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Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump

Posted by on Mar. 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM
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Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump

The US President isn’t motivated by protecting liberal democracy or freedom, his sole ideology is Trumpism: corporate autocracy with a populist facade. And he surrounds himself with white nationalists even more hostile to liberal democracy than he is








When Barack Obama revealed that his last phone call as President was to Angela Merkel, reaffirming their alliance and friendship of the last eight years, he wasn’t just saying goodbye. He was handing over his baton. The German Chancellor isn’t just the leader of Europe, she is now the de-facto leader of the free world.

The thrice-elected, soft-spoken former scientist from East Germany, armed with a doctorate in quantum chemistry, doesn’t just carry the weight of Germany and Europe on her shoulders, but that of defending freedom and liberalism across the world.

This is not an attempt to be provocative or exaggerate for effect. Donald Trump cannot claim the mantle of “leading” the free world by default. America’s military might is not the only criteria necessary.

The title also requires the President to be committed to the values of liberal democracy. But unlike his predecessors since the Second World War, it is already clear that Trump has no such inclinations. He is heading, at terrifying speed, in the opposite direction.

Do I even have to make the case for this? Since his inauguration Trump has undermined and ignored judges, even though an independent judiciary and a separation of powers is key to a democracy.

But the ban on immigrants highlighted something far more draconian. If a President can abruptly restrict the rights of US residents without bothering with lawmakers or even government departments, he is in effect an autocrat. That is exactly what Trump did and will continue to do so. His actions don’t just undermine the rights of all Americans, they undermine the institutions that support American democracy.

Then there is Trump’s assault on international trade and cooperation. He is already threatening Mexico, China and now the EU. Who will be next? We can debate whether globalisation benefits people equally, but only a fool would deny that international trade is a global good. And it can only work if done on an equal, rules-based footing. But Trump doesn’t care for those, he is ripping up international agreements so he can bully smaller countries into submission. That sets a dangerous precedent for the entire world.

And lastly there is the Trump administration’s hostility towards the media. Regardless of its bias, a thriving democracy needs a media willing to challenge the government. Trump isn’t just hostile to criticism, in his warped world it must be driven by lies and vindictiveness. He is wracked by deep insecurity. When his chief aide Steve Bannon says the media should “keep its mouth shut” – they mean it. They don’t want a free media criticising them at all. These are words that dictators use, not democrats.

The US President isn’t motivated by protecting liberal democracy or freedom, his sole ideology is Trumpism: corporate autocracy with a populist facade. And he surrounds himself with white nationalists even more hostile to liberal democracy than he is.

Having grown up in communist East Germany before re-unification, Angela Merkel is the polar opposite. She doesn’t just recognise the sounds of autocracy, she chose to escape it.

This is why she has stood up to Trump’s bullying and bigotry, saying on Monday that the “necessary battle against terrorism” did not justify putting “groups of certain people under general suspicion”. The British government in sharp contrast has been slavish and spineless.

It’s now abundantly clear that the free world needs a new leader. With respect to Justin Trudeau, Canada simply isn’t powerful enough. It has to be Angela Merkel.

Her opponents know this, which is why the pro-Trump, pro-Putin, far-right forces are lining up against her. We know this. And she knows it. It’s time the most powerful woman in the world embraced her new role. The world needs her.


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Mermaidana
by on Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:11 PM
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She made him look like a clown on Friday.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Mar. 18, 2017 at 8:44 PM
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Quoting Mermaidana:

She made him look like a clown on Friday.

Everyone has made Trump look like a clown....its really not that hard to be honest.

Even his friends make him look like their bitch clown.

To the OP....have to agree with the article.  America is no longer the leader of the free world...not with the orange turd at the helm.

UnoDuoTres
by Gold Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 8:57 PM
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The only thing a foreign leader has to do to make Trump look like a fool, is to hold a press conference and be quiet and let him speak.

Quoting turtle68:

Quoting Mermaidana:

She made him look like a clown on Friday.

Everyone has made Trump look like a clown....its really not that hard to be honest.

Even his friends make him look like their bitch clown.

To the OP....have to agree with the article.  America is no longer the leader of the free world...not with the orange turd at the helm.


PamR
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 9:22 PM
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He did that all by himself. 

Quoting Mermaidana:

She made him look like a clown on Friday.


TommieToo
by Silver Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 9:44 PM
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I posted this under a different title, but thought it might belong here so I'm repeating it.

    Quoting TommieToo:

    Defense against who ??  We are not being attacked.  The few terrorist incidents are not a nation attacking us, it is like a street gang trying to disrupt things.

    No, we have an administration in charge now that is itching to go to war,  I just don't know yet who they want to fight.

    This week, they tried to destroy the partnerships that have helped us maintain peace for many years by the verbal attacks on Britain and Germany.

    Yeah Trumpsters !  Get your sons & daughters fitted for caskets.

     UPDATE :

    President Trump sent his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to visit 3 nations in Asia.  China was one of them and the visit was to make nice and cement good relations.  While Tillerson was in flight to China, the President started to Tweet nasty about China.  When Tillerson arrived he was met with a ruined relationship.

    OK, knock China, Germany and Great Britain off the list of friendly and supportive nations.  

    Who's  / What's next ??  

    Who does he have our nuclear arsenal pointed at ?

    Quoting HelenBach:
    “When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no,” Mick Mulvaney told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. “We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."                                     We're going to war.



    Sisteract
    by Whoopie on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:11 PM


    Quoting PamR:

    He did that all by himself. 

    Quoting Mermaidana:

    She made him look like a clown on Friday.


    Exactly.

    It's not like he's been undone or overpowered- he's not smart or qualified for the position.

    We are at a disadvantage with Trump as POTUS.

    Janitor.scalpel.brain surgery.


    Corieva
    by Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:15 PM
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    Merkel...hahahahahaghahahaha
    Sisteract
    by Whoopie on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:23 PM
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    Quoting Corieva: Merkel...hahahahahaghahahaha

    Yes, Merkel, the research chemist and physicist who has been at the helm for decade vs a Reality TV Mogul born on third base with a million bucks in his butt crack.

    Corieva
    by Member on Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:36 PM
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    I have a lot of family there. She's bad news. Smart doesn't mean good.

    Quoting Sisteract:

    Quoting Corieva: Merkel...hahahahahaghahahaha

    Yes, Merkel, the research chemist and physicist who has been at the helm for decade vs a Reality TV Mogul born on third base with a million bucks in his butt crack.

    Lady_Facetious
    by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2017 at 1:12 AM
    Trump makes trump look like a clown.

    Quoting Mermaidana:

    She made him look like a clown on Friday.

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