America: Headlines from 2020

Author: Gary Hart

The Russian Ambassador to the United States has renewed his lease on a top floor suite at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The author of The Art of the Deal has just announced an agreement with the Peoples’ Republic of China that he will withdraw the U.S. Seventh Fleet from the South China Sea in exchange for exclusive rights to place hotels and casinos on its newly created man-made islands.

The United States has just signed an agreement to join the recently formed League of Populist-Nationalist Euro-Atlantic states pledged to defend its members against any resurgence of “decadent liberal democracy”.

Since the abrogation of the Joint US-Iranian nuclear control agreement by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Jordan have announced that they will follow Iran in developing their own nuclear defense forces.

The Director of the Environmental Protection Agency has announced that, according to a recent report by two unnamed scientists, the increase of almost one percent Celsius in global temperatures is not due to man-made carbon releases.

A leaked secret memorandum from the Department of the Treasury calculates that TrumpCare is now expected to cost twice that of ObamaCare with ten million fewer enrollments.

Australia has now joined Mexico and four other nations in recalling its Ambassador from Washington for “consultations” for an indefinite period.

Relocation of hundreds of thousands of students from public schools to tax-supported charter and parochial schools has caused a serious drop in test scores and rise in teacher retirements in core urban public schools.

Since the Trump Administration has unilaterally abrogated adherence to Article Five of the North American Treaty Organization, Russian forces have moved into Eastern areas of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to “protect Russian-speaking citizens being persecuted” by those governments.

More than a third of the career Foreign Service Officers at the Department of State have resigned or been fired for “insubordination” or “lack of commitment to the program.”

The Trump Organization has announced plans for Trump hotel and casino complexes in ten major Russian cities, as well as projects in a number of foreign capitals whose political leaders have developed especially strong ties with the U.S. Administration.

Despite the US-China negotiations over the South China Sea, the PRC has been systematically reducing its investments in US treasury bills causing long term markets to downgrade confidence in the US economy.

Since virtually all of the Dodd-Frank Act has been repealed, most major banks and investment houses have resumed experimentation with packaging and marketing high risk unsecured lending instruments and financial markets have begun to downgrade their bonds and sell their stocks.  An increasing number of financial analyists predict a recession deeper and longer than in 2008.

The metal from the melted Statue of Liberty now represents almost a mile of the Trump Folly Mexican fence.  But it remains the favorite crossing point for refugees from the South.

 

 

13 Responses to “America: Headlines from 2020”

  1. Elizabeth Miller Says:

    Luckily, that’s nothing more than a bad dream.

    But, why, suddenly, can’t I get the Planet of the Apes out of my mind … ?

  2. Elizabeth Miller Says:

    … and Charlton Heston, of course. 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Miller Says:

    >>>> But it remains the favorite crossing point for refugees from the South.

    After those headlines, you think refugees from the South would still want to risk everything coming to America, let alone have a favourite crossing point?

  4. Gary Hart Says:

    In one of the many ironies of our age, it may turn out that refugees, concerned for opportunities and the security of their children, may keep the torch of liberty and the dream of a better future alive better than many disgruntled and angry Americans. (Other than that, I am unable to account for Charlton Heston.)

  5. Elizabeth Miller Says:

    The statue of liberty was a big futuristic headline greeting Charlton Heston on the beach in the Planet of the Apes.

    Though, I can’t account for him, either.

    You are definitely right about the refugee irony. But, the Canadian dream may have by then become the new American dream. I think we may be up for it! Which lends a certain irony all of its own.

    Hmmm … the promise of Canada … that has a nice ring to it, no?

  6. Paul Borg Says:

    Dear Senator Hart,

    I took an excerpt from the poem “On Freedom” by Khalil Gibran.

    For those who value freedom as a thing of great value in and of itself:

    “…You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,
    But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound…” Khalil Gibran

    The entire poem is worth a read and I believe it expresses Liberty’s vital role in establishing a platform for the realization of our Dreams of a better future in a very beautiful and compassionate way.

  7. J. Kane Says:

    It is ironic the number of highbrow “folk” that once underestimated candidate Trump and now continue to haughtily stare down their noses at President Trump. I imagine that once again they will soon have their lunches handed to them. If they continue to rub shoulders with those who steadfastly share their common views and all nod in agreement while making whimsy of serious matters, they probably won’t even notice how irrelevant they have become. They can riot and rant, poke fun and even gasp in mock disbelief at the brutish nature and crude uncivilized antics of this administration. Even as the ever shrinking square miles of blue on the election map are swallowed by the wave of red, they can huddle together and tell each other how smart, sophisticated and enlightened they are.

    Why should they be surprised after all “You know, to just be grossly generalist, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and re-tweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

    They can watch the people of the world turn sharply from their Utopian goals of Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and their aspirations of one world government and convince themselves that they are the true visionaries. They can be part of the problem or part of the solution, but not both.

  8. Gary Hart Says:

    Presumably, Mr. Kane’s comments were triggered by this essay, so a response is deserved. Having spent a half century in elective office and in a wide variety of national security assignments, while Mr. Trump was making money, I feel no need to justify my criticism of him. And, having been raised in a working class family and having earned my way through school on the railroad tracks, I hardly qualify as “highbrow”, especially compared to a man living in a tower on Fifth Avenue. As to “haughty”, raising that term in defense of Mr. Trump seems a joke.
    Speaking of over-generalization, the comment above does exactly to those opposing Mr. Trump what they are accused of doing to him.
    If the progress made in America under Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson is “utopian”, then, like most Americans, I am a utopian. And, last count, the shrinking blue areas contained at least three million more voters than the rising red tide, despite bizarre, unproven accusations of “voter fraud.”
    Further, as a consistent critic of the corrupt lobbying culture in Washington, it is ironic indeed to see so many Trump cabinet nominees up to their eyeballs in that culture. Some swamp. Some drain.
    The host of this site requires no lectures on trends and tides in American politics. I’ve served my time and more than earned my right to criticize Mr. Trump or anyone like him who attempts to tear down the bipartisan progress we have made in education, health, environment, arms control, and much, much else. If he and those who defend him are uncomfortable with criticism, they are in the wrong kitchen.

  9. paul g Says:

    SUPER PATRIOT MAY RIGHTLY PREDICT HOT OUTCOMES WHEN HINDSIGHT IS FORESIGHT

    20-20 Patriotic Foresight …

    “Generations yet unborn will look back on this period with dismay if sharp reduction in carbon emissions is not undertaken. But if (the President) is bold enough to insist on transformation of energy use and transition to a post-carbon economy, he will be respected and admired, possibly even revered, by those same generations yet to come.”

    – GH, 11-25-2012 http://www.mattersofprinciple.com/?p=988

    20-20 Super Hindsight …

    “The Director of the Environmental Protection Agency has announced that, according to a recent report by two unnamed scientists, the increase of almost one percent Celsius in global temperatures is not due to man-made carbon releases.”

    – GH, 2-5-2017 http://www.mattersofprinciple.com/?p=1373

  10. Michael Says:

    Every diplomatic or Intelligence assessment of Trump, by friend and foe alike, must by now be saying flat-out that the man is mentally unstable. I cannot imagine any scenario in which that won’t significantly erode American power and influence in the world by 2020 as our enemies attack our interests and our allies find ways to work around us. I wonder if Senator Hart can imagine for us the ramifications of some of that.

  11. Neil McCarthy Says:

    Mr. Kane’s comments are argument by insult, which is to say no argument at all. The author of this blog is engaged in fact-based argument, not insult. If someone has a fact-based response to any claims he makes, that comment is, I am sure, welcome and may very well advance the argument. But writing comments larded with words like “highbrow,” “haughty,” and “mock disbelief” doesn’t come close to meeting that standard. The former Senator who opposes Trump is not telling anyone how “smart, sophisticated and enlightened” he is, though one wonders why being those things would be problematic.

  12. J.Kane Says:

    Mr. McCarthy,
    Argument by insult? Fact based? I believe the headline is: “America: Headlines from 2020” I am not really sure how that can possibly be fact based. Fact based was Hilary’s quote. Square miles, not vote count and fact based. Insulting to whom? Exactly where is anything pointed at Senator Hart? Senator Hart, by his response made the choice to interpret it as a personal attack. I was actually referring to the media that is churning out their “current” headlines every night getting their lunches handed to them sooner rather that later. Argument by insult? Might I point out that SENATOR Hart made it a point to refer to PRESIDENT Trump as Mr. Trump and then use his public service and elected office as a personal qualifier? “They can watch the people of the world turn sharply from their Utopian goals of Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and their aspirations of one world government and convince themselves that they are the true visionaries.” Are you saying that is not fact based especially in light of recent history? Do you disagree that a United Europe for economic reasons and strategic defense is being destroyed by the attempted forced advancement of one world order by a heavily left leaning political system including NATO and that agenda is not now being rebuked? Have you read Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030? I might re-refer you to a book Senator Hart suggested we read ”Present at the Creation” and particularly to Chapter 57 NATO in Stagnation. What you will find is that defense must be paid for and even then 1951, countries were welshing on that debt. Economic strength and strategic defense were the goals. We the People of the United States… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Sorry, I can’t find participant in one world order anywhere in there. At the end of FY 2017 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $20.1 trillion, according to the FY17 Federal Budget. All facts. So you think President Trump can screw this up worse? Maybe so but I think you might first examine who elected him and who is leading the charge against him.

  13. Neil McCarthy Says:

    Here is my response to Mr. Kane’s 2/9/17 comment (with his comments excerpted in quotes, followed by my response to each excerpt):

    “Argument by insult? Fact based? I believe the headline is: ‘America: Headlines from 2020’ I am not really sure how that can possibly be fact based.”

    So Mr. Kane admits in his first sentence that his comments were generated as a response to Sen. Hart’s post, thus belying the later claim that Sen. Hart “made the choice to interpret it as a personal attack.”

    “Fact based was Hilary’s [sic] quote.”

    Hillary said it. Months ago. That, however, is not remotely relevant to what is going on now. Mr. Kane, however, apparently wants to make it relevant. Why? Might it be to get Americans to take their eye off the incompetence and arrogance of the current Administration, mere weeks old.

    “Square miles, not vote count and fact based.”

    Hard to figure this out. I assume Mr. Kane is referring to Trump having won the electoral college and thus having geographic as opposed to popular (“vote count”) strength. If so, that is true. But, of course, Hillary still had approximately 3 million more votes. Again, however, so what. The issue is what is to be done now and going forward and re-litigating whether Trump’s electoral college victory is not marginalized by his popular defeat is besides the point. Unless, of course, the point is to marginalize all those Hillary voters and falsely pretend that her popular majority vote is just made up of out of touch elitist, liberals who favor world government.

    “Insulting to whom? Exactly where is anything pointed at Senator Hart? Senator Hart, by his response made the choice to interpret it as a personal attack. I was actually referring to the media that is churning out their “current” headlines every night getting their lunches handed to them sooner rather that later.”

    Then say that in your comment. Of course, methinks Mr. Kane doth protest too much, or to the wrong person. If he thinks Sen. Hart was misstaken in thinking his comments were directed at the Senator, he should tell that to the Senator, not me. As to whose lunch is being handed to whom sooner, today’s headlines are about the 9th Circuit upholding the TRO staying Trump’s Executive Order and Conway’s ethical challenges.

    “Argument by insult? Might I point out that SENATOR Hart made it a point to refer to PRESIDENT Trump as Mr. Trump and then use his public service and elected office as a personal qualifier?”

    Again, take it up with the Senator. Last I checked, however, calling the President Mr. Trump is not an insult.

    “‘They can watch the people of the world turn sharply from their Utopian goals of Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and their aspirations of one world government and convince themselves that they are the true visionaries.’ Are you saying that is not fact based especially in light of recent history? Do you disagree that a United Europe for economic reasons and strategic defense is being destroyed by the attempted forced advancement of one world order by a heavily left leaning political system including NATO and that agenda is not now being rebuked?”

    Yes, I do disagree. One world order or government does not remotely exist, the European Union is not a one world government/order, nor is NATO. The Union is an alliance of nations and NATO is an alliance of nation-state treaty signers. The current wave of nationalism withing Europe does not represent anywhere near a majority sentiment, though it obviously has some force in the parliamentarian systems that exist there. And I would remind Mr. Kane of the historical fact that Hitler came to power within such a system. A “left leaning NATO” or “European Union” did not produce him. Right wing fascism did.

    “Have you read Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030? I might re-refer you to a book Senator Hart suggested we read ”Present at the Creation” and particularly to Chapter 57 NATO in Stagnation.”

    Read both. Have you? Assuming you have, was your point to compare our reading lists or were you suggesting I haven’t read things you have and that, therefore, you know better? Which (and I know you aren’t this so please forgive me) would be a bit elitist (as in, to quote your Feb. 5 comment that started this whole back and forth, numbering you among those who “huddle together and tell each other how smart, sophisticated and enlightened they are”)? No?

    “What you will find is that defense must be paid for and even then 1951, countries were welshing on that debt. Economic strength and strategic defense were the goals. We the People of the United States… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Sorry, I can’t find participant in one world order anywhere in there.”

    Great. You have erected a straw man (“one world order”) and knocked it down. The Constitution, however, does allow the Executive to negotiate treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate, and that is how NATO was created.

    “At the end of FY 2017 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $20.1 trillion, according to the FY17 Federal Budget. All facts. So you think President Trump can screw this up worse? Maybe so but I think you might first examine who elected him and who is leading the charge against him.”

    Relative to the size of the US economy, the debt is more than reasonable. Nevertheless, if you are so concerned about it, why then did you vote for Trump (assuming you did; if you voted for Gary Johnson, we need to ave a whole different conversation)? His plans add much more to the deficit than Hillary’s would have. Can Trump “screw this up worse”, as you so elegantly put it? Sure. Given Bannon and the compulsive tweeting and the routine eruptions, the possibilities on this front seem endless. By the way, though they are not all the people “who elected him,” the people who put him over the top in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania (where the margins were narrow) were largely old economy workers whose standards of living have declined, and when they realize that Trump will never deliver on his campaign promises, they will conclude that things have indeed been “screw[ed] . . . up worse,” generally because the one thing people hate more than a declining standard of living is being conned by a guy whose standard hasn’t declined at all.

    Cheers!

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