What If The Anti-Man Wins!

By Donald A. Collins | 3 May 2024
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On May first we learn in more detail from the current Time Magazine’s interview more of what plans Trump has in mind for our democracy should he win a second term.

Here is a major quote from the Time interview which confirms Trump’s intent to dismantle our democracy into the authoritarian regime which many of us have already predicted. This major example of his potential dictatorship in action started with the first question of the 4/30 interview from TIME National Politics Reporter Eric Cortellessa:

You have vowed to launch the largest deportation operation in American history. Your advisors say that includes—

Trump: Because we have no choice. I don’t believe this is sustainable for a country, what’s happening to us, with probably 15 million and maybe as many as 20 million by the time Biden’s out. Twenty million people, many of them from jails, many of them from prisons, many of them from mental institutions. I mean, you see what’s going on in Venezuela and other countries. They’re becoming a lot safer.

Well, let’s just talk—so you have said you’re gonna do this massive deportation operation. I want to know specifically how you plan to do that.

Trump: So if you look back into the 1950s, Dwight Eisenhower, he’s not known for that, you know, you don’t think of him that way. Because you see, Ike, but Dwight Eisenhower was very big on illegal immigration not coming into our country. And he did a massive deportation of people. He was doing it for a long time. He got very proficient at it. He was bringing them just to the other side of the border. And they would be back in the country within a matter of days. And then he started bringing them 3,000 miles away—

What’s your plan, sir?

Trump: We will be using local law enforcement. And we will absolutely start with the criminals that are coming in. And they’re coming in in numbers that we’ve never seen before. And we do have a new category of crime. It’s called migrant crime. It’s, ugh, you see it all the time. You see it in New York City where they’re having fistfights with police. And far worse than that. You see it all the time. And you’re seeing it in all of the cities, especially the Democratic-run cities, which is a lot of the big ones, but you’re seeing it in Chicago, you’re seeing it in New York and L.A. and getting worse than in other places.

Does that include using the U.S. military?

Trump: It would. When we talk military, generally speaking, I talk National Guard. I’ve used the National Guard in Minneapolis. And if I didn’t use it, I don’t think you’d have Minneapolis standing right now, because it was really bad. But I think in terms of the National Guard. But if I thought things were getting out of control, I would have no problem using the military, per se. We have to have safety in our country. We have to have law and order in our country. And whichever gets us there, but I think the National Guard will do the job. You know, had Nancy Pelosi used the National Guard. You know, I offered them whatever they wanted, but I often—

You would use the military inland as well as at the border?

Trump: I don’t think I’d have to do that. I think the National Guard would be able to do that. If they weren’t able to, then I’d use the military. You know, we have a different situation. We have millions of people now that we didn’t have two years ago.

Sir, the Posse Comitatus Act says that you can’t deploy the U.S. military against civilians. Would you override that?

Trump: Well, these aren’t civilians. These are people that aren’t legally in our country. This is an invasion of our country. An invasion like probably no country has ever seen before. They’re coming in by the millions. I believe we have 15 million now. And I think you’ll have 20 million by the time this ends. And that’s bigger than almost every state.

So you can see yourself using the military to address this?

Trump: I can see myself using the National Guard and, if necessary, I’d have to go a step further. We have to do whatever we have to do to stop the problem we have. Again, we have a major force that’s forming in our country, when you see that over the last three weeks, 29,000 people came in from China, and they’re all fighting age, and they’re mostly males. Yeah, you have to do what you have to do to stop crime and to stop what’s taking place at the border.

Would that include building new migrant detention camps?

Trump: We wouldn’t have to do very much of that. Because we’ll be bringing them out of the country. We’re not leaving them in the country. We’re bringing them out. It’s been done before.

One more quote from the Time article:

Let’s shift to the economy, sir. You have floated a 10% tariff on all imports, and a more than 60% tariff on Chinese imports. Can I just ask you now: Is that your plan?

Trump: It may be more than that. It may be a derivative of that. A derivative of that. But it will be somebody—look when they come in and they steal our jobs, and they steal our wealth, they steal our country.

When you say more than that, though: You mean maybe more than 10% on all imports?

Trump: More than 10%, yeah. I call it a ring around the country. We have a ring around the country. A reciprocal tax also, in addition to what we said. And if we do that, the numbers are staggering. I don’t believe it will have much of an effect because they’re making so much money off of us. I also don’t believe that the costs will go up that much. And a lot of people say, “Oh, that’s gonna be a tax on us.” I don’t believe that. I think it’s a tax on the country that’s doing it. And I know. Look, I took in billions of dollars from China. Nobody else ever did anything on China. I also let people know what the threat of China was. China was going along making $500 to $600 billion a year and nobody was ever even mentioning it until I came along. What’s happening in Detroit is very sad because electric cars with this EV mandate, which is ridiculous, because they don’t go far. They cost too much and they’re going to be made in China. They’re all going to be made in China.

Mr. President, most economists—and I know not all, there isn’t unanimity on this—but most economists say that tariffs increase prices.

You will surely want to read this article in full which you can do here.

Time provides a fact checking address which you can access.

Wonder when the first Trump relative arrived in America? Likely not on the Mayflower, but despite the growing pressure as world human population burgeoned from 2 billion to 8 billion from 1930 until now (and is a worldwide phenomenon of poor migrants rushing to safer places) reform of US immigration laws have languished unattended for decades.

He is indeed the ultimate anti-man embodying many of the “can’t be deferred issues” like control of our climate, which need urgent correction!

Here is a short list of Trump’s stated or inferred positions which could be easily expanded!

Start with anti-integrity the absence of which allows no shame, remorse, or restraint to pursue power.

How about being Anti our Constitution and the rule of law for which he shows his current disdain with his behavior in his NYC porn star trial?

Let’s just quickly list other of the most formidable anti Trump 2nd term objectives possible here:

Anti climate change
Anti Ukraine funding
Anti US leadership abroad (Isolationist)
Anti-choice on safe abortions for women
Anti blacks and ethnics
Anti Sound Business practices
Anti-gun control
Anti separation of church and state
Anti voting integrity
Anti fair taxation

All of the above Antis have been widely covered in major media. A recent example is the May 2nd Alan Blinder Wall Street Journal article entitled “There’s No Business Like White House Business”.

As Blinder notes

The far right frequently calls President Biden a socialist. He isn’t, but the charge puts him in good company. In the 1930s, Republicans similarly labeled President Franklin D. Roosevelt a socialist even as his New Deal policies were saving American capitalism from the strong leftist political currents unleashed by the Great Depression.

Mr. Biden isn’t a businessman. He’s a smart, principled politician who’s dedicated to seeing competitive capitalism flourish in America—as he has put it, “from the middle out and the bottom up.”

Perhaps because Donald Trump has run businesses—and despite his having driven some of them into bankruptcy—many Americans seem to think he did a better job of running the U.S. economy than Mr. Biden has, and would do better again if re-elected.

But that’s also untrue. Although many Americans remain concerned about the economy, the macroeconomic data show clearly that it’s in great shape, much as it was in early 2020 before the pandemic struck. Furthermore, Mr. Biden’s starting point in January 2021 was vastly more fraught than Mr. Trump’s starting point in January 2017—meaning the economy improved much more under Mr. Biden than under Mr. Trump.

You can read this factual recitation of what Trump’s lack of integrity can accomplish in business here.

Awaken Americans! Despite being a world class liar, Trump has continued to tell us what he plans to do as dictator from attack retributions on alleged enemies or with massive deportations of immigrants and to replacing our government at all levels with toadies willing to do his bidding or be fired!

If you are residing in a rabbit hole of false information, I suspect you didn’t read the Time magazine interview, but I can only pray enough voters did to make Trump a one term President.

His destruction of the GOP and the integrity of the Supreme Court offer ample evidence that he can do much worse!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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