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Trump Rated Worse Than Other Modern-Day Presidents on Ethics

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 15, 2018

The American public's ratings of the ethical standards of Donald Trump and his administration's top officials are generally much worse than their ratings of his predecessors. Trump is viewed as having lower ethical standards than all other presidents since Nixon, who resigned when faced with imminent impeachment.

The Sept. 3-9 Gallup poll asked respondents how Trump's ethical standards compared with those of seven of his eight predecessors. Trump fares worst in relation to Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. and George W. Bush, each of whom has a greater-than 2-to-1 advantage over Trump in perceptions of having higher vs. lower ethics. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have smaller, but still sizable, advantages over Trump in the public's perceptions of their ethical standards. Nixon is the closest to being on par with Trump.

Nixon, who was charged with obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress as a result of his involvement in the Watergate scandal, is the only U.S. president to resign from office, which he did in 1974, before his expected impeachment. Clinton was impeached in 1998 on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from his extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, but he was acquitted when his case went to trial in the Senate.

Trump has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct since before he took office, and the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia continues. Yet more than eight in 10 Republicans still approve of the job he is doing.

Broad majorities of Democrats rate Trump as less ethical than all seven of his predecessors. Political independents think Trump's ethical standards are lower than all of the presidents measured except Nixon, about whom they are almost evenly divided.

Meanwhile Republicans are much more likely to say Trump's ethical standards are higher than those of Democratic presidents Obama (73% say Trump's are higher) and Clinton (78%), and are modestly more likely to say Trump's ethics are higher rather than lower compared with Carter's (47% higher, 36% lower).

“The strong economy and his follow-through on a number of campaign promises that appeal to the party's conservative wing are likely keeping him afloat. However, if special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation were to indicate that Trump acted unethically or unlawfully, Republicans' support for the president could erode,” the authors conclude.

As we have already written many times, there is a war in the US between globalists (conditional pro-Clintonites) and isolationists (conditional pro-Trumpists), or, in other terms, between international financiers and Industrialists (including metallurgists, coal miners and oil companies). The main battles certainly take place in the economic and political fields. An open war was declared in mid-August, when Trump tried to interfere with the FED's activities, which no previous US President, since 1913, when the Federal Reserve Was established, has ever done.

After that there was an exchange of blows in the form of the confessions of Cohen and Manafort, the continuous screening and cleansing of the ranks of the state and party structures, strengthening the attack from the mainstream media, toughening the battle around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, etc. Then the FED has stated that it intends to continue a policy of increasing interest rates (for Trump it is a very important issue, since a further increase in rates will result in the intensification of the economic crisis and even the collapse of the economy. He repeatedly asked the FED not to do this, but the FED decided to go its own way). In response, Trump threatened to withdraw from the WTO, which will inevitably lead to the destruction of the entire international financial system. The war continues in other directions. Therefore, we tend to consider this survey in the context of the ongoing confrontation between Financiers and Industrialists. We especially want to emphasize that the dividing line is not party affiliation. There are supporters and opponents of both sides in the Republican as well as in Democratic parties. The line is to support Trump's initiatives, primarily in the economic field.

As to the topic of the survey, it is surprising that liberals have touched upon morality.

Liberalism is an ideology developed by capitalists for their class needs. It is an ideology of personal freedom. All moral requirements before the emergence of liberalism limited personal freedom. Man was part of society (family, tribe, state) and outside society not represented.

Perfectly normal was the violence of society over the individual, including even the full suppression of personal interests to public interests.

According to one of the well-known ideologists of liberalism, Professor Hayek, Christian morality has outlived its usefulness today. It must go back in time, clearing the way for a new liberal morality. Well, for example, the constant compliance of the commandment "love thy neighbor as thyself" had to prevent the spread of the “expanded order.” After all, living now in the conditions of the “expanded order” wins when they do not love their neighbor as themselves, and instead of the rules of solidarity and altruism, they apply the rules of the “expanded order” (respect private property, fulfill concluded agreements etc.). The order in which each would apply to your neighbor, as yourself, very few people would "be fruitful and multiply." For example, if we were to respond to all the calls for charity that the media continually throws at us, it would seriously distract us from the activities in which we are most competent. Thus, the ideology of liberalism takes some of the achievements of human morality, "relating to honesty, contracts, private property, exchange, trade, competition, profit and private life," and believes that these rules can be limited – everything else has outlived itself. Social instincts aimed at helping one's neighbor are harmful – they interfere with the primary goal and a person will bring the greatest benefit to society if he accomplishes the primary goal – this is the case in capitalist production, which provides people with the goods they need for life.

Readers may judge for themselves whether this is good or bad. This approach has a lot of advantages and no less disadvantages. The only trouble is that by conducting such surveys, the authors do not say what position (traditional or liberal) is to assess the performance of those or other characters.  Without specifying a point of “backwardness” and a clear criteria for evaluation, all their surveys are just another manipulation of public opinion to achieve their own goals. So think about it before blindly believing another opinion poll from the “respected” individuals, and especially from “respected” corporations.

Author: USA Really