Trump Is A Revolutionary Free-Marketeer, But Maybe Something Else as Well
By Daily Bell Staff - January 26, 2017

Andrew Napolitano: Trump has committed the most revolutionary act I’ve seen in 45 years   …  Within four hours of becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit immediately the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in ways that are revolutionary.

The biggest way that the executive order was revolutionary, according to Napolitano, had to do with part of the signing.  When Trump signed the larger document meant to start the repeals process, he went after parts of the law that had been implemented via executive order rather than Congressional mandate.


… He ordered a truly revolutionary act, the likes of which I have never seen in the 45 years I have studied and monitored the government’s laws and its administration of them. He ordered that when bureaucrats who are administering and enforcing the law have discretion with respect to the time, place, manner and severity of its enforcement, they should exercise that discretion in favor of individuals and against the government.

This is radical coming from any president in the modern era of government-can-do-no-wrong. It is far more Thomas Jefferson, the small-government champion with whom Trump has never been associated, than it is Theodore Roosevelt, the super-regulator whom Trump has stated he admires. It recognizes the primacy and dignity of the individual and the fallibility of the state. It acknowledges the likely demise of Obamacare. It is utterly without precedent since Jefferson’s presidency.

Napolitano’s statement is itself revolutionary in the sense that he says Trump has accomplished something in the modern era that he has never seen before. In fact, he has to go back to pre Civil War presidents like Thomas Jefferson to find a similar sort of perspective.

At nearly the same time that Trump was beginning to get rid of Obamacare, he was also contemplating the freeing of Chelsea Manning. This culminated in a recent tweet saying that Manning should never have been released from prison and that he should never have written a column criticizing the person who freed him, Barack Obama.

“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!”

These two statements illustrate the two sides of Donald Trump. On the one-hand, he is free-market oriented and wants to do away with rules and regulations that retard the ability of people to make a living. On the other hand, he apparently doesn’t like people criticizing the nation’s security apparatus (except when he does it.)

This doesn’t make much sense to us. The security apparatus is based around ISIS and Al Qaeda, both of which the US has had a hand in starting and still supports surreptitiously.

Trump must know this but has made a conscious decision not to pursue it. Even more importantly, he seems to support the security agencies as a matter of course. He support free markets when it comes to making a living but security agencies when it comes to keeping us safe. The only trouble is that security agencies do not keep us safe.

Security agencies currently manufacture a number of threats and even find the people to carry out attacks on society, from what we can tell. This is true both in Europe and America.

It was true many years ago as well with Operation Gladio that had the CIA inciting bloodshed that it then blamed on communists. Operation Gladio is just one operation that seen the CIA shed European blood to keep the world safe from communism. But in fact according to G. Edward Griffin, Wall Street was instrumental in setting up the Soviet Union to begin with.

So top elites have always wanted another entity to oppose America. This gives them more freedom to operate on both sides of the fence.

Conclusion: For one reason or another, Trump seems to agree with this point of view, though perhaps that is not the case. Where he comes down on these issues is not entirely clear yet. Time will tell.

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  • jacob

    Perhaps Trump’s reason for his Chelsea Manning comment is to send a message that he won’t tolerate people going off the reservation and taking independent action against his command. We will soon see how he handles foreign US interventions. Here’s hoping he puts them on a short leash.

    • 45clive

      Trump is in an interesting position. If he does what is right, which is what he said he would do, the CIA will kill him. If he doesn’t, the deplorables will. If I were in charge of his private security I would be asking him who he wants me to take out 😉

    • gabeh73

      according to some he has already bombed his first little girls in the mid-east. No real reason but blind naive hope to think he will change direction from the 500,000 dead children Albright produced.

      more of the same…maybe worse

  • georgesilver

    Trump seems to be playing the perfect hand…… keep all of the intelligencia and pundits guessing.

  • Jonathan Jaech

    Trump’s outspoken and unwavering love of eminent domain, tariffs, border walls, big government spending plans and threatening private companies over where they choose to invest all reveal that he is no champion of the free market, or of the individual. He is an avowed nationalist with authoritarian crony-capitalist tendencies, more like Mussolini and Franklin Roosevelt than Jefferson.

    • DB

      You really need to carefully define “FREE MARKET”, because as we all know, there is NOTHING in this life that is “free”, with the possibie exception of death and taxes.

      As regards Trump and his peculiar brand of “Nationalism”, let us not forget that it has been 100+ years since our “elected representatives” sold us out to the banksters and abrogated THEIR oath of office to uphold the US Constitution. I know of NOTHING more CRIMINAL then turning our financial system over to these thugs, who now operate the largest most powerful INSIDER TRADING operation the world has EVER seen – THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM.


      • Jonathan Jaech

        Your point? Trump is no critic of central banking or the FRS — another of his differences from Jefferson.

  • DB

    The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are DEAD as doornails, ever since Lincoln issued the FIRST “executive order” and commenced with the “Civil War”. We are the progeny of whipped dogs.

    • wcarlson

      In practice, I totally agree. However, in the minds of millions that THINK it is still the law of the land, it still holds power. Thus, we still have the oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” it. Those in power understand the place it still holds in the public consciousness, and I’m pretty sure they know what might happen if the curtain is finally pulled away. I appreciate DB for helping to open the eyes of those willing to look.

  • MetaCynic

    “… He ordered a truly revolutionary act, the likes of which I have never seen in the 45 years I have studied and monitored the government’s laws and its administration of them. He ordered that when bureaucrats who are administering and enforcing the law have discretion with respect to the time, place, manner and severity of its enforcement, they should exercise that discretion in favor of individuals and against the government.”

    I’m not sure I fully understand Napolitano’s above statement. Who will monitor bureaucrats to make sure that they exercise “discretion in favor of individuals and against the government”? Does this apply to every bureaucrat employed by the federal government in his every official contact with the public? So if a taxpayer has a dispute with the IRS, he should be let off the hook?

    • 45clive

      It is a “get out of jail free” card for those bureaucrats who go along with it and a “go to jail” card for those who don’t.

  • PatrickHenry1789

    “The biggest way that the executive order was revolutionary, according to Napolitano, had to do with part of the signing. When Trump signed the larger document meant to start the repeals process, he went after parts of the law that had been implemented via executive order rather than Congressional mandate.”

    Shortly after, he threatens the city of Chicago. Says that if they don’t get things under control “I’m sending the Feds in”. Who does this guy think he is? I can’t even talk to my friends anymore. They’ve put this joker up on a pedestal and think he’s our Savior. Frankly, he scares the hell out of me.

    • mary

      He is scary, yes. However, if you buy into the whole govt schtick, which I don’t, then if a law is passed by the feds and the states are violating it, you will have a confrontation over enforcement. It’s inevitable and hardly unusual or a “who does this guy think he is” moment. We have witnessed this type of confrontation over, for example drug and gun laws for many years. To not recognize this for what it is and how it reflects past conflicts is simply tone deaf.

    • Bruce C.

      “I’m sending in the Feds” is exactly what he wants people to question…so congratulations. If “you” don’t like that then stop accepting federal funding for your profligacy. No fed funds, no “invasion” for non-compliance with federal standards. Simple as that.

      • PatrickHenry1789

        What the hell are you even talking about? I don’t get federal funding for anything. And I certainly don’t live in Chicagostan. Skip our daily medication did we?

        • RED

          Clearly Bruce C. did not mean “you” personally. It is a generic term referring to the city of Chicago.

          • PatrickHenry1789

            Even so, one should still question this. Where would the POTUS get the authorization under the Constitution to invade and try to rectify what should be a local/state issue?

          • Praetor

            Almost 800 dead and 4000 plus shot. What would you suggest.

            They don’t have to invade Chicago. They have the FBI Marshals and other law enforcement. When you have thugs controlling the streets, sometimes you need bigger thugs to take them back.

            Don’t you think the descent people of Chicago deserve safe peaceful place to live. Maybe we should just stop calling the police racist for doing their job just because the main perpetrators of the crimes are black.

            A free and liberated society, does not mean a lawless society.

            What do you suggest. Allow the regressive socialists continue their destruction.!!!

          • PatrickHenry1789

            I’ve already asked the question. Where does the POTUS get this authority under the Constitution from? This is a local/state issue. If you live in ChIraq and aren’t happy with the crime infestation. You have two options. Vote for leaders that will take care of the problem or move somewhere else. The last time I checked. The National Guard serves at the behest of the governor of each state. They always have that option. People had better be very careful about opening up this can of worms. That is letting FEDGOV take charge of a local law enforcement problem.

            What people should always remember is that when you give these types of powers to your almighty leader because he’s “your guy”. You’re not just giving the power to that leader. You’re giving the power to government. Case in point. How many people here were disgusted/outraged by Dear Leader Chairman Maobama’s use of executive orders? But now find themselves cheering Trump on for his use of them so far

          • Praetor

            Still, how would you deal with thug criminals. The criminal element is born into that environment. These criminals, their families have decades of criminality. What take the descent people out and turn Chicago into ‘Escape from Chicago’. I’ve never heard Trump say anything about military intervention, nor take over of local law enforcement. Over a century of corrupt politics has made Chicago what it is, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.!!!

          • PatrickHenry1789

            You’re absolutely right. It’s not going to change anytime soon. It’s going to take these decent people that you speak of rallying together and getting local politicians elected that will clean the place up. Every bit of it is self inflicted. They keep voting in these self serving, ruthless officials that don’t give a damn about them or their safety. They voted for it, so they need to own it. When they get sick enough of it all. Maybe they’ll do something about it. I damn sure wouldn’t sit around waiting for the worthless, feckless feral gubbmint to come in and save me. I can’t think of anything FEDGOV has put their slimy hands on that hasn’t turned out to be a complete, unmitigated disaster.

          • Praetor

            Yes! I do not see trump as gawd all mighty. I do see a criminal organization that is Chicago and Illinois. Lets just say if the FBI rolled up the Mayors office and the State Capital and arrest all the members of the criminal crime family, would anyone be crying at their demise. It is a new day and no one can predicted Human Action and its outcome.!!!

          • PatrickHenry1789

            I certainly wouldn’t shed any tears over it my friend. But I would still want to keep FEDGOV involvement to a minimum. If I could pick one thing that could be done in that hellhole. It would be to totally wipe the gun bans off the books. Empower local/state law enforcement officials to start a program to train and arm law abiding residents with confiscated firearms from these thugs. Because it is as the old adage goes. “An armed society is a polite society”. But as I said before. It’s going to take the people who live there to decide that they’ve had enough before anything changes for the better.

          • Praetor

            That would be a good start.!!!

          • PB2013

            Some of us are still keeping an eye on Trump. I agree, feds shouldn’t step in to police the cities. I think the Chicago cops are MIA due to BLM. Law abiding citizens of Chicago are not allowed to arm themselves.

          • MetaCynic

            There is no need to to bring in more firepower to Chicago. The city’s streets would be a lot safer by repealing minimum wage laws and halting the war on drugs.

          • Praetor

            Agree! But at the core of Chicago is a criminal element and that core is a criminal government and its run out of the Mayors office and the state capital. Without help the citizens have no chance to clean out the criminality in their government.!!!

          • PB2013

            The only free in Chicago is gun free (for the law abiding citizens) under a eugenicist progressive mayor. Want the shootings to go down, allow the citizens to arm themselves.

          • wcarlson

            Clearly Mr. Trump is a Statist in the mold of Lincoln, whose portrait he has hung in the Oval Office. Mr. Trump is used to getting his way and exercising a lot of power in his business dealings. I expect him to behave the same way as POTUS. His understanding of the Constitution is not that of the Founding Fathers, or the anti-Federalist Patrick Henry. He takes his cues from Lincoln and all that have followed in his footsteps. I can’t wait to hear him offer his views on #Calexit.

          • PatrickHenry1789

            Unfortunately, I think you’re probably right. I didn’t vote for him but I’m trying to remain somewhat optimistic. All of these EO’s he’s turning out certainly concerns me. I don’t think any of our founders, most especially the Anti-Federalists would approve of any POTUS ruling by decree. I did run across a story the other day though that said he also hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson up in the oral office. So a picture of the first POTUS to take on the first central bank. So I suppose hope springs eternal.

          • wcarlson

            I join you in the hope that he recognizes the truth regarding what G Edward Griffin called in his book, “The Creature From Jekyll Island”. Still, I suspect that Trump’s admiration for Old Hickory is in the comparison others have noted with regard to them both being “populists”. My own admiration for Andy Jackson extends only as far as his actions toward the central bankers. He was certainly not a supporter of the great truth that the US was a voluntary compact of sovereign States (a confederacy), that could leave the union if they so chose. On that score he was a Federal Supremacist that served to foreshadow the rise of dishonest Abe.

          • PB2013

            So far is EO’s have been to undo the grand champion of EO’s BO. Until Trump starts writing statist authoritarian style EO’s, he can have at it… and undo the nightmare of the last previous 8 years.

  • Brabantian

    US President Donald Trump may well be soon deposed from office in a scenario replicating that of another populist President, the democratically-elected Mohamed Morsi of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, also hated by his nation’s Deep State.

    Like Trump, Morsi & the Muslim Brotherhood stood for reformist change as desired by many of his nation’s people, tho quite different reforms for their respective nations.

    Egyptians – & likely the majority of Muslims – gravitate naturally to the Muslim Brotherhood, with its religious, democratic, non-monarchical socialist agenda, with shariah law that is devout but less fanatic than the Saudi Wahhabis.

    Like Trump, Morsi was hated by his country’s Deep State from the very beginning.

    Like Trump, Morsi was seduced by advisers to scrap his promises & go along with neo-con-desired foreign adventures against other peoples … neither Morsi nor Trump realising that going along with neo-cons, endangers their own ability to survive in office.

    In Morsi’s tragic case (elected June 2012 – deposed July 2013), Morsi welshed on doing what a billion Muslims wanted him to do – End the Gaza blockade on the Egyptian side (Gaza used to be part of Egypt), & relieve the sufferings of the Palestinians there … If Morsi had done this he would have become the eternal, unstoppable hero of the Arab & Muslim worlds.

    The foolish Morsi, however, believed the lie it was ‘smarter’ to go along with neo-cons & Israel ‘for now’. Morsi not only went along with continuing to oppress his fellow Arabs, but even agreed to support Saudi Arabia & Israel & terrorist extremists in the war on Syria, instead of patiently advancing Muslim Brotherhood interests there.

    These betrayals cost Morsi the support of his base, whilst Egypt’s Deep State escalated manoeuvres against him, till finally Morsi was deposed by Israeli asset General al-Sisi (el-Sissi), born of a Moroccan Jewish mother associated with Israeli regime figures.

    Now we see Trump seduced by the same siren song of the neo-cons, as Trump escalates Obama’s drone plane murders of mid-east Muslims, & Trump plans raw aggression against the Syrian government with its Russian support … Trump already dispiriting his base who often see Putin as a hero, & Syria’s Assad as someone who stood tall against terrorism & stupid USA war-mongers.

  • autonomous

    The act of calling on a politician to rescue us and our country is folly. The only revolutionary act that has been taken on our continent was taken in 1776 and that was a faulty revolution. It broke the chains of a despot, true, but it eventuated in in the despotism under which we live now. Instead of a chain we are bound just as securely by thousands of Lilliputian threads as binding as any chain.

  • ICFubar

    Do most reading here think Obama was a Deep State and beyond sycophant? Probably. Well Trump will be Obama on steroids. Expect more of the same only more so is the warning I have given repeatedly and all the indications on this are already falling into place.

    • Bruce C.

      Like what?

  • No thanks


  • Martin Alfven Haider

    Trump has already fulfilled or directly moved on more campaign promises than any of the last 8 presidents did during their entire administrations. Good to remember – we have a winner here, who is for America, the American people, our way life, our prosperity and our personal safety.
    I never thought that he was going to be perfect, and he isn’t, but him being President is a blessing and a miracle, and the best chance we have, period, of restoring our Republic and our individual liberties.
    We should all therefore support him as much as possible, and realize just how lucky we are to have him. Of course while still keeping a weather eye out for the usual nation-destroying agents and agendas of the neo-con/neo-commies.

  • Bruce C.

    The angle the DB is addressing here is interesting, but fortunately I think they’re concerns will dissipate.

    First of all, let me address the first misinterpretation as I see it: “Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released
    from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!”

    The DB seems to think Trump means that Manning is disrespecting the “security apparatus” (i.e., Obama). But to me that is a stretch. I think what he means is that Manning is obviously such a nut job that he is biting the hand that feeds him and so “he” has expressed no remorse or gratitude and is therefore – actually – the inveterate nut he was accused of being. I agree with Trump. That is “TERRIBLE!”, and yet another example of Obama’s stupidity or subversiveness – take your pick.

    More broadly, when will more people realize that there are strategies and approaches to dealing with the various issues that we’ve all criticized for years? Why, on the one hand, can one claim that “the enemy” is so clever and resourceful, etc., etc. and on the other criticize Trump for not “attacking” them directly?

    Trump’s strategy is to let others “hang themselves” by their own beliefs, actions, and statements. Now that he has established himself he is allowing them to dig their own graves.

    I’m so fascinated at how critical people are about Trump’s every move on a daily basis. I continue to hope that the Dems/liberals/Progressives et al continue to do so.

    I couldn’t be happier with Trump so far. I “knew” he would be great but what’s happening so far is almost beyond belief.

    • RED

      Based upon data garnered to date……I am in full agreement!!

  • Doc

    I don’t think much substantial change will happen under Trump, at least not that comes from him. A few tax cuts, a few regulations dropped. The conservatives will be happy the libs hate him for it. Business as usual.

    He is just as scary as Obama, just appears a bit stupid.

    Wife’s pretty though.

    • Praetor

      A stupid man with 10 to 12 billion. Good luck with nothing going to change.!!!

      • Doc

        Not sure I understand what you mean.

        • Praetor

          OK! “just appears a bit stupid. How does a just appears a bit stupid man accumulate 10 to 12 billion dollars. And when has there ever been a wall on the boarder between the US and Mexico not amount to substantial change.!!!

          • Doc

            I think I meant substantial change for the better. This was what the article was about.

            A wall might change things from various perspectives, but will not change the overall direction things are heading.

            I believe Trump inherited a lot of money and just made sure to get an average return since then. Not an easy task perhaps, but also not much to boast about.

          • gabeh73

            there is a fence on much of the mexican border now…Clinton invested lots of $ in enlarging it.

            Trump is a professional heel.
            here he is in training:


          • PB2013

            Clinton spent a lot of his money on Barry Seal flying cocain, over the wall, into Arkansas. You are a troll.

  • alohajim

    Interesting, and the comments more so. Is Trump a chump, a savior, or is it too early to tell? More government, much more debt, more money for ‘defense’, building a useless “Maginot line’ wall, ‘I believe torture works’, 20K dow is ‘Great’, blaming Mexico for the trade deficit, ‘ruling’ through executive orders? Wha?

    Throwing a few bones our way, of the multitude that were ‘stolen’ from us and reversing some of the recent government idiocy is nice of him no? Anyone else think that these are smart moves designed to appease some folks while preserving the system?

    It’s not too early to tell. Trump is the ultimate banker boy chump and is taking the dog and pony show to new heights. A most effective distraction – keep watching TV for the latest episode. . . .

  • 45clive

    Bradley Manning deserves a medal and a parade for being a whistleblower and revealing the truth about the evil being done in the name of the American People. Those committing the evil should be put on trial and imprisoned if found guilty. It is people like Bradley Manning that help prevent us from sliding into fascism. He (now she) is an American hero and should be treated as such.

  • Praetor

    Hey, we have all said things have to change. Lets wait to see what that change is, before we get our weapons out. Human Action is an assume thing to watch, for good or evil.!!!

  • Sven

    Trump, the Enigma. You have to vote him in and wait to see what’s inside! Surprise!!!!

  • chris

    I think if you want to understand Trumps relation to the deep state you need to examine Steve Bannon. In addition to looking like Ian Flemming’s personification of a CIA agent, he has somewhat of a mysterious past. A supposed “anti-semite” who once mingled among the most powerful Jews in Hollywood, A Harvard grad who also worked in naval intelligence and spent 4 years at Goldman Sachs. I think he represents an opposing faction and Trumps very public positioning of him indicates a message to someone.

  • jojobonn

    have concluded that Trump is fronting for a group of angry members of the .01% who have been fleeced by Bush/Clinton/Obama cabal and want their money back. Trump himself is a bit of a loose canon but the shadow power behind him has focus and Jared Kushner is in there to assure some results. None of them care about the middle class or the poor, but they’re willing for now to appear as if they do. It will be interesting to see it unfold. They also think themselves Jacksonians.

  • gabeh73

    Trump is a professional heel.
    here he is in training:

    did you believe him and Vince Mcmahon were really enemies?

    Obama/Hillary bombed the 7 mid east countries 25,000/yr and Trump has shown no intention of changing course

  • PB2013

    I don’t think Trump is nearly as loose as people think. As the DB has stated, only time will tell. I think he may loosen on some positions. Hopefully some of the people around him will see the light, and he will be receptive enough. I hope so anyway. What is unprecedented is that he is doing what he says he is going to do. Agree or not, when was the last time a POTUS walked the talk?

  • elainhouston

    Chicago is a rotten city. Rotten to the core. Has been for 100 years. The Gangsters rule, deeply embedded in the City Admin. Every district has it’s War Lord’s and Community Activists. Leave them alone, you aren’t going to change the status quo. The decent people who have the funds have long left the violent scene. Just tell the media to quit broadcasting the wild and woolly. As to Trump, like him or not he has
    just saved the world from Globalization in the next few years, maybe longer if he
    continues to rebuff the United Nations.