Why it’s different this time

I’ve found myself wondering if a Trump presidency will really be as bad as I fear. After all, there are always fears about a new president. This time, it really is different.

When George W Bush was elected, we were mainly concerned about his economic plan and the possibility of war. It turns out that our fears were well-founded. When Obama was elected, people were afraid that he’d give us healthcare and, he did. They were also afraid of many other things but not what he said.

Trump is different. He was elected based on hate and bigotry. In his campaign, he promised to deport millions of Mexicans, prevent Muslims from entering the country (regardless of citizenship) and to reinstate our tourture program. None of these things are things that we should allow to happen and yet they’re why he was elected. Even if he doesn’t do any of these things, rhetoric is harmful as it is.

His actions since being elected have only reinforced why it’s different this time. His pick for chief strategist is an actual Nazi. His pick for Attorney general was eliminated during the Reagan administration due to his racial views. He is not moving his assists to a blind trust as is ethically required. He is instead of figuring out how to properly maximize his profit. He has also started disseminating fake news. He claimed that Ford was going to move a plant to Mexico and because of him, they aren’t. They were never planning on moving it.

Failure

On Tuesday, we elected a child rapist, mediocre businessman, sexist, racist pig to be our leader. We elected the man endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. He has no experience in politics, his only experience is in business, where, he managed to lose money running a casino. The man’s only discernable features are a hatred of all non-white people.

I was aware of how racist the US is, I just didn’t expect white supremacy to be the only issue that mattered to 26.5% of the population. I want to be clear, furthering White Supremacist causes make you a White Supremacist and therefore, voting for Trump makes you racist.

These are what he has promised:

  • Build a wall between the US and Mexico
  • Deport all of the illegal immigrants
  • Deport US citizen because they’re “anchor babies”
  • Prevent Muslims from entering the country
  • Bring back water boarding and introduce worse forms of torture
  • Kill the civilian family members of terrorists
  • Reverse Women and Trans rights
  • Remove millions of people’s health insurance
  • Jail his political opponent
  • Reverse the legalization of Gay marriage
  • Reverse Roe v Wade
  • Restrict the freedom of the press (ironic since they handed the presidency to Trump)
  • Restrict the freedom of assembly
  • destroy the economy in order to induce riots

None of that sounds like making America great again. None of those things are things that should ever happen. This is not ok, we are not fine. These things can not be allowed to happen.

This is the result of a number of systemic failures. The GOP failed to prevent one of the fascist candidates from securing the nomination. The GOP failed in what should be a primary purpose, ensuring that our country doesn’t fall to fascism. The primary process for the Democrats resulted in a candidate that was not compelling enough to win.

Our final hope is the electoral college fulfilling their purpose and protecting us from a threat to our democracy. I think it is very unlikely to actually happen. While this is the explicit purpose of the electoral college, it has never been done before. It is also likely to cause extreme backlash from those who supported Trump. While this backlash is likely to be pretty damaging, a Trump presidency would be worse.

I could have done more. I’ve been too consumed with taking care of my family with our 5 month-old daughter. I haven’t been following along with the presidential race as much as I should. I, as well as much of the country, thought that the chances of Trump actually winning were negligible. We were very wrong.

The Party of Fear

It is extremely unfortunate that the United States has developed into a two-party system. It’s even more unfortunate that one of those parties is unable to field respectable candidates. Prior to Tuesdaysʼs debate, the two leading candidates, Trump and Cruz, are both literal fascists. The two appeals of the Republicans: American isn’t safe and, Make America great again.

It seems that the Republican party can be characterized by a desire to have the biggest and best military force in the world so that we can stamp out any possible threat (by bombing those fuckers into the ground). Have we learned nothing? Nothing from Vietnam and both Gulf wars? The lessons of which should be apparent, we can use our military to kill people but, we can’t control them. In fact, our belligerent attitude is causing us to be significantly less safe. How many people will join ISIS after we kill their family members in collateral damage?

Unfortunately, the damage may already be done by Trump. Even if he fails to capture the Republican Nomination, he has already made open bigotry acceptable. A year ago, I would have expected provably false, racist slander to eliminate a political candidate from any election, instead, it has only propelled his campaign. I, unfortunately, know people that have a hatred of Mexican immigrants. Trump’s comments have made this sort of sentiment into something that is able to be discussed.

Condemning an entire race wasn’t enough for Trump, all Muslims are in the crosshairs as well. Not only would he prevent the US from taking in the abysmally small number of Syrian refugees that Obama has committed to, He would also prevent any citizen that happens to be a Muslim from returning to the United States. This is wrong. It is against everything that this country was built upon and every sane citizen should find this idea repulsive. This is already having repercussions, violence against Muslims is up. It is inciting the true American terrorists, white people.

In addition, Trump advocated for committing war crimes during the debate. He would like to target the families of ISIS members. This is flat out sickening. Under no conditions should we ever consider doing this and those who preach it should be nowhere near running this country.

None of these things comes from a position of strength. The primary strategies for the Republican party appears to be the creation of fear and nostalgia. Their strategy requires all of us to live in a state of fear, a fear that they alone can resolve. This is not the world that I live in and you shouldn’t either. Egregiously, theyʼre also exploiting the widespread hatred of Mexican and the hatred and fear of Muslims to further solidify there following. I want no part in this and you shouldnʼt either.