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Donald Trump Wants To Put American Citizens Before Military Tribunals In Cuba

As you prepare to vote for a candidate to become the next President of the United States of America, take a moment to consider the purpose of the American nation.

It’s not about not waving a flag, not about watching fireworks, not about singing an anthem or taking a pledge. These ideas are at the foundation of what it means to be an American:

  • That the government cannot deprive us of our liberty without due process.
  • That the accused are innocent until proven guilty.
  • That those accused of the most serious crimes have the right to a fair trial in front of a jury of their peers.

    These ideas are older than the flag, older than fireworks on the Fourth of July, older than the National Anthem, older than the Pledge of Allegiance. They are written into the very Constitution of our nation.

    If you reject these ideas, no matter how long you shout “USA! USA!” you don’t have a clue about what it means to be an American.

    Yesterday, Donald Trump proved that he is one of the crowd without a clue.

    Yesterday, Donald Trump told a journalist that if he is elected President, he intends to take Americans who are accused of felony crimes, ship them down to a camp in Cuba, and subject them to military tribunals instead of giving them a fair trial as guaranteed by the Constitution.

    If this proposal doesn’t send chills down your spine, you’re a fool. Donald Trump is talking about seizing the power to take people prisoner, and merely by accusing them of being terrorists, deprive them of the right to prove that they are not terrorists.

    Trump’s presidency would be a totalitarian nightmare. He has proposed forcing Americans to carry identification cards certifying their religious identity, sending out spies to watch the way that people worship and exiling those who fail to meet government standards of religion, censoring the Internet, building giant walls to separate our country from the rest of the world, engaging in mass execution without trial, and engaging in torture just for the sick pleasure of revenge. His new plan to impose military tribunals on American citizens is just the cherry on top of his sloppy sundae of brutality.

    Coming from the lips of another politician, we might dismiss such ideas as hyperbole, but Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated the inability to exercise simple self-control, and has populated his campaign with violent thugs, from the grassroots volunteer who displayed “Heil Hitler” tattoos on national television to the state director who held campaign staff members prisoner at gunpoint to Trump’s national campaign director, who assaulted a journalist in retaliation for asking questions when Trump wasn’t in the mood to give answers.

    If, knowing the autocratic measures Donald Trump has proposed, you still plan to vote for him, you either don’t want to live in a democracy, or are too ignorant to even know what democracy is.

  • One thought on “Donald Trump Wants To Put American Citizens Before Military Tribunals In Cuba”

    1. longtail says:

      We know we want to deep six democracy with our voter suppression but we haven’t quite decided whether we want to replace with totolitarianism or just hand the whole shootin’ match to the rich in a plutocracy.

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