Will Trump’s legacy be a culture of conflict and a nation in ruins?
There are rumblings from the Middle East that the recent isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, and the Maldives was not, as Tillerson said, merely the result of longstanding differences, but the direct result of Trump’s recent challenge, issued in Saudi Arabia, for the Muslim world to come down hard on terrorism. (This despite Trump’s message of friendship to the Emir of Qatar.) There is speculation that the current crisis was created by Trump.
It is frightening to think that one narcissistic individual can wield this kind of power. It is more frightening than a psychopath having access to the US nuclear launch codes.
A Louisiana representative to the US House is reported to have called for a war against the “Islamic horror” and is quoted as having said, “[the] free world… all of Christendom… is at war” with “radicalized Islamic suspect[s]” and “Kill them all.”
Could Trump’s polemics against Muslims, not just recently but consistently over the past years, have created a culture in which Clay Higgins, that Republican representative, felt not only motivated but comfortable in speaking that way?
It is frightening to think that Trump’s constant appeals to his base, and their base nature, could have created that culture.
Could Trump’s embracing President Duerte of the Philippines, a man responsible for more than 7,000 extrajudicial murders in that country, create an environment in which alt-right vigilantes felt empowered to follow that example and murder not only suspected or accused drug users, but also those who disagree with their (his) views?
It is frightening to think that Trump’s rhetoric and actions point so strongly in that direction.
Could Trump’s failure to contradict his Attorney General’s new “war on drugs” lead to even more Blacks being incarcerated for minor crimes? Already, over 40% of the American prison population is black, yet Blacks make up only about 13% of the population. (Can you not see what’s wrong with that?)
It is frightening to think that Trump’s failure to step in, a “sin of omission,” shows he accepts and endorses this situation.
Could the blatant conflicts of interest between Trump the occupant of the White House and Trump the businessman lead to similar crimes by others? After all, if the Criminal-in-Chief can do it, why shouldn’t I be able to?
It’s frightening to think that Trump is creating a culture that endorses criminality, that divides us by skin color and ethnicity, that further pounds the middle class into oblivion, that throws away the heritage of “liberty and justice for all.”
In “Holy Fire” (see the home page of this web site), I portrayed one way in which the world might end should right-wing radicals gain political power. I’m sorry to say that I was naïve. They are worse than I could have imagined. (Still, it’s a good story. Please check it out.)
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.