Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Economist -- Donald Trump’s Washington is paralysed

And the man in the Oval Office is making a bad situation worse

It’s Donald Trump’s America. A deeply divided America commandeered by an egotistical authoritarian who has shredded our values, where truth, compassion, tolerance, civility, decency, morality, “our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country” have all taken a back seat under the leadership of President Trump. And an America where a love of money has become greater than a love of people. 

"America died on Nov. 8, 2016.

“Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on Nov. 7. No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently. We are likely to be a pariah country. And we are lost for it.” -- Neal Gabler  

“JULY 4th ought to bring Americans together. It is a day to celebrate how 13 young colonies united against British rule to begin their great experiment in popular government. But this July 4th Americans are riven by mutual incomprehension: between Republicans and Democrats, yes, but also between factory workers and university students, country folk and city-dwellers. And then there is President Donald Trump, not only a symptom of America’s divisions but a cause of them, too."

“Mr Trump won power partly because he spoke for voters who feel that the system is working against them, as our special report this week sets out. He promised that, by dredging Washington of the elites and lobbyists too stupid or self-serving to act for the whole nation, he would fix America’s politics.

“His approach is not working. Five months into his first term, Mr Trump presides over a political culture that is even more poisonous than when he took office. His core voters are remarkably loyal. Many business people still believe that he will bring tax cuts and deregulation. But their optimism stands on ever-shakier ground. The Trump presidency has been plagued by poor judgment and missed opportunities. The federal government is already showing the strain. Sooner or later, the harm will spread beyond the beltway and into the economy.”

Donald Trump’s Washington is paralysed