No Fundamental Difference
I will try to keep this short, as the year 2016 closes.
Many of the people I follow on social media feel that the election of Donald Trump is the single worst thing that could have happened this year, or ever. Whether Donald Trump’s election is the worst or not, begs the question. The alternative was Hillary Clinton. As bad as Trump may be, or will be, Clinton would be no better. It may make some feel better if Clinton won, but her stances and policies would leave us no better. Therefore, that leaves the fundamental question unanswered.
The fundamental question is how we found ourselves with a choice between Trump and Clinton. In fact, how do we continually find ourselves with a choice between two evils. Make no mistake these two are both evil. Trump’s dubious business practices, very scary rhetoric, Putin schmoozing, neo-nazi supporters, and certain cabinet picks. Clinton has her own track record of evil — Can you say Libya? Ukraine? or Haiti? Try “Super Predator” or “Kathy Shelton.” But, again this is all very besides the point.
There is not one significant policy direction that a United States President has taken, that a subsequent President, even of the so-called opposing party, has reversed. Take Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, supposedly diametrically opposed. As far as their policy effects on American Blacks, for example, there is no difference. Reagan initiated the so-called “War on Drugs”. Remember, Iran-Contra? A funny name, leaving out the part of selling of crack in Los Angeles. I digress. The War on Drugs policy-wise hinged on “get tough” policing, mandatory minimum sentencing, and an intentional targeting of black communities. Bill Clinton capped it off with “Three Strikes, You’re Out” which, again coincidentally, had a disproportionate and devastating effect on American Blacks. What did Clinton do so great for American Blacks again?
I can point out similar threads from Carter through Obama, affecting all Americans and the world at-large.
My point is that this argument about Trump vs. Clinton, or Kerry vs. Bush, or whomever, is distraction and subterfuge. These people are all on the same team. Liberals hate Fox News (super “conservative”), but Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the Daily News (super “liberal”).
Trump is talking big stick nuclear talk. Clinton is a war hawk and profiteer. But neither would have a son, or grandson be in harm’s way overseas. They’ll leave the dying part of war to poor kids from Brooklyn and West Virginia.