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t is only with difficulty that Obama's friends and foes alike can dispute his leadership abilities. Charismatic, humane, inspirational, well-read, composed- name it, he has it. And yet, going back to examine his foreign policy-making, whether one calls it 'entrenchment' or 'offshore balancing',  fact remains that America today finds itself in retreat.

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hile the vast majority of President Donald Trump’s lightening fast and blitzkrieg-like Executive Orders over the past week and a half appear to have been positively aimed primarily at improving the U.S. Economy, augmenting the creation of U.S. well paying and stable jobs, building and re-instituting industry and manufacturing within the United States, and by and large removing excessive governmental largesse and over-regulation that stifles job growth and economic freedom.

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t has been almost more than a week as Mr. Trump has stepped into the White House. These 7 days saw the fulfillment of few promises. The White House was ringing with Executive Orders. Repealing of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sanctioning Keystone and Dakota pipelines and halting the flow of funds for organizations that support abortion. How can we forget The Mexican Wall?

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ovel thinkers and those with original ideas, coupled with gifts of clairvoyance, are always initially challenged and ostracized by the masses, who are then used by corrupt political leadership to justify horrific actions of exclusion, persecution, and damnation of their enemies.

Shut your mouth” --Steve Bannon, Aide to President Trump “From now on we’re taking names.”--Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN

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he first admonition above is by white supremacist and aide to President Trump Steve Bannon and is directed at the Press in general. The second admonition is directed at the presiding UN ambassadors by the incoming US ambassador to the same institution.

Hitler didn’t steal power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people… Crisis provokes fear…that is the risk. In times of crisis we lack judgment.”–Pope Francis

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ecently Pope Francis has drawn a startling parallel between the rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic, with its leaders promising a restoration of national identity and wholeness (e.g., Le Pen or Trump), and the rise of the Nazis some 80 years ago.

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cene I Act I – Hollywood actress Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecille B DeMille award to criticise Donald Trump. She said “if all the foreigners are kicked out then there would be nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts. Hollywood, Foreigners and Press are the most vilified sections in the society.” Meryl Streep also criticised Trump for mocking at a differently abled person.

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ampinas, Brazil. A man breaks into a house and kills in cold blood 12 people in New Year’s Eve – amongst them, his own son. Why was that? Love, the press claims. He wouldn’t stand divorcing and not living with his son, consequences that he directly linked to his ex-wife’s character and fate.

Hitler was first elected, and then he destroyed his people” --Pope Francis   “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” –Abraham Lincoln

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he two above mentioned quotes in some way complement and explain each other. What the Pope is implying is what Lincoln prophesized; misguided people may vote for the monsters they have created and ultimately for their own downfall and destruction.

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anuary 20th is unique ... unique in that it has been inauguration day in the U.S. since 1937. Thus it is on this day the people have two presidents, one before noon and the incoming one after. This letter then is addressed to two presidents starting with President Barack H. Obama who ends his term of office.

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