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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: YES, TRUMP IS DREADFUL – BUT HE IS NOT THE CENTRAL PROBLEM – NOT NEARLY – AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES ALMOST WELCOME TREATING HIM AS A PRIEST TREATS SATAN – AS A CONVENIENCE ON WHICH TO BLAME ALL OF AMERICA’S SINS   2 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY BEN NORTON IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia Coup, Trump Dubs Nicaragua ‘National Security Threat’ & Targets Mexico

“Left-wing forces in Latin America are warning of a revival of a Cold War era campaign by the U.S. of violent subterfuge and support for right-wing dictatorships across the region”

 

America’s establishment is literally sick and choking on the corruption of power.

It isn’t just Trump. Not at all.

Eight years of Obama was eight years of the same with slight variations.

The American establishment responsible for all of it includes both political parties and both Houses of Congress, plus the lobbyists and wealthy interests who get them elected and hold their loyalties captive in a money-driven politics.

All of it is served and supported by a massive and almost unaccountable (to the people, that is) military/security establishment.

And please note, both military and security organizations are hierarchies of authority and about as far from the values of democracy and human rights as you can possibly go. The larger the role they play in your society, the unhealthier is your situation.

That is the formula for America’s endless violence abroad, its wars and coups and torture and abusive interventions. It all has no origin in party or individual politician.

It also just happens to be the formula for a state with only the window-dressing of democracy and broad rights. A state which daydreams of itself being some kind of benevolent democratic republic when it is in fact a plutocracy running a brutal global empire.

America, whatever fantasy notions it yet retains of itself as an honest and true force in the world, as “a shinning city on a hill,” is in fact the largest dark force at work on the planet at this time. In America, opposing Trump does not mean opposing darkness.

I do get the impression from progressive Americans – what few of them there are – that they almost welcome having Trump around. He serves the same purpose Satan does for a priest, a figure upon which to heap the blame for countless sins. It is definitely an exercise in avoiding truth.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ELIZABETH WARREN AND BERNIE SANDERS AND JOE BIDEN – EXACTLY WHY EACH OF THEM IS SO HOPELESS – AND WE ALREADY KNOW HOW HOPELESS TRUMP IS – BUT DON’T WORRY, AMERICA DOES NOT GO UNGOVERNED – THE FOLKS WHO KILLED KENNEDY ARE STILL RUNNING THE SHOW, PERHAPS MORE SO THAN EVER   1 comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“The Charms of Elizabeth Warren”

 

https://russia-insider.com/en/charms-elizabeth-warren/ri27751

 

There are some good, sharp observations here. She’s a weak choice for many reasons.

Of course, the Dark State may actually find her a reasonable alternative to Joe Biden, who is undoubtedly their favorite, representing, as he does, a new version of brainless George Bush, someone who happily served as a figurehead president, smiling and signing every piece of paper shoved in front of him.

And it’s good to have an alternative. Biden is making a spectacle of himself with obviously blundering and forgetful statements on any number of matters, perhaps throwing away the lead he had.

Warren is an excellent Dark State alternative choice.

She has never represented opposition to the Pentagon and CIA and NSA. Never.

She has never opposed imperial wars and coups and interventions.

She has supported dutifully the Defense Department’s budgets.

She holds the attraction of a kind of American wholesome, harmless American professional woman, well-coiffed and well-dressed. The contemporary feminist political equivalent to one of those moms in 1950s’ television series, such as Harriet Nelson in “Ozzie and Harriet,” although Harriet had a kind of smoky undertone, as an old big band singer, missing completely from Warren.

Perhaps, June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), doing the vacuuming wearing pearls in “Leave It to Beaver” is closer to the mark? June, having gone back to school and earned some degrees?

Despite her effort to appear as something of a human rights champion at home, she has not brought that much-unwanted perspective to foreign affairs. Not to attacks on Syria. Not to attacks on Venezuela. Not to attacks on Iran. Not to Israel’s attacks on everyone. She definitely gets passing grades from the establishment there.

It’s okay at home to blather on about such matters, just as it’s okay to blather about social programs. With their spending a trillion dollars a year – and all of it borrowed – the military-security establishment knows there is no chance for such words to go beyond speeches.

If the speeches make Americans feel good about the state of things, well, that’s just fine.

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Response to another comment:

Sanders always sounds good, but it’s an illusion to believe the sounds mean anything of substance.

First, he showed the world what kind of stuff he is made of in 2016, when he smilingly supported the woman who cheated him out of the nomination and who, indeed, represented the embodiment of many of the things that his strong campaign condemned.

How is someone like that supposed to stand up to a crowd of guys in big Armani suits and gleaming uniforms seated around huge oak tables in Washington?

His “programs,” like those of Warren or anyone else, are just blather, political entertainment at best. Maybe “fantasies” or “dreams” would be a better word. You are, after all, still allowed to dream or fantasize in America. What you are not allowed to do is to change much of anything.

So long as the Pentagon and the security establishment burn through a trillion dollars a year – money, they don’t even have, but just keep borrowing, putting immense future burdens on average Americans – no “program” of any description will see the light of day.

Furthermore, the American privileged class will not tolerate appropriately-serious new taxes. And just who is it that you think pays all the campaign expenses for “the best Congress money can buy”?

Bernie is an attractive candidate, at a glance, but with a little thought you realize he’s from Cloud-cuckoo-land. He actually doesn’t grasp the hard realities of the country in which he lives.

Vermont is a nice place – I’ve been there several times – pretty, charming, populated with a good many liberal college professor or artistic types, but it is completely out of step with America, the raw, unvarnished reality of a brutal global power representing the interests of a plutocracy.

Vermont – with its roughly one-third of one percent of the national population, unrepresentative economy and ethnic make-up – does a little remind me of Newt Gingrich’s unpleasant phrase about “a sandbox for yuppies,” his characterization of national public television.

The state does represent a kind of prettified Disneyworld attraction, “Precious Early Rural America Land.” Or a rural retreat for Americans fed up with the ugly realities of their own country, both at home and abroad. That’s certainly why Bernie himself went there, fleeing New York decades ago as part of America’s massive urban phenomenon known as “White Flight.”

I suspect the Pentagon and security establishments have no real problem with him making his speeches that are virtually guaranteed to have no effect.

He is not John Kennedy, someone who became a genuine threat to establishment arrangements of his time, arrangements which have only flourished and become deeply rooted for nearly sixty years.

Again, the overwhelmingly dominant reality of America, something affecting and distorting every aspect of its society, is that it represents a plutocracy and runs a brutal global empire for that plutocracy’s benefit.

If you don’t deal with that central fact, then you can deal with almost nothing but matters about as important as re-arranging the dinner table.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: UNAVOIDABLE FLAWS IN OUR PRESS – GOVERNMENT-PRESS RELATIONSHIP IN THE WEST – AMERICA’S BASIC STRUCTURAL PROBLEM IS PLUTOCRACY AND ITS EMPIRE AND NOT “GLOBALISM” – MYTH OF TRUMP BATTLING INSIDERS   4 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Canada’s Main TV Channel, CBC, Is a Great Big Globalist Bullhorn for War”

 

Yes, CBC is not greatly different than many corporate news services. A little, but not greatly.

This should come as no surprise because a state network must depend upon the good will of government for its future.

If you want to see public services that are even worse than CBC, look no further than NPR and BBC – both appalling in their subservience to establishment policy.

All people concerned with news and events should know that you cannot depend on any one news source.

Only by reading or watching a variety of sources and making an effort to interpret, reading between the lines, can you hope to come to anything resembling truth in international affairs.

All Western governments dominate their news establishments, both private and public. All of them.

And, in turn, all Western governments are dominated by American imperial policies, often to an embarrassing extent. All of them.

So, we see American policy consistently supported and never truly attacked for the destructive thing that it is by politicians and news sources in “the West.”

But I’m sorry to say that this has nothing to do with “globalists” or even “war advocacy,” although the latter is an implicit part of world empire. Empires don’t just happen, they are created by force. America’s decades of wars since WWII are all about expanding or protecting empire and little else. All the stuff about principles or defense of America is just that, stuff – meaningless, jingoistic stuff.

The “globalism” theme is a myth of the Right to which many cling much as they cling to the myth that Trump is in any way opposed to basic American establishment interests. It is naïve to say so because he is busy fervently serving those interests both in international affairs and in world trade.

He wants the establishment’s support and works to earn it. He wants to be re-elected. Everything points to him working towards that end, as with his appointment of many Neocons to important posts.

America’s basic structural problem is that it has become a plutocracy, and the main power establishment in Washington is dedicated to serving the plutocracy. After all, money runs elections in America, plus a whole lot else.

The stuff about “globalism,” always used as an epithet and left poorly defined, is virtually a distraction from the real problem.

So long as the nation functions as a plutocracy with a power establishment serving its interests, which very much includes a costly world empire, nothing important will change.

Trump is such a great example of the realities. He works overtime trying to give them what they want in return for them tolerating him in office.

You know, in the end, throughout the world, those with great fortunes dominate despite all the political rhetoric about democracy and the struggles for freedom over the last few centuries. The rich rule, still, but it is not always with the complete transparency we see in the United States.

Both major parties are completely dependent upon large money donors. Nothing serious in arrangements or international affairs ever changes with the election of either of them. And America’s Supreme Court has even ruled that “money is free speech.”