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REGARDING THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE U.S. POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT’S QUEST TO KEEP MILLIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS SUBJUGATED, DISENFRANCHISED, AND TOILING FOR LITTLE OR NO REMUNERATION:

In 1994, President Nixon’s aide, John Ehrlichman, put the matter succinctly and in crystal-clear terms: The War on Drugs was conceived by Richard Nixon and the GOP — not in response to any rising crisis in drug use — but specifically to criminalize and break up whole, politically unruly, communities.

BLACK communities, first and foremost.

(Because, as Ehrlichman observed, they couldn’t make simply being black illegal and needed any excuse to devastate those strongly anti-war, anti-fascist communities.)

In 2018, America’s white-supremacist essence has been exposed many times over, surely, but Nixon’s former adviser confessed a rare, unvarnished truth: Conceived by Republicans, metastasized and normalized under Democrats, RACE-BASED mass-incarceration (the “Drug War”) was literally designed to disenfranchise and enslave millions of black Americans.

And that’s exactly what it has done.

That’s why it’s called The New Jim Crow — with respect to Michelle Alexander, whose book should be considered essential reading for any self-respecting American.

One form of slavery replaces another. It’s the American way.

Regarding gun violence in America, THE DIAGNOSIS of this societal sickness was laid out perfectly in Michael Moore’s (totally f’g brilliant) “Bowling for Columbine” — http://watchdocumentaries.com/bowling-for-columbine/

(As in his films “Roger & Me,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Sicko,” and “Capitalism: A Love Story,” the MSM-maligned progressive filmmaker demonstrated a firm grasp on the dire trends that were shaping America’s future when he made that devastating documentary, shortly after the mass-shooting event in Littleton, Colorado, that left 14 high school students and one teacher dead.)

And THE PRESCRIPTION for addressing this horrific crisis has been pretty well mapped out, too: https://www.democracynow.org/…/20/if_australia_can_do_it_why

And THE PRESCRIPTION FOR MAKING “THE PRESCRIPTION” A REMOTE POSSIBILITY? Replace the duopoly by never voting D or R again.

It’s common sense.

(Because who would vote for serial mass-murdering psychopaths who clearly loathe democracy, at home and abroad — the two parties that have worked overtime to destroy the planet and reduce the U.S. to banana republic status in a matter of a few short, drunken-financialized, corporatocracy-enshrining, Constitution-shredding decades?)

(Only everyone I know, that’s who…)

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SO, since the notion of the American electorate abandoning its lifelong (institutional) mortal enemies is “not realistic,” maybe we should at least try pushing like mad for ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM (rather than sleepwalking into a world war with Russia and China over a bunch of unsubstantiated — largely debunked — intelligence agency drivel).

Election/campaign finance reform (perhaps along the lines prescribed by Prof. Lawrence Lessig in his excellent book, Republic, Lost) is the only hope we have, at least as long as we insist on voting for our evil overlords’ official courtesans.

Get the Democrats and Republicans out of the NRA’s pocket (and the MIC’s, Wall Street’s, etc), and we might actually accomplish something.

We might even make our schools and society safer for children and other living things.

[The subject of HISTORY and the whitewashing of American textbooks was recently broached on my Facebook home thread, and I decided to respond. Needless to say, there went my morning… but I’ve decided to spare Facebook and my innocent friend, rightfully concerned about the expurgation of the Trail of Tears from an unnamed middle-school textbook. IOW, this diatribe is for you, faithful reader…]

If Americans had been taught HISTORY over the last several decades, Allen Dulles’ name would be a household word — and everyday Americans would know that Germany and Hitler lost WWII, but fascism won, hands down, with the Nazis’ best allies subverting FDR and Truman and launching the Cold War, because they adamantly refused to accept the Russian victory and the war’s end.

Eisenhower blamed Dulles for dominating his time in office, leaving him with “a legacy of ashes.” (No doubt: One fine speech about the tyranny he facilitated does not a good presidency make — and many CIA/deep state horrors were unleashed by the golfing, aloof, patrician Ike.)

Can most Americans name the last actual U.S. president — before the oligarchs and spooks took over, lock, stock, and barrel? His name was John F. Kennedy, and, whatever his imperfections and moral transgressions, the plain truth is he was assassinated for defying America’s unelected power establishment and seeking détente: an end to the rapacious, global neo-fascist agenda.

No holder of the office has disobeyed the corporatocracy since that bloody murder of a sitting president — and subsequent demonstration of impunity (with the murderers put in charge of the “investigation”).

No American institution or high elected official has meaningfully opposed America’s descent into neo-fascism since the 1960s, including: the blatant hijacking of our elections and campaign finance laws; the privatization of the commons; Washington’s endlessly genocidal actions targeting Arab Muslims, primarily (killing millions outright); the eradication of hundreds of vital regulations thanks to “trade” pacts and a deregulatory frenzy; the legalization of government propaganda aimed at citizens; the end of Posse Comitatus; the elimination of habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights; the normalization of institutionally racist military/secret police; the normalization of torture, vacuum surveillance, and journalist/whistleblower persecution; the unimpeded destruction of the climate and natural world…

It’s horrifying, but true. In recent years, one book after another (critically acclaimed, mainstream books* by award winning authors and journalists) has convinced me of this reality: The Nazis and their ideological heirs have run the table — and the U.S. — since before WWII’s close.

Thanks to a bunch of untouchable Wall Street a-holes who hated and defied FDR at every turn — and generations of corrupt, careerist, and craven American leaders — they now administer history’s most powerful and destructive empire (fittingly, the one that has ushered in the Sixth Mass Extinction event and Western civilization’s collapse… taking who knows how much of humanity with it, by the time this cataclysm is over?).

* The Anatomy of Fascism (Robert O. Paxton); The Family (Jeff Sharlet); America’s Nazi Secret (John Loftus); The Nazis Next Door (Eric Lichtblau); The Devil’s Chessboard (David Talbot)

(This list is limited to books dealing specifically with the Nazi pedigree and ideology of our country’s core leadership and institutions. It’s fair to say that thousands of articles and dozens of other critically acclaimed, mainstream books about Washington’s fascist, lawless, mass-murdering actions — before and after 9/11 — have also informed my judgment. Fascists, after all, comport themselves in a certain way, as Robert O. Paxton has described — and Sheldon Wolin, too — in their essential books.)

Great conversation with the love of my life, Jennifer Teguia, last night — totally done with activism, now that it’s clear that the right and “left” are interchangeable, identical, equally fascist. Enjoy your McCarthyism, you hate-filled dupes. Keep overlooking the genocide of Arab Muslims perpetrated by Bill Clinton, “Dubya,” and Barack Obama.

To date, George W. Bush is the all-time champ of OVERT fascism, but the false friend “Democrats” have proven positively deadly to the real left… and murderous to the unrepresented millions.

President Obama’s legacy is the death of the left, the ascension of Trump.

Chris Hedges is right.

Caitlin Johnstone is right.

Cornel West is right.

Glenn Greenwald is right.

Ray McGovern is right.

Katie Halper is right.

Glen Ford is right.

Tulsi Gabbard is right.

The corporatists and liars steering the masses toward World War III are not only wrong, they are evil.

(And I positively hate that fucking word.)

Last month, my niece (27) asked me why I never had children of my own, since I obviously love kids and have made a priority of involving myself in the lives of my sisters’ children.

Aside from dumb luck — and a lot of birth control — in the early goings, I’ve allowed my fears about the future, ultimately, to make my decision for me.

(And, yes, I feel a tiny bit cheated and sad, but I could not, in good conscience, bring human beings into the world that’s coming.)

In short, this is the latest dire bulletin from the collapsing natural world to keep me up at night: https://www.counterpunch.org/…/global-warming-stirs-the-me…/

Is the end nigh? Obviously, no one knows for certain, but my god, this doesn’t look good!

(It’s enough to make a person wish we had some sort of society or government, willing to take its most grave responsibilities the least bit seriously. Instead, I have to reconcile myself to the sad fact that it’s primarily my nation’s government and institutions that have brought the species to the precipice of an Earthbound hell.)

WHO ARE YOU, AMERICA?

Over the three presidencies before Trump’s (two of them Democratic) MILLIONS of Arab Muslims — and millions of mostly unmentioned others — were wittingly sacrificed on the altar of Shock Doctrine (neo-fascist) economics, led aggressively (and largely unilaterally) by the United States of America, which has been swinging its muscular arms at the world like an enraged silverback gorilla since the fall of the Soviet Union… and acting like a chainsaw-wielding maniac at an outdoor slumber party since 9/11.

Washington’s cynical exploitation of that monstrous terrorist act gave some of history’s greatest criminals and profiteers — still in business today — license to torture, listen-in, assassinate, and commit mass-murder anywhere, with no declaration of war or pretense of legality (nothing that would pass the laugh test, anyway, back when America’s leadership thought it was important to distinguish themselves from the Third Reich, Stalin, or the Stasi; back when they at least pretended to respect habeas corpus, the Nuremberg Principles, the Magna Carta, and our Constitution).

Today, the war machine that President Eisenhower tried to warn us about IS the government, every bit as much as Exxon and Goldman Sachs IS the government (it sure as hell isn’t us, We the SHEEPLE…).

The genocidal war machine that’s replaced the U.S. government — and extinguished anything resembling democracy, here — does whatever it wants, while Americans argue about which duopoly party’s candidate is more corrupt and generally revolting:

“Yours is an ignorant, sexist racist, who’s said and done a TON of bigoted things!”

“Are you kidding me?! Yours has made a career out of incarcerating minorities and making offensive and dishonest racial slurs — including against your party’s last president!”

(Two scummy, racist, obviously criminal elites, neither with any principles — and in 2016 the whole nation was wetting itself that its Darth Sidious might not be the one to take the helm of the empire, delivering us, personally, to the next level of hell. “It should be a woman! Darth Sidi-ess!”)

Meanwhile, bee colonies and other pollinators disappear, the Great Barrier Reef perishes, and, as ever, the genocide train rolls on: in Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and beyond (wherever there are brown people, wherever there’s oil, wherever a political leader won’t allow their nation to be enslaved by Western corporations; wherever it helps Washington outmaneuver its geopolitical rivals — with over 1,000 military bases in the world, dozens of dictators, and millions of myrmidons at DC’s disposal, the genocide train rolls on and on.).

WHO ARE YOU, AMERICA?

Most of us have been grappling with our friends and families on the other side of the (largely imaginary) aisle, with great vehemence — LONG BEFORE TRUMP WAS PIED PIPER’d INTO OFFICE — for not agreeing with us about the alleged chasm of difference between death by arsenic and death by cyanide.

Meanwhile, in lock-step behind the curtain (despite all the noisy bickering on the front pages) the political and institutional leadership of the United States has:

1) radically increased the exploitation of fossil-fuels (including tar sands, deep-water and Arctic drilling, fracking, mountaintop removal for coal, etc.) — even as the world’s climatological systems are in unprecedented jeopardy, with the Sixth Mass Extinction event underway (50% of living things gone in 40 years; the oceans signaling collapse; glaciers, ice caps, and permafrost melting; events fast outpacing the most dire computer modelling);

2) created a world with more refugees than at any time in recorded history;

3) eviscerated the Bill of Rights, nullifying one Amendment after another;

4) hunted like an animal every journalist and whistleblower who dared to expose the criminality of our government — which has given itself, with the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, signed by Barack Obama, the right to propagandize citizens of the United States, on U.S. soil;

5) created a cruelly oppressive global economic system that utilizes more SLAVES than at any point in recorded history; and

6) allowed our elections to be turned into opaque, easily manipulated, unverifiable farces, where millions of voters are routinely disenfranchised (with the blatantly stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, and the brazenly rigged Democratic Primary of 2016, the entire world has seen the “Emperor’s New Clothes” attire of Uncle Sam — who generally SELECTS, rather than ELECTS, these days… even if fluky things, like Bernie Sanders filling stadiums or Donald J. Drumpfuck beating Secretary Blood-n-Guts, occasionally happen).

AMERICA, WHO ARE YOU?

Your children are growing up and growing old in an increasingly violent, water-scarce cauldron that generations of Americans cultivated and ignored: fat, smug, and comfortable (we apparently enjoyed arguing and being entertained more than working together to confront EXISTENTIAL THREATS TO OUR SPECIES).

You call yourselves Christians? You call yourselves Liberals?

You’ve let your elections and government become utterly defiled.

You’ve let corporate P.T. Barnums distract and divide you, lying to you again and again and again… and yet you stick to them like Othello to Iago. (Is Putin also responsible for your blinkered devotion to inveterate propagandists? That would be a convenient — and trendy — excuse.).

You’re World Wrestling Federation fans. You’re Nero, fiddling with personality politics while modern day Rome — THE WORLD — burns; while your nation becomes the most hated and feared entity in the world, regardless of which party holds the White House.

You refuse to question your masters, swallowing their nonsensical, ahistorical framing of issues and their bogus, xenophobic, self-flattering narratives.

You are told that you have only two options come Election Day.

You obey. You obey. You obey.