by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:
It is clear that Americans were able to avoid the worst-case scenario of a Hillary Clinton presidency. However, the 2016 elections provided the country with the Presidency of Donald Trump. While the surprise was not unwelcome considering the other option, Trump supporters are now being faced with some difficult questions as he nears actually taking office.
Trump was always the wild card, running roughshod over the Republican candidates and eviscerating Clinton (if not in the debates, then at least during the campaign as a whole) in the general election. His supporters painted him as an outsider set to save America while his opponents literally painted him as Hitler. Trump’s refusal to articulate specifics about his plans once in office have been represented by many of his supporters as a brilliant strategy since, obviously, no one required specifics before voting for him (Clinton was enough to sway the vote his way). However, the tactic has worked extremely well because those of us who are watching his progression to the White House are incapable of making solid statements – critical or supportive – about his policies one way or the other since we do not actually know what they are.
To be sure, in the days leading up to his inauguration, Trump has done a few positive things. First, by appointing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head a Vaccine Safety Commission, the President-elect has taken a bold stance in favor of unbiased research into the dangers of vaccinations and the power of Big Pharma, as well as the constant hysterical lunacy coming from corporate media outlets kept alive by Big Pharma’s money. Second, his recent attack on CNN was a welcome breath of fresh air. To see CNN correctly labeled as “Fake News” after years of literally making up skits and stories to promote the establishment agenda was a pleasure to behold. It is also worth mentioning that, during the campaign, Trump hinted around at increasing tariffs and protectionism, “renegotiating” the disastrous free trade agreements, working closer with Russia, and abandoning the NATO destabilization campaign against the Syrian government. All of these are things Trump should be commended for, assuming he actually enacts them as policy.
But, despite his rhetoric, Trump has shown a penchant for cozying up to corporations and Wall Street as well as the political establishment. Looking at the list of appointments Trump has made to his advisory councils, his cabinet, and positions within the Federal government, one sees a litany of Wall Street bankers, corporate monsters, and even old guard political establishment figures. And, of course, we can’t forget the Neo-Cons and Zionists who are garnering their own seats at the table. Trump’s announcement that he was going to “drain the swamp” got the attention and praise of many of his supporters, but it’s more likely that when they heard “drain the swamp” they did not want him to turn the swamp into a cesspool.
It also needs to be mentioned that Trump appears to be walking back his previous stance of looking for a closer relationship with Russia, even suggesting that the Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC, claims for which the entire “intelligence community” and White House have yet to offer any hard, credible evidence. Trump has also alarmingly suggested a year in jail for burning the American flag, a flagrant unconstitutional act clearly violating the First Amendment. He has suggested cracking down on the Internet and essentially giving the police even more of a blank check for violation of rights and general violence against the public.
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