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What the Attacks on Trump Represent
The attacks on Trump are representative of the continual attacks Middle Class America has suffered for over 20 years from Washington. Laws and agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA, Obamacare, TPP, that have destroyed, gutted is a better word, the business and industry that was the foundation for the American dream, for Prosperity.
I recently moved from one of those hardscrabble New York communities that is a prime example of the government policy failures which let Americans down. Where IBM once employed more than 10,000 workers in a complex which occupied nearly one fifth of the downtown real estate. Today IBM employs mere hundreds, not thousands, and much of the complex sits empty. But the computer industry didn’t go away, nor did IBM. It simply sent more and more jobs out of the country every year.
That tale is repeated with Kodak in Rochester and most of the other former manufacturing sites around the state. NY is a failing state because of the policies created in Washington, in addition to the State's own burdensome tax and worker's comp laws which make it the most prohibitive place to own a business in the Nation, if not the world.
If it had merely been failed state policies, IBM would have moved those jobs to NC or FL perhaps, unfortunately it is Federal law which endorses the exodus of jobs from America, and that is why those jobs are no longer here.
The support of Middle Class voters for Trump, is largely those who are understanding of what Washington has done, they realize from the passing of NAFTA more than 20 years ago to the passing of TPP last year, Washington politicians are responsible for the exodus of jobs to foreign lands; they realize that Obamacare was nothing less than a cost increase, and did nothing to save them money; they realize that allowing tens of millions of legal and illegal immigrants into our country does nothing to lower taxes or make jobs more accessible and available to them.
Unfortunately, not all of these voters realize that once again corporate media (beholden to the same 'establishment' that the majority of tenured Washington politicians are) is on the attack, and they are now doing everything within their power to label Trump, and his supporters, as racist, bigoted, hateful people. This is what the media does. They did the same to Bush supporters, then the Tea Party populist movement, and then Romney supporters, and now Trump.
You want immigrant worshippers of Islam to go through a strong vetting process?
You are a hate mongering extremist.
You want to see a wall built on our Southern Border?
You are a hate mongering racist.
Lost in all this, is the real message of Trump... which is anti-Washington politics (aka establishment corruption), the media, nor the international corporations, nor the entrenched politicians in Washington, etc. want you focused on those issues... they want you focused on racism, sexism, intolerance, they want to define who Trump is for you, and make you turn away from him. Because of what he has proposed to do, because of who he threatens that holds the power now, not because he is a blustering, unapologetic, non-PC candidate... if he were only that, he really would only have the support of the fringe extremists, as the media tries to claim, rather than a growing percentage of an angry and awakening America.
Is this really so bad a main theme for Trump to run on?
So lets get to the list of horrible, evil, terrible things Trump has said that has made people in the media compare him to Hitler and call him a racist:
Trump led the ‘birther’ movement challenging President Obama’s standing as a natural-born American; spoke of Mexico sending rapists and other criminals across the border; called for rounding up and deporting 13 million illegal immigrants; let stand a charge made in his presence that Obama is a Muslim and that Muslims are a ‘problem’ in America; claimed thousands of Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey; tweeted statistics asserting that most killings of whites are done by blacks; wants to make Mexico build a wall that will deter the flow of illegal immigration; wants to come up with a stronger vetting process for allowing foreign Muslims to come to America as immigrants (under Obama many thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to America and given housing and welfare without any legitimate background checks); and in general says plenty of things that can be construed as either unkind or disrespectful and certainly not Politically Correct.
I won't defend his delivery method, nor the validity of all his statements, they are indeed inflammatory. But they are nowhere close to being a racial hatred, there is nothing in his background that is a sign of extremism or racism. Is he insensitive? YES. Is he melodramatic? YES. Is he arrogant, egotistical, and pampered? YES.
But he is NOTHING close to Hitler, and other than being an insensitive un-politically-correct blustering gale not even within the normal defines of racist.
Now, anyone that takes a moment to do some research on the history of Hitler, from his abusive childhood and impoverished background where as a young adult he lived in shelters, to his rants in Mein Kampf, will know that Trump is as close to being Hitler as Mahatma Ghandi was. The only thing Trump has ever been an extremist about is himself and his business. This is the reality like it or not, all the accusations of Trump being some evil racist out to get people, is just so much garbage the media and his political opposition has created.
Despite reports these Protesters were anything but peaceful
Trump is not the bad guy for protestors going to his rallies and starting trouble. It is those individuals who seek out the trouble that are the 'bad guys'.
Trump is not a racist for pointing out we need to close our border, we are a welfare state that is bleeding jobs by the thousands every month. We cannot afford to lose good paying jobs AND continue to add millions of immigrants onto our welfare rolls, all this is doing is speeding the nation's economic downfall.
Trump is not an extremist for stating that we should have detailed, in depth, background checks before allowing ANY immigrants into our country. That he is focused on Islam, is not politically correct, but it is a reality of today's world that extremists bent on America's destruction are more often than not Muslim.
You don't have to like Trump, that's OK, don't vote for him. But don't put down those who do think he has valid points, or want to hear his views, and aren't willing to label him the next Hitler... they aren't extremists for not doing so... but you may be, for condemning them.
Trump can Win and so can America
Does Trump have a right to hold rallies and have his opinions heard in peace?
© 2016 Ken Burgess