a reply to: BlackProject
Where was I when Bush and Obama were in their offices, respectively? Well, I joined in 2007, just toward the end of Bush's administration. I had been
protesting the UK governments involvement in the War on Terror for a while before joining, and was quite vocal upon joining, about my low opinion of
Bush and his policies both internal and having to do with foreign affairs as well.
When Obama was elected, he made every good impression possible, was massively inclusive, refused to engage in rabble rousing, hate speech either
overt or implied, spoke of ending the stupidity of war, regaining and maintaining the US goverments ability to do right by its people WITHOUT
necessarily doing great wrong by others... He made all the right noises, had all the right intentions. Give people their rights, prevent oppression of
those who stand out, open up politics and indeed culture to more people, give the poor something to aspire toward, rather than more crushing
futility... he had the right ideas at the time, and not a single one of them had to do with blowing people up for being foreign, or denying people
their rights because they were poor or from different backgrounds than his own.
The fact is, that he did not live up to the expectations he promoted amongst his support base, and while he was surely a better pick than either
McCain or Romney, against whom he ran for the second term, he also failed roundly to prevent human rights abuses by his government, who are still
running Guantanamo Bay (largely because people kept blocking his shutdown attempts), kept making war, droning people, making choices that were not
made for the right reasons, justifying means with ends, rather than doing it the right way round. He has made or allowed terrible decisions to be made
for his people, both regarding things internal (fracking, not being strong enough on environmental topics, or effective enough either), he has roundly
failed to represent the needs of the people over and above the needs of businesses...
But Trump? He has outright stated that he wants more bombing, bigger bombing, with bigger and more totally catastrophic explosions, less pussyfooting
around (or as reasonable persons might call it "Making proper attempts to prevent collateral damage", which is important because collateral casualties
are one of the major levers that terror recruiters use to drum up support). He has also stated that he will be pro-business... Well what the hell does
that mean exactly, in a country which is so pro-business, it bails out its banks before its people, promotes business growth and investment, without
making sure that its people are being paid enough to live on month to month?
Things cannot be allowed to get any worse for the working person, but if Trumps pro-business attitude means deregulation for banking, means wages
will no longer be monitored or even lightly controlled, then expect to see more people living out of their cars despite working four jobs. Expect to
see companies doing whatever the hell they want to their staff, for employee safety to be utterly destroyed, for the power of the individual worker to
be absolutely non-existent, because the only way you get business working like he wants it, is by exploiting a workforce. Rather than business which
exists for the right reasons (to provide people working in it, with a wage and some security for the future), this will be the era in which businesses
are allowed to throw off their shackles and SCREW the people who work for them harder than they ever have before.
Yes, all the businesses may come back, but they are not going to do so if they have to pay a proper wage, AND pay the CORRECT amount of tax, relative
to the amount of money they make from the country they are working in. They will give even less back to the taxman than they ever have before, and
meanwhile, people who are at the bottom of the social ladder will be burdened with an even more difficult set of circumstances, infrastructure that is
receiving even less support from those who benefit from it most.
You cannot compare Obama with Trump. Trump is overtly a bad man, with ideas that only look good if you are not capable of reading them. Obama had
great ideas in public, but did a great deal wrong behind the scenes, and was also being stymied in congress, mostly in the case of policy that might
actually have saved the nation. He is no saint, and as I said, had FAR too much to do with murdering innocent civilians and allowing wrong to be done
in the name of the States. But the fact of the matter is, you can only ever go on what a politicians stated aims are, when going into office. Obama
stated he wanted to give liberty to a greater number of people, but Trump has explicitly stated that he wants the opposite. He has explicitly stated
that he wants companies to have more power, despite the fact that companies should be the least powerful force in a country, that the people should be
its masters and that none must be considered higher than them, or have more power to affect change.
He has implied that the intelligence and law enforcement community ought to do MORE racial profiling, that he thinks waterboarding is soft...
The man does not even TALK a good game, unless, of course, the game is increasing corporatism, preventing the majority of citizens from paying their
own way by giving companies carte blanche to do whatever they want regarding pay, conditions, and so on, destroying social programs just because it
will please the wifebeater, cloak in the closet types... its a bloody shambles and you know it.