Feeling Disillusioned: USA Edition

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“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” – President Trump

So yesterday, Trumps comments regarding Jewish Democrats went viral throughout every social media platform I take part in. I couldn’t help to think about how Hitler and his party’s propaganda machine started out by dehumanizing Jews and accusing them of not being loyal to the state.

However, Trump and his administration actively dehumanize people every day, and whenever they’re not writing executive orders to take away the rights of every day people, Trump is parroting comments straight out of Goebbels handbook. It’s starting to become so consistent, so repetitive, that his comments and actions are doing exactly what they’re supposed to. Normalizing his behavior.

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Then he tweets out this nonsense someone said about him. Our president thought it was appropriate that he tweet out that he was “like the second coming of God” and that he’s like the “King of Israel”. Naturally “King of the Jews” and “King of Israel” started trending. I read this via a couple of Rabbis who tweeted out their horror regarding the above tweet. All of a sudden my coffee didn’t taste as good as it had.

After 3 mass shootings in the last month and change, weekly arrests of white supremacists planning more mass shootings, and watching my fellow citizens turn on immigrants, Jews, Black people and anyone who doesn’t agree with them just… has me disillusioned. Watching people demean and dehumanize anti-fascist counter protesters to white supremacist groups, calling them terrorists and then literally getting mad when they defend themselves and their communities against violence.. it just makes me sick.

When I was a little girl, in my little bubble of my lower middle class community, I was taught about a different America. I was taught that America was free. I was taught that America fought against fascism, racism, and hatred. I was taught by everyone from my teachers to my church, that America was good! That people traveled from around the world to live here, free from persecution and violence, to receive an education and live in peace to practice their religion of choice and live the life they wanted to lead. I was taught that America was a melting pot, where all races were welcome, and that we could only strive to be better despite our past abuses. I believed it.

It was a lie.

Every day it’s something new. Some new bill is introduced to take away my healthcare. Democrats are laughed at for wanting to help people with student debt. Nazis are marching on our towns, meanwhile the Right keeps parroting that there aren’t really Nazis in America, and that we have to respect their opinions despite those opinions being that a large amount of use shouldn’t exist much less live on American soil. Our president publicly mocks his opponents, which results in death threats. He will proclaim the media to be the “Enemy of the State” almost weekly. We’re detaining undocumented immigrants, while the Trump administration tries to make it indefinitely, and then refusing them vaccinations; essentially insuring more deaths this flu season.

Through all of this, the vast majority of Americans don’t care. Or worse, they support all of these atrocious actions, if not take part in it themselves. America hasn’t learned from the past, nor has it learned from the History books. We’re enabling all of this, and frankly, I’m ashamed.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll give up by any means. That doesn’t mean that any of us who consider this country our home, those of us who have good in our hearts should give up. I just needed to get this off of my chest, and I know a lot of you are feeling the same. We have to do better, before it’s too late.

 

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ANARCHY IN THE .. Opps, we mean MEDDLING IN THE UK!!

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The United States has been in a state of uproar since our last presidential election. Regardless of your stance on what happened or why, we’ve been chirping on and on about how the Russians meddled in our elections. It’s been a record that keeps skipping back and repeating itself, as if it’s important to Americans that no one meddles in another country’s politics or government.

It’s almost as if people forget that we have done the same exact thing.

In 2016, a study headed by Don H. Levin found that the U.S. intervened in 81 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000, while the Soviet Union or Russia intervened in 36.
(Levin, Dov H. (June 2016). “When the Great Power Gets a Vote: The Effects of Great Power Electoral Interventions on Election Results”International Studies Quarterly60 (2): 189–202.)

From Bolivia to Chile, and Iran to Israel, we’ve had our fingers in multiple governments and their elections for decades upon decades. It’s almost funny thinking about all that we’ve done to meddle in elections and oust other governments’ officials, only to turn around and act surprised that someone dared to meddle in ours. (Wikipedia Page Re: Election Interference)

Part of the problem is that this isn’t common knowledge to the average American. It’s a well known fact that our history books leave out a large amount of atrocities that our own government has committed, while exaggerating horrific acts of other governments. It’s not reaching to realize that our own meddling isn’t recorded for the American school aged child to learn.

The other aspect you have to consider is that a large swath of Americans feel no need to research and learn what their own government has done. There’s no drive to know that your government is no better than any of the governments we’re told to oppose. Continuing on that thought process, our media doesn’t always report on the stories either. Why would they? There surely isn’t large amounts of people who are dying to learn of our own negative actions.

However, sometimes they do report on it, and sometimes people do listen.

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Basically what is going on is this:

The Trump Administration has a severe hard on for Israel and Netanyahu (I’m of the mindset that this is at least partially because of the Obama’s Administration’s attempt to oust him) and a vast amount of the UK feels the same. The current thought process regarding Israel is that if you criticize their government for their actions, especially regarding their systematic murder of Palestinians, you’re instantly labeled an Anti-Semitic. (Note: eat my ass. It is not Anti-Semitic to criticize any government who is committing heinous acts. Period. Anti-Semitism is being hostile or to discriminate against someone for being Jewish.

Jeremy Corbyn, (Wikipedia Page for Corbyn) is running for Prime Minister and because of his criticism of Israel regarding their treatment of Palestinians, he is being labeled an Anti-Semite. (see my statement above). Since the Trump Administration is so far up Israel’s ass, and doesn’t take any sort of criticism against Israel’s government lightly, it would be awkward to say the least if Britain’s Prime Minister speaks out against the Israeli government. So in a meeting, Secretary Mike Pompeo was taped making this statement: 

“It could be that Mr. Corbyn manages to run the gantlet and get elected. It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best,

“It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”

A Labour spokesmen hit out at the revelation by saying;

“President Trump and his officials’ attempts to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister are an entirely unacceptable interference in the UK’s democracy.”

So not only are we still complaining about the Russians interfering in our own elections, we’re making promises to interfere in the UK elections, who if you’ve forgotten is our ally. (However, that doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to the Trump Administration. Ask our other allies.) While we’re warning other countries that Russia may meddle in their elections, while we’re essentially fearmongering, we’re doing the exact same thing we’re screaming about.

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been proud of my country for a while. Ranging from drone strikes to kids in cages and the humanitarian catastrophe at our southern border, this is just icing on the cake. I will always love my country, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stand for it’s behavior. As always, I ponder.. when will enough be enough for Americans? When will we stand up? When will the American People do something about it?

If you love this country, take it back, from those who will destroy it