Here in France it’s not unusual for locally elected officials to be on the ‘far left’. For instance, until recently a village down the road from us had a mayor who was a communist (in terms of membership, the Communist Party is the third largest political party in France). In the United States of America, on the other hand, in mainstream politics there’s never been any kind of a left wing. Instead you’ve got right wing (Democrats) and far right wing (Republicans). Exceptions to this, such as Kshama Sawant, are rarer than hen’s teeth. Tomorrow, 20th January, there’s going to be one of the most contentious change-overs of power in American history. An awful lot of people will be demonstrating against Donald Trump. Amongst their number will be the Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA (yes, it really does exist!). The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) came out of the San Francisco Bay area and its counter-culture of the 1960s. It also has roots in the Black Panther movement. Since 1975 the leader of the RCP has been the very elusive Bob Avakian. Also demonstrating tomorrow will be the long established US Communist Party (it was founded in 1919), which is believed to have somewhere between 2000 and 3000 members. Back in 2011 Glenn Beck interviewed Sam Webb, the then Chairman of the US Communist Party. Bear in mind that this was during Obama’s first term…
Back in 2010, Donald Trump called Wikileaks “disgraceful” and called for the death penalty for those involved in the organisation. With the release of the DNC and Podesta e-mails last year, Trump’s attitude to Wikileaks and Julian Assange did a 180 degree turn. Last year on the 18th of October, at the height of the Wikileaks releases and with the promise of more to come, Assange’s internet connection was cut off at the Ecuadorian Embassy. There was a slew of other weird events surrounding this, all of which pointed towards the likelihood that Assange had been black-bagged and Wikileaks compromised. In the months since then there have been a number of audio and video interviews with Assange, none of which seemed quite right (for instance, Assange inexplicably gave two interviews to Sean Hannity and the massive Fox News audience). Now we’re asked to believe that Assange would willingly be extradited to the United States, where he would face either spending the rest of his life in some hell-hole jail or else the death penalty. C’mon, my incredulity is at breaking point…
The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little. The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long-hoped-for bullet was entering his brain.
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Starting from last Saturday, there’s been a large number of protests against Donald Trump. These protests will intensify on Friday, Inauguration Day, but the largest protest will probably be the Women’s March on Washington, which takes place on Saturday. Whilst just about all of these protests are anti-Trump, there are a number of pro-Trump demonstrations taking place, Such as Bikers for Trump. It’s all a very heady mixture.
As I see it, there are three scenarios when it comes to Donald Trump:
A) Trump is genuine and when he takes office he will attempt to carry through his pledges, because America is not corrupt and really is ‘the land of the free’.
B) Trump is genuine and scares the totally corrupt Establishment so much that they will try to take him out (most likely by assassination).
C) Trump is a shill, part of a psy-op to convince an increasingly disenchanted public that democracy does still work. Once in office, Trump will make a few moves to assuage his supporters but other than that it will be business as usual.
The American empire can only exist on lies and deceit. In this hall of mirrors scenario C) is quite plausible. The news media are completely controlled, and their hostility towards Trump could just be a way of convincing people that he’s genuine; but then there’s the quite serious spate between Trump and the intelligence services, which does actually seem real; but there again, the dossier recently released by the intelligence agencies, which tried to show that Trump could be blackmailed/controlled by the Russians, was so clumsily done that it could be part of the psy-op.
In the closed societies we now live in, figuring out what’s really going on is not easy. Scenario A) is for those who believe in Father Christmas, which leaves scenario B) as the alternative to a psy-op.
Donald Trump often reminds me of a child who is about to be given the keys of a toy store. In one sense Trump appears to be totally naive, and doesn’t seem to understand the incredibly powerful forces he’s up against, in another sense he’s able to see through all the bullshit propaganda about Russia. Problem is, most Americans still buy into the bullshit. If they do take Trump out they’ll probably blame it on the Russians, and heighten tensions even more.
The President-elect has just given his first interview to European media, The Sunday Times in the UK and Bild in Germany. Amongst other things Trump said that he wants more countries to leave the European Union, he wants to disband NATO and repeated again that he wants friendly relations with Russia. All stuff that will make the military-industrial complex choke on their absinthe. Talking of which, yesterday the outgoing CIA director John Brennan appeared on Fox News – the CIA director and Fox News: a marriage made in heaven. Those who follow these things might want to have a barf bag handy as Brennan (you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a lift with him) talks about ‘threats’ to America…
Once again, it’s totally unprecedented for a CIA director to talk about a President-elect in this way (sorry to keep repeating this term). Trump’s reply to Brennan came in his usual series of late night (hic!) tweets:
.@FoxNews "Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand." Oh really, couldn't do…
The CIA director will be replaced by Mike Pompeo after Friday’s inauguration. Pompeo is one of many on Trump’s team who’s a batshit crazy. Oh, if only we could move the United States of America to a distant galaxy, far, far away.
In some respects, Trump’s choice of Mike Pence as vice president seems a bit strange. Trump and Pence have opposite views on key issues, such as the Iraq War, trade deals and friendly relations with Russia; but there again, Trump was the maverick candidate and his choice of Mike Pence might have been to assuage the geek show wing of the Republican party.
I don’t wish to keep using the term ‘unprecedented’, but these recent attacks against a President-elect just a week before his inauguration have never happened before in US history. Likewise for a President-elect to openly attack the CIA. Both Bush junior and Obama have massively increased the powers of the President. If Trump takes office he could do some serious damage to the military-industrial complex, a military-industrial complex that Bush and Obama were beholden to. Hence I’m still of the opinion that there’s a strong likelihood that they will try to take out Trump before his inauguration next Friday. If that happens, Mike Pence will become President. Whose finger would you prefer to have on the nuclear button, Trump or Pence?
This weekend Donald Trump gave his first full interview in 2017 to the Wall Street Journal. The only notable thing about this interview is that Trump is beginning to soften his stance on China. In the meantime, President Obama has been giving his vomit-inducing farewell speeches, which the presstitutes lapped up, this from someone who will probably go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever. Obama gave his final press conference of 2016 on Friday 23rd December; well, his last press conference will be in January, unless something dramatic happens to Trump on or before Friday 20th January, inauguration day. This final press conference of 2016 was interrupted for a number of minutes as one of the presstitutes keeled-over from all the excitement and had to be attended to by the White House doctor…
During this final press conference Obama banged on about the Russians and ‘fake news’; all a total pack of lies to try and cover-up the corruption in the Democrat Party. To add insult to injury, later that day Obama signed the NDAA 2017 into law, which included a jolly section called the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, which gives the government powers to prosecute ‘fake news’ web sites (this Act was first proposed last March and has gone through three name changes since then, as a totally corrupt Congress tries to hide what it’s doing from the American people). Obama’s legacy from eight years in office..? I would say the main thing is that he has completely torn the American Constitution to shreds, and with barely a whisper from the presstitutes and the public. If The Donald does actually become president next Friday, a very quick judgement on his integrity will be if he keeps or rescinds these unconstitutional, totalitarian laws.
Dear old Obama seems a bit lost without a teleprompter; oh, and he tells a huge whopper here when he says that Putin was head of the KGB (Obama is well aware that Putin was just a colonel in the KGB)…
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to access the admin side of this blog, and thus make posts. It seems to have started a month ago, coincidentally when I first started talking about Pizzagate, although I deal with so many contentious issues on this blog that it could be any number of parties. It seems to be some kind of repeated hack that’s creating the problem. If I’m no longer able to blog on this WordPress platform I’ll set-up my own platform. What’s happening with this humble little blog is nothing compared to what bigger players in the alternate media are experiencing. It is the nightmare times we are now living in, folks.
But remember, never let the bastards grind you down.
Donald Trump’s foreign policy statements are all over the place. On one hand he says that he wants friendly relations with Russia, on the other hand he’s very antagonistic to China, a country which has a very close alliance with Russia. It’s notable that after winning the election, Trump’s first phone call to a foreign leader was with the president of Taiwan. Trump has been making noises about the disastrous F 35 fighter jet programme, saying that he’s going to ‘look into it’, while on the other hand he says that he wants to build-up the US Navy. Talking of which, Russia has just one aircraft carrier, and likewise with China, whereas the US has eleven aircraft carriers. One of them, the USS Reagan, is now permanently stationed in Japan (because the USS Reagan got totally irradiated during the Fukushima disaster). The other ten aircraft carriers are all now in dock for a refit, which means that for the first time since World War Two the United States does not have a single carrier out on patrol. Here’s Paul Craig Roberts take on what it’s all about…
According to what I have been told by former(?) intelligence officers, the aircraft carriers are in dock so that their copper wiring can be replaced by fiber optics. Apparently, the Russians have the capability to shut down the operating systems of our ships and aircraft that are copper wired. In behalf of this conclusion, there were news reports that a missile ship Washington sent to impress the Russian naval base in Crimea had all its systems shut down by the overflight of one Russian jet. According to another news report, two Israeli US jet fighters were sent to express disobdience to Russia’s controlled airspace in Syria. The Russians asked the Israelis to leave, and when they did not, the Russians shut down the fire control and communication systems of their aircraft. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/01/12/ten-aircraft-carriers-aligned-in-a-row-paul-craig-roberts/
In my previous post I was banging on about the military-industrial complex and how it runs the show in the USA. I was also banging on about how politics is in a total state of confusion at the moment. George Galloway is an outspoken socialist who’s been elected to Parliament six times. Here he is yesterday talking about Donald Trump…
George Galloway’s YouTube channel can be found here.
Politics is so confused at the moment; I mean, you’ve got someone like me, on the left, a socialist who’s diametrically opposed to the likes of Donald Trump, yet I hope he does make it to the inauguration on 20th January (because Trump was democratically elected). On the otherhand there are many on the left who are quite happy to go along with the coup against The Donald, and fervently wish that he doesn’t become President, despite the ramifications this has for democracy. There was a similar confusion of politics with the Brexit referendum. What times we find ourselves in, ay.
During these mad days we are living through, most things anti-Donald centre around the Russians. In my previous post I was talking about the absolutely ridiculous recent smear campaign against Trump, which amongst other things involved shenanigans in a Moscow hotel. The Russians..? When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union collapsed, President Reagan promised President Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t expand. Since then NATO has continued expanding along Russia’s borders, and the Americans recently announced that they are going to base missiles in Romania and Poland. Just this last week, America has been moving large amounts of military personnel and equipment up to the borders of Russia (the link is to a Reuters piece which states that Russia forced its rule on the Crimea. This is untrue). I should stress that although NATO is moving large forces against Russia these forces are nowhere near big enough for any kind of military venture. What’s happening all comes down to money: WW2 set-up the military-industrial complex in the USA, and it’s been at war ever since, and has just grown more and more powerful, until it’s got to the stage where it now runs the show. The trillions of dollars of tax payer’s money that goes to the corporations that make up the military-industrial complex are entirely dependent on non-stop war and fear. Trump says that he wants peace with Russia, and that’s why they’re trying to take him out.
Trump gave a press conference yesterday, his first since the election and the first in six months. Here’s some of the highlights…