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The FBI Raid at Mar-a-Lago, A Crumbling Britain, and Giving Strangers the Benefit of the Doubt

The FBI Raid at Mar-a-Lago, A Crumbling Britain, and Giving Strangers the Benefit of the Doubt
By Sikander Hayat Khan • Issue #1 • View online
Welcome to the first issue of Saturdays with Sikander!
Here’s how things are going to go: I’ll kick off with a newsworthy and interesting story from this week, share a few articles I think are well worth your time, and then leave you with a topic of conversation/something to think about.
And in this week’s news: Trump’s Florida home is raided by the Feds
The attorney general had requested a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago after suspicions Trump was in possession of classified documents relating to America’s nuclear weapons.
The Left, unsurprisingly, were euphoric. The Right, however, have used this opportunity to go on the offensive. The raid has been sold as an “attack” not only on Trump but his supporters too. Donald Trump Jr., in the hours following the raid, was busy brainwashing Republican voters that it was actually them “they” were after, and that Trump was just standing in the way.
It’s a move of political genius, one that’s going to send Trump’s base into a frenzy, get them panicking, and most importantly - make them furious. It’s what’s going to pave the way for Trump to clean house in 2024. All while liberal commentators in America continue to underestimate both Trump and the GOP. It’s the perfect storm.
You can read my article on this in full here:

Why the Mar-a-Lago Raid Is the Best Thing That Could’ve Happened to Donald Trump | by Sikander Hayat Khan | Area 84 | Aug, 2022 | Medium
Something worth reading
Are British Conservatives the Most Corrupt Government in the Western World? | by Jared A. Brock | Aug, 2022 | Surviving Tomorrow
This is by far and away one of the best pieces I’ve read summing up the dire straits Britain is in. It covers everything from the near-total control conservatives have over the media to tax evasion. There’s even a bit about the Royals.
It’s superbly written, not that that comes as a surprise. The author, Jared A. Brock, is an award-winning biographer, PBS documentarian, and has had his writing published in the likes of Esquire, The Guardian, Smithsonian, and TIME Magazine.
Something to think about
I want you to picture those of your friends whose political opinions differ from yours. Not as in how much the rich should be taxed, for example, but rather whether they should be taxed at all. Big divides - liberal/conservative, Left/Right, Staunch Democrat/Die-hard Republican - you get the idea.
Have you ever thought they were “bad” people for holding opinions so different from yours? For believing in something you thought was “wrong?” I’d bet no.
We give people with differnet beliefs the benefit of the doubt in our day to day lives all the time. But those we don’t know? Those we see on the internet? The people we’ll never meet? They’re immediately judged, labeled, and chastised for being different. Sort of like how most people wearing MAGA hats are, without a moment’s hesitation, deemed white supremacists.
It’s what’s led America to the stage it’s at - cracked, right down the middle. After all, “each action has an equal and opposite reaction.” And it doesn’t take long before the constant to and fro turns into extremism. Which, incidentally enough, only leads to more extremism. And so the cycle continues.
Perhaps it’d be wiser to give strangers the same benefit of the doubt we give our friends.
P.S. In case you’re interested, it’s this story here titled, “People Are Not Defined By Their Politics” that inspired this section of the newsletter.
Thanks for reading,
See you next Saturday!
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