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Donald Trump is America


The time has come to admit the ugly reality. Come to your sense US citizens. Donald Trump is not un-American. He is the embodiment of Americanism. We shudder and cringe as he calls for keeping Muslims out of the United States and we despair as he speaks of building a fence to keep out Mexicans. Or we continue to support him as he does this, his poll numbers rising, his competitors dropping to the wayside.

And for those who decry his incivility, his racism, his phobia about everything, please do not fall into the simplistic trap of saying that Donald is un-American. Do not claim that he misrepresents or abuses American freedom. The American values you claim he shreds apart simply never existed. They were the wet dream of an Americanist mindset – one peddled by liberals and conservatives alike. The wet dream of those who fought the threat of communism and who search for that picket fence of Chevrolet and prosperity.

Donald Trump is the embodiment of Americanism – the concrete, living, historical Americanism of the real world.

For when Donald Trump calls for keeping out Mexicans, I say “Operation Wetback”. I ask how anti-Mexican sentiment and policy goals are un-American. When Texas was created out of Mexico, land stolen and ethnic cleansing perpetrated, how is it un-American to be anti-Mexican? When has it been “American” to care about Mexico? We have given Mexico regressive trade deals and dictators and guns to their narcotrafficking gangs. And one cartel has been our friend and then the next one is and then our banks have laundered their money. And Mexicans have continued to die as a result. In the thousands upon thousands. But Donald Trump is an aberration?

Support for wannabe-Fuhrer Trump is not some FoxNews creation. It is not a vast right-wing conspiracy. It is indigenous to Americanism – an Americanism that relies on the appropriated use of the term “America” to refer to the United States. For America – in reality – stretches from the northern tip of Canada to the southernmost reach of Chile.

Chile…where American coups and CIA-backed death squads ushered in the bloody dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and putsched the democratically-elected Salvador Allende – who took his life with a gun gifted to him by Fidel Castro of Cuba.

Cuba…where the United States first cut its teeth on today’s imperialism in a “freedom struggle” against Spain – which had little to do with freedom and everything to do with opening markets for American capitalists.

Spain…where Americanism did not support the democratic forces of the Republicans as it took isolated democrats in the United States to freelance in opposition to the fascist forces of Franco. In Spain…

Spain…which was fought by American forces in the Philippines in the name of freedom.

The Philippines…where heroic freedom fighters battled to end the colonialism of Spain only to be re-colonized and raped and tortured and occupied by American “allies”. In the name of freedom. In the name of America.

But Donald Trump is un-American?

In what world can liberals and conservatives wave the flag and praise our decency, then proceed to bomb Iraq after 9/11 while praising our troops as our boys and American heroes? In a world where American hypocrisy is boundless. American. Hypocrisy. Americanism.

There is nothing un-American about the mass bombing of Afghanistan and Iraq and proxy wars in Syria and arming of Indonesian dictatorships (where one of the largest Muslim populations in the world is) and backing for repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and Yemen and the Emirates and….

There is nothing un-American about that for the CIA led coups against secular-populist-leftwing leaders in Iraq and Iran and installed Saddam and the Shah and Muslims suffered as a result. Realpolitik “there” is American and yet halting immigration based on religious beliefs is un-American. Out of sight, out of mind. Americanism can kill and repress Muslims there but we must let a trickle into here. Hypocrisy. Americanism.

And do we care about Mexicans? Or Muslims? Truly?

In the confines of our homes where we are Americans, do we make those harmless jokes about illegals? You know, “those people”. Our grasscutters. The people making our pizzas. Because Mexicans make your Italian pizzas. Do we harmlessly mimic their accents and their height and their religion and their existence? Do we in our minds? In the confines of our American minds? Do we see them as our “brown brothers and sisters” as if they are little brown creatures for us to look caringly at…as if they are somehow needy simply because they are brown and not “American”? An “American” that means “from the United States”.

Paternalism, racism. Racism, paternalism. And innocent harmless jokes and mimicry and…superiority above them. In our American minds. In our American minds.  And we can let some but not too many into America. Our America. But Donald Trump is not American. Or so we say, fearful that our paternalism and mimicry and harmless racism and nationalism may come to the front.

Every “ching ching chong” and “ni**er” and “terrorist beard” and all those innocent phrases and jokes and thoughts that pass in our heads and through our lips in the confines of safe spaces of like-minded co-workers and relatives is Americanism. This is the Americanism we hypocritically say is un-American as Donald Trump pushes policies that give continued concrete reality to these “harmless jokes”. Americanism.

Americanism is not welcoming the immigrant, the destitute, the refugee, the homeless among us, the least of our brothers and sisters. It wasn’t when Chinese Exclusion Acts were passed. It wasn’t when Filipinos were stereotyped as sex-addicted beasts as they sought jobs in California after their own country was pillaged by Americanism. It wasn’t when Filipinos were hired as freak show performers in Coney Island. When their country was pillaged and raped…by Americanism.

Americanism is capitalism incestuously bred with its children – Nationalism and Imperialism and Racism. Donald Trump did not create this incestuous orgy – he is merely the boorish, unrepentant pornographer who is filming and promoting it in a way that we puritanically, yet hypocritically, are repulsed by.

As he says the Black activist that was beaten up by Trumpites at a campaign rally may have deserved it, we shudder. Or cheer. And yet whichever one we do, we praise the police who daily murder and attack and abuse and terrorize minorities – mostly unseen. In America. But they are heroes in Blue. Who protect us. From those Mexican illegals on our streets and those Blacks who will shoot us and those shiftless Asians and those terrorist Arabs and maybe from those gay Europeans who want to seduce us.

And we peddle Americanist values every time we say “ching ching chong” and “ni**er” and “terrorist beard” in our minds and in our Americanist safe zones where we can truly have freedom of speech. For freedom of speech is Americanism. A freedom to attack and murder and verbally and mentally and economically abuse all while having the freedom to say that Donald Trump is an aberration. An aberration who will likely be one of two candidates for president…of America.

“Ching ching chong” for anyone from Asia – for don’t fool yourself because you see Vietnamese as Chinese as Japanese as Thai as Cambodian…just more “ching ching chongs” – is our demi-imperialism…the same imperialism that dropped napalm over southeast Asia. Americanism. An Americanism that can be behind the Mamasapano murders in the Philippines, setting back peace negotiations between Muslims and the State…but out of sight, out of  mind. An Americanism of Pemberton killing Jennifer Laude. An Americanism of…

For Donald Trump is Americanism. Donald Trump is not an aberration.

Americanism is a nationalism that we pretend does not exist. “We cannot be nationalistic for we love all people and care for them.” Our Americanist wet dream. Yet just like those dreams, we wake up, feeling happy, yet realize that we are back in reality. Solidarity and concern and compassion doesn’t exist in reality any more than the sexy lover we had in our dream. Our thoughts of American values of compassion are the dreams we peddle in our minds and elucidate for public consumption. A schizophrenic, bipolar mentality that tells us we are good when we are not. Our wet dreams of Americanist hypocrisy. And Donald Trump is the alarm clock that wakes us up from this dream.

For Donald Trump is not a surprise. He is not an aberration.

Genocide against the indigenous peoples…

Kidnapping and enslavement of Africans…

Ethnic cleansing of the remaining indigenous peoples…

Lynchings of “freed” Africans…

Laws to keep out Chinese…

Invasion, occupation, torture of the Philippines…

The Red Scare and Palmer Raids…

Concentration camps for Japanese…

Nuclear bombs dropped on Japan…





Coups and death squads in Latin America…

Romero’s killers…

Racial profiling and mass imprisonment of minorities…

Over 1 million dead in Iraq from sanctions that were considered “worth it”…

Mass surveillance of citizens…

“Shock and awe” against Iraq in response to attacks by Saudis…

An incomplete list of Americanism…

But who could have seen Donald Trump’s rise to power? Shocking and Un-American!

So raise a Budweiser to Americanism, my fellow citizens. The dystopia you deny for public consumption is here in the flesh. Your inner thoughts can now be one with reality.  You can be safe to be American. The real America. The concrete America of concrete policies and actions throughout history and the present.

For Donald Trump is America.

Andrew Kahn is Editor of the Voice of America Blog.

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