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In some very primitive forms of government, you have a strong man who rules, and everyone else follows, and he will beat them or kill them if they don't. You can see this in barbarian and medieval times. Also North Korea, Russia, China, etc. No meaningful voting, no freedom of speech. Strongest person is in charge.
Today in the USA and much of the world, we have a better system. Democracy. It's a terrible system of government. It's better than any of the other systems of government.
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In a democracy, we all argue and quarrel, but at the end of the day, we vote. And power to lead is given to someone for four years to preside over us. There is a legislative body that makes the laws (the President executes the laws only) and a judicial branch that decides the legality of laws and judges.
These branches of government have checks and balances. Unfortunately, almost everyone sees a gradual growth of power in the executive branch. It's been getting stronger regardless of which party holds the presidency.
The heart of our system is that people have the right to choose, and we all accept the results of the vote of the people. I assume up until now just about everyone in the USA is on the same page with me. Here is where we diverge.
Donald Trump doesn't believe in democracy. Donald Trump believes that 'Might makes Right.' Honestly I've included a few examples in each area. Pretty much all of them relate to direct Donald Trump quotes. You may disagree with my interpretations, but the quotes are genuine. And I believe the weight of the evidence shows Donald Trump's world view of believing that violence is better than talking things out and letting the people decide.
Violence against peaceful protesters:
In a rally, when he finds people protesting against him, he has said some interesting things. Keep in mind these people are not trying to harm or kill him. They are trying to get attention for their views against him. This is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in a democracy.
"I'd like to punch him in the face." Trump said of one peaceful protester.
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Actually Donald didn't give this guy a black eye. Who did he give a black eye to? A female grade school teacher of his. He was just a kid then.
"Part of the problem... is nobody wants to hurt each other any more." -Donald Trump
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Protester gets sucker punched by a Trump supporter, then protester gets arrested?
Trump says "I love the old days. You know what they used to do to protesters like that when they got out of line? They'd be carried away on a stretcher folks."
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"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise." -Donald Trump
"Get out of here. Get out. Out! ... This is amazing. So much fun. I love it. I love it. We having a good time? USA, USA, USA! ... All right, get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do, I'll defend you in court. Don't worry about it ... We had four guys, they jumped on him, they were swinging and swinging. The next day, we got killed in the press — that we were too rough. Give me a break. You know? Right? We don't want to be too politically correct anymore. Right, folks?" -Donald Trump
Allowing people their right to free speech is a basic tenet of democracy. Removing them from your events without the threat of violence if that's your choice. Threatening them with violence and encouraging your followers to violence, that's not ok. We want the voice of the people to rule, not the violence of their leaders.
Violence of dictators against their own people:
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In China there was a series of protests for democracy and free speech in 1989. At their highest point, about a million people met in Tiananmen square to protest their lack of freedoms. The communist party leadership rightly was afraid of these kinds of protests, but also wanted to show the world that they weren't going to abuse human rights. The government went back and forth on whether to ignore them or to put them down. After vacillating, the government sent 300,000 troops and tanks into Beijing. They killed somewhere between several hundred to thousands of protesters, and then arrested many more. In my view, this shows the great weakness of a system where leaders rule without wishes of the people.
What does Donald Trump think of it? He said: "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."
Donald thinks the Chinese government almost made the mistake of allowing the peaceful democratic protesters to protest peacefully. Then they showed the 'power of strength.' Obviously Donald Trump is a fan of 'strength.' I think about what I would say if I were asked about the Tiananmen square massacre. I would talk about how sad it is that these people died wanting freedom that I have, and i couldn't do anything to stop it or help them. Donald Trump talks about the power of a military willing to kill its own people. And says nothing negative about that military or government.
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If Donald Trump had been driving the tank in front, I don't believe he would have stopped.
Vladimir Putin has almost single handedly turned Russia from a fledgling democracy into it's old self again, killing jounalists and shutting down press freedoms, murdering and imprisoning political opponents, taking over parts of Georgia and Ukraine, changing laws to stay in power, and interfering with the democratic process and opinions of people in democratic countries. And what does the Donald think? "I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A and our President is not doing so well." No, Vladimir Putin is not getting an A. Unless it's on how well he has moved Russia from democracy to dictatorship. Again, we don't hear any criticism whatsoever of this move away from democracy from Donald Trump.
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In North Korea, Kim Jong Un starves his own people and apparently kills people in his own family as well as other leaders beneath him for whatever reason...
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"If you look at North Korea, this guy, I mean, he’s like a maniac, OK? And you’ve got to give him credit. He goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss. It’s incredible! He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one!" -Donald Trump
It's incredibly tragic is what it is. Where is the criticism? Where is the "I can't believe in this day and age any human being would be capable of this?" Donald is amazed at how a country's leader can just kill people off, and face no consequences. That isn't a great thing for our country's leader to feel.
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There are also admiring quotes for Moamar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and seeing so many, there may be others I'm not aware of. Donald Trump speaks highly of dictators and tyrants. I do not understand this. I do not see criticism of them unless some reporter is bringing up the fact that he's so pro-tyranny. I used to find it scary. Now we will have a man who is supposed to be the 'Leader of the Free world,' but loves dictators.
Not accepting the voice of the people:
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Donald Trump stated emphatically: "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win,"
I do not believe for a second that if he had lost he would have done the traditional phone call in conceding and that would've been the end of it. He was asked multiple time what he would do if he lost. He hedged, talking about how Al Gore challenged, etc. But that never answered the question. The question wasn't "what would you do if it was extremely close and a recount was needed for a state?" The question was "What if you lost?" Not a hard question to answer.
A couple of weeks before the election when it looked very unlikely that Donald Trump was going to win, In one of his speeches he recommended cancelling the election and just making him president. he said it like a joke. That is not something to joke about.
Saw this on a Trump voter friend's Facebook page. Exactly what this blog is about. Yep. Everyone go along with Trump or he will shoot you. Just the kind of liberty we need.
It seems ridiculous to me to think of what would happen if Trump lost but wouldn't concede. That's not what would really happen. What would really happen is he would just have to convince people that he was the real winner and the vote was rigged. Happens all the time in countries with less stable democracies. If Donald Trump lost it would've happened here. As the challenger he had no political power and it wouldn't have been a real threat. In four years he will go in as president.
Violence against Innocent people:
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"We're fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take out their families." -Donald Trump
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Weeks later when told that having the US military target innocent people was a war crime, and that the US military would refuse, he said "They're not going to refuse me. If I say do it, they're going to do it." He reasoned that this would be "retribution" and was ok.
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Donald Trump is quoted early in his campaign as saying "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose voters." When things are going well for a person in a campaign, I would be surprised if many people think of their popularity in terms of their ability to murder in cold blood and remain popular. But that's the Donald.
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"I killed them. I killed them all. They're dead. Every single one of them. And not just the men. But the women and the children too." -Anakin Skywalker
Is it really a big deal?
Trump has no political record, so all we have to go on is what he says. I've listed many items of his talk, but if he walks the walk, he will murder innocents and subvert the people's choice if it doesn't favor him,
I heard once about George Washington that one of the greatest accomplishments in the formation of this country happened after the revolutionary war. He went to the other founders, and what always happened historically is that the military leader claims leadership in the government. Washington didn't do this. He sent the armies of men loyal to him home, and went back to his own home, and was only later called back to be the first president of the United States of America.
Luckily, while Donald Trump talks the talk, he usually doesn't walk the walk. After all the rallies chanting 'build the wall,' he had the chance to meet Mexico's president. while there, 'it didn't come up,' says Donald. Hmm. Go figure. Also, even if Donald were to try many of these things, there are a lot of good people around him that might stop him. Or at least not help him and he can't rule without help.
Even if all of this comes to nothing and Donald doesn't make himself a dictator or a war criminal, it is more than enough for me to say I will never vote for him. This post is about his violence and possible threat to our democracy. I have another several major reasons that I would not vote for him. I might blog about those other reasons at a later time.
Donald Trump won this election because we have an electoral college. More people voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. Unless he changes his personality, (after 70 years... does anyone think he will magically become a different person?) four years from now, I believe that just about any political opponent, including conservatives in a primary challenge, should be able to beat him.
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