The Republic on Fire? The Hysterics of a Typical American Administration
The title will already be polarizing depending upon your political affiliation (what color jersey you wear). But, I really have to ask: How is this administration that significantly different from the past decades of administration?
Throughout the media and the blue-painted echo chambers, it is shouted that the fascists have come. The apocalypse is here. Our republic is no more.
But if you put on your sound-cancelling headphones and stroll through America, is America that significantly different?
Scanning through comments of various articles (not here) for anecdotal uses, I find the most peculiar statements:
"We are in the greatest crisis in U.S. history, greater than the Great Depression and the Civil War."
"Our republic is on fire. We must all unite to stop this."
Let's stop here. Donald Trump, being elected in our system, is a crisis greater than bloodiest war in American history?
I'm sorry, but I can't just accept that blatant, hysterical bullshit.
So far, Trump is a continuation of Obama, who was a continuation of Bush, who was a continuation of Clinton, who was a continuation of Bush, who was a continuation of Reagan.
The current media outcry is the ICE separation of families and children into detention centers. But yet, under Obama, children were locked up in detention centers as well.
Dozens of prominent liberal activists and a former Obama administration official attacked the Trump administration on social media late Sunday, posting pictures showing immigrant children sleeping in enclosed cages in US detention centers. Those sharing the images incorrectly assumed they were taken of children affected by Trump’s new barbarous policy of separating parents and children when they cross the border illegally. Within hours, however, it was revealed that the photos were in fact taken in 2014, during the Obama administration.
As the WSWS stated in the same article:
The new measures introduced by the Trump administration earlier this month, to immediately separate children from their families and even detain them on military bases, marks a new stage in the war on immigrants. However, what the Democratic Party is determined to obscure is that these measures flow seamlessly out of the policies pursued under the Obama administration. In fact, the ease with which Trump is able to carry out its assault on immigrants was made directly possible by the Obama administration and is continually aided by current congressional Democrats.
So far, all I'm seeing is a bunch of virtue-signaling from a bunch of hypocritical people who stayed silent while things just like this happened under administrations they supported. But that is, after all, the American way.
The reality of Trump isn't that this isn't some new phenomenon that suddenly emerged from a spawning pool in Hell. The reality is two-fold: The first is that Trump has an R by his name which means that a certain portion of people will automatically be against him. The second thing is that Trump isn't as smooth of a liar like Obama or Clinton; they lulled the people to feel good about the evils they committed.
The republic on fire? Of course it is, but it has been on fire for over a century. America just has a lot to burn through.
Edit: added clarifying detail on comments.