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Norris McDonald | Nancy Pelosi and the neutering of ‘Donald the Great’

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:12 AM
Norris McDonald
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
President Donald Trump
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Forty-three per cent of companies “in the 2017 Fortune 500 were founded or co-founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant,” a study by The Center for American Entrepreneurs found. “Among the top 35 of these Fortune 500 companies, 57 per cent are owned by immigrants or their children.”

Partners for a New American in a study on immigrants’ impact on United States economy found that the combined revenues of these companies were a whopping US$4.2 trillion.

In the area of ‘knowledge, entrepreneurship and technology,’ Dr James Pethokoukis revealed in a September 10, 2018 news article for AEIdeas that: “Immigrants account for nearly half of US workforce, with a science or engineering degree, including 60 per cent of workers in computer and mathematical sciences.”

Pethokoukis writes that, “64 per cent of engineers” in Silicon Valley “are foreign-born”.

President Donald Trump ignores these facts.

He says that immigration is a bad thing for America, especially from black countries.

Immigrants should not come from “shithole countries”, Africa or from Haiti, he says. Trump wants “Nigerians to go back to their huts,” preferring, “more immigrants to come from white countries such as Norway”.

These were shocking racist, white nationalist, anti-immigrant statements that no one expected to be voiced by an American president. In addition, the American public and the world are misled about immigrants as a valuable asset to America.

IMMIGRANTS CREATE WEALTH

Black slaved labour, as forced immigration, made America rich. America’s stock of ‘human capital,’ its educated people, gets a brain-drain boost from the diaspora. So, taking into consideration the impact of forced slave labour, physical immigrant labour and immigrant brainpower, we are right to conclude – immigrants made America rich!

Overall, some 40 million immigrants live in the United States of America. This is an estimated “13 per cent of the total population”.

Of this amount, there is an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who paid US$11.64 billion in state and local taxes into the American economy, The Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy said in a February 2016 report.

The diaspora creates a cross-fertilisation that enriches America.

Immigrants shape America’s movie and music industry. We contribute to its armed forces. We work as teachers to train the new generation. We do many valuable things which increase the potential and real economic growth rate of America.

Take the movie The Green Book, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. It is based on a true story of a Jamaican musical genius, a classical pianist, Don Shirley, who had to survive America’s racist, segregationist Jim Crow era in the South.

Green Book won three of five nominations in the Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for five Oscar Awards.

‘DONALD THE GREAT’

Can we convince President Trump of these facts? I think not, since I do not think anyone knows more about immigration than ‘Donald the Great’.

President Trump says, “I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created.”

Nobody knows taxes more than Trump, “maybe in the history of the world.”

He knows more about intelligence than his generals. He had an uncle, “brilliant, nuclear genius John Trump.”

‘Donald the Great’ is very smart.

Please don’t test him on rocketry, astrophysics, the inner workings of the mitochondria – in cell biology.

Please, please don’t!

If you ask me, I would frankly say that perhaps nobody knows clinical psychology, about the ego and the superego and its other member of psychological trinity – ‘the Id’ – than ‘Donald the Great’.

These psychological factors, identified by Sigmund Freud, when taken together, influence, shape and determine human personality traits.

Poor Sigmund Freund. Maybe he is not even as smart as ‘Donald the Great’.

Did Sigmund Freud, from his grave maybe, asked God to send Democrat Nancy Pelosi to do a ‘clinical job’ on ‘Donald the Great’?

POLITICAL NEUTERING

In the Book of Proverbs, we are taught that “A gentle tongue is like a tree of life” but “with perverseness it can break the spirit.”

“She will cut your head off and you won’t even know you are bleeding,” Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra Pelosi, had warned, as reported by the Washington Post on January 2, 2019, following her mother’s stunning victory.

This was the context in which President Trump sat down in December 2018 with the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic Senate House Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer.

Trump ignored this warning.

‘Donald the Great’ boldly told Mrs Pelosi, in this live presidential reality show, that he knows that she can’t make any commitment.

“Mr President, please don’t characterise the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory,” Nancy Pelosi said to a visibly rattled President Trump.

Newsweek reports that President Trump left the Pelosi-Schumer meeting visibly rattled and scattered his briefing paper all over the floor “out of frustration, threw them across the room.”

“This wall must be a manhood thing to him,” the leader of the Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives noted in a post-meeting repartee.

President Trump then shut down the federal government for more than 35 days, yet he had to sheepishly back down; without getting the money he demanded for his ‘Great Wall of America’.

Sigmund Freud, the clinical master, describes the ego and superego as two of three components of human personality.

President Trump, the ‘smart’, masterful, boastful egoist he is, says he is the master of everything.

When one considers the self-righteousness and egocentrism of ‘Donald the Great’, why go there?

Why did Speaker Pelosi attack his manhood publicly?

Was this a deliberate, carefully thought-out act of public humiliation; a visceral, deliberate public, political neutering?

Who knows?

We do not know everything like ‘Donald the Great’!

One thing is sure, though, Nancy Pelosi clearly broke ‘Donald the Great’ spirits.

She deflated the ego of ‘Donald the Great’, a masterful act of political neutering, if you ask me. Trump’s ego was deflated in a way no Democrat or Republican had done before!

Norris McDonald is an economic journalist, social researcher and political analyst. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and miaminorris@yahoo.com