In 1989, I opposed the actions of former President Ronald Reagan who traveled to Japan and gave a speech at the time many in Congress were very upset with the trade practices of the East Asian nation. The speech garnered Reagan $1 million, with his whole trip securing him another million. While making money is certainly the right of everyone, when it comes to ex-presidents there are rules of proprietary that should be observed.
While Reagan failed in that regard with his speech and money-making, Donald Trump has jumped to warp speed in demonstrating a complete disregard for proprietary.
It was reported this weekend Trump’s company is angling to host events at his golf courses for the controversial Saudi golf league. I need not remind readers that this would place Trump alongside a highly oppressive and bloody regime. All for the sake of money.
Nor do I need to write that Trump was not able to find any spine when it came to standing up to Saudi Arabia when he sat in the Oval Office.
No one can be in any way surprised Trump would shamelessly act and whore for money. His whole life is nothing more than a con game and shakedown involving everything from steaks to wine, to his use of the federal government to make money. No, his hucksterism is not now the most obscene part of his latest efforts.
It is his saddling up alongside a nation that has a list of human rights abuses that staggers the moral code of nearly everyone. Well, almost anyone. The grifters of the Trump family have not met a moral red line that can not be easily stepped over. Just ask the ex-wives of father and Jr.
Forget the violent and brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government. Forget the political prisoners in Saudi Arabia who are tossed away, and killed with no consequences from anyone. After all, there is money to be made!
In normal times, I would write that former presidents have a responsibility to act with honor and not undermine our nation’s values. Since Trump has never shown honor in any of the personal transactions in his life that trait cannot now be used to press the need for it at this time. Instead, we are treated yet again, to Trump’s complete lack of any regard for decency.
Trump was side-stepping his duties in the Oval Office after facts proved a much tougher line with Saudi Arabia was warranted, with precisely this type of money-making being envisioned after leaving his term in office. Additionally, we know without a doubt, that had Trump been able to remove his enemies as Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman did with his in Istanbul, it would have happened in this nation.
Who cares about human rights violations or the killing of journalists? There is money to be made. That is the only goal of the truly amoral and soulless person called Donald Trump.
That he also carries the former title of leader of the nation means we all need to care. This is truly a bad story the rest of the world will learn of, and judge us by.
And so it goes.