Most of the focus on US President Donald Trump has been about him being a “Hitler” (the Left just loves throwing that adjective hundreds of times a day) and him being “illegitimate (despite him thrashing Hillary Clinton 304-227 in the 2016 Electoral College vote).
Protesters seem to forget that Trump is the most powerful man in the world and cannot be toppled by screaming hysterically from the rooftops 24 hours a day. Meanwhile Trump is virtually on the rampage trying to implement his totally different worldview.
The mainstream media, the Left lobby and Democrats keep hurling the word “chaos” at the Trump administration but they are the ones in total disarray. Meanwhile Trump is sticking to his gameplan.
A look at the grand changes that he is bringing in.
1. Globalization is out. Localization is in.
For decades we have been presented with the fact of globalization being inevitable and the only way forward. That’s why heads of state have been virtually shoving it down the throats of their citizens. Governments, banks, financial institutions and all manner of global organizations have totally aligned themselves to this reality.
There was some overlap in the Brexit and Trump campaigns and in a way they fed off each other. Both won in the same year and have changed the course of globalization and Europe faces disintegration. Had Hillary come to power, she would have fought against it it tooth and nail but Trump will in fact facilitate it.
Both French Marine Le Pen and Dutch Geert Wilders draw inspiration from Trump and it is certain that they will either win the upcoming elections in their countries or become the main opposition leaders. Frexit and Dexit referendums seem inevitable now.
Trump is the world’s biggest anti-globalization ambassador and the fact that he is now the most powerful man in the world will boost localization. Make America Great Again: Many countries will follow this mantra by just replacing “America” with their country.
2. Climate Change has been totally rubbished.
This was another inevitability we were presented with in the pre-Trump Age. The Left lobby calls those who do not subscribe to their climate views “deniers”, compare them to murderers and call for them to be jailed. California in fact has introduced legislation to that end.
Trump has thrown the very concept of Climate Change into the dustbin. The government website was officially changed just when Trump took over. Hardliner Scott Pruitt, who has taken the Left climate lobby head-on on numerous occasions, is now head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Trump has said he wants nothing much to do with United Nations Climate Change Conference. This is a big blow to the climate lobby which has been whipping up quite a hysteria. Obama was a delight for them and Hillary would have continued with his policies, but Trump has effected a 180 degree turn.
3. Open borders are dead and dusted.
German Angela Merkel, former US President Barack Obama and Hillary saw eye to eye on the issue of immigration. In fact had Hillary come to power, she might have well tried to break Merkel’s immigration records. But Merkel is disgraced, Hillary is history and the Obama legacy is being dismantled.
The era of open borders is finally over. While Trump has been rubbished for his border wall with Mexico, many European nations are openly talking about fences to keep out immigrants. Trump. Brexit. Le Pen. Wilders. The future looks closed.
Even though a court blocked one of his executive orders, he is coming out with a slew of initiatives to check illegal immigration and crime and so the tide is already turning.
4. West Asia will see a transformation.
Both the Bushes went to war with Iraq. Both Bill Clinton and Obama seemed confused over West Asia. Trump plans a radical break from both. While almost every American supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Trump was one of the first prominent dissenting voices soon after. He alienated a sections of the Republican base by blasting Bush over the Iraq war.
Obama had embarked on a policy of liquidating West Asia dictators starting with Libyan Muammar Gaddafi and failing with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. After that Obama’s West Asia policy drifted and was mired in confusion and chaos.
Trump is presented as a Hitler who will start World War 3 but if you go be speeches, then he’s totally anti-war. In fact if you can pick up one consistent obsession from all his speeches then it’s trade. He has a one-track mind on that.
Trump doesn’t believe in grand treaties or wars but getting the best trade deals for America via individual treaties with individual countries. That’s exactly his long-term vision for West Asia. He has opposed Obama’s soft stance on both Iran and Saudi Arabia, so that’s another change.
But the biggest change will be Israel. Israel has always been a friend of America and they came really close in the 1970s thanks to the Shuttle Diplomacy and the oil crisis. Obama tried his best to launch an all-out diplomatic war against Israel but Trump will reverse that. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu detests Obama and likes Trump but that doesn’t stop the American press from curiously calling Trump anti-Semitic.
5. Big Oil is back with a bang.
A few years back if you said that the Chairman of ExxonMobil would become the US Secretary of State, then you would have been laughed out of the room. But that has already happened. No amount of screaming by the Climate Change lobby can change that.
The Secretary of State is the most important person in America after the President and Rex Tillerson is big on trade and oil. It is a huge departure from the John Kerry and especially Hillary days.
After taking over, Trump immediately overturned the oil pipeline ban put in place by Obama and “Drill Baby Drill!” is back with a bang. The world has never seen the likes of the troika of Trump-Tillerson-Pruitt and the Leftist environmental lobby is powerless.
Trump is at heart a Capitalist who supports the oil industry and has the balls to carry out his vision.
6. The terminal decline of Communist intellectualism.
Communism was seen as an Utopia in 1848. It seemed internationally inevitable after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Chinese Revolution of the late 1940s. However with the Chinese Economic Reform of 1978 and the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the whole world saw what a royal sham it was.
Leftist parties like the US Democrats, UK Labour and Indian Congress tried their best to go Left. They were fully supported by the media, Liberals, intellectuals, NGOs and the like. That regime ruled till the 2000s.
But in the 2010s they were totally busted by the troika of Modi-Brexit-Trump (the social media was a great help) and the Left has really taken a beating. While Modi has waged a silent war against the Left, Trump has gone all out.
7. The death of the media.
The influence of the media is already over, but they are just being propped up by their advertisers. The day their advertisers desert them, they will fall like a flimsy pack of cards. The BBC is no longer respected, CNN ratings have plummeted and the New York Times is facing financial difficulties.
Now Trump is taking the media head on and openly dubbing them Fake News. He is rubbishing them in his Tweets and speeches, snubbing them in person, boycotting their events, misleading them with umpteen red herrings and excluding them from certain meetings. Trump is generally playing them at will and having a good laugh at their expense.
The media has never encountered anyone like Trump and so far is losing every major battle.
8. Taking Islamic terrorism head on.
Nobody talks of the huge elephant in the global room. The Islamic State has tens of thousands of terrorists. Pakistan has tens of thousands of terrorists. Many Islamic countries have thousands of terrorists.
The Al-Qaeda of yesterday and the Boko Haram of today have been really destructive. But many world leaders, Obama included, refused to use the term “Islamic terrorism”, something that Trump is not shying away from and using in his official speeches.
Immigrant crime has wrecked many areas of Europe, but most world leaders refuse to even acknowledge the problem let alone do anything about it. Trump does not shy away from being blunt on the issue of Islamic terrorism and though it is early days, he has vowed that his words will be backed by action.
9. United Nations will become irrelevant.
The League of Nations died a natural death and the United Nations was becoming more and more irrelevant. Obama tried for a big push during his term to boost it, but he wasn’t very successful. Now Trump has made it clear that he is no fan of the United Nations and is not even ready to play lip service.
America is a big financial sponsor of the UN and Trump has proposed a cut in funding. Trump has thrashed the UN’s overtly anti-Israel pro-Palestine stance and vowed to neutralize it. In fact the media is already speculating that United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is planning to go in for a virtual war with the global body.
(Read: United we fall?)
10. The end of political correctness.
Political correctness was taken to ridiculous levels levels during the Obama years. That has produced a generation of snowflakes and people who take great offence at each and every thing. The Left hurled myriad abuses at anyone who even differed from the narrative.
Trump has thrown political correctness into the fire. He is blunt. He calls a spade a spade. He blasts his critics with his Tweets and speeches. One of the reasons why people voted for him is because they were really getting tired of political correctness. Trump may probably end up being the most politically incorrect US President of all time.
They thought he would change during the fag end of 2015. They thought he would change after getting the Republican ticket. They thought he would change after getting elected. They thought he would change after taking the oath of office.
No sir! No changes! Welcome to the Politically Incorrect Era!