Trump Speech

I didn’t catch Trump’s speech.  I saw a clip on O’Reilly. He played the part where Trump spoke to the widow of the Seal that died in the Yemen Raid.

This Navy Seal died in a raid of a compound in Yemen.  He left behind a widow and 3 children.  Of course, I’m sad for his widow and children. The children now have to grow up with out a father, the widow has to raise children on her own.

What makes it even sadder is that he is venerated as a hero.  This guy, because his superior officer told him to, raided a compound, reportedly to gain information.  Other reports, say the target of the raid was al-Rimi, but to the nation, Trump said intelligence.  This means the official story is it was a raid to gain information.  This, this should absolutely horrify every Christian and human rights proponent in the United States.  Not only did this Navy Seal die, but probably a dozen or so Yemenis.  They died not because our homeland was being invaded.  They died not because hostages were being rescued.  They died over information.

One of the dead was an 8 year old girl.  She was an American citizen, the daughter to Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen that was targeted and killed in Obama’s drone war.  No mention of the collateral damage.  No mention that another US citizen had been killed.  It was essentially a jingoistic affirmation of the War on Terror being waged to keep America safe.

O’Reilly and his guests went on about how Trump truly sounded presidential now.  The bolded part is what they liked so well:

“I just spoke to our great General Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies,’” Trump said. “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you.”

His legacy is following orders in a raid for intelligence that killed a little girl and other civilians, as well as men who were suspects.  That is not a legacy to be proud about.

Trump apparently has bought into the War on Terror, hook, line and sinker.  This was a sad speech, re-entrenching the idea of the righteousness of what is actually an immoral fight that goes against the nation’s very ideals of non-interventionism and innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

I’m outraged. I’m saddened.  I didn’t really expect anything else, but it still is horrendous.

Putting Trump in Perspective

Philippines’  presdident-elect encourages people to kill drug dealers.

Heck of a guy, Rodrigo Duterte, the president-elect of the Philippines.  He reportedly said, “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” adding, “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.” He also threatened to kill drug addicts.  Journalist, too, are not exempt from threatened execution.  A neo-Robespierre, it would seem, with a pledge last year to up executions from 1,000 to 100,000 if he were to be elected president.

Now I don’t care for Donald Trump.  I think he is obnoxious and egotistical and he doesn’t have a good grasp of economics.  He is also populist, not principled, and I don’t like that either.

As in every presidential election cycle I have followed, I see people claiming it will be the end of the world as we know it if the candidate they don’t like gets elected.  I’ve seen this way more often in reference to Trump than Clinton. This may be bias on my part because Clinton bores me so I ignore her more.  They make Trump out as this boogie man to be feared.  They make him sound like he is so aberrant that the rest of the world will think America has lost their minds if he gets elected.

Compare Trump’s ban on Muslims traveling to the US with Duterte’s call for citizens to execute drug dealers.  Compare Trump’s stupid wall with Duterte’s promise to execute 100,000 people.  While Trump’s proposals are not good, they do not come close to the horror of Duterte.

I’m not sorry that the candidates for president stink so badly this cycle.  I’m hoping it wakes some people up.  I’m hoping that people start voting 3rd party. I’m hoping the cruddy candidates undermine support for the the system.

However bad I think Trump is though, it is just plain silly to act like his election is going to be this huge catastrophe.  He won’t be much worse than the past two presidents, or any worse than Hillary Clinton.  They are all bad, just in different ways.