Special Opinion to th Mirror by Chas Cornweller
The fight for the soul of Democracy, the heart of America, has come to this…the normalization of President Trump his methods by which he has come to try and win the hearts and minds of the citizens of America. This clash of wills is NOT between the ideals of the Left and the ideas of the Far Right. This battle is for the soul of middle America, the hard working, blue collared, down in the trenches, working pay check to pay check American who pay their taxes and tithes and have a true stake in the positioning of the United States today. Unfortunately, the weapons being used are so foreign to the ideals and thinking of the average American, they are unrecognizable as being a form of weaponization in the first place. By that I mean, most Americans are blind to the fact that they are being manipulated by the very battle that rages daily from our media sources.
That moment our leader or any leader for that matter disparages the very sources the American public relies on for its information, and its security and justice, then we have arrived at the slippery slope and the beginning of a downward fall. Our president began the alienation of the press (fake news/lying reporters) long ago. And he has disparaged our military (I know more than our generals/I know better than they on how to defeat ISIS) and our justice system (Corrupt FBI/Disparaged CIA and the Attorney General and by proxy, the Justice Department). The very moment the president relays his lack of faith in the system to his public, that system is set up to fail. Now, you know the system of which I am talking about. That system our fore-fathers had wisely set in place as a Checks and Balance on each other and on that system, itself. So, either Donald Trump is that lone voice in the wilderness calling out the system is corrupt and rotten to the core, or Donald J. Trump has something nefarious going on. It cannot be both. OR the third leg of this chair could very well be this…the presidency and all of his backers and supporters (not you middle America – you have no power) and those cronies that now hold him up, are vying for a destabilized American system (remember checks and balance) to replace it with a more powerful centralized government. A system run on propaganda, falsehoods, red herrings, division, mistrust, and obedience. A system characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and ultimate control of industry and commerce. One that believes in the elimination of the liberal democracy replaced by a rule of law, governed by a small, all-powerful oligarchy. This is what the president has to make palatable to the American public.
And the truth is, we’re already there. We’ve been there for many years now. During the early two-thousands (just under twenty years ago) several major events took place while the middle class slept. One was the passage of the Patriot Act. The other was the strengthening and bulwarking of executive powers during the Bush administration. These very powers were used, sparingly, during the later Obama administration to the Right’s chagrin. It was President Truman who first used presidential authority to take America into a major overseas war using executive privilege. This was truly the beginning of the America Imperial presidency. These are just a few of the methods imposed by officials within the government to quietly and permanently erode democracy and constitutionality within our government. Overreach is a word bandied about by the media on many occasions. It is code for either illegal or the unconstitutional stretching of powers by the executive branch.
I realize many reading this will scoff at the idea that this great nation would never elect such a dictator. Trouble is, we already have. Many times. Each president we put in the Oval Office has the power now to take us to war, suspend trade with any nation on earth or constitute martial law nationwide with executive privilege. Think about it. The same very things folks fear happening now, were happening in Germany during the early thirties. It wasn’t transparent then and it isn’t so transparent now. But, it is recognizable. If you know your European history, then you can see the parallels. And there is one major difference between their leader in nineteen and thirty-three and ours today. Theirs told them exactly what he was going to do, ours is so much subtler. Even through the bombast, his decisiveness is murky and ever-changing. And dangerous.
I know, many, many Americans want to believe in Trump. I know many want to believe that he has the best interest of ALL America at heart. I wish I had that kind of faith. But, I don’t. By his actions and not his words, I see nothing but bad results coming. He promised to drain the swamp of Washington’s inner circle. I only see him strengthening it. He has weakened the social netting of this country on the auspicious notion of cutting back spending and easing the burden on the middle class. In fact, he has endangered middle America by widening the social gap between working classes and the very poor, while giving a one and one half-trillion-dollar tax break to Corporations and the very well off of this country. Everyone sees that. He, by his words, encourages division and cultural divides along the lines of wealth, race and citizenship. Whereas, with the election of Obama in two-thousand and eight, this nation felt (notice I used the emotive word – not a realized action) felt like it had finally turned a corner on the deep racial divisions that have plagued this country since the first African laborer stepped on these shores. But, that racial division was shown to be deeper than ever by the mid-term of President Obama’s first years in office. An entire novel could be written as to whose fault that was, but, deep down we all know where the sin lies. And, it was Trump who first raised the birth certificate issue. And where does he stand now? Well, on September 16, 2016, Trump’s exact statement was… “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.” So, either he was lying about the president being an American citizen or he was lying about the birther movement. You can’t have it both ways. But the damage was done.
So, by his actions I take him at his word. His words mean nothing to me. I grew up with an alcoholic father. I KNOW a lie when I hear it. I know a liar when I see one. I cannot abide a lie. So, by his actions I take him at his word. This is the man I have to watch running my country. This is the man behind the executive powers and the mightiest, if not richest military on the planet. This is the man who controls how good a day or bad a day each and every one of us will have, ultimately. But, you may well know, I am a positive person. I believe in personal manifestation. I am in control of my own destiny. My choices and my decisions decide where and how and who I am. And I live by that. My faith in my God and a higher power have gotten me where I am thus far. And the world I live in has been filled with many beautiful and enlightening moments. A cadre of greedy and malevolent petty politicians will not change that. I know I am not alone in my assessment of this man. And we had no real choice with our Democracy once the DNC played their underhanded card. But, we have choice now. And we have destiny, one way or another. That choice is ours, as well. Choose wisely and carefully. Our democracy depends on it. Our future depends on it. The soul of America weighs in the balance.