My thoughts on Donald Trump’s Book
Aussie Conservative Blog
January 14, 2016
It is true that lately, I have been largely absent from my blog. Among other things, a primary reason for this absence, has been Donald Trump’s book, and his political manifesto ‘Crippled America: How to make America great again’. I have previously endorsed Trump, but this book has only reaffirmed his standing in my eyes.
In the book, Trump provides a detailed explanation for all of his policies, and political views. It is clear that his 2016 Presidential campaign, is not the work of an opportunist. This book, and the entire campaign, is the work of someone whose political views changed over time, in a similar fashion to Ronald Reagan. Furthermore, Trump’s business insights, reveal the story of an individual who in the free market, and in the real world, grew a small company into hundreds of companies and a net worth in the billions. This is a man who is competent, and efficient and what he does. In business, failure has actual implications, as livelihoods, and financial prospects are at stake. This differs to the set terms, and set incomes that politicians earn. This aspect, and historical element to Trump’s life, in my view vindicate the value of his policies and ideas, which are more far insightful than the media would have you believe.
Trump vows to eliminate the Common core program, and allow local schools to determine their education curriculum, as opposed to a bloated government bureaucracy. He promises to effectively discipline children, and make excellence and achievement emphasised, as opposed to vague and often too sensitive towards children educational goals.
I could not agree more with Trump on energy, in his assertion that green energy should not be subsidised. Simply, the technology to sustainably supply energy to the world, while making profits and releasing limited fossil fuels, is currently unavailable, and thus action should follow as such.
Trump also reinstates his previous views on gun rights, reaffirming the right for American’s to bear arms. Yet, he acknowledged the importance to prevent mentally ill individuals from getting firearms, something not always seen from Republican candidates.
A proposed broader and fairer taxation system, in which all businesses have a flat tax of 15 %, and the super wealthy are taxed more heavily on their hedge funds, seems likely to substantially grow the US economy.
The book contains further reinforcement of previous views on immigration, and trade. This is clearly an area of in which the United States, has continually been taken advantage of, for its excessive generosity and lack of willpower.
All the domestic policies may be important, yet, an effective foreign policy, is the primary responsibility of US President. A strong militiary, is stated as the most important aspect of foreign policy, which I largely agree on. Leading from a position of strength, whether this be in conflicts, in negotiation, or in any circumstances, is an enviable trait. Trump criticises that given America’s strength, in regards to Syria, Iran, and towards China, the US has been far too accomodating and appeasing. For instance, despite the damage China has caused to the American economy, through devaluing its currency, as well as its theft of technology, when the Chinese leader came to America, the White House hosted a lavish state dinner in his honour. Such an action may seem minor, however, it is only the tip of the iceberg in Obama’s relentless weakness.
In addition, Trump presents an interesting and differing idea, in regards to US allies. For Saudi Arabia, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and other US allies, Trump demands greater regional contribution and leadership. For US leadership in the world comes at a cost, and in the eyes of Trump, militiary protection should come at a direct financial cost, for the US should have an incentive for becoming alligned with other nations.
The book is a detailed, yet common sense analysis of how US politics should change, and how to make America great again. I would highly recommend it, even to those who disagree with Donald Trump, as it elaborates and explains many of his spectacular and seemingly impractical proclaimations. Above all else, the book makes one thing clear. Donald Trump has no need for lobbyist money, or political correctness, and combined with his policies, this simple fact provides the potential for Trump to be the best US president since Ronald Reagan.
My Own Take on the Attack in Turkey
Aussie Conservative Blog
January 15, 2016
After 10 German citizens were brutally killed in the recent terror attacks in Turkey, there can be many different readings on this event. In my view, I see the attack through the following specific frame. The evidence is beyond incontrovertible, that Islamic terrorism, is motivated by factors that extend far beyond reactions to perceived oppression.
Germany has done nothing but bend over backwards to accomodate Islam in the last year, taking in millions of refugees and vowing to take more. Despite these acts of enormous generosity, the Islamic State have nonethless targeted German civilians, merciless in their differentiation.
The phenomenon of radical Islam, political Islam, or whatever it may be termed, clearly extends to something far broader then typical media reasoning for ‘radicalisation’. There is a dark, twisted ideology motivating radicals, who seek to attack anything or anyone, that holds different views to their own. This ideology is indisputably justified by some of the teachings of Islam, which threatens all who do not adhere to its savage religious and world views.
10 Foreigners Killed, 15 Wounded in Suicide Bombing
On central Istanbul Square
January 13, 2016
Edited by Quemado Institute
Posted January 15, 2016
A suicide bomber has carried out an attack in central Istanbul, killing at least 10 foreigners, mostly German tourists, and injuring 15 more, according to officials. Police said the suspect was of Saudi Arabian origin. At least eight Germans were killed and nine seriously injured in the Istanbul attack, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. “It has been years since we were hit by terror as hard as we have been hit now in Istanbul,” Reuters cited Steinmeier as saying. One of the people injured is Norwegian and another is Peruvian, according to Dogan news agency.
Norway’s Foreign Ministry later confirmed that one Norwegian citizen was injured in the blast and was receiving treatment at a local hospital. “It’s not a life-threatening injury,” Norwegian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Guri Solberg said….
There was a group of German tourists on the square at the time of the blasts, an official from a tour company confirmed to Reuters on condition of anonymity. The explosion took place on Sultanahmet Square, close to the Sultanahmet tram stop and Dikilitas, the Obelisk of Theodosius, in the heart of Istanbul’s historic tourist district.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a Syrian suicide bomber was believed to be responsible for the deadly attack…. The suicide bomber was identified as a Syrian born in 1988, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş told a press conference, adding that most of the victims of the blast were foreigners. Dogan news agency later reported that the suspect had been identified as Saudi-born Nabil Fadlı. His birth year was confirmed as 1988, the agency said, citing police. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also said the suspect may be a member of the terror group Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL). According to Turkish officials, Fadlı recently entered Turkey from Syria….
Shortly after the blast, Turkish authorities slapped a media ban on covering it, Anadolu news agency said. Following the Istanbul attack, Turkish police carried out raids in five major cities, where they arrested 59 people suspected of links with Islamic State, Daily Sabah reported. The detained have been accused of hosting new recruits waiting to join IS in Syria, collecting money and getting prepared to carry out attacks inside Turkey. In the Turkish capital, Ankara, 16 people, including 15 Syrian citizens, were arrested. They are now being prepared for deportation to Syria, TASS reported.
Sultanahmet Square, once a social center of the former Constantinople, is a popular tourist destination. A 30-meter-tall Obelisk of Theodosius made of red granite is located in the center of the square, as well as the famous German Fountain (The Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain) which was constructed by the German government back in 1900. Two key tourists attractions near the square are the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The Hagia Sophia museum is a former 6th century Byzantine church and 15th century mosque, and the Sultan Ahmet (or Blue) Mosque, built in the 17th century. Both attract thousands of tourists and pilgrims every day.
After the explosion, the German Foreign Office issued a statement, urging its citizens to avoid public places and tourist attractions in Istanbul. The office added that it fears there is a risk of terrorist attacks across Turkey, and called on its citizens to “avoid staying near government and military institutions.” …
Moscow has expressed “deep condolences to the families of those who died” in the terror attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Those “cynical crimes… have once again demonstrated the inhumanity and brutality of international terrorism,” the ministry said, calling on world powers to consolidate anti-terror efforts.
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