One of the great political mysteries of 2016 was the ascension of Donald Trump. While disgust with left-wing rhetoric likely helped catapult Himself to high office, at least with those on the right, there had to be more at work than just that. One of the other factors must have been the progressive distrust of Mrs. Clinton fueled by her manipulation of the Democrat nomination cycle. Indeed, evidence abounds regarding the depth of corruption within the Democratic National Committee in general and the Clinton campaign in particular.
Derisively called Bernie Bots, the college-aged contingent of the Democrat party would have been needed by Ms. Clinton if she wished to secure the White House. However, exposed to the corruption of major party politics, many of these potential voters likely backed away from the presumptive nominee as party manipulation was exposed. Even those not ideologically tied to the Sanders campaign must have been turned off by revelations of corruption within the party.
It is a good sign when presumptive candidates are toppled. Had Ms. Clinton enjoyed success despite her obvious flaws and corruption, the U.S. would have sunk further into the tyranny slowly enveloping Washington. As it is, Trump brought yet another flavor of power abuse further perpetuating the status quo.
When the Nobel committee chose Barack Obama for its peace prize, they forever sullied the name of one of history’s most revered awards. Having done nothing of note prior to the recognition, Mr. Obama went on to run guns, oversee a secret drone bombing campaign, and order the deaths of U.S. citizens without due process. In other words, he did nothing to justify the prize. In 2016, his final year in office, Obama as Commander in Chief was responsible for over 26,000 bombs dropped around the world.
Prior to taking office, Obama was as dovish as his eventual successor. In opposing Hillary Clinton, Trump contrasted her perpetually hawkish positions to his own. In keeping with the tradition of U.S. Presidents, however, Himself has failed to live up to anyone’s expectations regarding the abuse of military power; In his first six months, he’s dramatically exceeded the number of bombings ordered by his predecessor.
There were two potentially redeeming qualities candidate Trump possessed: he wasn’t Hillary and his rhetoric implied a tendency away from costly military escalations. The former was mostly redeeming because of the latter and, now that he’s shown his true colors, neither appears to be accurate.
Former President George W. Bush recently found time to criticize Trump and his administration. For those keeping score, this is the same former President who signed The Patriot Act, one of the most egregious infringements on civil liberties to have emerged from the swamp of Washington, started the longest war in U.S. history and, for an encore, a completely useless war in Iraq to “make the world safe for democracy,” helped integrate Orwellian misnomers “enhanced interrogation” and “collateral damage” into U.S. Newspeak, and enabled the housing bubble leading to the worst economy of the past 60 years.
Perhaps most appalling is the manner in which the mainstream media embraced their former pariah. During his term, W experienced the most vehement and vindictive media coverage of any of his predecessors, only to be surpassed by Trump. His recent speech, on the other hand, elevated discourse, sounding the alarm to rebuke Trump. While eight years have passed since W wore the target now tattooed on Trump, it does seem strange to have mainstream sycophants suddenly on the Bush bandwagon. Of course, devoid of power, W represents little more than a convenient ally in the war against Trump. Should Hitler himself rise up to speak out against Trump, there will surely be those willing to overlook a little genocide for the cause.