My Biggest Worry About Trump Is He’ll Be Just Like Obama
November 18, 2016 | S.m. Gibson
(ANTIMEDIA — Op-Ed) Last week’s U.S. presidential election has left millions of Americans stunned. Unsatisfied citizens nationwide have paraded through the streets in protest and even rioted over a fact they find wholly undesirable: that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.
While there are many reasons Hillary’s loss was not as unpredictable as corporate media led an unsuspecting public to believe, Trump’s victory should make all Americans aware that there is a world outside the sensitivity cocoon many have carefully constructed for themselves. Whether it be via their social media feeds, circle of friends, college classrooms, or corporate “news” sources, it is time for the masses to begin living in reality and abandon their delicate bubbles of false comfort. And the 2016 election exemplifies this fact as much as anything possibly could.
Although I was not personally blindsided by the results of the election, I am worried, like many reading this are, about what a Trump presidency means not only for the United States — but for the world.
I am worried that Donald Trump could bomb eight or more different nations as president without provocation … just like what has happened under Obama.
I’m worried that scores of innocents will be killed or displaced around the world because of U.S interventionist policies … just like what has happened under Obama.
The Obama administration has overseen a refugee crisis that has engulfed the world as nearly 34,000 a day are forcibly displaced from their homes due, in large part, to reckless U.S. foreign policy. Countless civilians have died as a direct result of those same manic and destructive policies.
I’m worried that the United States will be the most prolific arms dealer in the history of the world, arming even those it labels ‘terrorists’ and ‘enemies’ … just like what has happened under Obama.
Since 2009, the United States has approved arms deals worth in excess of $200 billion — more than under any other presidency since World War II – including sales of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, which has targeted civilians and hospitals in Yemen. Arms have also flowed to “moderate” rebels in Syria who have allegiances to al-Qaeda and ISIS.
I’m worried that a Nobel Peace Prize nominee could become a political prisoner and be imprisoned for pursuing government transparency … just like what has happened under Obama.
Barack Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, oversaw Nobel Peace Prize nominee Chelsea Manning’s sentence to 35 years in prison in 2013 because she leaked documents exposing crimes committed during the Iraq War to Julian Assange and Wikileaks.
I’m worried there will be secret prisons located in urban centers where citizens are ‘disappeared’ and detained without charge … just like what has happened under Obama.
Not only did Barack Obama sign the NDAA, which allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, but in 2015, the public also learned of a secret facility located in Obama’s hometown of Chicago at Homan Square. This “black-site” holds U.S. citizens “off the books,” against their will, and without charge.
I’m worried the U.S. government will monitor and capture all communications between citizens, eliminating privacy all together … just like what has happened under Obama.
I’m worried drone technology will be utilized to kill American citizens without trial … just like what has happened under Obama.
A 16-year-old American citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011 without being accused of any misdeed – except being the child of another extrajudicially assassinated American citizen, who was accused of terrorism but never charged.
In 2016, for the very first time, a drone was used on U.S. soil to kill an American without trial or charges in Dallas, Texas.
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What my concerns relay is that it is not one specific politician who is a detriment to U.S. freedoms, but rather, the selective silence by partisans who buy an administration’s rose-colored propaganda or the fear mongering of the media.
Even though Barack Obama has deported more people than any president in history, is the most prolific arms dealer on planet earth since World War II, has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all U.S. presidents combined, bombed twice as many nations as George W. Bush, and signed a bill that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial, Americans have largely remained hushed with their criticism of the 44th president of the United States.
While the corporate media plays a major role in how desperately uninformed the average American is, it’s up to us to not stick our fingers in our ears when we hear factual statements that do not align with the reality we want to live in. It’s up to us to stop buying into the built-in division of the two-party system. It’s up to us to hold all of our representatives accountable, no matter the letter beside their name on a ballot or how eloquent of an orator they may be.
And while I’m definitely concerned about what the world may resemble after four years of Donald Trump at the helm of our country, what I’m worried about most is that Americans will keep looking the other way when they hear an inconvenient truth.
Just because Washington is fueled by propaganda doesn’t mean we have to continue being driven by it.
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