Obsessions With Power And Strength
Those are our biggest exports. And America can’t stop blabbering on in superlatives about how we have those things. Even Democrats are guilty of trying to project them into the world.
Any other stance is “weak”.
This is a perfect example of the “either-or” fallacy.
I understand that all nations want respect. Maybe that is what we should be shooting for; not self-aggrandizement- to just settle for respectable. There is plenty of middle ground where we are neutral as regards our influence around the globe. Regarding our neighbors as well.
But some people worship strength and power. The Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is one of those dangerous maniacs who appreciate it wherever they see it. Everyone remembers the student protests at Tianmen Square in the late eighties, right? Here’s what Trump had to say about the crushing of the demonstrations:
“When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world.”
Squashing dissent with “strength”, to Donald Trump, is considered a good thing.
I don’t have to tell you that this is utterly contrary to the best features of our democracy.
The waters are getting choppy, friends. The lines between the left and the right cannot be clearer. This vile scum, this vaudevillian narcissistic megalomaniac could be your president if the left keeps fondling its balls by vowing not to participate if they don’t get their precious candidate.
Let’s cut the shit about our obsession of being the strongest country and the most powerful. We can be good without towering over the world.