prepared to remove him from power very quickly if he starts to go down the wrong path. There is too much to lose to allow him to become a malevolent dictator or allow his cohorts to loot the country. Therefore it is critical that all Americans educate themselves and others about him. He needs to be a topic of discussion and information about him and his choices need to be shared freely.
What to do About Donald Trump
I have been contemplating Mr. Trump for much of the last year and there are times when I can't get him out of my mind. He concerns me like nothing else does.
Part of me wants to think that he is not so bad. But I can't ignore who the man is. It would be delusional to think that he has somehow changed since being declared President-elect. Trump claims, "When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same."
When I intuitively look into the future I sense two probable outcomes. One is not so disastrous, with some positive changes along with a lot of bad, and the other is worse that most people can possibly imagine.
The one thing that might reduce the negative impact is Mr. Trump's need for approval. He has shown that he is usually incapable of accepting criticism but does show that he is emotionally affected by it. Trump likes to be adored and the millions of Trumpetts in his cheering section may not be enough to satisfy his ego. He may need to win over more Americans to truly feel like a winner.