Fake news, and Sanders’ Electoral College War of the Votes

Two pieces of news need follow-up in the next weeks: fake news and the Electoral College ‘revolution’ against the TWO former presidential candidates, Clinton and Trump, i.e.

Topic of this post: That Sanders and the Democrats are preparing to give the last back stabbing to ‘we the people’ by forcing the Electoral College voters to refuse to vote for the people’s choice, Hillary Clinton, and to vote instead for a REPUBLICAN, Kasich; and to not vote for Trump either. These were the only two candidates the people were deciding on, but now, Sanders and his ‘political revolutionaries’ want to upset the elections to their benefit. How is it that a so-called socialist is betraying the people’s choice and is working to install a Republican in the presidency, that I leave for you to explain to yourselves.

Finally, the MSM will revive the emails fake news to facilitate the final shot at Clinton in that ‘room’ called the Electoral College.

I propose that Trump will ‘review’, with the help of the media, his decision to not prosecute Hillary as justification to bring the emails back. The Electoral College will not vote against Trump, he is already too entrenched in diplomatic mess for the benefit of the US arm dealers and Wall Street; they will defeat Sanders’ silly effort. But it doesn’t hurt to have the Electoral College give the picture that Hillary was defeated by Trump by ‘majority of votes’.

I will discuss first how MSM fake news determined the elections’  outcome.

Fake news

By now must of us are familiar with that term. Our dishonest media (you can continue calling them that given that over half US voters agreed with Trump on that) is drilling the message in the public’s mind that it was Putin who saturated our means of communications with negative fake news about Hillary and positive ones about Trump.

Of course, the dandy job  performed by the MSM of disinformation by fake news and character assassination during the elections is now forgotten; there’s no need now to look at them and demand accountability for their own fake news. Hey, look, it was Putin all along.

Our own MSM showed the public during these elections cycle its power to influence political outcomes; whether that public was paying attention or not, and why, is another topic of discussion.

The fact remains that Hillary Clinton lost the elections on account of the MSM’s 24/7 coverage of the ‘emails scandal‘. The purpose of that persistent coverage for over 14 months was to create a mass emotional feeling of antipathy and repulsion against her. They presented a picture of her as corrupt and dishonest by choice, as part of her personality.

The name of that picture is character assassination, an effective tool of propaganda to immobilize the ‘enemy’ because there’s no way a person can defend him or herself from claims that they are intentionally immoral.

The job was so sublimely executed that the word ’email’ in itself became synonym with ‘Hillary corruption’. They gave Assange the public space to dump incomplete emails, admitting them as ‘conclusive’ without a professional analysis of the material. The FBI provided the last salvo a couple of days before the elections with its dump of emails that had absolutely nothing to incriminate Clinton, but the mere flashing of the word ’emails’ was enough to topple Hillary: email fatigue had set in. By November 8, a significant number of people didn’t want to know about emails nor about Hillary. Some didn’t vote, some voted for Trump or Jill Stein. The rest is history.

When the media or businesses use the psychology of advertisement to move segments or sectors of the population into acting in a particular way, actively by performing the desired behavior, or passively when the desired behavior is not to act, that, my friends, is propaganda. You can act by going and staying in line for a day to buy the new iPhone, or act passively by staying at home and not voting, or actively by changing your vote for the one person you sworn you wouldn’t vote for.

As for Trump, the media gave a picture of him as a lewd clown, but more trustworthy than Hillary. The NYT and the WaPo paid companies  to ‘poll’ voters beliefs. All those polls came with the ‘result’ that Hillary was less trusted, but the conclusions were drawn by the owners of those papers: that the voters must be correct if so many of them had the same opinion. Never was there a questioning of the results, never was there in the polls questions about ‘why do you think so’, or ‘do you think the media influences your feelings?’

That is manipulation of public opinion in action.

There are university courses teaching business and political ‘advertisement’ for professionals; it’s not conspiracy theory. We know the CIA uses these techniques in other nations. But our citizens trust their politicians and corporate elites don’t use these tools at home.

I understand that ‘propaganda’ is here to stay, but we can demand it be less dishonest. Propaganda, for buying products or for political purposes, is based on natural human needs: hunger, fear, need for love and acceptance, for security and safety, for protection against the elements…These needs make propaganda a perennial effective tool to work the masses into submission by manipulating their emotional and physical needs.

The problem with fake news is that its purpose is dishonest, that it works stealthily and the Murdoch’s of our media deny they are using these techniques  themselves for the benefit of a few.

And because propaganda is here to stay, so are our MSM’s fake news. Let’s link that with the Electoral College.

Electoral College War of the Votes

So the media manipulated the voters, Hillary lost, everybody is up in arms against Trump. The only hope to right this wrong is in the Electoral College. Don’t count on that either.

The Democrats, with ‘independent’ Sander at the helm, want to give ‘we the people’ another backstabbing, as if the first was not enough to kill them.

They now pretend to force the Electoral College voters to vote for a REPUBLICAN, Kasich. Sanders’ hatred of Clinton is oozing through the Electoral College. Instead of demanding that the will of the people expressed with over 2 million votes for Clinton, be respected, they want Democrats to vote for a Republican instead of just electing the people’s candidate.

Back to propaganda: expect the MSM to revive the emails scandal in the coming days. Trump will want to revive it, and will claim, with the dishonest media’s nod, that he promised to his deplorables he would prosecute her if he wins. The NYT has hammered on him to do it.

Now is the time to do it. Take her out of the picture, free the Electoral College of their responsibility to uphold the people’s choice. Sanders, a traitor of the ‘working class’, will join Trump openly this time.

The next few days will show how far from the target I am relating to these two topics.

The Woman Card: Fascism and Misogyny in the New Millennium (updated)

[Grammar police, STAY OUT]

Introduction:

Fascism is the ideology of discontent, at least according the description we get of its origins from books analyzing its history.

Question: Did misogyny disappear with the defeat of fascism at the end of WWII?
[Warning: This post contains irreverent opinions and one mild profanity to make sure the irreverency is not missed.]

If you say ‘no’, it didn’t, then you are admitting that it is alive and that our economic and ideological model, capitalism, is misogynistic.  So let’s look into it. Fascism and capitalism were and are misogynistic in nature. It can’t come as a surprise, then, that feminism was in the ballot this last presidential elections with the first woman running for it, and that there was a successful effort to defeat it.

Enter Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton ran openly as a feminist this past presidential elections; thus, feminism itself was in the ballot. And that’s how it came to be that the ‘threat’ of a feminist becoming president and ruling over our modern masculine fascists and their world had them very discontented. Even if she didn’t run as a feminist, these men still would have had a problem with a woman in the highest office, and misogyny would have still be used against her.

Hillary Clinton openly stated in a Rachel Maddow town-hall interview that she was running as a feminist; and her words at that international feminist gathering in Beijing on 1995 are well-known. There can be no doubt that she brought the feminist perspective to the elections, even if she had tried to hide it (which she didn’t).  So feminism had to be defeated. Did you expect the media and anti-feminist men (right and left) to say openly that they were against feminism? So, did you??? Even if she didn’t run as a feminist, these men still would have had a problem with a woman in the highest office in the nation, and misogyny would have still be used against her.

But that threat was averted on November 8 in the only way feminism can be averted, here or in any other place on this magnificent planet: With a concerted campaign of transparent misogyny. Feminism, not only Hillary Clinton, was defeated on that date, and we don’t know if she will recover from it.

Destroying feminism entailed destroying Hillary Clinton: the two were tied together, whether you agree or disagree with her ‘brand’ of feminism. So killing the threat of feminism was done with the powerful media tool of public character assassination, that of Clinton’s. Oh, it was her, not feminism, whom fascists and pseudo-Marxists hated; at least that was their excuse for the virulent misogynistic attacks on her.

The gun of misogyny is there, not in your hand but at the tip of your own tongue, an automatic weapon to be used any time you feel aggrieved or irked by any woman. It was a tool stealthily  and successfully used this presidential election cycle, but it has been in use since humans began to form into social groups. Don’t worry, I won’t go that far back. But I will discuss how fascism’s anti-feminism is a real danger for women in the Trumpist presidency, and how feminism was the issue at the top of this election cycle.

The Woman Card: Fascism and Misogyny in the New Millennium

Some people argue that fascism disappeared at the end of WW2, but no one can convincingly argue that misogyny disappeared with it. Why? Because misogyny didn’t originate with fascism; it is much older than it.

Misogyny was and is an integral part of fascism, but it didn’t originate with it nor did it end with it; it is a problem pestering humanity since, well, let’s say since God decided to side with Adam over that incident in His garden. From Eve losing her case in front of God  came the adage: S/he who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client.

Anyway, misogyny is fine, thank you for not asking.

This presidential election cycle was defined by two important elements: Feminism an identity politics. The defining happened at the subconscious level, by innuendo; never discussed in the open. These two are the same elements discussed about fascism (as I discuss below); they are there because the human condition has not changed much; advance in technologically, yes, but not humanistically speaking. We are still living under the capitalist ideology (its advanced phase), and women continue to be the oppressed half of the world population based on her sex.Who benefits from saying that we should not discuss identity politics, like racism? White supremacists do. Who from avoiding discussing the oppression of women (sex slavery, lack of health services…)? Sexist men and the capitalists who benefit from avoiding discussing it.

Beginnings: League for the Prevention of Women’s Emancipation

Since its inception, back in the late 1800s, with capitalism in its baby-phase causing havoc on the old economic/social/political order, fascism has been the refuge of men who literally hate everyone who is not them and whom they can’t dominate and exploit. Fascism is actually a creature of capitalism, a reaction against it by the old dominant military and landed classes threatened by the new kid on the blog. It’s worth mentioning that early capitalism was a revolutionary and progressive force, despite its intrinsic contradiction, the oppression of the same working class without which it can’t exist.

Consider the following as a reminder of how proud the first wave of fascists were of their misogyny and their intent to keep women in the kitchen. There was, in 1912-1920, a German  League for the Prevention of Women’s Emancipation. Today, Bannon and Trump call it the GOP.

Capitalism not only brought the old order on its head, it also brought (not of its own choosing, OK?) the Age of the Masses. It makes sense that it did because capitalism thrives on exploiting people en mass.

The point is, capitalism and its era of imperialism came with its own disease: Oppression of humanity as a group; so humanity organized itself against it in terms of groups, identity groups, i.e.: socialists, communists, labor groups, ethnic groups, national minorities…name an identity, it had a group. And then there was that other group that represents half of humanity: women’s groups – Feminists and Feminism.

By the late 1800s and early 1900s, the European landowner class and its military subclass found itself in that soup of humanity organizing and fighting against early capitalism and its nascent imperialism. They were just another annoying group making life difficult to the new capitalist class. But it was from that particular group of humans that fascism came into existence.

Historically shared interests of fascists and communists: Because shit happens

Thus, among the many characteristics of old and new fascism you find: hatred of capitalists (today in the form of ‘hatred of globalism’), of socialists, of communists, of ethnic groups, of labor… and of feminists. These groups, according to ol’ fascists, put their own impure interests above that of the nation and of private property. Hello. Funny thing is, capitalists, then as today, joined with fascists against the masses of the oppressed, with the same arguments today as yesterdays. Let me explain, but not ‘mansplaning’.

Capitalists then, as today, can’t tolerate any better than fascism did a humanity standing against them, against their globalism, against the rape of the environment…they too can’t tolerate women organizing against patriarchy, that living ancient institution. So today they join fascism, and pretend to not be one of them. Not much have changed, people. The worse attack is the one you don’t see coming. You don’t see capitalists/globalists/Silicon Valley’s software kings pointing their misogynistic guns at you. You only see the GOP and Trump doing it, right? Wrong.

Let’s see how they succeeded in the elections to defeat feminism.

Firstly, the MSM (main stream media) gave the public one image of Hillary Clinton, one from that women’s conference, to sear it in their minds as the image of Hillary ‘the evil feminist’. It was the MSM’s view of Hillary’s feminism that the public absorbed, not hers. 

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“Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights once and for all.” The slogan that scared the bejesus out of anti-feminists. She can’t lead the free world with that attitude, can she?

Secondly, as I said before, misogyny is live and well. We see it in violence against women, policies purposely created to keep them in economic disadvantage, sexual harassment at work…And these problems are mild in the USA; worldwide they are truly picante. In any case, our capitalist industrialists, war armament builders and sellers, financial, and Silicon Valley tech giants are mostly men, and men at the highest echelon of power are (like fascism) by nature misogynists. This may come across as a generalization, but it is one based on reality, and requires another post to discuss it.

Thirdly, feminism has never gotten the approval of politicians nor the public in general. Just as fascists accused its enemy of putting their own dirty interests above those of the nation and private property, feminist women continue to be attacked for the same crimes. Bernie Sanders and the zombie Leftists (my term) have blamed Hillary Clinton’s feminism for her loss to Trump. How dare she raise women’s issues ‘above’ the interests of the white blue-collar men of the Midwest. For the anti-feminists in the right and left wings, economic issues trump women’ struggle for political power, even though the oppression of women is as much an economic problem as a political/cultural issue. The oppression of women existed since men learned to use their thumb to carry that big stick with which they hit women over the head to own them. Well, that’s the old cartoon; it exists for something.

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Misogyny has been the favorite weapon against Hillary Clinton since she was First Lady (FL). The media vilified her for not acting like a ‘typical’ FL, for having desires for power of her own. And as I showed with ample examples on this blog, the American Left attacked her as a woman, not only her politics. They portrayed her as a witch, a prostitute, a bitch, man-eater…there was no stereotype of a woman they didn’t use.

Both the zombie Leftists and the MSM denied during the campaigns that they were attacking her as a woman and for her feminism, but after she lost, they blamed her feminism for it, as discussed in this blog.

There’s nothing I can add to the description of Trump as a misogynist, you all know it, except that the zombie Leftists defended him, calling the criticisms against him for those attacks as “unfair” and “unnecessary”. In their sweet anachronistic Marxism, they stated that identity issues, feminism above all, are not important.

“In my opinion, it turns bolshevism on its head by using race or ethnic identity instead of class identity as the supreme, mobilizing force in national life.” Peter Lee Trump: We Wish the Problem Was Fascism at Counter Punch

Another interesting fact to note is that, while the MSM was attacking Trump as lewd  (they never used against him the term misogynist proper), they denied they were using misogyny to attack Clinton. I guess that’s why they are known as “the dishonest media”. They ridiculed her for her tone of voice, for her laughter, how she looked…They portrayed her as more ‘evil’ than Trump because…she dared to want the presidency. Trump was presented as a buffoon, innocent and wanting ‘to stop globalism’.

No man who hates women want one in the White House, least of all if she is a feminist card carrier. It would be naive to believe that anti-feminism and misogyny were not at the top of these elections cycle. In the modern world,  capitalism depends on the myth of democracy and freedom for everybody, it can’t admit it is soaked in misogyny.

But hatred of women is not an economic issue, it is also a cultural issue, an identity issue: Men who identify themselves as too macho to let women ‘control’ them, vs the women whose place in society is decided by them. It has been with us since before humans organized in economic and national groups. It is truly a battle of the sexes. As long as men have the political and economic power, they control the rest of the culture of a society. With the help of certain religions, the MSM, public/private education…the myth that there is no organized hatred of women continues to blind us, despite the daily reports of attacks on women by governments. In the US, ant-abortion is the most blatant form of misogyny, and it comes in covert and overt policies, like reducing access to it for poor women.

So when the MSM made Hillary Clinton so disgusting in the eyes of the public with their innuendos about her being a dishonest “woman”, it was with that in mind that the zombie Leftists and the politically green millennial voted against her. Feminism lost, fascism won. Sanders followers rather vote for a fascist white man than for a feminist, all under cover of her ‘political crimes’. It was not only the emails, it was the 20 years+ of misogynistic attacks on Hillary that succeeded in pushing away the support for her.

On November 8, cowardly and emotionally insecure men of all colors, ethnic background and wallet size (and women afraid of men’s violence against women who fight back) breathe a sigh of relief knowing that no feminist woman was going to be their boss and at the top of the world. They feel now secure and protected in the hands of that virile and bullying white billionaire. They see his acts of corruption the way he does: A sign of  masculine power; as they wish to be.

There is a sense of social angst coming from Trump seizing the presidency, a kind of social premonition that he will unleash fascism in its modern form here and worldwide.

Because misogyny is its most enduring quality, hidden under cultural stereotypes, expect women’s right to take a dive in the next four years, or 12.

Women, you can’t count on the zombie Leftist. They are with Trump.

I suggest you bring to your fold the many men who are emotionally mature as to not be afraid of you seeking the same social benefits they have.

Until then, nasty women, don’t give up.

Democrats and Sanders’ Revolt Against Democratic Voters And Move To The GOP

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Sanders and Democrats To Oppose Hillary Clinton at the Electoral College

Yesterday, Politico published this article about the “Democratic presidential electors revolt against Trump”, but it is a revolt against the voters in their own party.

At least a half-dozen Democratic electors have signed onto an attempt to block Donald Trump from winning an Electoral College majority, an effort designed not only to deny Trump the presidency but also to undermine the legitimacy of the institution.

That quote, unqualified, seems a noble and brave effort from these ‘democratic electors’ to uphold democracy by trying to honor the wishes of the people of their own party who voted in historical numbers for their party candidate, Hillary Clinton.

What they are actually trying to do is unthinkable. To avoid the appearance that I’m misinterpreting the facts, I quote directly from the article.

The presidential electors, mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who hail from Washington state and Colorado, are now lobbying their Republican counterparts in other states to reject their oaths — and in some cases, state law — to vote against Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19.

…But the Democratic electors are convinced that even in defeat, their efforts would erode confidence in the Electoral College and fuel efforts to eliminate it, ending the body’s 228-year run as the only official constitutional process for electing the president. With that goal in mind, the group is also contemplating encouraging Democratic electors to oppose Hillary Clinton and partner with Republicans in support of a consensus pick like Mitt Romney or John Kasich.

Looks like Sanders and his supporters are not going to be happy until they see Hillary Clinton (HC) dead or in prison. Who could be “encouraging” Democrats to vote against fellow Democrat and winner of the popular vote, HC, but Sanders and his supporters?

First, what is the logic here? How is it that, knowing that the Republicans are not going to ‘unelect‘ Trump, the only way they see to “erode the confidence in the Electoral College is by opposing the person who suffered the unfairness of that political body, i.e., the candidate who despite getting the most votes was denied the presidency?

 

Bernies and The Left At A Crossroad: Support Trump’s ‘Brand’ of Peace or Attack His Racism?

Donald Trump looks and talks like the ugly, racist, bullying American — and he is exactly that, but he hasn’t killed anybody yet, and his public statements have been of a far more peaceful nature than the woman he beat at the polls. Black Agenda Report “War Less Imminent After Clinton Defeat “

Mine is no idle attack on the Left.

That quote up there has been the mantra of the American Left all along: The First Lewd President is pro-peace because he likes Putin. Notice also  the hatred of Clinton, “the woman he beat”. Can’t even call her by her name; they have reduced her to the lowest level of humanity: a ‘woman’. Sounds very Islamist, doesn’t it? Oh, but the Left is not misogynist.

When you set your mind to believe something, you won’t see anything else. True, that applies to everybody, but we are talking about politics and lives here.

The Left wants to see Trump as a pacifist, so they do. They want to see Hillary as beaten in the elections, which she wasn’t because she won the popular vote by over a million votes now, but they continue to perpetuate the lie that Trump defeated her. He didn’t; even he was surprised at the outcome. I believe he was genuinely surprised.

As I have been saying all along on this blog (and now they prove I was right all along), the Left has endorsed and, worse, extolled Trump as a pacifist. These ‘Marxists’ can’t get more deluded than that, can they? They can’t see in the people he is assigning for his cabinet that Trump is fascist; or maybe they can see it but prefer to look to the other side.

These people are going to support Trump’s foreign policies; they have given him a blank check to work with Putin in exchange of ignoring his racists policies at home.

It’s Not Idle Attacks On The Left

Some of the few readers of this blog may think that I’m focusing too much on the American Left, but you should keep an eye on them too.

They have means of persuasion, their online ‘think-tanks’ that propagated among Bernies, ‘progressives’ and unsuspecting rank and file Leftists, the elitist media message that Hillary Clinton (HC) is ‘corrupt’ and ‘dishonest’. The Bernies followed some of these people, they followed the Bernies.

That message of Hillary-hating was effective, they kept removing votes from her; she could have won by a decisive amount of votes from the beginning of the counting process, making it more difficult for the traitors at the electoral colleges to steal the presidency from her.

And they have crossed the ideological barrier to side with Trump; so expect them to go the mile for him. Theirs is no lazy support; they are actively working for him.

Trump’s Call for the Left to Join Him Was Answered

Trump used the Bernies and the Left to keep the race tight. He used Sanders’ tactics of misogyny and character assassination, he used the Bernies and thanked them for helping him on attacking HC. He even INVITED them to join him. Many of them did, voted for him, and the Left will continue supporting him. It’s not idle antipathy for them, they are dangerous to non-white Americans.

“It’s class, stupid, not race” [Counter Punch Mag]

Identity Politics (IP) is being used in the way Hitler did, to protect the interests of white male working class. This time IP is denied, but the result is the same: a focus on the economic problems of white America.

They and Sanders are destroying the democratic party ‘as the party of Wall Street’. That leaves you with, what? With a party that believes that you are ‘stupid’ if you think that the interests of non-whites and non-males are important.

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The result of fascist brand of Identity Politics. “It’s class, stupid, not race” As with ‘climate change’, deny Identity Politics at your own risk.

By the time the progressives wake up from their masculine dream, it will be too late for them to see that they were supporting a mirage. The male fear of women in power is gone, they are safe in their male world with ultra-alpha man Trump protecting their masculinity.

The only real progressives and Leftists in America today are those who supported Hillary Clinton. We need to stay together and keep an eye on those who betrayed us in the name of male and white supremacy.

 

X-Rays Show: It’s a Malignant Media

As everybody else, I’m raking my mind trying to put the pieces together that would give me a more complete picture of WTF Happened Here?

I know all the usual suspects:

  • ‘I see white people’.
  • Those white bitches
  • Is the economy, stupid.
  • Hillary Clinton (HC) “was a shitty candidate”, explained yesterday Bernie Sanders with all the power of his compassionate heart for women.
  • The Immigrants! Quick! Round them up.

But looking at the recent stats coming out from every fancy research expert’s butt, there are TWO slithering effective crooks who stole your mental sanity and escaped untouched, unharmed, unnoticed, and ever so supremely victorious: THE MEDIA and its wife MISOGYNY.

Hillary Clinton “underperformed” on every category except on one: Black women. A whopping 95% of them voted for HC. Where did Black men go, or everybody else for that matter?

We can confidently assert that Black women is the ONLY segment in our nation that was NOT influenced by the media, be it mainstream (MSM) or Leftist. These women were not affected, they didn’t fall to pieces, like the rest of the nation apparently did, by the last-minute dump of emails that caused so much depression that even HC’ supporters fled in shame from her side.

Of Suicidal Lemmings And That One-Statistical Point

If, as the stats show, HC and the Dem Party lost at least one point in every category (except Black women), then where did that one point go and why?

Let’s be clear, people are not lemmings that commit suicide by leaping en mass to the ocean.

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Actually, lemmings don’t do that either. The truth about jumping lemmings is very similar to that of humans.

Lemmings were being chased down and thrown to the cliff by a Walt Disney crew filming “True Life Adventure” series in 1958. They edited the film, you could not see them behind the lemmings doing their inhumane deeds for ‘educational purposes’.

And so with that one-statistical point. They were being chased down the cliff to the ocean of fascism in this presidential election by the media who was hiding behind the “professional journalism” camera, edited to hide their dandy art of pushing public opinion to commit suicide en mass.

Who Exactly Did The Media Attack?

There is agreement across our political spectrum in that the MSM did a horrific, but efficient, job of misinformation and manipulation of public opinion. Unfortunately, there is no agreement on who benefits from what was done, nor on how  that misinformation took shape.

Some people believe that Sanders was ignored by the media, while other believe that he was used to contrast his ‘honesty’ against Hillary’s perpetual dishonest personality; that Trump was unfairly attacked all the time, and some believe that Hillary was NOT attacked by the media, while other believe she was.

There are at least three reasons that explain the lack of agreement in that area.

One,  lack of understanding by regular folks about the art of misinformation and opinion-shaping (because it is an art taught in colleges). Second, because of the belief that freedom of press must be total in a democracy. In my opinion, total freedom of press is like saying that, if I can circumvent your home security system, you don’t need to fix it, just deal with me. And third, because the public ideological position is that the media, even though it belongs to a financial elite, doesn’t bring the owners’ class interests into their job. In other words, capitalist media owners are honest, they just want your ‘clicks’ for money.

This refusal to believe that Murdock or Bezos (WaPo) use the power of the media to advance their class interests is the gem of the elite class. This refusal to believe that there is a class interest behind their journalistic reports must be corroborated and protected at all cost.

Killary Clinton: Because She Is A Babies Killer

Hillary Clinton has been dodged by public lashing in the media since she was First Lady. Character assassination has been the tool used against her all along.

Character assassination is a deliberate and sustained process that aims to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person, institution, social group, or nation.

In May this year, comedian Jon Stewart implied that HC is a sociopath, even suggesting that she is not a human being:

Maybe a real person doesn’t exist underneath there.

That is the picture the media, from right to left, has given us this year. I discussed the history of this attack on her on this blog. Please, check it out.

Misogyny: Because We All Enjoy Attacking Women as Bitches

To be continued tomorrow.

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On the Eve of the Elections: Fascism or Democracy?

Will Americans vote for fascism or for Democracy?

This was not a question I had in mind in any previous election since I moved to the ‘metropolis’ from Puerto Rico in 1982. But now, with the high support for Trump, including from  the ‘intellectual’ American Left, who, contrary to the GOP, is explaining to millennials and to the ‘deplorables’ why Trump is NO FASCIST, that there is no need to be afraid of him,  now I fear that these confused voters might elect Donald Trump tomorrow. The ‘progressive millennials’ are so confused that, in their tender eyes that have not yet seen much of life, Gary Johnson and Trump are ‘revolutionary bros’ and Hillary Clinton is the fascist enemy to be defeated.

This is the scary part of this close-encounter with fascism: This presidential election cycle is like a movie we have already seen, the Fascist German period movie, but people seem to have forgotten it. All the elements for a turn to fascism are already in place here, as I will inartfully discuss in this post; including the Left supporting a fascist candidate for president.

For all the rants about Ronald Reagan’s and the GOP’s ‘fascism’ up to the year 2000, it was understood that their brand of fascism was pretty much hidden behind the curtains of government and behind the knowing media. Our political liberties were still there. I participated freely in Leftists activities, I was arrested, and the courts PROTECTED my right to dissent.

Sure, not always works that way; we still have political prisoners here, a surveillance state, and the fights against the oil pipelines and WS are brutal. But this is yet NO OPENLY FASCIST nation. We can still fight and go home and watch a movie. Most of us are not afraid of being surreptitiously scooped off from the streets by the SA.

No matter how bad things are here, the Constitution is still alive. But the nightmare is setting in, maybe not this year, but sooner than we can imagine. The signs are showing.

Cast of characters

We have the masses of people – working and middle and poor classes, the ‘ethnic’ groups, etc., railing about the economy. Yes, our economy is sinking. That proverbial falling feeling you have when you see your paycheck? Is not in your mind, it is happening to you. The middle class is disappearing, falling down with the poor.

As discussed in this blog, even the globalists admit that their philosophy of global economy has worked mostly for the top 1% of the world-wide elite. Even they are looking for ways to slow down (in uber globalist Larry Summers’ words) the destruction that their progress is inflicting in the rest of humanity and the planet.

Two famous ‘logical inferences’ come to mind: One, where there is smoke, there is fire. The other one is Where there is the smoke of economic crisis and profound and sustained inequality, there is the fire of social and political turmoil. Economic turmoil led in Germany to political crisis.

Donald Trump as Hitler

I venture to say that the millennials are too young to recognize the psychological  features of a totalitarian despot. Trump’s followers, some dismissed as ‘deplorables’, are as ignorant of these features themselves. But the zombie Left has no excuse for not recognizing these features.

To learn about these ‘psychological features’, the millennials only have to watch those documentaries about Hitler (reading is not appealing these days, and the zombie Left is more confused about Trump than the millennials) to see him using the same words as Trump. ‘Corporations are taking away our jobs’? Hitler and Trump. “I’m your voice”? “Immigrants are destroying this nation”? Check and check.

The millennials should see Trump’s unabashed expressed hatred of women, minorities and immigrants as the most explicit sign of how this man is a ‘mini-me Hitler’. He is morally unfit to be our president. The fact that they don’t see it is terrifying because of what it means: they are ideologically and historically uninformed and confused. They are the food from which the media, the fascists and the zombie Left feed (you know what a “zombie” is, don’t you?). It leads to the next cast of characters.

The Glorious  Intellectual Left

The German Left was as guilty of the rise of Hitler as was the people’s inability to see the danger lurking behind his promise of ‘order and economical progress’.

Today, the American Left exhibits the same faults and character flaws, and then some, of the 1900-1930 German left.

The most offensive of these faults is their inability to create a coalition against the right wingers because they can’t overcome their petty ‘ideological differences’. They can’t work not even a TEMPORARY coalition with the Dem party and Hillary Clinton because each group feels only they have THE TRUE Marxist interpretation of class struggle, each group thinks they should be the ONE party of the working class; everybody else is wrong and not worthy of their attention.

The German Left was instrumental in defeating  the empire in 1918, but it was unprepared to hold on to that victory. Their continued divisions opened up the political space for a coalition between former right wing enemies, i.e., the military elite, the nascent big corporations and Hitler to unite against the working class. Divide and conquer, it never fails. The battle for the ‘correct’ Interpretation of Karl Marx analysis of capitalism kept the left divided. Same today. The fascists took the candies while the left was bickering among themselves about what Karl Marx meant.

Today, as I have discussed in this blog, the American Left is basically a zombie Left. They have become an unnatural creature  that functions as Trump Apologists. They explain, because they are the ‘intellectual left’ that must ‘teach’ the working class how to do the ‘revolution’, in their online ‘think tanks’ why the working class must IGNORE the attacks on Trump as ‘fascist’ and racist and misogynist, and vote for him. In their miserable existence (literally), they see Hillary Clinton, a CENTRIST at worse, as the enemy.This is their explanation (apology) of why we should not castigate Trump as fascist and racist:

“In my opinion, it turns bolshevism on its head by using race or ethnic identity instead of class identity as the supreme, mobilizing force in national life.” Peter LeeTrump: We Wish the Problem Was Fascismat Counter Punch

Don’t you love it when the zombie Left uses the adjective(?) “supreme”, like in the 1900s: “supreme comrade”, “supreme zombie Left”… The problem with Trump is not fascism, according to the supreme Left. Actually, there is NO PROBLEM with him, according to them, because Trump is talking about ‘class identity’. How is Trump talking about that is beyond my comprehension, but the zombie Left hears from their graves Trump calling them: ‘When I say ‘grab them by the pussy’ I mean grab the working class woman by the pussy.’ That’s good enough for them. Then there is…

The Media

The presidential election process in the US consists of three elements: the people, the TWO parties, and the media. Of the three elements, the media is by far the most important during the campaign cycle: Through it you control what is publicly discussed, you shape opinions with real and/or fake facts. It is from these facts that must people make up their minds about candidates, mainly because the people don’t have the time to ‘research’ the candidates.

The media forced us to talk about Trump with its 24/7 coverage of anything that could be linked to Trump. It is the media’s fault that Trump is this close to the White House. They gave him billions worth of free coverage and legitimized him and his campaign.

In the US the media enjoys an unearned and pernicious trust from the public, which is the same as saying that the American people are easily manipulated by them. When the people complains about the media, as Trump has shown himself, is not about it been ‘dishonest’. The complaint is ‘don’t attack my side’, be dishonest with the other side’.

We have this news snippet to prove this point. Last Wednesday Murdock’s Fox News allowed Bret Baier  to falsely report  that Hillary Clinton “will be indicted by the FBI”. The purpose was clearly to try to influence the outcome of the elections. Trump’s campaign manager, Miss Personality, Kellyanne Conway later stated, and the media agreed with her, that it doesn’t matter that the public was misinformed because “The damage is done to Hillary Clinton”.  In her eyes,  the misinformation by the ‘professional media’ is a good thing if it unfairly damages your opponent: “No matter how it’s being termed, the voters are hearing it for what it is — a culture of corruption,” Conway explained.”

This is the essence of Machiavellianism, but it is Hillary Clinton the one dragged through the media with the label of ‘dishonest’.

I discussed in this blog how the media covered the ‘protesters’ on both campaigns.

The End

Well, tomorrow is the day. If Trump wins, blame the media for propping him up, and start packing your suitcases, if you are non-white, or white who despises fascism.

If Hillary wins, start buying those marching shoes, ’cause there will be a lot of protests to do. I expect Hillary’s administration to be exemplary at home, but a bit less so in foreign policies issues. We will have to both stand by her at home to protect the administration from the fascist coalition of GOP, confused millennials and zombie Left, and nudge her to the progressive center in foreign affairs.

That’s what democracy looks like.

Hillary is NOT the enemy, ignorance is. Hillary will be our finest president ever, if the fascist triumvirate of GOP, deplorables and millennials/zombie Left doesn’t unite to  impeach her. It will be painful to watch the zombie Left working to install, again, fascism against the working class.

For the zombie Left, either get out of the way or start building a viable third party. Or get ready to rumble with the anti-fascist realists.

Madam President, congratulations. I’m here to serve you.

Vox: It’s time to admit Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician

This is an article from Vox

Updated by on June 7, 2016, 10:31 p.m. ET

This is the paradox of Hillary Clinton: She has achieved something no one else in the history of American politics has even come close to doing, yet she is widely considered an inept, flawed candidate.

These two things are not unrelated.

Twice now we have thought that it should have been easy for Clinton to do what no one has ever done before. Twice now we have dismissed her as a weak candidate and a flawed leader for struggling to break a barrier that no one else has ever come near breaking.

America has hosted 56 presidential elections — 33 of them before women received the right to vote. Exactly zero of those elections featured a female nominee from one of the two major political parties.

Until Hillary Clinton.

There is something about Clinton that makes it hard to appreciate the magnitude of her achievement. Or perhaps there is something about us that makes it hard to appreciate the magnitude of her achievement.

Perhaps, in ways we still do not fully appreciate, the reason no one has ever broken the glass ceiling in American politics is because it’s really fucking hard to break. Before Clinton, no one even came close.

Whether you like Clinton or hate her — and plenty of Americans hate her — it’s time to admit that the reason Clinton was the one to break it is because Clinton is actually really good at politics.

She’s just good at politics in a way we haven’t learned to appreciate.

How presidential campaigns favor male traits

Hillary Clinton has her flaws, of course. The email server. The speeches to Goldman Sachs. And just look at her unfavorable numbers! But what really defines coverage of Clinton is confusion over how she’s gotten so far without the animal charisma typical of politicians at her level.

There is something Rebecca Traister wrote in her terrific profile of Clinton that I have been thinking about for weeks. She began by admitting what everyone admits. Clinton is not a great campaigner. She does not give great speeches. She does not inspire. And she knows it. “I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama,” Clinton has said.

Hillary Clinton Attends Get Out The Vote Rally In Los Angeles Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

The “in case you haven’t noticed” flashes through that sentence, a quick glimpse into the bitterness and hurt underlying Clinton’s self-deprecating admission. But there was once an excuse, Traister writes. Obama is “a masterful orator. Bill Clinton, too. Even George W. Bush was charismatic in his way.” Perhaps Clinton’s charisma simply suffered in comparison.

But Donald Trump? Are we really going to say that Clinton lacks the likability, the decency, and the eloquence of Donald J. Trump? Traister continues:

If, as in this election, a man who spews hate and vulgarity, with no comprehension of how government works, can become presidentially plausible because he is magnetic while a capable, workaholic woman who knows policy inside and out struggles because she is not magnetic, perhaps we should reevaluate magnetism’s importance. It’s worth asking to what degree charisma, as we have defined it, is a masculine trait. Can a woman appeal to the country in the same way we are used to men doing it?

Though those on both the right and the left moan about “woman cards,” it would be impossible, and dishonest, to not recognize gender as a central, defining, complicated, and often invisible force in this election. It is one of the factors that shaped Hillary Clinton, and it is one of the factors that shapes how we respond to her. Whatever your feelings about Clinton herself, this election raises important questions about how we define leadership in this country, how we feel about women who try to claim it, flawed though they may be.

It is not that no women possess a public magnetism; Sarah Palin could rock a room, and Elizabeth Warren can work a crowd. But the quality we adore in presidential candidates — the ability to stand up and speak loudly, confidently, and fluently on topics you may know nothing about — is gendered.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both excellent yellers, and we love them for it. Nobody likes it when Hillary Clinton yells. As my colleague Emily Crockett has written, research shows people don’t like it when women yell in general:

Even though women are interrupted more often and talk less than men, people still think women talk more. People get annoyed by verbal tics like “vocal fry” and “upspeak” when women use them, but often don’t even notice it when men do. The same mental amplification process makes people see an assertive woman as “aggressive,” which gets in the way of women’s personal and professional advancement. Women are much more likely to be perceived as “abrasive” and get negative performance reviews as a result — which puts them in a double bind when they try to “lean in” and assertively negotiate salaries.

It may not be impossible for a woman to win the presidency the way we are used to men doing it, but it is unlikely. The way a woman is likeliest to win will defy our expectations.

Perhaps that’s why we don’t appreciate Clinton’s strengths as a candidate. She’s winning a process that evolved to showcase stereotypically male traits using a stereotypically female strategy.

And it’s working.

A campaign of relationships, not speeches

There is a narrative that has emerged in the Democratic primary, and it goes something like this: Hillary Clinton locked up the Democratic establishment long before the primary began in earnest. She’s the wife of an ex-president. She was endorsed by virtually every elected official in the party and pretty much every major interest group. Her dominance of the inside game was unprecedented for a non-incumbent candidate. And she used this elite firewall to choke off Sanders’s revolution.

When Sanders’s supporters argue that the election was rigged against their candidate, this is what they are talking about. Sanders, they feel, did what you normally have to do to win an election: He generated more enthusiasm, brought in more voters, raised more money, gave better speeches, and polled higher in head-to-head matchups against the Republican candidate. It was only Clinton’s pact with the Democratic establishment that stopped his rise.

In this telling, the way Clinton won the primary is the reason her victory feels hollow: It was nearly preordained, and the seriousness of the challenge Sanders posed just shows what a flawed candidate she really is.

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Spar At Democratic Debate In Brooklyn Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

But another way to look at the primary is that Clinton employed a less masculine strategy to win. She won the Democratic primary by spending years slowly, assiduously, building relationships with the entire Democratic Party. She relied on a more traditionally female approach to leadership: creating coalitions, finding common ground, and winning over allies. Today, 208 members of Congress have endorsed Clinton; only eight have endorsed Sanders.

This work is a grind — it’s not big speeches, it doesn’t come with wide applause, and it requires an emotional toughness most human beings can’t summon.

But Clinton is arguably better at that than anyone in American politics today. In 2000, she won a Senate seat that meant serving amidst Republicans who had destroyed her health care bill and sought to impeach her husband. And she kept her head down, found common ground, and won them over.

“We have become, actually, good friends,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who served as one of the Republican prosecutors during impeachment. “And that was a surprise to both of us.” (It is perhaps not coincidental that Graham is one of the few elected Republicans now calling on his fellow Republicans to retract their endorsements of Donald Trump.)

And Clinton isn’t just better — she’s relentless. After losing to Barack Obama, she rebuilt those relationships, campaigning hard for him in the general, serving as his secretary of state, reaching out to longtime allies who had crushed her campaign by endorsing him over her. (This, by the way, is why I don’t think you can dismiss Clinton’s victory as reflections of her husband’s success: She’s won her own elections and secured a major appointment in a subsequent administration.)

Now Obama says that Clinton “had a tougher job throughout that primary than I did. She had to do everything that I had to do, except, like Ginger Rogers, backwards in heels.” It’s been clear since early in the primary that he is firmly in her corner, and his endorsement is believed to be imminent.

President Obama Speaks On The Death Of US Ambassador In Libya Christopher Stevens Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In this telling, in order to do something as hard as becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, she had to do something extraordinarily difficult: She had to build a coalition, supported by a web of relationships, that dwarfed in both breadth and depth anything a non-incumbent had created before. It was a plan that played to her strengths, as opposed to her (entirely male) challengers’ strengths. And she did it.

Hillary Clinton is a generationally talented politician — albeit across a different set of dimensions than men tend to be talented politicians.

When she lost in 2008, Clinton said that after her campaign, it would no longer be remarkable to see women win presidential primaries and nearly win their party’s nomination. But no women did it in 2012, and she was the only woman to do it in 2016. It is still not easy, and it is still not unremarkable, for a woman to succeed in presidential politics. Clinton’s victory is a remarkable achievement, and it shouldn’t be dismissed.

Correction: This post initially misstated the number of congressional endorsements Clinton and Sanders have received.

How Donald ‘Zoolander’ Trump Killed The American Left, or How The Left Became Trump Apologists

I hope you will agree by the end of this post, not only that the American Left (AL) has reached its expiration date early in the new millennium, but also that it was Trump who, unbeknownst to himself,  delivered to the Left its coup de gráce. Let’s  declare the American Left to be D.O.T.A: Dead on Trump’s Arrival.

Let me show you, before its burial, two pieces of the AL’ sad corpus mortuum in the form of two excerpts from two articles representing the new American Left’s mantra: that fraudster-Trump is not to be feared because he is an innocent well-intentioned schmuck who deserves our vote over conniving Hillary Clinton:

4 Reasons Not to Fear Donald Trump
by David Macaray June 3, 2016 at CounterPunch

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People are actually afraid that this narcissistic, non-religious, uber-pragmatic Manhattan real estate tycoon would launch a thermonuclear war? That is even more absurd than the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) inviting Hillary Clinton to speak to their group, given that this woman was on the board of directors of Wal-Mart, the most breathtakingly anti-union corporation in America.

Trump may be a pompous, clownish ass, but Hillary Clinton is a world-class dissembler whose most prominent personality trait happens to be pure, old-fashioned, unbridled Ambition. While Trump’s reason for wanting to be president remains a friggin’ mystery, Hillary’s reason for wanting the job can be expressed in four words: It’s my turn, goddamnit.

Susan Sarandon: Hillary Clinton “more dangerous” than Donald Trump

“But this is what we’re fed. ‘He’s so dangerous. He’s so dangerous,’” Sarandon said, shrugging off Trump’s most controversial rhetoric as too implausible to be considered a serious threat.

“Seriously I am not worried about a wall being built, he is not going to get rid of every Muslim in this country… but seriously, I don’t know what his policy is. I do know what her policies are, I do know who she is taking money from, and I do know that she is no transparent, and I do know that nobody calls her on it”

It brings tears to my eyes, that dead body; seriously. The AL calls Trump an “uber-pragmatic real estate tycoon”, not a racist corrupt fraudster elitist aspiring to be an oligarch/dictator of the USA. You will hear less and less the decrepit AL calling Trump a corrupt elitist or anything worse.

Trump Apologists

The AL’s death is coming in the form of painful political and emotional identification with this hate-spewing enemy of the working class and of humanity, with this unconditionally and merciless elitist, racist, misogynistic and homelessness- producing real-estate/casino mogul fraudster . They have become, on their death-bed,  Trump’s Apologists. They defend and explain him to the working class so that they (the workers) don’t have to “fear Donald Trump” and vote for him instead of for ‘evil she-devil’ Hillary Clinton

The aristocratic Leftist ‘Marxist’ intelligentsia sees itself as the intellectuals of the working class. Their self-assigned job is to ‘educate’ the ‘intellectually deficient’ working class on how to do the ‘revolution’. But the following quote by Mr. Macalay tells us either that they are intellectually/politically confused and, consequently, incapable of ‘educating’ the working class, or that they have turned against the working class and embraced the elite they claim to hate:

“Trump’s reason for wanting to be president remains a friggin’ mystery”

How can the reasons this elitist have for wanting to be a president be a “friggin’ mystery”  to any professional Leftists in professional Leftist’s magazines, whom one has to assume are well versed on Marxist theory? How can they unashamedly express that statement, with sympathetic under  tone and all, and pass it as a ‘politically intelligent Marxist’ opinion? I’m just shocked and horrified by it.

That comment published by CounterPunch not only shows frustration by the author at not understanding Trump’s intentions, it and the whole article is written in an attitude of sympathy for the man.

According to Mr. Macaray, Trump is a buffoon, not an elitist, not a member of the class that enriches itself by scamming the poor, the working and middle classes. Not ONCE in the article is the word ‘elitist’ used to refer to fraudster-Trump.

First, it can’t be a surprise to any Marxists that elitist Trump is running FOR PERSONAL POWER. But the AL thinks he is running because he is an ‘anti-globalism revolutionary’. More on that later. Second, his ‘reasons’ must be denounced, not confused or denied, precisely because he is running on a racist/misogynistic/fascist platform.

Instead, the AL has renounced its duty to enlighten the people, and instead are brainwashing them by portraying elitist Trump as a magnanimous fool whom we should support when Sanders is officially defeated.

 

A the end of the article Macalay  implies that trickster-Trump is a victim of the establishment (oh, like Sanders, let’s feel his pain) and that, if he becomes president…poor him:

A “liberal” Trump is boxed in by a conservative Congress, and a weird, “impulsive” Trump is de-fanged by the Democrats.

(highlight by me.) Macalay probably meant neutered, not ‘de-fanged’. From dismissing Trump’ statements about his ‘readiness’ to use nuclear force against anyone who gets under his skin and  his racist/misogynistic rants, to admiring his virile impulsiveness, Trump Apologists have his back covered, explaining and justifying his attacks on anyone who is not male and white and millionaire. They admire his impulsiveness! Since when that is a personality trait to be admired in a president?!

As for Susy Sarandon:

“But this is what we’re fed. ‘He’s so dangerous. He’s so dangerous,’” Sarandon said, shrugging off Trump’s most controversial rhetoric as too implausible to be considered a serious threat.

Someone ought to remind her that Adolf Hitler was dismissed as a crazy angry German before he was elected; no one believed he could take control of the nation.

By stripping the class element from their opinions, that Trump is NOT an anti-working class member of the elite, the AL  exonerates tax-evading-Trump of the same ‘crimes’ they comfortably attach to Clinton:

whose most prominent personality trait happens to be pure, old-fashioned, unbridled Ambition

Trump, even though a member of the elite,  a callous profit seeking  elitist whose idea of education policy is creating a Trump University to scam the ignorant  elements in the middle class,  is free of ambition, his personality traits are, according to the American Left, innocence mixed with childish ‘buffoonery’: he is a well-intentioned fool. Hillary Clinton, well, she is the boggy woman of the  American Left: they are literally TERRIFIED of her, she causes them to have nightmares and to go unhinged making conspiracy theories about her.

Some of the SCARY things Hillary says that terrifies the decrepit American Left

The American Left has been dying a slow death since the 1980s, in my view, becoming less relevant and more insignificant with the passing of each political crisis. But their death was made official when they decided to embrace elitist/racist/misogynist Donald Trump and package him for the working class.

It was maybe an act of self-delivered euthanasia to spare themselves of the pain of irrelevancy and to expedite their death. Had Trump not show up in the primaries, the AL would still be zombieying around. When Trump said “to make America great again”, the AL drank the Kool Aid…died and morphed into this:

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But what is the source of both the admiration for Trump and the intense hatred of Hillary Clinton?

That’s the topic of my next post.

 

Madam President: Is Hillary Clinton About to Become the Most Powerful Woman Ever?

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Madam President: Is Hillary Clinton About to Become the Most Powerful Woman Ever?

By Joyce Tyldesley | 4:00 am, May 27, 2016 [Reprinted from HEATSTREET]

If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidential election she will, in January 2017, be inaugurated as leader of the most powerful country — economically and militarily — that the world has ever known.

 

She will acquire an impressive range of personal powers, including the authority to sign or veto legislation, appoint senior officials, pardon criminals, negotiate treaties, command the armed forces and, thanks to America’s nuclear and drone capabilities, bring mass or highly targeted death to any corner of the earth. Her influence will undoubtedly be felt by millions of people living far beyond her own country. But would President Hillary Clinton be the most powerful woman ever to have lived? More than that, when was the last time a woman was the most powerful person on the planet?

There have been several strong contenders for the title of world’s most powerful woman, but not as many as we might perhaps expect. Throughout history, men have played the dominant political role. Women have always been able to influence the deeds of men — their sons, husbands, brothers, and lovers — but the hidden power behind the throne is both difficult to prove and impossible to quantify. Many women have stepped forward to rule on behalf of infant sons and absent husbands, only to have their unofficial reigns “lost” within the official male reign. Some women, Mary the mother of Jesus being perhaps the most obvious example, have had immense cultural impact, but wielded little actual power during their lifetime.

The women discussed below were all able to act on their own authority. All exerted a powerful influence within their countries and outside them. Unlike an American president, none of these women was voted into office and none could easily be removed from power. All but one continued in her role until death.

Queen Victoria
Just over a century ago, Victoria was not only queen of the United Kingdom, she was also (among other titles) Empress of India. Her nine children made suitably regal marriages linking Victoria to the royal families of Europe, and her grandchildren continued this tradition. She is often cited as an example of a powerful woman. But, as a constitutional monarch, Victoria had little actual power. She was able to advise her government, but could not take further action. And, as she was a relatively private monarch, her ability to influence her subject was limited. She probably does not belong on this list, as her role was that of a national figurehead rather than a powerful woman.

Catherine the Great
The Empress Catherine — known today as Catherine the Great — ruled Russia from 1762-1796. Born the daughter of a minor Prussian prince, she married into the Russian royal family and came to power following the overthrow and subsequent assassination of her husband, Peter III. Under Catherine’s rule, the borders of the Russian Empire were extended both to the south and the west, with an estimated 200,000 square miles of new territory, including Belarus, Lithuania, and the Crimea, being added. Back home, she continued the westernization started by her late husband’s grandfather, Peter the Great. Her long reign came to be regarded as a golden age: a time when the arts and architecture flourished, and new cities were founded.

Maria Theresa of Austria
Maria Theresa of Austria became the last ruling Habsburg in 1740, following the death of her father Charles VI. The subsequent War of the Austrian Succession involved most of the powers of Europe. Maria Theresa emerged victorious to rule over much of central Europe, the Balkans, and Northern Italy. Unable, as a woman, to become Holy Roman Emperor she secured the title for her husband, Franz I. Having re-organized and modernized the ineffectual Austrian army she was prepared to fight to defend her lands; indeed she declared that if she had not been almost continually pregnant for 20 years (she bore 16 children, 13 of whom lived beyond infancy) she would have fought in battle herself. Amongst her many achievements, Maria Theresa introduced compulsory schooling for boys and girls, and developed an efficient administrative system that allowed the once ailing Habsburg Empire to flourish.

Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth inherited the thrones of England and Ireland in 1558, following the death of her half-sister, the staunchly Catholic Queen Mary. Elizabeth established and became Supreme Governor of the Protestant Church, which was to evolve onto the highly influential Church of England. As the “Virgin Queen,” she became a cultural icon, celebrated in the art and writings that flourished during her reign. Her foreign policy was mainly defensive, although she was prepared to fight if necessary. Faced with rebellion from Catholic Ireland, she imposed a harsh retribution that left many of her subjects starving. Elizabeth was undoubtedly powerful within her own countries. Her influence outside this relatively limited sphere — especially in mainland Europe — was limited.

Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian, the only female emperor of China, ruled during the brief restored Zhou Dynasty (690-705). Wu was the beautiful and extremely well-educated daughter of chancellor Wu Shihuo. Her rise to power started when she was selected as a concubine by Emperor Taizong. Following Taizong’s death she ruthlessly removed all rivals to become the empress consort of his successor, Gaozong. When her husband died, Wu, now dowager empress, remained the effective ruler of China during the reigns of two of her sons. Finally, in 690 CE she ordered her second son to abdicate, and took his place. She ruled as emperor in her own right until, during the last year of her life, she herself was forced to abdicate in favor of her third son.

Cleopatra VII
Cleopatra VII inherited the throne of Egypt from her father, Ptolemy XII, in 51 BCE. Recovering from an inauspicious start, which saw Egypt poised on the brink of civil war, she was able to stabilize her country and form an alliance with Julius Caesar that ensured security for her people. Following Caesar’s assassination, a new alliance with Mark Anthony eventually led to the restoration of the Ptolemaic Empire. Cleopatra now ruled a large part of the eastern Mediterranean world. Unfortunately, this proved to be a short-lived triumph. Cleopatra and Mark Anthony were defeated by the Roman Octavian (soon to become the Emperor Augustus) at the Battle of Actium, and Cleopatra committed suicide in 30 BCE.

Hatshepsut
Cleopatra was not Egypt’s only reigning queen. Almost 1,500 years earlier, 18th Dynasty Egypt was ruled by the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut technically ruled alongside her young co-regent, Tuthmosis III, but effectively she acted as sole ruler, and as such she became head of the army, the civil service, and the priesthood. Her purported ability to communicate with the gods allowed Hatshepsut to spread the good news that she was the daughter of the great god Amen of Thebes. As long-standing artistic tradition expected the king of Egypt to have the appearance of a fit young man, Hatshepsut’s official art depicted her with a male body dressed in male clothes and accessories, including a false beard. However, her texts made it clear to all who could read that Egypt’s pharaoh was a woman. Hatshepsut’s reign was a peaceful one, characterized by monumental building and foreign trade. Historian Tom Holland has suggested onTwitter that Hapshetsut’s reign in Egypt – as the ruler of the world’s then most powerful nation – was the last time a woman was the most powerful person on earth.

Having considered the careers of these powerful women, we can see that each was able to influence events both within and outside her own community during her own lifetime. Some controlled vast territories; others had access to vast wealth. However, none of these women had access to the modern technologies which allow the image, thoughts and deeds of the President of the United States of America to be experienced quite literally worldwide. Nor did they have access to the weaponry and financial resources that the president can employ.

Were she to ascend to the presidency, would Mrs. Clinton become the most powerful woman ever? On this evidence, it seems very likely that she would.

 

Dr Joyce Tyldesley is an Egyptologist with a specialist interest in the women of the ancient world.

From BNR: Trust Me, Hillary Supporters: The Media Will NOT Be Your Friend In 2016

I’m reprinting this thoughtful and inspirational article at the pro-Hillary site BNR.

 

If anyone had an illusion that a GOP candidate as dangerous and reckless as Trump would mitigate the corporate media’s obsessively negative coverage of Hillary, they’ve been quickly disabused of that notion. Even though the fate of their own families hangs in the balance, the media only know how to do one thing when Hillary is a candidate: slam her. Over and over and over and over again.


Hillary supporters: I woke up today and turned on cable news. The first thing I saw was Donald being given a pass for abusive, bigoted comments, while Hillary was being raked over the coals for an email server. This pattern is repeated everywhere — and it will be that way for the remainder of the 2016 race. A few days ago, I shared my approach to dealing with the incessant media hostility toward Hillary and toward you, her supporters. The full text is reposted below.

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Hillary-bashing is one of the ugliest permutations of American politics and the most toxic part of the 2016 election. It pervades the national media — just watch Morning Joe for five minutes and you’ll understand.

Turn on any news broadcast and listen to gleeful pundits faithfully regurgitate lies and smears against her.

Post a positive word about Hillary online and instantly get flooded with insults and slurs. Even threats.

Listen to her political rivals talk about her like she’s the devil incarnate.

If you believe the chatter, Hillary is a terrible, horrible, despised criminal who is losing in a landslide. Of course we know the opposite is true: She is one of the most ethical and lied about political leaders in the world:

No one has ever produced an iota of evidence that Hillary has behaved improperly because of a campaign contribution. No one has produced a scintilla of proof that there is a quid pro quo when it comes to her speaking fees. From Whitewater to Benghazi to her emails, nobody can point to a single instance of corruption or purposeful wrongdoing on Hillary Clinton’s part. None. Zero. Ever.

Hillary is winning. She will keep winning.

Her Republican opponent is a loose-lipped coward desperately begging someone to mount a third party run so he doesn’t have to face her alone (#WomenTrumpDonald). Taking his lead, the anti-Hillary forces have opened the spigot wide and the vileness is spewing forth.

If you are a Hillary supporter who simply wants a better future and can’t understand why so much venom is directed at her, it’s hard to process all this negativity.

So trust me on this. I worked for Hillary for years, I know who she is and how she deals with it. She puts her faith in you. She ignores the pundits and prognosticators. She smiles at the haters.

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Hillary knows that you’ve been there for her and that you’ll continue to be there for her. She looks past the vitriol and stays focused on what matters. She relies on her own sense of self. She draws on her inner fortitude. She is disciplined; she knows that love and kindness trump hate and fear. That’s not just a slogan for her — it’s her compass in the storm that always seems to surround her.

More than anyone in politics, she understands the ephemerality of news cycles. What seems earth-shattering today is a hazy memory tomorrow.

Just look at the Democratic primary. It seems like a lifetime ago, but recall the doom-saying that started last summer: Emails, Clinton Foundation, Benghazi, and on and on. Breathless predictions of imminent collapse, claims she inspired no passion, hand-wringing over whether a man should jump into the race to save the party from a woman.

Remember all that?

And look where we are now. Hillary will clinch the nomination in a matter of weeks, attaining the first of two milestones on the march to history.

Most importantly: Remember that Hillary bashers have always failed in the long run.

You can make Hillary bashers disappear by focusing, the way she does, on the end game. Trust yourself. Trust her faith in you. Her haters are trying to tear her down, and destroying themselves in the process.

The national media will do everything in their power to normalize Donald, to pretend he’s something more than a bigoted, hostile, intemperate, ill-prepared, sexist bully. It’s all static and noise. All of it.

Here’s the reality: As of this writing, there are three candidates left in the 2016 race. One is mathematically eliminated. The other is a petrified bigmouth who knows he’s outclassed and outmatched.

Of the three, I can assure you that if they had to bet, even her worst opponents would put their money on Hillary as the victor on Election Day.

Yes, her detractors are loud. But don’t mistake volume for impact. Hillary is quietly winning. If you are laser-focused on the prize, the bashers become ineffectual. They are on the wrong side of history and they know it.

If you ever feel demoralized by the endless hate, look at these photos and know who is marching on this journey with you.

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Peter Daou is a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and John Kerry and a veteran of two presidential campaigns. He is the CEO of True Blue Media, which owns and operates Blue Nation Review.

http://bluenationreview.com/hillary-supporters-the-media-will-not-be-your-friend-in-2016/

Cornel West Calls Trump™ His ‘Brother’

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Mr. West, please do explain, how do you, a Black man, and supposedly intelligent,  find ‘brotherhood‘ with an unashamed white xenophobic, misogynistic and racist self promoter member of the elite ‘billionaire class’?

The basic meaning of the  word ‘brotherhood’ (not delving into its sociological/political meaning) used to be, until you used it to refer to Trump™,

  • feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people

  • a group or organization of people who have the same interests, jobs, etc.

Now “brotherhood” has the same value as the word ‘politician’. Now it is a word you can use to con people into the false believe that they share with you emotional, historic and political interests.

Firstly, What type of degree, education or life-experience  have you missed in your life that would have  helped  you in learning  and understanding  that Donald Trump™ doesn’t harbor towards you  the same warm fussy feelings of friendship and understanding which you have publicly expressed towards him, as if intending to shame the rest of us for having supported you at any time in this life?

Secondly, if you look a bit closely, you will notice that  he belongs to an organization which has nothing in common with your interests as a Black man. He doesn’t even bother to make an effort to appeal to your race or mine (I’m Latin/Puerto Rican).

Is it Because Hillary Doesn’t Have a ‘dick‘?

The only reason you, a Black man, may have found ‘brotherhood’ with Trump™ is because of what you have in common with him as a human being: a dick. Otherwise, explain how come you feel such intense hatred for that woman, Hillary Clinton, vilifying her and accusing her of all types of crimes without providing evidence, but you have absolutely zero feelings of hatred towards Trump™ ?

It can’t be about ‘morality’. Are you refusing to read and hear Trump™ ‘s last week statements to continue to be blind about him?  How is Trump™ more moral than Hillary, or moral at all?  He is liar! Everybody knows that, except you? Even your other ‘brother’, Sanders, knows it. I hope never to hear him calling Trump™  “my brother”: I would retire from the human race.

Can’t you recognize tyranny, fascism and bigotry in Trump™? What happened to you, man?

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‘That’s why Trump is my bro now, he is awakening humanity to…something’.

Money is Trump™ ‘s only interest. When asked by Kimmel on TV yesterday if he was willing to have a debate with your other ‘brother, Sanders, Trump™ asked “How much is he willing to pay me?”

I can’t get my self to enumerate for you Trump™ ‘s many immoral statements. I have a feeling that you are not in a mental state of mind to understand the difference between a contemptible and amoral ‘business man’ running for president, and Malcolm X: for you they are the same entities because, in your puny mind, you see them fighting the “establishment”. Hey, if Trump™ is attacking Hillary, he must be against the oligarchs, just as Malcolm X did. Trump™is your ‘brother’ now.

You are a sad man who is trying to suck up the power that you perceive in Trump™. He doesn’t “say it as it is”, he is a bully. You like that in him, that’s the source of your “brotherhood” with Trump™. It’s not about Hillary “lying”, because then you would have to hate lying-Trump™, but you don’t.

So your hatred towards Hillary Clinton can’t be about morality; it has to be because she is a woman ascending to power, and you can’t bear the thought of the nation being commanded by a strong woman. Stop hiding your misogynistic hatred of Hillary behind her “many crimes”.

Fortunately, there are many more men who feel secure in their manhood as to not being afraid of a woman trying to move this nation forward, than men like Cornel West who fears that his dick will fall off if a woman becomes president of the US.

Watching The People’s Movements Die On TV, And The Education Of Donald Trump

You have to hand it to the media; they really REALLY know how to kill a movement and leave you owning only your bowel  movement.

Have you noticed how there is no more talk about the GOP’s angry voters in the mainstream or not-so-mainstream media? Shhh…wait… listen to that:…It’s the sound of no more ‘walls’ in the air. Wow, it’s actually relieving. Oh, no more nicknames for the Donald in the air either: he is more ‘respectable’ and ‘presidential’ now.

Neither Trump nor the media talk about his ‘movement’ any more. Angry voters must be ignored from now on or else he would have to address their anger and listen to their real complaints, not the ones he guessed  from polls before entering the race, as he himself said.

Instead of keeping the movement ‘alive’, as Jessie Jackson would say, Trump is now parading through the hallways of the elite’s institutions and homes. He consults with Kissinger and is making behind-the- curtain deals with them, and being ‘educated’ in the art of politics by conservative think-tanks. His followers have no idea with whom he is talking because they don’t matter anymore. Now they are NOT A MOVEMENT: now they are simply VOTERS.

Remember the GOP voters’ desires to ‘own’ the party? Fait accomplished, sort of. Trump owns it now, it’s as if they own it themselves, isn’t it?

The process of pacification of the angry voters  is complete, the party and the oligarchs can exhale: their personal necks were saved by no other than crazy Trumpo.

And Trump knows it, that his followers are now simply voters. There in his decision to make the presidential elections like a reality TV show. There’s no ‘movement’ anymore, only spectators who happen to vote. The anger must be managed and subdued; no better way than with ‘entertainment’. Because that’s all the man has to offer you.

He will be trained by the GOP’s advertising gurus, the ‘donors’, i.e., the owners of the party, by conservative think-tanks…he will receive a crash course on the few political facts he needs to know  to keep his followers hypnotized, and con them into voting for him.

His boogeyman  from now  on until November will be…tah tah! Hillary Clinton, not the ‘establishment’ or the ‘dishonest globalists’. He will continue the character assassination job perfected by Sanders, who in turn benefited from the job the MSM started since she was FOTUS. The old anti-Hillary YouTube videos I mentioned in other posts here are being undust as we speak.

The only worry still keeping the oligarchs angsty is whether he will actually do, as president, all the things he promised to the angry voters. I’m pretty sure they are not worrying much about that anymore.

You just witnessed, without noticing it, how the knife of the masses’ righteous anger is manipulated, contained, dulled and rendered safe to handle by politicians and the media. You just witnessed how political movements go to the two parties to die.

We still have another moribund movement crawling towards its ‘finish’ line. The death of  Sanders’ movement will be more painful to watch.

Is There Life After Death For Sanders’ Movement?

Have you noticed how BORING Sanders speeches feel when he is forced to stop attacking Hillary and he complies by attacking Trump?  Also, have you noticed that the MSM NEVER reports on the particulars of his attack on Trump? That is no coincidence or mistake. Sanders is there to attack Hillary and he has been more than effective at it. Once Hillary is not there, the TWO candidates will have nothing meaningful to talk about, or anything credible to offer to the voters.

Yesterday, a day after the primaries and the barrage of public recriminations against Sanders for the Nevada debacle, Sanders had one rally in California: the media informed you that he DID NOT attack Hillary and spoke only about Trump. Did they tell you what he said about him, have you hear any soundbites of him ‘bashing’ Trump repeated over and over?…crickets….What you may have heard was to show to you that he didn’t attack her, but there was no interest in making him his attacks an effective alternative to Trump.

I have repeated over and over on this blog how the duopoly, the two-party system is the tool to kill the people’s anger. I have discussed how Sanders in particular has been effective at that. Both Trump and Sanders have expressed their pride at bringing all those angry people into their party’s fold to slaughter them with the ‘establishment’.

That’s why I keep repeating that if you want a revolution, you can’t stay on either party. And I will continue to repeat: as long as that party is not created, progressives must vote democratic, and for Hillary.

Sanders promises are utopia, no substance and no means to achieve not even a sliver of the promises because, if you REALLY vetted him, you’ll see he is like Trump. Sanders has no idea of how to run a nation, he has no support, let alone of Republicans, not even of Democrats: only ONE senator has come forward to support him. They know him, his colleagues in Congress, they want nothing to do with his ‘style’.

Sanders’ movement has a better chance at life after death. I watched last night at the Rachel Maddow’ show a discussion with one Sanders supporter explaining a ‘new idea’: creating an organization that would do the work of fundraising and advertising for 400 candidates whom the organization is going to vet and recruit to be elected to push for the issues for which they were ‘hired’ to defend. It’s an interesting idea, it may or may not work…but at least they ARE thinking ahead. Something may come out of the Sanders ‘theme park’ campaign against Hillary.

My hope is that the ‘berniebots’ is a passing phenomenon and that the real ‘revolutionaries’ have learned their lesson and move on to do something constructive and impactfull, other than ‘reform’ the Democratic party.

Until then, I will vote for the ‘least of two evils’. I have a feeling she will be better than expected for the nation, knowing that she is not as bad as the media and Sanders have portrayed her.

Fearing Trump: For The Globalists, Coup Is In The Air

It’s been 15 years since the horror that was 9/11. For all of those 15 years our nation’s political leaders (in both parties), both presidents since then, and the oligarchs, they all have been at war with other nations…and with their own citizens.

For how much longer do you think our oligarchy overlords can keep us supporting their globalist misadventures and their for-the-Homeland Security lies?

There is an answer to that question, and it relates  to the political crisis that this presidential election cycle represents. I propose to you that the oligarchs know that the jig is up and that they are,  in the words of Brazil’s  Vice President in charge of the soft  coup against Dilma Rousseff,  ready to “pacify the nation“.

The Crisis: The Oligarchs Are Feeling Restless

Listen, you know the answer to that as well as I do, and I don’t think we’re going to see a President Trump. I’m seeing [disturbing] things today that I never expected to see from either party . And I think when you have the American people as angry as they are, this makes them ripe for populism, and I think what we’re seeing is rooted in that populism. I’m not going to make a prediction on who our president’s going to be. But I will stick my neck way out and say, I don’t think it’s going to be Donald Trump.Globalist Han Paulson

Elites can continue pursuing and defending [global] integration, hoping to win sufficient popular support — but, on the evidence of the US presidential campaign and the Brexit debate, this strategy may have run its course.  Larry Summers

I have had a strong point of view on each of the last ten presidential elections, but never before had I feared that what I regarded as the wrong outcome would in the long sweep of history risk grave damage to the American project. [Idem]

What was in the beginning an imponderable is now taken for granted: support for Trump comes from the angry voters who can’t tolerate the success of globalism any more. It fits perfectly on one of Trump’s many funny promises: voters are tired of too much success,  they are asking ‘please, don’t succeed any more‘.

Our oligarchs aren’t laughing. The American project, our democratic system, is at risk if we don’t stop being angry and threatening to vote for the ‘wrong’ candidates.

NOTE: Nothing on this post should be construed as an endorsement of Donald Trump. I don’t support him in any way, shape or form.

The candidates:

First thing to note  is that these primaries are not ”usual’ or ‘typical’ by any means.  They have been ground shaking: party shaking, and ideology shaking too. Not since JFK’s administration have we seen anything like this.

It would be a political mistake of our citizens to take these elections as one about  the candidates’ personality problems. But that’s precisely the theme that the MSM is giving them; it has all been about Trump, the carnival character, and Hillary as the evil woman hated by every body. By the time the citizens wake up and see the truth, it will be too late for them to correct their mistake, just as they woke up too late  to the con game that was the invasion of Iraq. Now we are all stuck with the consequences of not being alert.

The second  noticeable phenomenon  is the MSM  repeating 24/7 since the beginning of the primaries, on TV, paper and online, the subtext that none of the candidates is worthy of your vote. Both Trump and Hillary have been bashed by them (whether you think they deserve it or not is immaterial to the media) as wholly dishonest,  liars and highly contemptuous lacking in human qualities. Seldom is there a reference to the candidates ideological positions; all attacks  aim at ‘character assassination”.

It is clear that the MSM doesn’t want you to consider either of the candidates as alternatives. If Trump is the racist narcissist liar whose election portent the fall of this nation, why are they attacking the other candidate whom everybody agrees is presenting a serious and well thought out platform? Please, don’t fall for a cynical or knee jerk answer, this question should matter to you.

If not Trump and not Clinton, then who? Sanders? Seriously. Have you stopped to consider that question? The WaPo and The NY Times endorsed Hillary, but their attacks on her have been relentless and even cruel sometimes. They even suggest that Sanders is the ‘honest’ one and she is a career liar.  I don’t see the ‘benefit’ of their endorsement, it certainly has not given her any positive coverage.

What if the problem with Hillary Clinton’s campaign is Hillary Clinton? Sometimes the problem is you.” WaPo

The Take: Clinton got what she needed, but her image is underwater. WaPo [This the day after she won big in NY. ]

You don’t find any articles from them asking you to vote for her to prevent Trump from winning.

So, for whom the MSM wants you to vote? Or are they insinuating that the decision have been made for you already? Or are they getting you used to the fact that the nation is in such turmoil and none of the candidates are capable to handle the crisis, that the decision will have to be made for you by the powers that be?  This ‘none of them’ campaign is fertile ground to plant anything and anyone in place of  “them“. And you will consent to it and love it too.

At War With The People: Coup Is In The Air

It is the people who matters. And the oligarchs have been paying attention to you because you are threatening their order. Voting is the crown jewel of the oligarchs’ democracy, and now you want to subvert it by voting for people they don’t approve of. If you elect Trump, you will be punished.

The United States has always been governed by the authority of ideas, rather than the idea of authority. Nothing is more important than to be clear to all Americans that the tradition of vigorous political debate and compromise will continue. The sooner Donald Trump is relegated to the margins of our national life, the better off we and the world will be. [Idem]

That’s right, there’s them, the oligarchs, who decide when we will be ruled by “the idea of authority”, i.e., dictatorship, and us, who have to debate and compromise with them. And there will be no “compromise and debate” until ‘us’ relegate Trump to the status of social outcast – “to the margins of our national life”. Another coup to Americans is being considered, that’s the meaning of that paragraph.

Talking about angry people, Summers sounded pretty angry there, didn’t he?

We have seen not so subtle threats before, most recently in 2009 when Bush told Congress that if they don’t sign the bail out of the greedy globalists they could see martial law signed by him. The oligarchs are threatening everybody, not just us. They are threatening harm to the Brits if they vote Brexit. And as if to send you a message that they are serious about how to stop, yes Trump, but ultimately your anger, the HuffPo published this article: At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

The HuffPo is owned by Verizon, so I take it that the message in that article was the imminency of the  perceived threat, not any details or facts (there were none) about what was discussed in that “meeting to plot” against Trump. But like that letter to Trump by Summers, it shows that the oligarchs are feeling restless.

The Solutions:

The depth of the crisis is such that it has the  oligarchs divided on how to fix it;  that’s a fact. You see it in how different big wigs support or don’t support efforts to derail Trump. There is also a third-party wish been discussed as we speak, but it will solve nothing because the problem is not Trump or the party. Whatever they do, voters anger will remain the same, and that’s what matter.

They see angry voters united, that’s a problem for them because, to manage the crisis you must have the people willing to negotiate, and people are beyond that level at this moment, there in Summers threat about “the idea of authority”.

So, democracy will have to be tinkered with, they may have to suspend it for a short period, if you don’t obey the globalists. And just to prove to you they mean business, take a second long look at Sanders’ followers ‘occupation’ of Trump’s rallies, and now attacking Hillary on her activities.

You saw there how easily  manipulated into creating chaos certain segments of the populace are. That was no happenstance, those provocations were planned, organized and carried out to perfection: it tested the availability  of  material to create social ‘crisis’ a la Latin America. That spectacle was for you, to show you that things  can get as intense as in third world countries if you elect Trump.

You can see in the article I linked for you above, the concrete plans globalist Trilateralist Summers have to control the people’s anger.

But this is the kicker: malleable Trump can be made the dictator the oligarchs need. It’s still too early to decide whether Trump will be obliterated or bend to the shape the oligarchs want. After all, he is a racist elitist: trust him at your own risk, like you trusted the cons who gave you Iraq and the NSA and Homeland Security…

When Tyrants are Entertaining and Serious Politicians are Boring

The other day I read, I think it was in the WaPo, a comment by one of its opinion writer telling us that we can expect Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Trump to be a “boring” exposition of how she will make things better for the voters.

Boring. Yes, there’s lot of that in her campaign. Trump and Sanders, however, are superbly entertaining. How is that?

Voter Anger And The Art Of Revenge

I have commented in this blog that even Trilateralist/globalist Larry Summers agrees with me in that voter anger comes from the oligarchs-globalists’ economic policies. One of the big flashing neon signs of political opportunism is when candidates join you in blasting your enemies, but offer no plans to return LIBERTY AND FREEDOM to you.

That’s what Trump’s and Sanders’ revolutions amount to: opportunism.

Trump is an entertainer by profession and by nature. He himself has said, lost in the many coverage he is receiving and his many flip-flops, that he knows people are angry and he is giving them what they want to hear. And what is that? REVENGE.

The entertaining part of Trump’s campaign is that he is verbally torturing and ridiculing both the GOP ‘establishment’ and Hillary Clinton (that’s the joy he is giving to the berniebots). What can be more entertaining and satisfying to people who feel enslaved by his ‘victims’ than seeing them publicly mocked and humiliated?

The other thing Trumps knows is that the people wants to be released from the oppression coming from the globalists oligarchs. But that he can’t give you: he can’t give you freedom nor liberty. That much he knows too.

Sanders is doing something similar, but he is not mocking, he is Hillary Clinton’s judge and his followers are the jury. He is not mocking in the literal sense of the world; there is no ‘fun’  in his angry attacks on Hillary. The satisfying part of his ‘campaign’ is in giving his followers the role of jury: ‘I herein publicly find you guilty of all the crimes raised by innuendo and unproven by our leader Sanders, and condemn you to suffer our rage all the way to the convention.’ But like with Trump, there is ‘no path’, not only to the nomination for him, there is no path to release you from the real culprits of your sense of oppression and indignation.

Sanders’ campaign promises are a pie in the sky; even his followers know this deep inside. But pouring their anger and revenge exclusively on Hillary is more satisfying than confronting the truth of  Sanders empty slogan about ‘revolution and socialism’. Notice, by the way, that he doesn’t use the word socialism much any more. He wants regular Joe and Jane forget he used it.

Only the boring one, Hillary Clinton, is offering you real and achievable policies.  You don’t have to be “with her” 100% of the time. There’s much that needs to be asked and fixed about her plans, but contrary to Donald and Bernie, she actually answers the media questions. She is not channeling your anger, she is not taking advantage of your anger for her personal interest. All politicians have their ego and self-interest invested, she is not the only one doing so; but she offers you something, that’s the difference as compared with the other two. Hillary Clinton is not giving you a carnival show for you to feel ‘revenged’ over the oligarchs.

That’s why she is boring, and the MSM will use her seriousness to make you like Trump better.

The MSM Tabloid

So why is the MSM giving so much air time to the Donald and portraying him as a buffoon? Because it is entertaining in the way described above. Also, because it takes the edge off the Donald. I have also been arguing in this blog that the oligarchs and the ‘paleoconservatives’ will find in Trump an outlet for the angry voters to keep that status quo intact without having to give too much in exchange for the ‘peace’ with voters.

You see, the divided oligarchs are taking sides, some with him or not. The MSM will make you like Trump when it matters the most: when he is facing Hillary. That’s their price, people, defeating Hillary. There are reasons why they don’t want her, discussed in this blog too, immaterial of the fact that they give her money (they give money to all candidates). They rather have Trump. How will they achieve that?

If and only if you stand by your expressed belief that the MSM is not only yellow but a tool of manipulating public opinion, then you must accept that, to be successful at manipulating your opinion, they must have a plan and a technique: they don’t manipulate emotions and opinion by chance. It is all choreographed.  All that coverage 24/7 of all things Trump by all the MSM, it is not by  coincidence.

Do yourselves a favor: when you finish reading this post, go to the WaPo and read this article: The spokesman who knows Trump best: Himself, and tell me that it was not written as gossip, as entertaining, as worthy of TMZ.

Trump’s fascination with the name “Barron” persisted for decades. When he was seeing Maples while still married to Ivana, he sometimes used the code name “the Baron” when he left messages for her. In 2004, when Trump commissioned a dramatic TV series based on the life of a New York real estate mogul like him, his only request to the writer was to name the main character “Barron.” And when Trump and his third wife, Melania, had a son, they named him Barron.

People, this is a ‘prospective’ president of the USA; this is not an audition to a TV program. The signs that this man would be a tyrant and that the elite is piling behind him are there for you to see.  You can’t say later  ‘oh, the MSM fooled me, I didn’t know any better’.

No matter how much ‘negative’ coverage the Donald is getting, as he himself says, ‘negative’ is better if it makes him look entertaining and  “telling it as it is”. The negative coverage Hillary is getting is not the ‘good type of negative’; there’s nothing funny or endearing in been called a liar, dishonest and untrustworthy because you have been a manipulative bitch all your life. That’s how they portray her, she is giving you nothing, not even the fun and joy of ridiculing the oligarchs; she only gives you plans.

The MSM is giving you Trump the same way they gave you the invasion of Iraq: with impunity and subterfuge. Pay attention; they don’t want her. When the oligarchs don’t want you…somehow you must be a threat to them. Sanders is not even a threat, he is there to destroy Hillary.

The MSM is mainstreaming Trump for you. Enjoy.

It’s Official: It’s A Fractured Nation

Yeap, that’s what we have in our hands right now: a  nation divided and angry, with no viable solutions or alternatives for the long run.

As I have proposed in this blog, the voters anger, which is the outcome (in Trilateralist Larry Summers’ words) of the success of globalism, is being directed at the two-party system (the duopoly). The globalists themselves are untouched (physically) by that anger, a sign that the two-party system is fulfilling its purpose: mediate between the real owners of the political system (the oligarchs) and the people they control and oppress. The elite buys the politicians to be the escape goat for them, to receive the anger of the masses.

The only signs of the ‘people united’ are the Trumpists and Sandernistas united in hating Hillary.

 

But the elite itself is deeply divided in the GOP, not in the democratic party. The owners of the dems are fine, thank you for asking. Their problem is the angry voters, not any ideological divisions. The GOP, on the other hand, is barfing all that contaminated ideology they have being eating all these years. Trump and his angry voters is the purgative forcing  the party to expel the toxic stew of globalism and libertarianism/paleoconservatism.

It’s not a superficial ideological war; how they resolve their differences will have serious implications for the rest of us. Trump is just the purgative, he will bend over to the big oligarchs, they know it. Cheney’s support to Trump is a telltale of how confident they are that ‘weak Trump’ (as E. Warren is calling him now) will be the right ‘card’ to play. Trump’s gold is the angry voters following him and to be pacified with his irrational ‘solutions’ that leave the oligarchs stil  in charge. So, don’t be surprise if he wins the presidency because…that brings me to the other side of the aisle, Sanders and his Berniacs, aka the berniebots.

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These signs of the ‘revolution’ to come surely don’t look promising.

 

Their revolution turned out to be against Hillary, and if they can’t stop her, then against the party itself. But note that it started against Wall Street; it is Sanders who channeled the ‘revolutionaries’ away from their original complain and into the party to do battle against Hillary. Sanders want the presidency, that’s why he said today in Rachel Maddow’ show that he is not concerned right now with what ‘his movement’ is going to do after the primaries. As I have argued alone in this blog, Sanders never had any revolution in mind when he enter the race, he was ‘an issues candidate’. Now he is getting millions of dollars in donations, some of which go as payment to his wife as the director of his campaign. That’s one of the reasons he will stay “until the last vote is counted”; he meant to say until the last donation is counted.

But the Berniacs are now REALLY angry because Trump deprived them of the joy of provoking him and his followers at his rallies. Now they are at it with Hillary. They are following her like rabid dogs, whirling all kinds of epithets at her. IMHO, they pose a physical danger to her.The hatred of these Sanders’ anarchists runs deep against her, and it is masculine. I have being reading the different leftist’s online blogs, and what they are saying about her is SCARY!!!

It’s not that she is a “corrupt” politician, after all, how many politicians  are out there who aren’t corrupt  in more or less degree? Hillary is different: she is the corrupter, which makes her the she-devil incarnate. FLOTUS Clinton forced President Clinton to pass all and each bad policy/bill he approved; she corrupted Wall Street’s CEOs and forced them to give her money, she bribed them! Every bad law in the USA has her finger prints in it. She actually had sex with women whom she forced to do nasty things on her, you can imagine which nasty things. No other politician is guilty of the wars, only she; not Obama, not Bush Jr….only she. And racist Trump is, for them, a better alternative an more trustworthy  for the presidency than her.

The hatred these people have against her is, to say the least, unhealthy. Their demands that she releases her speeches have nothing to do with ‘accountability’ or ‘transparency’. Nothing that she does can exculpate: no email conviction? Then the speeches; nothing there? Then they will ask for everything she has done in her life until they nail her at something. When you dig and dig in the life of a human being, you are bound to find dirt because no human being is 100% clean. That’s what they are doing: digging until they find something to nail her. That in addition to mounting a psychological operation on her. You can imagine the stress that that kind of harassment can have eventually on a person. She is bound to get testy or snap at some one…and the MSM and the mics and the cell phone cameras will be there to record it. That’s all they need to derail her, one moment of externalized frustration.

She is not even human.

 

The bots waiting for her outside.

So, the nation doesn’t want Trump or Hillary, according to the angry voters. Remember, the angry voters are actually a minority. Put Trump’s and Sanders’ together (there is a big chance they will actually coalesce with Trump aganist Hillary) and they are still a minority; but a very powerful minority. If no Trump or Hillary, then who? What will happen with all that anger? The bernibots are heading towards major disappointment when Sanders if forced to support Hillary; he is part of the democratic party.

The real ‘revolution’ is going on in the GOP and it is the revolution of the gods, the oligarchs. Sanders’ is a ‘revolution’ of convenience, opportunism. The people are left, like or not, with the only sane person in these primaries: Hillary Clinton, if she makes it in one piece to the WH. And if she wins, you can bet your food stamps that the berniacs will NOT let her do her job in peace; they will try to IMPEACH her starting day one after the swearing ceremony.

This is getting worse by the minute, no relief insight. The root of our problems is globalism, but no one is attacking it or the globalists themselves. No third-party independent of the oligarchs, no nothing…except Trump and the Berniacs…and Hillary for the moment being.

As long as we are distracted and divided against each other, the nation will remain a fractured nation: this is a new world order.

Mourning Sanders’ Revolution

It’s safe to say that the ‘hope’ of the daydreaming angry youngsters of marching into the democratic party to ravish it from inside and build…something, we are still waiting to find out what were they trying to build there, that hope is gone.

The dream that Sanders could become the president of the USA has rudely awaken to reality. What started as ‘I’m here to raise the issues’ became ‘I’m here to be the president of the USA’. No one noticed the transition, therein the beginning of the delusion.

What did they achieve while they were there ripping Hillary Clinton (HC) to pieces instead of putting their energy into building a movement outside of the paws of the oligarchy? Well, they achieved another unnecessary bout of disillusion and disappointment; and possibly giving Trump the presidency.  Next comes the depression.

But…but…I told you this would happen to you; I have been saying it since January in my blog for those of you who found me at the WaPo. You only have yourselves to blame for your sadness and hopelessness. Expect to go through the same process four years from now because you haven’t learned the lesson that, for leftists, there is no place inside the duopoly. You criticize it and then march into it behind the next charismatic leader  vying for personal power.

As I said in this blog recently, the left is already casting blame on Sanders for their disappointment, refusing to look into their own sorry leftists selves. Yes, I’m pretty much frustrated and it shows; but can you blame me for that?

Don’t blame Sanders, I never blamed him for what I knew was to come. The only reason the left can’t look into itself to evaluate their participation in these primaries is because there is no leftist movement. Only people who are organized can look into how they are doing; unorganized followers don’t have to do that.

So the call is for you, leftists, individually. Look at why you keep following charismatic leaders of the establishment.

As for Hillary…she never said she is doing a revolution. She is offering policies, Sanders promised a revolution, a bumper sticker slogan with nothing to back it up. I can’t follow that. But I can vote for HC and try to do work outside the democratic party to build a third-party. I will not attack her and then find myself with no alternatives against Trump. Any leftist or progressive who thinks that Trump is a better option should be ashamed of calling him or herself a ‘progressive’.

Neither can I follow leftists whose misogyny is so patent that they find common ground in it with Trump. That leftists’ misogyny is so 1960s.

I’m reading articles at the Brookings Institution, the think-tank of the oligarchy. It shows the elite is organized, maybe divided, but they put their money and effort to advance their goals. They know how their globalism has destroyed the middle class here. They are planning to put some band aids to the system.

The left has nothing, no organization, no vision to counter the oligarchs; only personal attacks on one woman whom they have stigmatized as the sole cause of the destruction of the middle class.

You, the left, is offering nothing to the middle class. When you start offering something, call me.

Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a rally in Wilmington, Del., on Monday.

If Not Hillary (And Certainly Not A Chance For Bernie), Then who?

I ended my previous post about how the elite is getting ready to quell the people’s anger stemming from the devastation produced by the success of globalism by saying this:

The oligarchs are as deep in this crisis as we are. But they are organized, they have traced their course and goals, they have a VISION. What does the left have?

The left has nothing to offer to the middle class. Well, maybe the Green Party does. Go cast your vote for whoever…

At the end of this elections cycle, we will end up exactly where we started: in the hands of the oligarchs.

That’s the sad truth, that’s exactly where we will all be when we wake up the morning of November 9, no matter who wins: Sanders, Hillary, Trump…

The elite is ready to rumble, but are we?

There are no options, none for the progressive middle class except the democratic party. The Green Party is not ready for its close-up. We have to vote for the democratic candidate. But if Sanders’ misguided and rabid Hillary-haters  followers have their way, the republicans will make the decision for us. Sanders and his followers have tarnished Hillary Clinton because she  lacks Sanders’ purity and perfection (the Vatican approved of his purity  and, in doing so, tried to mark Hillary as the ‘she-devil’), so there’s a risk she may not win the presidency.

They have made her the sole culprit for the debacle caused by globalism, they focus on her alone. Trump’s new moniker for her comes courtesy of Sanders and his followers who have joined the MSM in successfully portraying her as a subhuman entity devoid of morals. Those votes she lost to Sanders as the campaign progressed were lost because people started to believe Sanders’ and his followers’ message that she is immoral.

The leftist movement bears some of the guilt for that situation.

The left’s own monumental failure at reaching the middle  class is appalling because of the fact that, let alone the working class, humanity itself is about to collapse under the weight of the oppression by a handful of oligarchs, which makes them open to  the right message. But the left can’t communicate with the downtrodden they claim to be fighting for, and they seem to have forgotten how to organize the working class. Even Trump, a clownish wealthy entertainer, have easily found the words to explain his version of the evils of  globalism to a big segment of blue-collar America.

Instead, the left finds itself  joining the mass of people  deluded by the MSM’s bumper-sticker messages of ‘hope and change and ‘socialist-revolution’ marching towards the duopoly.

The left has fallen for the ‘Bernie revolution’ because they have not vetted him, just as they didn’t vet Obama. A revolution named after and based on worshiping a politician who has been part of the establishment for 30+ years should have been the first clue to the leftists that something was not kosher with that revolution. The fact that the MSM has refused to vet a ‘socialist’ should have also piqued their curiosity about him and his ‘revolution’.

The progressives have wasted their youth’s energy and money on helping Sanders corral them and march them in to the democratic party, the duopoly.  The left criticizes the ‘establishment’ but marches towards it in every election instead.

I imagine the ‘progressive’ Hillary-haters will spend the next four years, if she wins, battling against her instead of organizing the people so that in the next elections they have an alternative other than the duopoly.

So, if not Hillary and certainly not Sanders, then who, people? Trump? Are you serious? Is that all you’ve got to offer to the disappearing middle class?

Larry Summers: Presidential Elections Crisis Evidence That Globalism May Have Run Its Course

Introduction
Why Is Trump Causing A Crisis In The GOP?

Summers: Primaries Are Evidence Globalism Has Plateaued
What Is To Be Done? Weathering the Global Storm
Managing The Consequences Of Globalism
Summers’ Veiled Threat To Americans: Ostracize Trump or Else…
Conclusion: The Left’s Distorted Thinking

Introduction

I read in Black Agenda Report a comment  by Glen Ford about this primaries cycle similar to those found in other leftists blogs:  that the duopoly (the two-party system) is bankrupt, destabilized to the point of near collapse due to Trump and Sanders’ campaigns challenging each respective  party’s owners. In Ford’s words:

What makes this election season different is the crisis in the duopoly system, itself: the possibility that the U.S. corporate-controlled electoral arrangement might be shattered beyond repair by irresolvable fractures in both the Republican and Democratic camps, creating more space for a broad left politics in the United States.

He also says there:

On the Republican side, the fate of the duopoly hinges on whether the GOP’s corporate leaders will choose to coexist in the same party with Donald Trump, an unpredictable billionaire who cannot be counted on to support perpetual U.S. military occupation of the planet and race-to-the-bottom global trade deals.

Rest assured Glen, the elite will avert the crisis. As I will show in this post,  they are working on it as we speak.

Missing from Ford’s and the other leftists’ analysis is the why: Why is it that the oligarchy cannot handle run-of-the-mill entertainment mogul Donald Trump, allowing him to ‘sequester’ the GOP? Sanders is in the other party doing what Trump is doing in the GOP: he too is ‘denouncing’ the elite. But the democrats seem to be handling him better; the impending doom for them is not as palpable as in the GOP. I know, evil-Hillary has him by the neck.

But Sanders has never attacked the globalists directly.  His mantra has been  against the “0.1% of Wall Street and against Hillary Clinton as the evil witch who has corrupted our nation’s good CEOs. As of late his has focused exclusively on her. He has stated his support of globalism. That’s why he has not directly associated voter anger with globalism as Trump has; that’s why he (and HC) is not a threat to the elite. I’m not endorsing him, for crying out loud!

But I think there is something else: the constant on both parties is that which Ford dismissed in his article: ‘voter anger’.

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Since March 1 I have been writing (inartfully, for sure) in this blog (here, here and here) about the relation between voter anger, Trump, the globalists and Larry Summers, and as it so happens, not only the relation exists, but it should have been taken into account by the left long time ago. Had they done that, they would have saved themselves from the embarrassment and disappointment at getting sucked into the Sanders ‘revolution’ day-dreaming campaign and falling for Trump’s pseudo-anti-globalist ‘rebellion’.

Why Is Trump Causing A Crisis In The GOP?

I will discuss Larry Summers’ two recent articles that illuminate the real causes behind this presidential election cycle crisis. Let me frame the conversation.

I argued, in the posts links above, that this electoral crisis is due mostly to voters anger, an outcome  of globalism, and that the elite sees these elections as the evidence that they have inflicted as much pain and disruption as the  middle class and the global humanity are capable of withstanding without rebelling. I also suggested that the Trump effect, the disruption of the GOP’s order, is not due to his anti-globalist position, as the left has suggested.

Trump’s crime has been daring to open for public discussion the crimes of the globalist elite, inciting the anger of the middle class against the elite. Of course, that is Trumpism, i.e., opportunism; he just wants to get those votes, he is part of the ‘billionaire class’.  The regular people is not allowed to discuss the evils of globalism anywhere, least of all in their presidential elections. Trump opening the discussion merely for winning votes is the ultimate betrayal to the elitist class to which he belongs.

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Image from somewhere in the internet.

So let’s see what is it that Larry Summers wants Trump to stuff it.

Summers: Primaries Are Evidence That Globalism Has plateaued

What follows is based on these two articles:(a) Global trade should be remade from the bottom up
April 11th, 2016, and (b) Larry Summers: Donald Trump is a serious threat to American democracy March 1.

There is nothing surprising about these elections to the elite because they are watching the effects that their rapacious greed is having on humanity. Larry Summers made the diagnosis: the political crisis that is this presidential election cycle is  merely a symptom...of the success of globalism.

This [globalization] has proved more successful than could reasonably have been hoped. [On article (a)]

Summers is sort-of paraphrasing Trump: globalists have had so much success that they are saying “please, no more success”. But, seriously, Summers et al globalists are listening  to your complaints:

They read the revelations in the Panama Papers and conclude that globalisation offers a fortunate few the opportunities to avoid taxes and regulations that are not available to the rest. And they see the disintegration that accompanies global integration, as communities suffer when big employers lose to foreign competitors. [(a)]

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For Summers, the evidence that  globalism has plateaued, overachieved, is in our current presidential elections. The oligarchs have taken notice of the importance of this elections cycle:

Elites can continue pursuing and defending [global] integration, hoping to win sufficient popular support — but, on the evidence of the US presidential campaign and the Brexit debate, this strategy may have run its course. [a]

Yet a revolt against global integration is under way in the west. The four leading candidates for president of the US — Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — all oppose the principal free-trade initiative of this period: the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Proposals by Mr Trump, the Republican frontrunner, to wall off Mexico, abrogate trade agreements and persecute Muslims are far more popular than he is. [a]

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That last phrase, “far more popular than he is“, it says it all.

So there you have it: the elite is watching you and understands better than you do yourselves from where that anger is coming. How do they know that the damage has been done? Let’s just say… they know:

The core of the revolt against globalintegration, though, is not ignorance. It is a sense, not wholly unwarranted, that it is a project carried out by elites for elites with little consideration for the interests of ordinary people — who see the globalisation agenda as being set by big companies playing off one country against another. [a]

So our dysfunctional presidential primaries show that the people are angry at globalization and can’t take it any longer. What is the elite to do to help us?

What Is To Be Done? Weathering the Global Storm

Globalism plateaued and there’s no way to convince the masses that it should be protected: the damage is beyond repair.

Elites can continue pursuing and defending integration, hoping to win sufficient popular support — but… this strategy may have run its course. [a]

The inevitability of popular unrest due to globalism having plateaued will result in a situation like that scene in the God Father were the mob went underground for cover after Michael killed Sollozzo: it was a “hiatus”.

This is likely to result in a hiatus in new global integration [a]

The elite will then concentrate on:

efforts to preserve what is in place while relying on technology and growth in the developing world to drive further integration. [a]

Like the God Father’s mob, the elite is weathering the storm.

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Managing The Consequences of Globalism

Voters fight with each other defending/attacking Trump and Sanders/Clinton: but Larry Summers knows how childish their fights are because he knows that they are fighting the wrong enemy. He also knows that they can be like an elephant walking in a ceramics store. The elite knows that the unmanaged anger will lead to chaos. So manage the anger they will.

Much more promising is this idea: the promotion of global integration can become a bottom-up rather than a top-down project. The emphasis can shift from promoting integration to managing its consequences. [a]

Larry Summers doesn’t go deep in this article about how he envisions this “managing” of the consequences of globalization, except to say this:

This would mean a shift from international trade agreements to international harmonisation agreements, where issues such as labour rights and environmental protection would take precedence over issues related to empowering foreign producers. It would also mean devoting as much political capital to the trillions that escape tax or evade regulation through cross-border capital flows as we now devote to trade agreements. And it would mean an emphasis on the challenges of middle-class parents everywhere who doubt, but still hope desperately, that their kids can have better lives than they did. [a]

One thing I can take from that quote: that our lives, our jobs, our unemployment, our education and entertainment, our housing…it has all been managed for us for a long long time, and will continue to be managed for us today. The solutions, the bandages or the profound alternatives to move away from this crisis will come from them.

They will use the MSM to ‘educate’ us, to influence our opinions, to tell us how to run our lives because, to them We the people are like children having a bad temper tantrum and who need to be disciplined. But he is afraid of the unruly children:

I have had a strong point of view on each of the last ten presidential elections, but never before had I feared that what I regarded as the wrong outcome would in the long sweep of history risk grave damage to the American project. [b]

Summers’ Veiled Threat To Americans: Ostracize Trump or Else…

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Thus Summers proceeds to give a warning to the American middle class, a veiled threat of what will happen to you if you don’t behave:

The United States has always been governed by the authority of ideas, rather than the idea of authority. Nothing is more important than to be clear to all Americans that the tradition of vigorous political debate and compromise will continue. The sooner Donald Trump is relegated to the margins of our national life, the better off we and the world will be. [b]

Did you see it, or am I misinterpreting that quote? Those two quotes tell a story: The elite will not allow you to disrupt their status quo, they  have no patient with you, so you will be better off ostracizing the Donald, not only from the campaign, but from our “national life”; and “the sooner” you do it, the better for you. If you elect Trump, you will be governed by “the idea of authority”, there will be no more compromises. But it is not Trump’s idea of authority: it’s the elite’s.

This veiled threat has been used before: by Bush Jr. in 2009 when he threatened to use martial law if the people refused to bail out the big financial and insurance corporations criminals.

Another thing that will “remain in place”, according to those quotes,  is the elite’s privilege to avoid paying taxes. Summers recommends to the elite to devote as much of  their financial and political resources to protect the “trillions that escape tax…” as they will devote to trade agreements.

Conclusion: The Left’s Distorted Thinking

These primaries are special. The reason the duopoly is in crisis is not because of Trump or Hillary; both parties are in crisis because of the middle class’ anger, because globalism has reached its peak.

In times of turmoil, it is expected that opportunist politicians will try catch the big fish out of the dark waters. Trump and Sanders are those politicians. Hillary Clinton? Well, you have wasted your energy on her: she is not the one running as the revolutionary or socialist. You chose to follow two of three of the worse evils. Instead of seeing what I have described here, you engaged in vilifying a woman as the sole corrupt element in the ‘establishment’. With all due respect, that is so male of you.

The oligarchs are as deep in this crisis as we are. But they are organized, they have traced their course and goals, they have a VISION. What does the left have?

Well, they are united in their Hate-Hillary fest. You allowed your emotions and, often, misogyny to take control of your mind. Your hatred lead you  to publicly consider the most shameful thought a leftist can have: voting for Trump. The amount of energy spent on vilifying HC was at least 3x higher than that spent on Trump, and 10x higher on advocating for Sanders. Your hatred distorted your thinking, made you forget that Trump could NOT POSSIBLY be the anti-globalist he has claimed he is: it was all an act. You forgot that he is a member of the elite; if he wins, he will bend over to the military and oligarchs bigger than he is.

The left has nothing to offer to the middle class. Well, maybe the Green Party does. Go cast your vote for whoever…

At the end of this elections cycle, we will end up exactly where we started: in the hands of the oligarchs.

The Day After Hillary Wins-The MSM Kills Her, and Trump Appeals to Berniebots

I watched David Axelrod, Obama’s former campaign ad guru, at CNN doing a ‘Killing me softly” version on Hillary Clinton (HC) last night, the NY primaries day. It looked ominous because he proved in the 2008 primaries that he is an expert at killing Hillary.

He kept saying that HC, in order to not provoke Sanders’s followers, whom she may need if she wins the nomination, should not respond to his attacks against her and should not get angry. He dismissed Sanders’ dirty tactics of character assassination and lies against her. The implication was that she should be a good-girl and ignore the bully.

But that’s how he, Axelrod, ran his Obama campaign against her: he made her look ‘bitchy’ whenever she responded to Obama’s character assassination tactics. It’s no secret that Obama  and Axelrod, together, and Hillary are not in ‘good terms’ with each other.

That’s how Hillary is going to lose the elections: the MSM, Obama’s representative (Axelrod) there and the GOP will shred her to smithereens with misogyny, character assassination and outright lies. Today, less than 16hrs since her NY victory, the WaPo has this headline: The Take: Clinton got what she needed, but her image is underwater. The NY Times asks Sanders to stay in the race but makes no reference to his negative campaign threatening to handle the presidency to Trump.

The MSM is part and parcel of the presidential election process. They have more power to shape opinions than the politicians themselves. If the MSM is against you, you have an uphill battle to fight.

The only good news is that Gloria Borger, CNN’s Chief Political Analyst, who have been constantly bashing HC, showed a sign that women are finally noticing the misogynistic hack job that is been done on her. Gloria actually, somehow meekly, managed to respond to Axelrod’s comment observing that, as they were discussing (that democrats should start attacking Trump)

whenever Hillary tries to focus on Trump, Bernie gets under her skin an starts accusing her and bringing the emails, and she then has to pivot back to Bernie to respond to the accusations”.

Axelrod went actually mute: he couldn’t respond. The MSM is not 100% efficient, as shown by Trump’s and Hillary’s continued staying power despite the personal attacks. But the fact that  Sanders won Upstate New York prove that they have a powerful effect. The MSM has never criticized Sanders nor vetted his record; they attack Hillary if she responds to his smearing campaign. That’s how he won Upstate New York.

You can check my research on WaPo’s negative articles on HC and the positive for Sanders here.

Axelrod and Gloria Borger talking to each other. Old snapshot, clearly.

Trump Appeals to Berniebots

Trump, on the other side of the aisle, last night displayed his new tactic for recruiting ‘democratic’ voters: appealing to berniebots. He, ever so innocently, said:

I don’t like that Bernie guy, but what is  going there with the super delegates is worse, worse here.

The man is not the moron we all thought he is. He is effective in his conning. The purpose of that statement he made was to lure the berniebots whom he knows are expressing the idea of supporting him and not Hillary. All he has to do is sweeten his bait and they will flock to him. The honey in this case is ‘victimhood‘: he, just like Sanders, is a victim of the ‘establishment’. He wants to  commensurate with Sanders’ followers. ‘I have more in common with you than you with Hillary’, that is his message to them.

And bite they will.

Bernie Sanders And The Left’s Inability to Learn From Recent History (End)(Revised)

It’s time to tackle Sanders and Hillary.

Sanders Campaign is Not A Movement (This heading was recently added.)

Sanders sat with his wife sometime last year and discussed with her, and maybe with some friends, whether to run for president or not. He filed the required federal forms and off he went. Did he meet with the progressives and devised a campaign with goals set and determined by all? Is he responsible  or accountable to those progressives supporting him and giving their money to him  in any form? Is his campaign open for his berniebots to give him input on what issues to include in his platform? No, no, and no.

Sanders  is running is a very successful campaign that surprised even himself in it success. The millions of dollars he is raising from his poor followers, at the end of the campaign that money goes to…him. He doesn’t return that money to them. At the end of the campaign he just packs his bags and flies back to Vermont. What happens now to all that anger and ‘hope’ his followers berned for him provoking Trump’s followers at those rallies, even getting physically hurt?

Was Obama a movement? What happened to it after he won?

But the illusion of a ‘revolution’ is a pretty one. So let the frustrated and inept leftists and communists join with saint Sanders. Is like I said in that post linked there (um, sorry for quoting myself):

Unappealing Socialists

Let’s start with a socialist truism: there is no revolution without the masses. Today, a  70+ years old politician with 30+ years of experience participating in the capitalist’s electoral process, with no (official) affiliation to any of the US political parties or organizations, a self-proclaimed independent socialist whose major success has been convincing, for the last 30 years, a sector of his state’s progressives and working class to elect him as their representative in the oligarchs’ house of political power…that politician is commanding a whopping 6,045,960  followers, mostly youngsters (as of 4/6/16) who want to elect him president of the USA.

Our socialists look at that picture and, because they are human beings, can feel nothing but envy…because they haven’t been able to appeal to their own family in that way for the last 30 years.

Yes, the left have been buying this delusion since Obama. That’s why they hate Hillary Clinton: it’s not because she is the evil witch corrupting Wall Street.  It is because she does not offer or promise dreams to the sleeping left.

Sanders the Saint

Like Obama before him, Sanders is presenting himself as a unique, mystic-like personality. He is not your run-of-mill politician, according to his worshiping followers, despite the fact that he has been in politics for the last 30 years of his life.  No, he is a step away from sainthood, thus his supposedly impetuous trip to the Vatican to crawl over the marbled floors there begging for a photo-op with the Pope.

You can refer to the first part of this post to read about his sainthood. Same conclusion: if the left is, again, buying this distorted picture of this politician…I can’t even muster the words to complete that sentence. But buying it they are.

So, we could say that since Obama, the oligarchs have fineness the art of giving the oppressed workers for their elections caricatures, video game characters to make them believe that the establishment is providing real options: hey, Obama, Trump, Sanders…there are your red leaders!

On close examination, they are worse than the old type of politicians.

Sanders’ record in Congress and as a mayor in Burlington has not been touched by the MSM; berniebots would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. But the record is there.

Sanders the Orwellian

Sanders has a unique gift, as compared to Obama. He is not poetic, but he is crafty at justifying voting against the working class and making it look as something good and necessary…or claiming victim-hood.

The Minutemen Militia ‘incident’

We have him on record as a supporter of a racist group. We don’t have Hillary on record as supporting them or the KKK, though. He did vote to give them power, and then claimed he thought he was voting for some amendment codifying Congress laws, that the Minutemen amendment was ‘slipped’ through into the bill by republicans.

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This is 20015. They were overjoyed by his announcement of running for POTUS.

Then, when confronted with his record of voting in favor of  bailing out the Auto industry, he gave the explanation he has consistently given when confronted with his support of the oligarchs: it was for the good of the working class:

Senator Bernie Sanders voted against the $700 billion bail out of the financial services industry but he says this package is different: (Sanders) “The problem is if you don’t act in the midst of a growing recession what does it mean to create a situation where millions of more people become unemployed and that could spread and I have serious concerns about that I think it would be a terrible idea to add millions more to the unemployment rolls.”

Of course, the auto industry ended up firing thousands of workers and pocketed the bailout money, something NO ONE could have expected, could they?

He had the same explanation for voting against the Immigration Reform bill: it was not good enough, so let’s leave things the way they are. He never offered alternatives.

When confronted about his vote protecting the Minutemen militia, he claimed victim hood.

He has said that all his life he has stood with the working class and that big donors corrupt politicians:

  • He voted for the financial and insurance corporations’ bail out.
  • Anti-union company American Crystal Sugar was his top donor in 2012. The company engages in union-busting workers lockout.
  • More Super Pac money was spent supporting him in Iowa than HC and O’Malley together.
  • He voted against the invasion of Iraq but then gave Bush all the money and funds needed to do the job. He has funded EVERY war we have engaged since then.
  • Voted Yes for the invasion of Yugoslavia (1998) and the massacre of over 200k innocent Serbian men, women and children who did not participate in any previous “atrocities” used as excuse to kill them. Then arrested anti-war progressives who occupied his office for supporting Bill Clinton’s war.
  • In 1994 he voted yes for the federal 3-strikes law for mandatory life sentence.
  • He is against Israel’s use of “excessive force” in Gaza: that’s not a pro-Palestinian stand. He agreed with the attack, it should just have been ‘more measured’.
  • He doesn’t believe Palestinians have a right to defend themselves.

The list goes on-and-on.

  • He voted to fund the military industry, had progressives arrested, when he was mayor, for protesting in front of Lockheed the millions of dollars given to them to build armaments with which to kill other poor and working class people around the globe.

He is a hawk, just as he denounces HC is.

  • He is pro-drones,
  • He is pro-torture.
  • He is pro-keeping Gitmo open.

The Hamilton Project, Again

I covered that too. He spoke to The Brooking Institution, the parent organization of THP.

Look, the man is far far away from being a saint. He is just another tool of the oligarchs. He is the bait to drag the working class into the two-party system, together with Trump.

You can’t cry ‘traitor’ later when his true class positions were announced in his record, and when you should know by now that politicians pay to experts in psychological brainwashing for opinion-shaping.

As with Obama, Sanders has not been vetted. His record has been left untouched and defended with claims of sanctity: he never lies.

There is a lot of material in this blog for you to check him out. You can accept it, question it, corroborate it…but you should not sit there accepting this picture of him as a unique, moral politician. The man is a proven racist and a liar.

But the left is willfully blind to this. They just want to hear the words ‘revolution’ and ‘socialism’ to relief that tension. Now they are daydreaming.

Hillary Clinton

Who is claiming that she is a saint? Who?!

This woman is the most vetted politician on this planet. The things you don’t know about her politics… you can imagine them.

To me, Bush, Obama, Sanders, Hillary…they are all equally guilty of betraying the working class and all of them have third-world people’s blood in their hands.

But every four years we are dragged into this delusion that voting matters. It would matter if we had a working class third-party not controlled by the oligarchs. But we don’t have that, do we? We have no other alternative, none at all, than to vote for the ‘least of two evils’, or for the Green Party or any of the other ones outside the duopoly.

The problem is that none of those are ready for their close up. Instead of joining the dem party, Sanders should have run independent and/or build that third-party. But he is there for himself. Until then…

So, why HC? You might as well ask: Why is the MSM and the establishment bashing her, again? Yes, she gets money, but so does Sanders (under the table). Why is she been portrait as the evil witch, as if we were able to get rid of her the world will become an Eden, WS would grow a heart only if we could kill her?

Her nomination is not guaranteed yet; the oligarchs want the ‘populist’ for the reasons discussed before: channel the anger into the duopoly. Hillary is not doing that, she is offering ameliorating the problems. She has a plan, not perfect, but Sanders offers only slogans. The oligarchs prefer that to a woman who may actually put the reigns on them.

So why her? Because we know her. You can vote for her and have at hand how you are going to go to the streets and fight her. You couldn’t do that with Obama bc you wouldn’t hurt the man you were in love with. And, if you vote for Sanders, you wouldn’t protest his policies for the same reasons. Obama destroyed the anti-war movement and no one heard a cry from below. He bashed the OWS movement and no one came to their rescue. Hillary, she can expect we will be all over her if she doesn’t deliver because nobody sees her as a saint.

But I believe that, given all we know about HC, we also know that she has taken a stand for women and Blacks and Palestinians, more palpable than your typical male politicians and presidents. Yes, for Palestinians, when she was a FLOTUS, and for that she was vilified.

Hillary is not lying to you, she is basically telling you ‘this is who I am, but I can be persuaded’. You will not be disappointed by her because you are going aware of what to expect from her. The opposite can be said of voting for Sanders: you will be disappointed because you don’t know his true identity.

I believe she can be persuaded. I believe she will protect women’s rights from republicans and democrats destroying them.

Finally, for 200 years we have elected men, totally imperfect men. Why do we demand from a woman that she be perfect? By that standard, we will never have a woman president. Obama became evidence that we can now vote independently of skin color.

We need to do the same about gender.

Until that third-party materializes, I’m voting for Hillary today.

 

 

The Great American Brainwash: Half a Billion Dollars to Turn the Public against Hillary

I opened my earlier post, Sanders and The Two-Party System: Moving The US Towards Fascism, discussing the vile YouTube videos portraying HC as, literally, a subhuman creature.

First, consider these YouTube videos titles:

Hillary and the True Beast She Is.
Clinton Insider Reveals Hillary’s Lesbian Sexcapades
Hillary Clinton – A TRUE STORY OF SEX, DRUGS & MURDER
Carly Fiorina Knows All About Hillary’s Sex Life
Hillary Clinton: A Career Criminal
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I would like to expand a bit on that concerted effort to vilify her.

According to Sanders, his followers and the whole leftist-spectrum, Hillary Clinton (HC) is the sole powerful she-devil cause of all the ills of capitalism. If we could just ‘kill’ her (at this point they imply not only figuratively speaking, that intense is the hatred) then we could get rid of the minuscule corrupt Wall Street CEOs causing the problems: that 0.1%. Hillary is the snake in Eden tempting and corrupting everybody; that’s their image of Hillary Clinton.

The title of this post is actually an article from #HillaryMen, which I highly recommend. I link to that  article because it helps make better sense of the picture I described in my post.

Even more detailed is the NY Times article The Best Way to Vilify Hillary Clinton? G.O.P. Spends Heavily to Test It
By ASHLEY PARKER and AMY CHOZICKJULY 11, 2015

on which the HillaryMen’s article was based. Again, I recommend it and, please, do click on the examples the Times article gives of  how Rove’s group compose the anti-Hillary ads.

When I wrote my earlier post I was unaware that the attacks on her have been carefully planned since 2008 by Karl Rove et al GOP operatives, and that they have invested that huge amount of money in psychological tests to brainwash the American public against her.

In other words, after reading those articles, one can safely  infer that many of the tons of  YouTube videos that I described before are actually products paid undercover by Rove, which he uses to ‘test’  the efficiency of the ‘product’ (the visual and the script attacking Hillary) on the public.

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This one from her 2008 run, clearly an early Rove product. Note the amount of hits.

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In our new information era the modern data analysts consider ‘measurable behavior’ the mere act of clicking on a link; and the thousands (in some videos millions) of hits provide a trove of information to these experts on brainwashing. They also get better feedback by the type of comments posted on each video.

This is an excerpt from the Times’ article:

ORLANDO, Fla. — Inside an office park here, about a dozen women gathered to watch a 30-second television spot that opened with Hillary Rodham Clinton looking well-coiffed and aristocratic, toasting champagne with her tuxedoed husband, the former president, against a golden-hued backdrop.

The ad then cut to Mrs. Clinton describing being “dead broke” when she and her husband left the White House, before a narrator intoned that Mrs. Clinton makes more money in a single speech, about $300,000, than an average family earns in five years.

The message hit a nerve. “She’s out of touch,” said one of the women, who works as a laundry attendant.

“Her reality is just so different than mine,” murmured another, as operatives from American Crossroads, a Republican “super PAC,” watched closely from behind a one-way mirror.

In rooms like this one around the country, an expensive and sophisticated effort is underway to test and refine the most potent lines of attack against Mrs. Clinton, and, ultimately, to persuade Americans that she does not deserve their votes. While the general election is 16 months away, Republican groups are eager to begin building a powerful case against the woman they believe will be the Democratic nominee, and to infuse the public consciousness with those messages.

This is an excerpt from the #HillaryMen’s article:

We are not surprised by this desperate Republican attempt to manipulate public opinion. As Hillary gets closer to the White House, the forces that have worked for three decades to bring her down are becoming increasingly frantic. These forces include conservative attack groups, Republican operatives and their media allies such as the Morning Joe crew and Maureen Dowd, who labor to indoctrinate the public with shop-worn negative frames:

• CALCULATING (Scheming, crafty, manipulative)
• SECRETIVE (Suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative)
• POLARIZING (Divisive, alienating)
• UNTRUSTWORTHY (Corrupt, deceitful, dishonest, unethical)
• OVER-AMBITIOUS (Will do or say anything to win)
• INAUTHENTIC (Disingenuous, fake, unlikable, insincere)
• INHUMAN (Machine-like, robotic, abnormal, cold)
• OVER-CONFIDENT (Inevitable, defiant, imperious, regal)
• OLD (Out of touch, represents the past)

These articles are worth the time reading them.

Sanders and The Two-Party System: Moving The US Towards Fascism

In this post I discuss:

  • How Sanders and the  two-party system have destroyed the progressive movement
  • How his betrayal is pushing his followers  from the extreme left to the extreme right of the political spectrum as they see Trump as an alternative to vilified Hillary Clinton (HC) and, finally,
  • That his followers’ movement towards Trump presages our nation moving towards fascism.
  • I also discuss why HC is the proverbial sacrificial lamb in this process of destroying the progressive  movement.

First, consider these YouTube videos titles:

  • Hillary and the True Beast She Is.
  • Clinton Insider Reveals Hillary’s Lesbian Sexcapades
  • Hillary Clinton – A TRUE STORY OF SEX, DRUGS & MURDER
  • Carly Fiorina Knows All About Hillary’s Sex Life
  • Hillary Clinton: A Career Criminal
  • hillary clinton and huma

There are millions of videos like these, and worse, there.

I checked videos for Dick Cheney: they were all about him being a war criminal and making a profit out of the Iraq invasion. For President George W. Bush, the videos were even cute: there were “GWBush bloopers” and other ‘funny’ takes on “Bushisms”. In other words, their moral character and their manhood, their masculine sexual qualities are not questioned…ever. They are human beings…who do bad things.

But those videos ‘inform’ us that Hillary Clinton is not human, there is no possible redemption for her as a human being because she is an unnatural beast.

You would think that republicans made those videos.  I have bad news for you: most of the videos were made by ‘democrats’ and ‘progressives’, i.e., by Sanders followers.

Hillary Clinton is not the caricature portrayed in those videos, and she is definitely not worse than the other two guys, not even if compared base on their politics, nor even as a human being. So what gives?

The Times They Are A-Changin’

If voting were to change anything, it would be illegal.

Yes, they are changing, but is not the ‘change’ you voted for when you voted for Obama.

In the  2008 elections the oligarchs learned that the voter anger that came as a consequence of the post-9/11  economical and political changes could be contained and diffused in the electoral process with the help of charismatic leaders promising to change and ‘clean’ the system.

Today they are offering you more  ‘charismatic’ and popular leaders: Sanders and Trump. Is no coincidence that they both are talking the same language of “corrupt establishment”.

Keep in mind that in 2008 HC, despite having been the preferred nominee in the beginning, became the target of a brutal misogynistic campaign attack from the democratic party and the MSM that portrayed her as the evil witch of the status quo. She was unpolitely asked to cede her candidacy to the charismatic candidate paving the path to bring the angry voters into a liberating communion of hope and change. The same thing is happening to her today.

Voter anger

Today voters have more than good reasons to be angry, on both sides of the aisle. There’s no need to go into the causes of that anger here. The question here is What do they do with that anger?

Sanders,  the two-party system (2ps) and the art of killing a populist movement

The modern purpose and function of the 2ps is to channel and dissipate voters anger in its electoral process, that’s why the ‘establishment’ protects it with tooth and nail.

Nothing threatens the status quo of the US oligarchs more than the prospect of having a viable third-party, not even ‘evil’ Hillary. That’s why the GOP forced the Donald into signing that pledge, remember? And that’s one of the reasons why B. Sanders has remained an “independent” in Congress: to divide and conquer; keep the power concentrated in the hands of the oligarchs.

For all his chest-beating shouts about “revolution”, “socialism” and being against “the billionaire class”, Sanders has never ventured outside of Congress to form a party to challenge the ‘establishment’. He is part and parcel of that establishment and has  promised many times publicly to protect the democratic party. He doesn’t even have a record of supporting other independents running for elected positions. On the contrary.

Sanders, the  great anti-establishment independent, was adamant in protecting the party from another independent by giving his unconditional support to Kerry over Nader in the 2004 presidential elections. In doing so, Sanders can receive credit for  these dubious achievements:

  • He helped in killing the momentum to create a viable third-party.
  • He blamed, not only Nader, but the third-party option for Bush winning over Kerry.
  • The psychological impact of blaming Nader for Americans having to endure the atrocious second Bush administration has cemented the voters into the 2ps. The third-party is now further away than it was in 2004.

Independently of  how democrats feel about Nader, in the eyes of the leftists and progressives Sanders betrayed the progressive movement by siding with the democratic party.

Sanders’ job in Congress all these years  has been  to give voters the illusion  that there is third option in the electoral process in his state of Vermont against the establishment, and that he represents that option. He has done his job superbly well considering his record of voting against the interests of his supporters.

Now he is doing it again now.

And that takes us to today’s primaries.

The Primaries: The Escape Valve

Sanders is running in the “corrupt party”…because the party needs him to run in it, and he does as they tell him to do.

The  DNC asked him to run  as a democrat to give the appearance that  the 2ps, and the democratic party in particular, offers real alternatives to the voters, not only the usual pro-establishment candidates. Appearances are important in a ‘democracy’. They roll the dice and if Sanders can repeat Obama’s feast, offering the pie in the sky to pacify the raucous voters, the party will again sacrifice Hillary in the altar of misogyny. Also, the anger resulting from ‘no change‘ and from the continued attacks on the middle class and the police-state is getting out of hand and has morphed into  the Occupy and BLM movements. It needs to be diffused: ‘out of the streets and into the party’ (paraphrasing “out of the closet and into street”).

So, once again the owners of the DNC recruit Sanders to impersonate ‘change’.

Sanders’ aura as an “independent” and of being in touch with the grassroots movement is a coup. He is The Pied Piper of Vermont  bringing  those pesky disorganized and drifting angry youngsters who have been challenging the status quo into the abyss of the primaries to burn and dissipate their energy (feeling the bern?) in the electoral process. That’s one of the reasons the MSM has given free press to Sanders and Trump, to stir the belligerent youngsters in the party, burn them there and render them inoffensive and malleable.

With no third-party option because Sanders helped destroy it, our  angry youngsters have no other option but to enter the 2ps…to see their anger manipulated and misdirected.

Trump is channeling the conservative angry voters and Sanders the “progressives”. They are the escape valve to dissipate all that righteous anger. Hillary and the other candidates represent the status quo, but Hillary in particular has been made the target of the youthful anger. The oligarchs, they own the 2ps, they win no matter who wins the primaries and the elections: each and every candidate in these elections is part of the ‘establishment’ and is there to protect it. But more important, they are there to protect the oligarchs themselves. That’s why Sanders vilifies Hillary, and seldom focus his ‘ire’ on the WS CEOs personally.

The only real alternative for the working class, the middle and poor classes, is to have a third-party not controlled  by the owners of the two parties. Until that ideal condition materializes, we are stuck in the duopoly; forced to choose the lesser of two evils.

And now we enter into the danger posed by Sanders and his followers.

The Angry Bots Are On The Loose

Given that Sanders have lured the angry young voters into the electoral process with his magical ‘revolution’, they have to be given a reason to stay there. They are being made to believe that the party needs their youthful anger to change the party, and that their only obstacle is HC. That’s why Sanders continues to bash her with impunity. Every time he does it, his followers experience a bout of  ecstasy.

But it is becoming clear to them that, once again, the democratic party is not willing to deliver on change; worse, is not willing to kill HC. and is not willing to let them bring the revolution to the party.  Sanders committed the mistake of eliminating himself from the contest by  his bullying and unsophisticated attacks on Hillary; he didn’t learn from Obama.

So, they are still looking to put their energy into a ‘political revolution’. Donald Trump is their next hope.

This is where the wheels come off the cart.

A bit closer to fascism

Even though Trump is running as a republican (he is a political weather vane, really), even though he has espouse racist and crude misogynistic feelings, even though he represents the opposite of what leftists and socialist stand for, Sanders followers find in Trump an alternative, not to the ‘corrupt establishment’, but to HC,  the avatar of that system.

Sanders’ followers obsession with HC shows to us that they are not well versed with the concepts they use as their motto: revolution and socialism,  and Sanders has been good at keeping them in the dark about them.

They are not fighting the oligarchs nor are they trying to change the class structure in the USA. They are fighting HC  who, in their eyes, represent all that is bad with humanity. She is the Goldstein of “1984”. They have poured all their anger and hatred into that one person, anything is better than her, even Trump. Considering that Sanders is not willing to,  figuratively?,  kill HC, and ‘older’ voters seem determined to elect her, for his followers the next best thing  is to follow the other ‘charismatic’ leader against the establishment: Trump. What is it they want from him?

They want Trump  to kill her, to humiliate and ridicule her as he has done with his opponents; they want him to show no mercy for her. That’s their ‘revolution’.

The danger

Sanders followers have shown their ignorance about the ‘revolution’, and that they are easily doped by charismatic leaders to the point of moving towards the right of the political spectrum…and that they are very angry and willing to act on it. The oligarchs have taken note and have started to use them as tools to repress other sectors of the working class and cultural groups.

The GOP is resolving its internal divisions, their fight with  “non-conservative” Trump, by manipulating the anger of the Sanders supporters and having them attack Trump to make him look ‘un-electable’. That they can do it so easily should worry every American.

The coordinated violent provocations at Trump’s rally smack of 1940s German fascists. “Berniebots” harassing  anyone who disagrees with them is now notorious, and gets them closer to their new alternate hero, Trump.  The scary part of this picture is that the oligarchs, through their MSM, have given their seal of approval for that behavior by saying that it has all been provoked by Trump’s ‘racist’ comment. Funny to see the MSM (Fox in particular) and the oligarchs complaining about racist comments from Trump.

Sanders too has done his part in creating and giving the seal of approval to this fascist behavior, and his party condones him. Now his supporters go to HC’s activities to provoke her and her followers.

Summing up, these fascist tactics and attacks are now part of our culture. Don’t expect them to go away after the elections.

Sanders helped the dem party kill the progressive movement, the anti-war movement and the third-party option. There are no options for the working and middle classes to fight the oligarchs. Americans are married to cut-throat capitalism.

Sanders effectiveness at betraying the progressive movement makes him the least qualified to be elected, and the most dangerous to us if he is.

Trump is what we all know he is. He is not an alternative either.

That leaves Hillary Clinton. She is not hiding anything. We know what she can and can’t give us. For the last 200 years we have elected men; it’s time to give a woman a chance. Hillary can’t be worse than the men who have ruled us since 9/11. Look at her record and you will find an imperfect politician who has tried to help the middle class, women and children and the poor.

Until the conditions for the third-party materializes, she is the least of all the evils, she is our only option in these elections. After the elections, the progressives and leftists should concentrate in making the Green Party a viable alternative to the next elections. Otherwise, it will be more of the same.

I Was One of the Most Ardent Hillary Haters on the Planet…Until I Read Her Emails

[This is a guest post from Anna Whitlock (not her real name) who has worked in online progressive politics for more than ten years and due to previous harassment – including someone publishing her child’s name and address – prefers not to use her real name until a Democratic nominee has been chosen.]

I have a confession to make: In 2008, I was one of the most ardent Hillary Clinton haters on the planet. I was ferocious about how much I didn’t want her to win the primaries, and I rejoiced the day she gave her concession speech.

I believed with all of my heart in Barack Obama in 2008, and saw Hillary Clinton as the one single impediment to his election and a soaring ​presidency. I believed in the “fierce urgency of now.”

I was impressed but unmoved by Hillary’s concession speech, still not ready to forgive the anger and harsh rhetoric which became so much of the 2008 primary campaign.

It was not until President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State that my attitude began to soften, and it’s here I want to begin.

She was a great Secretary of State. Secretary John Kerry may be basking in the credit for closing the deals, but he walked through the doors Secretary Clinton opened for him.

Her tenure as Secretary of State, of course, led to the bogus email scandal, which in turn led to the slow-​drip release of the emails on her home server. ​I decided I was going to read them.​

In those emails, I discovered a Hillary Clinton I didn’t ​even ​know existed​.​

I found a woman who cared about employees who lost loved ones. I found a woman who, without exception, took time to write notes of condolence and notes of congratulations, no matter how busy she was. I found a woman who could be a tough negotiator and firm in her expectations, but still had a moment to write a friend with encouragement in tough times. She worried over people she didn’t know, and she worried over those she did.

And everywhere she went, her concern for women and children was ​clearly ​the first and foremost ​thing on her mind.

I​n those emails, I​ also found a woman who ​seemed to ​understand power and how to use it wisely. A woman of formidable intellect who actually understood the nuance​s​ of a thing, and how to strike a tough bargain.

I read every single one of the emails released in August, and what I found was someone who actually gave a damn about the country, the Democratic party, and all of our futures.

She watched along with all of us as the Affordable Care Act made its way through Congress, with the same anxiety and aggravation many of us felt, and she rejoiced when it finally passed. She knew the Democrats who voted against it in the House, and she knew the ones who put their political careers on the line in support of it.

The Hillary caricature you see in the press is not the Hillary Clinton I came to know by reading those emails.

Yes, she had powerful friends in powerful places — though I didn’t actually see any emails from Goldman Sachs. And yes, she approached those friends the very same way she approached people on her staff, or people she met in the course of being Secretary of State. She rejoiced in their joys and shared their sorrows. They weren’t just ticks on a political scoreboard. They were friends.

You could tell there were some squabbles internally with other members of the Obama administration, but there was also unflagging, utmost respect for the man who occupied the White House – the office she fought so valiantly to attain.

It’s a hard thing to swallow one’s pride and step to the side, but Hillary did it with class and with dignity. Not only that, she made the most of every minute of her tenure as Secretary of State. Not ​a day went by where she shirked the duty vested in her.

In short, she proved herself beyond what any other candidate has done, and she did it professionally, assertively, and without drama.

Here’s something else I learned about her through those emails​: She’ll fight. And she’ll fight hard. She won’t shy away from a renegade Congress and she won’t always play nice. But she does play by the rules, which is more than I can say for a lot of the candidates on the other side.

​Here’s one more reason I ​​believe in Hillary. My daughter first voted in 2012. This will be her second general election, and she is excited to have our first woman president succeed our first African-American president. She, too, believes that Hillary Clinton is someone who will not only preserve President Obama’s legacy, but build one of her own, one of inclusion and inspiration.

That’s history she – and I – can both ​believe in.

[Originally published 1/28/16] from http://bluenationreview.com/i-was-a-hillary-hater-until-i-read-her-emails/

What Has Hillary Clinton Accomplished?

 

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As New York Senator Hillary has worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign, which is why she [and not Bernie] was invited to speak before them.

Hillary enacted lifesaving policies as Secretary of State to save LGBTQ lives around the globe:

As secretary of state, Hillary advanced LGBT rights abroad and enforced stronger anti-discrimination regulations within the State Department, declaring on the global stage that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

She led the effort to pass the first-ever U.N. Resolution on LGBT Human Rights, launched the Global Equality Fund, ended State Department regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families equal rights, helped implement LGBT-friendly workplace policies, and updated the State Department’s policy so that transgender individuals’ passports reflect their true gender.

Hillary’s LGBT U.N. Resolution and Global Equality Fund is revolutionary. ​

Plus this:

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Hillary’s actions speak for themselves.

Sanders Won’t Defend Women From Attacks – Stands Up For Muslims

Hillary Clinton wasted no time in responding to Trump (T)’s remarks about punishing  women who choose to have an abortion; no one had to ask her, she tweeted her reaction immediately. She denounced him and the GOP as dangerous to women’s rights.

Sanders, on the other hand, did not respond to Trump’s comments. Were it not for Rachel Maddow asking him for a reaction (see video below) he would have simply ignored Trump’s attack on women. In that interview with her he explained why it was OK for him to ignore Trump’s attack on women.

Sanders made it patently clear that women’s issues have no priority in his campaign. He said that Trump’s attacks on the working class and Muslims are more important – and can’t be ignored, than his attack on women.

Sanders totally dismissed Trump’s comments as “stupid remarks” that do not deserve media attention. He even got  visibly annoyed when Rachel questioned him about his dismissal of the comments as less important compared with ‘real problems’, i.e., the economy, workers salaries, the environment…You name the problem, it is more important than women’s problems.

You could even hear Sanders laughing when Rachel quoted Cruz as being even more explicit at how the GOP would attack abortion rights. [at 2:06 in the video]

Interestingly enough, Sanders is thoroughly offended by Trump’s attacks on Muslims, warning that Trump’s comments put Muslims in danger of losing rights and being physically harmed. He is so worried about their well-being that he sees it fit for himself to come out and make forceful public condemnation of said attacks. Those attacks deserve the media attention.

But Sanders feels no need to protect women from politicians who threaten their lives, their rights, their health, their freedom and their human rights.

Of all the presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton is the ONLY ONE who includes women’s rights as part of her platform. That is one of the reasons she is hated by

  • many men,
  • by the ‘establishment’,
  • by conservatives and the GOP,
  • by the pro-life movement…

All that hatred that you see in the MSM, all those negative ads and headlines…it all stem from this unmentionable fear of a woman standing for women’s rights.

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This is why haters hate her so much, including Sanders’ followers. This is why she is such a ‘scary’ and ‘bitchy’ woman who “screams” instead of talking. 

 

In social and political history, nothing scares the bejesus out of powerful men more than assertive women. Hillary Clinton is that type of woman. Hillary has a history of standing for women’s rights and abortion rights. That’s a no-no for men who hate women.

If you are a woman, if you are one of those progressive men who understand the causes and sources of the oppression of women;  if you are a man or a woman who worries about the future of your daughter and, finally, if you are a man or woman who understand that women rights are human rights, then you vote for Hillary Clinton.

Because all the current candidates, including Sanders, dismiss women rights, you can expect their administration to trample on those rights.

It’s time for women to assert their needs. It’s time for women’s issues to come to the front; it’s time to stop relegating the oppression of women to the end of the line of progress.

Only Hillary Clinton can do that.

 

 

 

GOP and Trumpists: Get Ready to Rumble

The GOP forced Trump to sign a promise that he would not leave the party and run as independent or form a new party.

Now it just so happens that the GOP is sooooo freaking desperate and afraid the ‘mild’ conservative-anti-globalist Trump will give a coup to the party’s neocons, that they are considering self-eviction, aka self-deportation.

They are considering leaving the party and forming a new one. That’s probably their best bet if they want to leave alive and in one piece.

Giving Trump a coup, crowing any one other than him, if he gets the popular votes and delegates, is an invitation to a re-run of national conventions gone berserk.

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As for Sanders in the democratic party, he never was a threat to the elite. He was crowned, by the Brookings Institution, the elite’s favorite ‘revolutionary socialist’, literally.

Right now he has been ordered to tone down the attacks on Hillary. He said he is a democrat, will run as democrat in the future, and will continue to protect the party as he did against Ralph Nader, when he went an forcefully endorsed and campaigned for Kerry. He is complying, and has toned down the attacks.

There’s no ‘revolution’ in the DNC. Only in the GOP the ‘establishment’ is being shaken by the working class.

That is revolutionary.