Fortune Magazine has called out U.S. President Donald Trump for having “the stock market on a string, but investors are less sure of the game he’s playing.” Bloomberg is parroting the same, and the LA Times has been talking about the U.S./China trade policy driving stock prices too. But ordinary citizens do not buy stock. The world’s “average” people live and die underneath the mighty, with only presidents and elected officials to protect them. Here’s a opinion on why Donald Trump is not serving the best interested of the people of the United States of America.
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Article II, Section 4 – Constitution of the United States
On Wednesday, May 23rd at 9:20 AM local time; the top six defense stocks registered almost identical upticks indicating a general buy trend which was later followed by others. The trend may illustrate for the first time a kind of insider activity never spotlighted before. What I am saying is, it’s mighty convenient tha.t unknown investors suddenly decided to dive into defense stocks the day before Donald Trump pulled out of the North Korea summit via an official letter (White House) to Kim Jong Un. Furthermore, the U.S. presidents sudden turnaround on that announcement smells even fishier. If my guess is right, Trump and his backers are simply manipulating key news for gain – and substantial gain at that. Reading the official letter to North Korea’s Chairman, the wording of which is adolescent in the extreme, one can only arrive at one of two conclusions. Either Donald Trump is senile or crazy, or the money making game I am describing is on full bore. A key to deciding between these two is within the texts of Trump’s recited letter to Kim. The official letter reads in part:
“Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place. You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
In 2017 John Nichols at The Nation warned us of Donald Trump’s play for the military-industrial complex. The author quoted from Trump’s first joint address to Congress back in February of 2017. At the end of this speech Trump said:
“I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the Defense sequester and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.”
It is important to note here that a similar buy spike occurred in trading of General Dynamics stock on the day before an American president would “advertise” for the notorious F-35, made by GD. If you read the president’s speech, he actually lauded Lockheed and “the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter. The five dollar per share buy ended in a 5 dollar per share sell the next day according to my research at Yahoo Finance historical data. In that case, the “method” seemed identical if there is a method to Trump’s policies. And remember, America just elected a wheeler and a dealer of a business tycoon.
General Dynamics stock also registered the same “buy” marker on May 23rd, as did Huntington Ingalls Industries, which is building Trump’s new 350 ship navy.
“The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.” Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the United States
Fifty-seven years ago former Five-Star General and President Dwight Eisenhower gave a memorable farewell address to the nation framed around the dangers of our military industrial complex. Eisenhower’s successor, John F. Kennedy mirrored these sentiments, which some experts say is what got him killed. This “influence” has run American policy since World War II ended, and now Donald Trump becomes the latest lackey in a long line, taking food from the mouths of the hungry and destitute.
“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th President of the United States
A few years before Eisenhower’s famous farewell, the man who commanded all allied forces in Europe during World War II cautioned the American people on the waste and destruction of lives unbalanced defense spending would have. Eisenhower spoke, not simply of the money wasted on weapons and war, but of the life force drained from Earth’s people if this “American militarism” took over:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th President of the United States
For those who would argue against my theories, I assure you they are not mine alone. During Eisenhower’s time, a famous sociologist named C. Wright Mills wrote the book The Power Elite, which claimed, among other things, that a class of military, business, and political leaders, driven by mutual interests, were the real leaders of the state, and that they were effectively beyond democratic control. And there are scores more scholarly moderators who’ve tried (mostly in vain) to inform the public of the skullduggery of these power brokers. However, all anyone really has to research are the names of defense corporations feeding vast sums of money to Washington think tanks and special interest lobbyists, politicians, institutions, Congress and the Executive Branch.
Showing the existence of this military industrial complex is not my concern here, for proof of its existence has already been established. What I am concerned about is the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth rolling the dice (playing craps) with the futures of all our children. My concern about Trump potentially in collusion with these power brokers is, it comes as an idealist and practical matter of course. The President of the United States cannot serve two masters. Either the people thrive, as Eisenhower and others suggested, or the fascist big business bosses who stand behind do. The man swore to God and to the American people:
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God!” – Donald J. Trump – 45th President of the United States
Nowhere in this constitution does the document stipulate that America’s chief executive is authorized or allowed to manipulate news, markets, and the truth in order to benefit one segment of society over another. Donald Trump swore to the American people he would drain the swamp that Washington politics has become. But so far no slimy swamp critters have been seen leaving. Donald Trump swore he would put an end to useless and excessive spending to support unwinnable wars, but instead he seems to be leveraging the rumors of such wars. I believe this is the reason Donald Trump appears so unpredictable. I believe he is a wind-up toy for the aforemented power elite.
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”