Implications of Trump’s Presidency for the U.S. and the World: Part II

Donald Trump has been the President of the U.S. for only less than two years, but the consequences of his presidency for our country and the world could be profound and scary.  From the perspective of the environment, harmony with others, economy, American competitiveness, tax cuts and budget deficit/national debt, world stability/democracy/rule of law, his impacts have been grave and significant.

This article is in two parts.  Both parts are posted in this same December 2018 release.  Part I is posted in the “Political/Social Commentary” page.  Part II is this article posted in the “Other” page.

The article has six sections:

I.   Environment

II.  Harmony with Others

III. Economy

IV. American Competitiveness

V.  Tax Cuts, Budget Deficit and National Debt

VI. Summary – World Stability/Democracy/Rule of Law

Sections I-III are in Part I, and Sections IV-VI are in Part II.
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More Introduction to Taiji Push Hands

The article “Taiji Push Hands:  An Introduction” in the previous release describes Push Hands which is the practice with a partner applying many of the techniques and forms in Taiji form practice for martial applications, i.e., for one-to-one combat.  It describes the basic components of Push Hands:

  • Ting (the ability to “listen” to your opponent’s intention and respond by deflecting attacking force)
  • Yielding (not opposing, but supplements attacking force with a small force along similar direction)
  • Fa Jing (quickly generate power when it is time to counterattack)

This second article provides more details about these basic components of Push Hands.
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Is Global Warming Due Mostly to Human Activities?

An article “Environmental Problems: Global Disasters Waiting to Happen” in the June 2018 release of this website discusses evidence that global warming (or climate change) is definitely occurring. The increase in the world’s average temperature will have tremendous impacts on the livelihood of essentially all localities across the globe.  If we don’t take appropriate actions now, these problems are serious and could become insurmountable 50, 100 years from now. These insurmountable problems will be faced by our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren due to the actions or in-actions that our leaders adopt today. impacts such as:

  • More drought and flooding across the whole globe
  • Less ice and snow resulting in insufficient water for areas that depend on melting ice and snow from mountains
  • More extreme weather incidents resulting in more deadly heat waves, violent rainfalls, and severe storms
  • Rising sea level, resulting in massive flooding along every coast.

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement is a symbol of hope that the leaders of the world are wise enough to recognize the problem and start to initiate actions to address the problem. [1]  Unfortunately, our current president of the U.S., Donald Trump, has already announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The next critical question is whether global warming is due mostly to human activities.  In other words, if global warming is due mostly to natural phenomena or is a historical trend of our planetary system, then there may not be much we as humans can do about it.  This article discusses evidence from scientific analysis that global warming during the last 100+ years is primarily due to human activities.

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