The Sunday Dog: Trump Thinks Like a Terrorist

Another disgusting and horrendous act of indifference and disregard for human rights and life followed Saturday night’s terror attack in London. Great Britain, one of America’s closest long-standing allies, and its citizens again suffered loss of life, safety, and security — and President Trump’s immediate thought was to leverage a foreign partner’s fear and chaos to advance his xenophobic agenda at home.

Passersby placed “999” calls for police and ambulances at just after 10:00 B.S.T. as a white van began striking pedestrians on London Bridge. A second slash-and-stab incident occurred only blocks away at Borough Market. Londoners went on high alert and Prime Minster Theresa May called for a meeting of Britain’s special security services.

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While Britain prayed for her loss, Trump preyed on America’s fears.

Two hours after the attack, while Great Britain was still reeling to restore peace and treat her injured, Trump tweeted, “We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” That the president’s immediate thought was not to offer condolences for the dead and wounded, but to scare Americans into supporting his isolationist agenda is the epitome of terror.

Google, “what is terrorism,” and the resulting definition is: the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

Donald Trump thinks like a terrorist. He uses intimidation against United States citizens to accomplish his political aims. Though it may be lawful, it is still disgusting. His Saturday evening tweet, as grating and incomprehensible as it is to the left, is a strong indication of Trump’s deviousness and self-gratifying tendencies. It should not matter left or right, republican or democrat, to raise the question of why the once leader of the free world does not think first to extend a sincere and sympathetic tweet before launching on his personal crusade.

Merits of the travel ban aside, at what point will the president stop pursuing an agenda of hatred against Muslims? Will his next step be an executive order banning drivers’ licenses for Muslim-Americans? Alternatively, will it be to prohibit car dealers from selling cars to them? Will Trump propel the nation towards policed kitchenware departments and silverware purchases requiring three forms of identification and vetting, while guns are still freely available to any homegrown lone wolf?

In 1930s Germany, Hitler used fear and intimidation to drive the country into a frenzy of hatred that resulted in the unchecked murder of millions of Jews. He blamed the Jewish population for every problem that Germany faced and made the public afraid…afraid that Jews would steal their money and land, commit crimes, or dishonor the nation’s daughters. Hitler parlayed anti-Semitism into a mental, emotional, and physical tool to intimidate civilian support to pursue his political goals. What history does not always teach us is that it was all legal.

None-the-less, Hitler was a terrorist.

Donald Trump began his presidency with an instant aim to intimidate the American public into fulfilling his personal agenda. As one item, the travel ban is strikingly similar to early anti-Semitic laws in Germany that intended to isolate Jews from their fellow citizens and slowly strip them of their citizenship. If Trump gets his way, many Muslim-Americans will find themselves in similar circumstances while travelling abroad — lost in a state of statelessness — if the ban is enacted.

Trump’s continued efforts to scare Americans, combined with his demands for power — his Saturday evening tweet also demanded “the courts give us back our rights” — and disregard for the American political process, border on Hitleresque beginnings. It is not likely that Trump was thinking of a Muslim-American when he tweeted for rights restoration.

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Americans remain vigilant against Trump’s intimidation.

Like Hitler, Donald Trump ultimately would enjoy convincing America that all problems are attributable to one group that he can identify as the enemy. He has blamed Muslims. He has blamed the press. Fortunately, for America, he has not been able to convince the country of any of his premises yet.

America must continue standing up for what is right and not give in to Trump’s selfish terrorist methodologies and motivations. We must say loudly and in unity, “We will not be intimidated.” The instant this country falters in that resolve, is the moment America’s future becomes Germany’s past.

Never Give In

As Britons reel from another indiscriminate terror attack on an innocent public venue, it is a stark reminder that a few small individuals choose anger and hate as their inspiration and motivation. The response to their misguided aims must be measured and forceful, but not fall prey to reactionary retaliation that will serve to exacerbate the growing global discord.Candle 05232017

In 1941, Sir Winston Churchill uttered the famous words, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” His advice from nearly a century ago during the bleakest days of war-torn London echoes with lessons for today.

The Manchester Arena attack comes at a time when one of Great Britain’s strongest allies has entered its own chaotic term of divisiveness and a return to isolationist policies. However, regardless of the United States’ domestic outlook, America is traditionally a leader beyond borders. It is a country where human suffering is attended to with compassion — no matter if, it is a neighbor struck by a tornado, or an African nation plagued by drought…or a concert arena of young fans devastated by a bomb.

In the wake of the incident in Manchester, it is time to set aside partisan bickering and self-indulgent Tweets. It is time to stand in unity as a larger community than family, town, or country. It is time to engage as a member of the human community, if only to share a thought, prayer, or moment of goodwill to send a message to those who would want to scare us.

The message must be that humanity’s resolve will not cease to exist.

A global community must speak loudly and clearly to those who rain terror on children, on mothers, and fathers. At times of crises, and under the pall of darkness and fear that accompanies each attack, the citizens of every nation must gather in public places, must worship, must demonstrate that we are not afraid to live.

Nineteen wonderful lives were extinguished on Monday night in Manchester. The courses of countless others were changed forever. It will inevitably happen again, on another day and in another city. Rather than close our doors, cancel our concerts, and grit our teeth in lonely fear and isolated anticipation, Monday night’s tragedy cannot be allowed to drive the humanity in us away.

The world continues to revolve and the sun will rise and fall on blue and grey skies both. The best way to fight the scourge that is terrorism and to remember its victims is to stand united and strong…and to LIVE.  The moment that any population anywhere on the planet withdraws, the battle will have been lost. Even more importantly, the moment any government deprives any citizen of any civil liberty in the name of safety from terrorism, the victors will cheer behind their masks.

Enjoy each day and every moment and create memories. Do not allow fear to dictate a choice between visiting a park and locking yourself in a dark house. Do not give terror the power to shape government and the future. Never give in. Never.