Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Regime's First Speech

Trump's inaugural speech was "one for the ages" in the same way that hurricanes like Katrina and earthquakes like the one during the 89 World Series were: disasters of historic proportions, viewed by tens of millions as it happened.

In it Trump, the least popular president to take office in modern history, addressed his supporters and simply ignored the people who didn't vote for him, repeatedly saying that America now belonged to Trump voters and not himself.  The passages are truly disturbing:

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction -- that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

America is a great country that belongs to Trump voters.  Everyone else? Well, they're the reason America is an awful place.  But that stops now, because I will stop them.  You, my supporters, will stop those people.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first — America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body. And I will never, ever let you down.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules -- buy American and hire American.
Note he didn't say "All of us" or "America" but "We assembled here today" as having the power, and being the righteous.  Everyone else will be made fearful of America first, a slogan with a very dark history as the country now plunges into an era of ruthless protectionism that will absolutely lead to devastating trade wars and a ravaged economic landscape.  To have a president repeatedly say it should scare the hell out of you.  But here's where we should really be paying attention:

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones. And unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. 

 We're going to war, folks.  A massively expanded military and mindset to "eradicate" terrorism absolutely means we're going to be in shooting wars all over the globe with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of troops.

That passage above was followed by this one:

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

Dissent in the Trump regime will not be tolerated. Only total allegiance will do. And those who bring up race or creed or sexual orientation? There's no room for you, only patriotism.  You are a patriot, right citizen?

Folks, Trump has been saying this for months now.  And now he is backed up by the total control of our government, law enforcement, and military.

You should be very, very frightened.  We now live in a authoritarian regime. This speech was written by a white nationalist warmonger tyrant, and it was given by one too.

Be ready to resist any way that you can.

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