Friday, August 18, 2017

A Horrid Possibility

So what do we expect for Trump without Bannon?  I am positive that we are going to be bombarded over the next week or so with mainstream pundits' claims that Bannon has been radicalizing Trump all along, and now that he is gone we need to shut up and wait for Trump to pivot to being a reasonable President.  I am wondering today, however, if the exact opposite may be the case.

Bannon is a real ideologue and cares a hundred times more about advancing his white supremacist, fascist agenda than Trump could ever care about anything but himself.  I wonder if Bannon has not been working constantly to keep Trump focused on Bannon's ideological goals, and has prevented him from spinning off into total lunacy on an almost daily basis.  Now that Bannon is gone, we will get another chance to just Let Trump Be Trump.  And that could be a spectacle far more horrible than anything we have seen so far.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Stupidity of the Press Continues

Even now, after all we have seen, they will not speak the truth.  Today's example: Gail Collins at the New York Times:

"Admit it — during the campaign you did not consider the possibility that if a terrible tragedy struck the country involving all of our worst political ghosts of the past plus neo-Nazism, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would know the appropriate thing to say but Donald Trump would have no idea."

Even now, the miserable tools that get paid to write this garbage for the New York Times cannot bring themselves to admit the truth.  I can point you toward numerous left-leaning websites, like my own, which stated plainly all along who Trump was and what he was up to; plenty of people considered "the possibility" of what a Trump Presidency would mean, and far more importantly have been pointing out for years that it is not  Trump's goal alone, but the goal of the whole Republican party at least since Reagan- to erase the last vestiges of democracy in this country and replace it by a fascist oligarchy in which no more than a couple hundred families run the country, totally for their own benefit.

And just to finish the categorization of the deliberate blindness, or just lying, of Gail Collins, what do the two people she mentioned as standing up against Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, have in common?  They are the two most likely people to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2020, if Trump is pushed out of office.  They see themselves as the main beneficiaries of Trump's fall.  At this point, anyone who thinks that a single one of the Republican leaders will ever act based on decency and the best interest of the  country is a gigantic fool.  These guys are, as Republicans always do, serving their own self-interest in attacking Trump.  Other than that, they are totally on board with the entire Republican program of making the country the sole possession of the hyper-rich.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Us

Listen, those of us with any sense have known what has been going on both with Trump and the rest of the Republican party for a long time now, but I think it is safe to demand that, with one single thing Trump said in his God-forsaken tirade yesterday, we need never sit still for the pretense that there is a thing decent about him.  And this is the remark, which utterly strips any pretense from what they are really about:

"Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us – excuse me – what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?"

Us.  There it is- Trump and the Nazis are "us."  With this unguarded remark, Trump admitted that he is one with the Nazis that inhabit this country.  Let there be no second thoughts about this; this was not a mere slip of the tongue but an ugly view right into his own heart.  We are presided over by a Nazi.  From here out, he is going to act like a Nazi, talk like a Nazi and govern like a Nazi.  Anyone who has a shred of doubt about that is a fool.
Us.  At least if you are Donald Trump.

And virtually no one in his party will turn their back on him, except the couple of miserable self-serving scum like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who still think they have a chance of becoming President in 2020 if they tank Trump.  They are all Nazis, just like Trump; the only difference is that they have the sense not to talk about it in public.

Congratulations, You Subhuman Bastards, You Elected a Nazi


And let's not pretend that anyone with a shred of sense didn't know that all along:

"members of the president’s staff, stunned and disheartened, said they never expected to hear such a voluble articulation of opinions that the president had long expressed in private."

And not that private either, because plenty of us knew what he was up to all along, and knew, for that matter, that it has been the intent of the Republican party for forty years to reduce this country to an oligarchic dictatorship.  They may not have expected someone this crude to grab the reins and go galloping off into the sunset, but where he is headed is exactly where they have been headed for decades.

And as of today, not one major Republican figure has dared to criticize him by name, because in the end, it is just his animalistic means that bother them, not the goal.

So, today, orders went out from the White House to all Republicans that they had better tow the line, or perhaps end up the way Ernst Rohm did- the members of the president's staff are probably relieved that he didn't state openly that opinion that he has undoubtedly long expressed in private too.  Here's a little of the White House orders to twist reality to suit its purpose:

'The President Was Entirely Correct' 
President Trump’s remarks on the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage. But the White House is asking congressional Republicans to follow his lead. 

Every day, the White House communications office sends official talking points to Republican members of Congress... 

The President was entirely correct -- both sides of the violence in Charlottesville acted inappropriately, and bear some responsibility.  He has been a voice for unity and calm, encouraging the country to “rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that brings us together as Americans.” 

The President condemned - with no ambiguity - the hate groups fueled by bigotry and racism over the weekend...From cop killing and violence at political rallies, to shooting at Congressmen at a practice baseball game, extremists on the left have engaged in terrible acts of violence."

This is the speech of a Nazi.  And let us not even begin to pretend otherwise. And fuck these people- they knew all along what they were supporting, what they were voting for.  They were not ignorant of what Trump was all about; they support it wholeheartedly.  They want this country turned into a Fascist dictatorship.  And there are a hell of a lot more of them than we ever thought could exist in this supposedly enlightened country, where "patriots" allegedly loved "freedom."

He is now openly encouraging his followers to get violent.  Where this will lead, I don't know, but please remember that waiting too long to crush people like this cost us fifty million deaths just a few decades ago.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just a Curious Fact, I Guess

Nothing to be learned here, I guess.

Here are pictures of the various executives who have quit Trump administration panels in recent days due to his behavior:
 Brian Krzanich, Intel

 Elon Musk, Tesla

 Ken Frazier, Merck

 Kevin Plank, Underarmor

 Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic

 Mario Longhi, US Steel

Mark Fields, Ford

In only one of these cases, did Donald Trump decide to attempt to publicly humiliate the executive in question; that would be Ken Frazier.  I wonder what made him different in Trump's eyes than all the others.

HE PIVOTED!!!!!

Just like the Republicans and the mainstream press have been promising us for a year now, today Donald Trump pivoted!
He pivoted!!!!!!!

Oh, not to being President.  He didn't pivot to that.  He pivoted to being Reich Chancellor.

Almost as good, right?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup- Charlottesville Edition


I must say, I tried a couple of times the last few weeks to see if I shouldn't be writing another Wingnut Wrapup, but every time I quickly gave up, because what's the point in repeating what a bunch of right wing morons have to say, when our President is saying the same thing every day, and no one seems to care enough to shut him up?  But with the escalation of the right wing plan over the weekend, I think that it is important to see how these jackasses are going to try to rationalize away their ever-less-disguised hatred.  Ready or not, here we go:

Andrew Anglin, Daily Stormer, memorializing the victim of the white supremacist terror murder this weekend:  "She was Fat and a Drain on Society. Despite feigned outrage by the media, most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness. A 32-year-old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value. 
Due to female privilege, and the fact that they do virtually nothing their entire lives, women live an average of 5 years longer than men. The average female lifespan is 81 years. That means for 49 more years, this fat slob would have been leeching off of men’s work. 
Childless women are black hole vortexes of public money and energy. 
Had she not died yesterday, hundreds of thousands of dollars would have been spent on propping-up this gross creature who had failed to do her most basic duty – her only real duty, in fact – and reproduce. 
Having no children at that age, it can be assumed that she had multiple abortions, and was thus herself a child murderer."

Really, not much anyone could say about that which could make the guy look any worse, so we'll just move on.

Vanguard News Network:  "President Trump Says: Racism is Evil...I agree: why did the Jews have to invent racism and genocide?? Why are the Jews still trying to wipe out our White culture? Why do they hate us so much? (The answer is: “because we’re not Jews”).

See, racism is totally something the Jews do. This is the sort of thing that feeds the race haters that showed up in Charlottesville this weekend.  It will be interesting to see how far they can run on a diet of such pure hatred.  These people should really be exterminated like plague-bearing rats, in my opinion.

Alex Jones, Infowars:  "I’ve been to these events, a lot of the KKK guys with their hats off look like they’re from the cast of Seinfeld,” he said Sunday, as old footage of a KKK rally rolled behind him. “Look at them, they’re just Jewish actors. Nothing against Jews in general, but the leftist Jewish want to create this clash, so they go dress up as Nazis...I have footage in Austin — we’re going to find it somewhere here at the office — where it literally looks like cast of Seinfeld or like Howard Stern in a Nazi outfit. They all look like Howard Stern. They almost got like, the little curly hair down, and they’re just up there heil-ing Hitler. You can tell they are totally uncomfortable, they are totally scared, and it’s all just meant to create the clash.”

And of course, from one of the chief Sandy Hook deniers (and a valued source of information for our President,) waving the false flag as hard as he can.  I know it is the height of time-wasting to confront what Mr. Jones has to say with facts, but here are a couple of pictures of the fine Americans marching to preserve that statue of General Lee:



Notice anyone there that looks like Howard Stern? No?  I didn't think so.

Jay Syrmopoulos, Free Thought Project:  "Multiple High-Level U.S. Officials Publicly Warn of Govt Plot to Assassinate Trump"

Based, as usual, on the testimony of a bunch of people you never heard of, and twisting the words of real people mercilessly.  For example, Jay cites the following:

"former CIA Director John Brennan, while speaking at the Aspen Security Conference, noted that if the administration attempts to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the orders of the president.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum."

as evidence that the entire government is conspiring against Trump.  Just to note: when a traitorous tool of a foreign dictator attempts to destroy the country, it is not an evil aberration, but the responsibility of every government employee to do whatever they can to stop him, and see that he is punished appropriately for his treason.
Jeff Rense, Rense.com:  "Globalist McMaster Calls Soros-Promoted False Flag In Charlottesville A Terror Attack"

Catch that?  Actually, McMaster called the car attack and murder by a right wing maniac a terror attack; to Jeff Rense, this is an excuse to claim the attack was a false flag operation carried out by (Jewish) leftists, even thought the perpetrator had a years-long record of association with right wing causes and groups.  Expect to see a lot more of this in the coming years.

Mike Adams, Natural News:  "Why this all ends in civil war: Radical Left-wing fascism and intolerance meets right-wing nationalism and resistance"

See? Peaceful Progressive protesters are fascists, but actual, self-identified Nazis aren't.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "The Alt-Right does not, and must not, represent American conservatism."

Oh yes it does, buster.  People like you spent decades building this monstrosity, and this time around, you are not walking away from it the way you walked away from the damage that Reagan and Bush and Cheney and every other damned Republican in the last forty years worked around the clock to create.

PJ Media:  "MSNBC Contributor Says the Neo-Nazis Killed Someone 'on Behalf of President Trump'

And?  Got any objection to that?  Seems pretty right on to me.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Purple Heart Recipient on Afghanistan War: 'You Can't' Fight Suicide Bombers"

How about people who drive their cars into peaceful protesters?  How do you fight them?  Hey, I've got an idea:  let's do it by not electing one of their leaders to be President.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "In this particular case, the white nationalists were protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee...These people are being told that even this most defensible of all Confederate figures must be condemned in their cultural consciousness. Again, there is no excuse for the way they reacted, but perhaps this is a legitimate complaint.

Indeed, part of the tragedy of the situation is that by identifying as white supremacists in defending this statue, they have played into the narrative that only racists support these statues."

Only one thing wrong with this line of argument, Tyler:  It happens to be an obvious fact that only racists support these statues.  "The most defensible of all Confederate figures" spent years killing American soldiers in a treasonous war to support one of the great evils of human history.  I'm glad that Tyler knows that the rest of them were even worse.

"How can Americans break the cycle of tribalism? By championing the tenets of classical liberalism: that people have equal rights and dignity, that government should treat everyone equally, and that individuals acting freely and in peace can achieve the best good for the whole."

Too bad your people, Tyler; let me repeat here: your people will not admit that people have equal rights and dignity.  Run away from that truth and you are a racist yourself, and no better than the violent ugly jerks who go around with Nazi flags.

Jesse Lee Peterson, World Net Daily:  "CHARLOTTESVILLE, I TRIED TO WARN YOU...I have warned for more than 27 years that we are in a spiritual battle of good versus evil. White people are under attack – especially white, straight, conservative Christian men of power. The children of the lie hate them because they represent good. They love truth, freedom, responsibility, the values that make America great. 

Evil already wiped out black and Hispanic men – separated them from their families and deluded their thinking. Evil, too, has chipped away at whites, the last men standing in the way to stop evil from completely taking over America."


The guy who wrote this is a black man.  Some people of every kind will do any despicable thing if you pay them enough.

Earick Ward, American Thinker:  "Those who control the narrative control the truth.  Following Charlottesville, all must understand the broader context of current events – the conservative movement (not to be confused with media-created Alt-Right or white nationalists) desires the restoration of America's founding principles, as documented in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. 

There is a counter-movement that seeks America's destruction and the imposition of a new covenant, predicated on the wisdom of man or, more particularly, a select group of men, who seek to manage the affairs of all man. "

The wisdom of man, or a select group of men.  You mean like this select group of men?


I'm just glad that Earick realizes which side in the United States today is really on the side of the Founding Fathers.  It's just stunning how un-self aware these guys are.

Franklin Graham, Newsmax:  "Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on President Trump for what happened in Charlottesville, VA. That’s absurd. What about the politicians such as the city council who voted to remove a memorial that had been in place since 1924, regardless of the possible repercussions?"

What about those city council members who voted to remove a statue to a treasonous man who killed thousands of patriotic Americans in order to defend slavery?  Yeah, why didn't they balance that act of common decency against the likelihood that an American racist would kill some poor innocent girl to get back at them?  In fact, how dare anyone stand up to a pack of degenerate would-be Nazis?  After all, if you do, they might kill some more people, and that would be all your fault.

Franklin Graham's father was a viciouslly anti-Semitic scum, but God, he has nothing on his son:

"Really, this boils down to evil in people's hearts," Graham said. "Satan is behind it all. He wants division, he wants unrest, he wants violence and hatred. He's the enemy of peace and unity...Graham called on the nation to come together and turn to God."

Like, that has ever solved a problem like this, in the whole history of the human race.

Peter Hasson, Daily Caller:  "Far-left agitators are calling for an escalation in tactics following this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville."

Monsters.  Instead, they should all just go home and stay there until the alt-right guys show up to escort them into camps.

And an oldie but a goodie when things like this happen:

Connor Mighell, The Federalist:  "The ‘Alt-Right’ Aren’t On The Right, They’re Just Racists"

Why, of course they have nothing to do with us reasonable haters!  We won't run you down in the street, we will just see that you have no job, no home and no medical care, and then just let nature run its course.

Zachary Leeman, Popzettee:  "When violent protests broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, celebrities and artists had the opportunity to call for unity and sanity in a world in which people are digging their heels into extremist beliefs."

Unity with Nazis.  Interesting to see how that would play out.

Anyway, that should be plenty to see how far the right wing media have gotten in two days to blot out the obvious meaning of this weekend's events in Charlottesville.  They still haven't agreed on quite the narrative, but just give them a few more days, and that guy in the car will turn out to have been a hero.

Oh, and just one more comment:  If you think we on the left are going to stand around and let white supremacists and neo-Nazis beat and kill us, just to deny you the opportunity to scream that "both sides do it," you are crazy. Let's be clear about this: every person on earth knows who the good guys are when it comes down to Nazis versus the rest of us, and no amount of smearing and lying on your part can ever change that.

Terror By Car

I am interested in the large number of commentators that are so quick to compare the right wing terrorist who drove his car into a group of peaceful protesters this weekend, to the several associates of ISIS who have done the same thing in the last couple of years.   Nobody seems to have enough memory, however, to make the following obvious comment:

You know, just about anyone on earth can get their hands on a car or a truck, and drive it into a crowd.  It's not high tech terrorism.

A few years ago, ISIS was an actual state.  It had a government, it controlled a number of fairly large cities, it had a standing army, it had oil wells and refineries from which it derived a large income as well as powering itself, it handled many of the functions of a normal government.

Then an international coalition led by (remember this guy?) Barack Obama began a systematic effort to destroy this malignant state.  A couple of years later, the best they could do was incite a few fools to engage in a meaningless act of random violence.

Well, American Nazis seem to have skipped right by the successful government part and gone right to the meaningless act part.  Yes, they need to be beaten down, and harshly, but do not think that a demonstration of four hundred people and some idiot that drives a car into a crowd represent a real movement.  Our "President" is going to have a heavy price to pay for inciting this hatred, but as long as we don't just let it go unanswered, it is going to end up being nothing but a contemptible temper tantrum.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hugh Hewitt Speaks for the Mainstream Press

The Washington Post should be deeply ashamed of itself for having been bullied into publishing the screeds of the notorious right wing liar Hugh Hewitt under any circumstances, and never more so with Hewitt's comments today on the racist terrorist murder in Charlottesville yesterday:

"The Charlottesville driver isn’t the only one who should lawyer up...

The Commonwealth of Virginia is, of course, governed by Brandenburg and also has a felony homicide statute that provides that the “killing of one accidentally, contrary to the intention of the parties, while in the prosecution of some felonious act...is murder of the second degree and is punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than five years nor more than forty years.”

it seems to me that a great number of people are at risk of being charged with felony homicide beyond the driver of the car that killed one person during Saturday’s protests. Anyone who incited the driver, indeed anyone whose actions obliged the state troopers to be airborne in defense of the public’s safety, should lawyer up... Lots of people should be charged if they contributed to the mayhem that led to these deaths."

Notice particularly that Hewitt is extremely careful to never point out exactly who "incited the driver," or exactly who "anyone whose actions obliged the state troopers to be airborne in defense of the public’s safety."

This is no more an accident that Donald Trump's clear claim that the victims of this terrorist act were as equally to blame as the terrorist himself.  It openly implies that everyone who showed up in Charlottesville was equally to blame for the terrorism as the terrorist and his associates themselves.  It is a claim that those who fight hatred are as fully deplorable as the haters themselves.  It is of a piece with Republicans' claims that Obama was responsible for their own racism, because he couldn't convince them to give it up.  It is hatred blended with irrationality in a measure so massive that it has, at least so far, proven impervious to any appeal to decency.  That is why, in the end, I see no answer to this other than forcibly putting these people down, like the mad dogs they are.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Why Does Trump

Refuse to use the words "Radical Christian Terrorism?"

Huh?  That's what I want to know.

Nazis

Given the way things are going in this country, there is going to be more and more talk about parallels with the rise of the Nazis.

Unfortunately, about 90% of what I read about them is false or at best partially true, so I want to recommend to anyone who is really interested in the subject, the three volume history of the rise and rule of the Nazis written by Cambridge Professor Richard Evans:

The Coming of the Third Reich
The Third Reich in Power
The Third Reich at War


This is a long read, but is by far the most authoritative history of the subject in English, and is widely available.  Evans wrote this in the late nineties, and a good part of it, particularly the last two volumes, is based on millions of pages of documents that had been kept in East Germany, and were unavailable prior to its collapse.  You will learn an immense amount that you didn't know about the Nazis.  From then on, when you say "this is like the Nazis," you will know what you are talking about.

White March In Context

Whooppee!! The Nazis who form a large part of Trump's younger followers are on the march in Charlottesville, in what is universally described as the largest gathering of "white nationalists" in decades!  The press is out in force to declare them to be a real force in American politics, whose "issues" (i.e. white people's right to kill and hate) must be addressed, or the Democratic party will disappear off the face of the earth! Here's a picture from last night's demonstration:
I will have more to say, I am sure, after today's march, which they promise will be EVEN LARGER!!!!  But until then, just for comparison, here is a reminder of the Women's March in just one city, Los Angeles, a few months ago:
This march was, as I remember, worthy only of being forgotten as soon as possible.


UPDATE:  Well, after a morning filled with various acts of petty violence, and chanting of "Jews will not replace us"* and the good old standby "Blood and Soil,"** the Charlottesville mayor declared a state of emergency, so we will never get to know if today's rally would have matched this:
Somehow, I doubt it, but that's what they were hoping for, I'm sure.



*Take it from me, guys, Jews aren't trying to replace you.  They actually like it a lot more where they are, and aren't trying to move here:

**If you would like to know more about Blood and Soil, I invite you to watch as much as you can take of this nice video, entitled "Blood and Soil- Foundation of the New Reich."  It's from 1933, so the production values may be a little lacking, but I'm sure you will get the point.  

Then maybe we'll all get together in a resounding rendition of the Horst Wessel song and all go out and start a war or two.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Big Lie Indeed

From right wing convicted felon (and therefore admired leader of the wingnuts) Dinesh D'Sousa, another strike against the truth, in the form of this new book:
Yes, it is the contention of this hateful monster that it is the American left, not the right, that is actually the real cousin of the Nazis.

D'Sousa seems to forget the years-long campaign by the Democrats, led by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to get the United States to take a stand against the Nazis; a campaign that took years because it was viciously opposed every step of the way by a large number of Republican politicians, who violently fought even aiding Britain in its struggle against Hitler, let alone our joining in too.  He parrots the nauseating lie that the Nazis were left wingers, despite the incredible, detailed historical record, including the text of large parts of Mein Kampf, proving that the Nazis opposed not just Communists, but Socialists, liberals and even centrists, and the fact that the Nazis joined together with virtually every nationalist, right wing group in Germany, before destroying them as soon as possible.

This hateful book is, of course, just one more step in the disgusting propaganda campaign that produced the following book several years ago:
This was another publication in the right's long campaign to deny their relationship to the Nazis, and despite being equally bankrupt of both fact and decency it was eagerly consumed by the wingnuts.

And yet, right wingers will lap up this new outrage, because of course they will.  Because "nyah nyah nyah, not me, you" has become their standard response to any attempt to point out what a malignant bunch of subhumans they are.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Catastrophic Mistake

We learn this important piece of information from Fox News uber-pundit Charles Krauthammer today:

"Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer called the idea of impeaching President Trump "a catastrophic mistake" on Thursday...Krauthammer warned that impeaching Trump would cause millions that voted for him to question the stability of American democracy."

No word about whether allowing a corrupt tool of a foreign dictator to steal the Presidency might cause the other 81% of us to "question the stability of American democracy."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

World Class Lying

A headline today from the Associated Press:

"Trump set to embark on 1st vacation since inauguration"

How can anyone even begin to tell a lie like that?  What in God's name has happened to our country where someone can write that and not be fired immediately? Can our country survive this sort of thing?

Trump set to embark on 1st vacation since inauguration

The Twin Towers of Conservatism



I have been meaning to write a post about the twin towers of right wing lunacy in this country for some time now.  Not, by the way, that these are the only rotten foundations on which Republican electoral success is built; am not, for example, going to mention racism very much below.  What I want to suggest, however, is that these are the two enablers of the Republican impetus to breed an ignorant, hate filled, out of control base that votes on the basis of evil passions, not reasoning or even self interest.

What pushed me over the line to write this post was Paul Krugman's column this week.  Here is an excerpt:

"The Republican health care debacle was the culmination of a process of intellectual and moral deterioration that began four decades ago, at the very dawn of modern movement conservatism...

A key moment came in the 1970s, when Irving Kristol, the godfather of neoconservatism, embraced supply-side economics — the claim, refuted by all available evidence and experience, that tax cuts pay for themselves by boosting economic growth. Writing years later, he actually boasted about valuing political expediency over intellectual integrity: “I was not certain of its economic merits but quickly saw its political possibilities.”

And this is a point I have made before, but until now I have never heard a single other person state it straight out:  "Supply side economics," the Austrian school, call it what you will, is not an economic theory nor an ideology.  It is in fact nothing but a malignant fairy tale designed to justify taking wealth away from ordinary people and giving it to the rich.  Its entire underpinnings are so ludicrous that no one in control of his or her mental faculties could buy into it for one second.  The Republican answer to this problem was, of course, not to abandon this hateful theory, but to create a base that was so impervious to what was right in front of their eyes that they would buy into it; and this they have done, with spectacular success.

So, Krugman was right, but only half right; as an economist he has restricted himself to a subject in which he can speak with authority.  But this was not sufficient to tip the country into its current disastrous madness, and not having any reputation to protect, I am not under any pressure to ignore it.  The other vital factor in the Republican descent into madness was the devil's bargain it made with Evangelical Christianity.

Republicans, so used to manipulating the ignorant and the hate-filled, thougth they could enlist Evangelicals, mindless and ignorant as most of them are, to join the zombie army that was working to destroy itself to further enrich the already rich.  Unfortunately, Republican leaders ignored the fact that Evangelicals came with some weighty baggage, which has mortally infected the right.  Chief among these is the Evangelical notion of salvation by faith, the idea that nothing we do on this earth except to believe what they tell us to believe, has anything to do with getting into heaven.  The logical outcome of this belief is that it is perfectly acceptable to tell any sort of lie to people to get them to believe, because balanced against eternal life, nothing that happens to them in this life means a thing.

Well, the notion that it is okay to tell any kind of lie to get what you want was hardly likely to remain restricted to situations involving eternal salvation.  It has now spread until it has infected the entire right in this country.  It has reached the point where all of them have repudiated any concern for the truth, in favor of whatever will get them what they want at the moment: denying global warming, denying the continuing malign effects of racism; denying the truth about their own religion and those of other people; denying that poor people are largely poor through no fault of their own; and in the end, denying that the Civil War was about slavery, denying every single thing their savior preached about, in favor of a self-serving mumbo-jumbo of nationalism and jingoistic hatred.

It is these two things that have led the Republicans, and unfortunately the rest of us, to be where we are today.  Neither on its own would have been sufficient to pull down the edifice of American democracy on its own, but together they have brought us to the edge of destruction.  Pandering to the rich, and to the ignorant, hateful people in the South and Midwest, Republicans have manged to wreck the fine clockwork that kept our country from the worst fate that has overtaken other great nations.

Republicans have built a base as absolutely divorced from truth as the most incurable schizophrenic; a base which I fear has descended so far into its fantasy world that there is no hope for this country until they die off, and then only if we can prevent them from spreading their mental disease on to future generations.  In the meantime, the caldera of hatred they have generated could easily overcome us all.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Coup, Part Two

We hear this news out of the White House:

"The door to the Oval Office used to be wide open, with favored officials drifting in and out — even in the middle of meetings — to kibitz with Trump.

Now, the door is closed. Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, has taken control in dramatic fashion, and is already imposing unmistakable signs of order after just a few days on the job:

Even POTUS appears to be trying to impress his four-star handler, picking up his game by acting sharper in meetings and even rattling off stats. Meetings are shorter and stick to their scheduled topic. Everyone — even uber-aides Jared and Ivanka, and economic adviser Gary Cohn — is being deferential to Kelly."


Do I even need to say the following?  Kelly is not making the White House run better; he is running it himself, and the fear of God has been implanted in Trump to prevent him from ruining everything with his usual behavior.

This is not efficiency, it is a coup.

Kelly is running the country now, on behalf of his previous employers, the United State Military, which doesn't want to fight wars caused by Trump's mentally disturbed belligerence.  Trump is not trying to "impress" Kelly; he is desperately trying to control himself to avoid being crushed by Kelly.

So, it took six months for Trump to end any semblance of democracy in this country.  Not the way he thought it would turn out, with him on the throne, but he did it.


UPDATE:  I just saw on MSNBC: "Breaking News- Chief of Staff announces that Attorney General is staying in job."

Since when does the chief of staff decide who the Attorney General is?  Well, I guess since the Chief of Staff is a four star General who has just taken over the Presidency.  I'm still waiting to hear the word "coup" from a single allegedly reputable news source.


A FURTHER UPDATE: Saturday, from an article at Daily Kos:

"In fact, the more we learn about this relationship, the more one has to wonder whether what we are really watching is a soft military coup in the making."