Editorial by Monomakh:
I’ve been watching President-elect Donald Trump very closely lately and I am truly beginning to wonder if Trump fancies himself some sort of king or even emperor instead of a President. I mean, look at where he lives (Trump Tower) and how opulent his living quarters are. Gold and marble are everywhere and, frankly, the place makes the White House and Buckingham Palace look like ghettos. I can understand why Trump doesn’t want to live in the White House but remain in Trump Tower instead. After all, who in the hell wants to downgrade to the ghetto White House, right?
And then there is his family whom Trump appears to think should be very involved in his reign….oh I mean “administration”….and I can’t help but wonder just what qualifies them for such a role. I don’t see where any of them have any kind of experience in politics or government at all. In fact, I don’t see where Emperor Donald has any experience in government or politics at all for hat matter!
For example, Trump reportedly believes that his son-in-law Jared Kushner could help bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Seriously? Does Kushner have some sort of experience or training in negotiating international peace agreements that we don’t know about? From what I gather the only reason Trump thinks this is due to the fact that his son-in-law Jared Kushner is an Orthodox Jew. And that qualifies him as an expert peace negotiator in the Palestinian conflict??? How’s that? I don’t see anywhere where Kushner has experience as a professional diplomat. Just because Kushner happens to be Trump’s son-in-law does NOT qualify him for anything and especially in terms of trying to negotiate peace between the Palestinians and Israel and, in fact, history has proven over and over again that dispatching amateurs to deal with such situations most often ends in absolute disaster.
So just who is this Jared Kushner that Trump is hailing as beyond magnificent?
Kushner was born in 1981 meaning he is presently 35 years old. He is characterized as an American businessman, investor, and “political operative.” He is the primary owner in Kushner Properties which is a real estate holding and development company and also in Observer Media which publishes the New York Observer, a weekly newspaper publication in NYC. His father is the American real estate investor Charles Kushner and he is the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. During Trump’s campaign for the WH Kushner was a senior adviser and some say it was Kushner who actually ran the campaign. He was also the author of Trump’s digital media strategy.
At age 26 Kushner made history by purchasing the most expensive single building property in US history. That would be 666 Fifth Avenue in NYC! Kushner was raised as an Orthodox Jew in New Jersey and graduated from the French School which is a private co-ed yeshiva (Jewish) high school in New Jersey. In 2003 he graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Sociology. Reportedly, Kushner and his brother were admitted to Harvard AFTER their father made a $2.5 million dollar contribution to the university! Seriously? What were their SAT scores? So I take it that to get admitted to Harvard requires a “donation” instead of intellect? According to Matthew Yglessias, a journalist, Kushner was nothing noteworthy while at Harvard and was in the bottom 1/3 of his class. He says Kushner found this embarrassing as it was reported in several media.
In 2007 Kushner graduated from New York University with a Judicial Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. And btw his father also made a hefty “donation” in the amount of $3 million to that very university in 2001. Again, what about Kushner’s intellectual ability? It appears to me Kushner got into both Harvard and NYU thanks to hefty donations from his father to those schools. For his J.D. internship he interned at the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and another law firm.
So it appears that Kushner is a highly successful real estate investor but I don’t see any experience with international relations, peace negotiations, politics (other than the Trump campaign), or diplomacy. So it is safe to say that when it comes to these fields Kushner is a complete amateur and Trump is going to bypass professional diplomats with tons of experience in the matter of negotiating peace between the Palestinians and Israel? Now don’t get me wrong. Jared Kushner MIGHT turn out to be absolutely fantastic in negotiating peace between these two adversaries. If he does that then that would be fantastic! But I have some real reservations and here’s why.
Israel and the Palestinians are very hostile towards each other. When it comes to the Palestinians they harbor a giant amount of hatred and animosity towards the Jewish nation. That is a hatred that will not be easily overcome or set aside and I suspect the feeling is mutual on Israel’s side too. Further, the Palestinians are Muslims bordering on the fringe of radical Islam as witnessed by their continued acts of terrorism against Israel. I think we all know by now what radical Muslims thinks of the Jews and especially Orthodox Jews so I’d say that since Kushner is an Orthodox Jew it likely is not going to fly well with the Palestinians and their hate of Jews. They will simply see Kushner as a proxy of the Jewish State whom they despise and they already see Israel as a proxy of “the Great Satan” America which, btw, many Palestinians consider to be a Jewish nation too!
I can’t help but now wonder if Trump sees the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as nothing more than yet another real estate deal. Kushner does have some amazing experience in such deals but the Conflict is NOT a simple real estate deal! It goes way beyond land! There is deep-rooted hatred between the two and deep religious hatred for each other on both sides.
I thought Trump might appoint advisers and cabinet officials et al with experience but from what I’ve seen thus far Trump is appointing amateurs and that is disturbing! If he thinks amateurs are going to do better than experienced and seasoned professionals then both Trump’s foreign and domestic policies are going to fail grandly. Or should I say imperially? He’s offered Dr Ben Carson the position of Housing Secretary and this morning he announced the appointment of Gov Nikki Haley of South Carolina as UN Ambassador. I don’t see anything that qualifies either of these two for such positions either! Anyone remember when Obama was first elected in ’08 and everyone was criticizing him for his amateur approach? Trump might be the real deal in my opinion and by the time his amateurs are finished it may spell disaster of America domestically and internationally!
Like I said, I’m not ruling Kushner out and I’ll give him a chance and IF he succeeds in negotiating a phenomenal peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel that would be fantastic! However, I hope he understands the situation and I hope he understand that the conflict is NOT just another real estate deal. For, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is far, far more than that and is one that will NOT be easily resolved. But, then again, if Kushner is able to pull off a deal between the two then Kushner might just be a “miracle man.” I mean, after all, Kushner is no idiot from what I see and now know about him. So I’ll give him a chance and see what he can produce as he may well surprise us all, even me.
And as for the Emperor….I mean President-elect…..I think Trump may need a REALITY CHECK. He is an elected President and NOT an imperial despot with some imperial dynasty! It might do him well to realize that because if he doesn’t then his term is sure to fail spectacularly. We Americans don’t want to be ruled by Kings or Emperors. That’s why we have a REPUBLIC!