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Is Trump an Aberration? The Dark History of the “Nation of Immigrants”


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Is Trump an Aberration? The Dark History of the “Nation of Immigrants”

Aviva Chomsky

Liberal Americans like to think of Donald Trump as an aberration and believe that his idea of building a great wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent immigrants from entering the country goes against American values. After all, as Hillary Clinton says, “We are a nation of immigrants.” In certain ways, in terms of the grim history of this country, they couldn’t be more wrong.


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What is most different about Donald Trump is that he has become the nominee of major political party. George Wallance once ran in the Democratic primary but he lost. The next time he had to run as an independent. Pat Buchanan ran as an independent. But this time the process that is supposed to weed out candidates like Trump didn't work on the Republican side. Another thing different about Trump is that he called for the deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Both parties have discussed this problem for years and pretty much everyone has concluded that deportation of all 11 million is not feasible. One problem is it not feasible to find them and round them up. Also, it is not affordable. And perhaps most important about 6 million of these people live in families with American citizens. Who would want to break up all these families. The policy now is to only deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Those who follow the law should feel safe. At least they should have until Donald Trump cam along. The Democrats have largely decided to give these undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship. The Republicans haven't decided what to do. Romney in 2012 took an extreme position of voluntary deportation. The Gang of Eight was criticized by Republicans as being too lenient and the leader Marco Rubio backed off. Generally in the past when labor was needed Americans welcomed new immigrants and when jobs were scarce they wanted them to be deported. With the Trump supporters I think it has more to do with racism than jobs. Their biggest issue is immigration and with predictions that whites will no longer be the majority in about three decades there is a real push to somehow maintain the white majority. They also strongly supported a ban on all Muslims entering the US until we can figure out what is going on (maybe never),


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If you'd like to know what Trump would sound like if he were ever to become president (perish the thought), read anything that the current racist, lunatic Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto, has ever written or said.

It will chill you to the bone and remind you of the murderer Hitler.


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Its unfair to list the Clintons', Obama's or any other politician's actions on the US/Mexico Border without also mentioning the concurrent bolstering of resources on the Canadian/US Border. During the past decade small US Border Patrol (USBP) Stations on the Canadian Border that had 2, 3 or 4 officers assigned, now have facilities (that each cost tens of millions to build, furnish and staff) and 10 to 20 times as many officers assigned as they did a decade ago. Get your map out and see how many small town border crossings exist and do the arithmetic. Some of these USBP stations are as big as the rest of the small town in which they exist.

One notable change in many of these Canadian border towns is that the few hispanics that once lived in them are long gone. With little to keep them busy, the USBP officers harrassed them out of town.

Perhaps the politicians figure that bolstering the Canadian Border will keep single payer out ?


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Trump or Hillary. The Empire chooses. Our own choices are limited by an ingenious system. We debate candidates, not questioning the need for representative government at all.

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”. Noam Chomsky

Direct Democracy


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Terrific account of the long deep history of racist colonisation.
Just one small quibble: from the start European explorers regarded the 'native' peoples as to be either exterminated or subjugated and enslaved. And rather earlier than you suggest.
For instance, 500 years ago in his book Utopia (1516), Thomas More described this - and referenced Amerigo Vespucci's recently published volumes about his voyages.
And it was not long after then that the English slavers of the 16th C started their horrific trade.
The British also used their colonies as dumping grounds for their - white - convicts, dispatched as slaves or "indentured labour" to the Caribbean and the southern states, as they did later to Australia.
Truly, lifting the curtain of 'official' history shows some very nasty scenes.


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The right is relentlessly drawn ever more toward the right, toward accumulating more wealth, more power (interchangeable commodities in our society) and more control—or at least the illusion of it. The inevitable end of that is fascism, and it’s inevitable because the need for that appearance of control is an addiction. The first rule of addiction is: You can never get enough of the wrong thing. Whatever you need, really, if you go instead for some alternative (drugs, alcohol, work, sex, screens…) that gives an ever-decreasing marginal return, you need ever more of that with no possible end, since whatever it is—and of course this includes money and power—can never give you what you need to feel satisfied and to be healthy. Poor attachment, deep rage, addiction, fascism. It’s a perfectly simple progression when you think about it informedly.

Irony is really just a word we use when we don’t understand enough about a system to realize that what just happened makes perfect sense. (It's worth it to read Tom's introduction to this article on the original site.)