Trump’s second term: no more Mr. nice guy

President Trump has been easy on Communist China, but I think that changes in 2021. Their virus not only killed more than 200,000 Americans and put him in the hospital, it ruined our economy and nearly cost Trump his reelection. I don’t think he’s going to let them get away with it.

The ultimate goal, necessarily unstated, is the overthrow of the Communist Party, and allowing the Chinese to decide how they should be governed. In the mean time, unfortunately, the long suffering people of China will have to bear the consequences of their rulers’ decisions.

If we wanted to, we could bring the Chinese economy to a screaming halt in a matter of weeks. China relies on maritime commerce. Raw materials are shipped in, and finished goods are shipped out. All maritime commerce in this world, including the free flow of oil, takes place at the sufferance of the United States Navy. One of its carrier battle groups is more powerful than all the world’s other blue water vessels combined.

The President doesn’t need to take such drastic steps as cutting off its oil to make China feel the pain. He has many arrows in his quiver, many weapons at his disposal.

And China is weak. Unleashing the virus was a sign of weakness, of desperation. China is on the slippery slope down, and the Communists who rule the country are aware of it.

Before they spread the virus, they were afraid of a second Trump term. Now they should be very afraid.

You’re fired? I don’t think so.

On just about any possible debate topic, Trump has a record he can brag about. And Biden has a record, or a position, which makes him vulnerable.

So no matter what the subject matter, it seems to me President Trump needs to, in order, 1) talk about the accomplishments of his first term, then 2) criticize the Biden position, and 3), in summation, explain why his election will produce a better outcome for the large majority of the American people.

When he debated Clinton four years ago, Donald Trump was a novice, untested in politics and government. A lot of people, myself included, didn’t know what to make of him. He’s learned a lot, and accomplished a lot. He should talk about what he’s learned, and how it has made him a better President.

A presidential debate is a joint, televised job interview. And when you’re hiring someone for a big job, you value experience, and past success.

That’s why Trump is not going to get fired.

The lamentations of their women

On election night I’ll watch Fox, but I’ll be recording the other networks, so I can watch them react to Trump’s victory. It will be an extreme dose of schadenfreude. There will be horror, and rage, and tears. All joyful to behold.

I’m confident in large part because of the shy Trump voters. They don’t want to admit they’re voting for Trump. They don’t like Trump. They can’t stand Trump. And they would never consider admitting they support him to a pollster. They may not admit it to their own family.

But voting for Trump is in their own self interest, and that’s what they’ll do.

Donald Trump isn’t the man you want your son to be, and he sure as hell isn’t the kind you’d want to marry your daughter. He’s no moral paragon, he’s rather the opposite.

He’s an anti-politician, who speaks the plain truth. In 2016 he barely beat the most disliked candidate in history. On Nov. 3rd he’ll beat the worst candidate. He needs all the help that he can get.

There will never be another one like him.

An old Indian trick

As wise stewards of the land, North America’s Indians routinely started forest fires. They wanted grazing grounds for the animals they hunted, and open spaces to live and hunt on. So before Columbus arrived there was a lot less forested land than we have today.

The Europeans put an end to the Indian fires, and for centuries harvested the forests for timber. But that has ended in many parts of the country, California in particular. After the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt using lumber from the Santa Cruz forest, just south of the city. But I don’t believe it’s been harvested since.

It’s in flames right now, with 70,000 evacuated, including four members of my family, who are staying with Babbie and I. There are no fire breaks in this forest, so the fire is only 7% contained. The forecast calls for another dry lightning storm. The first one started these fires a few days ago.

If the Indians managed the land, the fires they started would have resulted in the fire breaks necessary to stop the spread of a forest fire. Or if this forest was managed according to the best practice, limited timber cutting would have been allowed, creating man-made fire breaks.

But because the state of California is governed by lunatics, it just burns.

President Trump, environmentalist

Alaska’s Pebble Mine is a world class deposit of copper and gold, and its enormous wealth would justify a billion dollars worth of environmental protections. Such precautions might allow responsible development of these ores, but in the case of Pebble, other considerations come into play.

Pebble happens to have the misfortune of being smack dab in the middle of the headwaters of Bristol Bay, the world’s premiere salmon fishery. The road necessary for development would run along the pristine northern shore of Lake Iliamna, the largest lake in Alaska, and the third largest entirely in the United States. Iliamna is home to not only abundant salmon and grayling, but big rainbow trout, reaching 28″ in size. It is a sportsman’s paradise, and was home to Alaska’s 4th Governor, Jay Hammond and his wife Bella.

There’s plenty of gold and copper elsewhere in North America. Pebble does contain significant amounts of rare earth minerals palladium and rhenium, but we are not reliant on China for these valuable minerals. Chile is the source of most of the world’s rhenium, and major palladium deposits are in South Africa, Montana and Ontario. The development of Pebble is not a national necessity.

Especially when compared with other prospects in Alaska. The great Alaska peninsula of North America was formed by the collision of various tectonic plates, hundreds of millions of years ago. These collisions spawned eruptions of minerals from the earth’s core, and much of Alaska is heavily mineralized.

The most promising mineral prospect in Alaska is the Ambler mining district, in the northwest of the state. Here are abundant signs of gold, copper, silver, molybdenum and all the critical rare earths. President Trump is actively supporting this development, and the 212 mile Ambler Access road is well along in the planning process. Environmental groups have filed suit to halt this road, but will have a hard time preventing it.

Pebble lies within the jurisdiction of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, which is staunchly opposed to it. Ambler is in the boundaries of the NANA Native Corporation, and the Alaska Natives of NANA will be partners with the mining companies in Ambler. Also within the NANA region is Red Dog, the largest zinc mine in the world, which has operated safely for 36 years. NANA and its shareholders benefit from this mine both financially and in employment. Red Dog is the model for Ambler.

The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is urging his father to oppose Pebble, and may very well succeed. The President is all for resource development, and exploiting the great natural wealth of this country.

But not everywhere, under every circumstance. Pebble may be one of the exceptions.

This appeared on August 17th in the American Thinker.