One of the biggest problems Americans have with democracy is that often government policies take a long time to be implemented, often taking months if not years of debate and then there are many difficulties in passing needed reforms, and then, even when changes are made rather quickly, as this one will be, the effects of these measures will not be felt for months or years.
It may feel good to Trump, the American steel and aluminum industry and its workers, that this tariff has been instituted because it makes it look as if something positive is being done on their behalf. However, the results may not be as expected, and there may be other players involved, who are unknown and may profit from these changes, even though these changes may not end up being good for the very industries that they were intended to help.
The world’s economies are interlinked today in massively complex ways. The biggest trouble with Trump is that he is acting on pure instinct, without the benefit from the very real knowledge that he needs to make real constructive and well thought out changes to policies that can actually help our domestic manufacturing industries. Knee jerk public policies are rarely good public policies and Trump doesn’t know how to do anything else. He lacks the knowledge, the education, and the necessary humility to realize that he needs expert help sometimes before he embarks on radical changes that will affect millions of lives.
While I cannot predict the future, the information in just this tiny article tends to indicate that that these very same tariffs caused just the opposite effect as desired in 2002, and instead of causing the creation of more manufacturing jobs and job security and wage increases for steel and aluminum workers, there was massive job loss the last time this policy was implemented. This makes it very unlikely that Trump will effect the changes he desires, and while his intentions may have been good, the results will most likely be devestating to those that Trump is actually trying to help.
It is for this reason and others like it that men like Trump are unqualified for the job of being our president. Any man who thinks that he knows it all, when no man knows everything, is setting himself and everyone who listens to him up for disaster. As Socrates once said: The wise man knows that he doesn’t know, and only a fool thinks that he knows everything." I’m afraid that this time, as in many other circumstances, Trump is being a fool once again, and the American people, and in this instance, the American steel and aluminum workers, will soon be paying for it. I hope that this isn’t the case, but I do not think so. This is why our presidents need better qualifications and the public must do a much better job making sure that they are really qualified to be good presidents before we elect them.
Unfortunatly, I am afraid that Trump, like many other republican presidents, will ruin, and perhaps even crash, the healthy economies that they often inherit from prior democratic administrations. This action alone by Trump puts hundreds of thousands of vulnerable American workers’ livelihoods at stake and is another reason that a social safety net is essential to the American people. This is because job loss and economic destitution cannot be blamed solely on the individual in the modern world, as often economic forces beyond the control of workers can cause job loss, loss of retirement, and economic destitution for innocent workers at the mercy of men who don’t care or realize the consequences of their behavior on others.
These powerful republican men who are in positions of controlling our laws and our economy are all too often personally insulated from the effects of their actions, as they will probably not suffer at all when the results of bad public policies that they make disrupt the lives and livelihoods of working people who do not share in their advantages. This fact tends to make them all too unconcerned about these effects on the lives of millions of other people who are from an entirely different social and economic class than they are, and with whom they are not likely to make more than very casual contact. When Trump goes back to Mar-a-Lago he will not be socializing with steel and aluminum workers, or any ordinary American citizens, but instead he will be surrounded only with other extremely wealthy men who will not suffer personally from any of the things that Trump does while he serves as our president. This, combined with the cruel and sociopathic attitudes that have become the mainstay of republican politics and attitudes, makes a man like Trump really unsuitable to represent the best interests of the vast majority of the American people. These facts are amplified even more by his lack of contact with ordinary folk, and especially his lack of contact with the millions of extremely vulnerable elderly, disabled, mentally ill, and homeless people that Trump will never see, who will suffer dearly from the heartless republican policies that he and the republican controlled Congress are likely to enact during his presidency.
The American public is stuck in an extremely vicious cycle of having harmful republican policies enacted, followed by democratic administrations that must waste much needed valuable time in office just working to undo the very same harmful public policies that were just recently enacted by the prior republican administration, and which leaves much less time for positive changes to occur, to the great frustration of the voters, who become impatient and subsequently elect republicans into office to fix things and then all the prior democratic changes are then undone and the cycle repeats itself. In the meantime, the effects of one administration often overlap onto the next one, causing blame to be mistakenly misplaced on the wrong agents of government. A good example of this happened when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and was blamed on the Obama administration, despite the actual fact that it was totally the fault of the extremely unsafe and liberal safety policies of the prior republican Bush administration that actually caused the disaster and the Obama administration had insufficient time in office to undo those poor policies before this happened.
The American corporate controlled media is also to blame for failing to properly inform the public and educate all Americans about our government and the way things work and do not work in the modern age. Instead, the media all too often resorts to sensationalism and the blame and shame games that increase its ratings. In addition, we have an eighteenth century Constitution in a twenty first century world that the founding fathers could never have imagined or properly prepared us for, and due to extreme republican partisanship, and a general lack of the ability to put ones’ country before ones’ party or personal ambitions, it is impossible in the present atmosphere and circumstances, to properly fix this outdated and ineffective Constitution in any way that would benefit the vast majority of the ninety nine percent of the American people.
I don’t know the answers to our conundrum. However, it has become plainly clear to myself, and many other Americans that Trump is not up to the job of being our president for many reasons, even without the issues surrounding the Russia Investigation. And for all of these reasons I hope that the democrats will regain at least the House and hopefully Trump will be removed before he causes much more damage, because right now we have a rampaging, out of control wild bull in the White House and this is not a good thing for America.