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Trump: Where do we go from here?

Marco Rubio, then Ted Cruz, and now John Kasich, the final contender, has exited the race leaving Donald Trump as the lone contender for the Republican Party’s Nomination. What started out to many as a joke has now become a scary reality that is spiraling out of control, but how did it get to this point? Prior to the primaries, the Republican Party  was in significant turmoil, having issues of how it was going to define itself and restructure its identity given the some of the splits in ideology. Now, how does the Republican Party move on from this? Does it embrace Trump as its nominee and hope that he can win against the Democratic nominee? Where do non-Trump Republicans supporters go to? These are many of the questions not only running through my mind but the mind of many Americans.

Surprise!

Or not so much? Americans are surprised that opposing Republican candidates have dropped out and that Trump was able to dominate so easily. I’m not all that surprised that this happened actually I’m surprised it took this long. Early on in the race when Donald “You’re Fired” Trump announced his candidacy the nation saw this as nothing but a joke. How then, has  this misogynistic, racist, and fascist embarrassment come to represent the Republican Party in the race to be the leader of the free world? To me it comes down to a few key problems early on in the primaries:

  • The republican party had too many candidates

Unsure of how to best manage the upcoming election season republicans had issues providing a small number of strong candidates.Starting with 16 republican candidates the polls were divvied up among too many individuals, giving a sensationalist and bombastic Trump an early lead. Here is where the “joke” starts because everyone expected Trump to drive his numbers down due to his attacks against Latinos, Muslims, women, and other demographic groups, but it never happened. None of the other candidates would dare to challenge Trump in fear of taking themselves out of the race by doing so.

  • The media loved him and only him

Week in and week out Trump would say something offensive and suffer no repercussion for it albeit he was expecting it. He used bite-sized phrases that could easily be used by media and be shared on social networks without having to distribute the material himself. All cameras were waiting on Trump’s every word anticipating the next ridiculous thing that would come out of his mouth and he used this to his advantage. This became the norm, spread like wildfire, and became acceptable by the general public in the exercise of democracy.

  • A frustrated country

Trump’s rise to the top was made possible by striking a chord with many frustrated Americans angry at the “establishment” and looking for someone who would represent them and vocalize their anger. Trump has effectively played on the fears of non-white outsiders by calling to build a wall between the US and its neighbors, calling Mexican immigrants rapists, and a call to ban Muslims from coming into the country.

Who’s laughing now?

Well, Trump is and I guess so are his supporters seeing as how they have secured the opportunity to put their front man in the White House this November. Traditional Republicans (If anyone knows what they are anymore) might just have to bite the bullet this year. The current split within the party is between party members looking to secure the White House at any cost and those who would rather lose this presidential election, recollect themselves, and have a better frontrunner in 2020. Another difficulty is for republican voters who will not vote for Trump but would rather not vote at all than vote for a democrat. To my republican readers and friends, I am truly sorry for the difficult situation you find yourselves in, but we must at all costs avoid 4 years of Trump. Not voting for anyone is not an option given the gravity of the situation.

What does this mean?

All is not lost (Crosses fingers), there is plenty of time between now and Election Day to ensure that Trump doesn’t become the 45th President of the United States, but it will not be an easy task. It must all start with educating voters, particularly those who might still be unsure of who to vote for. It’s every American’s civic duty to vote and a link to facilitate the process if you are not registered can be found here: https://vote.usa.gov/. Additionally, getting moderate republicans to not just vote along party lines given what is at stake and ensuring that democratic voters show up on Election Day will be of utmost importance because I can assure you that Trump’s voters will show up at any cost.

Side Notes…

I’ve gotten few responses and messages saying that I’m against the Republican Party and want liberals to run the country. It’s not that I’m anti-republican; I’m Anit-Trump. Trump stands against many of the foundational principles that founded this nation and makes our country unique. His rhetoric towards other races, religions, women, and the disabled are not permissible and encourages divisive sentiments within our country. A common argument for voting for Trump are his “economic policies” and his willingness to do anything. I will tackle his economic policy in my next post and why it’s not actually good for the US economy…shocker there again. Thanks for reading!

 

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Donald Trump: Unfit for America

Recently I have been hearing many of my friends, the media, and other Americans voice their support for real estate mogul and Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump. Due to the overwhelming amount of support he seems to have I have decided to write a series of posts explaining why Donald Trump is not a good contender for President of the United States starting with Immigration. The purpose of my posts are not to insult, instead it is a way for me to get my thoughts out and meant to educate, stimulate discussion, promote critical thinking, and increase voter awareness. And who knows…maybe, just maybe you might change your mind.

When he first announced his candidacy for president on June 15th I was interested to see where this once TV host with his infamous “You’re fired” catch-phrase would go with his political campaign and race for the White House. Instead of making a “good” argument (or any for that manner) to be the next commander in chief Trump has proved himself to be unfit for the presidency, sexist, racist, xenophobic, ignorant and a danger to democracy. He has certainly given myself and America countless of reasons as to why he should not be President of the United States nor be taken seriously as a candidate yet he has been sensationalized by the media and American Voters are buying into it (If you happen to be one of Trump’s supporters I would like you to think about the top three reasons why Trump is your ideal candidate and send them to me… I am genuinely curious). This country was built upon the principals of freedom and happiness where people could escape tyranny and unjust persecution from their countries to live in peace and prosper in the great nation of the west. How quickly have we forgotten that all Americans are Immigrants and had it not been for someone in your family you might not be here.

Trump on Immigration

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Donald Trump

On June 16th Donald Trump included these lines in his announcement for presidential candidacy and has continued to make racist, uneducated, and disrespectful comments. The thought of having a leader that promotes bigotry, strips people of their human rights, and has no interest in mutually beneficial diplomatic resolutions is chilling. Trump has accused immigrants of being rapists, stealing jobs, proposed the construction of a wall between the United States & Mexico, and advocated for the complete denial of Syrian Refugees into the country. For many illegal immigrants this means finding a job, or any job for that matter, that might provide them with some money to sustain themselves and their families. Many of the jobs taken by illegal immigrants are low-paying, non-benefit, and are sometimes dangerous jobs that include long hours of physical labor in harsh environments (many jobs that Americans would not take unless they were compensated much more than that). The complaint given by many Americans are that Illegal Immigrants are taking “our” jobs and hindering our economy. A little bit of independent research pointed me in the direction of  studies conducted by various institutions that indicated that this is not entirely accurate. Some of the studies suggest that the illegal immigrant population has allowed for documented workers (American Citizens) specialize in other jobs that pay more.

Further research conducted by the Congressional Research Service found that the vast majority of unauthorized Immigrants are not under Trump’s category of “Aggravated felons” (Figure 1) nor do they make up a large percentage of the inmate population in our country’s jails and prisons. (Figure 2). This is not to discard the issue that there is a problem with cartel violence, drug trafficking, keeping records of illegal immigrants, and the potential for terrorists to slip past. We cannot allow these problems to instill fear in us and change the way that we live. We must continue to strive towards the progression of society, human rights, and our country.

 

Criminal and Unauthorized Aliens

Figure 1

 

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Figure 2.

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” Donald Trump

The Syrian Refugee Crisis is a dire problem that has been beckoning for the global community to come together and create a resolution to provide asylum for millions of refugees. In the United States we have heard about the crisis in bits and pieces, but have not had to deal with the upfront reality that many Middle Eastern and European countries have dealt with. From setting up safe zones to providing food and water these countries have been in the front line since the crisis started nearly three years ago. Donald Trump has decided that he would prevent Syrians refugees and Muslims from coming into the United States to seek asylum and start a new life. This position taken by the Republican presidential candidate has grouped a large ethnic and religious group together in fear of terrorism and the rejection of human rights. Many have rallied behind him to say that this is the appropriate response for the events going on in the world. What we do not realize is the implications this has, not only for Muslims in other countries but Muslims in America. Since 9/11 the racial profiling, discrimination against, and fear of Muslims has increased. (Figure 3)

 

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Figure 3.

 

 

American Muslim citizens fear for their lives, homes, children, and livelihood and cannot return to life pre-9/11. The people of Syria have had their basic human rights violated for several years while the rest of the world has watched.

 

“We are not terrorists; we had this uprising because we wanted to have our simplest right, which was to be treated as humans”-Roula Syrian aid worker

 

These are men, women, and children we are talking about… Humans just like you and me. Trumps supporters on this issue have allowed him to capitalize on their fear and insecurities in order to believe that closing our borders are the only solution. Many of these refugees are engineers, teachers, scientists, economists, doctors, nurses, architects, skilled technicians and other specialized professionals. Including them into our country would benefit our economy would aid in stimulation of the economy and is the RIGHT thing to do.

 

How can you deny citizenship to someone who will work as hard as he or she needs to in order to be a productive member of society? Trump is calling for an end to birthright citizenship in the United States which will not grant citizenship to children born of illegal immigrants in the United States. When has this country and society become so entitled to absolutely everything? I believe the problem starts with the “me” culture we are a part of… that’s right we cannot blame anyone but ourselves for allowing our country to get to this point. Surely Trump would not be saying the things he is if he did not know there was a large group of people behind him to front a vote. He is doing the easy thing knowing that America is going through some international and domestic difficulties. To me this is exploitation of the American people who work hard each and every day to put bread on the table, roof over their heads, and clothes on their backs. What America NEEDS is a candidate that will admit there is a problem (many of them), make the hard decisions, fight tirelessly to protect the constitution, freedom, and justice.

Mr. Trump you will not be receiving my support or vote. It is your kind of thinking that will continue to foster fear, hatred, segregation, racism, bigotry, and will result in the further deterioration of and hinder our progress as a country and society.