Friday 21 June 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Love him or loathe him, Trump is doing exactly what he promised the voters – and succeeding'

Riding the wave: Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive at Shannon Airport. Photo: Reuters
Riding the wave: Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive at Shannon Airport. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

So Trump will be on his way home. The politicians have squirmed their way into a U-turn on previous derogatory - and I might add ill-advised - remarks while he was on his way to the White House. The protesters have demonstrated and Baby Blimp has been put to bed.

Work canteens all over the country will be discussing what they have been fed about him. Pubs will be full of tanked-up patrons propping up the bar shouting above each other on what is wrong with Trump and his policies. The "on-trend" sneering and denigration of Trump in some media outlets that started when he dared to put himself forward for nomination will continue to get great mileage out of his shoot-from-the-hip remarks and tweets. But what if we asked all of the above, who among them would be brave enough to take on the most powerful position in the world as leader of one of the biggest economies with a finger on the button of a military super power?

Love him or hate him, Trump is not stupid, he's just not a politician, and we have proof of that because he actually carries out what he promises in his election campaigns. He will not be stage-managed by handlers as so many presidents before him, and of course this sometimes is to his detriment. He is a businessman who saw what he thought was wrong with America and its economy, and stepped up to the plate. He looked at unabated migration into his country and perceived a real threat to its security.

As a businessman he knew what the economy needed and although his motto "America first" may have a negative impact on other economies, including Ireland, he was not elected to look after other economies. There is no disputing his policies have revived the economy, unemployment is nearing an all-time low and the stock markets are soaring. He has opened dialogue with North Korea and Iran. How many of us can say we would step up to the plate and do the same if we were in a position to challenge for a leadership with that much responsibility?

Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24

Protester numbers add up to very small minority

I had great difficulty when reading your newspaper and any other in discovering the answer to the single most important question concerning Trump's visit; that is how many attended the demos in London, Shannon and Dublin?

The real news appears to be that they were all a flop.

Fewer than 10,000 in Trafalgar Square ('Financial Times'), 100 in the peace camp in Shannon ('Independent') and "thousands" in Dublin ('Independent').

So despite all the ridiculous news frenzy from what Trump calls fake news, it's all nonsense and an undeserved platform for the small minority who are eternally anti-American and who probably would not exist without the oxygen of media publicity.

In the interest of free speech and your own professional pride, please start giving us real news.

Brian Kelly


President knows history of the US on immigration

No news can be complete without bringing us the latest on the "foolish president". Demonstrations have dominated his visit to his property in Co Clare this week where, according to phone-ins, it shows how easy it is to win friends in Ireland by giving them a few pints.

I would suggest that they read the former Republican president Teddy Roosevelt's book 'The Winning of the West', in which he said: "Wars between lower races and the white race although characterised by extremes of violence are ultimately necessary."

He goes on to say that "it was of incalculable importance that America, Australia and Russia have passed out of the hands of their red, black and yellow aboriginal owners and become the heritage of the dominant white world races".

It appears that his statements went unchallenged because in the case of America it did not matter that the original "Red Indians" were the subject of near extermination. It will be interesting to see how the liberals in the Democratic Party plan to remove Teddy Roosevelt's head from Mount Rushmore.

Later on in 1922, Congress passed a law restricting overall immigration, and in 1924 Congress passed another targeting the "Catholic and Jewish hordes from southern and eastern Europe, seedbeds of anarchy and Bolshevism".

The radio and press seem to be oblivious to the history of the USA in which all immigrants including the Irish, at different stages of US history, were unwelcome. President Trump operates in the US where he understands the US historical view of immigration.

Hugh Duffy

Cleggan, Co Galway

Favouring a disjointed Europe is dangerous ploy

Doonbeg is enjoying, and will enjoy, the benefits of President Trump's visit while ignoring the greater cost. Having been elected on an insular, populist ticket, he bows to the corporates on climate change.

While dining with the neighbouring monarch, he put the legacy of the League of Nations into cold storage in favour of a disjointed Europe, and then commemorated the D-Day landings, unconscious of the irony.

Michael Nolan

Ballygar, Co Galway

Not all scientists can be seen as stars of humanity

I am constantly amazed by how many positive words are being spoken about scientists. Has everybody forgotten that almost everything that is seriously wrong with our planet was originated by scientists? Imagine how good life would be without all the dangerous chemicals in our food, water and air, and without nuclear waste being hidden all over the place, and without plastic waste destroying our oceans. Scientists are the cause of our planet's problems, not the answer. And now our governments are allowing them to waste billions of taxpayers' money sending missiles to examine stars while hundreds of decent people die in hospitals and starve on our streets. This is good?

Richard Barton

Maynooth, Co Kildare

Our neutrality played a key role in Hitler's defeat

Tom Cooper (Letters, Irish Independent, June 7), overlooks the important strategy a neutral Ireland facilitated for the Allies. It allowed for eavesdropping on the German embassy communications, which in turn assisted breaking the Enigma code earlier than was expected.

Add in the Donegal "Atlantic Corridor", allowing Allied aircraft direct access to patrol the Atlantic, and the fact that RAF personnel who ditched in the Irish Free State were never held in POW camps, whilst all German personnel were incarcerated.

It was a foolish US minister to Ireland, (ambassador) David Gray, who caused so much angst for de Valera's government, with puerile reports to Washington, until the head of MI5 enlightened the Americans, who then sidelined Gray, by appointing a senior OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent to Dublin, under the guise of a trade officer. He was the liaison between the Irish Special Branch, and the Irish Army intelligence section, MI5 and OSS.

When the war ended there was an Irish Army military parade held in Bundoran, Co Donegal, where the American and British officers who had "run the Atlantic corridor" thanked the Irish authorities for the immeasurable service, which assisted in defeating Hitler's armies.

The men who deserve great recognition by both Ireland and Britain are the Irishmen of the British Merchant Navy, who bravely crossed the Atlantic for the duration, bringing the equipment, food and medicine without which Britain would not have survived.

The brave British placed the Irish merchant ships, and internee ships, outside of the convoys. They took the first attack from U-boats.

Thousands of innocent people who had been interned by the British because of their non-British nationality were slaughtered in these attacks, under the guise of being transported to Canada.

In regard to Churchill offering the North in 1940; Éamon de Valera was well aware of Churchill's duplicity when it came to Ireland. Churchill was the man who lit the match to ignite the Civil War. He was not going to be given a second chance.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Victoria

Irish Independent

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