Many of Trump’s voters voted for him because he questioned the US government’s perm-wars and war policy. Trump hasn’t started any new wars, but he also hasn’t ended any of the old ones. So the antiwar vote is still out there, waiting to be harvested. From Peter Certo at antiwar.com:
Hard data shows ending our wars would be smart politics – and the first step toward repairing a moral calamity.
Like anyone else who was around that day, I can tell you exactly where I was on 9/11.
I was a Catholic school eighth grader, fresh off my 14th birthday. The school day lurched along for a while, but eventually we dropped the pretense of carrying on. Teachers ushered us into the adjoining church for a prayer service, then sent us home early.
Later on, in the car with my dad, we heard what sounded like an explosion – a sonic boom from the nearby air base. My dad pulled over alongside other panicked drivers, all of us scanning the sky. In our agitated state, we genuinely believed that our little corner of Ohio might be attacked, too.
Maybe because some of it’s prominent older members demonstrated against the Vietnam War, there is still a widespread belief that the Left is anti-war. That’s no longer true, if it ever was. From Andrew Moran at libertynation.com:
Otto von Bismarck once said, “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.” For decades, a common myth pervading the American political arena has been that the left is anti-war. But they are as much opposed to war as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – at least he is honest about his appetite for blood and desire for perpetual regime change, no matter who occupies the Oval Office. So, from where did this mendacity come?
In 2008, the United States was entrenched in an election battle and two major wars – Afghanistan and Iraq. The Democrats portrayed themselves as the anti-war party, promising to correct the foreign disasters of the incumbent administration. Since then, it’s as if former President George W. Bush never departed. The Democrats have championed military interventions, twiddled their thumbs under President Barack Obama, and nominated a hawk to lead the party in 2016.
Progressives, the same ones who, under Republican administrations, routinely held massive anti-war rallies on days that ended in “y,” have been eerily silent for the last ten years.