JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CAN YOU IMAGINE THE LARGE AND FRANTIC BUREAUCRACY REQUIRED FOR TRUMP’S ONGOING SANCTIONS LUNACY ? – AND DEFINING THE REAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICA’S DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS – CONSEQUENCES OF EMPIRE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY BEN NORTON IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Under US Pressure, Social Media Companies Suspend Venezuelan, Iranian & Syrian Accounts

“Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are censoring content that conflicts with Washington’s pro-war narrative”

 

Can you even imagine the large and frantic bureaucracy Trump has created just to dream up, explore, implement, and review sanctions of a hundred different kinds for a hundred different countries?

It truly represents a form of public lunacy, besides an immense waste.

I regard it as dramatic evidence of America’s decline in meaning, quite apart from its decline in economics and in ethics.

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Response to a comment asking, “How many distinctions are left between parties in our system?”

When it comes to empire, with its trillion-a-year military/security establishment, the answer is “none.”

And it’s been that way a very long time, something remarkably few Americans seem to appreciate.

The Democrats can go on and on debating this or that social program, but with the country focused on empire and spending a trillion borrowed dollars a year on it, the debates are literally a political game show. There’s no possibility of enacting significant social legislation of any description.

Apart from the hot air blown over proposals for social programs, when it comes to war and empire, the Democrats are indistinguishable from Republicans.

Indeed, the Party has given the world some full-time killer Presidents in Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama.

Even progressive politicians like Sanders or Warren never really question how a free society can have a Pentagon and a CIA and an FBI and an NSA and engage in endless wars and coups.

Any politician who does raise that absolutely fundamental matter, such as Tulsi Gabbard, is simply ignored by the Party hierarchy and by the country’s corporate press.

The work for empire is very rewarding for the elites committing their talents to it, and to hell with the rest of the people.

The country is governed by and for plutocratic empire and its establishment servants.

You really do not have a country when you have an empire. And you certainly do not have a democracy.

Posted January 17, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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