A Divided America, The Reasons Donald Trump is Unfit to lead: A Xenophobic Nightmare
Welcome to the 2016 Presidential Election
One of the most chaotic presidential elections in the United States ends with electing one of the least qualified candidates of all time -- he literally has never held a political office. When meeting President Barack Obama, he admitted to not recognizing the scope of the job. International Business Times. Donald Trump spent the majority of his campaign rallying behind people's fears and prejudices. He decried the economy saying it was in poor shape -- but this is far from the truth. We are no longer in the recession that set America under in 2008, the fallout from President George W. Bush's administration. The economy has gotten back onto a healthy status, the housing market is booming, retail sales are up. New York Times. Not every sector in America is doing well -- colleges are taking advantage of prospective students by charging them higher prices for tuition that doesn't necessarily go toward their education, but for expanding administration and developing ad-ons.... as if colleges are meant to be small resort towns. The youth are wanting to get high level jobs with good pay and feel a lot of pressure to get these degrees, and so they are willing to pay the price with stifling debt.
Trump spent his campaign mocking various groups from Mexicans, Muslims, women, his own party, the LGBT community, and the disabled. According to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly, Trump bribed journalists to paint him in a positive light. And how did Trump treat Megyn? He acted as though she was a second class citizen -- because of her status as a woman. He didn't like that she questioned him aggressively. "She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions," Trump said in a CNN interview. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base." These are the kinds of disrespectful comments flooding over in Trump's campaign. Not only that, he encouraged Russian hackers to look into Clinton's emails after they had already been cleared by the FBI. New York Times.
“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you’ll be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said, referring to deleted emails from the private account Hillary Clinton used as secretary of State. “I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Trump is a traitor for requesting another nation to look into what our FBI has already done. It is not the responsibility of other nations to look into presidential matters and have a say and sway on what happens here. He'll use whatever dirty tactic he has to ultimately swindle Americans. He isn't fully a fascist, but definitely shows attributes of it -- we'll get into that later. What Donald Trump really is.... a grifter and a demagogue.
Trump University: Fraud Trial
Donald Trump was scheduled for a fraud trial on November 28th, the Monday after Thanksgiving. This trial was supposed to have taken place before the election, but Trump's attorneys requested the judge move it after the election, since Trump would be too busy with campaigning. The plaintiffs claim Donald J. Trump swindled them out of money by promising them trade secrets on the real estate industry. Thousands of people are still claiming they were swindled out of anywhere from hundreds of dollars to a whooping $35,000.
Attorneys were requesting he go on trial after his inauguration because being the president-elect is a very draining job (true... but when will this case get due process?) Then the unsettling happened: the fraud trial was settled out of court, likely so as to to cut loose strings that could get the American public to question Trump's authenticity. The supposed billionaire, who won't release his tax returns, an unprecedented move, is paying a lump sum behind our backs without being held accountable for fraud.
Grifters are con artists who gain your confidence to ultimately take your money, your energy, and your time. Trump's opinion on issues changes at the drop of a pin. He impulsively says what's on his mind and believes it without question, even when it's relentlessly ignorant. How our country could be duped by this man is almost unthinkable. The electoral college will most likely elect Trump into office on December 19th because the party intentionally selects some of the most dedicated people from the party to vote -- these are not free thinking people, they are bound by groupthink, the band wagon effect.
But is the electoral college fair? Those claiming the United States is merely a republic designated by elected electors might say so, but America is a combination of a democracy and a republic. As the votes for the popular vote continue to be counted -- it is clear that in a landslide of over a million votes Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. A margin bigger than some of our states' total population. The size of a major city.
You can petition and write letters to the electors to sway them to vote for another candidate -- the House would pick from the top 3 candidates with the highest votes: which is Trump, Clinton, and libertarian Gary Johnson. Go to askelectors.org.
The electoral college's design is outdated. It was invented and perfected during a pro-slavery era. Time. Our founding fathers were imperfect people, leaving women out of the vote, and leaving black Americans out of the vote due to slavery, ownership -- they were property, not people. The electoral college was designed because the politicians of that time didn't believe a person could fully understand all the ongoing problems, situations, and colloquialisms of the nation -- we were much more localized and without the mass media we now thrive off. The electoral college was designed to help those states with slaves where there was less population to be balanced with the more popular north.
Here's the reality of today: should your vote mean more depending on where you live in the United States of America? As the electoral college stands, living in the rural parts of the country is of more value than in the cities. But our cities are our cash crops. This is where the new industry jobs thrive, this is where people go to seek better opportunity. The rural parts of the country are struggling to find more modern day jobs -- we replace workers with factories and automation, we stop relying on coal and use new energy, and we build and grow in places that are already thriving. The needs of the rural people do need to be heard -- but this is coming at cost, because who is it that is living in the cities that now feels like their votes were not heard? The minorities. We've created a system whereby the multiculturalism of the nation can't be evenly protected. The popular vote should mean more now in 2016, rather than defamiliarize it into a weak republic. The popular vote has more strength, it is less vulnerable to gerrymandering, it prevents fringe hate groups from leading.
Right now there are anti-Trump protests happening in many of our nation's biggest cities. A lot of these protests are peaceful, but of course with a such a high number of people turning up on the streets, it can turn into rioting. Granted, the rioting so far is minimal -- the police protests of the summer were much more violent and even deadly. The reason people are protesting is not just because Trump is taking office. It's because his campaign focused on certain groups in our country and legitimized them by his rhetoric to instill fear. We have seen a rise in this country of hate crimes according to the FBI. New York Times. People are targeting Muslims, telling women they can't wear hijabs -- there's a difference to being forced to wear hijabs out of persecution and wearing a garment as religious devotion. Muslims are not the only women in a religious organization who wear this type of garb -- look to Catholicism and consider the uniforms of the nuns. Why do we have prejudice over hijabs?
The protesters in this country are upset to see a rise in American Nazis, fascists, the White Society, the KKK, Westboro Baptist, and the list continues. These groups who were in the shadows, got mainstream airtime. Anti-trump protesters are upset with the legitimization of these groups over their own rights, their own cultures, their own existence. We are in strange times when we turn to groups that are motivated by hate, the obstruction of rights, and xenophobia. Bigotry is intolerance for a group with different opinions, especially an ethnic minority. It doesn't mean just because someone disagrees with you they are a bigot -- it means a person is hostile toward other groups; they are close minded. There is no such thing as a meta-bigot. Trump's campaign could have worked closer with minorities to legitimize their rights and place in the United States, but instead his campaign focused on ridiculous outdated concepts, like making a religious registry for Muslims (similar to the registry during World War II to find Jews because they were blamed for the faults of the economy), building a really expensive wall between Mexico and the United States (an impractical move, the Berlin Wall fell for a reason). Republicans are not inherently racist, but there are members who are taking the threshold and taking the nation toward a far right administration with authority over every sector of your life.
Why You Can Support Your Country and Not Trump
We live in a free country. You have the right to speak about political matters. No one is required to like every politician, and we make progress by sharing our thoughts. Our first amendment protects us and allows us to protest. We have police to stop protesters who turn to rioting. It is both your right as an American to vote and protest. In an authoritarian regime, or dictatorship, you are required to believe in your leaders without question. Not trusting Kim Jong-un in North Korea could get you put into prison or killed. You have a right to petition, even if it makes people uncomfortable. That doesn't mean you are requesting for a civil war or taking up arms. When we blindly accept our leaders without question, we are allowing them to control our lives. Government officials are supposed to be public servants to serve the citizens of a body of people, to ensure safety, to ensure quality. Donald Trump wants to control the way you think. This past weekend he was enraged that the actors from Hamilton had a public message for VP Mike Pence, who attended the show. Trump was also outraged that SNL mocked him. Saturday Night Live regularly makes fun of our politicians -- but rarely do the politicians ever get angry over it. You may not like it as an official when the world makes jokes about you, but it's part of the job. When you sign up to be president of the United States of America, the rest of your life is intensely documented, scrutinized, and analyzed.
He has legitimized a number of hateful groups and brought them into the spotlight -- what used to be fringe a couple of years ago is quickly gaining ground. Again, the FBI finds hate crimes have grown since 2014. Students at Ladue High School in Missouri are working with the NAACP after racist tension has made it distracting for students. Fox Local News.
Donald Trump's campaign was full of mockery toward the vulnerable, the different, and the ethnic minorities. His campaign has inspired a lot of hate in the country, perhaps the whole election inspired hate and Trump isn't just to blame.
But I really want you to be honest about the character of this man, and think clearly about what kind of person he will be to us. Right now he is hiring some far right people to take the lead. New CIA Head Mike Pompeo is extremely anti-abortion (he does not support abortion in cases of incest or rape), he opposes greenhouse emissions tests, and rejects concepts on global warming. Global warming, by the way, is accepted by the majority of scientists as a real and pressing reality. So we're going to hire someone in one of the highest surveillance positions in America who doesn't want us to consider how our actions may be negatively harming the planet? He also opposes food suppliers from labeling GMOs. He opposes the closing of Guantanamo Bay, criticized Obama's shutdown of CIA's secret prison's called "black sites" and the administration's requirement that all interrogators adhere to anti-torture laws.
Do we not remember the excessive torture under Bush's administration? Is this something we want to bring back? The Obama administration changed this for the world -- and now we want it back? Wasn't the worst terrorist attack in American history.... during Bush's reign? Hasn't Obama done well to keep you safe?
Now let's take a look at another Trump hire: Steve Bannon. He will be the chief strategist and senior counselor for Trump. On November 15, 2016, Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline sent a letter to Trump signed by 169 Democratic House Representatives. They want him to rescind his appointment of Bannon. The letter stated that appointing Bannon "sends a disturbing message about what kind of president Donald Trump wants to be."
According to Snopes.com "On 13 November 2016, President-elect Donald Trump tapped Steve Bannon, the head of the controversial, politically conservative website Breitbart, to serve as his White House chief strategist. The move was immediately condemned by many as evidence that Trump was welcoming support from white supremacists as he prepared to take office. Bannon took a leave of absence from Breitbart in August 2016 to lead Trump's ultimately victorious campaign.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy organization, described Breitbart as having taken a shift in the year leading up to the 2016 election toward what has become known as the alternative right, or alt-right, 'a loose set of far-right ideologies at the core of which is a belief that 'white identity' is under attack through policies prioritizing multiculturalism, political correctness, and social justice and must be preserved, usually through white-identified online communities and physical ethno-states.'
The hiring of Bannon was bound to elicit a strong response, as he is a controversial political figure even among conservatives. While Daily Wire editor-in-chief, former Breitbart editor, and vocal Bannon critic Ben Shapiro called the claims that Bannon is racist "overstated," he noted that Bannon has nonetheless courted the alt-right and the anti-Semitism and racism that go along with it, and he will do so as long as it serves his purposes."
Racism, Misogny, and Other Disrespectful Comments in Trump's Campaign
We can tell a lot not just by people's actions, but by their words. Trump speaks to whatever pops into his brain, whether informed or not. Whenever someone disagreed with them, he would call them a pussy, a sissy, anything he could to demean them without looking directly at the real problem and addressing it. He has no class when speaking to others, but can be like a classroom bully. Here are some of the most well-known comments he made during his campaign.
- "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base." Made to demean Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly, as if she was on her period and this made her a second class citizen unable to think rationally. Washington Post
- “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” Morning News USA
- “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.” Daily O
- “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’” Huffington Post
- “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” The Week
- Not from his campaign, but “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her." Snopes.com
- “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.” Chicago Tribune
- “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest, and my women are more beautiful.” Huffington Post
- “I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.” CTV News
- “I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down” Washington Post
- “The only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.” CNN
- “Number one, I have great respect for women. I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women, more than anybody in the construction industry.” Washington Post
What is Fascism?
Fascism is a form of radial right wing nationalism -- it came into power in early 20th-century, particularly in Europe. It originated in Italy during World War I. It quickly spread to other countries from there. Fascism strongly opposes liberalism -- a movement for equality and liberty for all. Fascism also opposes Marxism and anarchism. During World War I, fascists believed they could use their ideology to bring about revolution. There were massive changes in Europe at the time. In a post-industrialized world, the nature of society, war, and technology had changed drastically. The way we fought wars was never the same with the advent of technology, from steam engines, food, and factory life. Fascists wanted to take control of society in mass. What the world started to see was the knock down between the barriers of civilian and soldier. A "military citizenship" became the norm. The technological advances made powerful states mobilize millions of citizens to serve on the front lines of war.... and to be mobilized on the front lines of economic production and logistics to support the army. Fascists had unprecedented authority to intervene in the lives of the people they were meant to serve. An ironic, devilish twist of what government should be.
Original fascists believed liberal democracy was dead. Instead of believing in the rights of people, an authoritarian entity took control over the matters of people's lives as a united, dark collective. The goal: a totalitarian one-party state. The aim was to prepare for armed conflict.... and to respond to economic famine. These states are governed by a dictator and a martial government. The fascist party would construe national unity for the sake of maintaining some stability. Fascism sees violence as a means to national rejuvenation. The foils of their society are seen as a means to an end. This is somewhat like a jihad (think ISIS) -- a purging of society, a clean slate to arrive at a greater end. It is an inherently ill fated paradigm regardless of the intent the leaders think they are aiming toward. Societal purging is a call of eugenics. A xenophobic stance, not a heavenly one.
Since World War II ended, few parties openly describe themselves as fascist. The term is generally used as an insult toward politicians.
Historians, political scientists, and academia at large continue to debate on the nature of fascism. The interpretation is wide for scholars to say what is distinctly fascist.
One common definition looks to combine three concepts: (1) anti-liberalism, anti-communism, and anti-conservatism; (2) national authoritarian goals of creating a regulated economy to transform society, a self-determined culture; and (3) a positive view of violence. With fascism their is a promotion of masculinity, youth, and charismatic leadership.
"Fascism is 'a genuinely revolutionary, trans-class form of anti-liberal, and in the last analysis, anti-conservative nationalism' built on a complex range of theoretical and cultural influences." Fascism
"Robert Paxton says that fascism is 'a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion." Fascism
Initially, Benito Mussolini in 1919 described fascism as a movement to oppose "against the backwardness of the right and the destructiveness of the left." The Italian Fascists would later say in The Doctrine of Fascism: "We are free to believe that this is the century of authority, a century tending to the 'right,' a fascist century." Fascism doesn't so much care where it fits in the political spectrum as it does to taking over land, rights, everything.
The accommodation of the political right into the Italian Fascist movement in the early 1920s created internal factions within the movement. The "Fascist left" included Michele Bianchi, Giuseppe Bottai, Angelo Oliviero Olivetti, Sergio Panunzio, and Edmondo Rossoni, who were committed to advancing national syndicalism as a replacement for parliamentary liberalism in order to modernize the economy and advance the interests of workers and common people.
The "Fascist right" included members of the paramilitary Squadristi and former members of the Italian Nationalist Association (ANI). The Squadristi wanted to establish Fascism as a complete dictatorship, while the former ANI members, including Alfredo Rocco, sought to institute an authoritarian corporatist state to replace the liberal state in Italy, while retaining the existing elites.
In 1943, King Victor Emmanuel III forced Mussolini to resign. He was placed under arrest, but German forces rescued him. He founded with loyal fascists the Italian Social Republic. Mussolini stated fascism was originally overthrown by conservatives and the bourgeoisie. He held his post until his death in 1945. Mussolini was shot to death, along with most of the members of their 15-man train. Primarily ministers and officials of the Italian Social Republic. The shootings took place in the small village of Giulino di Mezzegra. The shootings were conducted by a partisan leader. His real identity... unknown.
Fascism and Minorities
Fascist propaganda blamed the problems of the long depression of the 1930s on minorities. Leaders shifted the problems of the day on vulnerable scapegoats: religious minorities, ethnic groups, the disabled, and non-normative gender distinctions. In Germany, this contributed to the rise of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, the demise of the Weimar Republic, and the leadership of Adolf Hitler. Liberal democracy died in Germany. Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in the 30s culminating in WWII. As they came to power, they established laws persecuting minorities, particularly the Jews -- a much targeted group for centuries in Europe.
Today in the present, Donald Trump vows to create a registry for Muslim identification. George Takei spoke out in an article a handful of days ago about one of the darkest hole in America history: Japanese internment camps. He worries we will do the same to Muslisms in our country.
"There is dangerous talk these days by those who have the ear of some at the highest levels of government. Earlier this week, Carl Higbie, an outspoken Trump surrogate and co-chair of Great America PAC, gave an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News. They were discussing the notion of a national Muslim registry, a controversial part of the Trump administration’s national security plans, when Higbie dropped a bombshell: “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, you know, call it what you will,” he said. Was he really citing the Japanese American internment, Kelly wanted to know, as grounds for treating Muslims the same way today? Higbie responded that he wasn’t saying we should return to putting people in camps. But then he added, “There is precedent for it.”
Stop and consider these words. The internment was a dark chapter of American history, in which 120,000 people, including me and my family, lost our homes, our livelihoods, and our freedoms because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Higbie speaks of the internment in the abstract, as a “precedent” or a policy, ignoring the true human tragedy that occurred." George Takei Article
And I will leave you with one last thing to consider and ruminate through your thoughts. The two officials of this world who were happiest with the election of Donald Trump: Russia's Vladmir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Currently, the United States is in a proxy war with Russia. The Russians are backing the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the United States are backing Syrian rebels and their plight to regain the country. Russia is actively expanding its already massive territory. It has its eyes on Ukraine and Czech Republic. If Donald Trump happens to replicate Hitler in anyway possible -- could Putin be the incarnation of Joseph Stalin?
Just what exactly was the trigger button for WWII?
Things were heating up for years, but the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 is what set the stage. It was a neutrality pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939. The pact split the "spheres of interest" between the two extremely powerful rulers. It remained in force for nearly two years, until Hitler launched an attack on the Soviet positions in Eastern Poland during Operation Barbarossa on June 22, 1941.
The clauses of the Nazi-Soviet Pact meant neither government would ally itself to, or aid, an enemy of the other party. The treaty divided Europe among the two nations. Dividing territories of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania. Thereafter, Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Stalin ordered the invasion of Poland on September 17, one day after a Soviet-Japanese ceasefire came into effect. Stalin's invasion of Bukovina in 1940 violated the pact, as it went beyond the Soviet sphere of influence agreed with the Axis. The territories of Poland annexed by the Soviet Union after the 1939 Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland remained in the USSR at the end of World War II.
"In the north, Finland, Estonia and Latvia were assigned to the Soviet sphere. Poland was to be partitioned in the event of its 'political rearrangement': the areas east of the Pisa, Narev,Vistula and San rivers would go to the Soviet Union, while Germany would occupy the west. Lithuania, adjacent to East Prussia, would be in the German sphere of influence, although a second secret protocol agreed to in September 1939 reassigned the majority of Lithuania to the USSR." Pact Behind WWII
Want to know what's terrifying? The existence of this pact was denied by the Soviets until 1989. And what's more terrifying? Vladmir Putin supports the pact.