China’s Global Times newspaper today published an insightful look from afar at the threatened collapse of certain American institutions, and the eruption of mass support for a Mussolini-like candidate for President erupting, the paper noted, from economic decline:
Trump’s supporters are mostly lower-class whites, and they lost a lot after the 2008 financial crisis. The U.S. used to have the largest and most stable middle class in the Western world, but many are going down. That’s when Trump emerged. Big-mouthed, anti-traditional, abusively forthright, he is a perfect populist that could easily provoke the public…He has even been called another Benito Mussolini or Adolf Hitler by some Western media…The U.S. faces the prospect of an institutional failure, which might be triggered by a growing mass of real-life problems.
The same thing is happening across Europe, with spreading extreme-right voting patterns, as again this weekend when the Alternative fuer Deutschland party shot to 15-20% in state elections after its leader threatened to shoot immigrants on sight. The AfD vote virtually equaled the real unemployment rate in state after state.
We are, in fact, in a breakdown of institutions in the United States and Europe. It is coming after 15 years’ economic stagnation, mass unemployment and loss of income, and a whole series of terrible wars started by Bush and Obama, and those lightly-armed but furious warriors, Cameron of UK and Hollande of France. There have been so many of these mass-killer wars that the latest one, with Obama, Cameron, and Hollande aiding Saudi Arabia in destroying Yemen, hardly gets mentioned in most media.
Obama can be impeached for these unconstitutional wars alone.
But worse than the loss of respect for any institution, the mission of the United States and its citizens at the frontiers of technological progress was killed by Obama when he ended the lunar and deep space exploration plans of NASA.
Rebuilding the NASA programs — mobilizing Americans’ creativity to revive the United States’ space exploration future is the central force to reverse this collapse. The economic means are those proven by President Franklin Roosevelt, to deal with Wall Street, and provide national credit for recovery. But the greater goal is to have that mission again, the future of humanity in space…