posted on Jun, 16 2016 @ 01:51 AM
I've tried so hard not to make a thread focused on Trump but I feel like we need to look more closely at the beliefs of this man and have a real
debate about it. First of all, I don't completely disagree with everything he says or believes, he cannot be wrong about everything after all. I tend
to lean to the right and I wouldn't promote Hillary in place of Trump, but I feel like both options are equally bad and that indicates to me
something is very wrong with society in the US.
It seems like every second post on ATS says something along the lines of "I'll vote for Trump because he scares the establishment and wont push the
status quo". What I want to do in this thread is describe why those comments are extremely far from the truth and why I believe that Trump will not
challenge the status quo in the most crucial areas. I will also point out why I think he has imperialistic and authoritarian tendencies and why he
would pose a great threat to peace around the world.
If you define "establishment" as the current Obama administration, then I would agree that Trump is anti-establishment. But Trump clearly has many
powerful backers in the private sector since he wants to lower taxes for the highest earners and repeal banking regulations such as the Dodd Frank
Act. He has publicly stated that he loves hanging out with the guys on Wall Street, and I'm sure the bankers and ultra wealthy love the idea of
Trump being president.
He's also very likely to increase defense spending so he has the war industry behind him. Trump also publicly asserts that global warming is a
hoax, which would give him support from big oil. Even I don't totally buy into global warming, but Trump wants to take very extreme measures such as
cancelling the Paris climate deal. Furthermore, he is willing to accept global warming as a real phenomena and use it to his benefit whenever it
directly affects his businesses.
Trump has also expressed ideas related to locking down parts of the internet and as a business man I'm sure he loves copyright laws, so he has the
film and music industry in his pocket too. More recently, he suggested punishing people who don't report suspicious activity to authorities. Do I
even need to mention the fact he's estimated to be worth at least several billion dollars? Lets not kid ourselves here, the man is about the furthest
thing you can get from an "outsider".
He may be a good business man but he has very little morality and he's willing to use very lowbrow tactics to increase the dominance of the US. Is
that really what you want the US to be? A ruthless empire that uses threats and coercion to dominate the world while it hides behind a huge wall and
bans certain groups of people from entering? I totally get the resistance to globalization but these are very extreme solutions and might just be
taking things a bit too far.
It's clear that a major reason Trump is so popular is due to his "nationalist" policies. I believe a certain level of nationalism can be good and
healthy, but it can also be extremely unhealthy if taken too far. Banning all Muslims from entering the country or building a huge wall across the
southern border could be interpreted as nationalism, but I would strongly argue they are both terrible ideas and will likely cause more problems than
they solve and create more enemies for the US.
The really ironic thing is, if Trump gets elected it will result in more turmoil in the US and around the world. The first thing you'll have to deal
with is the inside fighting between the Trump lovers and Trump haters, which seems to be one half of America vs the other. Then you'll have to deal
with inflamed racial tensions because even if you don't think he's racist he has made many controversial remarks which many people have interpreted
as being racist or highly disrespectful.
Some racist organizations have latched onto Trump and a few months ago Trump even re-tweeted false racist propaganda. When questioned about this in
an interview he dismissed it as a simple human error because he doesn't have time to check all the facts, and claimed to be the "least racist person
on Earth". Now I really don't think he intends to be racist, he clearly just has the intelligence of a pre-schooler, because otherwise I don't know
why he'd say something so stupid.
Regardless of if he is or isn't racist, human nature is predictable and some people will use Trump to push racist and anti-racist agendas. If he
increases defense spending and decides to increase US forces in a bunch of nations, while banning his idea of a terrorist from entering the nation
until he "figures out what is happening" then it will increase hatred for the US around the world and especially in the middle eastern region,
having the opposite effect than intended.
The only politician I've ever seen truly acknowledge how the US has helped create the terrorist problem by constantly meddling in the affairs of
other nations is Ron Paul, and he was a true underdog. Trump essentially has the opposite outlook, he takes a hard-line approach to almost everything.
He's basically an imperialistic authoritarian, he looks at his own nation much the same way he looks at his own life; he must expand his empire at
the expense of everyone else so he can have it all.
If we're being completely honest with ourselves I think that is one of the reasons many people will vote for this guy, simple greed. People think
that Trump will greatly increase the wealth of the US by applying the same cunning tactics he used to become ultra wealthy. There may very well be
some truth to that, but it wont be without consequences. The result of the heavy handed tactics used by the Bush administration in response to 9/11 is
proof it doesn't work.
Trump will continue propagating the established agenda in the ME without a doubt, and has indicated he wants to expand the US presence in the ME which
will require an increase in defense spending, despite the fact the US already spends more on defense than the next several biggest spenders combined.
Believe it or not a healthy war economy is actually good for weapons manufacturers and the largest manufacturers are based in the US, and I'm sure
Trump is well aware of that fact.
There's very few things where I think Trump would actually challenge the "status quo". Having a controversial opinion does not automatically mean
that opinion goes against the status quo. He clearly thinks it's ok to trade liberty for security, be it locking down the internet or locking down
the border, he doesn't give much respect to notions of freedom and liberty. He frames terrorists as a boogeyman and uses arguments which appeal to
our emotions, which is a very old tactic.
You have more chance of being struck by lightening than caught in a terrorist attack. I urge people not to let emotions such as fear and hate drive
their voting decisions, that is the worst possible way to make your choice, not that there is much of a choice. Just don't delude yourself about the
type of person Trump is and stop treating him like some sort of saint. The guy has spent many years advertising brands and manipulating public
perception and he is clearly very skilled at it.