Written Dec. 8, 2015…
I am watching Chris Matthews’ show and he is playing part of a rally speech that Donald Trump gave on Monday. It’s seriously like listening to a speech by Adolf Hitler. Just take out the word “Muslim” and replace it with “Jew” and we are right back in Nazi Germany. I actually have the chills watching him rant on incoherently, knowing that this madman is actually being taken seriously as a candidate. And his words are echoing around the world.
He has the hate speech and fearmongering ramped up to 15. It’s all about bringing back torture, showing brutal force around the world, building up the military to insane levels, calling President Obama stupid and incompetent, demonizing all Muslims, calling the media “scum” (in otherwords, anyone who dares disagree with Der Führer), constantly bragging about his poll numbers (an obsession with him), and, of course, saying that no Muslims should be allowed into the country. He has made it clear that if a Muslim family, who are already American citizens, went on a vacation overseas, they would not be allowed back in. I’m confused on whether Muslim soldiers would also not be allowed back into the country. I’m also confused on whether all Muslims living here already, would be kicked out. The biggest confusion I have is how he would even accomplish this insane task, being that it’s unconstitutional and would have to first get by Congress and the Supreme Court, who surely would never go along with this madness. But Trump clearly doesn’t care about that. If he said he will do it, then consider it done.
His rambling speeches are all about hatred, division, fearmongering, bigotry, Obama’s failures, blaming everyone and calling them stupid… and, of course, constantly praising himself. A lot of it is just blatant lies and exaggerations. None of it is based on anything concrete. All of it is reprehensible and sickening. Everything he says goes against what America claims to stand for. England has condemned him. Amnesty International has condemned him. He has become a total pariah and made us look bad all around the world. Even Dick Cheney, of all people, has spoken out against him, saying that banning an entire group of people on religious grounds “goes against everything we stand for and believe in.” You know you have reached the Age of Madness when even Dick Cheney speaks the truth.
Trump plays on his followers’ fears about Muslims and terrorists, yet you never hear him talk about how gun violence, committed mostly by white gun-owning Americans – mostly like the ones that support him – are the real danger in this country. The people that go to his rallies are much more likely to be killed with a gun by each other than they are by someone connected with ISIS. But they have been brainwashed into thinking that guns are not the problem – only Mexican immigrants and a billion Muslims.
And his goosestepping followers are going crazy for all of it, chanting “USA! USA!” in the most xenophobic, blindly adherent manner. He has become a cult of personality – a demagogue. It’s disgusting and sickening beyond belief – not to mention extremely dangerous. These are exactly the same type of racist, uneducated, xenophobic, angry, blindly following bigots who gladly lined up behind Hitler to murder 6 million Jews. No, they didn’t do it overnight, but slowly and methodically Hitler pushed their buttons and played on their fears, and got them to go along with his insane ideology – all the way to the depths of hell. The people here are no different. Some that were interviewed said there was nothing that would stop them from voting for Trump. They really and truly believe he is looking out for their interests, and that he is going to save and protect them. They worship a false prophet.
It’s not just that I disagree with everything that this man stands for, as any educated, liberal person would – it’s that his rhetoric is playing right into the hands of ISIS. Demonizing all Muslims is exactly what ISIS wants to hear. Instead of making us safer with this insane talk, it’s putting more people in harm’s way. ISIS will hear his speech, and see his followers agreeing that all Muslims are a danger, and they will think that all Americans feel this way. He is putting Americans in more danger all around the world, including our military and people on vacation. He has everyone convinced that another 9/11 is just around the corner. Yes, ISIS is a real danger, but as I said, the gun problem, which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of lives over the past several years – not to mention mass shootings – is a much bigger problem. But the answer to that, according to people like Trump and Wayne LaPierre, is to simply go buy more guns and prepare for the coming Armageddon.
The thought of this vile fascist becoming President is a truly frightening thought. I fear what happens when he loses, which I’m sure he actually will. All these followers of his are going to be still out there. He has unleashed a monster, the genie in the bottle. And I don’t imagine that they will just go away quietly. I also don’t believe he will either. This country is heading in a very, very dangerous direction.
Remember one thing though: Nobody thought Hitler could ever rise to power. People underestimated him and we all know how that turned out. Let’s hope we don’t make the same mistake here. That is why I will vote for Bernie Sanders, a man who is the complete polar opposite of this evil demagogue, and who actually wants to make America better for all people.
But I just want it known to the world that Donald Trump does not speak for me. He will never speak for me. I will never call him my President, and I seriously don’t think I would be able to continue living in a country who could vote someone like that into office, if, God forbid, we should be so stupid.
But for now, we are stuck with this guy on the news every night, where he has a forum to espouse his racist, vile rhetoric. And he doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. I don’t know what can finally stop him but, for the time being at least, Adolf Hitler is alive and well and living in America. And we all have to suffer because of it.