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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Donald Trump And His Followers, Part II

That article I posted here today, earlier, about Donald Trump and his Right Wing, Evangelist, racist, sexist, misogynist, misguided, uninformed followers was far too good to not post one more part of the article.

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Tomgram: John Feffer, 

Slouching Toward the Apocalypse

...there’s no doubt that Hurricane Donald would wreck the world. His opposition to efforts to address climate change and desire for a Parexit -- cancelingthe Paris climate accord -- would guarantee that the mercury in Mother Earth’s thermometer soars ever higher. His contempt for the global economy would undoubtedly precipitate a worldwide recession. His support for the unraveling of the European Union would lend a hand to European alt-right groups campaigning for its demise. His pledge to go mano a mano with the Islamic State would surely give that organization a new lease on life.

In the United States, meanwhile, Trump’s economic plans would further widen the gulf between the haves and have-nots, making a mockery of the blue-collar support he has attracted. He would hand considerable power over to evangelicals when it comes to transforming social policy and, by way of his Supreme Court nominations, influence the future well beyond his own term in office. Inspired by his example, alt-right forces would unquestionably bring their battles onto the streets of American cities.

Nor is Trump alone. Some version of his populist extremism can be found in every corner of the globe, from Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Viktor Orban’s Hungary to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines, and Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua -- not to mention the countries of other politicians, like France’s Marine Le Pen, who hope to seize power someday. Such leaders may be divided by religion, ethnicity, and even putative political ideology, but they all believe in putting their nation -- and their personal ambitions -- above the common global good. Individually, they are intent on constructing illiberal orders in their countries. Collectively, they are bent on destroying that fragile entity known as the international community and, thanks to climate change, the planet that goes with it.

Again, you should see what he has to say about Alex Jones, too. If you haven't read the entire article, it's completely, totally and utterly worth it. Understand, too, I write this not to belittle or mock Mr. Trump or his followers. I write this more to inform and even warn Americans of this man, what he thinks, what he says, what his followers are like and what the possible ramifications already are and, worse, what they could be.

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