Saturday, August 18, 2018

Of Such Things Are Dictatorships Created

                                           

Here's what I don't understand about rabid Trump supporters - they have done a 180 on their views about government and politics since Trump took over from Obama. It's as if they are not even the same people they were before the election.

Honestly, you can go back and read my blogs for years and except for some minor changes of mind, my views have remained the same - from Kennedy on - no matter who was in the White House. I hated the Vietnam War and I hated the Iraq War. I've been on the side of civil liberties, whether for minorities, women or gays. I've been pro-choice since I was a teenager and its anti-women stance on so many issues is the main reason I left the Catholic Church long ago. I lean toward helping the vulnerable and I never minded paying taxes to do it. I think government needs to be regulated because when it's not, the power people have all the power and working people and the poor get screwed, i.e. Betsy DeVos' yacht which she sails under the flag of a foreign country to avoid American taxes even as she makes it more difficult for lower and middle-class American kids to receive a genuine college education without an intolerable burden of debt. Yes, I'm for conferring citizenship on DACA kids and people who have lived here for a long time, worked hard and have no criminal background, especially those who joined the military to fight for their country. Trump believes not standing for the national anthem is a dishonor to our vets. I say kicking out vets who've served is a dishonor to our country. The environment has always been one of my issues. Now Trump is considering allowing states to make their own rules about coal emissions, as if pollutants respect state lines. Keep that coal dust and pollution in West Virginia, please! The Trump administration's entire attitude is: "fuck science".

I have friends with whom I debate politics and I've been stunned by their ability to turn on a dime. They would have been horrified (at least, faux-horrified) if Obama and done and said the things Trump has done and said.

Now, they believe, in fact, that the president (this particular president at least), is above the law. He can deny clearances without the due process that is in place for that procedure. He can fire any investigator investigating him. He is incapable of obstructing justice. He cannot be indicted. He can pardon anyone without explanation. He can issue executive orders, some against the express wishes of Congress. Would the right have agreed with all these stances when Obama was president? Hell, no, they wouldn't! Trump thinks Omarosa should be arrested though he cannot articulate a crime she committed. He can express his opinion about any court proceeding without regard to how it might affect the outcome. He can call the press the "enemy of the people". He can engage in trying to effect the profit and loss of private business (such as threatening to raise postal rates on Amazon because Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which has been critical of him. The right no longer believe the deficit is a problem. Spend away, Trump! They evidently no longer believe in "limited government" the way they used to say they did either. Being pro-states right is a thing of the past for them. Trump and Trump alone shall decide if coastal drilling should be allowed off all our coastlines (except Florida, of course).

That's if how Trump rolls. All decisions are his. His advisors are just so many puppets whom he ignores if their advice doesn't suit him. Trump against our entire intelligence community. Why we must believe Trump, naturally.

He has undermined every institution of our democracy - the FBI, the CIA, the entire Justice system, all our intelligence specialists, the EPA, the Center for Disease control, our entire environmental system, the free press, even the military although they don't seem to recognize it. One by one, the people we used to trust most are toppling. The Trump cult seems to hate America, except for Trump himself. They are convinced the Deep State is trying to take him down when, actually, he is trying to take our democratic government down. They say he will make America great again but they never say when that wonderful time was when America was great and when it quit being great.

Most of their attitudes revolve around hate - hate for minorities (which is what primarily dominates their views on immigration), hate for liberals, even moderates. You must be in ALL THE WAY! You must parrot every word Trump says or you are unworthy to be an American in their eyes.

Of such stuff are dictatorships made. Trump is overseeing the dismantling of our way of life and governance. Is hatred of the "other" enough excuse to give away your country?