Trump has made America “great” again… McCarthy LIVES!

I’m back in that place I call Me. Again, I have to distinguish between myself and my warlike, xenophobic, racist-imperialist society.

I love. I excoriate. I grieve.

(And I PAINT.)

(And watch movies.)

(And read comic books.)

(And immerse myself in “political” books by irrelevant people like Chalmers Johnson, Christa Wolf, Hannah Arendt, James Cone, Chris Hedges, Sheldon Wolin, John Loftus…)

President Trump has succeeded beyond any conceivable expectations.

He has made America “great” again, taken us back to that safe, cozy space of indulgent Russia-hating, imaginary democracy, and fleeting wealth.

He’s given American conservatives and liberals the illusion of security, so we can continue ignoring the genocide and tyranny perpetrated by the U.S. deep state (which is not a figment of your imagination).

For mainstream, nominally liberal Americans, Trump has reinforced the absurdist notion that our institutions are healthy and “resisting” what he represents.

(When our institutions, political and corporate, are more racist and genocidal than Trump could ever hope to be.)

The propagandized, McCarthyite “left” is the new right. They demand Trump “take on” Putin, North Korea, and Assad, while ignoring America’s broken election systems and heinous war crimes under Clinton, Bush, and Obama. They remain hawkish even when there’s hope for diplomacy, cessation of war, an end to the killing.

The new “left” has adopted every single NEOCON position in the book. Pushing Donald (F’g) TRUMP to his right… Trump, a patently irresponsible nitwit, with a “tiny hands” complex.

(!)

MUELLER is a veteran propagandist. The same goes for Brennan, Clapper, Kristol, Frum, Hayden, the NYT, WaPo…

And by the by, the CIA is not your friend. (How dumb are we?)

The DNC denied the FBI and Homeland Security access to its servers. NO forensic analysis of the “Russian hack” has ever been conducted by our government. (Just a hired contractor of the Democratic Party, an EMPLOYEE of the Clinton campaign.)

Orwell was a fucking prophet.

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“Have you ever been to Russia?”

I have not been to Russia, and I highly doubt that free speech thrives there, least of all under Putin.

But I was born and raised in this country, and I’ve watched Democrats and Republicans over the last few decades tear down the First Amendment and reduce it to a pale ghost of itself. All while destroying media as an institution, including with Clinton’s Telecom Act of 1996.

(And then we have the dictatorial way that GW Bush and President Obama hunted and murdered journalists, kept them jailed, tortured, etc., using 9/11 and the GWOT as a pretext for crushing speech.)

I am an American.

It is OUR fascists I fight first, before Russia’s — starting with the domestic despots who’ve been waging war on the rule of law and the democratic pillars of our society, committing genocide around the world, and destroying the planet’s life-giving systems.

Bottom line: EVEN IF everything the Russiagating Nazis have alleged is true, it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans compared to the wrecking ball that our own leaders have taken to our election systems in recent decades.

There is hardly a national election conducted anywhere in the world that is less rigged and corrupted than our own. Until we deal with the hijacking of our elections by fascist oligarchs, it’s the height of absurdity to point the finger at Moscow.

Outside of human rights, generally, and the destruction of the planet by fossil fuels, there is literally nothing Americans care less about than the integrity of our elections.

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DONALD TRUMP IS A BAAAAD FASCIST…

As the press continues its feeding frenzy, churning out TRUMP!-based tabloid journalism as fast as they can print it, they consistently get their facts wrong and expose their biases… ultimately aiding conservatives who make claims of partisan media and “Fake News.”

(And that’s not just a shame or a travesty — it constitutes a real danger to press freedom and credibility. Such reckless journalism does not damage Trump, but helps him politically, while weakening one of the few remaining pillars of American democracy.)

The recent zeal to generate sensational headlines — Trump to shatter NATO alliance! — forced foreign leaders, like French President Macron, to defend Trump and correct the record:

MACRON AND HIS EUROPEAN COHORTS TELL US THERE WAS NO U.S. ULTIMATUM TO WITHDRAW FROM NATO.

(Cool your jets, Reuters.)

Yes, on his European diplomacy tour Donald Trump was frequently late, disorganized, unrehearsed, self-indulgent, and capricious. He said what he wanted to, rather than what he was told to say. He acted impetuously and imperiously.

What else is new?

Such conduct hardly distinguishes Trump from the average U.S. president.

Bill Clinton was famously late for everything. GWB treated foreign leaders with bumptious informality and was also, like DJT, sexist toward German Chancellor Angela Merkel. And dotty old Reagan could never stick to a script, either.

Bush’s Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld, and his United Nations Ambassador, John Bolton — and Obama’s Deputy Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland — lobbed egregious insults at America’s traditional European allies.

None of which received much American press coverage.

Because such behavior coming out of Washington, DC, is perfectly normal.

With the notable exception of President Barack Obama, one of the most gracious, intelligent, and dignified presidents in our history, modern U.S. presidents have comported themselves with unrestrained pomposity and imperiousness, across the globe.

And all U.S. presidents of recent decades, especially Republicans, have dunned the hell out of Washington’s NATO allies with demands that they increase their military expenditures.

For the most part, our past presidents have done precisely as Trump did, swaggering and finger-pointing at Europe, with thinly veiled threats and embarrassing amounts of braggadocio.

Because aggressive posturing and bullying are Washington’s bread and butter.

SO WHY ALL THE HYPERVENTILATING ABOUT TRUMP’S RECENT TRIP TO EUROPE?

WHY ALL THE MEDIA HOSTILITY TO DONALD TRUMP, IN GENERAL?

After all:

- Trump isn’t the one who passed the 1996 Telecom Act, allowing a handful of Rupert Murdochs to gobble up virtually every news/media outlet in the nation and decimate independent, diverse journalism in America. The president who signed into law that free press-obliterating, minority-silencing abomination was celebrated by our media establishment — because he had advanced the neo-fascist agenda… dramatically.

- Trump didn’t use the U.S. military to target and murder “unembedded” journalists, as George W. Bush did in Iraq and Afghanistan. BUSH KILLED THOSE JOURNALISTS to send a lethal message of intimidation to foreign reporters as he launched Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequently, Operation Iraqi Freedom. While the rest of the world witnessed those war crimes and gasped, the U.S. media was kind enough to sweep those incidents under the rug, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. Most Americans, unless they followed FAIR’s coverage or saw the award-winning documentary, “Control Room,” had no idea that the Pentagon was targeting and killing journalists.)

BECAUSE OUR MEDIA COVERS FOR U.S. PRESIDENTS WHO MURDER JOURNALISTS — IT DOESN’T CONDEMN THEM! (That really would be the world turned upside down!)

Vladimir Putin, our jingoist press insists, is the only world leader who “murders journalists” — not George W. Bush, despite all the evidence. Not Saakashvili, Washington’s former client in Georgia. Not our allies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, or Israel…

- Trump didn’t use the Espionage Act to prosecute more news sources than all of his predecessors combined, hunting world-renowned journalists and whistleblowers like traitorous dogs… something only a right-wing, proto-fascist madman would do… or Barack Obama, actually.

President Obama didn’t limit himself to Tweeting mean things about reporters he didn’t like. Instead he prosecuted journalists or cut off their access. He even booted the venerable and highly respected Helen Thomas, the “Dean of the Washington, DC, Press Pool,” out of his press conferences. Just as he excluded whole organizations, like FoxNews (neither venerable nor trusted — definitely partisan).

And Obama refused to investigate and prosecute his election-rigging lunatic predecessor for torture, illegal domestic surveillance and “white” propaganda, the politicization of the Justice Department, illegal military aggression and genocide, rendition, and targeting journalists with military weaponry.

So, let’s be honest:

THE REASON OUR NEO-FASCIST MEDIA IS SO UNREMITTINGLY HOSTILE TO DONALD TRUMP IS BECAUSE TRUMP — THE UNDISCIPLINED, INCOMPETENT EGOMANIAC — IS A HINDRANCE TO THE AGENDA OF MODERN AMERICAN FASCISTS.

(Whereas Obama was their savior and redeemer, which is why the media gave him a near-total pass.)

TRUMP’S REAL TRANSGRESSIONS:

- Railing against NAFTA, Trump refused to sign the G7 statement (“Bad, Donald!”) and insulted neoliberal darling and oil pipeline champion, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (a posturing fraud who mostly does the bidding of right-wing oligarchs).

- Worse yet, Trump made no attempt to revive the world-enslaving Trans-Pacific Partnership (“Bad Donald!”) intended to break China and keep the West on top through modernized slave labor and the nullification of environmental regulations.

- In the company of our European allies, Trump didn’t want to discuss adding Georgia and Ukraine to NATO (“Bad Donald!”), which would heighten the risk of a needless, potentially catastrophic military confrontation with Russia. (The U.S. had brought kleptocrat dictators, coups, neo-Nazi shock troops, and worse to those nations, hoping to use them to further cage the “Russian Bear” — only those coups were largely thwarted by the people of those nations, resentful of foreign aggression and interference.)

- And Trump didn’t end up discussing prolonging NATO’s military presence in Afghanistan (“Bad Donald!”). That is extremely vexing to the warmongering neo-fascists who run America’s editorial rooms. In collusion with the military industrial complex with which they are financially entangled, the corporatized “free press” wants America’s most interminable war to go on even longer.

HERE IS A MYSTERY SOLVED: THE MEDIA ATTACKS TRUMP NOT BECAUSE HE’S HOSTILE TO OUR ALLIES AND A THREAT TO THE FREE PRESS… but because he’s so very BAD at it.

With Trump in the White House, the neo-fascists don’t have a front man who can keep their omnicidal, Christian Dominionist project rolling along smoothly.

And that’s why the establishment positively H-A-T-E-S Donald J. Trump.

But this analysis is only comprehensible to those who have a sense of our nation’s recent history.

Those who have paid close attention and resisted the gradual takeover of America by modern fascists.

Recognizing the true nature of our neo-fascist establishment doesn’t mean we think that Trump is “The Good Guy.”

It simply means that history’s worst malefactors, those responsible for reviving fascism and killing the planet’s ecosystem, positively DETEST Trump… because he’s unequivocally bad for their agenda.

(Almost as “bad” as they perceive Bernie would have been… though Sen. Sanders has been genuflecting before the altar of RussiaGate, of late. Shame on him.)

Donald Trump, despite his natural inclinations, his temperament, and blatant racism… is in point of fact a very BAD neo-fascist.

Like most everything else he’s ever attempted, outside of reality TV, Trump sucks at this.

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IS IT FINALLY TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXISTENCE OF WASHINGTON’S FAVORITE NAZIS?

Yes, literal Nazis. In Ukraine. Washington’s proxies for years, first under President Obama, now under Donald Trump.

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY?

In 2014, Dick Cheney’s acolyte, Victoria Nuland — Assistant Sec. State in charge of European and Eurasian affairs in Sec. Hillary Clinton’s State Department — masterminded the violent coup that overthrew democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych and put billionaire oligarch, Petro Poroshenko, in charge of the country.

Backed by U.S.-supported, Russophobic, anti-Semitic NAZI SHOCK TROOPS…

How are they Nazis? Well, they honor past Nazi mass-murderers and preach white supremacy. They’ve adopted the SS symbol and are fond of the U.S. Confederate Flag, as well. And they apparently love anti-Semitic rhetoric and murdering ethnic-Russian/Eastern European folks… much like the original Nazis did.

After mystery snipers shot up Kiev police and protesters alike, the openly neo-Nazi Svoboda party took the streets like Brownshirts. Their job was to create chaos and force President Yanukovych’s ouster. With the help of the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Obama administration, they succeeded.

America had undone yet another internationally monitored presidential election.

Once again, at the end of a gun barrel.

BOO, DEMOCRACY! USA, USA, USA!!!

And how about that coup? The unabashed Nazi-exalting Svoboda Party provided the ethnic-cleansing vanguard of the new, far-right Ukrainian “government.” Until they were finally stopped in Crimea, where a military response and democratic referendum curbed their aggression.

LET US NOT FORGET that Ukraine’s post-coup leaders were handpicked by Washington, DC.

Dick “Dark Side” Cheney’s acolyte, Asst. Sec. Nuland, was RECORDED discussing who the new Ukrainian government would be led by, who OTOH would simply not do, and how they must govern: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957

(Thank you, to the brave whistleblower who made this damning information public, so even the BBC and eventually the NYT would eventually cover it… just as they eventually reported the billions of dollars the U.S. spent to make the Ukraine coup happen in the first place.)

But finally, the corporate media, with Trump the Chump in charge, is forced to admit the sad truth:

AMERICA HAS BEEN SUPPORTING NAZIS IN UKRAINE FOR YEARS.

Because Trump, the colossal dumbass, has doubled down on that losing strategy: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/01/arming-ukraine-will-likely-escalate-conflict-editorials-debates/109061476/

And there’s no one pretty in the White House for the neo-fascist American establishment to hide behind anymore.

AMERICA’S NAZI ALLIES HAVE BEEN EXPOSED.

Thank you, Dumpster-fire in the Oval Office. Your ineptitude and repugnance damages the neo-fascists’ agenda on a daily basis. It even makes the corporate media conduct itself in a vaguely journalistic fashion.

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY… CAN WE STOP BLOWING THINGS UP, NOW?

Sorry, but my wife and I have been sick for two weeks, and coincidentally, we’ve run out of patience with our neighborhood’s year-round mortar exploding “Ernest T. Bass.” His nighttime hobby terrorizes traumatized adults (including war zone survivors/veterans), infants, and pets alike — including two of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever known, Izzy and Darwin, generously shared by our awesome neighbors.

The last thing any of us needs is more suburban yokels detonating things in the vicinity of our otherwise tranquil “Bay Area Mayberry” home. Where we raise bees and grow tomatoes. And sleep… once we stop coughing.

In days gone by, I celebrated this holiday by screening the film “Gandhi” — for myself and whoever else I could entice to see it with me. Because, I figured, there’s more than one way to liberate a nation… and Ben Kingsley is simply fantastic in the title role. To this day, I find the film inspirational.

[BOOYAH FOR NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE! Nonviolent resistance liberated India from British colonial rule and ended Apartheid in South Africa. And it helped the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. notch real victories... until the Southern Strategy/New Jim Crow backlash in the 1970s-90s... and the 2013 evisceration of the Voting Rights Act... following Wall Street's larcenous plunder of African-American households' wealth, wiping out black families’ post-Civil Rights Era gains.]

This year, I’ve decided to mark Independence Day with a celebration of the free press.

Specifically, I’d like to honor one of the finest journalists America has ever produced: JEREMY SCAHILL, the award-winning co-founder of The Intercept and author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” and “Dirty Wars,” among other acclaimed books.

Scahill’s recent report is so good that it’s forced me to accept that SOME ELEMENTS OF RUSSIAGATE ARE BASED IN FACT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2FlQHwi300

Although I’ve been a vocal RussiaGate skeptic — seeing far more debunked stories than evidence, to date — Jeremy Scahill’s report has introduced me to a legitimate, official Russia-Trump campaign link, dating as far back as the August 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, with Donald Trump, Jr., in attendance. Along with Erik Prince, America’s preeminent mercenary warlord.

Although I maintain that RussiaGate is primarily a propaganda campaign and a distraction, I have to admit that Scahill has apparently found an actual Trump-Moscow connection.

That said, Scahill’s report also confirms my hunch that the NEOCON AGENDA — ultimately targeting Iran — is the real center of gravity in this geopolitical tangle.

As this and other reports reveal, advancing the neocon agenda seems to be the ONLY major issue that the Trump folks had to talk about with the Russians, before and after the election.

Mind you, self-censoring corporate journalists will do all they can to keep Israel, the Saudis, UAE, and especially the neocons OUT of their breathless, error-riddled “Russia, Russia, Russia!” coverage; their stock in trade is xenophobic neo-McCarthyism, that which conditions the American people toward accepting war, even a World War.

BECAUSE BLOWING THINGS UP IS WHAT WE DO BEST… AND MOST.

Ask Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Syria…

(Ask anyone. We’re famous for our bombing.)

Exposing the grimy, genocidal underside of American foreign policy is the last thing the corporate MSM is interested in doing.

But Jeremy Scahill doesn’t push narratives, he uncovers truths. History will get this right, even as the majority tune into FoxNews and MSNBC for partisan programming.

Oddball that I am, this is just my way of saying… HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Because, the way I see it, freedom is also for celebrating independent thinking. And independent journalism.

Not just for waking up sick people and scaring pets.

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Other Jeremy Scahill highlights of recent years:

Scahill on Canadian news during the Obama presidency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jUQjXTa4U8

Scahill predicting the future in 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4jD1bQYQj4&feature=share

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NEWS FLASH: MILLIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS ARE ON THE BRINK OF STARVATION THANKS TO A WAR WE STARTED.

… which, believe it or not, doesn’t have a blessed thing to do with Iran — but everything to do with Saudi Arabia’s regional ambitions.

As reported by Whitney Webb at MintPress News, the United Nations now estimates that 18.4 MILLION Yemenis are at risk of starvation by the end of this year:

“During a briefing last Friday, the UN warned that millions more Yemeni civilians are expected to starve to death before year’s end as a result of a blockade imposed on the country by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. The Saudis’ unsuccessful bid to quash the Houthi-led resistance movement against Western and Saudi imperialism in Yemen has already claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and transformed the country into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the war began in 2015…”

IF ONLY Donald Trump would Tweet something ignorant and obnoxious about this hellish nightmare, initiated by GWB and dramatically expanded by President Obama. Then (and only then?) mainstream Americans might begin to register the ongoing genocide in Yemen, committed by Washington’s Wahhabi “besties” — with the weapons, logistical support, and diplomatic cover our nation has been providing for years.

If the United Nations is right, and nothing is done to prevent this atrocity, we’re talking about an event on the scale of the Holocaust… and yet our media has been virtually silent as the mass-killing and blockade of Yemen continues.

Who are we? Why does the rest of the world fear us?

Maybe it’s because the United States, which enjoyed sole superpower status in the world for decades, has projected its military across the globe and is responsible for the deaths of millions of human beings under Trump’s three predecessors alone.

It could also be because we’re responsible, more than any other nation on Earth, for the Sixth Mass Extinction event and ongoing collapse of the oceans and climate.

(How is it, again, that Americans haven’t outdone the Nazis? Who, exactly, do we think we are — because I guarantee you that’s not how we’re going down in the history books.)

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THIS ISN’T ABOUT “WHATABOUTISM” OR SCORING CHEAP POLITICAL POINTS.

Screw FoxNews’ apologetics and Laura Ingraham with her nonsense about Trump’s “summer camps” for child refugees.

THIS IS ABOUT HELPING THE VICTIMS OF AMERICA’S DRACONIAN IMMIGRATION POLICY… IN CASE ANYONE’S INTERESTED.

According to Race Forward (The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, founded in 2002) — and reported by McClatchy News Service (the only news organization that treated Bush’s “Iraq WMD” claims with skepticism and got their coverage right): In 2011 alone, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SEPARATED OVER 5,100 CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS trying to emigrate to the U.S. — and put parents in for-profit detention centers and their children in cages.

Is Trump an abhorrent cretin? Certainly. And his brand of politics is dangerous… albeit nothing new (the Southern Strategy has been around since Nixon, and was not one whit kinder or gentler than Trump’s demagoguery has been, least of all when practiced by “law and order” Democrats like the Clintons; see “The New Jim Crow” for more on that question).

Does Trump represent a dramatic change from his predecessors?

Yes and no.

With regard to immigration, Trump tweaked Obama’s draconian policy, making it even worse.

But the fact that it is Trump doing it makes millions of Americans finally take note of the ongoing horrors taking place at our border:

TRUMP THE ORANGE SHIT-STAIN MAKES THE MAINSTREAM BEGIN TO NOTICE HOW HORRIBLE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME UNDER OUR LAST SEVERAL PRESIDENTS.

(It’s his one value: his presence helps organize resistance to that which has been ongoing for decades, worsening with every presidency.)

In the height of irony, Donald Trump’s election has actually helped immigrants and refugees fleeing violence.*

How so?

Because Trump’s election has finally drawn attention to the millions of people whose nightmarish travails would otherwise be completely ignored by the mainstream.

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To be clear, my stance on the 2016 NON-CHOICE (proven genocidal warmonger vs KKK favorite) has never been about liking Trump.

It has always been about my concern for the millions of victims of our neo-fascist, surveillance-state government.

With Trump’s election, mainstream Americans are FINALLY aware of their existence and their plight.

The primary danger of this phenomenon is that some hypocritical partisans will make the mistake of associating such policies with Trump and Trump alone, sparing our monstrous system… which will get right back to business the moment Trump is gone and the “left” goes back to sleep.

That’s exactly what the corporate media — that endless source of propaganda, war, and division — is incessantly encouraging us to do.

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* In most cases, these refugees are fleeing violence that the U.S. and its thuggish allies have brought to their homelands, under the auspices of the “War on Drugs” and “Global War on Terror.”

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How the center-left has moved 2016 Trump voters… further to the right (by refusing to talk to them and treating them like a “basket of deplorables”)

I recently saw the following Tweet from Stu Cameron (007 fan) on Facebook, spread by a group calling itself the “Teanderthal Party” — because implying that conservatives are less evolved than the rest of us is what the mainstream “left” has been reduced to.

My response to Stu (with his misogynistic hero icon) is as follows:

In truth, I’ve seen nothing but changed minds from the Trump supporters I know.

In 2016, most Trump voters I know supported him tepidly, with many qualifications. Almost apologetically, really. They didn’t want me to think that they endorsed his stupid racism and demagoguery. Most felt it necessary to explain that they were really voting against the neocon agenda, media-controlling primary-rigging corruption, and corporate fascism (middle class-cratering, slavery-permitting “trade” pacts and Wall Street plunder) — represented so perfectly by the establishment candidate.

But now THE NOMINAL LEFT HAS MANAGED TO CHANGE THE MINDS OF SO MANY default Trump supporters…

* With RussiaGate lunacy (empowering the neocon agenda, swallowing whole their “Iraq WMD” exceeding propaganda)…

* With endless hate pouring out of the left, focused on Trump’s hair, makeup, weight, age, family…

* With homophobic memes about Trump’s “boyfriend” Putin, exposing the left as utter hypocrites…

Our Tweet-fixated, personality politics has turned most of these establishment-abandoned folks into GENUINE TRUMP FANS… which they never were before.

Mainstream hate, mostly hypocritical and reactionary, has made Trump their working class “hero” — even as he’s increasingly giving the neocons and Wall Street everything they want, even as Trump’s tax cut plunders their future hopes…

(Which these center-right victims of neoliberalism really haven’t figured out yet.)

It’s identical to the way that the center-left rallied around President Obama, even as he was assiduously rescuing the Bush/Cheney/Wall Street agenda and putting it on steroids…

We rallied around Obama mostly as a reaction to the unhinged, reactionary hatred of conservatives — because supporting Obama sure as hell had nothing to do with his policy agenda, which was all we’d ever fought against when it was coming from the Heritage Foundation and Republicans.

It’s an enormously sad clusterfuck of a situation. The mainstream “left” has gone back on itself completely, calling Trump a “traitor” for speaking of rapprochement with Russia, even denigrating Trump’s efforts at diplomacy with North Korea…

I never thought I’d see the mainstream left behaving exactly like the deranged right of the 1990s and 2000s. But here we are.

This is precisely how divide and conquer works.

And it’s a tragedy for liberals, who with their empty histrionics have done nothing but discredit themselves and serve the interests of their worst enemies, including Trump.

When you consider, also, the way the left has refused to take the Democratic Party to task for moving to Trump’s right and rigging one election after another — refused to demand much needed reform from the party that lost to a reality TV sideshow ignoramus…

We’ve all but guaranteed Trump’s reelection.

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MAYBE WE SHOULD START CARING ABOUT MIGRANT REFUGEES AS OUR GOVERNMENT CREATES THEM…

Hugo Chavez helped birth a political revolution in Venezuela that has lifted millions out of extreme poverty and given voice to the voiceless, especially minorities and the indigenous. His party drastically reduced infant mortality in Venezuela and educated millions, making Venezuela one of the most literate nations in the Global South, with over 97% literacy for men and women (with women slightly ahead of men, at 97.21%, per UNESCO).

(And those two examples only begin to hint at the legion of reforms and democratization that Chavez initiated.)

His political rivals, representing Venezuela’s entrenched oligarchy (Washington’s clients) repeatedly mocked Chavez as a “monkey” and worse, alluding to his mixed-race, African heritage.

These are the Trump-like figures the U.S. has long supported in Venezuela and South America, generally — those of “pure” European ancestry, willing to be corrupted by foreign interests. Because when it comes to politics, despotic racists are Washington’s favorite South Americans, keen to privatize their nations’ resources on behalf of Western corporations… and Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves.

Do you, too, support these nation plundering, Trump-like figures?

Did you support the military dictatorship in Honduras that murdered environmentalist and indigenous rights activist, Berta Cáceres?

(Because our last president sure did, blessing their coup and isolating the U.S. within the Organization of American States, which had vehemently denounced it.)

Having pulled his country out of utter chaos, Hugo Chavez was overwhelmingly reelected, time and again, in the most transparent, internationally-monitored elections going. Following his untimely and suspicious death (suggesting poisoning, a la Yasser Arafat), Chavez’s successor, Nicholas Maduro, has also been elected repeatedly, as overseen and verified by international monitors.

Former President Jimmy Carter once called Venezuela’s election process “the best in the world.”

(If only my country would conduct its elections in such a transparent, democratic, and open manner! And not just plot, at home and abroad, to overthrow those who win them…)

AND YET, VENEZUELA TODAY IS IN TURMOIL.

Artificial shortages and U.S.-imposed sanctions have nearly broken the society — but not the will of the people. The vast majority of the Venezuelan people refuse to be intimidated by the terrorism and rampant criminality underwritten by Washington.

Even so, many have had to flee their homes. Some will undoubtedly be coming our way. To our border. As immigrants seeking asylum from political terrorism bankrolled by wealthy, racist elites.

U.S. presidents have long supported the Trump-like oligarchs in Venezuela and their violent coup attempts — as in 2002, when Chavez was hauled off by armed thugs, threatening to kill him. The people of Venezuela reversed that coup attempt, which had the fingerprints of the Bush administration all over it (including those of convicted Iran-Contra figures like Elliot Abrams and Otto Reich, who spoke to the coup plotters over a dozen times in the days leading up to their putsch, as was reported in The New York Times).

But Washington’s support for autocratic, racist, humanity-starving regimes is unrelenting.

Now that Trump is in the White House, WON’T YOU PLEASE GIVE A DAMN?

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The one ray of light in this gloom…

After the 2016 election result, Noam Chomsky called Trump’s conciliatory posture toward Russia “the one ray of light in this gloom.”

America’s preeminent intellectual also noted that the Democrats and corporate media aren’t having any of Trump’s “fairly reasonable” talk of rapprochement with Russia. And he excoriated the Dems for aggressively demanding that Trump adopt a more warlike posture toward Russia.

Over nothing.

Over election hacking claims that are “laughable,” in Chomsky’s words.

(Laughable and unsupported by evidence, at this late date.)

And now, advocating a restored G8 Summit – with Russia readmitted to the group of world leaders — this stupid, repugnant SOB, Trump, persists in his saber-sheathing, trying to pull the world back from the precipice of a world war initiated by his immediate predecessors.

Donald Trump’s deep flaws and repugnant personal traits aside, he IS pushing for peace — here and there, feebly, but persistently — even as he makes various concessions to the warmongers and neocons (just as President Obama did, under enormous institutional pressure to do so, betraying his best instincts).

Rather than supporting Trump’s one sensible impulse — his oft-stated, apparently sincere desire to pull back from a global conflagration — liberal hypocrites may now invoke unsupported “RussiaGate” claims and let their disapprobation flow.

Because divide and conquer works.

Because there’s no such thing as principled opposition anymore.

It’s all about “Good Guys” and “Bad Guys.”

Talk about stupid.

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