American Politics: Donald Trump the American Political Disaster and Disgrace [273*12]
Donald Trump is Becoming the Face of America
The UnMaking of American Idealism
I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHERE TO START! THE STRAW THAT broke the camel’s back goes as follow from his statement on December 7, 2016 (Pearl Harbor):
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on. …”
He then followed this up with:
"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,"
Then there was a 24-second standing ovation from the crowd, and then this:
“This is pretty heavy stuff. And it’s common sense, and we have to do it. These are people who are here, by the way, … These are people who only believe in jihad. They have no respect for human life.”
The crowd then cried: “Send them all home!”
And with that American politics has sunk to a new and palpably dangerous low. While Trump says he is “the worst thing that has ever happened to ISIS”, the reality is he is the best thing that has happened to Daesh while, at the same time, being the worst nightmare America has faced in a long time.
I say “dangerous” because Trump has become the best recruiting tool Daesh has ever had for Trump amplifies the greatest fears Muslims, both internally and externally, have of America. How can they not turn to a group that supposedly has their back while the “home of the brave and of the free” arrogantly and cowardly turns their back on them.
Trump, Sadly, Isn't Alone in His Islamophobia
TRUMP ISN'T ALONE IN THIS BELIEF AMONG THE GOP field. For example, Senator Rand Paul held similar albeit less extreme views; but he did Trump one better, Paul introduced actual legislation (it lost 10 - 89) to "pause" immigration. Proudly. Sen. Paul recently tried to set the record said:
"I’ve called for something similar, which is a moratorium based on high risk. And so we have examined where the high risk of terrorism comes from and it’s about 34 countries. I would put a pause on all immigration from those 34 countries. I have actually introduced legislation and got a vote on it. I had a vote on it just last week. Which is kind of interesting, all the hoopla, because people don’t seem to understand a similar concept has already been voted on."
Read more at http://wonkette.com/596793/rand-paul-thought-of-banning-muslims-first-how-come-trump-gets-all-the-credit#VWfyoYO3rTX7wtfk.99
Dr. Ben Carson has exhibited this same xenophobia and bigotry as well when he asserts Muslims aren’t qualified to be President of the United States and then there is:
“For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably gonna put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination.”
The Conservative radio and tv talk show entertainers (e.g. Hannity and Limbaugh) went into a virtual swoon over the melody of Trump’s words.
There Will Be Consequences
WHAT ARE THE PROBABLE CONSEQUENCES THE RIGHT'S religious pogrom on Muslims. Because of their irrational, paranoid, racial/religious intolerance, America is more susceptible to violence than it otherwise would be. Hate crimes cannot help to be on the upswing given the high-level expression of support of Trump's policy and the Right-wing rabble's obsession with arming every American whether they will be responsible or not; this includes, as I said earlier, people on federal and state watch lists. Paranoia leads to bad decisions like fear-based rash actions such as to take one of those guns they so highly value and dispatch a potential (simply because he/she is Muslim) terrorist; it’s self-defense after all and Trump et al has given them permission to carry out this act of American virtue.
Further, it is almost a given that recruitment for Daesh will increase from within the U.S. and outside of it; and so will acts of terrorism driven by the rhetoric coming out of this country, as well as other Right-wing groups around the world. One of the San Bernardino terrorists was American and his wife (Pakistani who lived in Saudi Arabia) was a permanent resident. They apparently were radicalized prior to 2013. What does that mean? That means, by extension, there are more radicalized people out there, they could be your neighbors, and Trump and friends have stirred them up.
Is Trump A Nazi?
THAT QUESTION IS SERIOUSLY BEING ASKED NOW, in fact one reporter made reference to this question in an interview. Why, because this latest rhetorical barrage has reached new and uncharted heights in serious debate which surrounds Presidential campaigns. Donald Trump is no fly-by-night crackpot; instead he is the front-runner of the GOP in the race for the Presidency; and given his massive support from Conservatives, it will probably get worse!
Adolf Hitler would be proud of the tactics and strategies (big lie, remember) Trump is using to become head of the Reichstag, er pardon me, the executive branch; all you have to do is replace Jew with Muslim and Trump’s playbook becomes the same playbook Hitler so successfully used. And I am not simply being politically incorrect in drawing that comparison; it is very real and just as frightening. Why? Because there is a built in propaganda arm in the Right-wing media who has been supporting him or at least giving him a pass; further he has an army of Right-wing Authoritarian (RWA) Followers to carry out his Socially Domineering Oriented (SDO) agenda*; and they were on full display at his rallies giving full-throated approval of Trump’s hate speech.
What is worse, the Party he has adopted, the conservative element of it anyway, did the politically correct thing in denouncing, some loudly but others more softly, Trump’s rhetoric, they didn’t say the only thing that makes any difference and sets them apart from Trump … they would all still vote for him should he become the nominee!! That is, in my opinion, despicable, un-American, weak-kneed, and unprincipled; which is amazing for a Party who says the only thing that matters is principle; not the nation's survival, not the nation's progress, just principle.
What else has Trump said on this subject?
- When asked by reporter Hunter Walker whether the surveillance of Muslims Trump is advocating would include such things such as registering Muslims in a database or “giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion.” Trumps response was “We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely; we’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.” Asked later if he was serious about a Muslim database, Trump responded “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely…”
- Relative to closing the Internet to prevent Muslims from attacking the U.S. he said “"We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet, and we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people."
- Talking about closing mosques, Trump said there is “absolutely no choice” and "Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it. A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice,"
And this is who 66% of Republicans think is right regarding Muslims and want for President.
When you read the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, the similarities are astounding which is why such comparisons with Hitler are being made all over the media, be it print, air, or blog. It scares the hell out of me, I can't imagine what it is doing to the Muslims living in this country; they probably think they will be rounded up and tossed into an interment camp (Trump used that analogy) vis-á-vis the Japanese-Americans during WW II.
What I do know they feel is what I saw on TV which is one response from an American Muslim; it went something sad like:
“Why did I bother to come here [America]? I can find all this hate back home”.
But then there is this from a viral Facebook post by Christ Herbert, and British soldier who lost a limb in Basra, Iraq:
"Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg," he wrote. "A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.
"A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field. A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life.
"A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK.
"A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk.
"A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home.
"A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didn't know how to deal with my medicines and side effects."
Unlike the Jews in Germany in the 1930s, Muslim-Americans do have the capability to leave America if the hate gets too strong and the government sits by and lets it happen; and I would probably join them, because the America I knew and was proud of, died. Who is going to win in the end, the philosophy of Donald Trump, an American presidential candidate, and his ilk or the British soldier, a man leading a regular life like most of us? It really is your choice.
Postscript - I guess there is a silver lining to all of this. If the Republican base has gone that far over the top, then chances seem good that Donald Trump will be their nominee. While 66% of Republicans sounds like a lot, they make up only 25% of the voting population. That means Trump would get only 17% of the vote plus any right-leaning independents who are really reactionary conservatives in independents clothing. The result … a drubbing worse than Walter Mondale received from Reagan in 1984.
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