Trump’s other value, besides… I forget (doorstop?)

TRUMPLOMACY: DONNY GOES TO THE U.N.

Finally, a U.S. president who makes it easier for sane nations around the world to distance themselves from our establishment’s genocidal, warmongering agenda – the neocon agenda, which has killed millions of innocent, mostly Arab/Muslim, civilians over the last two decades!

This is the other, usually overlooked, VALUE of Trump in the White House: his deplorable reputation lets other nations off the hook when they defy Washington’s imperial dictates. (Mind you, Trump’s scumbag image is earned many times over, but it is greatly enhanced by the neocon-dominated corporate MSM that despises and attacks him… except when he’s dropping bombs, when he suddenly becomes presidential.”)

Trump offers us real hope that the next time our neo-fascist establishment tries to lead the world into some lunatic invasion or war – with Iran, with Venezuela, with DPRK, with Russia, etc. – many responsible world leaders will simply be able to point to the Orange Imbecile in the White House and demur.

No f’ing thank you. Not this time. Not today…

Whereas President Clinton II and her cadre of neocons (backed by the “Right to Protect” mob) would’ve set the table for WWIII by now – with the corporate media cheering, the American left sitting on its hands, and reasonable leaders across the world feeling that their hands were tied.

It’s not about liking the Sexual Assaulting Demagogue in Chief; it’s about understanding our history, the extent of the corruption of our political system, and the precarious world in which we live. Without question, the neo-fascists have dominated U.S. power circles for decades and brought the world to the brink of collapse. Something needs to halt, or at least slow, their omnicidal progress.

President Obama, while occasionally offering some small resistance, actually cemented the neo-fascists’ hold on power, improbably resuscitating them after they’d utterly crashed and burned under Bush, Jr. – http://invitation2artivism.com/?p=14911

Trump, however, weakens their tyrannical grip and threatens their entire project – like “Dubya,” by merit of his own lack of merit!

What’s next, the end of the Petrodollar? The emergence of an international climate accord that actually has legally binding emissions targets (just to spite The Orange One)? At the very least, the neocons bloody march across the Middle East has suddenly run out of gas.

When no one wants to be seen associating with this atrocious President, how can he bully the world into accepting more of the carnage, lawlessness, assassinations, and genocide normalized under Clinton, Bush, and Obama (in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, at least)?

He can’t.

And that’s a big win for the world and all the sane people in it.

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OUR PRESENT NIGHTMARE IS SELF-INFLICTED…

Our present nightmare arises from the sad circumstance that we lefties, following the disappointing 2016 election result, failed to champion a progressive agenda in any meaningful way.

We failed to see any good in an anti-establishment, anti-authoritarian, anti-war election result, choosing only to see racism, ignorance, and hate (much of which was sheer projection, coming from the most conservative and bigoted sectors of our own party — the ones who didn’t blink when the Clintons spent the 2008 primary race-baiting Barack Obama and trafficking in a little Birtherism; the ones oblivious to The New Jim Crow and President Obama’s expansion of the neocon agenda).

We failed to congratulate our anti-establishment counterparts on the right, and thank them for defeating two extraordinarily destructive and toxic political dynasties, the Bushes and Clintons, who together had ushered in an age of corporatized American neo-fascism (or “Inverted Totalitarianism,” as the late, acclaimed political theorist, Sheldon Wolin, termed it).

We failed to use the resulting goodwill to rally Trump’s base and the sensible center to push our new president to make good on the few excellent promises he made, which put him consistently to Sec. Clinton’s left: repealing NAFTA, rapprochement with Russia, and restoring Glass-Steagall (and Clinton’s favored/“gold standard” TPP promised to subvert not just banking regulations, but virtually all government regulations).

Instead, we lefties had a self-indulgent, hypocritical, Identity Politics-laden meltdown and comported ourselves like a rabble of Tea Party maniacs, upset with a legitimate election result — and spouting evidence-free claims about “Russian hacking.”

That was hugely gullible of us, not seeing that blaming a cartoonishly vilified Vladimir Putin was the best way to not examine the rigged primary… and push Donald Trump further to the right, on matters of war. (The neocons had bet big on Hillary Clinton, only to find themselves scrambling to co-opt Trump’s presidency in the ensuing months.)

Today’s left is teeth-gnashing, hair-rending miserable because we have failed to stand up for our purported values. Yet again. And the right is reaping the dividends. Yet again.

By and large, we have let the usual suspects in the corporate MSM talk us into accepting a voter-disenfranchising, neoconservative, neo-McCarthyist “Democratic Party” — consumed with conspiracy theories, impeachment fantasies, and war, war, war — just as progressive politics has reached unprecedented popularity across the country.

Bernie’s democratic socialist agenda has been embraced by strong majorities of Americans, giving any liberal party an easy path to defeating Trump and the GOP in 2018 and 2020 — yet the Democrats continue to spurn that path and marginalize Sen. Sanders, the most popular politician in the country. They denounce the progressive policy wish list, including Medicare-for-All, using classic right-wing talking points (“government takeover”).

Imagine how miserable we’re going to be after the 2018 “Democratic sweep” turns out to be just another hollow fantasy spun by politicians, pundits, and infotainers whose only purpose is to contain the left.

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Mommy, where do “the terrorists” come from? (From our allies, dear…)

Who is responsible for the vast majority of the world’s Wahhabist/Salafist, globalized “Islamic” terrorism?

Here’s a good primer for those willing to do a little reading:

According to a leaked State Department memo sent by Sec. Hillary Clinton herself, the answer is crystal clear: It’s Washington’s despotic Gulf allies, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar (but also UAE, Kuwait, and others): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/world/middleeast/06wikileaks-financing.html

Here’s another noteworthy recent story from The Grey Lady, concerning what those terrorists have been up to with chemical weapons, using them “at least 52 times” in Syria and Iraq: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/world/middleeast/isis-chemical-weapons-syria-iraq-mosul.html?_r=0

And here are two indispensable and truly stunning pieces by Pulitzer winning journalist, Seymour Hersh (illuminating the fact that many of these terrorists are actually part of a second, CIA-coordinated Mujaheddin): http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/03/05/the-redirection

And https://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n08/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line

Shameless self-promoter that I am, I’ll also recommend my own stupendous primer on the origins of the conflict in Syria and my recent, very special, blog quoting a bona fide neocon to demonstrate that Washington has, in fact, been “subcontracting foreign policy to Gulf countries” over the last several years… with catastrophic results for millions of Arab and Muslim civilians.

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Let’s play a game…

Imagine it’s the 1970s and you’re a very confused Lincoln/Eisenhower Republican, upset that “purists” are leaving the party in droves. You argue that the sensible, tolerant right needs to be “united,” because you believe that the GOP is still the party of Emancipation and federalizing the Arkansas National Guard in order to protect black schoolchildren… when, in truth, the GOP has become the party of the Southern Strategy. Racist “Dixiecrats” have flooded into the party, which no longer stands for civil rights.

You were fighting for something that no longer existed. You were actually fighting for the opposite of your values.

The point is, political parties can change. (Not that the GOP recently has: they remain a mob of dangerous demagogues and corporate tools, with the Southern Strategy having metastasized into something truly terrifying.)

The lesson for 2017: Because today’s progressives desperately want to see the left “united,” some liberals are arguing that we ignore the fact that Wall Street and the genocidal neocons have taken over the leadership of the Democratic Party.

BUT IGNORING THAT REALITY WON’T RESTORE OR “UNITE” THE LEFT. (In fact, there’s a good chance that it will finish us off.)

If #DemEnter fails because authoritarian Democratic Party officials continue to shut down democracy at the state and national level, rigging one election after another for unbridled corporatists — 2016 primary, DNC Chair, CADEM Chair — then progressives will have no choice but to #DemExit, en masse. (And make no mistake, that’s just what we’ll do.)

Because the alternative will be to continue offering our support to a formerly liberal party comprised of climate-fracking, ocean-drilling, bloody Wall Street neocons who have demonstrated, time and again, that they are utterly hostile to democracy, the environment, and human rights.

And unconditionally supporting the far-right, Brand D (whatever they’re masquerading as, with their hollow Identity Politics) isn’t exactly the best way to revive the left.

Only reforming the party will do that.

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“…(Bernie) would have won the Democratic nomination if it hadn’t been for the SHENANIGANS of the party managers.”

Hearing it from DNC Chair, Tom Perez, was one thing, but I feel extra-vindicated, somehow, hearing America’s most celebrated intellectual and leftist, Prof. Noam Chomsky, call “shenanigans” on the vote-suppressing farce that was the 2016 Democratic Primary.

RE: DEFEATING DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP

If we don’t reform this broken and corrupted system, the Democrats will continue selecting right-wing corporate hacks for “nominees” and LOSING ELECTIONS to appalling Republican candidates like Donald Trump (and worse than Trump, eventually). And they will continue sabotaging the candidacies of actual liberals who promise to bring the party back from the dead and win elections.

So, if we’re not #DemEXIT-ing and going Green/Democratic Socialist/ Independent/whatever, then we sure as hell need to demand — like true, firebrand progressives — that the Democratic Party does away with closed primaries and super-delegates. And mandates a re-vote for any county or state that closes more than half of its polling stations on election day or refuses to release raw vote totals — or refuses to conduct audits when exit polls are suspiciously far off the officially reported vote counts. We need to insist that the DNC schedules more than a handful of strictly controlled debates (with real journalists moderating, next time). And it must prohibit money-laundering schemes that starve down-ballot Democrats of funds while lavishing funds on the candidate at the top of the ticket. And the DNC must address blatant voter-disenfranchising, rat-f’g bias coming from unscrupulous party officials (in a way that prevents such conduct in the future, costing the beneficiary delegates, for instance; the DNC needs to do better than fire corrupt officials after the damage is done, once the primary has been safely rigged).

We also need to demand that the party embraces a strong progressive agenda, including Medicare-for-All, free college, and a $15 min. wage — an agenda supported by strong majorities of the American public.

Either the Democratic Party does these things and begins restoring the credibility of the nominal left, or they should simply admit that they have no more interest in defeating Trump than they do in conducting fair and transparent elections — and they’re just playing us for fools.

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I just had to explain who Condoleezza Rice is…

I just had to explain who Condoleezza Rice is to some poor fellow under the impression that she is some kind of model American who served her country well. Here’s my corrective, taking us back to those innocent “pre-fascist” days when the U.S. invaded Iraq on the basis of a bunch of cynically concocted hooey…

With respect, as NSA and as Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice was in the inner circle of a neoconservative cabal executing that faction’s long-articulated policy of regime-change in Iraq — requiring a U.S. military presence in Iraq even in the event that Saddam Hussein abdicated and left the country or was assassinated. As Gen. Wesley Clark described in detail, the neocons made clear in late 2001 their plans to invade/effect regime-change in seven Muslim nations in the coming years (all of which the U.S. is presently bombing or supporting coups in).

Bob Woodward’s series of “Bush at War” books corroborates what’s been written elsewhere by Pulitzer-winning journalists: the agenda was regime-change, “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” Rice, Rumsfeld, and Cheney were at the heart of the propaganda machine, along with Karl Rove and a few others.

Not only were they distorting intelligence as public cheerleaders for the invasion — of a helpless nation that had not attacked us and posed no threat — they were regularly visiting CIA analysts in order to pressure them to cherry-pick and skew the intelligence. The New York Times and Washington Post reported their extraordinary conduct as a virtual war with the CIA, with politicos leaning on analysts in order to manufacture a bogus case for war.

And we should never forget: We’re talking about a case for war that was being consciously manufactured and debunked in real-time. Colin Powell disgustedly threw out a great deal of the “case for war” speech that the Bushies, including Rice, wanted him to present to the United Nations, referring to it as “shit.” Furthermore, DCI George Tenet never actually told Dubya that the case for war was “a slam dunk,” rather he said that it would be a “slam dunk” to repackage their doubt-plagued and largely fabricated case in a way that would make it more marketable to the public: “Put some lipstick on this pig, boss? That’s a slam dunk!”

Condoleezza Rice was chief among those who disregarded the conclusions of the experts, including our best nuclear weapons experts (those at the Energy Department) who told the Bush warmongers that Saddam’s aluminum tubes were undoubtedly for conventional rockets — and very ill-suited for the “mushroom cloud” producing weapon the administration kept threatening us with. Like the “yellowcake” uranium story, it was a 100% manufactured claim, an obvious forgery.

As has been documented in a number of highly acclaimed books on the subject, Rice stuck with Bush/Cheney and their whole genocidal neocon enterprise every systemically-torturing, mass-murdering, election-rigging, assassinating, slave-employing, chemical weapon-using, journalist-murdering step of the way.

If there were any justice in this world, Condoleezza Rice would be at The Hague, along with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama (whose crimes you probably are equally ignorant of).

BUT HERE IS THE PLAIN TRUTH: Millions of Iraqis were murdered by President Clinton and George Bush, between draconian, potable water-denying sanctions and the U.S. war of aggression (the most heinous war crime of all, under the Nuremberg Principles). That is what the history shows.

And we need to be cognizant of that history — not bury it alive, as our major law enforcement, political, and journalistic institutions have tried to do. Because as James Baldwin and Martin Luther King warned us, our silence toward injustice is something that threatens us all, endangering the nation, as it does our souls. There are no victors when heinous crimes go unacknowledged.

And the survivors are dead inside.

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WHY I GADFLY — Science Edition

I ASK YOU: Don’t you think I’d rather spend all of my days painting (for more than a few hours/day, a few days/week), and reading LITERATURE every day (instead of news, history, and political theory, 90% of the time), and writing fantasy yarns and humorous anecdotes (rather than heart-on-sleeve, indignation-fueled polemics)?

Don’t you imagine I’d rather be reading Shakespeare and Dostoevsky, and bowling and body-surfing, and pestering all the people I love with trivial nonsense – any number of pursuits, glorious and mundane — instead of devoting the bulk of my adult life to obsessively informing myself and subsequently hyperventilating to the World Wide Void (and occasionally, to my friends and loved ones) about the dangers of unquestioning partisanship and placing one’s trust in the corporate media?

(That would be the same corporate MSM that’s been keeping us divided and conquered while the oceans turn to acid.)

But check this shit out: http://www.salon.com/2017/04/30/its-the-end-of-the-world-and-we-know-it-scientists-in-many-disciplines-see-apocalypse-soon

Conceding that I can be overly strident, at times, the above-linked Salon.com article offers a glimpse into that which has motivated my activism for many years: the scientifically valid proposition that humanity could be facing an imminent cataclysm, including, potentially, the end of our civilization (if not in our own lifetimes, then in our children’s or grandchildren’s — who knows precisely when?).

But after 20 years of voracious news consumption, the concept that has become inescapable to me is that of the TIPPING POINT. On many fronts, from matters of democracy and the rule of law to the future habitability of the planet, the ever-ignored experts — including our most noted scholars, scientists, and academics (virtually disappeared from the corporate media) — have been describing system after system at risk of collapse… or in the process of collapsing. Some quite precipitously, fast outstripping what were previously considered “worst-case” scenarios.

The tipping points are all around us.

At the very least, it is certain that our country’s prospects are swirling down the drain, faster with each passing president since Nixon, ironically. Whatever happens with the climate, our nation’s crack-up, including the collapse of most sectors of our economy, can’t be far off. A matter of years, rather than decades.

Although it shouldn’t need saying, making observations about the rotted foundations of our hollowed-out economy is not akin to succumbing to the manufactured hysteria about our national debt. The public sphere — from schools and libraries to voting systems to the U.S. Postal Service — is withering after a bipartisan assault of several decades. Our infrastructure is decrepit and largely failing. Now that the middle class has been decimated, the majority of Americans are just one medical emergency away from bankruptcy, with less than $500 in savings. Much of our farmland and soil have been devastated, as have small farms, thanks to monopolistic and ecologically reckless corporate agribusinesses. They’re wiping out our pollinators (bees and butterflies) — as other corporate profiteers empty our groundwater… while whole communities drink carcinogenic and lead-tainted water, thanks to the utter corruption of our government.

Our last two presidents, Bush and Obama, effectively repealed habeas corpus and “legalized” assassination, indefinite detention, torture, and the hunting of whistleblowers and journalists like enemies of the state. Today, Donald Trump promises to further expand this terrifying trend.

But if we can restore to the U.S.A. some semblance of a law-respecting, reasonably democratic republic, we might still have a chance to mitigate some potentially horrific futures. We might even avert the worst potential outcomes and save billions of lives… if only by averting World War III.

If it weren’t for the scope of the peril we’re all in, I’M SURE I WOULD STOP PLAYING THE GADFLY WITH “POLITICS” SO RELENTLESSLY (and would call my friends on the phone, more often, frequently suggesting get-togethers over: libations, victuals, entertainment, hikes, kite-flying, dog-walking, bowling, Dostoevsky…).

But we all do what we must. I just hope someone’s listening, out there. Because this is one “Cassandra” who’s getting sick and tired of making the right calls, years in advance, while my people get herded like doomed lemmings, divided and conquered by politicians and media hacks with the ethics and morals of Nazis.

Yes, THE END IS NIGH! But maybe it doesn’t have to be… which is why I continue to bother with this kind of writing. Perhaps all we have to do is stop listening to the hucksters who brought us here. That would at least represent a step in the right direction.

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Obama and Trump: The Tragedy of the First 100 Days

This is what tragedy looks like: A bellicose, belligerent idiot-naif of a president getting cowed and broken in his First 100 Days in office — outflanked and absorbed by the machinery of fascism — with his base singing his praises, as if he were still the anti-establishment person he campaigned as. Only he’s not (aside from the demagoguery). And whaddaya’ know, not only has he NOT “drained the swamp” of Washington, DC, he’s actually elevated some of the worst bloodsuckers and gators the damn swamp held!

To what effect?

– He’s not talking about detente with Russia anymore.

– Or restoring Glass-Steagall, a major pillar of how the United States prevented bank panics for nearly half a century.

– He’s no longer promising to keep the parts of the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obama/RomneyCare) that actually help people, such as the provisions that track what was once known as the “Patient’s Bill of Rights.”

– He’s done saying nice things about Planned Parenthood and the vital healthcare it provides to “millions of millions of women.”

– He’s retreated from his major campaign plank of repealing NAFTA (after capitalizing on the political “gimme” Obama bequeathed him as he exited, allowing Trump to take credit for clobbering the morally atrocious, economically inimical, and politically unpopular TPP).

– And now he’s attacking net neutrality (what an ‘effing jerk, am I right?).

But most significant of all, Trump has gone from the genocidal neocons’ most feared and hated politician to their increasingly obedient minion. First, the MIC eliminated Gen. Flynn (a flawed man who had grown sick of providing al Qaeda with an air force), then they threatened Sessions’ job and warned Tillerson, too, and they have since proceeded to point the Orange Dummy in the directions of Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and beyond…

Mother of All Bombs away! “WMD” claims (sans evidence) away! Rattle the sabers! Needlessly provoke North Korea and China!

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And the worst part of this tragedy, from my perspective, is what has happened to the former left. Millions of good-hearted, left-leaning, intelligent, and educated Americans have failed to see that what is happening to Trump also happened to “the best president in (their) lifetimes,” Barack Hussein Obama.

But it’s been like watching an instant replay. Deja vu, all over again…

Although 2008 Obama was no Bernie Sanders, his “Hopey/Changey” rhetoric (like Trump’s) did make some in the establishment squirm. Neither Wall Street nor the neocons hoped for the Bush/Cheney policies to change – they simply required a new Charlatan in Chief for those policies to flourish under.

The oligarchs needed a reliable myrmidon and hoped that Obama would be up to the job, but they didn’t completely trust him. Because even though he let Citigroup select his first cabinet (a parade of scumbags), it seemed possible back in 2008-09 that President Obama actually had an iota of interest in real change. (And for my money, they weren’t wrong: Obama did have that iota of interest… it just never amounted to anything, because he never fought for it. By the time he left office, America’s most vulnerable communities had been devastated, and 95% of economic gains had been sucked up by the vampiric top 1% — the plunder was complete.)

But that’s getting into the minutiae.

Mostly, what close observers witnessed in Obama’s First 100 Days as president is astonishingly similar to what has happened with Donald Trump: The establishment has co-opted our new president completely.

Under Barack, the far-right’s corporatist coup would be consummated. He would succeed where “Dubya” had failed: cutting Medicare and Social Security (making him the first to successfully breach the legendary “Third Rail of American Politics”); transferring $16 trillion to the crooks who’d crashed the world’s economy; normalizing assassination; ending habeas corpus; and all but extinguishing press freedom (prosecuting more whistleblowers and journalists under The Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined).

Today, the same thing has happened to President Trump, a patently irresponsible nitwit, with a “tiny hands” complex, drenched in imaginary Russian whiz. They’ve even got the bozo attacking the journalists at WikiLeaks, an indispensable news organization which he was praising not long ago.

[Since 9/11, our rapaciously corrupt establishment has been courting a new world war, acting with extraordinary aggression, on virtually every front. And now the nominal left is relentlessly prodding Trump to get with that program (like Obama before him), haranguing him to reverse himself on what Noam Chomsky has called the one ray of light” Trump offered -- rapprochement with Russia.]

And because the left has been so ugly and reactionary in its response to Trump’s election — desperate for any way to delegitimize him — we’ve actually managed to get his base to rally around him, just as he is breaking his best promises to them. (Just as the right’s irrational Obama-hatred in 2009 compelled us to rally around our new president, just as he was breaking all of his best promises to us.)

And that’s how we came to be in the political wilderness, my fellow lefties. We’ve been gullibly following the deep state’s playbook, for partisan reasons, filling the warmongering space to Trump’s right, demanding that he succumb to the whims of the Military Industrial Complex. And now he’s buckled, threatening to live up to our worst fears about his presidency (which means he’s finally become “presidential,” in the eyes of our lunatic establishment).

And we “liberals” — including some damn fine progressive organizations and individuals – helped that happen.

This is exactly what TRAGEDY looks like.

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INVITATION TO ARTIVISM: This time it’s PERSONAL…

Fart 1

A very long time ago, taking a one-year leave of absence from college, I found myself living with my slightly younger sister (“Bunky” from here on) in her very first house, which she shared with two other single mothers. (Happily, there was a fourth bedroom for me to inhabit… which I shared with Rosie, my sister’s Great Dane-Rottweiler mix… who was also my sweetie. And, yes, it was quite “serious.”)

You might think I felt entitled to stay under Bunky’s roof, since her dog was in love with me and since I’d lent her the money for the down payment on that house. But in truth, I did not feel thusly entitled. Bunky, my close sibling and pal, had paid me back lickety-split and had not left me in the lurch (for that little nest-egg was my Future College Moolah, the result of three years of scrapin’ and slavin’ in banks, offices, and restaurants in Arizona, California, and Chicago, Illinois).

The real reason I stayed with Bunky and her charming barely-toddler, my fantastic nephew (“Scrappy-Doo,” from this point forward), was because there was no place, in the whole, wide world, I would rather have been (as long as school was on hold, anyway).

Bunky and I had always been close, and I absolutely loved her kiddo — and the truth is, “Scrappy” loved the heck out of his goofy, clearly artistic uncle (“Spazmodius Rex” from here on in, for narrative purposes). What fun we had, the wee lad and I, playing “King Kong” and “Hoo-Ah!” — and going on “Poo-poo Expeditions” in the back yard (the kid was an enthusiastic and superb “spotter” during clean-up ops… Oh, dogs!).

As housemate to three sets of single moms and wee ones, I tried to make myself useful: I bought groceries, cooked meals, and cleaned on a regular basis… like the damn maid, if you must know (Bunky has always left a pile of dirty dishes in her wake). Working opposite shifts from my kid sis (6-8 years older than I, in Maturity Years), I managed to take on much of Scrappy’s daily care, changing his cloth diapers, feeding him nutriments, and often putting him down for the night (it never took more than three tranquilizer darts and a lullaby).

But mostly I spent all that time with Scrappy because I was having the time of my life with the kid. And with my sis. And her best friend, “Banana” (hi, Banana).

By Jiminy, those were good times!

End Part 1

SNEAK PREVIEW: In Fart 2, “Rex” (your not all that humble narrator) learns that not everyone shares his political/philosophical convictions!

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The “F-word” is back! (This one is not for the faint of heart… or Obama idolaters.)

Let me tell you about fucking fascism… friend. For a long time in my country it was considered very bad form indeed to drop the “F-bomb” in discussions of our nation’s politics. “Fascism” was bloody serious business, and we were never to make such comparisons lightly.

Of course, George W. Bush made America’s fascist tendencies obvious. The entire world saw it: election-rigging, torturing, civilian-raping, nation-invading, journalist-murdering, systemically racist, corporation-exalting fascism. But here, in America, we kept to the old rule: mum was the word (not “fascism”). No matter what Bush or any of his predecessors did, it was still verboten to call it by its true name.

So we politely refrained.

Only today, the old prohibition is off! We now have an oafish, orange galoot of a president who many Americans feel comfortable calling a “FASCIST.” After a year-plus of our warmongering corporate media equating Donald Trump with fascism, the etiquette of using the “F-word” has apparently changed.

Our relentlessly propagandistic press also calls Donald Trump the dupe of Russia — “Putin’s puppet” — ironically, for NOT wanting another conflict based on a bunch of evidence-free CIA claptrap. (He’s apparently a “dangerous fascist” for resisting the neo-McCarthyite establishment’s push for World War III — or, at the very least, a new Cold War.)

We denigrate Trump relentlessly — pushing him toward his most fascist potential, ironically — but here’s the unvarnished truth about the political reality of today’s America: AMERICAN FASCISM WAS ON ITS KNEES when President Obama came into office… and he gave it a lifeline, with few conditions or restraints.

Barack Obama simply used the dwindling immensity of our nation’s wealth, created by our labor, to needlessly prop up our mortal enemies, the fascist oligarchs and their predatory, infinitely destructive corporatocracy. Allowing them to rob the most vulnerable among us, especially people of color, President Obama put the “savvy businessmen” who promise to be History’s Worst Fascists back in charge, while committing a trillion dollars to the development of NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS and further militarizing our institutionally racist police… while repealing Posse Comitatus (with the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act). And also repealing the law prohibiting government psy-ops against Americans at home (the Smith-Mundt Act). And he effectively retired habeas corpus… a HUMONGOUS betrayal of the “Hope and Change” he ran on.

Obama elevated several of the worst (if not the most renowned) Bush-era TORTURE proponents and empowered “Dubya’s” bloodiest, most ruthless generals, Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus: responsible for extraordinary crimes against humanity, including the torture of thousands of innocent Iraqis and the ETHNOSECTARIAN CLEANSING of the vast majority of Baghdad’s Sunnis (a result of Bush’s 2007 “Troop Surge”). Ultimately, President Obama would allow the neocon agenda — discredited and adrift when he became president — to expand to several countries, butchering hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East and beyond, and creating over 65 million refugees. A new world record.

But what else should we have expected? President Obama let a Citigroup executive, implicated in the massive fraud that collapsed the U.S. economy (Michael Froman), select his first cabinet. This rather sizable betrayal of the American people explains why Obama elevated his appalling predecessors’ top people, some of the rottenest apples from the administrations of both Clinton and Bush, to senior-level positions in his administration.

Finally, putting the icing on the democracy-poisoning cake, Obama helped Wall Street’s favorite world-fracking warmongers RIG the 2016 Democratic Primary* against the best people’s candidate in generations, on behalf of an enormously unpopular and deeply corrupt candidate — ensuring that the left would not be able to rise again in America.

And that’s why I think Barack Obama was such a monumental failure, in terms of his presidency. He had the entire country behind him in 2009, and a mandate like no other, to reverse the country’s fascist plunge — and a filibuster-proof DEMOCRATIC SUPER-MAJORITY in Congress to make it happen! And all the evidence showed that if he didn’t act, we were basically screwed, along with the oceans, bees, and Great Barrier Reef.

But he sided with the fascists instead, on every issue, right down the line, under no public pressure from the opposition (aggressively pushing for the dreadful and extremely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership “trade” pact, for instance). In doing so, he made it possible in 2016 for the GOP and Donald Trump to capitalize on the country’s anti-war, anti-Wall Street sentiment and re-take the White House.

And the 21st-century Democratic Party now stands with the neocons, pushing Trump toward WAR. (Mostly because they’ve become a party of MIC corporatists, but also because they desperately needed a distraction from the stolen primary* and an excuse for losing the most winnable election in modern memory: “Vladimir Putin Hacked the Election!” has turned out to be as credible as “The Dog Ate My Homework!”)

This is our history: After accumulating more power every decade, the democracy-loathing, climate-destroying, Arab/Muslim-slaughtering, humanity-enslaving fascists had finally cracked up under Bush – dashed upon the rocks by their own hubris. They were lying on the ground, convulsing to death, when Barack Obama performed a miracle of triage, stealthily handing them $16 trillion of our wealth and zealously championing their agenda, putting their boots back on our throats: crushing Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Flint, MI, Wisconsin unions, and the Standing Rock Sioux; mounting one foreign coup after another; and prosecuting more whistleblowers and journalists under the Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined… ultimately giving us President Trump.

And if hadn’t been Trump, it would’ve been someone worse… like Ted Cruz. (In truth, Donald Trump, despite his shameful demagoguery and frequently boorish behavior, was the clear liberal in the 2016 GOP primary, vigorously denouncing slavery-permitting, corporation-exalting “trade” pacts and the neocons’ insane, warmongering agenda — and defending not just “New York values” but also entitlements, Glass-Steagall, and Planned Parenthood!)

But neoliberalism is virtually guaranteed to bring pure, unadulterated fascism to America, sooner or later. (Turns out to be sooner, because with the Democrats’ help, the MIC’s fascists are co-opting Trump’s presidency more, every day: ATTACK SYRIA, PROVOKE RUSSIA, CONFRONT CHINA — NOW, NOW, NOW!!!)

But in order for America to work, we need conservatives and actual liberals in positions of power — not conservatives and “neo-” liberals (soulless technocrats, like Presidents Clinton and Obama, who simply do the dirty work of mass-murdering tyrants, without so much as a second thought).

We need actual fucking LIBERALS. (Now, there’s a word that needs reclaiming!)

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* RE: The massive evidence of election fraud determining the “winner” of the 2016 “Democratic” Primary:

If you have any doubts about the evidence of election fraud in the Democratic Primary, I would point you to months of excellent coverage from The Young Turks and Debbie Lusignan, the Sane Progressive, which — along with the Des Moines Register (the conservative daily that endorsed Clinton) and other news sites that detailed, blow by blow, evidence that one state after another was rigged and hijacked in a very opaque and dirty tricks-marred process. Also, the excellent journalist Greg Palast was recently interviewed by TYT’s Jordan Chariton, and he was unequivocal about evidence of election fraud in the primary.

Beyond these few sources I’ve mentioned, I can give you chapter and verse of what went wrong in Iowa, Nevada, Massachusetts, Arizona, New York, Illinois, and Rhode Island, to name just a few places where the rigging was so blatant that hearings were held because citizens protested in droves, and election officials ended up being fired.

We should also take note of the frequent conspicuous disparities in the exit polls. In other countries when exit polls are this far off (between five and thirteen points in about a dozen states), the laws in those countries trigger automatic hand recounts. In other nations, when results are this fishy, the international community (including the U.S.) has demanded hand recounts under international monitors.

FYI, I don’t fault most Americans for not knowing all of this; I follow news like some people follow sports. I have archives of hundreds of hours of video and literally thousands of articles — and I’ve read (and heavily annotated) a great many of the most critically acclaimed books on the subject. From where I’m standing, I have no doubt whatsoever that the Florida 2000 presidential election was rigged and stolen for George Bush. I am equally certain that the Democratic Primary was rigged and stolen for Sec. Clinton, because I watched it happen in real-time. In short, I would bet my life and soul that the case I’m making is absolutely true: millions of Americans were disenfranchised, hundreds of thousands saw their registrations flipped, hundreds of thousands were purged from the rolls, and untold numbers were simply barred from voting because 66-75% of precincts were arbitrarily closed, disproportionately in college towns and areas were Sen. Sanders was expected to clobber Clinton. Amid great mainstream criticism, states like Iowa have refused to release raw vote totals, making opacity the rule of the day.

Please trust that I’ve taken the time to watch the hearings that took place in Maricopa County (AZ) and Chicago, IL. I’ve heard the citizens’ first-hand accounts of how they personally witnessed the outcome-changing actions of corrupt officials; these stories are stunning and extremely compelling. These everyday Americans are reasonable, credible, and obviously intelligent and principled.

Finally, don’t YOU find it extremely suspicious that all of Clinton’s must-win states were marred with controversy? How obvious does it have to be, aside from all that’s been documented, when elections officials have been fired in case after case (scapegoats/sacrificial lambs, protecting the system itself). How much more do you need than the fact that in Bernie’s home state (NY), hundreds of thousands of voters were simply purged from the rolls, just prior to the primary, including over 125,000 in Bernie’s home borough, Brooklyn, where he was born and raised? (And then there’s the documented, widely reported, money laundering of the DNC and efforts made by DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and her staff, to do everything possible, legal or not, to advantage Clinton and hamstring Sanders, including with smears and rat-f’g lies, dirty, dirty tricks. There’s a reason Ms. Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign from her job and left her position scandalized and despised.)

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