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Alan Chartock: Trump may be re-elected as Democrats flounder

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By Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 Viewpoints 17

Let’s just consider what Donald Trump has done to and for New York. After all, he is a New Yorker and he embodies a lot of ugly stereotypes. He’s brash, arrogant, vain, pushy, a liar, a cheat, a misogynist and a racist. And it doesn’t stop there. He brings disgrace to all New Yorkers not only in this country but throughout the world. He is seen as a narcissist and a psychopath.

In a city that traces its history to immigrants from around the world, he symbolizes hatred of “the other.” He gives new meaning to the word “selfish.” More and more, he reminds me of Benito Mussolini in a state that has produced Franklin D. Roosevelt and his cousin Theodore. He has brought shame to his fellow state citizens. We all know that New Yorkers hate his guts to the point that he would never show his face here for the kind of Nuremberg rallies he has done in other places.

I am truly puzzled by those political New Yorkers who offer him support. I have always thought highly of Sen. Chuck Schumer. I still do, but I am concerned when Schumer offers support to Trump because, as spelled out above, Trump is a no-good-nick. He is leading us away from the democratic principles and balanced government enshrined in our Constitution. Because he is so dangerous, offering words of support for any of his initiatives, like his trade war with China, is just wrongheaded. Yes, China is a dictatorship. Yes, they have been eating our lunch for years. The problem is that by endorsing Trump’s foray into the trade war with China, the top Democrat in the United States is making this dangerous demagogue appear reasonable. That is irresponsible. Let someone else do it. What we need from Chuck is an in-your-face response to Trump’s perfidy.

I understand that there are reasons to deal with Trump. We just saw a budget deal reached with him but even there, as we face an election that may be the most crucial ever, we have to fight Trump as if our very democracy depends on it. I get the fact that Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows the danger of an impeachment move on Trump. As we all know, no matter how monstrous Trump is, the cowardly Republicans in the Senate will never vote to convict him and Trump will claim victory. The good people of this country have had enough. Democratic members of Congress know that the frustration level among their constituents is so great that even the moderates are forced to join the impeachment bandwagon.

Chuck and every other Democratic leader should know that, at this time in our history, it is incumbent on them to show real courage and guts. That’s what leadership is about. It is why Joe Biden’s campaign is in so much trouble and why Kamala Harris is so admired. Even House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler knew that his West Side liberal constituents might have voted for a primary opponent had he not come over to the pro-impeachment side. I sure would have liked to be the proverbial fly on the wall when he and Pelosi had their conversation.

Look, people want Trump to be impeached. Tom Steyer thought he had it made as he spent his considerable money threatening Congress into going the impeachment route. I suspect he thought he could ride that to the presidency. He jumped into the campaign but has hardly caught fire. All this goes to show that the American voter knows a thing or two.

Let’s face it, Trump may well be re-elected. The Democratic candidates are in the circular firing squad. They are selfish and self-serving. If Michelle Obama could be persuaded that it is her duty to run, this country might be saved.

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  1. Howard Lieberman says:

    Alan – well stated. We have two very simple choices facing us. Learn how to collaborate or perish. Every single problem facing society can be addressed through collaborative innovation but that requires scalable civil discourse. Until there is rapport, no complex problems can be solved. Either we learn to take care of each other or we die.

  2. Steve says:

    Well, I sure hope he is. Strong on the economy and has the guts to do what Obama would not.

    1. Tom Blauvelt says:

      HI Steve,
      Strong on the economy?? The deficit will hit a Trillion Dollars by the end of this fiscal year which is in October.

      1. Chris Thomas says:

        Tom – You seriously going to question the strength of our economy since 2016? You either don’t have a 401k or haven’t checked it in 3 years.

  3. John says:

    At first I thought you were writing about and describing your crush on Cuomo, as you normally do.
    Face reality as it is not as you want it to be. The US economy is doing wonderfully as compared to the rest of the world. China and Europe are both a mess.
    Unemployment remains incredibly low in the USA. If anybody wants to work, it’s out there. There will always be some folks out there that simply don’t want to work and expect their neighbors to pay their bills…
    Thank you Donald Trump for keeping America safe and prosperous. America first

  4. Chris Thomas says:

    Had to read through 99% of this piece to reach the only rational thought expressed… “Trump may well be re-elected.” TDS!

  5. George Grumbach says:

    Sadly, the commentators anonymous Steve and anonymous John, above, are too much with us. For them, the economy is all that matters. Maybe they hope to become little Steve Schwarzmans or little Steve Ross, billionaires who also support Trump. Forget about decency and compassion. That’s for losers. As Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Or as in Shakespeare, “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Yes, for a lot of Americans, selfishness is good; white is good; and morality is irrelevant. Maybe that’s really why we are exceptional and great. Oh, by the way, don’t worry about climate change and what effects it will have on our own children and grandchildren; it’s just a hoax.

    1. DB says:

      Spot on George! (And Pogo) (and Shakespeare)

  6. Elliott Morss says:

    Democrats are certainly doing all they can to lose again to Trump.

    But Trump, with his trade war with China, is playing a dangerous game. This could launch us into a recession. And unfortunately, we have very little fiscal and monetary lift to get us out of it.

    Trump cares little about running deficits: he went bankrupt himself four times. How long before the rest of the world catches on and stops buying US debt?,

    Stay tuned – the next 6 months should be interesting!

  7. Carole says:

    What if my investments grow when all I do is worry about the safety of my children and grandchildren? What example is our great country setting for the young? How can innocent children suffer at the policies our government brings forward? If some of you only think about your finances you should be ashamed of yourself!

  8. Lucinda Shmulsky says:

    The “Economic Freedom Index,” recently ranked New York State last, or 50th among all US states as measured by the highly esteemed Fraser Institute, a think tank located in Vancouver Canada.
    The index gathers data on a number of issues: taxes, labor market, property rights, among them.

    A few recent headlines:

    Taxes: Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    “As residents flee New York’s high taxes, state uses intrusive audits to get cash from defectors.”

    Labor market: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,
    “recently helped scuttle a plan by Amazon to locate in New York City, costing the city an estimated 25,000 jobs.”

    Property rights: Mayor Bill de Blasio
    “Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed, and there would be very stringent requirements around rents.”

    Perhaps New York State politicians should look inward and reflect on how they can improve their own state standing among fifty of their peers, before casting blame elsewhere.


    1. George Grumbach says:

      If the Frazier Institute “Economic Freedom Index” were anything other than libertarian fakeconomics , you might expect that Trump and his posse of billionaires, like Steve Schwarzman and Steve Ross, and all the other ultra-wealthy would live and work outside of New York. Curiously, however, they live and invest in New York and have business headquarters here, although Frazier, you claim, says they would be better off in 49 other states. Seriously, Lucinda, do you really believe Frazier’s nonsense? Let me guess without looking it up: I’ll bet that Mississippi is high on Frazier’s index and California, like New York, is low.

  9. Stephen Cohen says:

    The Fraser Institute is a libertarian conservative think tank (as defined by Forbes and the N.Y. Times) which has received hundreds of thousands in donations from the Koch brothers and the oil and gas business.

  10. concerned says:

    I Personally want to stop hearing his annoying spews of hatred and backpeddling….Stop Blaming Past Presidents, If I want to watch tabloid, There are shows for that, That I choose Not to watch!!!
    I remain anonymous because this is My Opinion, as we all have the right to ..without criticism……….

  11. peter greer says:

    the economic recovery, if that is cited as a reason to re elect, is a myth ; this is not broad sweeping sustainable organic growth but rather a function of low-interest rates inflating the global equity markets to the benefit of global equity investors . Technology and “efficiency ” are eliminating jobs and the trend will accelerate. The economy is eroding and contracting and the metrics used to measure growth are outdated and flawed
    The income gap is going to accelerate and it has nothing to do with immigrants and our borders. Sure if you have a stake in the global liquidity driven bailout ( thats exactly what occurred under the last POTUS) you may be tempted to applaud the current regime and give them “credit ” . There is a reason trillions of dollars /currency units are accepting negative returns on their fixed income investments and its not because of confidence in the economy (s) . We are at an inflection point, the runway is getting shorter and we are heading towards another crisis. To win the Dems need an authentic candidate who actually believes in something, not professional politicians who understand how to say what they believe constituents want to hear and have no real backbone. The DNC is old school, calcified, out of touch and ineffective. They need to stop the same old or we will fall further down the drain ( George Carlin)

  12. Stephen Cohen says:

    It’s remarkable, Trump talked about how horrible the economy was on January 20th, (despite all the data on job growth, GDP, etc.), and the day after his inauguration he was bragging about how wonderful it was. Only an economic illiterate believes that any President can change the economy in one day.

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