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Rogue president, rogue government

There is only one thing surprising about President Trump at this point in time. And that is the fact that he has not started a major war by now, a year into his presidency. If there is one thing that should shock us about Trump, it is that one thing alone. Everything else he has done is according to everything he said he would do. No one should be at all surprised that the scorpion who told us he was a scorpion has turned out to be, in fact, a scorpion.
U.S. President Donald Trump

But that's not for a lack of trying. After all, he made history with the first Twitter threat to vaporize another country with nuclear weapons. No one has ever done that before and, with that, Trump has pushed the envelope of United States government militarism beyond the furthest outposts of warmongering. Who knows? The signal to another nation of an impending attack by the United States might not come via a declaration of war or a resolution on use of military force, but through a tweet from the President of the United States.

The world is, at this moment, standing in a wading pool full of gasoline. The United States is standing in it also, but content in the knowledge it holds the most matches and everyone better remember that. If the world is destroyed in a massive nuclear war, it will be one the United States started over a reason incomprehensible to everyone but U.S. government officials. Billions dead and for what? Democracy? You mean the democracy of the United States who has more people in prison per capita than the countries it accuses of being "dictatorships"? Or the democracy where unarmed people are gunned down in the streets by American cops after being stopped for farcical reasons? Can it be any wonder the United States will start a nuclear war over equally specious reasons?

I would warn the people of the world that the so-called "checks and balances" of the American political system, allegedly designed to stop a rogue U.S. president, simply do not exist. No, there is no one here to stop this man. The Democrats? They're too busy trying to use all of this to win votes in the 2018 and 2020 elections. Assuming they haven't gambled wrong---again---and the world is plunged into another cataclysmic war begun by the United States. Not that they wouldn't tacitly sit doing nothing as it began, hoping it, too, would increase votes for the Democratic Party as bodybags with American dead started coming home by the thousands. Trump isn't just a rogue president. The entire U.S. government is a rogue government.

The United States government is corrupt to the core and Trump is simply a more visible face of what has actually gone on all along but more stealthily. Trump will just come right out and tell you he's going to kill innocent people, whereas other presidents would have just done it and issued the "We regret the loss of innocent life" press release afterwards. Be that as it may, that a major war may be started by the United States within this year or the following year is a foregone conclusion. The United States gets into wars without fail, either overtly as it did in Iraq in 2003 or covertly as it did in Syria the past few years. The result is hundreds of thousands dead for the greatest lie ever told, which is "democracy". That word, by the way, also justified American involvement in World War One and has been a winning propaganda device ever since. The single word has been responsible for the deaths of millions of people.

How can the world think that some mechanism exists within the United States government to stop this man? Military force no longer requires a Congressional declaration of war here. Every President of the United States uses aircraft carrier battle groups to do the global equivalent of drive-by shootings across the globe and even if the UN condemned the acts, the president simply does not care. Every President of the United States uses cruise missiles and drones to do the global equivalent of mailing a letter bomb and, so far, no one has the capability of defending against such attacks. American technology is not advanced to peaceful pursuits, but to perfecting unstoppable weapons. Not even the Roman Empire had this kind of power.

The United States has this image it projects of being the "good guy". It's an image it crafted and spread through movies made in Hollywood, which has a propaganda budget that dwarfs that which the Third Reich had. As a result, the U.S. can even spin the epic slaughter of the Vietnam War (which it lost) into a noble victory of American self-sacrifice for democracy. Many Americans today cannot find Vietnam on the map, despite the fact 58,000 Americans died there and the U.S. killed three million Vietnamese there. But show them enough American movies, they'll swear that war was justified despite the massive protests against it during the time it was going on.

So here we are. Wars in progress and certainly a major war on the horizon. Buckle up and hold on to your seats. This is going to be a very rough ride.

 

Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.