The Politics of Fear

by Natalie Steinberg

Donald Trump has taken the world by storm, as much as many would like to ignore this fact. His outrageous speeches have sparked the public’s attention; and has created an uproar in the government, preying on the people’s fear of terrorism.

Since the 9/11 attack, the United States has been extremely cautious while increasing security across the nation. It’s not surprising that the public has reacted so strongly to the new threat of ISIS. ISIS is an extremist militant terrorist group that has deliberately massacring, killing, torturing, enslaving, kidnapping, and raping innocent people. Their actions cause families to grieve for their loved ones and weep for the innocent dead.

This threat has spread across the globe as ISIS started reaching out to naïve teens all over the world. People have become suspicious and untrusting of almost everyone now. The scariest part is that ISIS believes their twisted actions are justified.
Donald Trump is using the rising fear and suspicion as a gateway to presidency.

What’s surprising by all of this is that the American people are blind to the danger Trump would impose on the US if he actually went into office. His ideas on building a wall and other outrageous claims are not realistic. Some also take issue with his ideas on abortion, foreign policy, guns, immigration, and taxes. The two points he makes that really catch the public’s eye are on abortion and immigration.

Trump came out as against abortion on the debate stage at the University of Houston. Trump said, “As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I’m pro-life.”

This has caused an uproar in the female population. There are many who feel that not letting a female get an abortion under certain circumstances is a violation of human rights.

Donald Trump has also been known for changing his views rapidly, such as his views on abortion. In an op-ed published on the Washington Examiner’s website, Trump wrote that his views on abortion were changed by a “personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”

His views on immigration are what really caused the greatest problem of them all. Trump believes that immigrants are the largest cause of crime in the Unites States, when in fact, other ethnicities are also contributing to the rising crime rate.
“I will forever end the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions,” said Trump.

The fact that he would purposely say he wanted to forever end the use of H-1B, a nonimmigrant visa that grants U.S. employers the right to temporarily hire foreign workers, is absurd. Mexican or Latino immigrants consist of more than half of the population. They contribute to a large portion of the workforce in the United States and should be treated like everyone else.

Trump has not only expressed his opinions on Mexican or Latino immigrants, but also Muslim citizens. He has referred to all Muslim people as “terrorists” and commented that they don’t belong in our country. For years, America has welcomed all ethnicities to have a fresh start. Trump wants to destroy that claim. A portion of the population, who seems to be voting for Donald Trump, is convinced that Muslims are “terrorists.” The United States has suffered from terrorists attacks, received threats of more, and ISIS has become a worldwide problem; but kicking out all immigrants and discriminating against a whole ethnicity crosses the line. America might be living in fear, but shouldn’t let that fear cloud our judgement.

Donald Trump preys on this fear and he inflames it. That is how he has gotten so far in this year’s presidential primaries. Voters need ask themselves a few questions: Do they really want someone who changes their mind so easily? Do they really want someone who blames a whole group of people for something only a small portion of that group did? And do they really want Donald Trump for President of the United States of America?

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