I now realize just how many USA voters have been deluded by Donald Trump’s rhetoric. And after last Wednesday, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto also sees the writing on the wall.
Instead of denouncing Donald Trump for the insults he has dumped on our country, Enrique Peña Nieto invited him to a private tête à tête. I suppose our naïve president thought he could reason with the US republican candidate, but alas, that is not possible. The invitation was tantamount to turning the fox loose in the henhouse!
No ambiguity with Trump though – once safely back in his homeland, he cynically spewed more venom against Mexico. He continues to insist he will build a wall along the border (that Mexico will pay for) and he will deport 11,000,000 Mexicans from the USA.
During his campaign, he has beaten Mexico to a bloody pulp. And in the process, he has fostered deep racial division between citizens of the USA and their Latin American neighbors. Whether he wins or loses the election, the hatred has been cultivated. I fear it will endure because everyone wants to blame someone or something for their own deficiencies. I resent Donald Trump more than you can possibly imagine.
Donald Trump has but ONE perspective – his own. He was born into wealth and he is used to getting his way. His arrogance blinds him from the realities of the world as a whole. And like it or not, the president of the United States of America MUST demonstrate global vision and rational behavior.
The population of Mexico is about 120,000,000 – 55.3 million of them living in extreme poverty. The government provides sporadic food hampers, basic health care and rudimentary education to its most needy citizens, but this is like trying to stop a hemorrhage with a Band-Aid. Children all over the country go hungry. Thank God, I have never seen my family in need, but if this ever happened, I am quite sure I would not think twice about trying to work “illegally” in a neighboring country. What would you do?
These desperate people are the 11,000,000 “evil” Mexicans that Donald Trump lambastes every chance he gets. Certainly a miniscule percentage of the arrivals from the south must be criminals – every nation has bad elements. However, US law enforcement agencies quickly spot their kind and “dispatch” them – by one means or another.
The vast majority of the illegal immigrants are young men. They risk their lives to enter the USA because they don’t have any alternative. Most have known back-breaking labor since childhood – like carrying heavy blocks on their heads and mixing cement all day in the sweltering sun – to earn a pittance. They dream of going “north” where they will make enough money to help support their families. Even $100.00 USD a week is an enormous help. Can you imagine that?
Young women also try to make it across the border. They hope that sewing in an American sweat shop or cleaning hotel rooms will open doors for them. During the journey, many disguise themselves as men to avoid sexual assault.
Farming families living in cardboard shacks beside their dried-up fields hear about the fertile agricultural land in los Estados Unidos and they travel on foot to get there. Many who start the journey die along the way. If they actually enter the USA, they are sitting ducks for all sorts of ruthless individuals who will exploit them – any way they can.
Trump claims these illegal immigrants steal jobs from Americans. Fruit picking, heavy clearing and cleaning, gardening, service industry positions and the like – the new arrivals get hired because they show an eagerness to work under almost any terms. They are used to being exploited – they don’t care – as long as they make the money they need.
Illegal drug use, racial inequality, gang violence, and other traps have ensnarled many US-born citizens in a vicious cycle of poverty. BUT even the most down-on-their-luck families have access to social assistance programs. Many do not seek help because they don’t have the confidence to do so. They have been duped into believing they are not in control of their destiny.
Donald Trump does not care about the human drama on either side of the Rio Grande – he uses fear to his advantage. I detest how his Machiavellian maneuvering has eroded the innate goodness and ingenuity of the American people. He has successfully deluded millions of US voters into believing his outright lies and exaggerations. He makes scapegoats of the poor who have no rights in “the land of the free”.
Donald Trump’s behavior repulses me. I remember seeing him pointing his finger and shouting, “Dismissed!!!” on his reality TV show. He looked as though he enjoyed seeing the rejected interns cringe and cry. I see the way he disrespects and degrades women, especially us older ones. He is a braggart and a bigot.
Yesterday I saw a post by Roald Dahl on Facebook:
I shared the post on my own timeline and commented:
In this competitive world, “kind” is not cool. But I agree with Roald. Kindness and loyalty are what it takes to keep the world on track. Come to think of it — maybe the absence of these two attributes is why our planet is in such a mess?
Citizens of the USA need to vote – and vote responsibly – no one will benefit from having a despot like Donald Trump in the White House.
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