Chairman Trump, a socialist

Chairman Donald Trump has become what he detests: a socialist. It happened when he tweeted that American companies are “herby ordered to immediately” figure out how to pull out of China.

Ordered?? Who the hell does he think he is? Mao? Lenin? Castro? Maduro?

A central precept of socialism as defined by its father, Karl Marx, is state control of the means of production. Under socialism, the government runs private industry, or what remains of it, if any. The state orders

screen-shot-2019-08-24-at-10-33-19-amindustry to go here or there, do this or that. Or, as it appears to be from Trump’s “order,” to get out of China.

His failure to understand the complexity of the “supply chain” that American industry relies upon to get their components from China and other countries reveals a simpleton’s mind.

But more troubling is Trump’s simpleminded understanding of the president’s powers, the separation of powers, private property rights, due process and more.

The idea that he can single-handily order private actions without legal, legislative or judicial authority puts him in the same league as the far-left, extremist, socialists who are running for president on the Democratic ticket. That he apparently doesn’t grasp that he has gone off the rails chills my bones.

Nor did Trump back off from his assertion on Saturday, declaring

 For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!

Trump, in turn, ought to check out the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. et al. v. SawyerIt stemmed from President Harry Truman’s order during the Korean War for the government to seize and operate most of the country’s steel mills based on national security. All nine of the justices were appointed by Truman or FDR, yet six of them blocked the seizure of the steel industry.

Where, I wonder, are all the conservative, strict constitutionalist, free market champions who aren’t rising in outrage?


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    "...are hereby ordered..." That kind of language is childish and supremely naive. And insulting.

    The main issue Trump has going for him in 2020 is his incumbency: Stability. Except Trump doesn't know how to use it.

  • In reply to MillerDan:

    In the next election, Trump will only have himself to blame if he loses.

  • Dennis, you try too hard to turn people into straw men so you can then make a philosophical attack on them. Real estate speculator Donald Trump is NOT a socialist. He is an unstable old egotist who keeps hoping that he can make the world do what he wants. Nobody thinks he had the authority to issue his "hereby ordered" proclamation.

    If you want to attack socialism, you can surely find a better poster boy. By the way, I don't think Karl Marx was the father of socialism.

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  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Even the editors of Wikipedia acknowledge that "This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations."

    For a more complete discussion of the history of socialism, see

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Your citation includes: "Despite their imagination and dedication to the cause of the workers, none of the early socialists met with the full approval of Karl Marx, who is unquestionably the most important theorist of socialism." Yes Plato and others had ideas of socialism, but I don't hear any modern day socialist calling for a Plato's or Thomas More's utopia. Of course, Trump is not a "socialist;" he's just buying into one of socialism's bad ideas.

  • Thank you for conceding that Trump is not a socialist. I take it you also concede that Karl Marx was not the "father of socialism," although he was a theorist on the philosophy. more particularly known as communism.

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