What Do I Know About War

September is over and it’s been another month of the Trump presidency. As a twenty-Three year old, this is the first presidency I’ve really paid attention to. You’d probably assume it’s because it’s the first full presidency of my adult life, but in reality it’s because I’m constantly in a perpetual state of paranoia and you know I’m not alone. As bias as I’ve been, I really wanted to think Trump wouldn’t be this much of a screw up, but with war looming around the corner, what else can I go with?

 

You can ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m no expert on war, I never will be and neither will the current president. At no point has his ill planned, crude and racist tweets been humorous, these tweets do emphasize he has no idea what he is getting this country into and at the end of last month, one tweet in particular shows the violent ride he is taking us on.

 

“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump’s tweet read and I still find myself in disbelief. Why would North Korea respond to this in any other way than how they did? North Korea has now accused the United State of declaring war. It’s okay, go ahead, scream at the top of your lungs. I found myself repeating, “Do we really need to go to war with a country heavily testing out nuclear bombs?”

 

The United States and North Korea are no strangers when it comes to war. The Korean War,  which started in 1950, saw America swoop in to aid South Korea. Who will help us if we are attacked? At a time when it feels as if we secretly are in the midst of a second civil war, I just don’t see how we can manage to defend ourselves. What will War bring those of us who aren’t marching with Trump? Will we have to fight for a country that has never fought for all of its citizens?

 

I can feel the vomit creeping up the back of my throat at the thought of fighting for Trump. Being on a field, knowing I’m giving my life so his America can go on. That is a future I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I need to educate myself, if anything, Trump’s presidency makes me want to get out of the ignorant fog. A place I never felt I needed to leave until now. As pessimistic as it sounds, we need to all prepare ourselves for what may happen, that starts by knowing what is happening. 

 

Now don’t take this and run to the first YouTube conspiracy video you can find. Our lives are more important than that. Our lives are worth the time it takes to do research and find credible sources. Go out, find someone, ask them how caught up they are on the affairs of our country. We may not all be trained in combat, but we can all stay informed. Religion, sexuality and race unfortunately continue to divide us, perhaps something like this, hitting so close to home, can force most of us to come together and save what’s left of our country.

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