TREND ALERT: Presidential debates: Merry Christmas! No peace on earth

Posted 12/22/15

TREND ALERT:Presidential debates: Merry Christmas! No peace on earth

KINGSTON, NY, 22 December 2015—The Prince of Peace. Remember him? Jesus Christ?

Apparently not. Certainly …

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TREND ALERT: Presidential debates: Merry Christmas! No peace on earth

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TREND ALERT:
Presidential debates: Merry Christmas!
No peace on earth

KINGSTON, NY, 22 December 2015—The Prince of Peace. Remember him? Jesus Christ?

Apparently not. Certainly not if you’re running for president of the United States in 2016.

Christmas, the season of peace on earth, is upon us. But you would not know that by watching the candidates in The Presidential Reality Show. The women are warmongers and the men militaristic. When it comes to war and peace, these candidates distinguish themselves only by how many they vow to kill and how to best kill them.

And with polls showing terrorism a leading concern among voters, the drumbeats to war get louder and louder.

A year ago, the Trends Research Institute identified “War Weary” as a major trend for 2015: “Two major geopolitical trend lines will be drawn in 2015: Support more wars or fight for peace. …Will fighting for peace be seen as heroic? Or will joining forces with politicians, the military and defense experts to fight more wars continue to be honored as patriotic?”

Our forecast did not predict the outcome, only that a crossroads had been reached and 2015 would define, as a nation, which path would be pursued. After nearly 15 years of continuous US-waged or supported wars in the Middle East, would “a collective mindset that emphasizes community-building here conquer the miserable failures of wars designed to build nations elsewhere?”

Today, the path is clear. All candidates vow to hunt down, degrade and destroy Islamic radicals wherever they are and at any cost.

But during this season of peace, most of the candidates flaunt their Christian values while espousing a path of death and destruction cloaked in God talk. Republican front-runner Donald Trump, for example, has ratcheted up his Christmas-season rhetoric, complaining about how Christ has been taken out of Christmas in one breath, and promising to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS and their families in another.

Take, as another example, these positions from Texas senator, Presidential Reality Show contestant and Bible-thumper Ted Cruz. In one breath, he tells us: “We can turn our country around, but only if the body of Christ rises up.” And in another breath, he declares, “We will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion. I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out."

There’s little debate among the candidates or the media of the endless wars created by US policies that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, destroyed countries and created the conditions for radicalism and revenge.

Is America “War Weary” yet? Quite the opposite. Not in this, the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

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