Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has by far generated more controversy than any other candidate, partly because he speaks his mind, ignoring the political left’s push for silence under the guise of “political correctness.”
Though at times, Trump appears to be anti-establishment, other remarks made by the savvy businessman eerily resemble those of mainstream neocons, who unanimously support more military spending, more unjustified wars and the continued illegal invasion of other countries.
Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) may have said it best when he told RT in Oct. that Trump is simply an “authoritarian.” Paul went on to say: “I think Trump is an authoritarian and he brags about it. ‘I’m the boss and I tell people what to do.’ Government happens to be a little different to that.”(1)
“The only thing you want to do if you believe in the market place is you want to get rid of the government. But he’s talking about having strong taxes on imports. He wants to punish people and he’s the boss. So I think he would be dangerous to the economy.”
Fast forward three months later to the release of Trump’s first TV ad, where he proves the former congressman right. Trump’s new TV ad is an outright disappointment to freedom-lovers everywhere, as it points to the likelihood that the Republican candidate is just more of the same.(2)
Donald Trump’s ad begins with a shot of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then comes a US battleship launching a cruise-missile strike. From there it moves swiftly through an explosive montage: The suspects in the recent California terrorist attack. Shadowy figures racing across the US-Mexico border. Islamic State militants.
The narrator, a deep-voiced man, speaks ominously: “That’s why he’s calling for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, until we can figure out what’s going on. He’ll quickly cut the head off ISIS and take their oil. And he’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.”
In the new TV ad, Trump models the invasive military policies of past presidents, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, both of whom used their power as president to expand NATO, the world’s largest military alliance, strengthening member countries’ military stronghold over NATO territory, which continues to expand.
As stated in Trump’s ad, his foreign policy strategies are really no different than those of Republican establishment contender Jeb Bush, and other war-championing politicians. Cutting the head off ISIS and stealing their oil simply means taking it from its rightful owners: the people of Iraq and Syria.
“[O]ne cannot ‘take’ Islamic State’s oil. It isn’t theirs for Trump to take,” writes Zero Hedge. “That oil belongs to Syria and Iraq.”(4)
Trump’s interests in the Middle East are apparently no different from those of your typical pro-establishment politician, who routinely side with corporations rather than the best interests of American citizens. The U.S. government’s primary motivation for never-ending war in the Middle East is fueled by oil, specifically protecting the lucrative operations of powerful corporations such as ExxonMobil.
Invading the Middle East to steal more oil is the exact same awful decades-old strategy executed by authoritarian-type politicians working for the shadowy deep state. Not to mention that that is the exact reason why America is currently in the situation it is – with Islamic extremism posing an increasing threat to innocent Americans.
“He [Trump] wants to run people’s lives and run the world and run the economy because that is the way he lives his life. And on occasion he comes up with a correct idea, but an authoritarian is the opposite of a libertarian,” said Paul.
“A libertarian wants to release creative energy to the individuals. We want to get government out of our lives, out of the economy, and out of all these places around the world. So it’s quite a bit different to the way an authoritarian would approach our problems.”