Something that has been troubling me in recent weeks has the emerging trend among people in the Democratic Party who, in their pursuit to demonise Trump, have decided to extricate him from the GOP. In there eyes Trump is an unprecedented and unholy aberration and that the US would be in much better shape if a different Republican was in office rather than Donald Trump. I don’t necessarily disagree with this premise as a President Jeb Bush wouldn’t be exactly good but I don’t suspect that he would openly muse about using nuclear weapons. However what has now taken over the Democratic Party is that Trump has now been separated from the Republicans to such an extent that many Democrats have rehabilitated the historical record of George W. Bush.
It is widely known that United States government is unapologetically pro-Israel and this has normally resulted in the favourable press coverage of the right-wing government of Israeli, even in supposedly liberal publications. However this has gone one step further. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) has introduced Senate Bill 720, also known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Bill, and already the bill has 45 cosponsors- 31 Republican and 14 Democrat. Not only is this an attempt by the pro-Israel lobby to continue comparing opposition to the Israeli government as the same as anti-Semitism, but this bill shows that many members of the Senate do not understand the US constitution.
One of the main issues that the Republicans campaigned on in the 2016 election, both at the national and the state level, was the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Speaker Ryan recently announced what the Republicans in the House will seek to replace Obamacare with and it was Draconian to say the least. Many expected that Republicans in the Senate who had taken more moderate positions on healthcare reform like Susan Collins (R-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would mean that the Senate bill would be less extreme. In a remarkable turn of events the Senate bill is even more harsh on the poor and provides a massive handout to the wealthiest individuals in America. But thankfully the Senate bill has hit a snag.
In a move that could be in the running for the stupidest decision ever made by a group of people anywhere, House Republicans have voted in favour of allowing people who are certifiably insane to have access to guns. Lawmakers were debating whether or not to strike down a rule from the Obama administration that actively tried to prevent people with certain mental illnesses from having access to firearms. Citing a desire to increase gun ownership under President Trump, the House voted 235-180 in favour of getting rid of the rule.
The campaign, the election, and the anticipation is over. Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. In front of the eyes of the world, the New York businessman took his place as the most powerful individual on the planet, but the main focus of the press will be upon his inaugural address. These speeches tend to be light on actual policy substance because there is plenty of time for such discussions later. As such, the tone of an inaugural address is supposed to be an indication of how the President will govern in the next four years rather than a detailed programme for governing. Trump’s, however, was a depressing look into America’s future.
In recent days it had been rumoured that President Obama was planning a new round of commutations for prisoners, and that on the shortlist was army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. This afternoon this rumour was confirmed by the White House and Manning shall be release from prison on 17th May 2017. The announcement of her release is a positive move from the Obama Administration, and we would be wise to remember Manning’s ordeal, particularly given that Obama’s successor appears to have many authoritarian tendencies.
Since the election of Donald Trump against the will of most Americans there has been an open discussion about the abolition of the Electoral College. What I have found interesting is that these arguments have come exclusively from the Left. Part of this may be because in recent years the candidate losing the election despite winning more votes has been has been the Democrat in both situations. However partly this is because conservatives has long argued in favour of the Electoral College on the grounds that it is what the Founding Fathers deliberately created.