December 3rd 2016

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COVER STORY Anti-discrimination law validates Safe Schools

CANBERRA OBSERVED Triggs on the way out, but her weapon (18C) must go too

ANALYSIS What is possible to a Trump White House

EDITORIAL Trump portends the start of a new political era

EUTHANASIA Late-night reprieve in SA Parliament

EAST ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwan and Japan look extinction in the face

SEXUAL POLITICS Victorian Liberals pledge to scrap Safe Schools

LAW AND SOCIETY No-fault divorce a tragedy of nuclear proportions

PARENTING Experts envisage lustrous future for infant graduates

POLITICAL HISTORY Folly with a touch of good sense: Colonel Sibthorp

ECONOMICS Trump as a symptom of the end of neoliberalism

MUSIC Vale Leonard: did we ever really understand you?

CINEMA Fantastical and beastly: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

BOOK REVIEW A Life well spent

BOOK REVIEW Catholic revisals


FOREIGN AFFAIRS How the left whitewashed Fidel Castro

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What is possible to a Trump White House

by Peter Westmore

News Weekly, December 3, 2016

The election of Donald Trump was a terrible shock to the American and global media, which had written him off months ago.

It was also a repudiation of the Democratic Party, which had stage-managed the elevation of Hillary Clinton as their candidate, of the Clintons who wanted to establish a new political dynasty in America, of the radical feminist and gay lobbies which embraced her, and of President Barack Obama, who threw whatever remains of his prestige behind Hillary Clinton as his successor.

President Obama is now the lamest of lame-duck Presidents, having to welcome into the White House a man whom he had attacked and demonised for months.

Donald Trump was elected, despite his undoubted negative characteristics, because he gave a voice to millions of alienated and disaffected Americans who have seen the large-scale loss of manufacturing industry to Mexico, China and other countries.

Over the course of the last six months, Trump has put forward a number of policies to reverse what he sees as America’s decline.

He promised to impose import duties on manufactured goods coming from countries that were deemed to be dumping them into the US.

He said he would reduce both personal and company tax, to bring America into line with its main competitors.

He announced a $US600 billion plan to rebuild America’s decaying infrastructure, and said he would stop America’s allies from taking a free ride on the backs of American taxpayers.

He promised to stop the imposition of the United Nations’ climate agenda, specifically saying he would revoke the Obama Administration’s signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, and said he would oppose World Trade Organisation-inspired free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the U.S.-EU free trade negotiations.

After Britain voted to withdraw from the European Union, Donald Trump announced that he would negotiate a separate trade agreement with Britain once it had actually withdrawn from the EU.

Additionally, he resonated with Christians, who have been attacked by secular humanists who dominate the U.S. Supreme Court, which has authorised both abortion and same-sex marriage, the prevailing culture of Hollywood, and the handful of television networks and other media outlets that dominate popular culture.

His challenge now will be to implement the program on which he was elected.

Critical to this will be the people he chooses to be part of his administration, and his relationship with the Republican-controlled Houses of Congress, which will determine whether his program can be converted, through legislation, into reality.

Clinton’s legacy

Those who watched with dismay the rise of Hillary Clinton over the past two years barely thought it was possible to consider any alternative, or even how bad Clinton had already been for the world.

There has not been a worse Secretary of State than Hillary Clinton, who was given this post as a consolation prize after being beaten by Obama in the 2007 Democratic primaries.

Her blatant rejection of long-standing government directives to use only government-secured electronic communications, and her failure to prevent the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya by terrorists alone should have disqualified her from the highest office in America.

Also as Secretary of State she:

• Authorised U.S. government funding of the international abortion provider, Planned Parenthood (which had been de-funded during the Bush era).

• Strongly supported the global agenda of radical feminist networks.

• Endorsed the pro-abortion lobby.

• Promoted same-sex marriage across the world.

• Supported the mandatory climate agenda of the IPCC, including the Paris Climate Agreement, and supported attacks on the coal industry and restrictions on the development of oil and gas deposits on land and sea.

Further, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time of the abortive “Arab Spring” in 2011, and threw her government’s weight behind the push to depose Syria’s President Bashar al Assad by funding and arming Sunni rebels.

Without the support of the United States, Turkey and the Arab oil states, the rebellion would have soon fizzled out, as it did in other countries in the region.

With American support, the Sunni revolt was able to capture control of much of the Sunni-dominated north and east of Syria, forcing back government forces to the West, and to the areas around Damascus, the capital.

Into this vacuum, Islamic State was able to extend its operations from northern Iraq into Syria, where it captured a large slice of the country.

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes into refugee camps to get away from the terrorists and the fighting.

The inevitable response to these outside attempts to overthrow Assad in Syria was the mobilisation of pro-Assad forces from other countries, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Russia. Both these forces became involved with the support of the Assad Government.

Their intervention undoubtedly has saved the Assad Government, and for the past four years, a brutal war of attrition has taken place, forcing millions of people into refugee camps in neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

The American intervention prolonged the war, and created the refugee crisis that triggered the exodus of millions of people from the Middle East to Europe through both the Balkans and from the anarchy of Libya.

The United States, under Obama, is the principal cause of the Syria crisis, not Russia. It is sadly true that Hillary Clinton, more than any other person, caused the war that led to the European refugee crisis, and the entry of at least 2 million refugees into Europe over the past two years.

Mrs Clinton has neither acknowledged nor apologised for her role in the escalating Syrian crisis, instead blaming the Assad regime – which is admittedly brutal but which was only defending itself from an overseas-backed insurrection.

Had she been elected president, there is no doubt that the Syrian war would have continued indefinitely.

At least with the election of Trump, there is a chance that the utterly foolish, misguided and dangerous policies of the Obama-Clinton era will be reversed, making it possible to end the war without insisting on the defeat of Assad.

If that alone is achieved, Donald Trump will have justified the faith put in him by the American people.

Peter Westmore is national president of the National Civic Council.

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