This Is Why No Witnesses Were Allowed To Testify

For those who have been hoping for the Senate to oust Trump from office, that’s not likely. The Senate Republicans decided to not allow witnesses to testify.

Of course, the “Impeach!” crowd is crying foul. Then again, how many of them have watched even clips of the proceedings, rather than picking and choosing biased reports telling them what to think about the proceedings?

I will admit to have seen only a few clips from the proceedings but that was enough to make me understand why no witnesses would be called. Ulcerative colitis and respect for my own sanity dictated that I could only listen to Adam Schiff for so long. Just as I have never been able to listen to a Trump speech in it’s entirety or listen to Pelosi for over 2 minutes. In each case I can feel my brain cells actively imploding from the sheer vacuum emanating from the black holes which substitute for their intellects.

In his opening statements, Schiff sounded more like he was trying to impeach Vladimir Putin rather than Donald Trump. He completely ignores the fact that we have already suffered through over 3 years of Russiagate, which concluded in absolute discredit for Mueller and should have been complete shame for the Democrats and MSM. Yet here was Schiff stating such things as “Putin wakes up every morning dreaming of ways to destroy our democracy.” This while the DNC is installing methods of rigging the convention after already rigging the primary against Tulsi Gabbard. He compared Russia to a wounded animal.

He has offered such gems as “We need to fight Russia over there (Ukraine) so that we don’t have to fight them over here.” Hmm. I don’t see Russia arming Mexico or placing ABM sites along the Canadian border to the US. I do not see Russia holding massive military exercises right on our doorstep.

Yes, the US is arming Ukraine against Russia. Something happening under Trump which even Obama refused to do because of the risk involved. Never mind the fact that Ukrainian president Zelensky ran on a platform of improving relations with Russia. That’s why the people of Ukraine voted for him. Never mind that if we send weapons to Ukraine, most of those weapons wind up in the hands of right-wing neo-Nazi groups. Schiff thinks if he doesn’t mention any of that, that none of us will know about it. For most Americans, that is true. That would not fit with their 1 dimensional view of the world. “Us good, Russia bad.”

“My own presumptions.” I will hearken back to the testimony of former ambassador Sondland. When asked where he got the idea that any quid pro quo took place between Trump and Zelensky, his reply was, “By my own presumptions.” He was the absolute central source for all the information regarding the Ukraine allegations and all other “witnesses” were downstream from Sondland. There were no other direct witnesses to the events in question, so all other witness testimony relied on his account. The so-called “whistleblower” did not hear anything directly. Their own account states they heard something from someone who heard something from someone who may have heard the conversation between Trump and Zelensky.

No quid pro quo. The accusations involved are that Trump required an agreement from Zelensky that Zelensky would publicly announce that he had ordered the reopening of the corruption case involving the oil company for which Joe Biden’s civilian son worked for. Until that happened, Trump would withhold monetary aid for military purposes from Ukraine. The problem is, the funds were released to Ukraine and Zelensky never made any announcement, nor did he order the reopening of that investigation. The funds were released weeks before the initial charges were filed against Trump.

Without a proven crime, there was no obstruction. The accusations being raised against Trump do not rise to the extent of being called a crime, nor are they impeachable offenses. They would be considered ethics violations which would be best addressed by official Congressional sanction against Trump. Therefore, with no crime committed or even directly accused, there is no legal precedent to claim there was obstruction of justice because justice would only be involved regarding criminal acts. Not ethics violations.

Impeachment definition. Yes, Trump has been impeached. However, impeachment doe not mean removal from office. The official definition of impeachment per Merriam-Webster is: 1- to charge with a crime or misdemeanor. specifically To charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. 2- To cast doubt on. especially to challenge the credibility or validity of. (Such as impeaching the credibility of a court witness.)

This strengthened Trump’s support. As I and many others have warned, the result of this debacle has had the effect of strengthening support for Trump. This is more true when it comes after 3 years of Russiagate, which was a miserable and foreseeable failure. This is even more true when the Democrats openly and blatantly resuscitated Russiagate in the opening arguments for impeachment, which had absolutely nothing to do with Russia. This made it crystal clear that the Democrats are still trying to use Russia to justify Hillary’s loss in 2016 by any means possible, regardless of how immense the risk is.

It would have been better to leave him alone. The literal fact of the matter is that if the Democrats simply left Trump unmolested, his own failures would cause a massive decline in his approval ratings. The more they attack him and the attacks they choose are globally visible failures displaying an obvious witch hunt attitude, the more his approval ratings increase. Not because of actual approval for him but disapproval for the “Resistance”.

Other charges could have worked. If the Dems had used charges of war crimes or human rights abuses, the impeachment would have had far more chance of succeeding. Especially after he ordered the outright assassination of a foreign military leader of a country we are not at war with. This action violating the sovereignty of an “allied” nation, nevertheless one that had ordered our military to leave before that happened. Then including the concurrent assassination of one of Iraq’s own military leaders. However, using such charges would entail the Democrats objecting to what has become standard US policy, which they do not oppose in the least. Trump could order the assassinations of Putin and they would still claim it was Putin’s idea. He could order the murders of Xi, Kim Jong Un, Maduro, Duterte and maybe Merkel and they would not file charges against him for any of it, long as they got to sell more bombs.

This ends the DNC platform. Perpetuating Russiagate and keeping the impeachment going all the way through 2020 was the DNC platform for this election year. They seem to literally have nothing else aside from rigging the primary in favor of Biden or Bloomberg. So this tactic has failed, which was highly predictable. Honestly, I did not expect it to happen this quickly but I am very happy it did. That does not mean it will change anything the Dems do for the rest of the year. I fully expect them to continue having nothing to discuss as a party for all of 2020 except “hate Trump” and “Russia, Russia, Russia”. Doing anything else would mean the DNC as a party would have to move leftward, which they have no intention of doing. For now, they have no more distractions to use for anyone that is conscious. For the far too many that are not conscious, they will go right along with talking about the impeachment for the rest of the year, with neoliberal MSM leading the way.

Democrats Vote To Lose In 2020

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, the House Democrats voted to lose the White House and the House majority. In other words, they voted almost unanimously to impeach Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. Trump sucks. His policies are damaging to this country at every level, no matter what his supporters want to believe. The damage of his policies may not be immediately evident yet to those not paying attention but the damage is present and easily identifiable. Though I have made clear many times that he is a continuation of previous administrations and policies.

I agree there are many things for which Trump could and should be impeached. However, none of those issues are what is being presently presented as a rationale for impeachment.

Syrian war crimes. He has bombed Syria with no investigation by the OPCW at the time. What investigation occurred subsequently is being revealed as a farce by members of the OPCW itself, with 20 investigators who were directly involved stating the facts do not match the report. The end report which was released was done so under political pressure by the US. Follow Caitlin Johnstone for excellent coverage of the OPCW scandal. He has maintained a military presence in Syria against international law with the literal stated purpose of seizing oil resources, which is also illegal.

Yemen war crimes. Yemen is currently the site of the worst humanitarian crisis since Cambodia. Yet the US continues to supply arms and US military personnel to Saudi Arabia. In addition, the US has bombed Yemen directly.

Palestine war crimes. Palestinians have been subjected to genocide by Israel. Yet no offer of political, economic or military force has been offered to support Palestine. In fact, all support from Palestine for humanitarian efforts has been withdrawn by the Trump administration, weak as it was in the first place. Yet the US sells weapons to Israel and gives nearly $4 billion per year to Israel.

Venezuela war crimes. I have explained numerous times that sanctions are considered acts of war by the UN Peace Council. Sanctions kill. The sanctions against Venezuela have no basis in any form of threat to the US or neighboring countries. There was no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela before the US began imposing sanctions in 2012 under Obama. Yet at this time the US has seized monetary assets of Venezuela, seized shipments of grain paid for by and destined for Venezuela and seized shipments of paid-for medical supplies and equipment, leading to tens of thousands of deaths in that country. Meanwhile the Trump administration backs a pretender to the presidential office who did not even run in the election.

Backing fascist regimes in Brazil, Honduras, Bolivia.

Lethal weapons sales. Banning the sale of non-lethal weapons to the Hong Kong government while still selling lethal weapons to that government for the purpose of crowd control.

Withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.

Withdrawing from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, sparking a multinational nuclear arms race.

Withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.

Treatment of asylum seekers at the southern US border. Keeping children in cages, separating them from their parents, in some cases permanently, which is nothing less than kidnapping.

Why none of these reasons? The Democrats are not using any of the above reasons to impeach Trump because each and every one of them are nothing more than continuations of policies of previous administrations. Including the Obama administration. They are also policies which the Democrats have not opposed in any meaningful way. In fact, they have generally fully supported these policies in action, in spite of weak rhetoric claiming opposition. One very big reason they will not use these reasons to impeach is because it would open the door to indict and prosecute Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, GWB, Cheney and many more.

I want you to notice something about all the valid reasons for impeachment listed above. They all have something in common. Human rights. The Democrats have made the conscious choice to NOT impeach for any of these reasons. In fact, they handed him powers of surveillance, Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) and another inflated military budget that threw out ANY protection of asylum seekers at the border. The reason they ARE impeaching has to do with political power of the elite. So you can stop treating Pelosi like a hero, stop acting like the Democrats are on your side. They’re not.

Non-stop witch hunt. It really doesn’t matter how you feel about Trump. That’s not the point. The obstruction charge is not going to stick because he handed over the only evidence in this particular case that matters- the transcript of the phone call. There is no other RELEVANT evidence. Was there a recording? There doesn’t appear to be and no opposing sources claim one exists. (Yes, I agree everything any and all elected officials do regarding official business should be documented. However, if that’s not a requirement it’s too late to change it for this issue.) Yet even the most rabid anti-Trump person has to admit is that there has been a non-stop witch hunt to impeach him since before he won the election. It cannot be denied this is true, not with a clear conscience. IF you have any level of sanity, that is. We have gone through 3 1/2 years of Russiagate. “Just wait for Mueller!” We waited. Nothing. Stormy Daniels. What even happened to that? I don’t even know. It just disappeared. Charity fraud. Tax statements. Business fraud. Every time we heard, “The walls are closing in.” Each time it amounted to nothing which was an impeachable offense.

Doomed to failure. The vote which occurred in the House really equates to nothing more than a “Survivor” style vote of elimination. They voted him off the island. What follows next in the GOP-majority Senate will be far different. Instead of a politically-biased popularity contest, what will happen in the Senate will be a TRIAL. In a Senate filled with Senators educated in law. A trial in which, rather than grandstanding and opining, hard evidence must be presented. A trial in which Trump and his legal representatives will be permitted to present a defense and their own witnesses, which may well include evidence regarding the subject of the phone call on which all of this is based. Thus far, this case has not relied on evidence. When viewed legally rather than politically, the case against Trump is doomed.

It doesn’t even matter if impeachment is successful. Let’s assume I am completely wrong and impeachment succeeds. I have asked before and repeat myself again: What then? None of that means we get to choose his successor. The replacement is something we have no say in. Chances are the replacement will be Pence, who is a theocrat and literally worse than Trump.

Impeachment will anger more than right-wing voters. There are many Independent, Libertarian and Democratic donors who do not agree with this impeachment for valid reasons. Many who have watched, appalled by Russiagate, Ukrainegate and on and on. Those who see the whole process as damaging to what little democracy we have remaining. Those people will vote in 2020 for anyone that does NOT represent the Deep State machine behind all of this. If impeachment fails, they will vote to reelect Trump. If it succeeds they will vote for Pence or anyone else that opposes the DNC elite. But they will NOT vote Democrat at ANY level of the ballot if they have a choice in the matter. I expect the House to revert to blood red.

And no, they will absolutely not vote for Sanders, who has promoted the DNC and pushed Russiagate. You can forget that idea. Nobody that opposes the DNC elite will vote for Sanders. Even hoping for that is self-defeating.

The one thing I do expect to happen is that this election will be far different from 2016. I expect to see more voters turn out in 2020 by virtue of the fact that they will see an actual choice to make. There was no significant difference between Hillary and Trump. Both elitists, both dishonest, both seen as threats to peace.

It doesn’t matter how much Trump is a slave to the rich. Millions feel resigned to the fact that we cannot escape that from elected officials. What will now drive the 2020 election will be opposing the Deep State, that are seen as negating the choices of Americans without our consent.

This impeachment process has made Trump a martyr for those who see the Deep State as being far too strong, too pervasive.

Pelosi has made the choice to hold back on presenting the impeachment over to the Senate until January. This is another major mistake. The goal from the start of this process has been to keep focus on the impeachment all the way through 2020. Before that, they had hoped to keep focus on Russiagate through 2020, hence 17 investigations announced into the Mueller investigation. Not only did Russiagate collapse but it has turned around to bite the initiators viciously, with an even larger investigation ongoing but not yet completed. Ukraine is going to have the same result. So, by Democrats focusing on Russia and Ukraine, they commit absolute suicide. They could be focusing on issues. They could have brought impeachment charges for valid reasons but refused. The long, slow, overly dramatic implosion of the DNC is all that remains.

It can’t come soon enough.

The Big Bright Shiny

The media and political parties have no intention of informing you or engaging with you. They are doing nothing but distracting us, indoctrinating and dividing us.

It’s all about emotional response.

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Ukraine Is A Farce, Impeachment Is A Dangerous Distraction

Before even launching into a recap of current events, let me bring up one point. People screaming for impeachment also cry about “democracy”.

Impeachment has nothing to do with democracy. It is not a democratic process. It is not a legal process. It is a political process. Impeachment does not prove a crime. That’s not the purpose. If it proved a crime had been committed, why were neither Clinton nor Nixon convicted in a court of law and sentenced accordingly?

In other countries, when they have a democratic removal of an elected president, they hold a recall election. Such as what the UK recently had. A recall election is democratic, impeachment is not. Have you heard of any other country that holds impeachment proceedings? Have you noticed that this is happening during election season, when the DNC elite refused to endorse impeachment before now? Have you noticed nobody calling for impeachment has suggested a recall election?

One goal intended with the timing of this action is to allow potentially enough time for impeachment yet not enough time before the 2020 election for the GOP to offer up an alternative with time to campaign, while the DNC has progressed deep into their campaign season.

I have pointed out many times that calls for impeachment are a distraction. They are intended to whip up emotional responses, get people mindlessly crying for “anyone but Trump”, while paying absolutely no attention to what happens afterward, no attention to what the options are.

The first thing to consider regarding impeachment is the chain of succession. What that means is that if Trump were impeached, the person to assume the presidency would be Pence. Now, if you think Trump supporters would not vote for Pence in retaliation, you’re very wrong. He doesn’t have to have a history or platform they know a single thing about. He just has to be second in command in the administration which they previously voted for.

No, you cannot remove Pence without a completely separate impeachment proceeding which would have to begin after the proceedings on Trump. No, you cannot “remove them all at once”.

Get this in your head. Pence is worse than Trump.

The other distraction intended here is that the DNC is attempting to push forward their elite and oppress Progressive candidates, especially anti-war candidates like Tulsi Gabbard.

By pushing impeachment, the DNC hopes to divert attention and discussion from anything having to do with policies. Just as they did for three years with Russiagate, which they tried to continue all the way through 2020. That didn’t work out, so they tried initiating no less than SEVENTEEN “investigations” into the Mueller investigation which investigated the FBI investigation and never offered a single shred of verifiable evidence. Media coverage of those subsequent “investigations” has fallen silent because they can’t even come up with new allegations to distort enough to manipulate public sentiment. So they have to try something new.

Which brings us to Ukraine.

Did you notice that not long ago, Ukraine was supposed to be our ally against Russia? Of course, that was when they had a president who was a literal Nazi, installed after the CIA-assisted overthrow of the democratically elected president. The elected president was friendly toward Russia, the Nazi opposed Russia. The Nazi was democratically voted out by the people of Ukraine and a new president was elected who ran on a platform of restoring peaceful relations with Russia.

So, the Deep State can’t allow that to happen. There had to be some form of response making Ukraine our adversary once again, if they so much as attempt less than militaristic opposition to Russia while sacrificing many thousands of lives in the process. Peace anywhere in the world is bad for American MIC contractor profits.

So, what are the claims involved against Trump leading to this? What evidence is there? The evidence is that he called another elected president. The claim is that an unnamed, anonymous source offering no proof, claims that Trump tried to promote Ukrainian opposition to Joe Biden by their president.

This alone tells you what the DNC is attempting to do. They are trying to install Biden in 2020. The same Biden who has shown significant obvious signs of neurological decay. This is literally an attempt by the DNC to not only discredit Trump but to elevate Biden, who is a corporate warmonger with his own illustrated racist opinions. Such as “Poor children can achieve just as much as white children.” Or suggesting minority parents all need government social workers dictating their parenting skills in their own homes. That’s called social engineering. That’s called indoctrination. That’s called fascism.

Of special note is that the Ukrainian president has stated neutrality on the issue. He said he will strive for peaceful relations with the US, no matter who the US president is. While also striving for peaceful relations with Russia. Gasp!!! No, no, no, no,no!!!! He can’t do that!!!! NO country is allowed to do that!!!! Have peaceful relations with the United States AND Russia?!!!! How will the US progress the war agenda that way?!!!! If anyone is friends with Russia, that automatically makes them our ENEMY!!!!

There is no need for Ukraine to offer anything against Biden which has not been publicly know for years. Much of it is public record and cannot be denied. It is absolute fact that the elected president of Ukraine was overthrown. Most people globally suspect CIA involvement. This happened while Biden was VP. It is documented fact that Biden never met with the president who was overthrown, yet did meet with the installed Nazi president on VERY friendly terms. It is documented fact that Biden’s son made significant sums of money from an oil company in Ukraine under the Nazi (Poroshenko) regime. Now how many of these documented facts are going to be presented or discussed by corporate media? Don’t expect any of it to be presented as fact.

Of course, if the Democrats really want to pursue impeachment on this particular issue, go ahead. They will be cutting their own throats again. The anonymous source will not be allowed to remain anonymous. They will have to testify under oath. Then they have to prove Trump attempted to obtain information regarding Biden which is not already in the public record. Then they have to prove that the Ukrainian president has a bias in favor of Trump. Then they may have to prove Trump attempted to influence the Ukrainian president to become illegally involved in the next US election.

These proceedings will be taking place under a GOP majority Senate and even have to convince any Democrats who are even slightly objective.

Of course, what they hope to achieve is keeping another pseudo-Russiagate inquiry continuing throughout 2020, which will still be ongoing during the election. Which means they have no intention of beginning these proceedings until the middle of 2020. Until then, the Democrats will be using stalling tactics and introducing numerous other issues into the proceedings.

This also opens another can of worms which is especially concerning. Allegedly the “whistle blower” wants to testify directly to Congress. Legally, there is no difference between a whistle blower testifying willingly or being compelled to do so. So, what does this mean for the anonymity and protection of whistle blowers in the future? Put this in comparison to Edward Snowden, who also wanted to testify publicly. Put this in comparison to John Kiriakou, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. So, if this person testifies, should they be charged with crimes? If not, how do Democrats justify the indictment and ongoing legal assaults of these people, including double jeopardy for Manning?

You can’t have it both ways. Either whistle blowers are protected or they are not. YOU support whistle blowers or YOU do not. You cannot pick and choose. If you want corruption revealed, you want it revealed in ALL circumstances, under ALL administrations, by ALL government officials.

By all means, let’s keep talking about this but only insofar as it attacks Trump, all the way through 2020. Let’s NOT discuss ending wars, using diplomacy, universal healthcare, reducing medication costs, ending homelessness, ending poverty, actually increasing wages, taxing the rich, reinstating Glass-Steagall, immigration reform or any of the real issues confronting us. Just keep wailing and drowning those thoughts out of your mind. Stay tuned to corporate media and keep repeating, “I think for myself, I think for myself, I think for myself.”

Chronic Anxiety

In many ways, I think it should be obvious that I put every effort into being brave, even objective. I place a lot of effort into examining and researching the topics I cover here. Many of my articles are the final result of prior drafts, revisions, fact checking. Yet still presented in an accessible form that almost anyone can understand.

I know that in some cases where I try to be objective, I come across as far more biased. That’s because I must continually confront blatant, mindless, brainwashed bias. As I have said many times, the cult mindset. I never hide the fact that I am a Progressive, yet find being such to be the most objective and truthful way to be. After all, in many cases it involves standing for policies which do not benefit me directly. Though I try and express how issues which may not seem to affect us always do in some ways.

I have explained how universal healthcare benefits the economy, while our current system damages the entire economy. I have done the same with “free” college and capital gains. I could go on but that’s a short list of examples. In all, I show how capitalism and elitism consistently do more damage than good to our society.

It may not appear to some that I have researched subjects for the fact that I generally intentionally omit sources. I have said since early on in this blog that this is on purpose. When providing sources, I have watched too many other writers spend more time defending sources or comments which divert to attack the source material. I leave it to the reader to do their own research. I will continue moving forward.

Where my own research comes in, sometimes it is also difficult to name my sources because I have studied (formally and informally) numerous subjects for at least 30 years. Economics, marketing, psychology, government, business. On top of being a nurse in my 25th year. When writers name specific sources, it often means they are regurgitating material which is not their own. We see reports of reports of reports based on opinions. My content is nearly all original. So, my source is myself based on years of observation. I give plenty of methods where the reader can observe and verify the accuracy of those observations.

To the same end, I also frame many things in the form of questions. Thus encouraging readers to think for themselves, realize what questions they have not been asking. Realize what questions too few people have been asking, no matter how obvious the questions should be. How this is most horribly true with corporate media. For a good example of how I frame issues as questions, see my recent piece on gun rights, hereThe “sources” who always object to you asking questions are the very sources who should always be questioned most. The “sources” who claim to be above questioning are the sources who should be silenced entirely. The “sources” who claim you are not allowed to see/hear evidence or cannot explain their own positions in their own words should be shamed into silencing themselves.

With all the conflict going on, all the fake news, all the propaganda, all the obvious questions never voiced, all the effort of taking complex subjects and explaining them in simple terms, many times this kind of writing becomes stressful. Toss in being a prison nurse, a father with shared custody of my teenage daughter, being single while in an exclusive relationship while maintaining my mundane life.

Of late, my biggest stress tends to be coming not from the right but from the center-left, the Fauxgressives content with platitudes of universal healthcare while ignoring the risk of war with a nuclear power. not concerned in the least with sanctions killing tens of thousands in other countries thanks to their economic structure. Not giving a damn that the goal is selling off Venezuela’s resources to the highest corporate bidder in the US. Willing to completely forget being themselves called “Russian trolls” by their anointed godhead. I have not forgotten, never will forget and have been waiting for a nonexistent apology for 2 1/2 years now.Completely willing to ignore election fraud by the DNC and what that means, while still insisting this to be a “democracy”. Thinking one person or small group of people asking for their hard-earned money is a substitute for completely eliminating corporate money from our electoral and legislative systems. The best these cultists can offer is “nobody’s perfect” or asking what cult I follow.

Fuck every damn one of you, I follow the cult of rational, critical thought, holding elected officials to account and not bowing down to your cult which is buried within another cult and all of you together are willing to sacrifice the entire planet for your own greed.

That is where it all comes together. You criticize other parties, other candidates for their greed and warmongering, while you seek your own gains and ignore millions of deaths, blindly deny the very real risk of complete obliteration of the planet, just as long as you get your piece of the pie. You behave with arrogance and petulance and outright hatred of anyone who refuses to join your cult.

Go ahead, slap each other on the backs and revel in your empty, meaningless, mindless, gutless, heartless insults. Tell yourselves you are somehow different from the very ones you claim to oppose. Greed and arrogance are greed and arrogance, no matter how you look at it. How do you really think you are different from warmongers when you are willing to ignore that your god is promoting the same wars? How do you think you are different from other cults when you make excuses, close your eyes and chant endlessly in hopes of drowning out the cries of reason? How do you think you oppose capitalists when your god walks in their path, himself worshiping at their feet in their temples and congregations?

Yes, thanks to the Fauxgressives who worship themselves, I now have chronic anxiety. Trump, our government in general, our intelligence agencies, MSM, gun nuts and bigots cause me enough stress. I only gain some hope from discussion and camaraderie with those who can see clearly, think rationally, question the narrative and stand independently.

You who worship false gods do none of that. You do not offer hope but diminish hope, strip it away and continue the same cycle which has demoralized this country. You literally worship yourselves.

Hate me. Unfollow me. Ignore me. Attack me. I refuse to drink the blood of the innocent from your chalice. I refuse to willfully pave my streets with the bodies of children in other countries. I will always stand by my values, no matter how you sell your souls for a false pittance.

This is the last chance, make no mistake about it. There are no more chances for incremental “progress”, for party loyalty, false narratives, sheep herding candidates, nationalism, cheering or ignoring wars, blaming “the other”.

I am your “other” and I am not going away or joining you. You will not destroy me or beat me down. You are too weak an adversary and you know your weakness. You can join ME and actually move left or you can stay in the middle and claim it is left. This anxiety discomforts me but will never break me. It takes nothing to break the followers of false gods because you are already broken, shattered, scattered pieces propping each other up.

Handing Trump Victories

This is a follow up to my previous article, here: https://medium.com/@russellmeyers_35963/if-you-support-trump-policies-you-support-trump-own-it-2d11506f9203

Some people still aren’t getting my point. Caitlin Johnstone said much of the same thing in her most recent article as I write this, to be found here: https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/how-the-question-who-benefits-from-this-can-change-your-life-5bb175779afb

Of course, she and I have been saying this. Over and over, again and again. Millions of actual Progressives have been saying this over and over, again and again. I am sick of repeating it but here it is again- Both major parties are on the same side and it is not your side.

I really don’t care how much the Democrats claim to oppose Trump when they confirm his appointees, surrender to his aggression or rabidly vote in favor of his policies. I don’t care how much you want to scream, “Anyone but Trump” when you actively vote for people who endorse the most damaging thing about Trump- his policies.

If you only oppose the name and nothing else, you have absolutely no right to call yourself anything but a Trump supporter in disguise. You are not Progressive, you are not liberal. You are a Republican. You are even more damaging than Trump or Republicans because at least they are out in the open about who they are and what they stand for. Stop lying about it. You don’t care what atrocities are committed. You only care that they are committed by a pretty face with nice words.

If you actually oppose his policies yet remain blind to the fact that centrist Democrats have done all in their power to not only surrender to Trump but empower him even more, then you are just as damaging. You’re not paying attention to anything but what color suit or dress someone is wearing. You are willing to don pink pussy hats, break down in tears, scream at the top of your lungs and act offended/victimized by every tweet while you help them and him along every step of the way.

You may be even worse because you are willing to actively push for war with nuclear powers to vindicate your “poor me” attitude. You are perfectly willing to ignore the fact that the US has a first strike policy.

You paid no attention or just did not care that the 2016 DNC Convention was more militaristic than the RNC Convention. It was filled with uniforms and talk of “a strong defense” , followed by Russia, Russia, Russia and military budget increase after increase. Every penny handed to Trump, whom they claim they fear will start more wars. Yet as long as the Dems vote for it, it must be good, right?

What has been happening here is that the Dems have handed Trump an unending series of gifts. You have to be completely unconscious to think that the Mueller report or his testimony was a win for anyone BUT Trump. Even neoliberal pundits admit it was a complete disaster. Each time they have approved his policies or nominees, he has won. Each time they have caved in, he has won. He will be announcing this through 2020, pointing out that he has accomplished things and Democrats were too weak to stand up to him. Every word of it will be accurate. He doesn’t need to lie about that. Yes, he lies about the results but so do the Dems. If they tell the same lies, you play right along. No matter the results, his support gets stronger with each victory handed to him wrapped in gold foil, served on a silver platter by the Dems crawling on their knees and you behind them, kissing their asses.

Jimmy Dore has said on numerous occasions, “People would rather vote for a Republican who says they are a Republican instead of a Republican who claims to be a Democrat.”

If you want change, then that change begins with YOU. If you trust corporate warmongering Wall Street whores to change anything, you’re not paying attention at all and never have. It’s time to start. Not tomorrow, not after the next election. Now.

“Resistance” my ass.

Let me repeat what I have said uncounted times. If you are not part of the solution, then YOU are the problem.

If You Support Trump Policies, You Support Trump- OWN IT!!

I keep hearing people who claim to oppose Trump yet will support “Blue No Matter Who” (which I usually notate as Blew No Matter Who).

Understand this. You can NOT oppose Trump while supporting his policies. That is objecting to a name, not what the name literally stands for. The DNC, for the most part, are what I refer to as The Assistance. They vocalize opposition, then back his policies. Not openly. Not in speeches but in the bills they pass and actions they take.

The DNC has voted in larger percentage for a resolution to denounce BDS, which is your freedom of speech being condemned by your own government. They claim BDS opposes a two state solution. Yet BDS is a movement, not defined in this way. Know who opposes BDS? Trump.

While Dems claim fear Trump will start another war, they approved another military budget increase, now at $738 billion. Trump is happy.

Dems voted unanimously to extend AUMF powers, which actively enable Trump to wage not just the wars we are already in but create new ones.

Dems voted to extend mass surveillance powers for Trump.

In case you forgot or simply paid no attention, the Dems approved the tax cut for the rich, caved on DACA and handed Trump funding for his border wall.

With the latest round of border wall funding, Dems caved and made no demands for protections of immigrants.

Many Democratic voters have similar views on gun control to Conservative voters and Dem candidates are conspicuously silent on stricter gun legislation.

Dem candidates are either in favor of actions against Venezuela, at least in the form of sanctions resulting in thousands of deaths in the country. Military action against Venezuela will bring responses from Russia and China, who have invested tens of billions in the country. Voters may not know it but elected officials do.

While many say Trump is a Putin puppet, he has enacted the strongest sanctions against Russia since the Cold War ended while overseeing a massive military buildup on the Russian border. Our military is building bases in Syria against international law, where Russia is present to help Syria defeat ISIS.

Dems may vocalize opposition to Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal but are silent about his military threats and sanctions.

When Trump was speaking with North Korea, Dems opposed the suspension of war games on the NK border. They were only happy when war games resumed (at a cost of billions per year).

When Trump said he wanted to spend more money to upgrade nuclear weapons, did you hear any opposition from ANYONE in our government? Under the commitment set by Obama, we are already spending at least $130 BILLION a year, EVERY year to upgrade our arsenal of SIX THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED nuclear weapons. That expense is not even included in our “defense” budget.

Have you heard a single word of criticism of Trump for increasing aggressive naval presence in the South China Sea?

Have you heard any “Resistance” to renegotiation of NAFTA? I haven’t.

So, the House passed a bill to increase the minimum wage to $15? Great. Now look at the timeline. It doesn’t reach the full $15 until 2025. By which time it will be irrelevant and still starvation wages. This is nothing but theatrics for election year. If Trump signs it, he gets credit. In fact, it leaves room for him to shorten that time frame.

This week, Democrats voted with Republicans to suspend the debt ceiling until July 2021. What does that mean? It means there is no longer any limit to federal spending until the target date. So, even if a Progressive manages to win office, the debt ceiling will be reimposed at that time. So if they try and pass Progressive legislation, chances are their hands will be tied. But Trump is happy.

Trump has stated he is considering declaring Antifa a terrorist organization. First, Antifa is a movement, not a group or organization. Second, their focus is in opposition to Nazism and fascism, hence the name which means Anti-fascism. Antifa is the ONLY movement directly opposing fascism in this country. Once again, this is YOUR freedom of speech if you oppose fascism/Nazism. Have you heard a word of opposition? Neutrality against fascism means surrender.

In the Russiagate debacle, corporate media began censoring pages and suspending or erasing entire accounts of those whom they deemed “Russian propaganda”. Mostly anti-war pages and pages revealing police misconduct. Even if it is done by corporations, censorship is censorship. Especially when done by corporations who work hand in hand with the government, even having contracts with the government. So once again this is your freedom of speech. Have you heard one word of opposition to this? In fact, I have heard many who claim to be on the left (sic) voice support for censorship.

More and more states are enacting laws which make protests illegal, especially against oil/gas/coal companies. Protesters have been arrested while seeking an audience with elected officials. To include disabled people. Ray McGovern, a military veteran and highly awarded CIA intelligence analyst, has been arrested twice, both times violently, for protesting SoS Hillary Clinton and then later current CIA director Gina Haspel. Not only have Democrats not spoken against these obliterations of your freedom of speech, they have endorsed these things almost 100%.

Have you heard any Democrats oppose Trump regarding the arrest of Julian Assange? I don’t GAF what you think of him, he is a journalist who revealed the truth over and over again. The Democrats also never spoke out against Obama’s war on whistle blowers like Manning and Assange. So, that is a direct attack on the freedom of the press and your right to hear the truth.

For the record, no, the charges against Assange and Manning have nothing to do with the leak of DNC emails. No, that cannot be considered espionage. The DNC is a PRIVATE organization, NOT a government agency. Most people don’t even know that, even though the DNC used it as a defense in court when they said they are under no obligation to provide a fair primary, even though primaries are paid for by your taxes.

This is a short list but should offer a good example. You people who think that voting Democrat means some form of opposition to anything but Trump’s name are delusional. If you support the people who enable and empower Trump, then YOU support Trump. It’s time to fucking OWN IT. No more whining, no more crying, no more asking how Trump gets away with shit. You want to know how that happens? Look in the mirror.

Or maybe you want to blame Russia?

Dems Condemn Trump’s Comment.. And?

The Democrats this week proposed a bill officially condemning Trump’s racist statements about four racially minority Congresswomen. Now, I absolutely agree that his statement should be condemned. However, then what?

This condemnation really accomplishes nothing. It changes no policy. It places no restrictions on Trump or anyone else. It is a non-binding statement of protest with no consequence attached.

This is all theater. Especially when these are some of the same Progressive women that Pelosi has had conflicts with based on policy and their Progressive views.

In March, the Democrats disciplined Omar for her statement that US elected officials who support Israel and oppose BDS actions are working for a foreign government. Her statement is true. They called her statement anti-semitic, yet Israel itself is a country, not a religion. The Israeli government represents the nation, not a religion. Semites are the people that inhabit or come from a specific region, so that includes Palestinians, whom Israel is openly conducting genocide against. BDS is a form of freedom of speech, in other words, a US citizen right included in our Constitution. Centrist Democrats have not said or done anything to oppose the numerous states that have enacted laws that allow suspension or firing of state employees who take part in the BDS protests. They’re too busy collecting AIPAC money.

Pelosi has had an ongoing battle with AOC on many fronts, becoming unprofessional and demeaning toward her.

Centrist Democrats, including Pelosi and Schumer, have not opposed Trump on policy. They caved on DACA, approved his tax cut for the rich, unanimously approved dozens of Conservative judges to lifetime federal bench positions, handed Trump powers of mass surveillance, AUMF powers, unrestricted trade negotiation authorization, caved on border wall funding, oppose universal healthcare and recently caved on funding for detaining immigrants with no protections included for those immigrants.

Fuck Pelosi and Schumer and all centrist Democrats and those who sheepdog for them. If you think that some toothless statement of finger-wagging during a time when CONgress should have been doing some literal work is “Resistance”, then fuck you too! This accomplishes nothing. It changes nothing. It does not undo any harmful policy, it does not introduce any policy beneficial to the American people (or anyone else) for the future. Get your head out of your ass and stop cheering for this trailer park, Jerry Springer type shit show. Start paying attention. You want better for this country? It fucking starts with YOU.

Russiagate Weakens This Country (And Is A Sign Of Weak Minds)

I’ve been following Russiagate since it’s inception in July of 2016. There was no valid evidence then. Two years later, there is still no evidence, even as rumblings say that Mueller is about to end his farcical “investigation” that never examined the DNC servers, where the allegations first began.

Seriously, what investigation never examines the alleged crime scene or summons the witnesses (Hillary, DWS, Donna Brazile, John Podesta) to testify under oath? That never asks the FBI why they never examined the servers?

In the 2 1/2 years since this began, we have watched the media, the DNC and DNC cultists try to resurrect McCarthyism in full force. Anyone who questions or does not march in lockstep with the DNC agenda is summarily convicted of being a Russian asset trying to destroy this country.

Progressive candidates. Russiagate is now being used to attempt to invalidate potential presidential candidates before the 2020 race begins. The Russian asset accusation has been leveled at Tulsi Gabbard, who is a US military veteran and has been in office for years. She stepped down from a DNC top position in 2016 due to improprieties in the DNC process which have since been proven absolutely true and in opposition to the democratic process. However, this is something of a matter of karma. She and Bernie Sanders have been vocal proponents of Russiagate and now it is biting them in the ass.

Who is doing the real damage? She is just one and this is not intended to be a list of names who face false accusations. This is about the damage that Russiagate, not Russia, does to our country. Because if you want to look at damage being done to our country, things which divide us, stop looking at Russia. The McCarthyite accusations do far more damage than Russia could ever hope to achieve if they had such an urge to do so.

Silencing of dialogue. One of the major goals of allegations of Russian alignment is the silencing of dialogue. There is no greater threat to democracy than the silencing of opposing voices or refusing to debate actual issues. Russiagate is being used as a “one size fits all” response to any dissenting opinion which does not fit the “authorized” narrative. Democracy itself is based on the ability of different voices to be heard. Yet the adherents of the Russia narrative use the accusation that some person or some viewpoint is dictated by Putin and no further discussion will be allowed.

Defensive posture. The expectation is that the voice being accused will be forced to go on the defensive to prove they are not a Russian asset in some way. Instead, the absolute best response to these accusations is no response at all. Stick to the issue being discussed and ignore that the accusation was ever made. Force the accuser to discuss the issue.

It doesn’t matter where discussion begins. Let’s make a really simple statement. Russia didn’t cause any of our problems. I have seen accusations that Russia is behind numerous issues in recent years. From Black Lives Matter to universal healthcare to ending warfare to defense spending that goes beyond any sense of reason. Election process and campaign spending. Taxation of the rich. These are real problems that deserve real debate, not false accusations in an attempt to make it seem as though the problem itself does not exist because some candidate, party or media source does not want to address it. So, even if there were any truth to the claim that attention to an issue began with Russia, discussion must begin somewhere. So the best response when someone says an issue came from Russia would be, “Who cares? Let’s talk about it any way.”

Defense spending. We always hear politicians and media pundits talking about “a strong defense” when discussing defense spending. I’ve pointed out before that when all is added together, we spend more on “defense” than every other country on earth combined. I have demonstrated that weapons sales to other countries cost us more money than they make. In only 2 years we have increased defense spending by over $90 billion every single year, with no reduction planned. Ever. Meanwhile we have Americans dying from lack of medical care, exposure from homelessness, suffering chronic health issues from poor nutrition. Suggest addressing those problems and face, “How are you planning to pay for that?” Talk about building or dropping more bombs and you never hear that question. Neither major party opposes spending more on “defense”. Neither one opposes regime change in practice. No corporate media outlet ever opposes the next war or the next or the next.

Weakened alliances. Russiagate has led this country to impose sanctions on other countries. Sanctions are never one sided. They work very much like the trade war affected US farmers. In the case of soybean farmers, China sanctioned us. When we sanction sales of goods to Russia, we punish their trading partners in other countries. Such as farmers in Europe. Or European people who must pay more for oil and gas which they cannot buy from Russia thanks to US Sanctions. Then we threaten our own allies if they choose to avoid sanctions which were never approved by the UNSC. All of this weakens our alliances with other countries, who are turning their backs on us more every day.

Taxing the rich. The media would have you believe that higher taxes on the rich is a Russian idea. First of all, try and explain how this would benefit Russia. It doesn’t. Then, try and explain why taxes on the rich in the US were highest at the height of the Cold War. Which aligns precisely with the time that the middle class had the most growth, the most wealth, the greatest benefits and the most bargaining power in the history of this country. Labor began losing all of this when taxes on the rich were decreased. Not to mention that ever since, small business has seen the highest rate of failure.

Increased wages. If you challenge someone to explain how increased wages in the US benefits Russia, I’d love to listen to their reply. In the same time frame I mentioned above, middle class wages in relation to cost of living were at their highest. Know what else was highest? Cost of production. Because Americans were paid well, had good benefits and taxes were high, cost of production was higher than ever. Yet the economy was doing extremely well. Our national debt was nowhere near as high. Business was expanding because markets were expanding or at least stable. So don’t blame Russia for corporate layoffs to preserve profits for stockholders. That is capitalism doing that.

Universal healthcare. The media and many politicians try to convince you that universal healthcare is a Russian concept. While Russia has universal healthcare, so does every other developed country other than the US. Every one of them has lower cost of care, lower rates of individual financial failure due to medical costs, longer life expectancy and higher quality of life. Since 2012, Mexico has had universal healthcare. Here? No. So try and explain how this is Russia’s fault. We had discussions about universal healthcare in this country in the early 90’s and that was not the first time. Did Russia incite those discussions then?

The real enemy. The real truth is that if Russia or any other opponent, be it a country or non-state power wanted to destroy us, they would be more effective doing so by increasing income inequality, destroying healthcare, increasing defense spending and dividing the populace against each other. Right now, all they have to do is sit back and watch this country implode.

The real enemy is here and has been here all along. The oligarchy, WAR Street is the enemy. They are destroying this country from the inside out and profiting every step of the way. Each time Americans tune in to corporate media, vote for corporate slave candidates, attack imaginary enemies that do not exist, promote Russiagate, refuse to focus on issues, cheer for corporate censorship, vocalize advocacy for wars we have no business in, endorse sanctions that backfire on us, allow our own people to die or go hungry, we are doing the job of any potential enemy, internal or external.

Chew, Swallow, Vomit, Repeat

On occasion, I have to disengage from the direct battle with neoliberals and Conservatives. It’s a practice I suggest all Progressives follow. Give yourself an occasional emotional rest.

One reason I do this is simply because I get tired of dealing with their mindless rote repetition. Virtually none of them think for themselves. This is not saying they are not capable, it’s worse. They are not willing. Memorize, seek reinforcing identical viewpoints, regurgitate. Never follow the profit path, the motivation of the author of the opinion they allow to think for them. Chew, swallow, vomit, repeat.

They pay no attention to minds or voices that are separate from the standard corporate model. Those are voices to be discredited without listening. Dr Richard Wolff, Robert Reich (on economics, not politics), the UN report stating capitalism is a failed model. Don’t read, don’t listen, don’t learn, don’t question.

One thing is absolutely true. When your arguments are rational enough to touch a chord, that’s when they start using insults and invalidation. Attack the source. In my case, they will attack saying I am not popular enough to be listened to. In other cases, they will use any accusation against a popular voice which they can. The accusation doesn’t have to be relevant to a quote or theory. The accusation does not have to be proven in any way. In fact, accusations can be absolutely proven false, as in rape or pedophilia accusations against Julian Assange. That doesn’t stop them from using it. Chew, swallow, vomit, repeat.

I think at this point I have written enough articles going into extreme detail on enough subjects that I can merely post links to previous articles on almost any popular subject. I’ve detailed why a 70% tax rate on the rich is not enough. Why imposing a Maximum Income is a good idea. How Social Democracy is profitable. Why universal healthcare is the best system. How weapons sales cost this country more money than it makes. Why Russiagate is an absolute farce (numerous articles). How the media is the advertising arm of the war industry. Why you should not be listening to corporate advertising or “intelligence professionals” because their specialty is literally brainwashing. How supporting the current system is truly fascism and will get worse. Why the economy and the dollar are doomed to fail. Soon. Catastrophically.

Posting those links or sharing information often feels like it does no good.

If you can manage to drag people kicking and screaming away from their cults (good luck with that), they consistently fall back on false narratives which they have no actual understanding of to begin with. Yet will use them as defense and offense. They can definitely be offensive. Anything to avoid challenging their established world view which they have never bothered to question or examine. Even when that world view locks them into a position which is literally killing them directly. Sit back, turn on corporate media. Cheer for the cult. Wallow in the filth. Chew, swallow, vomit, repeat.

The most frustrating part of all of this is that all of this is based on fear. Americans love to portray themselves as brave and courageous when in fact they are completely ruled by fear. Call it anger, bigotry, hatred, aggression, whatever. Every bit of it is based on fear. Yet too many people feed on this fear voraciously and with wanton gluttonous abandon, seeking it out like drunks on an endless binge. The media is more than happy to keep serving as they collect the profits on the tab. Because that’s what it’s all about to the media. The media doesn’t GAF what damage it does and if people die, they will gain even more money reporting on the deaths while covering up their own complicity.

Think of all the things you are told you must fear on a daily basis. Trump, Hillary, Bernie, third parties, Democrats, Republicans, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Mexicans, Hondurans, climate change, guns, not having a gun, anyone of a different generation, Socialism, lack of medical care, universal healthcare, unemployment, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, taxes, black people, white people, Nazis, KKK, men, women, pedophiles, gays, TG people, vaccines, no vaccines, lack of clean water, fire, flood, every bite of food you put in your mouth, hunger, obesity, high blood pressure, bad breath, body odor, wearing the wrong shoes, being rich, being poor, bad tires, shirts not white enough…

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These words holds great wisdom which has been forgotten or ignored for decades. The more people hold onto fear, the less they open their consciousness to the fact that we have the power to fix our problems. If we stop fearing each other.

I know what the real truth is, though. If we stop being afraid, that means we actually have to take responsibility. Most Americans abhor that idea. The rich don’t want to give up their piles of gold so that the poor can even survive. The warmongers don’t want to stop the bombs. None of the media wants to be brave enough to end the cycle and stop being sensationalistic. That would lose advertisers.

It’s up to us. We cannot put it onto others. It’s up to us to turn off the media. It’s up to us to turn the narrative around. To realize that we don’t need to defeat anyone. To let others live their lives while we live ours. To walk away instead of adding to the hatred.

It is up to us to stop being afraid.

My disengagements are always short. It never means I will stop speaking out.