• Tara Lundrigan

Dear Trump Supporters

If I hear one more Republican refer to the Democrats as "communists" or the "radical left" I might have a stroke. So lets spend some time breaking things down.

Democrats these days are Neo-Liberals or what I would consider Conservative-lite. They do to a certain extent support environmental protection, the expansion of social programs and immigration reform. However, they also love war, a bloated military, they support privatized health care, have no issues with lobbying and are free market capitalists. Basically Democrats today are old school Republicans. They are in no way shape or form leftists, and they sure as fuck are not radicals.


Republicans these days have gone so far right that they are literally authoritarian. Their voter base either ignores this or just doesn't care because they are single issue voters. If you are someone who votes for a party/politician simply because they support one thing, than you are an idiot who doesn't care about your country. Republicans get their base riled up on these single issues that in reality do absolutely nothing for the country and progress in grand scheme of things. Restrictions on abortion and immigration? Increased military spending? "Gun rights" as if people don't have enough of those already down here.


Now of course it's okay to want some of these things, but what isn't okay is voting for someone just because you are anti-abortion. That just shows that you do not care about any positive progress as long as women aren't allowed to have an abortion. What is even worse is voting for someone just because you are so brainwashed that you think you're "sticking it to the libs" or whatever else these psychos say.


I got news for you. DONALD TRUMP DOESN'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU OR YOUR WELL BEING. I could spend hours going over the reasons why this is such an obvious fact but I am not in the mood to write a book. So I am going to try to break it down in 3 points. Then I also want to talk about some real leftist ideologies.


#1 Donald Trump has no interest in the broader world. Now I know you Americans love your rugged individualism, but a countries leader can not act like the rest of the world doesn't matter, especially while hes also inflaming fucking proxy wars. He is more of a disaster on foreign policy than George Bush. You should want a President that not only inspires unity and innovation inside their own borders, but outside of them as well. The USA would not survive without it's imports. Whether you want to believe it or not, we have to work together globally... #2 He is a proto-fascist and saying that is not hyperbolic. This doesn't mean Trump is the next Hitler and lets be honest he is too stupid to accomplish any of Hitlers goals. However you simply can not deny that he has taken his rhetoric directly from an authoritarians handbook. He is attempting to lay the groundwork for authoritarian rule. Simply put the main goal in fascism is to make the nation stronger, more powerful, larger and more successful. They see national strength as the only thing that makes a nation "good," so they use any means necessary to achieve that goal. I actually wrote about this a year ago, and it's scary to me how right I was.


It is far right ideology that deals in ultra-nationalism and forces suppression of opposition. They use strategies like the mythic past aka "make america great again" or anti-intellectualism aka "the education cartel" or constantly making yourself out to be a victim aka "nobody has been treated worse than me". Authoritarians also use the guise of being the ones to bring true law and order. Sound familiar?


#3 The majority of the Trump administrations "accomplishments" have been him undoing good policies and getting rid of important regulation. The New York Times has identified 53 separate rules that have completed the rollback process and 32 more that are still in the works. Some of these include limiting wildlife protection, removing the emission rules for power plants and vehicles, weakened protections for more than half the nation's wetlands, and even canceled a requirement for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions. If you want a detailed breakdown of all the horrible things this administration has done I highly recommend reading this detailed article. As far as what he ran on, he didn't build a wall. He did not create the best health care plan the world has ever seen. The infrastructure is still crumbling, and the USA still sucks fucking ass. I want to move on from this, I have another article on here about Trump if you are interested, as well as the article I linked earlier about fascism.


Alright so. LETS TALK ABOUT SOCIALISM and other leftist politics. This is going to be severely dumbed down because there are a million different variations of political and economic ideologies.


It's almost impossible to define Socialism simply. Basically, it's a blend of political, social, and economic philosophy. It encompasses a range of different systems characterized by social ownership of the means of production and workers' self-management of enterprises. Karl Marx observed that human societies develop through class conflict. In capitalism, this manifests itself in the conflict between the ruling class aka the 1% who control the means of production, while the working classes aka us poor bitches have to sell our labor power in return for wages to buy things that don't matter. Capitalism produces internal tensions that would lead to its self-destruction and Marx believed it should be replaced by Socialism. Communism takes that a step further and socializes both production and consumption, instead of just the means of production.


Then there is Anarchism which is extremely far left, basically they reject all forms of hierarchy. There is Anarcho-Capatalisim and Anarcho-Communisim. Syndicalism. I could go on. There are so many places you can stand on the political spectrum. Which is why it drives me absolutely insane how little people understand about political science. In the states, if you aren't a Republican you are considered a fucking radical leftist now. LIBERALS AREN'T EVEN ON THE LEFT HISTORICALLY. Fucking Bernie Sanders would probably be considered somewhat right leaning in many parts of Europe. The USA is the only industrialized nation that makes health care into a partisan issue. Actually I take that back, because lately I have been seeing more and more Canadians and Europeans start to parrot the bullshit that comes out of the mouths of Republicans. It is insane to me how misinformation spreads.

Years of propaganda have brainwashed the masses to scream Socialism and Communism are anything that they don't agree with. That middle picture up there was an actual comic printed in 1954. So because of the years and intensity of this type of propaganda a lot of people can't wrap their heads around the possibility that Socialism, or even a more blended system like Democratic Socialism, would be a lot better than what we currently have in place. A capitalist system where the government works for the corporations and not for the people. Freedom isn't really free if you don't have access to it. You might have all of the materialistic bullshit you can imagine in your country, even the best health care, but does any of that actually matter if no one can afford it?


That's ultimately why I wanted to write this article, and make the video. Because all I see around me are people allowing themselves to be divided, push themselves further apart and further to the right. Why would you want that? Why would you not want to progress? Why do the idea of taxes and immigrants bother you more than the fact we are destroying the planet that keeps us alive? Why are you so fucking selfish that you can't just put a mask on your face? Why are you so fucking brainwashed that you have to turn wearing a mask into some giant political conspiracy?? What is happening to humans?


Have we always been this stupid? Or is it just social media is showing us who we really are? Or is it both? People are stupid and easily manipulated, then Facebook and the meme was created and now the world has gone fucking insane? I just don't know anymore. In 2020, with climate change which will inevitably lead to mass immigration and automation which will inevitably lead to mass unemployment we should be reimagining our society because capitalism and the free market are not going to solve all of the problems we face in the near future.




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