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We often hear Trump talk about his similarities to Lincoln, but I wonder if people know just how similar he is to Hitler. History was one of my favorite subjects in college, I studied both American and European historical periods. In the beginning, Trump appeared to have some Lincoln similarities. One of the main reasons the Civil War was fought was because slavery moved into states that were free states. Plantation owners were slowly moving into states that were free of slavery due to the Missouri Compromise. When these plantation owners moved to free states (illegally) to take over land, they would force working people into poverty.
Obama and Trump both saw similarities to the displacement of American workers which is what prompted stricter immigration laws. Prior to Obama coming into office President Bush and President Fox of Mexico encouraged dealings which led the way for illegal immigration to boom in America. Due to the economic crisis that took over around the end of the Bush years, people were tired. They then voted for Obama because at this point, unemployment was horrific.
Obama worked on immigration issues and he also worked on getting some of the hardest hit industries back on their feet. By the time Trump came in office, he was coming into a situation that was already in its healing process. We had a lot of jobs that were open, but sadly not a lot of people were trying to get back to work. https://www.factcheck.org/2016/07/obamas-numbers-july-2016-update/
So, after Obama, Trump enters office. He continues to build on what Obama has already placed into motion and then he doubles down on immigration. While his talking points in the beginning sound a lot like Obama and Lincoln, his actions seem to take a different turn into his presidency. He wages economic wars with rivals and secures business relationships from abroad with various countries. Some of those relationships come into question because of his businesses. Trump then puts tax laws in place to offer relief to those who earn the most while placing boundaries between the poor and well off. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/29/trump-suburban-voters-will-no-longer-be-bothered-by-low-income-housing.html
Not only is he placing boundaries in terms of where people are able to live, but he increased sentences on things that were once considered misdemeanors. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/criminal-justice/reports/2020/02/03/480028/fact-sheet-trump-says-one-thing-another-criminal-justice/ To the naked eye, we hear the word reform and we get excited. However, after you read into the results of the reform, the excitement soon disappears.
As of today, we have Trump taking away unity training which helps to loosen the chains of racism and he has introduced a new form of History for our children. These are things that Hitler did when he was trying to perform a mindwipe on the citizens in Germany. If you are unfamiliar with the term mindwipe, it is a reset of everything you know. Hitler had his own group of people protecting his gatherings before he turned into the mass murderer we all know. Trump has also been quoted telling his Proud Boys to stand by. Trump is even on record talking about getting his own network together to go against FOX News because they did not spread more of his political messages to the public.
With all of these problematic behaviors, why were there so many people who voted for Trump? Could it be that we have a large number of Americans who want some form of a dictatorship? If we are not careful, Trump could send America to its first single party dictatorship which would shatter the America we know and love. Currently, Trump and his allies are trying to corrupt the sacred right of voting. They are using lies and anything else that they can use to have legal votes thrown out. A lot of the votes in Arizona that were labeled fraud came from military families that held that state as their home of record. Just a few articles to show you where we are on keeping up with misinformation.
Sadly, the list goes on and on. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/525583-trumps-fraudulent-claims-about-voter-fraud There is a different lie each day and they keep getting thrown out of court. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-politics-virus-outbreak-campaigns-22665ea3884c47f883b416e4bd03bf54 At this point, the behavior is a clear indicator that Trump is trying to use the courts to take away Biden’s Presidency. Due to the fact that his allies are mimicking the same claims, we can only conclude that they are part of this attempt to overthrow our pollical system. So, keep informed and stay safe.
Many of us have treated elections like Super Bowl games that pop up once every four years. Some of us gather the snacks and watch eagerly as the numbers run across the bottom of the screen. However, this election feels so different. The idea of food is totally nauseating right now because America is standing on the brink of chaos. This election will have lasting consequences that will either save or take lives. We either choose to heal America or continue to let our country burn. At this point we should be able to put down party politics and do what is best for our country. We look around the globe and other leaders are doing their best to keep their citizens free from COVID-19. However, our leader is spreading the virus by holding rallies.
He has placed his election about the health and needs of the country. This is something that he will do and has done frequently during his time in office. Once again this is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is a Trump issue. As for the polls, nearly all of the polls have Trump lagging behind Biden, but the margin is starting to get thinner. According to The New York Times, Robert Cahaly’s poll states that Trump is going to win the states of Michigan, Florida and Arizona.
Call me crazy, but I do not think Michigan will flip this year. This was an article from Michigan four years ago. https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/clinton-winning-michigan-easily/ It had Clinton beating Trump by a large margin. However, I think there was a secret bias amongst a lot of voters that nobody really wanted to deal with in regards to voting a woman in office as a VP. I think the same secret bias stopped McCain from winning when he had a female VP candidate. As for Florida, Clinton was neck in neck with Trump this time last year in the sunny state. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/arizona/. Her Florida numbers were much higher than Biden’s in 2020 and she lost the state to Trump. This is a poll showing her Florida numbers four years ago. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/florida/.
I would hope that living in a pandemic world would clear people of being afraid of seeing a woman rise to the number 2 seat in America, but I am not so sure. In the last 40 yrs every incident involving a female running for President or VP has resulted in failure for both parties. Perhaps with hundreds of thousands dead and millions sick, America will finally be able to push aside particles of sexism and do the right thing. There is just one question, is America ready to move forward?
K-pop is once again crossing into our living rooms, and the artist to watch is Jessi. I cannot say it enough, if you are a lover of talent, you will appreciate the different dimensions of Jessi. In her newest song she reminds us about the hardships of breaking up and getting your heart to confirm the needed adjustments. I’ve been married for almost 23 years, but I do recall those struggles. Her newest song showcases how multi-talented she is and once again shows that she should be a real contender for artist currently trending in the US. The song is entirely in English, so here it goes!
If the person in the picture beside Jessi looks familiar it is because he is the brains behind the new label P Nation. He is PSY who sang the popular ‘Ghandm Style’ song years ago. If you were like me you were dancing around the living room with the song on repeat!
In many ways K-pop has been with us for almost a decade, but thanks to groups like BTS, it is now becoming more mainstream with today’s generation. However, without people like PSY, we wouldn’t have those awesome groups that we have grown to love. KISSES ALL.