Forget ISIS. The greatest threat to humanity at this moment has become the United States government.
Some would argue that their military and political interventionism has always made them a threat but the stakes just got a whole lot higher.
Donald Trump is waging war on several fronts to undermine our rights and protections. He is doing everything in his supreme power to facilitate corporate greed, militant Christianity, and white supremacy, liberally sprinkled with threats and revenge against anyone who displeases him.
This is not how the ‘leader of the free world’ is expected to behave. He has thrown out all expert advice, all checks and balances, and is dismantling government bodies either directly or by placing his ‘people’ in charge despite them having no relevant experience and very dubious credentials. Departments have been forbidden from speaking publicly – so much for the champion of free speech.
He is apparently going to pull out of the Paris Agreement, stop all action on climate change mitigation, dismantle environmental regulations and disband the EPA, and hugely cut funding to the Energy Department.
VP Pence addressed pro-life marchers while Trump tweeted his support. They have threatened health organisations in third world countries that if they even mention abortion their funding will disappear. Trump at one stage during the campaign said he thought women who had abortions should face punishment, before backtracking in the face of public outrage. Now that he has supreme power, there will be no backtracking.
Trump has redefined terrorism to mean radical Islam. All other terrorists will no longer be on the watch list. But it’s not Muslim bashing – just a thank you to all the neo-nazis who support him.
The conflict of interest between Trump’s position and his business dealings is echoed throughout his appointees, most of whom have business connections that will directly profit from the decisions they are making.
Trump has sent shares in companies plummeting because of a tweet, trade deals, alliances and long-standing relationships are threatened, all on twitter.
Trump has significant business interests in both Russia and Saudi Arabia which puts him in a difficult position regarding Iran who are backing opposite sides in Yemen.
It seems inconceivable that Trump will survive a full term without scandal or legalities like the emoluments clause precipitating his removal.
Should that occur, what then happens to the multitude of businesses worldwide that pay to bear the Trump name? The man with supreme power won’t allow this to happen without a fierce battle.
And the people in Australia who celebrate the Trump ascendancy pose a similar threat – Hanson, Bernardi, Christensen, Roberts, Burston, Abbott. What will these people promise to appease their hero? Warships in the South China Sea? Missile launchers in the top end? Religious persecution? Control over women’s reproductive health choices?
I see dangerous people who must be resisted.
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