The Fat Lady Takes the Stage
I’m not ashamed to admit I voted for Donald Trump. There was really no choice; you knew exactly what you were getting with the Queen of Corruption Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson was an awful Libertarian candidate, and Jill Stein didn’t have the slightest possibility of winning. Besides, I’ve been voting for Third Party candidates for decades. None of the Ralph Naders, Pat Buchanans, and Lyndon Larouches ever had a chance. I was tired of casting protest ballots that probably weren’t even honestly counted.
With the appointment of perhaps the most unstable of all the neocon war hawks, John Bolton, as National Security Adviser, and the signing of one of the worst spending bills imaginable, Donald Trump has not only spit in his supporters’ faces; he has thrown them to the ground and kicked them repeatedly in the head. The fact that he still has any support after the continuous betrayals of his base speaks volumes for how stupid and gullible most Americans have become.
What makes the Bolton choice even more inexcusable is the fact that a National Security Adviser doesn’t need to be approved by Congress. So this is certainly a position where someone promising to “drain the swamp” would insert a true outsider. Just imagine a Ron Paul, or a Pat Buchanan, or a Paul Craig Roberts, or a renegade Democrat like Dennis Kucinich, in that spot, advising Trump on matters of national security.
The monstrosity of a spending bill that our tweeter-in-chief signed contains a nice pay raise for members of Congress. As with most recent important legislation, it was over 2000 pages long and none of the “representatives” voting on it bothered to read it. With our country literally falling apart at the seams, our leaders respond by cutting taxes on corporations and the wealthiest individuals in the country, and now by giving those most responsible for the sorry condition we’ve devolved into, a nice fat pay raise. This is truly the kind of in-your-face corruption Americans have become immune to. Perhaps we’re comfortable with it. Perhaps we’re cool with being a Third World nation.
Exactly how blatant does it have to be for Americans to understand that they have no political representation? Just as some 95% or more of Americans opposed the banker bailout, while our two “choices” for president and the congressional leadership of both “competing” parties supported it, I’d venture that 99% of Americans would be adamantly opposed to a pay raise for our putrid “representatives.” And yet it happens, as it always does. Business as usual. Pop open another beer and turn on the television set.
I remember in the early 1990s, when the “Clean House, and Senate Too” campaign to throw out the bums in Congress failed so miserably. More than 90% of incumbents invariably win re-election. It doesn’t really matter whether that’s because of massive voting fraud (which we know exists, and certainly doesn’t come courtesy of Russia), or because Americans are simply so stupid they can’t help themselves from returning corrupt buffoons like Lindsay Graham, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan to office.
Every time you vote to return your congressional “representative” to office, you’re giving a thumb’s up to the job they’re doing. Evidently, the majority of Americans approve of perpetual, senseless wars, bombings and occupations, of massive military budgets that always include secret amounts for our twisted intelligence agencies and must always be increased, of foreign aid that seems to come with more empathy and compassion than we have for our own struggling poor, while absolutely ignoring our own crumbling, embarrassing infrastructure.
Donald Trump said some revolutionary things during his presidential campaign. He talked about ending the pointless wars that have cost us trillions, which he noted could have been used to rebuild America’s pathetic roads, bridges and airports several times over. He talked of auditing the Fed, and supposedly tapped Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to head a special commission investigating the links between vaccines and autism. He exposed the fraudulent nature of the publicly reported “unemployment” rate, which only includes those presently getting benefits.
Trump lashed out at NAFTA and our other disastrous trade deals. He criticized our laughable mainstream media, and coined the now common term “fake news.” And for the first time in decades, we had a powerful political figure saying we had to do something about our immigration policy, and he even talked of deportations.
For all of his incredibly controversial remarks, Donald Trump became public enemy number one in the eyes of the establishment press, as well as virtually all the leaders in both “competing” political parties. No one outside of Adolph Hitler has ever endured the constant lambasting that he has from 99% of the entertainment world, and every major media outlet. Celebrities feel free to threaten him, and there have been public suggestions that he be assassinated. Half the country built up a hatred for him that conjured up visions of the character Goldstein in Orwell’s 1984.
But Trump began governing like a typical Stupid Party neocon Republican the moment he entered office. Well, actually before, when he lost an incalculable number of votes by picking lame evangelical-type Mike Pence as Vice President. He quickly called Hillary Clinton a “good person,” and would go on to say that while he had regularly blasted globalism during his “America First” campaign, he was now both a nationalist and a globalist. And his initial choices for cabinet members could all have fit comfortably into a Jeb Bush administration.
When Trump inexplicably bombed Syria, and then bombed Afghanistan again for good measure, his base should have jumped off the bandwagon. When he started saying he wanted to be compassionate to the “dreamers” and pushed hard for a DACA bill when even the Democrats were reluctant, we should have known it was over. He has signed things and then criticized them. Fittingly, after signing this omnibus spending bill, Trump referred to it as “ridiculous.” He also, in his typical belated response to the predictable outrage from his supporters, said that he would “never do it again.”
Trump has not only had a tremendously divisive effect on the country, he has splintered the alternative, conspiracy world into pieces. Alex Jones was the most recognizable independent voice outside the mainstream media, but he has changed his tone considerably, and blindly supports everything Trump does. Incredibly, Roger Stone is even a bigger Trump fan. He applauded the selection of John Bolton, for instance. When I think that Roger Stone wrote the Foreword to the paperback edition of my book Hidden History, I recall again just how deep these rabbit holes seem to be.
As those who remain “awake” out there like to point out, no swamp member has been arrested since Trump entered the Oval Office. He waved off the chants of “Lock her up” after he’d been elected, and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from seemingly everything. Except strengthening law enforcement’s power to unconstitutionally steal personal property under asset forfeiture laws, and going after pot smokers, that is. Is that why we elected Donald Trump, to reinvigorate the totally failed drug war?
It seems highly unlikely that Donald Trump could be reelected. But the Democrats will undoubtedly nominate the most politically correct, social justice warrior they can, so anything is possible. Maybe a Trump vs. Oprah, or a Trump vs. the Rock presidential campaign is just what the Idiocracy needs to fully cement itself into place. The fact that these are the best America can come up with to lead them, and the people- the vast majority of them unemployed, or living paycheck to paycheck and sinking into poverty- are okay with it, tells you all you need to know about what the conspiracy crowd calls America 2.0.
America 1.0., with all its corruption and inequity, was a paradise compared to the mess our leaders have all but completed constructing. We’re getting fatter and unhealthier, thanks to constant stress induced by poor leadership, and a diet of polluted water and foods laced with GMOs and unnecessary artificial preservatives and additives. We keep giving more power to out of control police forces who, according to a 1981 Supreme Court decision, have no duty to protect us. They do, however, have a duty to meet their monthly ticket quotas and harass us.
I said at the time that Donald Trump, as blustery and arrogant as he was, represented our last hope. In political terms, his election was our last chance to turn the tide, and stop America 2.0 from becoming a permanent reality. It’s sad to have to admit that our last hope is gone. No one in a white hat is riding in to rescue us.
The fat lady has cleared her throat and is getting ready to sing.