Just Another “I Hate Trump” Meme

First, let me apologize for slowing down in my writing last couple of weeks. Really busy, lots of stuff happening behind the scenes. I’ll give a better update soon.

So, you posted another “I hate Trump” meme. Gee, you must be proud of yourself. Maybe it’s actually an article from some corporate media site. Basically a meme but more wordy. Feel better? Does that feed your emotional need?

Take that needle out of your arm. I’ve told you it’s an addiction.

Let me ask you a few questions about your meme.

What is the point?

What is the purpose?

What is the goal?

How is it any different from what you and many others have been doing since 2015?

Is it going to change any minds? Any votes? Any policies?

No? Then why are you doing it?

I know what I have to say offends a lot of people. To a degree, I admit I intend to offend those people for shock value. Simply because they may pay attention if they are offended. Trump is literal proof of this. Because these people only started paying attention when Trump started running for office. They call themselves “woke”. No, they are not. Are you? Or are you sitting there steaming in your anger at me for saying what I say? Because I am telling you that “I hate Trump” is not enough? Because I am trying to make you think? Because I know you can do better and HAVE to do better?

Yes, Trump sucks. I get that. However, people have hated every president that has ever been in office. Remember how people hated Obama? GWB? Clinton? George Sr? Reagan? Carter? Shall I continue?

Much as I hate Trump, I have to point out that his base supports him for a reason. Chief among these that he has acted in some way on every campaign promise he made. Many of these are horrid but he is the first president in decades to have actually tried to fulfill his promises without making excuses for making a lame attempt or passing the buck and then dropping every single promise. Did Obama use any Executive Orders to pass the public option? No. He basically said, “But the Republicans talked mean to me! Now pay the corporations, shut up and sit down.”

In some cases Trump tried acting on promises I supported. Like ending wars and making peace deals with opposing countries. What was the response from the neoliberals? They opposed any effort. Did they try and make any of those deals better? Or push for more aggression against other countries? You can say it is because Trump’s name is on the deals or that he stood to personally gain from them. Know what? That’s what Congress is for. In the cases where he has been militarily threatening, has he had any opposition? Any at all? From anywhere?

If you really want to beat Trump and make a positive change, it takes more than “hate Trump”. In fact, that is absolutely counterproductive. Think, if you support a candidate, does it convince you to change your mind if someone posts memes or articles attacking them every day? Or do you attack back, ignore them, block them? Does it change your resolve or strengthen it?

Russiagate has been proven for the farce it was. For anyone that was on the fence, that may have made them lean more toward Trump because they don’t trust the opposition. Not to mention many people think Trump is the least likely to start a war with Russia. For his base, that truly solidified their support. Yes, he withdrew from the INF treaty but that’s not overt aggression, where the opposition IS overtly aggressive toward Russia. Horrible decision but what has been the response from opposition “leaders”?

It is beyond time to stop with the hate memes and do something more productive. Do your research on other candidates. No more of this garbage of “they can’t win”. Look at policies. Stop looking for the biggest cults. Make a comparison. Do what I did in 2016 and create cheat sheets of all the major candidates and parties (including third parties) regarding the issues and policies. Don’t read anything into it that is not there. Assume nothing. Provide links to the policy pages. I am not sure when I can get around to these things and if you put out the effort, you will be more invested in it.

No matter what, if you are not doing good, you are probably doing harm. If you are not part of the solution, then YOU are the problem.

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?

Mueller Failed, Completely

If the point of Mueller’s testimony was to prove that Trump is an unethical asshole, great. I’m sure you found his testimony to be worth it.

However, that’s not what Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to do an “investigation” on. He was appointed to investigate Russian GOVERNMENT interference in the 2016 election. (Kindly note that this should have completely eliminated anything that occurred AFTER the election, while his report is nearly 1/4 refers to events after the election was over.)

His testimony went exactly the way I expected and openly predicted it would. He referred back to his report with nearly every response. “That’s included in the report.” He had to do this because of the decision by a federal judge that he could not refer to a Russian internet advertising agency as being part of or attached to the Russian government. Yes, you can call it a troll farm if you like but then you have to compare it to the behavior of American advertising agencies who act in very similar ways. I hate all of them, so I don’t care what term you use.

Most of the Democrat “questions” were yes or no vague questions or fawning praise of Mueller over nothing.

Mueller made such vague statements as saying Trump could be indicted after he leaves office. Let me once again clarify that an indictment is an accusation, not a conviction. As one NY state prosecutor once said, “I could indict a ham sandwich.” His meaning was that an indictment means exactly nothing. With our grand jury system (reference Chelsea Manning’s statements on that), anyone can be indicted at any time for any thing. So Mueller’s statement means nothing.

According to a count by NBC, Mueller diverted or refused to answer questions a whopping 198 timesKeep in mind that NBC is the most hyped-up Russiagate propaganda farm you can imagine. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has devoted nearly every minute of every show for nearly three years to spinning this poorly spun fiction.

One thing he absolutely refused to answer was why he did not indict or charge specific people, like the professor which the source of the claims against Papadopoulos, which was prominent in the Mueller report. Steele Dossier? Refused to answer.

Mueller repeatedly claimed that issues with his report were “not in his purview”. Yes, it was all absolutely in the purview of his “investigation”. If it was included in his report, it was his responsibility to look into the accuracy of what was presented in that report! If you were being investigated for murder, would it not be the responsibility of the investigator to look into the accuracy of the witness’s statements? That’s part of the damn judicial process!!!

Some people are claiming that the line of “questioning” (mostly soap boxing propaganda) by Adam (pile of) Schiff actually means something. Listen to it again if you need to. It is nothing but vague supposition and innuendo. It contains no specifics in the questioning or answers. It appears pre-planned and staged. It is nothing but a string of “if”, “could”, “would this be acceptable” statements.

Mueller also referred to the Office of Legal Counsel determination that a sitting president could not be charged with a crime, inferring but not stating that was why he did not charge Trump with a crime. Later in teh day he recanted that and referred back to his report and May 29th statement, saying he never came to the determination whether Trump did or did not commit a crime. So, he spent two years coming to the determination to not come to a determination. No, it was not his job to charge Trump with a crime but it WAS his job to determine of a crime had been committed. What that amounts to is Mueller saying he did not do the one single thing he was supposed to do- make a decision!

For what was displayed today, we did not need a two year, $30 million (very conservative estimate) “investigation” which revealed nothing but standard DC corruption, mostly relating to Israel, Ukraine, Turkey and tax evasion.

Do we need to eliminate foreign money and influence in our elections and which influence elected officials? Yes. Let’s talk about AIPAC. Let’s talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, which raked in $billions while HRC was SoS and while she was running for office. Let’s talk about Uranium One, which Mueller himself approved the “intelligence” on, which HRC approved and where Bill got paid $500,000 for a speech to a Russian investment agency.

Do we need to eliminate foreign influence in our government in general? Absolutely. See the above. We also need to eliminate corporate money in our government. We also need to stop screwing with the governments and societies of other nations, which means shutting down most of the CIA. We need federally funded elections with equal funding for the top 4 parties. We need to eliminate corporate PACs. We need to make corporate lobbying a criminal offense with mandatory prison time. We need paper ballots. We need Ranked Choice Voting. We need open primaries and open debates. We need to execute.. okay, eliminate superdelegates.

What we do not need is Mueller and this Russia garbage. Like it or not, this is the end of Muellergate and all of Russiagate. Not a doubt you will keep hearing about it for a few days but resign yourself to this being over.

Now, can we get back to discussing actual issues and policies? You can absolutely doubt that because it’s not going to happen.

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.

Trump’s Immigrant Detention Industry Is The Worst Form of Socialism-Pt 1

I have offered the definition of Socialism in this way many times- Any program or legislation created for the benefit of society, paid for by society is Socialist in nature.

Now, typically what I am referring to are programs such as Social Security (Where did you think that name came from?), Medicare, Medicaid, public schools, public roads, health departments, fire departments, consumer protection laws, FDIC, FDA, EPA, the Forestry Service.. I could go on but think that makes the point. Each of these provide direct benefits to society in a way that outweigh any cost. They create jobs and result in financial gains to the community at large while actually increasing tax revenue by maintaining jobs so that businesses and employees are paying taxes, local, state and federal.

Now we come to Trump’s programs. The title refers to the immigrant detention program but I refer to much more, which I will cover later.

First, in Trump’s case, I will add the disclaimer to the above definition- Any program or legislation created for the ALLEGED benefit of society, paid for by society is Socialist. I will also state that the conditions I am about to describe can be applied to many programs which are Socialist in concept, yet have largely assisted in the flow of wealth to the top. However, Trump’s programs have cut out a huge part of what funding once made any pit stop at lower levels of the economy and are instead mostly direct corporate welfare at the highest degree.

Many of the immigrant detention centers have been intentionally built in remote areas with few employment opportunities. Part of this is because this is where much of his base resides. They are also areas which have seen once-thriving industries move out, leaving communities devastated. I’ve written about this before here:  https://issuesunite.com/small-business-decline-over-generations/

It’s understandable to a degree why these facilities are supported in these communities. The people in these small communities have been watching their communities suffer, dry up and waste away slowly over many years. So, when something comes along which offers an income and possibility to revive their community, they will support it.

Many of these communities also resent immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, who have come here willing to work for much lower wages. Unfortunately, they fail to recognize the fact that it has been capitalists who hired the immigrants because they could pay lower wages and hoard the wealth. In the process, it was the capitalist that eliminated the job for legal citizens.

Though I will not demonize the capitalists too much.

There are a number of ironies involved here. For one, in many cases these communities would have died off long ago if not for the immigrants. The immigrants spend their earnings in the community, keeping local businesses afloat. This is why business owners in some cases hired them in the first place. Consider a small business owner in a small community with no viable larger employers, so consumer spending is extremely low. They are barely keeping their doors open, so seek to pay lower wages to remain in business. I am convinced this is less common than the capitalist who hoards wealth. Small local business owners would have to contend with blowback by their own community, of which they are a part. We have seen corporations busted for hiring illegal immigrants at low wages with full knowledge of the legal status of the worker. No matter the case, if the profit margin were lower, if immigrants were not spending money in the local businesses, the businesses would cease to exist. One can claim that this would leave an opportunity for another business to open but that opportunity already exists.

Another irony is that residents in these communities will often object to businesses being forced to pay a higher minimum wage because the business would have to close. They don’t even see the irony in this statement, as paying citizens higher wages than immigrants is doing exactly that.

It is also ironic that many of those in these communities claim to object to Socialism. It is capitalism which has left their communities devastated and abandoned.

Yet now these very communities are turning to what is a Socialist program. The immigrant detention industry is genuinely an industry. It sells nothing, manufactures nothing and poses no direct community profit. All of the facilities are either government owned or corporate owned. Any profits made go directly to corporations.

However, the cost of building, maintaining and staffing the facilities is paid for by society. So are the profits.

Trump’s Parade

Democrats and neoliberal media are having a meltdown over Trump’s military parade. I’m a veteran and don’t GAF.

You think there is something wrong with this? Yeah, I do. Along with a lot more in this country.

I think it’s wrong when military recruiters show up at high schools. Especially when they show up at a hell of a lot more schools in low income minority-majority neighborhoods than high income white-majority neighborhoods, where they are virtually absent.

I think it’s wrong that ROTC is a thing in public schools at all. And I went through ROTC in high school.

I think it’s wrong when we have military “patriotic” displays at sporting events, paid for with your tax dollars, whether you support it or not, whether you attend sporting events or not.

I think it’s wrong when “news” (sic) media channels host advertising for military contractors.

I think it’s wrong when those same “news” outlets have “experts” from weapons manufacturers and “intelligence” (propaganda factory) agencies, with every single one of them trying to get you to support the next war and the one after that, the one after that, the one after that….

I think it’s wrong when Brian Williams refers to “the beauty of our weapons”.

I think it’s wrong when veterans have a medical system separate and apart from non-military civilians.

I think it’s wrong when I tell people I am a veteran and they thank me for my service. I rarely get that kind of response when I tell them I am a nurse or a Progressive writer.

I do more to fight for their rights, freedom and welfare now as a writer than I did as a veteran!!!!!

I think it’s wrong when we have multiple holidays worshiping the military.

I think it’s wrong when most of the history taught in schools has more to do with warfare than any other, more important part of our history. Always portraying the US as the world hero and any opponent as nothing short of demonic.

I think it’s wrong that you don’t hear a damn word from “The Resistance” opposing military buildup along the Russian border, the South China Sea, off the coast of North Korea, in 50 African nations, threatening Venezuela.

I think it’s wrong that there are slave markets in the streets of Libya thanks to US “humanitarian intervention”.

I think it’s wrong that we are bombing 7 countries right this minute, some of whom we have been bombing for 16 and 18 years.

I think it’s wrong that the number of countries we are bombing expanded from 2 countries to 7 under a “Nobel Peace Prize Winner” and the Secretary of State that became the DNC nominee.

I think it’s wrong when Democrats and the media talk about “Russian aggression” yet cannot point to a single aggressive military act by Russia.

I think it’s wrong that we have 1600+ military bases globally while calling any other nation “aggressive”.

I think it’s wrong that social support programs are gutted while our “defense” budget will be increased by another $33–50 BILLION this year. That’s just for the Pentagon. I’ve written extensively that this does not include upgrading nukes, CIA, NSA, FBI or VA funding. When you add all of that to the official Pentagon budget, we spend more on “defense” than every other country on earth COMBINED. Even though nobody has threatened us.

I think it’s wrong that every politician that receives military contractor “donations” advocates for a “strong defense”. Really? When do we consider our “defense” to be strong enough? Where is the cutoff for this?

I think it is wrong that it is legal for military contractors to “donate” money to political campaigns when that very money came from taxpayers pockets.

I think it’s wrong that we are threatening Iran due to an attack on two Japanese ships, with no evidence Iran did anything and while the Japanese prime minister was in Iran on a diplomatic mission. Have you heard “The Resistance” speak out against any aggression toward Iran?

I think it’s wrong that we give nearly $4 billion a year to Israel while they slaughter Palestinians.

I think it’s wrong that we are buying oil from Saudi Arabia, helping to fund their genocide of Yemeni people.

I think it’s wrong that we have no arms embargo against Israel or Saudi Arabia.

I think it’s wrong that too many Americans are brainwashed enough to believe anything at all about Russiagate.

Fine. You object to his military parade? Then don’t tune in. Leave the corporate stations with no views at all. Leave the National Mall empty. Don’t mention it, don’t make it trend, don’t increase traffic and views regarding it. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it.

On the other hand, this would be the perfect opportunity to raise your voices and hold anti-war marches nationally. Are YOU going to do that?

Didn’t think so. If the same parade had been held by Obama or Hillary, would you object? Didn’t think so. So STFU. Your objection is false, empty and useless. You just want a warmonger that uses prettier words.

Flooding In Midwest, Huawei, China, EU Tariffs.. It’s Not Looking Good

It was announced this week that Trump will ease sanctions on Huawei following an 80 minute discussion at the G20 Summit. While some may find this a good thing, many others say not so fast. Huawei is not expecting that this means they will be allowed further access to the US market.

In any case, easing of such sanctions tends to negate the claims that banning Huawei had anything to do with national security.

Trump claimed some weeks ago that China had agreed to purchase more agricultural products from the US. There were no specifics given in that statement, true to form for Trump. This must be called into question with recent flooding in the Midwestern US, which has caused late planting of millions of acres of crops.

The fact is, many crops will simply not be planted at all this year. Most strains of corn take too long to reach harvest to bother planting at all at this date. Farmers may be able to plant other crops in some limited cases. Though much of that will be determined by whether weather permits, availability of seed, if their equipment is compatible with other crops, time to harvest for the alternative crops and other factors.

No matter what, with sanctions on goods from other countries, including agricultural products combined with extensive flooding, you can expect grocery prices to increase in the near future on top of the price of other products imported from China, Mexico, Canada and the EU.

It was also announced this week that Trump will be imposing tariffs on multiple EU products, allegedly due to subsidizing of aircraft parts. Never mind US subsidizing of oil, coal, agricultural products and other industries. The EU is expected to respond with tariffs of their own on US products.

Translation- You pay more.

OPEC has chosen to limit oil production until next April. Which will drive the price of oil and gas higher in this country. They made this decision at the same time that the US has an embargo on oil from Russia, Iran and Venezuela, three top oil producing countries, coupled with sanctions on countries that still trade with these countries.

Keep in mind that if the price of oil and gas increase, the price of all consumer products increase along with it due to increased price of manufacturing, processing and shipping at every level.

With the way things are shaping up, not only will we be paying more but there is the distinct possibility that availability of many items could be in shorter supply. Of course, that means capitalists will take advantage of that situation and increase prices on those items, even when the cost has not increased for them. This will result in some items only being available to ever-higher income levels.

Increasing prices, especially in relation to income level, are something this country has become accustomed to over many decades. However, we have not been subjected to limited availability of consumer goods or food. This may be the straw that breaks the social camel’s back.

To make it clear, I do not think that what is coming in the near future will cause large numbers of deaths, perhaps not even illnesses. However it will cause enough inconvenience to those in the middle class who view themselves as “privileged” that it can change their stance. No question the media will blame Trump, China, Russia, Iran and anyone else they can blame. We know the truth, that while nobody controls the weather, corporations dictate trade and both parties have the power to reduce Trump’s power.

This may be enough to start a real Revolution. Let’s do what we can to keep it a peaceful but effective one.

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America Has No Enemies, Meeting With Foreign Leaders Is Not Treason

I see a lot of people sharing articles from clickbait farms and neoliberal propaganda warmonger sites about Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un. In the last few days, the same sites and people were sharing stuff about Trump shaking hands with Vladimir Putin.

In every case, the claim or implication is that Trump is committing treason.

First, consider what the Constitution considers treason. For any person to be guilty of treason means that Congress has formally declared war against another country. The guilty party then must be offering aid in some form to that country. Congress has not declared war against any country as of this time. Treason is not a charge which can be applied retroactively.

What you need to be paying attention to is what the “Resistance” suggests regarding any path to peace or diplomacy with alleged “enemies”. Because when you look at things from that perspective, they have nothing. Not one word about ending a single conflict, reducing tensions with other nations, bringing troops home from conflict zones, cutting military spending or US military presence anywhere in the world.

Does this mean I trust Trump? Absolutely not. North Korea has described Trump and his testosterone-drunken team as “gangsters”. In multiple cases there are convincing cases that he plans to make personal financial gains from any so-called “peace efforts” he has engaged in. Has the “Resistance” stepped in to prevent his profit motive? Have they devised stipulations that include peace but eliminate his opportunity to make a profit? Taken part in the peace process to make it more equitable and convince other countries that we are indeed not a threat to them?

No, they haven’t. Because we are a threat. In some way we are a genuine, very real threat to every nation, every person on earth in numerous ways at all times.

Some people discuss sanctions in ways that illustrate the fact that they have no understanding of how sanctions work. I’ve written about how sanctions work and how damaging they are many times. Sanctions kill human beings in targeted countries. Do you consider it peaceful when a person starves to death or dies from lack of medical treatment, rather than being shot or bombed? Dying slowly and painfully from preventable conditions imposed on your country is peaceful? In addition, sanctions do extensive damage to countries considered our allies. Sanctions reduce sales between countries, meaning allied countries may have to find alternative sources to buy products (like oil or grain) they once bought at more reasonable prices from the now-sanctioned nation. Or they lose sales to the now-sanctioned nation, which can and has destroyed entire industries in allied nations. How is that being helpful or a friend to our own allies?

Russia is no threat to us. I’ve written extensively on that subject. What is a threat to us is our continued threat against Russia, including our sanctions on our own allies.

North Korea is no threat to us. They have never threatened the US and their only threats involving any countries are solely in self defense.

Iran is no threat to us. Nobody claims they have missiles or weaponry of any kind that could reach the continental US. They have not invaded another country for over 200 years. They are not against Jews, they host the second largest Jewish population in the Middle East after Israel. They have synagogues older than the founding of the US and the Jewish population worships their faith openly.

Venezuela is no threat to us. That’s it, they’re no threat to us. Period.

China is no military threat to us. Unless we give them reason to be and even then it will likely only be in that region, where our military has no business in the first place.

Other countries hacking our elections are not a threat. It is a rationale to move to systems which are not online. You know, like paper ballots?

Other countries hacking our electrical grid are not a threat. It is a rationale to move to systems which are not online. You know, like we had for decades? There is literally no reason for our electric plants to be online in the first place. Who the fuck ever thought that was a good idea?!!!

When Trump threatens other countries, the “Resistance” and media have nothing to say in opposition. No more than there was any opposition or objection when Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama expanded bombing from 2 countries to 7 countries, largely with Hillary’s help as SoS. Nobody who supported Hillary said anything when she threatened to use “political, economic and military force” in response to alleged electronic warfare.

I understand you hate Trump. I agree. There is much about him which earns that sentiment. However, international conflict at this point is not about him. This is about you. To oppose Trump does not mean you should support tensions with other countries which may lead to even more wars. You cannot personally object to the ridiculously large military and “defense” budget while endorsing the same sentiments and paranoia which capitalize (literally) on the basis for that budget. You cannot blame Trump for this. If you want to blame someone for the next war, look in the mirror. Yes, he is a threat but so are you. If he leaves office without starting another war, then you will still be here. Your hate and fear will still be here. The defense budget will not decrease as long as you keep cowering in terror based on nothing.

We have many things to fear in this country. Let me repeat that. We have many things to fear IN this country. Not a damn one of those things can be solved with missiles, bombs, invading other countries, arming oligarchs conducting genocide. None of those problems can be solved by spending the entire federal budget on weaponry. None of that makes us safer. None of that improves international relations. None of that improves access to healthcare, improves wages, helps the homeless, improves education, decreases racism/sexism/religious prejudice. None of that does anything about censorship and in fact is the basis for much of our censorship.

Either you are for peace or you are for conflict and war.You are for the US being the good guys or the US being the global bully. There is no middle ground on this. Nobody has threatened us. If we have enemies, we created those enemies and we are creating more daily. No more excuses. What is YOUR choice on this?

I am for peace.

US Militarism And TDS

Some people still have some concept that I am in some way a Trump supporter or apologist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more of my writing and that becomes very evident.

Want to attack him for his economic policies? I’m right there with you. Immigration? Yes, he is monstrous. Sexism? I’ve referred to him having “tiny hand syndrome”. Racism? Absolutely.

Where international relations are concerned I will say he is an idiot with not the faintest clue what he is doing. He is the kind of person that personifies how many people in other countries view the US. Yes, he is what they think of when they think of Americans and how they have viewed us for decades. He is bellicose, arrogant and nothing short of a bully.

In other words, he illustrates what our government really is.

On the other hand, for all his threats and boasting, he is not as militaristic as his predecessors and opponents. Note that this in no way excuses the harm done by US sanctions, which I have explained in detail numerous times.

Consider the claims and criticisms of the corporate media and the “Resistance”.

With North Korea, they described the current administration as “gangsters”, as in mafia, organized crime. Yet still Trump has not used military force against them. When he temporarily suspended war games on the Korean border, instead of being praised, he was attacked. Ask yourself why? How well does intimidation work on other countries? How well does it work on you?

When he bombed Syria, he was praised. Brian Williams talked about the “beauty of our weapons”, citing it as a quote. Ask yourself, who pulls a quote like that out of their ass? I am a veteran and had never heard that quote in my life before that. Had you? I hope to never hear it again.

That attack happened with no investigation on the ground to verify facts and evidence. The following year almost the exact same thing happened, almost to the smallest detail.

In the first case, there was no investigation ever completed on the ground. Numerous sources stated what evidence was available did not fit. In the second case it was proven by the OPCW that no chemical weapon residue was found. The closest thing found were microscopic traces of chlorine in the soil, which was likely from destroyed PVC pipes or household chemicals, considering the concentration. Guess what? If you water your yard with municipally treated water, your soil has chlorine residue.

Yet Trump did warn Syria of the coming attacks and their locations.

When Trump made threats to invade Venezuela, the corporate media and the “Resistance” were largely silent. There was absolutely no sign of opposition. In fact, they almost daily portrayed false images of the conditions in Venezuela. Where hardships and even deaths have been occurring by the thousands, they never mention that this is due to the effects of US sanctions. They do not mention that the US and UK governments have seized assets that belong to the Venezuelan government and hence Venezuelan people. That’s as if I stole everything in your bank account and then portrayed you as a bad parent for not providing for your family. US sanctions have seized shipments already paid for of medications and medical supplies, then blocked further transactions of those items. How would you like it if that happened to your family?

Since Trump has backed away from any military threats against Venezuela, how much have you been hearing of the conditions in that country? Did you think they suddenly got better? Then why aren’t you hearing about it any more?

He has met with Vladimir Putin, talked with Putin on the phone and initially tried making peaceful overtures with Russia. For which he was viciously attacked and accused of treason. BTW, treason according to the US Constitution means giving aid to an enemy, which requires a formal Congressional declaration of war. So no, the claims of treason hold no water.

Yet the “Resistance” found no reason to call it treason when Hillary, with Mueller’s “intelligence” approval, sold 20% of uranium processing to a Russian company, Uranium One. They had no desire to call it treason when Bill made hundreds of thousands giving speeches to sell investments in Uranium One while Hillary was US Secretary of State. They did not choose to hold her to account when Uranium One resulted in lost uranium shipments, bribes, coercion and threats.

The media focuses on the trade war between the US and China, reports on near-confrontations between naval vessels yet conveniently fails to mention the largest buildup in history of US forces along the Russian border, Russian maritime routes and the South China Sea. There has been no military threat against any nation by Russia or China. So, one should be asking what our forces are doing there at all. The average American will not ask that question, even if they are aware of the situation. If the media reports on it, it portrays it as aggression by other countries, yet cannot explain what aggression.

The latest in this chain of events is Iran. Notice that while there were minor grumblings about him withdrawing from the JCPOA, there was no actual outcry. Why? There was no profit to be made. Then he threatened to attack Iran after an attack on ships that did not belong to the US and were not associated to the US in any way. They were both connected to Japan. Did Japan ask for US intervention? No, they did not. On the threats, there was not a single word of dissent spoken. Then he reversed course and chose to not attack. Suddenly, the media and the “Resistance” erupted like a volcano.

This is where I will once again, for the millionth time it seems, point out that the US media is deeply in bed with the Military Industrial Complex. Corporate media hosts advertising by military contractors like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrup. Know who pays for that advertising? You do, through your taxes. They have “experts” who work for military weapons contractors telling you why we need to invade, bomb, sell weapons (at a loss to the US taxpayer) to other countries. Why every country who succeeds at trade is a military threat. Why any country with a different, more Socialist, economic model is monstrous and also a threat to US national security. How we need to engage in “humanitarian intervention”. Because that has worked out so well in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Let’s do more of that, they say.

It does not even stop with overt militarism. When Trump blocked the release of the unredacted Mueller report, he was called a fascist, a tyrant, that he was hiding something. Then he did a complete 180 degree turn and directed Barr to release the entire report and all supporting evidence to the public. What did the media and the “Resistance” have to say? That he was a tyrant, that he was putting national security at risk.

So, the ultimate question here is really, what do YOU want? Do you WANT war with Russia? China? North Korea? Venezuela? Iran? Do you WANT the Mueller findings declassified and published for all to see? Do you WANT to keep increasing military spending? Or do you simply want every single thing that Trump does to be wrong, no matter what the cost?

If you merely want everything he does to be wrong and “Resistance” means risking or the actuality of global warfare, starving and killing people in other countries, all to vindicate your hatred of him, then you must ask yourself one last question.

Who is the REAL monster here?