From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States, free from being deterred by the only other world superpower....began taking steps to dominate all world countries. In other words, 1991 was when the USA dropped all pretenses and fully embraced its god-given right to be the lone thug of the globe.
Sure, American leaders behaved thuggishly before 1991...but the mafia-style, global dominance was, until then, limited to regime changing and dominating Latin and South American countries who resisted our unique form of mafioso capitalism. See: the Reagan administration. With the Soviet threat taken off the table.....U.S. military dominance of all nations of the world was within reach...and that is exactly what our bipartisan foreign policy has been ever since....making all world nations genuflect to American "interests"...or.....else...face the wrath and power of the world's lone superpower.
To way too many U.S. citizens this global military dominance thing was seen as the natural order for an "exceptional" nation like ours. A kind of "manifest destiny" thing, only spread to the entire globe. Citizens soothed their consciences with the entirely false notion that our military dominance policies were for the sake of humanitarian concerns, which, of course, they never were.
As has always been the case, U.S. "wars", wherever they have been launched and no matter the false pretenses under which they were launched, have been waged for the sole purpose of enriching the investor class. American behemoth corporations are constantly in need of more customers, cheaper labor, manufacturing locations without environmental or human rights controls, shipping lanes free of threats from non-exceptional countries, and, above all over the last couple of decades, access to foreign oil reserves.
Readers may not agree with my characterization, but, sorry, it's the truth. America puts on a smiley, freedom and liberty face.....but that's not what our country is all about. We tell ourselves, as we're prompted by vile media propagandists, to believe that the U.S. only uses military force to spread democracy and freedom, to prevent an attack on the Homeland, or to bring humanitarian aid to foreign populations who need assistance.There may be threads of truth in that mix....but that is not the truth of the entire garment.
As even Obama claimed, the U.S. is the one "indispensable" country on earth, and when the rubber of that word hits the road of reality, what it means is that the U.S. will do as it pleases....all other nations be forewarned.
Now, into this undeniable reality enters the Donald. I don't like admitting this, but Donald Trump is the most fitting candidate for Thug America. Trump has proudly conducted his campaign as a thug. He doesn't need advisors, he doesn't need facts, he doesn't need anyone or anything....he, alone, will thug his way to the Oval Office on the pure power of his thuggishness.
And his followers love it. Which should tell you something about Americans in the 21st century. Close to half of U.S. voters know that Trump is a pathological liar thug, a vulgarian whose only consistency is found in his crudities....and they do not care. Those voters admire Trump even more for exhibiting those negative qualities.
Close to half the nation's voters now have made it crystal clear for all to comprehend. They want a thug in the White House, or at least are considering voting for Thug Donald. They want someone to burn the federal government to the ground with prejudice, unilaterally and lawlessly take vengeance on all perceived enemies both foreign and domestic.....and they believe that Thug Donald is up to the challenge.
ElRushbo said today that Trump's followers have "bonded" with the GOP Thug Candidate....and so all efforts to dissuade Trump's followers are futile. That's probably true.
Those folks want a guy like Fat Tony Christie to become the Attorney General so the fat man can start witchhunting conservative and Republican enemies. They want a segregationist like Jeff Sessions to play a leading role in Trump's Thug Deportation Force. They long for a freak like Giuliani to become Homeland Security Director so that U.S. Muslims will get what they deserve. They can't wait for President Thug to put it to "liberal" media members by changing, unilaterally of course, our nation's libel laws.
That's how Trump supporters envision making America great again. Through thuggery. That is what Trump voters love about him. He promises to be THEIR Thug...and believe me, okay....he knows what the conservative ragers want....they want a thug unafraid to tear everything and everybody they do not like.....to the ground.
So, to come back around.....what better way could there be to militarily dominate all world countries than to have a fearless thug leader as Commander in Chief? Right? I mean, why shouldn't the U.S. just take other countries' natural resources by force, change regimes we don't like, and kill large numbers of foreigners in foreign lands, right? Hey, we're indispensable and exceptional. We, alone, know what's best for everyone in the world...and anyway, with the Soviets gone, who can stop us?
You see, what is preventing the U.S. from just taking militarily whatever we want are treaties and international laws and the UN...and our entire democratic system which relies on negotiation and compromise. But the Donald will simply dismiss all that politically correct stuff....all of that old stuff just makes us weak. Time for a change.
Time to give thuggishness a chance, I guess.
What could possibly go wrong?