Presidential Misgivings

It seems to me….

Don’t automatically obey Presidential directives if you disagree or if you suspect he hasn’t considered key aspects of the issue.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld[1].

There isn’t any logical explanation as to what motivated anyone to vote for trump for President. Out of the original seventeen Republican candidates, trump was clearly the most unqualified for the position. Somehow, he managed to insult and name-call his way to the nomination without ever offering a single meaningful policy statement. While I would like to give him an opportunity to disprove my misgivings, he has yet to offer a single policy or order of which I approve or even partially agree.

There actually were some of his campaign policy statements with which I did agree: tax reform, infrastructure investment, deregulation, civil service reform… are problem areas definitely needing to be addressed. While these admittedly are worthwhile goals, how he intends to achieve them remains to be seen.

For 30 years, trump has attacked views of the U.S.’s engagement with the entire world as being costly naiveté and allowed the world to rip off the U.S. One of his campaign promises was to drain the Washington, DC, political swamp but instead he has polluted it with corruption and cronyism. The problem is not just that he and other trumpistas do not seem to care about the truth (though this is certainly a huge problem); it’s that a lot of people in the emerging trump administration insist that their ravings are true. This naturally brings them into conflict with those whose job it is to distinguish fact from fiction: scientists, journalists, policy analysts…. Hence, his constant attempts to intimidate, distract, disparage the media, and repeatedly lie.

This administration may be the least science and science education aware administration in generations. trump’s views on science, health, and medicine appear unformed at best; ignorant and destructive at worst. All the ideals of the enlightenment on which our country was founded, all the principles of reason and open-mindedness that undergird the practice of science that we so fervently cherish and to which we can rightfully attribute our progress in improving the welfare of humankind, have been effectively and thoroughly repudiated. The significance of the result of the election – that those opposing these beliefs will now either control or greatly influence every branch of the U.S. government – cannot be overemphasized.

One of the more frightening aspects of trump’s administration is his selection of Stephen K. Bannon as chief strategist. Bannon was one of the founders and a past editor of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news, opinion, and commentary Website that publishes racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic material, has waged war against Paul Ryan, current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on whom Donald trump will rely for his legislative agenda, and has elevated the online so-called “Alt-Right” movement of white nationalists and extreme conservatives. The conservative news site has used epithets to describe minorities and highlighted the religious persuasion of those with whom it disagrees.

Bannon represents an older school of European thought that is distrustful of free markets, determined to preserve traditional culture and religion, and unabashedly celebrates nationalism and martial values. He has been accused in court documents of anti-Semitism. He also has spoken about undermining the capitalist system, weakening the European Union, and destroying the established order. An unconfirmed quote attributed to him is “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment”.

With trump as President, Republicans in control of both Houses of Congress, and the nomination of an additional conservative justice to the Supreme Court, it will take many years for our nation to recover.

That’s what I think, what about you?

[1] Donald Henry “Don” Rumsfeld is an American politician and businessman who served as Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, and was a three-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois.

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About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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