Made in America

The hypocrisy is palpable. The incompetence is rampant. For this administration to date (and post) the announcement of “Made in America Week” the day after the week begins says more about it being a poorly presented PR gimmick than the proclamation itself says about honoring “American workers and job creators”. Is it really just an afterthought that didn’t deserve better planning and a full blown PR roll-out? Or more likely, it is just another weak attempt at distraction.

If POTUS 45 made good on this through his companies, I might take it more seriously, but “profit first” is a more genuine mantra than “America First” will ever be for this man and his family.

Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims July 17, 2017, as Made in America Day and this Week, July 16 through July 22, as Made in America Week

Proclamation dated July 17,2017

Captive Nations Week

I must admit this is one I have never heard of before. Captive nations? To my surprise, this proclamation is not a new one. It dates back to the Eisenhower era.

The Congress, by Joint Resolution approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of July of each year as “Captive Nations Week.”

“Captive Nations” refers to people living in authoritarian regimes around the world.

President Eisenhower first proclaimed Captive Nations Week during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, promising that America would stand with those people in captive nations who seek “freedom and national independence.” The Soviet Union collapsed more than a quarter of a century ago, but hundreds of millions of people around the world still live under the tyranny of authoritarian regimes. Authoritarianism and its many injustices have wrought misery and held captive the dreams of generations, while nations that value liberty have prospered and empowered their citizens to pursue their God-given potential to the fullest.

It is interesting to me that, to my recollection, I have never run across any media reports of this annual proclamation, even though it has been issued by a dozen different presidents. Was I not paying attention? And, so far, I have not encountered any report of this proclamation from today’s media.

I wonder just how many who notice this proclamation will see the irony. This POTUS and the current GOP have more than minimal authoritarian tendencies.

Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims July 16 through July 22, 2017, as Captive Nations Week

Proclamation date 7-14-17


Duty-Free Treatment

Yesterday my post on the two routine actions was a bit early so it did not include the third action item posted later in the day. The proclamation on trade is full of detail that is not easy to decipher, with numerous references to the Trade Act of 1974. Since this one is beyond my level of understanding, I’m going to wait to see if there is any media reporting on this to see if it is routine or significant.

Official Title and Link:

Presidential Proclamation to Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes

Proclamation signed June 29, 2017

Cuba and Father’s Day

Yesterday two actions were posted – one routine (Father’s Day Proclamation) and the other not so routine. On the other hand, maybe we will need to start considering the actions taken to undo accomplishments of the Obama era as routine, because we are seeing so many of them.

The controversial action of yesterday was the rollback of some of the provisions in the Obama agreement with Cuba to move toward more normalized relations between the two countries.

In several of the media reports, Marco Rubio (2nd generation Cuban American) is mentioned as a key player behind this action. Even though the memorandum cites two memoranda of President Obama, I find it somewhat interesting this action is just a memorandum rather than an executive order, that might have more legal effect. Perhaps it is because this memorandum is largely about making changes to regulations that require a long process of public reaction time before going into effect.

No matter, the intended goals of this action are not truly in the best interest of the United States or the Cuban people as it claims. Many will be negatively affected by the return of more stringent restrictions on travel, for example.

Official Titles:

Memorandum and Proclamation signed June 16, 2017