Deplorables 1, Empire 0

by Paul Edwards at Information Clearing House

It’s done. The foolish, arrogant propaganda excreted by the captive press of the Imperial Establishment is flushed, and they and their owners are eating their hubris, choking down the bitter, toxic medicine they inflicted on themselves. The nightmare they swore could never win is the Chosen One.
What this may mean to them, to all of us, and to The Empire, no one can guess. The origin, though, of what Michael Moore called the greatest “Fuck You” in our political history, is clear behind the shock and awe of the elite.
Between them, Trump and Clinton diligently stripped away the last shreds of the rent and ragged camouflage that disguised our zombie body politic.
Behind the mantra of Exceptionalism, the American Empire has behaved with exactly the same solipsistic arrogance all empires have embraced.
Internationally it has raged, as imperial China did, as if with a “Mandate of Heaven”, flaunting self-interest with no regard for other nations or the laws of war. It has inflicted misery, chaos, and death on many millions of the poor and helpless for a Full Spectrum Dominance it could never impose. America’s Capitalist War Machine has raped and destroyed many countries for its profit, and destablized the entire world in its megalomania.
Schumpeter said it best, of Imperial Germany’s military industry:

Created by the wars that required it, the Machine now creates the wars it requires.”

America has been transformed over time from a civil democracy with imperial economics to a militarist empire with vaudeville democracy. This was accomplished by binding both wings of the duopoly to the exclusive interest of Predatory Capitalism with corrupting money. A corporate state imposed via political and military power is the essence of Fascism.
For generations, Americans have been dosed with the ultra-nationalist poison of Exceptionalism, with its implicit racist subtext, and its sexism buried in a hoo-rah masculinity cult, but it has always been flavored with the sweetening agent that We, The People, were both masters and beneficiaries of our benign, patristic system. The last several decades have painfully taught any conscious observer that this is a cynical fiction.
In this election, the threadbare mythology of the duopoly was ripped away in a manner that left no doubt, in even the least informed, most credulous minds, that the American political system was a dead, stinking fraud. Each party, with its purblind lack of understanding of, and connection with, the mass of American people, suffered uniquely humiliating public pantsings.
Having stealthily, assiduously cultivated and nurtured the most regressive, dim, and hateful elements in its Redneck Wing for decades, the CEO Wing gaped impotently as Dogpatch was appropriated by a vulgarian who spoke to peckerwoods directly, not in code. He jettisoned the few Silverspooners and Coupon Clipper Bosses, stole their ground troops and mobilized their outrage. He only succeeded then due to the universal rage of the working class that has been dealt out and bankrupted, its jobs and prospects stolen and its lives sunk, for the benefit of a tiny clique of professional criminals.
The Republican Party is done, killed because Trump grabbed its posse.
Democrats, confident of being lesser evils, opted for selbstmord. After Occupy’s warning, exposes of record financial inequality and the rapid unravelling of democracy, one might have thought a show of fight against those evils would be mandatory, but no: they pre-selected the candidate who embodied them instead. As the long, impassioned cry went up across the country, from the young, working people, the ill and poor, disabled and elderly, for an old man who would be their champion, Party commissars chose to freeze out Bernie’s burn and go geriatrically into that good night. Then, when caught out in their shoddy chicanery, they Hitlered Putin.
The Democratic Party is done, dead of peritonitis from undigested hubris.
The failure of faction, the implosion of coherent parties, means more, not less division and acrimony. America faces now the same degree of crisis that has blown the senile Parties in pieces. The time ahead is fraught with tremendous and unknown perils and challenges with no precedent. Our Republic stands a good chance of becoming ungovernable.
Franklin said, with the tough days in Philadelphia over and the Constitution signed, that we had a Republic, if we could keep it. We’re about to find out.


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Nov 14, 2016 9:46 PM

The Republic was always a pimp and Democracy was always its whore.
America, do you ever hear yourselves
Singing your praises to the world
Lauding your honesty, adoring your democracy
Feeling the love, loving the feeling
Hearts stirring, pride swelling as
God blesses America, land of the free
Do you ever step back and once, just once
Imagine what it’s like to stand in shoes
Smouldering from the fires of your bombs
Picking over the ashes of your liberation
For the bodies of their families and friends
Their homes, their hearts rubble from your rampage
America, have you ever stopped to think
Your rulers might all be selling snake oil
Selling magic beans and fairytales
America, your ship of fools is sinking
The rats are already leaving
After selling all the lifeboats

Brian Harry, Australia
Brian Harry, Australia
Nov 14, 2016 9:19 PM

America laid bare, for all to see. So well written Paul Edwards. Instead of trying to change the World into something acceptable to the USA government, the USA government needs to change itself back into something acceptable to the World. Good luck with that though America, your leaders are starting from a very low base.

Nov 14, 2016 4:24 PM

Wonderfully rich prose – a real pleasure to read. I would probably agree with pretty much everything – except for Edwards’ endorsement of Schumpeter’s flawed assessment of the Kaiser’s Germany. Rather belatedly, there is a very welcome burst of revisionism addressing the “Germany caused two world wars” myth (i.e. lie) which has produced a small stream of books.
I have found the following useful: “How Britain Initiated Two World Wars”, by Nicholas Kollerstrom; “The Myth of German Villainy”, by Benton L. Bradberry; “The British Mad Dog: Debunking The Myth of Winston Churchill”, by M.S. King (also “The Bad War”, which I have not read); “Lord Milner’s Second War: The Rhodes-Milner secret society; the origin of World war I; and the start of the New World Order”, by John Cafferky. All of these are available as Kindle books.
Also recommended (by historian Terry Boardman) is “The Scaremongers: The Advocacy of War and Rearmament 1896-1914”, by A. J. A. Morris. The Amazon notes state: “The author provides detailed evidence of how and why an image of Germany as a nation determined upon world hegemony was deliberately promoted by a group of British newspaper editors, proprietors and journalists. […] Were they guilty of creating a climate of opinion that ensured that their prophecies of inevitable Anglo-German war became fact in 1914?”
Plus ça change … ‘whom the elites wish to destroy they first demonise’.

Sandy Robertson
Sandy Robertson
Nov 15, 2016 7:20 AM
Reply to  paulcarline

Wow. So Hitler didn’t invade Poland and didn’t want to dominate Europe?

Nov 15, 2016 9:43 AM

Hitler did invade Poland – but only after months of the Poles committing atrocities against German-speaking residents in southern Poland close to the border. I used to believe in the ‘Gleiwitz false flag’, but there is no confirming evidence of this. The story is based on one story told by a German officer, Bernard Naujocks, to an interviewer at Nuremberg.
But that’s not the point – which is that both world wars were engineered by certain interests in the UK and USA (check the activity of the Milner Group, for example, and read Carroll Quigley’s books) which wanted to prevent the rise of any power that could challenge Anglo-American imperialism. They specifically wanted to prevent an economic challenge from Germany and any possibility of an alliance between Germany and Russia. Hitler certainly wanted make Germany great again after its appalling treatment by the victors of WWI and the devastating effects of the Great Depression, which was essentially caused by the stock market collapse in the USA (another bit of engineering).