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Thank you, Washington Post, for what might turn out to be the most incredible RussiaGate story of all!

Like the Steele Dossier* with its “pee pee” tales and the (far more credible) hush-money-for-sex reports, this scoop has salacious details — which should make it a big hit.

However, being a RussiaGate story, it also features the words “no evidence.” (That phrase, in such articles, means that institutions like WaPo and the NYT — despite all appearances — still remember what “journalistic integrity” means… and I confess I find that a tiny bit reassuring.)

But now that “Nastya” has been arrested for using the nation of Thailand to host “sex seminars for… tourists,” you’ve got to love her Hail Mary entreaties to “U.S. intelligence agencies” and NBC.

And her desperate plea: “Please USA save us from Russia!” (We can talk about evidence later, just get me out of jail!)

They say “Democracy dies in darkness” — that’s WaPo’s slogan, anyway. (I like it: sunlight is the best disinfectant.)

But democracy, it seems, also fares poorly under circus-like conditions that put Vegas to shame for frivolous garishness.

As entertaining as it may be, this report is just another example of tabloid journalism serving the neocon/WWIII-courting agenda; one more iteration of the establishment lowering its traditional standards in order to herd Donald Trump further into the neocons’ warmongering camp.

And to bamboozle the populace by demonizing one of America’s primary geopolitical rivals… even though that rival has been far more responsible than our nation — and immensely less destructive — over the past few decades.

It’s dangerous what we’re mistaking for “news” these days. And that most people don’t see the neo-fascist agenda that’s pervaded our institutions.

Yet here we are.

* linked to the Russian and British governments as well as the 2016 presidential campaign of Jeb Bush (who bequeathed it to HRC’s campaign following his defeat in the GOP primary)

Responding to a comment at CommonDreams.org, I may have finally articulated something intelligible, as follows (earlier in the thread I may have face-planted a bit, rhetorically, but here’s where I redeemed myself):

You’re entirely correct about the proclivity of the right-wing, not the left, toward violence. And yes, indeed, I saw the ugly messaging from Tea Party types following President Obama’s election. Some of the more fringe messages were blatantly racist, while others went so far as to threaten violence. It was disgusting. That’s why I responded to those protests with the following original political cartoon: http://invitation2artivism.com/?attachment_id=731

However, the American right was just experiencing its political awakening at that time, utterly disillusioned after eight neo-fascist, morally grotesque, and calamitous years of George W. Bush, who’d been aided and abetted by virtually every American institution going. (All of our institutions finished the Bush years sullied and changed – dramatically, for the worse.)

But the Tea Party’s two primary messages at that time, before they were co-opted by FoxNews and the corporatists, were: 1) Don’t destroy Medicare (a traditionally liberal position); and 2) Don’t bail out Wall Street on Main Street’s back (also a liberal, perfectly defensible position).

I’m not saying we had to “bake pies,” but if we’d subverted efforts to divide us by making common cause with the right around those two issues (and ending the wars, where there was also much agreement), the establishment would’ve had a much harder time completing their coup against the middle class and rule of law.

If we’d worked together, perhaps the post-Civil Rights Era economic gains of African-American households would not have been erased by robo-signing, institutionally racist Wall Street criminals (who Obama saved, needlessly, with $16 trillion of taxpayer money, per Forbes, reporting on the GAO’s audit of the Fed, while creating millions of homeless Americans).

And the ACA might even have had a public option, or better, if we had treated these (very flawed) conservative political neophytes with civility and patience. Like human beings. Like our brothers and sisters.

Maybe we could have even prevented Obama from slashing Medicare – if we were adult enough to work together.

But that’s not what modern Americans do. We swallow propaganda tailored for our group and hate, hate, hate… those who vote for the other, virtually identical, political party… and foreigners galore: Russians, Venezuelans, Syrians, Iranians, Palestinians…

We hate whomever our corporate-owned media and corrupt politicians tell us to hate.

If we remotely understood what Abraham Lincoln meant about appealing to “the better angels” of each other’s nature, rather than declaring all who disagree with us “deplorable” and treating them like devils, we might still have some remnants of a democratic, open society. We might not be tearing ourselves to pieces over partisan propaganda in the info-tainment era.

Instead, we allowed ourselves to be divided and conquered, as Obama became torture-legalizing, citizen-assassinating, Mujaheddin 2.0-creating, society-surveilling Bush on Steroids: http://invitation2artivism.com/?p=1491

And FYI, President Obama also ceased the DOJ’s monitoring of dangerous, violent, right-wing groups in America, which has had disastrous effects on our society.

Obama never acted as if he had a left flank to protect, only a right flank. His Chief of Staff notoriously called progressives “retards” and his administration treated the left worse than it treated KKK types. That kind of appeasement is dangerous, and in many ways, all of these capitulations led us to Trump.

And while spending his presidency delivering for neo-fascists and sparing the extreme-right wingers, Obama worked assiduously to brutally, violently, illegally crush left-wing policies and activism. It wasn’t Bush or Trump who obliterated Occupy Wall Street with an illegal, brutal, 18-city crackdown. And it wasn’t the GOP that rigged their 2016 primary, denying the majority of lefties – and the country – President Sanders, instead of the current trainwreck president.

And it was Obama, too, who pulled off the improbable miracle of rescuing the genocidal neocon agenda and the unsustainable, financialized economy of fraudsters, just when both were in tatters. The next crash will be larger and more permanent, thanks to Obama.

The mainstream “left” come across as total hypocrites, excoriating Trump (the scumbag) while mythologizing Democrats who’ve done virtually all the heavy lifting in normalizing neo-fascism.

Until we start acting like grown-ups and working together, the 1% will keep shredding our futures and burning our planet.

We need to stop pretending that mass-incarcerating, serial racist, genocidal Democrats are so different from their Republican counterparts. Until we stop talking about personalities and start talking about policies, politicians like Trump will become the norm.

And that’s our fault as much as it is the establishment’s.

Worst citizens ever.

“Those who have been truly silenced in the ‘Trump era’ are those who were critical of the seemingly perpetual U.S. government war machine since the invasion of Iraq.”

Spot-on, Mr. Husseini.

The anti-war left has been silenced. That’s precisely what has happened to us. For all intents and purposes, we no longer exist.

The “Trump era” marks unthinkable gains for the neocons, steamrolling progressives and turning mainstream liberals into warmongering propagandists for the Deep State.

Early in Trump’s time in office, the establishment demanded the ouster of his administration’s most prominent, anti-neocon “isolationists” because… Russia? And whaddaya’ know, those Trump-appointed opponents of the neocons lost their senior-level positions and were succeeded by the likes of… John Bolton and Mike Pompeo!

Because the establishment always gets its way, in these post-democracy times in America. People vote for one thing and get the opposite, no matter what.

Barack Obama ran against the neocons in 2008, just as Trump did in 2016, yet both presidents ended up giving the neocons practically everything they demanded, early on in their respective administrations — which is why half a million Syrians died for nothing and slavery made a huge comeback in Libya on President Obama’s watch… and why millions of Yemenis are on the brink of starvation TODAY.

Thank you, President Obama… thank you, Donald.

(Americans, where are you? WHO are you?)

The neocon atrocities keep piling up, making our country the most feared and distrusted nation in the world.

This is what happens when the mainstream no longer gives a damn about the Military Industrial Complex’s genocidal conduct over the last several decades.

This is what happens when average, everyday Americans — nominal “Christians” and “Liberals” — decide to ignore rampant, torturing, Muslim-slaughtering illegality on the part of the Deep State.

In the mainstream’s defense, I fully acknowledge that the vast majority of this monstrous, Nazi-like conduct has been swept under the rug by our corporate/neo-fascist media and badly corrupted institutions, like the U.S. Congress and presidency. Whether the treasonous high-criminal is Dick Nixon, Ronald Reagan, “Poppy” Bush, Bill Clinton, Bush/Cheney, or Barack Obama, our institutions always “LOOK FORWARD” when American elites foment coups, steal elections, murder millions, plunder trillions, assassinate, torture, and apply genocidal sanctions, murdering hundreds of thousands of babies

But generally speaking, the mainstream quit paying attention years ago, after the Vietnam War.

As if to illustrate the point, many in the mainstream seemed just fine with Wall Street sycophant and neocon stalwart, Sec. Hillary Clinton, a career racist demagogue, rigging her way to the Democratic nomination — Hillary Fucking CLINTON, a completely amoral politician who has done more for the neocons’ bloody agenda (and Wall Street and Saudi butchers) than any of her ilk save for Bush/Cheney!

This is what happens when phony liberals deny the left its TRUE CANDIDATE, the shamelessly, brazenly robbed 2016 primary winner, Bernie Sanders, who the polls showed mopping the floor with Trump by double-digits — and probably restoring Democratic control of the Congress with his single-payer healthcare touting coattails.

This is what happens when the mainstream keeps going back to the same institutions that have done nothing but LIE to us and turn liberals into extreme right-wingers over the past few decades.

Not only did the NYT and WaPo lie us into war with Iraq, burying the facts, they constantly distort facts, when it comes to their foreign reporting. Most of their unquestioning “Good German” readers still believe that Hugo Chavez was some kind of “dictator!” That Dilma Rousseff was “corrupt” and her ouster constitutional! These deluded dupes believe that Julian Assange has been hunted and persecuted because he’s a “rapist” and not because WikiLeaks has repeatedly exposed the high crimes, corruption, and treachery of our leaders and world-dominating institutions…)

Nominal liberals, groupthinking and hunky dory with neocon policy, have arguably become worse than Donald J. Trump: race-baiting demagogue, outrageous misogynist, and compassionless egomaniac.

They are outraged over hush money paid to a porn star, but they don’t make a peep when U.S. sanctions murder hundreds of thousands of children under five.

Or when a Democratic president nullifies habeas corpus, assassinating Americans uncharged with crimes, with ZERO due process. Calling it “legal.”

While Trump continues to subvert, defy, and disappoint the neocons — when he isn’t giving in to them (which also happens; Obama deja vu) — nominal liberals have become unquestioning supporters of RussiaGating NAZIS (worse than Nazis – NEOCONS: the Muslim-slaughtering monsters who are in the vanguard of the empire that is killing our planet; THE faction that has revived fascism and dismantled the rule of law, hollowing out economies the world over, including ours, leaving millions upon millions of corpses in their wake, the vast majority civilians… women and children).

The neocons and their “liberal” minions (like the Democratic Party, the WaPo and NYT, Mr. Colbert, Ms. Maddow, Bill Maher…) have recklessly courted a third World War.

They have succeeded in dragging our society down with them largely because of the power of HATE (of the “Two Minutes” variety).

Because the mainstream-left has allowed Trump’s repellent hideousness to impair their critical thinking skills and turn them into exemplars of the worst traits we associate with Trump: xenophobic, bellicose, irrational, easily manipulated, and self-indulgent beyond any concern for who gets hurt.

Addicted to propaganda, feeding off their emotions, mainstream liberals have apparently not learned to distinguish between the institutions that have incessantly sold us wars on lies (and I mean for decades, Tonkin through baby incubators through WMD through Sarin gas through RussiaGate through…)

…and the journalists who still have an ounce of integrity.*

Sam Husseini is one of the latter.

And his thesis is spot-fucking-on.

* Consortium News, Max Blumenthal, Moderate Rebels (podcast), Chris Hedges, Glen Ford/Black Agenda Report, Glenn Greenwald, Global Research, Caitlin Johnstone, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, The Jimmy Dore Show, Katie Halper, Vanessa Beeley, Aaron Mate (The Real News), Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright, Patrick Cockburn, John Pilger, Mahmood Mamdani, Tariq Ali, Ralph Nader, The ACLU, Jeremy Scahill, WikiLeaks, Briahna Joy Gray, Greg Palast, David Swanson, Dr. Cornel West, Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, Eva Bartlett, Rania Khalek, Seymour Hersh, Naomi Klein, KPFA (SF Bay Area), Oliver Stone, Electronic Intifada…

From the article by Glenn Greenwald:

“This kind of love, between two men or two women, has existed for thousands of years, long before the kind of ignorant bigotry that we now hear on a regular basis, provoked by a simple picture of love.”

— Pedro Lotti, crusader for equal rights and basic human decency

“Won’t someone, please, think of the children!”

— Helen Lovejoy, narrow-minded gossip and literal cartoon character

Yet Mrs. Lovejoy’s catchphrase is one that extreme conservatives, in North and South America alike, have taken up as their battle cry — oh so hypocritically — in recent years: “Won’t someone, please, THINK OF THE CHILDREN!”

…would these be the same children that conservatives have generally worked to impoverish, strip of food/medical benefits, and send to prison/war?

…the same children conservatives have insisted be deported back to their war-torn countries, nations ravaged for decades by Washington’s support for puppet dictators and genocidal terrorists?

…the same children that conservatives (like Duncan, De Vos, Emmanuel, Trump, Obama, Clinton…) have thrown to inferior, discriminatory private/charter schools while taking a hatchet to the nation’s public education system?

(Because… you know, “Socialism in any form is, um… the anti-Christ?”)

Or are these those other children, the ones we drop bombs on and/or starve with sanctions, deny potable water to, and generally KILL BY THE MILLIONS, year in, year out, under Democrats and Republicans alike?

(Am I not correct? Isn’t the number of children who die needlessly every year, as a result of the gangster-capitalist economic system Washington has forced on the world, somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000,000 children per year — mostly for want of mosquito netting, clean water, and resources that could be provided for a tiny fraction of what America spends on war?)

AMERICA KILLS CHILDREN BY THE MILLIONS. YEAR IN, YEAR OUT.

BOTH WITH OUR POLICIES AND OUR MISSILES.

THERE IS NO MORE ELOQUENT EXPRESSION OF AMERICAN VALUES IN THE WORLD THAN THESE NINE MILLION SMALL CORPSES PER YEAR, ALL UNDER THE AGE OF 5.

(Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright probably thinks their sacrifice is “worth it.”)

WHO COULD POSSIBLY TAKE SERIOUSLY THESE PRETENSIONS OF CONCERN FOR “THE CHILDREN” COMING FROM AMERICANS OF ANY STRIPE?

LEAST OF ALL coming from far-right conservatives, who have led the way to fascism, at home and abroad (even as post-JFK Democrats have done virtually all of the heavy lifting, policywise, to get us to this dark place, covering up right-wingers’ crimes, retroactively legalizing them, normalizing GITMO, torture, assassination, and worse)…

But boy are these right-wingers obsessed with pedophilia conspiracies!!! They just can’t get enough pedophilia stories — Mmm MMMM! (And don’t forget to mention the Clintons… and Huma Abedin, who has a funny name and a cheating, sexting ex- named “Weiner” and who looks foreign, anyway… hurray for prurient, bigoted partisanship!)

These same folks also obsess a great deal about the “72 MUSLIM VIRGINS” in the GWOT era — religious bigotry the Western media enjoys disseminating, no matter how few people their stereotypes represent.

Basically, I’m saying these sex-obsessed right-wingers are projecting their own pathology… the pervs.

AND IN CASE ANYONE MISSED IT, I’m also saying that someone should actually start thinking of the children. In a way that amounts to a hill of beans.

Because literal millions are desperate for our empire to stop poisoning and murdering them, enslaving them, starving them, stealing their water/resources, denying them medicine, destroying democratic institutions wherever we go…

WHY CAN’T WE MAKE IT STOP?!!

Because if it doesn’t help achieve the ends of our corporatist/Christian Dominionist/white-supremacist/militarist global empire, it isn’t worth doing???

Because adopting even vaguely socialist, humanitarian policies would be somehow worse than perpetuating the omnicidal catastrophe that Fascism 2.0 has wrought???

Because if we don’t vote for fascists every 2-4 years we’re letting down “our side” of the duopoly???

What I’m saying is that it’s WAY past time Americans started caring about something other than material goods and hating each other — while the planet burns thanks to fires WE started.

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.

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.