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The 2016 Presidential elections have led to a strange dichotomy in American politics, oddly similar to that of the UK’s Brexit vote. Politicians and pundits on both the right and the left have no idea who to support anymore, with both candidates stirring up similar levels of controversy and support on both sides of the political spectrum.
At the heart of this divide lies Donald Trump, a deeply contradictory “politician” who has somehow managed to both alienate and garner support across all demographics around the United States. On issues such as Christianity, wealth creation and abortion he appeals to the core Republican demographic. Through his outspoken, crass attitudes towards political correctness he appeals to the American Alternative Right, rallying the support of Milo Yiannopoulos and his army of politically illiterate Twitter trolls.
At the opposite end of the spectrum Trump appeals to the political nom-conformists of the far left. This is a growing demographic of leftists who are too busy fighting The Establishment to even identify Donald Trump as anything more than an opportunity to “shake up” a broken system. While many would argue that a billionaire Republican hardly seems the right candidate to achieve such a leftist vision, the alternative of Hilary Clinton is just too much for anti-establishment types to bare.
For those of us on the center left however, is there really any argument to seriously consider voting for Trump? Well yes. In fact, there are four of them:
To those on the Left, America’s war on drugs has been an unmitigated disaster. As prison populations overflow with harmless “criminals”, DEA officials, police chiefs and even politicians have all accepted that the war on drugs simply isn’t working. Trump intends to end this war once and for all, legalising low-class drugs on a state-by-state basis in an effort to strangle the profits of illegal drug cartels.
“We’re losing badly the war on drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and its sister the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are two pieces of legislations that have scared the shit out of the left – particularly here in Britain. In their current forms these partnerships would severely impact our National Health Service and could tear apart the UK’s existing banking, safety and environmental laws.
As a staunch American nationalist, Donald Trump has no time for this legislation or the bureaucracy behind it. To Trump, America must close ranks, fix its own problems and strengthen its own internal economy before it can start worrying about such a grand cross-national vision.
“The TPP is horrible deal. It is a deal that is going to lead to nothing but trouble. It’s 5,600 pages long, so complex that nobody’s read it. This is one of the worst trade deals. And I would, yes, rather not have it.”
When it comes to foreign affairs, those on the left typically seek to avoid armed conflicts in favor of negotiations and similar diplomatic solutions. Unfortunately, when it comes to Russia the United States takes a no negotiation policy. Over the last twenty years the USA has built up an extensive stockpile of “defensive” missiles across the country’s various European and Pacific boarders. The result has been heightened tensions between the two nations, ultimately risking an armed – or even nuclear – conflict in the name of national pride.
Trump intends to end this tension, viewing Russia as a key trading partner with an important role to play on the world stage.
“I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.”
In the same way that Tony Blair will forever be remembered as the man who destroyed Iraq, those on the left cannot ignore the rapidly expanding list of war crimes committed during Hillary Clinton’s time as US Secretary of State. While a more expansive list is available here, a few minor examples would have to include the destruction of Libya, economic instability in Haiti, the corporate pillaging of Hoduras and general Wilsonian meddling throughout the Middle East.
Needless to say, while Trump is hardly a safe option for the left, his closed-boarder nationalism does at least have the potential to limit America’s disastrous meddling in foreign affairs.
“Hillary Clinton’s support for violent regime change in Syria has thrown the country into one of the bloodiest civil wars anyone has ever seen – while giving ISIS a launching pad for terrorism against the West. She helped force out a friendly regime in Egypt and replace it with the radical Muslim Brotherhood. ISIS threatens us today because of the decisions Hillary Clinton has made.”