Trump Should Learn English and American Values, Too

Trump Should Learn English and American Values

Anyone who has read the leaked WSJ transcript knows that President Trump wanders before he can complete a sentence. It’s quite different from his scripted TelePrompTer. Plus, Trump has mainly just been speaking tweeter lingo, and leaving his spoxes and administration as well as the world to figure out what he means. Will he bring an English teacher on one of his golf outings to bone up on clarity and elementary sentence structure?

Then there are American values. Our government starts with the constitution. Trump is still violating the First amendment rights of freedom of speech, of the press, and of association. He also keeps violating due process for others, but tries to block investigations of himself, friends, and family. He also is involved in trying to limit the right to vote. Rather than concentrating on his pardoning power, he should concentrate on how to act lawfully.

He should learn American values associated with our history and the value of immigration. He should visit the Statue of Liberty, but not with history distorter Steve Miller. Trump’s paternal grandparents immigrated from Germany. His mother emigrated from Scotland. His first wife Ivana and third wife Melania were immigrant models. I don’t know how you evaluate points for that.

Trump’s knowledge of and interest in American history seems limited to data given to him to prove that everything that he does is superior to that of any other President.

Judging by all of the campaign leaders that were dropped, and all of the administration leaders that were dropped, even Trump himself is not a very good screener or point evaluator.

Part of knowing English is knowing how to use it for effective and responsible communication.   While Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been placed in charge of many special and important government reforms, nobody had heard him speak in six months.  When he finally did speak, it was just to clear up his special Russian meeting on compromising information about Hillary Clinton.  Similarly, the public had not heard an address by Secretary of State Tillerson for six months, until he finally spoke.

While other foreign leaders can discuss diplomacy in detail, all we get from Trump is that foreign leaders are “amazing”, and that the meetings “went well”.  The public deserves better communication and transparency, and Trump should include in his meetings someone qualified to report on them.

While bringing in technical or degreed experts is valuable for the nation, Trump has complained himself that the H-1B program has brought in cheaper labor for jobs that there are Americans qualified to fill them.  This should be avoided in the focus on having only valuable immigrants.

Finally, while considering valuable immigrants who speak English, Trump should remember that their are Dreamers who we educated at our expense, who know English and have been raised with American values, and who are not at fault for being undocumented.  These should be included in the American fabric which they are already woven into.

 

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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