Trump cut taxes to US corporations. Trump increased military spending. Trump ‘irritates’ his allies (Nato, Canada, UK, Germany, etc.) and Trump ‘rips up’ agreements with all and sundry from trade pacts to climate change, from foreign aid to now the nuclear arms deal with Russia. Plus he opened up resource exploitation and eviscerated environmental protection. And the US is all-the-while stockpiling oil. Throw in a little saber-rattling, insults and open aggression (against China, Iran, journalists, Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims, free-speech, truth-telling, etc) and waddya got…?
There is some prominent Republican, rich, connected, GOP woman in California that has been part of the ‘elite’ for some considerable time. NOT this time. “I am voting Democrat this time. Trump is preparing for war and my son is of age to be drafted.” She had no trouble with all the other tyrannical acts that Trump has been playing at until it threatened her own family. Couldn’t have cared less about immigrants and families being separated and all that…..but, of course, her son is special. She’s changing her vote. Trump went too far for this GOP gal.
She may be on to something……
And that, it seems, is how it works for most folks. It has to hit close to home. “So, how does that effect me?” “How does that impact on my wallet?” Until it gets personal, most people don’t care too much about politics. Too boring.
There is a historical perspective that cites that people will not revolt until they are hungry. Hunger is their last ‘straw’. Family members are disappeared, people are jailed and beaten, taxes and fines are unjustly levied, neighbourhoods are razed, corruption runs rampant, police brutality goes on the increase, the rich get richer and on and on it goes ad infinitum but no one acts until they are actually, physically hungry.
…..like dogs and rats, actually.
And yet we can see it all play out until that very moment when our stomach growls. We can see it coming from a long ways off. But we choose NOT to see until then. The Jews did not see either until November 9, 1938 and the Night of Broken Glass. But the evidence had been piling up for years before that. They saw it all clearly but much too late.
“Dave, you are paranoid. Trump is not preparing for war!”
I do not know that I am being paranoid. Maybe. Probably. I tend to see every Ebola outbreak as the next ‘beginning of the end’. I have that tendency. On the other hand, what have we actually seen these past two years? Really seen? A clown prince acting the fool, a bigot ranting. A racist, misogynist, tax-evader crook that fake ‘battles’ with mainstream media. MAGA rallies riling the deplorables and lots of golf. It’s all like WWF – fake wrestling. A show.
What have we actually seen?
Mueller has not yet revealed……
Most topics are dropped after a week or so……
What have we actually seen to be fact…? Well, tax cuts for the rich and corporate. Increased military spending…etc…(see first paragraph)…..a weakening of ‘the West’ but a strengthening of the US…….that is what we have seen. We’ve seen support for strong-man dictators but antipathy for democratic allies and we’ve seen a virtual sundering of institutions. We have seen many of the first steps to tyranny.
Put more bluntly: we are actually seeing tyranny.
But, it is Sunday and I have been spending more time thinking these past few days than is likely good for me or any hapless reader who takes me too seriously. And, I am getting a bit peckish….