The death of American democracy and civil liberties

A unique time has come in American history that will shape the country’s future going forward both at home within the 50 US States and abroad. The President ,Donald J. Trump, captured an electoral win by catching the populist wave at the right time shortly after Brexit. Since his election, there have been many changes. All of these changes signal a drastic change in Americans’ freedoms and civil liberties. Below, I highlight some notable changes.

Increasingly confrontational US Foreign policy

During his tenure as US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton has expressed views against the UN. It is well know he was the architect of the Iraq invasion in 2005. Some view him as one who doesn’t do well with foreign policy and prefers war.

In the same vein, Mike Pompeo who was in charge at the CIA has promoted strong ties with Israel and opposition to the Iran deal brokered during the Obama administration. In addition, he has talked about more military action in Iran. Regardless of political view, he has an appetite for confrontation rather than restraint.

Reduced civil liberties at home

This past week, the US congress passed a law aimed at stopping sex trafficking. The bill passed with overwhelming support in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill caused Craigslist to remove its personal ads section which people used for meetings or sexual interactions.

The trouble is the loss in personal liberties both for sex workers who may have used the site as a source of income and for those who wished to have some connection with another individual. It seems to violate the key phrase of the US Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness covered under the veil of removing the opportunity for sex trafficking.

What right does the US Government have to take away a person’s freedom and choice to sexually interact with someone and through a means that they prefer via a publicly available channel?

Intensified racial tensions

The issue of gun control is a separate one to the race issue. Charlottesville is a prime example of the racial tensions — KKK members rallying and no sign of abatement by some members of the US Government coupled with the continued police shootings. This suggests one of the divisions that thrives in American politics today and has paralysed the US Government.

Consolidation of power in Federal Government

The end result is a president with no counter opinions and an aggressive stance to pick a fight.

Economic power roadblocks

The dwindled and diminished economic power could lead to a view that it’s a manipulation and way to control the majority of the population. In doing so, the population may not have the necessary means to promote and provide changed needed to debate the current trend. Further, the current sentiment among some politicians doesn’t seem to support bucking the trend or changing its current path.

Final Thoughts

It may actually prove that capitalism works but democracy not necessarily. As the supposed leader of the free, democratic world, it has not achieved the expected results in recent times. The current policy seems to suggest continued progression along this path.

Change and reform are the two tools that can desperately change the current course to restore civil liberties and stave off World War III.

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