Donald Trump had his Big Announcement to run for reelection in 2020 to the cheers of thousands. Hooray! And in Orlando, no less, home of Walt Disney World. (Might as well.)
So, Trump says that he has already “made America great again” and so his new slogan will now be, “Keep America Great.” Well, I can’t see how this authoritarian militarist and police statist can “keep America great” when his anti-freedom actions and policies are in contrast to the freedom-loving policies of America’s founders.
So, besides being authoritarian, Trump also surrounds himself with crony corporatists, which is not to America’s benefit, that’s for sure.
For instance, the acting Secretary of Defense has been longtime Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan, that I had described as the “Secretary of Boeing” (i.e. conflict of interest much?). And now Shanahan is leaving because of questionable alleged behavior in his personal life, that being alleged domestic abuse and a controversial divorce.
Boeing is the #2 top military contractor.
And now Patrick Shanahan-Boeing is being replaced by Army secretary Mark Epser, who Donald Trump wants to be the official Secretary of Defense. Get this: After several years as cannon fodder for the Army, and as a military bureaucrat and then political flunky for Chuck Hagel, George W. Bush and Fred Thompson, Esper has been a lobbyist for … Raytheon, the #3 top military contractor. So, I guess that means that Esper will be the “Secretary of Raytheon.” But wait. Now that Raytheon will very likely merge with United Technologies, their new racket outfit may actually become the #1 top military contractor.
Ah, the old “climbing up the ladder of success” thing (at taxpayers’ expense, of course).
And I’m not going to call them “defense” contractors, because the wars or “campaigns” the U.S. military has been involved in have not been “defensive” but offensive. The Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghans etc. did not come over to the U.S. and commit violence against anyone here. (The 9/11 hijackers were mostly Saudis, and there is now evidence that shows that the Saudi regime played a large role in the planning and carrying out of the 9/11 attacks. No Iraqis, no Afghans, despite all the propaganda of the warmongers in Washington.)
No, the U.S. government and military initiated wars of aggression against those countries and their people. And that’s the truth, now. I think that the truth is important. I try not to let government propaganda influence my thinking, whether it’s to do with wars or medical issues or vaccines, etc.
So, those corporations are not selling their products to the government for “defense,” it’s just the opposite.
Another bad outcome of the militarism and corporatism with the warmongering of the past 2 or 3 decades has been the police state. For example, the Patriot Act, which eviscerates the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments (and probably the Second, too) of the U.S. Constitution. In addition to the Patriot Act, the NDAA which empowers the feds and military to arrest and detain anyone for any reason. No due process.
But what has really been bothering me has been the conservatives and radio personalities who seem to love Donald Trump, and who have been talking endlessly how the FBI and DOJ have been abusing their powers to spy on the Trump campaign and attempting to get Trump impeached based on false accusations with no evidence of “Russian collusions,” and so on.
Which is all quite true, by the way. There is no evidence to back up any of those allegations, and the Mueller investigation said that. But there is evidence of the FBI and DOJ conspiring to abuse their Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) power to spy on their political opponents (Trump). All the facts of that will come out over the next year. Yes, let’s “investigate the investigators.”
However, when Sean Hannity and the rest of them are criticizing this “police state,” I cringe because they themselves are police statists in their support of the aforementioned Patriot Act, NDAA, DHS, ICE, etc.
Hannity is the worst of them (at least, the worst on the radio). For example, in response to school shootings, Hannity’s idea is to put military and local police in the schools. Okay, he really says “former” military and police, but the schools are already a police state, including teachers and administrators calling the police and arresting some little boy for drawing a picture of a gun or some such thing.
And I don’t know about this “former police and military” stuff, because they probably still retain that authoritarian and goonish attitude that’s required of armed government officers. So when a teenage kid might be acting up in the school hallway or being a little obnoxious, the “former” police or military soldier is very likely to go into “berserker” mode and probably shoot the darn kid! (Sometimes police and military people tend to go nutso, especially those with PTSD, and those who are gobbling up those steroids that have terrible aggression-related side effects.)
Unfortunately, Donald Trump seems to have that authoritarian mindset in his love of the government soldier and enforcer with the government badge and gun. I don’t see how he’s going to “make America great again,” or “keep America great” or whatever he’s saying now.
The Nixon-Hoover-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump police state has not made America great, only less so, because America was formed based on freedom and due process, not a police state.
And the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump wars overseas and the failed and futile war on drugs have not made America great, only less so. The government steals so much from the people in taxes including the inflationary stealth tax, as the bureaucrats in Washington squander and squander trillions, making America less great. The Donald is continuing that trend, in my view.