Trump, a Dangerous President

Miguel Arias Sanchez

Donald Trump. Photo: wired.com

HAVANA TIMES — The process of establishing bilateral relations between Cuba and the US has been hurt lots of times. The Cuban government position has always been the same, inflexible and with its backward politics. And with regard to the US, US policy towards Cuba being relaxed or made more hardline depends on the President sitting in the Oval office.

Over 50 years of banging heads and tension. History picks up on how softening the grip on Cuba cost Kennedy his life, then other presidents came along who had a less hostile policy towards our country, such as James Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. There’s no doubt about it, Obama was a charismatic and intelligent president who has been the one to make the greatest effort during his term in office to bring closer, improve and normalize relations between these two people and governments.

Now, Trump has come along, and I must clarify that I’m not that interested in politics, my father used to say that politics is the dirtiest business there is and that the only people who benefit from it are the politicians themselves.

However, you don’t have to be a politician or capitalist or socialist, or Catholic or atheist to realize when somebody is doing something absolutely reprehensible.  Let’s take a look at him then from a human point of view.

Ever since this man took the presidency, he hasn’t done anything but create problems for the entire world. Firstly, he doesn’t want immigrants in his country, when it was precisely the immigrants who built and raised up his country. He has taken part in wars in the Middle East and now, he is creating tension with North Korea, who are crazy people too who don’t sit with their arms crossed. The world’s peace of mind hangs on a strand of thread and this thread is in Trump’s hands.

He is even criticized by thousands of people in his own country who want to live in peace and see their children and grandchildren grow and develop in a better world, without wars or epidemics or disease that result from these.

The president of the most powerful country on Earth made a fool out of himself in Puerto Rico recently. After Hurricane Irma hit the island so hard, where over half the population still doesn’t have any electricity, he compared the consequences of this hurricane with Katrina, just by counting the number of fatalities, as if that the number of people killed is the only problem that hurricanes cause. He isn’t interested in what is happening on the island of Puerto Rico, his colony; he is just worried that the funds for disaster relief aid have finished.

That’s why his throwing rolls of toilet paper to people living a tragedy seems to make sense, it’s all part of a joke on those in need. This man is a millionaire who, after having tried everything, is now keeping himself entertained by playing at how to lead a country, and he’s doing it with all the skills he has for this magnificent role: none.

Miguel Arias

Miguel Arias Sánchez: I was born in Regla in 1949. That’s where I went to elementary and high school. Afterwards I took courses to be a teacher and did that for several years. I did my military service and as soon as I got out I studied formally to be a teacher graduating at the University of Havana. I taught in classrooms for nearly 20 years. I had the opportunity to travel and see another reality. I returned and am currently doing different self-employed activities.

22 thoughts on “Trump, a Dangerous President

  • Trump is an idiot. There can be no argument there. But the Castros deserve no sympathy for their current circumstances regardless of how foolish Trump is. They rebuffed Obama’s efforts at rapprochement and find themselves now dealing with a far worse choice in Trump.

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    • Totally agree with you Moses. The regime in Cuba did much to sabotage Obama’s hand of friendship and it backfired big time. I’m not following the news out of Cuba much since Trump became president. Way too depressing and Miguel is just one of many who has it tough living in this sad world.

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      • Brother bjmack, In what way did Cuba sabotage Obama,s hand of friendship? Why can’t you get it through your head that Cuba is not a puppy licking the boots of the USA. It is a SOVEREIGN COUNTRY. The USA does not congratulate Leaders who wipe away the sclaes of IGNORANCE from the eyes of their people! Look around the world, observe keenly, put on you spectacles, do you see the USA supporting any country or Leader who has really liberated their people, allowing them to dwell on the Planet like the dignified HUMAN BEINGS they were CEATED to be, or do you see them supporting the worst of the wost dictators who have their inhabitants living in misery?? Could you PLEASE RESPOND to my question my brother

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        • Please respond to the Editor’s invitation to you to comment upon the article he provided. Never mind others. get your own priorities straight Kennedy Earle Clarke. You have the time whilst relaxing in the luxury of your island retreat.

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    • Brother Moses, I have reached the stage where anything you say negatively affects me, but there are times when I have to reply so that others will know that you are far off taget and have lost your way. Now, when the UN Charter was signed, there were the Capitalist camp and the Communist Camp. The Charter declared that every Country is Sovereign and has the RIGHT to follow the path of economic development it sees best suited to its needs. If Cuba sees it fit after the Batista EXPLOITATIVE CAPITALIST SYSTEM decides to implement the Socialist System, who is Obama or the USA or you to pressure it by telling the Country that it was wrong to embrace that system? The Country is Sovereign. Can anyone dare tell the mighty USA that it must cease supporting the OPPRESSIVE Monarchy in Saudi Arabia?

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        • Yes, I too would love to hear your opinions about the article Kennedy Earle Clarke. So take the opportunity offered by Circles Robinson and speak up!

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      • The verysame UN Charter you mention speaks directly to the human rights of all people for self-determination and democratic principles. On these measures, Castro’s Cuba falls short. If the truth I have written in this comment affects you negatively, you should reassess what it is you should be reading.

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        • Please to tell me Brother Moses what is Democracy? Is it just the right to make an X on the ballot sheet? What about enjoying the fruits of the land? For Mandela spent 27 years in jail and, when he was released, and the Black man was able to vote, the majority Black population did not own any land and neither did they have access to education, medical attention and they were still working in the mines owned by the multinationals who were oppressing them under the VAMPIRE Apartheid system for starvation wages. Nothing really had changed. Pray, please to explain to me what you consider to be true democracy!

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          • I can tell you what it isn’t….Cuba.

          • I note Kennedy Earle Clarke that you don’t have the courage to respond to the Editors invitation to comment upon the article he provided.
            Obviously you are a pussy cat in disguise, luxuriating in your island retreat, but unable to actually provide useful commentary.

    • Yes brother Moses, Obama came and thinned out the thaw, but Cuba is sovereign and who is Obama or any other President to tell it how to govern itself or what political system it must follow? Obama should have been more genuine, diplomatic and professional in his approach and accepted Cuba for what it is and not trying to remake it into what it was under Batista? Cuba would definitely not have made the strides and gain the RESPECT of the International Community if it had followed the same pathway it overthrew with the US backed and supported Batista Regime? A TRUE MEANINGFUL REVOLUTION is always intended to bring about meaningful change. Not to continue what it overthrew!

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      • What an incredibly ill-informed comment. Obama said nothing that would even remotely imply a return to the policies that preceded the Castro dictatorship. Stop making things up simply to make a contrarian comment.

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  • I have to agree with Moses yes are President is a idiot but he was elected no matter how messy Democracy dediced it. Unlike the dictators Castro’s

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    • Actually, Trump did not win the popular election, but was elected by the Electoral College, a sort of intermediary body which was one of the original “checks-and-balances” engineered by our Founding Fathers to check popular excesses. Alas! These Founding Fathers did not foresee that this institution would propel such a poseur as Trump into office. The Electoral College was supposed to PREVENT this sort of thing! That the only two choices were between “Crooked Hillary” and “The Donald” reflects the bankruptcy of our pseudo-democracy. Bernie Sanders was frozen out (as revealed by the internal DNC emails made available by WikiLeaks). One of the reflections that voter participation has been ever shrinking during the past several decades is that many voters are shrewd enough to recognize that their vote has no real say in the election of “our” representatives; the two major parties–Tweedle-Dum and Tweddle-Dee, are but different flavors of the same rancid military-industrial dish.

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      • Is this the type of Democracy the Great Bully wants to impose upon the rest of the world? Is Democracy only about the right to place an “X” on the ballet paper and then those whom you vote for can do as they please without consulting you who gave them the job? They, all of a sudden know what is best for you. They are fully well aware of your needs; they automatically become an expert on everything when they know nothing.

        When their term of office is up, they come around to tell you what a good and perfect job they performed in your interest. They do not allow you to evaluate their performance; they are giving themselves high marks for a job well done!. They give no account of their stewardship; and, like sheep to the slaughter, we foolishly go and give them another term. Where is the accountability to the voter?

        If an employee is incapable of performing his task satisfactorily, he/ she is sacked immediately, but the bosses of the elected politician in a Democracy have to wait for five long years until that hired politician has enriched himself before they can sack him. What really is this thing called Democracy? I can vote. I can cast my “X” but, if the person I elect to govern my country decides that he wants the resources of my country to be owned by me, in order to empower me economically, he is assassinated by big powers who shout Democracy to the highest heavens but who believe that I must live out my life on the Planet poor, diseased, degraded, oppressed and exploited?

        They support the WORST DICTATORS who assist them in degrading me, yet they howl HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES when my leader attempts to UPGRADE my STATUS from degradation and allow me to live like the dignified HUMAN BEING I was CREATED to be?. What REALLY is this thing called DEMOCRACY? IS it EXPLOITABLE CAPITALISM which CONTINUOUSLY DEHUMANIZES ME, insisting that I could only place an “X” on a piece of paper, but must EXIST on the PLANET like an ANIMAL?? That I should NEVER enjoy the FRUITS with which my country was NATURALLY BLESSED?

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    • You can ‘democratically’ elect a pig…..
      But it’s still a pig.

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      • Brother Nick, You are so correct in your analysis. What do you call a President who can take his country into a Nuclear war without consulting the House of Representative or his Senate? Is this what is called DEMOCRACY?

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        • For once you are correct Kennedy Earle Clarke. When Fidel Castro endeavored to persuade Nikita Khruschev to take Cuba into a nuclear war by making an initial strike upon the USA he did not consult others. That Kennedy Earle Clarke is called DICTATORSHIP!

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          • Come on brother Carlyle. You fully well know that the implementation of weapons on Cuban Soil was to defend the sovereignty of the Cuban Revolution which was threatened by the USA. Do you forget the Bay of Pigs Invasion? Did you forget the onslaught on the pig industry? The many cases of dengue fever? Why are you so conveniently forgetful brother Carlyle? Every one knows who I am by my photo, whyare you hiding and continue to hide yours? Are you for real brother? What are you hiding? From whom are you hiding? You fully well know that Fidel.Castro never unilaterally did anything in Cuba without consultation with his other comrades. Why do you always endeavour to present distorted facts? In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this quote is coined,”This above all else,To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day. Thou cans’t not then, be false to any man!” Kindly desist from your propagandering and present truthful facts. Your INTEGRITY is at stake brother!.

          • Firstly Kennedy Earle Clarke, it is factual to state that Fidel Castro urged Nikita Khruschev to make an initial nuclear strike upon the US. Secondly it is factual that in response Nikita Khruschev in rejecting Castro’s request pointed out that complying with Castro’s wishes would undoubtedly start a Third World War.
            You say that Fidel Castro “never unilaterally did anything in Cuba without consultation with his other comrades.” With who did he consult prior to writing to Khruschev? Do let us all know who the other warmongers were?
            You sneer at my not providing a photograph of myself, knowing as a communist supporter that doing so could lead to the imprisonment without trial of my wife and myself. You ask from whom I am hiding, the answer is MININT and the CDR and communist repression.
            My integrity is not at stake any more than that of Cuban dissidents. What is at stake Kennedy Earle Clarke is freedom. I support freedom, you don’t, for which I pity you.

      • That’s funny Nick, I recall the two labelled Fidel and Raul being let loose in Havana.

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