Self-centred US gets the Trump it deserves
Posted on November 25th, 2016

Ameen Izzadeen Daily Mirror

Americans came out in their thousands to protest against the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.  Today is the 17th day since they first took to the streets on November 9 crying ‘He is not my President’. The liberal use of the F-word showed the intensity of their anger.  Protests were largely peaceful, but in some areas they turned violent.  But where are they now? They came, they protested and they disappeared.

The protesters were a motley crowd and mainly in liberal states like New York, Oregon and California. Some protested shouting ‘Dump Trump’ because they were angry their beloved candidate Hillary Clinton was not elected though she won the popular vote by a massive majority of more than 2 million.

The migrants protested crying ‘Build bridges, not walls’, because they feared Trump would deport them.

The Muslims protested stressing that Muslim rights are human rights” because they feared they would be subjected to racial profiling and would be the target of hate crime. The Jews protested because Trump appeared anti-Semite.

No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” was the cry of those who feared that Trump would be an authoritarian president and would undermine the United States’ democratic traditions.  The feminists shouted My body, my choice!”

Some feared Trump would reverse the progress made in combating climate change while others thought he would be illiberal, irrational and could not be trusted with the nuclear code. But where are these protesters now?

The anti-Trump movement is today largely confined to some universities and online.  Online petitions attract millions of signatures in support of a demand that the Republican Party Electoral College delegates switch their support to Hillary Clinton on the basis that she won the popular vote. Moves are now underway to persuade the Republican Electoral College delegates to vote for Clinton or a compromise candidate from the Republican Party when they vote on December 19.  Trump has 290 delegates and Clinton 232. Though the success of such a move appears farfetched, it is constitutionally possible.  In California and Oregon, some even went to the extent of initiating the legal process for their states to declare independence from the US. Even this impulsive move taken in anger is also unlikely to succeed. Some are even talking about impeaching Trump.

The failure to sustain the protests is a weakness of US civil society. The failure is not only because of the lack of energy or will power on the part of the protesters to sustain their civic action, but also because of their inconsistency in standing up against injustice. Sadly, US civil society reflects selective morality which is, in other words, hypocrisy. Mostly their hypocrisy is unintentional or due to their vulnerability to fall prey to media spins.

The US people power movements such as the civil rights movement of the 1960s had been an inspiration to many people around the world to bring about positive change.  But, of late, US civic action groups have lost their momentum. They last tasted success when the Americans wanted troops back home from Vietnam. The anti-war movement was started by peace activists and leftist intellectuals in the latter part of the 1960s at a time when a majority of the Americans were supporting the US military involvement in Vietnam. But, over the years, the anti-war movement lost its moral high ground and assumed a self-centred character with a large number of Americans, worried about the rising US death toll and the staggering 25-billion dollar war bill, joining the protests to demand the troops be brought back.

Then in 2011, we saw protests in Wall Street against the so-called one percent.  Occupy Wall Street was a good protest for a good cause aimed at highlighting the social inequality in the US. It called for a more equitable distribution of the country’s wealth, 95 percent of which was controlled by just five percent of the population.

The protesters realised that the bourgeois democratic elite from the two main parties were taking them up the garden path.  But they failed to sustain the protests until their objective was achieved. In the end, the protests that lasted two months only provided the middle class youth and the working class a space to vent their anger at social inequalities.  If they had succeeded in forcing the government to adopt sweeping reforms, we would not have had Trump as president-elect.

The white working class by voting for Trump who was not a full blooded Republican showed their frustration at the two main parties.  But by making Trump win, they have given new life to racists.  The Nazi salute is back. Hate crime has sharply increased. Muslim women are afraid to wear hijab. Where is the world’s oldest democracy heading?

Moral depravity is the crisis the United States’ democracy is facing today. It is evident not only in the system but also in civil society. The system was so bankrupt that its main candidates for the 2016 elections were not the best the American democracy would like to have. One was widely seen as a war monger responsible for the destruction of Libya and the carnage in Syria, while the other was a maverick billionaire businessman who has little or no respect for the minorities and women and refuses to believe that climate change is real.

US civil society’s moral depravity was evident during the US war on Iraq – call it the plunder of Iraq. It was a war for oil, but a majority of the Americans justified it. Even the liberals, now crying foul over Trump’s victory, backed the war — just as some European Communists justified colonialism. Of course, there were marches, but none lasted long enough to stop the war.

US civil society’s moral depravity was also evident when the Americans – largely due to their lack of interest in the rest of the world — remained silent when their government engineered a protest in Ukraine against a democratically elected president and overthrew him in 2014.

They said little or nothing when their country funded a military backed revolution that overthrew Mohamed Mursi’s democratically elected government in Egypt. They did not protest when the US went to war and destroyed Libya, nor when their country backed its Gulf allies to start a civil war in Syria. They object not when their country openly endorses Israel’s oppression and illegal activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. They protest not when nearly 4 billion dollars in American taxpayers’ money is doled out annually to Israel, a highly developed country, while scores of poor countries beg for US aid and get little. If they oppose Trump, then they should also oppose their country’s direct and indirect wars across the world, its neo-colonialist programmes and its double standards on human rights issues. But let’s forgive them, for a majority of them know not what they are doing because their worldview is shaped by the largely corrupt Corporate Media, which is part of the so-called establishment.

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6 Responses to “Self-centred US gets the Trump it deserves”

  1. Kumari Says:

    In any case US NGOs who are mainly standing with Hillary camp are very good in organising protests not only in the US but the world over. They succeeded in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and to a certain extent in Hong Kong. CNN (Clinton News Network) had their cameras in far away places like Hong Kong, but nobody was there to cover OWL (Occupy Wall Street) Protests in their own back yard.

    This is why MSM (Main Stream Media) was shunned by the average American who hasn’t got a job (though willing to work) to live a decent life and bring up a family decided to turn to trust the Internet News.

    Though we don’t know how Trump’s policies will shape the world, I like to believe that there will be fewer wars, fewer refugees and fewer people dying trying to get to the countries of the so called International Community.

  2. S.Gonsal Says:

    YES. Self-centred US gets the Self-centred Trump it deserves.

    My judgement is nothing susbstantial will happen to poor US citizens. He will take huge bribes and sell the US away. He will take bribes from Jihadists too.

    Let us celebrate the good side, that is weakening of the MONSTER who destroyed countries, cultures, languages, traditions and human lives.

  3. S.Gonsal Says:

    ට්‍රම්ප් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහි යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා කණපිට පෙරළයි

    කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය

    ඔබාමා රජය විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එල්ල කළ යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා නව ඇමරිකානු ජනාධිපති ඩොනල්ඩ් ට්‍රම්ප් කණපිට හරවන බවට සැක මතුවන බව යුද අපරාධ සම්බන්ධව කටයුතු කරන එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ හිටපු තානාපති ස්‌ටීවන් රැප් හේග් නුවරදී ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත.

    ඇමරිකානු රාජ්‍ය දෙපාර්තමේන්තු නිලධාරීන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සම්බන්ධව ක්‍රියා කරන අවස්‌ථාවේ ට්‍රම්ප්ගේ මතය ඊට වෙනස්‌ යෑයි රැප් වැඩිදුරටත් දක්‌වා තිබේ.

    ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පිළිබඳව බරක්‌ ඔබාමා දැරූ ස්‌ථාවරයට වෙනස්‌ ස්‌ථාවරයක්‌ ට්‍රම්ප් ගනු ඇති බවට හෙළි වූයේ මුල්වරටය.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    On the contrary, the Trump Revolution heralds a better America that will be less destructive to itself and better to citizend of other countries with less the hypocrisy than in the past.

    As such, America will rise to greater heights in the years ahead!

  5. S.Gonsal Says:

    For me, I don’t hack care about a GREAT AMERICA, weaker it becomes, better for the world. More importantly, better for us Sri Lankans.
    My prediction, however, is not based on my liking or what I desire, it is what is derived after analysing the available evidence.

  6. S.Gonsal Says:

    Some good work from Ananda-USA – Thanks !

    ජිනීවා යෝජනාව එපා සිංහල ඩයස්‌පෝරාව ට්‍රම්ප්ගෙන් ඉල්ලයි

    කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය

    යුද අපරාධ චෝදනාව ඇතුළු ජිනීවා යෝජනාව වහාම ඉවත් කර ගන්නා ලෙස ගෝලීය ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංසදය ඇමරිකානු ජනාධිපති ඩොනල්ඩ් ට්‍රම්ප් හා සෙනෙට්‌ සභාවෙන් විශේෂ ඉල්ලීමක්‌ කර ඇත. මෙම ඉල්ලීම ඇතුළත් සංදේශය පසුගිය 24 වැනිදා ට්‍රම්ප්ට සහ සෙනෙට්‌ සභිකයන් 16 දෙනකුට ලැබීමට සලස්‌වා තිබේ.

    මෙම යෝජනාව ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට මුල්වූයේ හිලරි ක්‌ලින්ටන් සහ මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්‌ සෙයිද් රාද් හුසේන් බව එම සංදේශයේ දක්‌වා ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහි සාවද්‍ය යුද අපරාධ චෝදනාව ඇතුළත් ජිනීවා යෝජනාව මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුවට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට ක්‍රියා කළ ස්‌විට්‌සර්ලන්තයේ ඇමරිකානු තානාපතිනි සුසෑන් ලෙවින් ජනවාරි 20 දා සිට ධුරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්‌වීම නිසා ඊළාම් ඩයස්‌පෝරාව දැඩි කැළඹීමකට ලක්‌වී ඇත. මේ අතර වෙනත් රටවල මානව හිමිකම් ඇමරිකාවට වැඩක්‌ නැති බව ඩොනල්ඩ් ට්‍රම්ප් ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම නිසා ඇමරිකානු ඊළාම් ඩයස්‌පෝරාව සහ බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ඊළාම් ජාලය සලිත වී ඇත. මේ නිසා ඇමරිකාවේ ඊළාම්වාදීන් ටැමිල්ස්‌ ෙµda ට්‍රම්ප් නමින් අලුත් සංවිධානයක්‌ පිහිටුවා ද්‍රවිඩයන්ට අනුකම්පා කරන ලෙස ට්‍රම්ප්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා ඇත.

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