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The Trump Impeachment: looking back and looking forward

Bill Martin

Of course this will never be over, not even all the way through Trump’s second term. The Democrats howled about the vote to not have witnesses, even though Adam Schiff was a big part of why this happened. President Trump said back in December that he wanted a big trial, with a lot of witnesses. For my part, I wanted the same. There were two basic reasons why this did not happen.

First, the whistleblower was ruled out as a possible witness—this was essentially done behind the scenes, and in reality can be called a Deep State operation, though one exposed to some extent by Rand Paul. This has nothing to do with protecting the whistleblower or upholding the whistleblower statute, but instead with the fact that the whistleblower was a CIA plant in the White House.

That the whistleblower works for the CIA is a matter of public record, not some conspiracy theory. Furthermore, for some time before the impeachment proceedings began, the whistleblower had been coordinating his efforts to undermine Trump with the head of the House Intelligence Committee, who happens to be Adam Schiff. It is possible that the connections with Schiff go even further or deeper. Obviously the Democrats do not want these things exposed.

Second, though, the other problem was more from the Republican side (though efforts to keep hidden things hidden is largely a bipartisan effort). The Democrats howled when Mitch McConnell said that he was coordinating the efforts of Senate Republicans to support the president. The real story is just the opposite: McConnell was signaling to the president that, if he wanted the Republican Party politicians and leadership to support him, he would have to go along with their game plan on impeachment.

Perhaps there is a moment, now that Trump has been acquitted (for now!) and the Democrats have performed their little stunts, culminating in Nancy Pelosi’s obnoxious act of contempt at the end of the State of the Union address, to reflect on what has transpired in the last couple of months without everything being immediately overtaken by events.

Actually, I’m not counting on this, as the Democrats have little else that they can reveal publicly other than to paint Trump as a monster (“fascist,” etc.) and to oppose everything Trump says or does. Hatred of Trump will also serve as a cover for the efforts of the DNC and leading Dem politicians and power-players to destroy Bernie Sanders. Most OP (ordinary people) Democrats and leftists will go right along with this, as messed-up as that seems to anyone outside of those camps.

To blow my own horn momentarily, I think my previous article, “Bernie Sanders: Real resistance and the steep learning curve”, has become even more relevant in the wake of the Iowa debacle. I’ve been recommending the article to my Democrat and leftist friends, suggesting something they might do with their time and energy rather than bleat on about Trump endlessly.

(Interactions regarding this article have revealed a significant split within the anti-Trump camp, between those who appreciate what I meant as a generally positive proposal for taking resistance seriously, in a way that at least opens up systemic questions, and those who automatically dismiss anything that comes from a position of support for the Trump Clarification and Disruption.

Significantly, the response from the latter camp tends to consist in personal attacks, with no response on the actual arguments I make, because, according to a representative of this camp, “You seem to think you’re saying something here, but you aren’t,” and, “If I was pressed to look for a single idea in this piece…,” and, “you generate ‘controversy’ through assholery, basically.” Good stuff.

There are those who disagree with me, often vehemently, and then there are those who say there is “nothing” in anything I write. This latter view would seem to mark something approaching an absolute difference, certainly in the discursive field—and something beyond mere questions of style or form. One of my arguments in the Bernie Sanders article was to raise the issue of what real resistance would mean, and to contrast it with what seems to me to be a fantasy of resistance, the LARP version of resistance.

Those who think the argument says nothing rather than something—an idea that does stimulate my Zen Buddhist and John Cage-ian sensibilities—are, in my view, happy enough in their fantasy world; but in any case, certainly both sides to this dispute would accept that each side is in a very different world, and it seems that things that will remain that way for some time to come.

In short, this is because, for all that the Disruption, Clarification, etc., are valuable and perhaps signal possibilities for really opening things up, we are not in the presence of an Event, in the sense advanced by Alain Badiou. In other words, as much as Disruption, etc., challenges the existing order of things, still there is no fundamental break with this order, not yet.)

Looking back at the impeachment episode, there is the issue of witnesses for which I would like to offer my own assessment, and there were some moments in the testimony of certain House “witnesses” (that is, the constitutional scholars, hence the scare-quotes) that bear a little more exploration.

1. Let’s go crazy, the bigger the trial the better

This sub-heading is anachronistic, obviously—expressing what I was hoping for as the impeachment process was starting in the House.

In the last week of January, it was pleasant to hear how President Trump’s lawyers responded to the case laid out by Adam Schiff the previous week. The President’s lawyers spoke in a calm, deliberate, and careful manner, providing a nice counterpoint to Schiff’s maniacal, unhinged rhetoric. This rhetoric, in particular the two-and-a-half-hour speech of January 22, was praised in glowing terms on CNN and MSNBC; someone even said that high-school students will study this speech for decades to come. Yep, it was a regular Gettysburg Address. There’s a perfect alignment there, and I say this without pleasure: those who think that Schiff’s rhetoric is not unhinged are themselves unhinged.

However, these were the President’s lawyers; what also needed to be addressed was the approach to this impeachment process by the Republicans in Congress more generally. That’s old news, now. Still, let’s not pass over too quickly any opportunity to mark the moments when important principles are either advanced or undermined; after all, the core of the impeachment agenda does not appear to have changed.

At the beginning of December 2019 it was “a matter of national security” that President Donald J. Trump be impeached. One could have made some argument back then that this national-security urgency was why the “hearings” were so farcical and the resulting case so slipshod—and “open-ended” because essentially undefined. This argument was completely undermined, obviously, because as soon as the articles were drawn up, the U.S. Congress left for its winter break, and Nancy Pelosi did not deliver the “urgent” articles to the Senate for another month. So much for urgency or any argument predicated thereupon.

What we really see here is some moving line in the minds of everyone who is on board for impeachment, most likely different from individual to individual, and almost certainly different depending on whether one is an actual power-player in this process or just one of the millions who think they are really a part of something. Certainly it helps with the charade of “government by the people” if there is some division into sides, and if some significant number of people can take one side or another and feel as if this matters.

This truly is a spectacle, specifically for our time of postmodern capitalism, of what used to be called “legitimacy.” For legitimacy to mean anything, however, there must be the possibility of a “legitimation crisis,” and the postmodern form of spectacle takes care of that issue. The moving line of “reason” for those completely caught up in this spectacle is between the bullshit they believe and the bullshit that they don’t actually believe, but that they go along with anyway.

Again, old news: there was the period in the weeks before the Iowa debacle, in which many who are committed to supporting the Democrats and their agendas (larger, in economics and military matters, or more narrowly, such as impeachment), were trying to justify to themselves the now-growing effort to stick the knife back into Bernie Sanders’ back.

I find it not surprising that Elizabeth Warren was taking point on this effort; it seems to me that it is her role to espouse positions that, at least on economic matters, are close to Bernie’s, meanwhile assuring rich people that they don’t have anything (or not nearly so much) to worry about. It is also not surprising that the means for taking Bernie down are Identity-Politics “feminist” ploys that depend on the “believe women” demand.

Somehow it never occurs to the people who support this kind of crap that, when we’re talking about women such as Warren, Christine Blasey Ford, and of course Hillary Clinton, the opposite message is sent instead; they are doing great harm to any real politics of women’s liberation. Here again, the moving line comes in very handy.

For Alain Badiou (who is my main philosophical inspiration among contemporary figures), for there to be real politics (or real art, real science, or real love—these are what Badiou calls the “conditions of philosophy”), there has to be an opening to what he calls “infinite thought.” We might call what is going on here with the moving line of bullshit the effort to stave off—through fear, hatred, or what might be called, paradoxically, enormous pettiness—infinite thought, to pull even the possibility of such thought down into the basest of finitudes.

Marx outlined in great detail the processes by which, in terms of human creative labor and the products of this labor, all qualities are made to submit to the ruthless quantifications of the cash nexus, even while the “violence of abstraction” plays its role as well.

In this same “critique of political economy” (the subtitle of Capital, vol. 1), Marx has the famous chapter on commodity fetishism, which has some essential features in common with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. How does humanity get out of the cave? Both Marx and Badiou argue that it will take the discovery of something new, something that makes a break with the existing order of things.

Where Badiou excels is in creating a mathematical analytic of breakthroughs in form; he leaves behind, for the most part, the kind of cultural critique that Marx also excelled in, and that was taken up by figures such as Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse.

(This is a subject that ought to be explored further in the present circumstances; although I do not want to further complicate the present discussion by pursuing this exploration here, I do want to emphasize the importance of pursuing this critical work of negativity. For readers who are not familiar with the idea of “critical negativity,” suffice it to say that the idea is not just “to be negative about everything.”

The discussion requires renewal in our present situation because, on the one hand, the Left, for various reasons, has allowed the project of critical negative and cultural critique to be assimilated to Identity Politics and State Feminism, and even State Marxism, and therefore to be rendered bereft of any emancipatory politics, and, on the other hand, the actual work of this project has lately been condemned on the Right, as “Cultural Marxism.”

This latter move takes the Identity Politics-driven work of the epigones of Adorno, etc., as the whole, or the outcome, of what this project has created; this is an unfair, but also largely opportunistic, assessment. None of this would matter much at all, other than as a purely academic issue, if it were not the case that there is an essential role to be played by this project of critical negativity and cultural critique in getting out of the cave.)

One of the two main terms I have used to discuss Donald Trump’s contribution to our present situation is “Disruption.” The now old-news impeachment process was a response on behalf of the various elements of the existing system to this Disruption. What was excellent in this was that the Senate stage of impeachment could have opened the door to even a great deal more disruption.

This had to do with the question of witnesses; again, though, the big problem here was not the Democrats, but instead the Republicans. We have here a very important reminder that, at the end of the day, Trump is something different from what is mainly represented by either of the establishment parties.

In early December, as the House impeachment hearings were getting underway, Trump said he wanted a trial, indeed a big trial, and that he looked forward to getting everything out there. On his Fox News Channel program, “The Next Revolution,” Steve Hilton lobbied forcefully over several weeks for a full array of witnesses, in terms that I completely agree with—namely, things need to be blown wide open, the workings of establishment-, ruling class-, State-, and Deep State- power needed to be exposed.

Every week Hilton would make the case, and then interview a Republican Senator or other Republican leader and ask about this. In every case, the response was that it would be better just to get things done with, that “the country just wants to move on.” For whom would this be better? The aforementioned establishment, etc., of course, but certainly also the many Republican politicians, including those in the Senate, who are also implicated in dirty business in Ukraine and elsewhere.

There are some who argue that not only is Donald Trump just another Republican—if also an “oligarch,” a term that will have to receive separate treatment—but that, further, he has remade the Republican Party in his image. That there are many Republican Senators, along with the Senate Majority Leader, who want to just pack things away and not take a chance on what witnesses will reveal, despite the wishes of President Trump, shows that none of this is the case.

For a few days it appeared that the Senate Republicans would have no choice in this matter. There was the clamor to hear the testimony of John Bolton, a clamor that continues; one would think he should be cross-examined, given that his “testimony” is already out there, thanks to what has been leaked to the New York Times. Obviously this clamor gives the lie to what Adam Schiff and others claim about national security—if it serves to take down Trump, then “national security” be damned.

There was also the fact that, without witnesses in the Senate, it will appear that the Republicans have swept things under the rug. Schiff and company did a brilliant job of creating this appearance, even while his Intelligence Committee in the House could have called actual witnesses if they had them, rather than dubious, interested parties who presented third-hand accounts and bad arguments about the constitution.

In larger terms, what we see here is that most Republican politicians and power-players do not want the Trump Disruption any more than most similarly-situated Democrats do. All the more reason for the Disruption to be pressed forward.

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In this regard, there was a very special moment on January 29, when Chief Justice John Roberts refused to allow the reading of a question from Sen. Rand Paul that identified the alleged whistleblower. Paul then held a press conference in which he read his question.

The question was directed at Adam Schiff, who claims not to have communicated with the whistleblower, despite much evidence to the contrary. (Further details can be read at here.) A propos of what I was just saying, Paul is described in the Politico article as “a longtime antagonist of Republican leaders.” Excellent, good on you, Rand Paul.

Whether this was a case of unintended consequences or not, one could say that this episode fed into the case against calling witnesses—certainly the Democrats should not have been allowed to call witnesses if the Republicans could not call the whistleblower. But clearly this point is completely lost on those working in terms of the moving line of bullshit.

One would think that Democrats would be happy with a Republican Senator who antagonizes leaders of his own party, but of course Rand Paul’s effort only led to further “outrage” on the part of Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.

The Democrats did not want Adam Schiff to have to answer questions about the whistleblower, and they don’t want the whistleblower’s identity to be officially revealed. Such things do not contribute to the greatest cause of our time, the destruction of Donald Trump.

However, you see, there is a complementary purpose at work here, too. The whole point of having the House impeachment investigation proceed from the House Intelligence Committee, headed by Adam Schiff, was to send the signal that Trump is unacceptable to the nefarious powers that make up the Deep State, especially the intelligence agencies, especially the CIA.

The only way these machinations can be combatted is to pull the curtain back further—but the Republicans do not want this any more than the Democrats do, with a few possible exceptions such as Rand Paul. (As the Politico article states, Paul was chastised publicly by McConnell for submitting his question in the first place, and for criticizing Roberts in the press conference.)

What a world, then, when OP Democrats are cheering on John Bolton, hoping again for a savior to their sacred resistance cause, and meanwhile they aren’t too excited about Rand Paul’s intervention. For sure, it is a sign that a “resistance” isn’t real when it needs a savior; it’s not as if the French Resistance sat back waiting for Gen. de Gaulle. In any case, in the procession of horrible reactionary figures that Democrats have embraced, Bolton is probably the worst, and that’s saying quite a lot.

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2. The Left has fallen into reactionary insanity

Is there a “real Left” out there somewhere, a Left that still connects to the radicalism of the last two centuries, that connects to the great wave of global revolt of the Sixties, that hopes to contribute to the radical recasting of all existing social conditions? I’m sure there are pockets out there, but even these seem either narcoleptic, folded into the Democratic Party agenda, or at least trailing along behind this agenda.

Now we are at a moment when “the Left” is recognizing the role that the CIA and the rest of the “intelligence community” is played in the impeachment nonsense. This “Left” was already on board for the “impeachment process” itself, perhaps at moments with caveats about “not leaving everything up to the Democrats,” “not just relying on the Democrats,” but still accepting their assigned role as cheerleaders and self-important internet commentators. (And, sure, maybe that’s all I am, too—but the inability to distinguish form from content is one of the main problems of the existing Left.)

Now, though, people on the Left are trying to get comfortable with, and trying to explain to themselves how they can get comfortable with, the obvious role of the “intelligence community” (with, in my view, the CIA in the leading role, but of course I’m not privy to the inner workings of this scene) in the impeachment process and other efforts to take down Trump’s presidency.

People are even talking about “getting used to accepting the help of the CIA with the impeachment,” and the like. (I realize I’m being repetitious here, but this stuff blows my mind, it is so disturbing.) At least they are recognizing the reality—at least partially; that’s something. But then what they do with this recognition is something that requires epic levels of TDS—and, somehow, a great deal of the Left is going down this path.

They might think about the “help” that the CIA gave to the military in Bolivia to remove Evo Morales from office. They might think about the picture of Donald Trump that they find necessary to paint to justify what they are willing to swallow to remove him from office. They might think about the fact that ordinary Democrats are fine with this role for the CIA, and that Adam Schiff and others routinely offer the criticism/condemnation of Donald Trump that he doesn’t accept the findings of the CIA or the rest of the intelligence agencies at face value.

The moment for the Left, what calls itself and thinks of itself as that, to break with this lunacy has passed some time ago, but let us take this moment, of “accepting the help of the CIA, because Trump,” as truly marking a point of no return.

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There were two major themes in the House impeachment testimony of Prof. Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School that bear further discussion.

One of these themes is the extension of what I call “State Feminist” and “State Identity Politics” methods beyond academia into U.S. society and legal structures broadly.
The other theme, which goes to what is supposedly the most “urgent” reason to remove Trump, feeds into the Russia narrative—and this was underlined again in Schiff’s Jan. 22 speech.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the United States and NATO have been pressing ever-closer to Russia with high-powered weapons systems, something that presidents since George H. W. Bush have said they would not do. President Trump has distinguished himself from both Democrats and Republicans on this question. In his typically-craven style, Schiff said,

Russia is not a threat … to Eastern Europe alone. Ukraine has become the de facto proving ground for just the types of hybrid warfare that the twenty-first century will become defined by: cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, efforts to undermine the legitimacy of state institutions, whether that is voting systems or financial markets. The Kremlin showed boldly in 2016 that with the malign skills it honed in Ukraine, they would not stay in Ukraine. Instead, Russia employed them here to attack our institutions, and they will do so again.”

Schiff also quoted Prof. Karlan’s statement that the Ukrainians are “fighting the Russians so that we don’t have to.”

Schiff argued that any inquiry into what Joe and Hunter were doing in Ukraine and with Burisma now has to be set aside, and cannot be a part of the impeachment hearings, not only because it is “completely-debunked conspiracy theory,” but also because Russia will “weaponize” the results of any such inquiry and deploy it against presidential candidate Joe Biden.

(Obviously we can note once again the crazy irony of the fact that, apparently, being a presidential candidate—against Trump, that is, though certainly against Bernie Sanders as well—is an excellent cover for abusing the Vice-President’s office, but being President does not confer enough status to ask about this abuse and corruption.)

As Daniel Lazare writes at AntiWar.com:

We must all put such sentiments behind us now Russia is seeking to “weaponize” such information, according to Schiff, and deploy it “against Mr. Biden just like it did against Hillary Clinton in 2016 when Russia hacked and released emails from her presidential campaign.” If Russia wants to weaponize it, then it’s best for the rest of us not to breathe a word of it lest people think we’ve been weaponized as well.

Bottom line: we must impeach Trump, according to Schiff’s epic presentation, not only because he’s overstepped his proper constitutional bounds, but because he’s part of a grand Russian conspiracy to spread disinformation, undercut US security, undermine faith in US intelligence agencies, and “remake the map of Europe by dent of military force.”

In order to counter this all-encompassing threat, it is our patriotic duty to do the opposite by believing the CIA and redoubling US defense. If anyone tells us that Biden was guilty of a flagrant conflict of interest, we must stop up our ears because that’s what Moscow wants us to think. If anyone says that the entire Russian-interference narrative is just a silly conspiracy theory based on a paucity of facts and an abundance of paranoid speculation, we must do likewise because it’s just the Kremlin trying to worm its way into our minds.”

“Adam Schiff’s Very Scary Warmongering Speech,” January 24, 2020; originalantiwar.com

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To further emphasize, Prof. Pamela Karlan did an excellent job of laying out what the impeachment “inquiry” has been all about:

America is not just ‘the last best hope,’ … it’s also the shining city on a hill. We can’t be the shining city on a hill and promote democracy around the world if we’re not promoting it here at home. This is not just about our national interests to protect elections or make sure Ukraine stays strong and fights the Russians so we don’t have to fight them here, but it’s in our national interest to promote democracy worldwide.”

The aforementioned point of no return has arrived when one has to try to explain to Democrats and leftists what is wrong with this reactionary crap—and finding that one cannot do it. For most Democrats, in fact, there is nothing wrong with the content of this statement; what is incredibly shameful is that leftists do know what is wrong here, but they go along (trail along, that is) with the Democrats because no price is too high to pay for getting rid of Trump—especially when they are not the people paying the price. Once again, the moving line of bullshit.

An added bit of reactionary garbage here is that Democrats and some who at least call themselves “leftists” are hailing Prof. Karlan as a feminist and Identity-Politics hero, because she is a woman and, apparently, bisexual or lesbian or something. I state this last part a bit glibly because one might wonder how this matters. But of course it does matter if you are using Identity Politics to advance both the agenda of trying to get rid of Trump, and at the same time using the impeachment agenda to put the “procedural” methods of Identity Politics on display, in the hope that contempt for and abrogation of due process can become the way things are done in general, just as they have been done in academia since the “Dear Colleagues” (Title IX) letter of 2011.

Prof. Karlan scored a brilliant point with the IdPol Left with her stunning analysis of the difference between a name and a title: “President Trump can name his son Barron, but he cannot make him a baron.” To any ordinary working person Karlan simply demonstrated that it doesn’t seem to take much to make one a respected genius-scholar at Yale (from which Karlan has her law degree) and Stanford. I’m sure, though, that Prof. Karlan is so smart that she knows that ordinary, deplorable people are in no position to judge what counts as wisdom in elite institutions.

Of the three constitutional scholars who were brought in to make their case for impeaching President Trump (yes, clearly, their case), the other two besides Karlan were white males—so why people should listen to them, it’s hard to know. The other scholar, Jonathan Turley from George Washington University (sniff), testified that, while he is no fan of Trump, did not vote for him, and champions a “socially liberal agenda” (his term), the case for impeachment was very weak.

Prof. Turley characterized the Democratic case against Trump as “pointillism.” As a critical instrument, this seems a good deal more powerful than fomenting confusion between names and titles. (My parents named me “Bill,” but they weren’t expecting your waiter to bring me to you—or were they?!) Turley argued that the dots in the Democrats’ “painting” are too few and too far apart to really create a coherent picture. This had to be a horrible blow to Adam Schiff, who undoubtedly considers himself to be a veritable Courbet of politics, whereas he’d be doing good to duct tape a banana to a wall somewhere. (See Turley’s editorial in the Los Angeles Times, Dec. 9, 2019.)

Note, significantly, that Turley repeatedly called for George W. Bush- administration officials to be prosecuted for war crimes, which is another way that he is out of step with the Democratic impeachers, and almost all of the Republican Party too. Prof. Turley didn’t stop with the Bush II administration (that is, the Cheney/Bush administration); in a 2013, editorial, titled “Fire Eric Holder,” Turley wrote:

For Obama, there has been no better sin eater than Holder. When the president promised CIA employees early in his first term that they would not be investigated for torture, it was the attorney general who shielded officials from prosecution. When the Obama administration decided it would expand secret and warrantless surveillance, it was Holder who justified it. When the president wanted the authority to kill any American he deemed a threat without charge or trial, it was Holder who went public to announce the “kill list” policy.

Last week, the Justice Department confirmed that it was Holder who personally approved the equally abusive search of Fox News correspondent James Rosen’s e-mail and phone records in another story involving leaked classified information. In the 2010 application for a secret warrant, the Obama administration named Rosen as “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” to the leaking of classified materials. The Justice Department even investigated Rosen’s parents’ telephone number, and Holder was there to justify every attack on the news media.”

– USA Today, May 29, 2013.

Prof. Turley is far out of step with the neoconservative/neoliberal compact well-represented by the chummy relationship among the Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas (and nowadays Dick Cheney is more likely to be seen on CNN than Fox), in their anti-Trump coalition.

And let’s remember, please let’s remember, that during the 2016 campaign Trump did a truly great thing in taking Jeb Bush, G. W. Bush, and their horrible family down for lying the United States into war with Iraq. That is the kind of fire — that is, the CIA and the “intelligence community” — that Trump has been playing with since he entered the presidential race, and this is the heart of why he has been under very serious attack since Nov. 9, 2016, and why this impeachment nonsense occurred.

Incidentally, what Prof. Turley politely called “pointillism” is, by other names, death by a thousand cuts, or simply throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. While Turley is out of step with the Democratic Party agenda on impeachment, there is a way in which his criticisms of the “impeachment process” were fairly mild.

In the pointillism/duct-tape banana editorial, Turley says that he “encouraged the Democrats to wait and build a more complete case.” This has led to his being pilloried by anti-Trumpers, because he is not fully in lockstep. Turley said that the Democrats have to go beyond their “impressionistic case” and build instead a “realistic case”:

As it stands now, with so much in the Democrats’ case relying on inference, how one views the impeachment is entirely based on one’s view of the president. That is the trouble with impressionistic impeachments: They leave too much in the eye of the beholder.”

One would think that, with all of the surveillance capabilities that Adam Schiff apparently has access to, he would have been all set to go photorealist on Trump. That Schiff isn’t even remotely a David Hockney of politics tells us two things about the Democratic agenda on impeachment:

  1. that, apparently, they don’t really have the goods on Trump (as Turley said, “This would be the first presidential impeachment to go forward with no credible (or at least uncontested) crime at its heart”);
  2. none of this is about removing Trump from office, it is about doing as much damage to Trump as can be done on the way to November 2020. Certainly, neither of these things is any kind of revelation.

What could really be said, though, is that the system has now made a qualitative shift, toward openly declaring feelings, impressions, and unsubstantiated third-hand accounts from interested and shadowy parties, as even more of a substantive basis for important legal findings than what we used to call “evidence.”

Donald (and Melania, one assumes) named their kid “Barron,” clearly a sign that Trump considers himself a king or emperor figure. Who knows, maybe he does think of himself that way—though most royal figures are not even remotely as good at connecting with ordinary people through humor as Trump is; then again, neither are most regular comedians these days, infected with TDS as they are.

But this Title IX-style theater of power cannot be what is really going on, not any more than Bill Clinton was impeached for having been orally-serviced in the Oval Office and then “lying about it.” For the moment I will leave this scene with the observation that it really does seem like so much regarding the Trump phenomena comes down to whether it is really the case that there is something like the Deep State, with the CIA at its core, with an effective hold on how power operates throughout the system.

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Lastly, on Identity Politics/Title IX-style power-plays: Okay, I felt bad about the “bisexual or lesbian or whatever” remark; it may be fair in the way I am using it, but it wasn’t nice to my lesbian friends, especially. Apparently Karlan’s self-description is “snarky bisexual,” as reported with great excitement at pinknews.co.uk on Dec. 5.

They lauded her as having “stole[n] the show at Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing with her scathing and quick-witted put-downs.” There is no end of women of actual brilliant accomplishments, and I’m sure many of them are lesbian or otherwise non-binary. Some of them are even brilliant legal scholars.

We do nothing but take away from these women (and, yes, men too, a few of whom occasionally do something worthwhile as well) when the Identity Politics path to power and fame is allowed to displace the hard work and creativity that actually makes a contribution to humanity.

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Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren has pledged to subject her choice for Secretary of Education to the judgment of a nine-year-old trans child. No word from Joe Biden as to whether “bad dude” Corn Pop will play a similar role in his administration.

Anything can happen, but it seems that both Warren and Biden are going down the tubes, and without yet having been able to stop Bernie. Buttegieg seems to be doing well, but the only reason to expect that to last is that he is a Deep State/CIA-creation like Obama was.

Just as Democrat-supporters have had to find the path to accepting—or embracing–whatever they are told is necessary to defeat Trump (the CIA, the defiant heroism of Nancy Pelosi in tearing up Trump’s speech, the “principled stands” of militarist reactionaries such as John Bolton, Alexander Vindman, and Mitt Romney, and deep hatred and contempt for ordinary people in general—is there any doubt that there is no limit to how reactionary Democrats and “the Left” can get?), now they will have to accept Michael Bloomberg as the “alternative.”

My own view is that Trump is not an “oligarch,” because oligarchs exist among other oligarchs; that’s a subject for further exploration, but it is clear that Bloomberg is, in fact, such an oligarch.

A thesis regarding the postmodern spectacle: What one might accept, even minimally, at one point, perhaps as necessary in a purely tactical sense (“the Left,” broadly speaking), one can come to embrace at a later moment (confirmed OP Democrats who will vote “BNMW”). This is the moving line of bullshit as it moves around what stands in as a “principle” in this scene: “Because Trump.”

The moving line really does some fantastic work for the neoliberal-globalist forces who want a “return to normalcy.” What people who think of themselves as some kind of “resistance” at first grudgingly accept will later come to embrace.

In the wake of Iowa, and now New Hampshire, there are already good liberals talking up Bloomberg as the best chance for beating Trump—this includes people who claim they would prefer Bernie. Somehow they are getting past the fact that only Bernie is given a realistic chance of beating Trump in an election. Certainly, things can change, but what is really going on here?

Among OP Dems it seems likely that the instinct for neoliberal globalist “normalcy” is kicking in, and so Dems are proposing to go with an oligarch billionaire—just yesterday the worst thing on earth—who has many times the wealth of Trump, and who represents the ugliest sector of globalist capital.

Will those supposedly in the left, and those supposedly to the left, of the Democratic Party, remain dutiful and accept (and then enthusiastically embrace—again, any- and everything is possible here) this “alternative”?

They have failed every test thus far, but perhaps Sanders can turn them around. As I argued previously, this will take a movement of great strength and depth. Even if Sanders cannot win the general election, he would be doing the world a great favor in defeating Bloomberg. Despite serious reservations, I wish him well in this pursuit.

Of course, if Sanders were to win the nomination but not the general, those who despise him now would despise him that much more, and very likely even many who like him now would turn against him. It is hard not to see the maneuverings of the Clintons here, and even more the Clintonist mainstream of the Democratic Party, and just in recent days trial balloons are floating around with the proposal that Hillary could be Bloomberg’s VP pick. No one should be surprised if things turn out the other way ‘round.

When one considers this whole mess, and adds to it the way that Identity Politics, at least in its current predominant form as woke ideology for resistance LARPers, fits hand in glove with globalist economic and military agendas, I find it difficult to see how the Trump Disruption, Clarification, and the bits of Experiment that have gained traction are not qualitatively superior.

Of one thing we can be sure, however, namely that the circumnavigations and circumlocutions of those who claim to the contrary will continue to kick into ever-higher gears.

Bill Martin is a philosopher and musician, retired from DePaul University. He is completing a book with the title, “The Trump Clarification: Disruption at the Edge of the System (toward a theory).” His most recent albums are “Raga Chaturanga” (Bill Martin + Zugzwang; Avant-Bass 3) and “Emptiness, Garden: String Quartets nos. 1 and 2 (Ryokucha Bass Guitar Quartet; Avant-Bass 4). He lives in Salina, Kansas, and plays bass guitar with The Radicles.

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Elizabeth H
Elizabeth H
Mar 2, 2020 4:36 PM

Bill Martin, I hope you’re reading the comments here so I can voice my appreciation of your most rare sanity among the left. Keep ’em coming and fvck Jeffrey St Clair – I’m very glad Off-Guardian is publishing your work.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin
Mar 3, 2020 8:29 PM
Reply to  Elizabeth H

Thanks so much, Elizabeth H!

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Mar 2, 2020 2:24 AM

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-calls-coronavirus-democrats-new-hoax-n1145721

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” Trump said. “They have no clue, they can’t even count their votes in Iowa.”

“This is their new hoax,” Trump continued, adding that attacking the White House’s response to the coronavirus had become the Democratic Party’s “single talking point.”

Trump has weaponized the word “hoax” throughout his presidency, using it to belittle and discredit former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference as well as his impeachment trial. He also has a long history of distrusting experts, most notably his own intelligence community and government scientists.

Doncha love it?

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Mar 1, 2020 8:02 PM

Julian Assange not only p1ssed off all The American Senior Politicians, he also posted The Afghan War logs..that I haven’t read yet. This is the latest I know..

I read this on social media, yesterday, but didn’t think it could be true. Apparently The US Government have come to an Agreement with The Taliban in Afghanistan, to bring all their soldiers home, in some peace deal over the next year or so..

I suspect it went a bit like this.

Afghans: “It would be great if you Americans, could trust us to sort our own problems out here. You are not exactly helping. You don’t want to be here, and we don’t want you here – so why not come to some mutual agreement with us?”

Americans: “But can we still have the opium..”

Afghans: “Yeh sure… Just GO AWAY, we will sort the details out later.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-51692546

Tony

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Mar 1, 2020 4:13 PM

“And let’s remember, please let’s remember, that during the 2016 campaign Trump did a truly great thing
in taking Jeb Bush, G. W. Bush, and their horrible family down for lying the United States into war with Iraq. That is the kind of fire — that is, the CIA and the “intelligence community” — that Trump has been playing with since he entered the presidential race, and this is the heart of why he has been under very serious attack since Nov. 9, 2016, and why this impeachment nonsense occurred.”

Immediately after the 2016 South Carolina debate many pundits said that mocking Bush and the Iraq War would lead to Trump’s downfall. Hence, showing how out-of-touch neoliberal mainstream media commentators are with the US working-class. Script reading has caused them to lose their analytic skills.

That being said, Russiagate never took traction among the working-class for two reasons– it never made sense–it was illogical– and most importantly, it insulted Trump voters who knew they were never going to vote for Hillary.

The 2016 Presidential election was an electrifying freakshow offering the two most hated candidates of all time. Voters immediately knew who they would support after the nominees were announced.
The divergent advocates of these two political camps were never going to retrieve each others supporters –their loyalty was set in stone. In the same way, Sanders supporters who truly believe in his social justice platform would never vote for Bloomberg, Biden, Buttigieg, Steyer or Klobuchar.

That’s why it was the diehard Trump voters and the “genuine” Left (not the Liberals) who knew from the start Russiagate was bogus. The right-wing dismissed Russiagate as a Democratic Party ploy to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, and to intensify what they subsequently labeled as Trump derangement Syndrome ( TDS). The genuine Left, knew Russiagate and Ukrainegate were concocted–deployed as a psyops operation by the intelligence agencies to promote warmongering against Russia. Leftist anti-war independent investigative journalists like: Aaron Mate, Max Blumenthal, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi,etc… who said as much were rejected and scorned. They were all considered persona non grata among the state-run MSNBC crowd…..

That being said, Trump’s defiance against the security state turned out to be short lived. It didn’t take long before he morphed into the usual supplicant ready to do their bidding. The ongoing imbecilic mainstream media news Russiagate spectacle proved to be a convenient distraction allowing congress to unanimously pass Trump’s excessive military budget and other reactionary legislation. And above all, it gave the security state exactly what they wanted an interventionist Trump who’d never secure any kind of rapprochement with Russia.

After the primary results in South Carolina, we can see the security state’s desperate last ditch attempt to pump-up the deflated candidacy of mentally vacuous Joe Biden. Centrists are aiming for a showdown between Biden and Bernie–hoping that Biden can capture enough “low-information black voters” to give Bernie a run for his money in Milwaukee. We’ll see how that pans out. In any event it, Bernie’s advisors should reflect back to 2016 and remember how Trump capitalized on the antiwar sentiment. There’s thousands of Independent voters in the rustbelt who would cheer Bernie on if he smacked around the security state by mocking their attempts at red-baiting. Bernie, should laugh when mainstream media news hacks bring up Fidel Castro and say: “why are we relitigating the Cold War when 500,000 are sleeping on the streets and more than 30,000 of these are veterans.” Rust belters, anti-interventionist Trump supporters, and Independent voters would quickly a buy a ticket to be aboard the Bernie antiwar train as it blasts full steam ahead to Milwaukee… The winning strategy against Trump “must combine” a populist FDR New Deal platform with a sassy strident non-interventionist agenda demonstrating a refusal to kowtow to the national security state.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Mar 1, 2020 8:51 PM

Judging from the comments I saw of elderly black Biden voters in South Carolina, you might ‘end’ slavery, but the slave mentality lives on.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Mar 2, 2020 2:40 AM

Slaves to sellout Clyburn.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Mar 2, 2020 8:21 PM
Reply to  Charlotte Ruse

Clyburn appears to be the black overseer in the South Carolina plantation. He cracks the whip, and they turn out for a creature like Biden.

Gall
Gall
Mar 2, 2020 8:39 PM

You’re right many “Trump Supporters” where actually Clinton haters who voted against her promise to continue the neoliberal status quo. Put more crudely SOSDD. Even cruder that’s Same Ol’ Shit Different Day. Whereas Obama at least promised “hope and change” the Hildabeast promised more fracking wars or in this case a continuation of the “White Man’s (or in her case woman’s or more accurately psycho bitch from hell’s) Burden”.

In fact she considered turning Libya into a basket case what Obama called the worst foreign policy mistake he ever made or more colloquially a “real shit storm” as one of her crowning accomplishments as SOS or Sause who probably was sauced or soused at the time on her favorite chardonnay aside from being drunk with power.

The fact Bernie is an old school New Dealer not a socialist like Eugene Debs who believes in social justice which is what makes him dangerous to the elite and also he believes that Israel is a racist apartheid state which makes him unpopular with the foreign intelligence apparatus posing as a PAC, AIPAC which stands for sociopathic Assclown Israelis who have hijacked our foreign policy and every administration since Kennedy.

Making him the favorite of those who are sick and tired of those psychos extorting 11 million bucks a day from American taxpayers so they can steal more of what’s left Palestine, while brutally killing, maiming and jailing Palestinians and starting wars in the Middle East for their glorious “greater israHell”.

I hope Bernie’s able to make it through another undemocratic rigged primary but I have my doubts.

Koba
Koba
Mar 1, 2020 2:13 PM

I’ll settle this, anyone who is pro trump this far in is beyond help and anyone who has trump derangement syndrome is also beyond help

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Mar 1, 2020 12:26 PM

Owen Shroyer asks protesters demanding Trump’s impeachment if they know why he’s being impeached.
https://youtu.be/nN0rH_SyfSI?t=120

Koba
Koba
Mar 1, 2020 2:14 PM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

It’s a pity shroyer the arch Zionist is also as brain dead as the idiots he interviewed

Savorywill
Savorywill
Mar 1, 2020 3:04 AM

Yes, I agree completely (though I would have to study the materials more carefully to fully understand it all). It is mentioned that one accomplishment of Trump was his take-down of the Bush dynasty for the lies spun justifying the Iraq war. It was in S. Caroline that Trump did this, in a debate of Republican candidates at the start of the election campaign in 2016. I knew nothing about Trump at the time, having lived in Japan and Australia for many years, never saw the Apprentice or even heard of him. So, when he started snipping at Jeb saying that Jeb’s brother George, led America in the biggest mistake in US history by starting the war on Iraq, and the audience started booing, to which Trump replied, ‘oh, those are just paid for lobbyists – I don’t need them as my campaign is self-funded’, it was absolutely astonishing and I could hardly believe my ears, or eyes. Yet, there it was on TV, one of the first debates of the Republican party for their candidate. I then saw that Trump was, indeed, something very different from what we had ever seen in American politics.

I was rapt when he defeated Hillary, and completely surprised as it was so unexpected. It did give me faith in America again, to some degree. Here is the woman who orchestrated the criminal destruction of Libya, and then laughed about the horrific murder of Gaddafi, who was only trying to provide a decent society for Libyan citizens and deal with the madness of the forces around him. What happened to him, and to Libya, was just so heartbreaking, and she thought it was a big joke and tried to do the same in Syria. So, I was thrilled when she got beaten. Not that everything Trump has done since then has met with my approval, but he seems to be winding down the wars as he promised and I don’t mind listening to his speeches at the rallies, which I sometimes do watch. I particularly like when he went to a farming area in California and signed a bill enabling local farmers to access water, something they were unable to do because of various regulations. I never heard of any other presidents so hands-on with their involvement with such things and I thought his speech in India, recently, was incredible. I couldn’t stand listening to Hillary for any more than a few minutes. Even Obama never really rang true to me. He would say things like ‘change we can believe in’, or ‘hope for more hope’, vague platitudes like that that didn’t really have many specifics. I can understand Clint Eastwood’s speech talking to the empty chair (representing Obama) at the Republican convention in 2012, actually. Obama seems like a media projection, or something. Hard to identify or see him as an actual person.

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 1, 2020 4:02 AM
Reply to  Savorywill

“Not that everything Trump has done since then has met with my approval, but he seems to be winding down the wars as he promised”

What is “winding down the wars”? Do mean that you stopped paying attention?

Savorywill
Savorywill
Mar 1, 2020 4:15 AM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Seems like they are winding down, don’t you think? Just today I read the the Taliban just signed an agreement to that effect, to finally finish that war going on for nearly 20 years, no closer to success since the start. The US is not overtly involved in the Syrian conflict as well as it seems to be trying to get out of Iraq.

Had Hillary won, she would have gone full bore into Syria and probably would have made matters much, much worse. She is a thorough warmonger, her track record clearly demonstrated that.

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 1, 2020 5:36 AM
Reply to  Savorywill

First, an attempted assassination-by-drone on President Maduro of Venezuela happened. Then Trump dropped the largest conventional bomb on Afghanistan, with a mile-wide radius. Then Trump named Juan Guido as the new President of Venezuela in an overt coup. Then he bombed Syria over a fake chemical weapons claim. He bombed it before even an investigation was launched. Then the Trump regime orchestrated a military coup in Bolivia. Then he claimed that he was pulling out of Syria, but instead sent U.S. troops to take over Syrian oil fields. trump then assassinated Gen. Solemeni. Then he claimed that he will leave Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government, the Iraqi government asked the U.S. to leave, and Trump rejected the request. The Trump regime has tried orchestrating a coup in Iran, and a coup in Hong Kong. He expelled Russian diplomats en masse for the Skripal incident in England, before an investigation. He has sanctioned Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, and Venezuela. He has bombed Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Those are the things I’m aware of, but what else Trump has done in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America you can research if you wish. And now, the claim of leaving Afghanistan is as ridiculous as when he claimed to be leaving Syria and Iraq.

“winding down the wars” makes no sense.

Antonym
Antonym
Mar 1, 2020 6:14 AM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Trump just signed a peace pact with the Taliban. As they are basically CIA -ISI irregulars he got the green light from Langley.

He needs this gesture for his re-election campaign.

Savorywill
Savorywill
Mar 1, 2020 8:04 AM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Yes, what you say is right. However, he did warn both the Syrian and Russian military of the attack in the first instance, so no casualties, and in the second attack, he announced that the missiles had been launched before they hit the target, again resulting in no casualties. When the US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile, he considered retaliation. But, when advised of likely casualties, he called it off saying that human lives are more valuable than the cost of the drone. Yes, he did authorize the assassination of the Iranian general, and that was very bad. His claims that the general had organized the placement of roadside bombs that had killed US soldiers rings rather hollow, considering those shouldn’t have been in Iraq in the first place.

I am definitely not stating that he is perfect and doesn’t do objectionable things. And he has authorized US forces to control the oil wells, which is against international law, but at least US soldiers are not actively engaged in fighting the Syrian government, something Hillary set in motion. However, the military does comprise a huge percentage of the US economy and there have to be reasons, and enemies, to justify its existence, so his situation as president must be very difficult, not a job I would want, that is for sure.

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Mar 1, 2020 12:19 PM
Reply to  Savorywill

The assassination (or other means of disappearance) of Soleimani seems to have been a collusion between Trump and Rouhani who wasn’t a fan of the guy and the evidence shows that the crash of PS-752 was staged.
https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/blog/did-ps-752-crash-in-tehran

I do like this video, Seats and People, by Peekay and Meta-Scriptors

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 1, 2020 1:16 PM
Reply to  Savorywill

There were at least nine people killed when Trump bombed Douma.

Only a psychopath would kill people because one of its spy drones was shot down. You don’t get points for considering killing people for it and then changing your mind.

People should get over Hillary and pay attention to what Trump has been doing. Why even mention what Hillary would have done in Syria, then proceed to be an apologist for what Trump has done around the world in just three years? Trump has been quite a prolific imperialist in such a short time. A second term could well put him above Bush and Obama as the 21st century’s most horrible leaders on earth.

Savorywill
Savorywill
Mar 2, 2020 5:50 AM
Reply to  Savorywill

From what I read (doesn’t make it true, though) is that those casualties were unintentional as one missile went astray and hit a nearby village. Of course, it is obvious that America had no right to launch those missiles in the first place, over the patently fictitious ‘chemical weapon attack on their own people by the Syrian regime’ nonsense that was duly parroted out by CNN, MSNBS and their ilk at the time.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Mar 2, 2020 8:24 PM
Reply to  Savorywill

Ninety percent of casualties in US drone missile strikes, which have reached record levels under Trump, are civilian ‘collateral damage’. What’s your position on that slaughter?

Savorywill
Savorywill
Mar 3, 2020 12:22 AM

First I have heard of those statistics. Where are they from? I know Obama had his weekly kill lists, as well as ‘double-tapping’, or hitting funeral ceremonies of victims. I haven’t read of similar practices by Trump, though no doubt he supported Saudi Arabia in Yemen, where lots of terrible things happened. It is a tragic state of affairs where this horrible technology of death and destruction is so casually used…

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 11:06 AM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Sharon,

Who has done the shit under the Trump Regime (lol Regime! You lot)

Trump – not.
Regime – yes.

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 1, 2020 2:56 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

Trump is magically separate from the regime he leads? You can hopefully do better than that, Dungroanin;)

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 3:11 PM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Sharon,

Magically? No.

Factually yes.

If you think that the potus is the omnipotent ruler of everything he certainly seems to be having some problems with his minions in the CIA, NSA, FBI..State Dept etc.

The potus is best described (by Assad actually) as a CEO of a board of directors appointed by the shareholders who collectively determine their OWN interests.

Your gaslighting ain’t succeeding round here – Regime! So desperate, so so sad…🤣

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 1, 2020 4:43 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

Are you seven years old? There’s no such thing as omnipotent rulers. I said Trump was the leader of the U.S. regime. That’s how it’s said in the real world;)

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 5:04 PM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Right – and the regime of which he is the leader of has been trying to usurp him from day one, correct?

So in your world view Trump has been trying to overthrow himself?

That all the Russiagate, Ukrainegate – coupgates in short are all Trump doing it to himself!!!

Who is being childish by conflating all of that?

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Mar 2, 2020 4:59 PM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Trump’s a figure-head, a mouthpiece, a corporate spokesman … just like all modern US presidents. Franklin Roosevelt was the last real US president–for better or for worse.

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 2, 2020 5:50 PM
Reply to  Seamus Padraig

Just like every leader on earth, Trump’s real power can be questioned all you like. But Trump supports the foreign policy of the U.S. regime. This is clearly indicated by his actions. The Presidency of the U.S. let’s one person have the power of Executive Order, Veto, and Pardon. There is no point in questioning Trump’s culpability as he is clearly in favour of the foreign policy.

Koba
Koba
Mar 1, 2020 2:17 PM
Reply to  Savorywill

He’s sent more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan he strayed several coups in Latin America and was game for taking on the dprk until they got nukes and wants to bomb Iran! Winding down?!

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 3:15 PM
Reply to  Koba

Yeah yeah and ‘he’ gave Maduro 7 days to let their kid takeover in Venezuela! And built a wall. And got rid of obamacare and started a nuke war with Rocketman and and and …

Savorywill
Savorywill
Mar 2, 2020 1:37 AM
Reply to  Dungroanin

That’s right. And he got people to wear those ridiculous Make America Great caps and T-shirts, as well as moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. What else did he do, I’m trying to think. Oh, he did get a lot of people given long sentences for selling drugs out of prison, which was pretty nice. Yes, he did support Maduro’s leadership removal in Venezuela, but did let it go when it didn’t happen.

His speech in India was pretty nice, though he did go on about having gotten rid of Bhagdaddi and the Iranian general, who he claimed was supporting terrorists (what about America’s support of the rebels in Syria, who were also called terrorists?).

Agreed that there are lots of contradictions, but it is lot more fun to watch than boring old Obama, in my view. And, I think, overall, more positive…

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 2, 2020 8:39 AM
Reply to  Savorywill

There is method in the madness of number 45.

44 was a total con – who ‘changed’ NOTHING and perpetuated 40 – 43’s neocon bloodthirsty global robbery and warmongering.

History – if ever written unbiasedly – will confirm that.

Contradictions don’t mean there are no clear lines, just that the line is where we aren’t looking!

What is happening in the end game in Syria,is a great example of that. After 9 years of headchopping proxy and direct, hardly clandestine, warfare by the FUKUS and 20 years of the grand plan to takeover the ME before the China/Russia juggernaut gathered steam.

As you say Hillary who was a co-exec of that through the decades would have inevitably hundreds of thousands of boots on the ground in Syria and Iran , with millions of Arab and Persian deaths and tens of thousands of our boys in body bags or maimed. She’d be cackling ‘vini, vidi, vici’ as she helped her self to a Peace Prize and a reshaping of Mount Rushmor with her evil visage for posterity.

It’s upto the American people to see if they really can make a silk purse out of the sows ear, which is the corrupted and easily corruptible ‘representative democracy’ – they did it accidentally with Trump – can they do it on purpose with Sanders?

Here is one new source (found last week because of his coverage of Assange) who may be a reliable source of news fyi

https://mobile.twitter.com/kgosztola

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 10:58 AM
Reply to  Savorywill

Savory,

In 2016 Trumps role (whether he fully realised it or not) was to get rid of all the existing Republican candidates that may have stopped Hillary getting her crown.

He and the Clinton family were old friends in NY and he played golf with Bill regularly.

What you haven’t identified in what you saw in 2016 is the choreographed pantomime villainy of The Donald during the debates with Hillary.

It was designed for him to lose appeal and keep GOP voters at home.

The reason Hillary lost :

The stitch up of Bernie and his supporters as revealed by the DNC email leaks which kept them from voting for her;

Her failure to campaign effectively being a cold hearted murdering bitch that couldn’t empathise with a kitten;

A load of ordinary poorish Americans who got a bit pissed at being labelled ‘deplorable’ by her.

Simple as that.

Donald was as suprised as anyone to have actually won that night – he had to go chat to the Clintons and say “what the fuck am I supposed to do now? I have a whole load of Apprentice episodes lined up to film, and Hotels & Golf courses to build!”

Obviously he couldn’t say it must be a mistake and his friends the Clintons should be allowed back into the White House as planned – that wouldn’t have washed – so he ended up in the Oval Office.

As potus he would have to make decisions which no one including the Clintons could force him to do anything HE ultimately didn’t want to do. No matter how many of the stooges imposed upon him tried to get away with murder.

He quickly realised there was some nasty goings on that he was supposed to rubberstamp and he rebelled against it at his inauguration speech which gave the establishment a slap across the face as Pres George W Bush quipped to his dad PresGeorge Bush

“That was some weird shit”

And all else followed the yellow brick road to right here, right now.

Good innit?

Antonym
Antonym
Mar 1, 2020 2:03 AM

The Left has fallen into reactionary insanity

The other main proof for the above: they support Islamism just because the “alt-right” opposes it.

Islamism kicks all the Left’s causes in the teeth: equality only for Muslims, as all the others are despicable kaffirs; misogyny to the power of 2; LGTB rights below zero; nothing against shark capitalism in the Koran.

The Iranian Left was massacred in 1988 by the Iranian Islamists.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 11:13 AM
Reply to  Antonym

Antzy the Bush’s from Grandaddy Prescot to the CIA JFK killers and Pres George Senior to Pres Dubya to all current scions are bestties with the most extreme form of islamists in hostory the Wahhabists who enable the Saudis to control Saudi Arabia and it’s wealth – they have even been referred to as the most Likudist state outside of Israel by Nuttyyahoo!

So there.

Koba
Koba
Mar 1, 2020 2:22 PM
Reply to  Antonym

The Jew defender has spoken! Show me this support for Islamism! Im yet to find even a mainstream or fringe left wing party support that at all! Good goy a shekel has been deposited into your account

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Mar 1, 2020 8:56 PM
Reply to  Antonym

There’s nothing against ‘shark capitalism’ in the Torah or Talmud either-precisely the opposite, in fact.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Mar 1, 2020 12:50 AM

The USA Deep State is a Five Eyes partner and as such Trump must be given the proverbial boot for being an uneducated boor lacking political gravitas & business gravitas with his narcissistic Smoot-Hawley II 2019 trade wars.

Screw the confidence man-in-chief. He is a liability for the USA and global business.

Trump is not an asset.

MOU

clickkid
clickkid
Mar 1, 2020 1:04 AM

What, not even a Russian asset?

Well, that seals it then.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Mar 1, 2020 1:19 AM
Reply to  clickkid

Okay, I’ll admit that he is a Russian Federation asset in so far as he is Putin’s & Russian Federation Intelligence asset fodder that Putin can utilize at will whenever he desires but aside from being the biggest dumb arse in the Western Empire he is really an ignorant ignoramus when you drill right down to it.

I support the USA Deep State conspiracy to rid the good people of the United States of America of the Orange Oaf conundrum. The global business community would rather restore business fundamentals IMHO.

As MOU my perspective is absolute, sorry.

Like Josef Stalin I too have a reputation to uphold.

MOU

Koba
Koba
Mar 1, 2020 2:23 PM

Stalin is the most lied about man in history

Read Grover furr and professor Andrei furtsov

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 11:15 AM

😜

Joerg
Joerg
Feb 29, 2020 9:58 PM

It is an illusion to talk of “the Left” and “the Right” anymore, because the USA have become outright criminal: A Mafia-system ruled by some syndicates.
Think of this enormous sum of 23 (I believe) trillion Dollars missing in the Pentagon. And the House even decided to not research where this money went! To this see https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1407-mark-skidmore-on-the-pentagons-missing-trillions/

Or think of the Ukraine and Joe and Hunter Biden (and other corrupt persons from the EU). Author Bill Martin mentions this above with :”dirty business in Ukraine”.
But its not only about corruption. Now it’s also about a murder-attempt – as every Mafia would never hesitate to execute. And Western media doesn’t report this.
This has happened: Because of Joe Biden’s quid-pro-quo demand to former Ukrainian president Poroshenko (no billions of Dollars from the US, if Shokin was not fired) state prosecutor Shokin was then fired. But some months ago there had now also been a poison-attack on Shokin. And now Shokin goes after Joe Biden – and he must, if he wants to survive!: To this on the site https://youtube.com/channel/UCdeMVChrumySxV9N1w0Au-w There click the video “JOE BIDEN, UKRAINE AND VIKTOR SHOKIN MERCURY POISONING”.

clickkid
clickkid
Feb 29, 2020 9:19 PM

The masters of this society know that protest cannot be just squashed – that is counterproductive.

Therefore, a great deal of effort has been put into the construction of a pseudo-left based around identity politics; a ‘left’ which can absorb the energy of protest. Those of radical temperament are encouraged to pour their spirit into these futile issues, which far grom being any threat to the masters, actually contribute to the strategy of ‘divide and rule’.

Henry Masterson
Henry Masterson
Feb 29, 2020 8:57 PM

I loved the article and can completely agree with the sentiments of the author. I don’t follow the acronyms referenced though-so a glossary of the ones cited would be helpful.

Emily Durron
Emily Durron
Feb 29, 2020 8:17 PM

That the whistleblower works for the CIA is a matter of public record, not some conspiracy theory.

The name of the ‘whistleblower’ is Eric Ciaramella.

paul
paul
Feb 29, 2020 7:47 PM

Trump, Sanders and Corbyn were all in their own way agents of creative destruction.
Trump tapped into the popular discontent of millions of Americans who realised that the system no longer even pretended to work in their interests, and were not prepared to be diverted down the Identity Politics Rabbit Hole.
The Deep State was outraged that he had disrupted their programme by stealing Clinton’s seat in the game of Musical Chairs. Being the most corrupt, dishonest and mendacious political candidate in all US history (despite some pretty stiff opposition) was supposed to be outweighed by her having a vagina. The Deplorables failed to sign up for the programme.
Almost as a by product of his 2016 victory, Trump showed up the MSM hacks for what they were, lying, partisan shills utterly lacking in any integrity and credibility. The same applies to the intrigues and corruption of the Dirty Cops and Spookocracy. They had to come out from behind the curtain and reveal themselves as the dirty, lying, seditious, treasonous, rabid criminal scum they are. The true nature of the State standing in the spotlight for all the world to see. This cannot be undone.
For all his pandering to Adelson and the Zionist Mafia, for all his Gives to Netanyahu, Trump has failed to deliver on the Big Ticket Items. Syria was supposed to have been invaded by now, with Hillary cackling demonically over Assad’s death as she did over Gaddafi, and rapidly moving on to the main event with Iran. They will not forgive him for this. They realise they are under severe time pressure. It took them a century to gain their stranglehold over America, and this is a wasting asset. America is in terminal decline, and may soon be unable to fulfil its ordained role as dumb goy muscle serving Zionist interests. And the parasite will find it difficult to find a replacement host.

paul
paul
Feb 29, 2020 7:59 PM
Reply to  paul

Sanders was shafted in 2016 by the corrupt DNC machine, and he is being shafted again.
He will probably be sidelined in favour of some third rate hack like Buttplug, or some other synthetic, manufactured nonentity.
If he isn’t, and by some miracle does secure the nomination, they will fail to support him and just allow him to be defeated by Trump. It doesn’t matter.
There are millions of decent people who have long been persuaded to play the game of Lesser Evils. They will be as disenchanted as was Trump’s Base by a transparently corrupt, rigged system, and finally withdraw their support.
This has to be seen as a positive development.
They can no longer paper over the cracks.

paul
paul
Feb 29, 2020 8:07 PM
Reply to  paul

Likewise, there are more than a few crumbs of comfort to be drawn from the smearing and destruction of Corbyn.
As in America, it forced the Deep State to step out from behind the curtain and take direct control. The Zionist wire pullers had to step out into the spotlight and reveal the true extent of their domination.
The endless treachery and backstabbing of the Blairites have shown the Labour Party to be a lost cause, a dead end, a waste of time, effort and energy, and a waste of a man’s rations, making way for something more worthwhile. This is another positive development.

Koba
Koba
Mar 1, 2020 2:29 PM
Reply to  paul

Paul the people playing the lesser of two evils game aren’t good people. They pretend they are. That’s it. In a nutshell.

paul
paul
Mar 2, 2020 6:33 PM
Reply to  Koba

I’ve always preferred to think most of them were just gullible. Though that’s probably me being gullible.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Mar 1, 2020 8:58 PM
Reply to  paul

They’ll never take over China, that’s for sure, thus the Zionists’ unhinged hatred of the ‘Middle Kingdom’.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Mar 2, 2020 5:06 PM

Yup. Unfortunately for the zionists, their old game of ‘crypsis‘ just isn’t possible in China.

paul
paul
Mar 2, 2020 6:37 PM
Reply to  Seamus Padraig

They might try the old intermarriage game. Zuckerberg, Chelsea Clinton, Shiksa Ivanka.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc
Mar 2, 2020 8:28 PM
Reply to  Seamus Padraig

They don’t ‘blend in’, and the demand to be in charge, because of some Near Eastern Bronze Age mambo-jambo, don’t impress a very much older, and very much different, civilization. For a start the Chinese regard the Jews as human beings like the rest of us, not ‘Gods Upon the Earth’. How ‘antisemitic’ is that?

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Feb 29, 2020 6:06 PM

Well Bill you make great points especially around the Impeachment minutiae – Eric the Schiffleur, Paul, a genuine legal expert, Schiffs shape changing and snakeeyed mesmerising , the levitation of Bolton into a Saviour? Holly shit!! Yanks eat some nasty foods no wonder there is great obesity (gratuitous I know).

BUT Bill, you will insist on working the old long con – the Left/Right imaginary one dimensional divide.

WHY?

There is only a 3-D Top-Bottom construct in the world in a roughly Pyramidal ‘con’ shape which shifts its peaks and size in time (4D).

It is the super rich oligarch owning Pathocracy in the hidden heights and their visible representative Kings and plutocrats at the top and their circles of diminishing powers and affluence down to the majority of humans below – kept in the dirt and slavery through indenture where they can’t by shear violence of slave masters and dog soldiers.

There is only that top – bottom, squashed by bought priests and philosophers and ‘economists’ into first a 2-D triangle and then squashed into a 1-D line that people are told is left and right. The great owners of everything having disappeared of that scale but represented by their ciphers:-

Clintons / Obama are Left – Bush’s / Trump are right.

Crap – they are just pawns in the top down 4D game trying to claw up the peaks – no wonder Donald named his son Baron – it may be his way of giving the finger to the glass ceiling he aims to shatter.

Bernie is a threat to that pyramid as Jeremy was here in the UK.

They had to stop Jeremy at any cost and the Judaeo-phobic smear was massive, added to the terrorist smear in the 2017 election. Along with the he was both a Brexiteer and anti Brexiteer smear and a Commie!

It was still not quite certain so the US openly interfered in rhe UK election with Pompeo’s Gauntlet to stop Corbyn – where the fuck is the concerned democratic purveyors of the US on that election interference by the Sec of State and a pressure group upon a another sovereign country ?
Where are the judges? The IG’s ? The glitterati? The Intellectuals ?
YOU Bill?

They FIXED the postal ballots to make sure – even after making sure a unprecedented winter, December, short daylight, prexmas date to minimise turnout.

Yes they did.

Sanders looks like he is going to get the gauntlet but being Jewish to start with – it will be harder to throw the Judaeophobe mud at him – so the shit thrown is, COMMUNIST ! It has already started, but to make sure the election will also be rigged, whether via the delegates or by the ‘hanging chard de nous jour’.

Only a massive turnout and careful independent international election inspectors would ever get near that – though they didn’t stop the Bolivian coup by the CIA did they?

Anyway Trump has a trump card he will play anyday soon – a NEW YALTA – which will turn him into a giant statesman of the world stage and he’ll stomp home for his second term – for these above in the Pyramid better the devil they know and give Baron a baronial peak of his own snd Donald his pound if flesh!

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Feb 29, 2020 2:30 PM

It’s not the left, it’s the right. Awful article written by a right winger, no doubt.

George Mc
George Mc
Feb 29, 2020 4:49 PM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

It certainly isn’t the left. “The left” isn’t the left. That’s the whole point.

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Feb 29, 2020 5:57 PM
Reply to  George Mc

How would the author know what a leftist is? He writes “The left” in quotations, as if winking to us that they’re not leftists, correct? But what’s this:

” I’ve been recommending the article to my Democrat and leftist friends”

His leftist friends? He can’t write “right wingers posing as leftists”, because he’s a right winger who has no idea what a leftist is. He thinks the left died in the 1960s, over a half century ago. It’s pretty simple to identify a leftist: anti-imperialist/ anti-capitalist. The Democrats are imperialists. People who vote for the Democrats and Republicans are imperialists. This article is a confused mess, that’s my whole point;)

George Mc
George Mc
Feb 29, 2020 9:09 PM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Haven’t you just agreed with him here?

He thinks the left died in the 1960s, over a half century ago. It’s pretty simple to identify a leftist: anti-imperialist/ anti-capitalist. The Democrats are imperialists. People who vote for the Democrats and Republicans are imperialists. This article is a confused mess, that’s my whole point;)

If the Democrats and Republicans (and those who vote for them) are imperialists (which they are) then the left are indeed dead – at least as far as political representation goes. Although to be sure, that makes his point confused to say the least. He seems to be attempting to drum up support for Sanders who, by his own logic, isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference (any more than Corbyn would have made had HE been elected in the UK).

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Feb 29, 2020 11:13 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Yes, and his article is even more of a mess because the Democrats and Republicans weren’t leftists in the 1960s either, they’ve always been right wing parties. Bill Martin is just another right winger criticizing the neoliberals who are right wingers. It’s dishonest and already done to death on Fox news every night.

George Mc
George Mc
Mar 1, 2020 9:53 AM
Reply to  sharon marlowe

Truth be told, I usually tend to glaze over when I see articles about Trump’s impeachment. Or indeed articles about American politics in general. And I see the Corbyn fiasco as the ultimate indication that UK politics is just another rigged show. The ultimate irony being, as I’ve said, that Corbyn would not have made a difference even if elected anyway. The fact that the media went so ruthlessly after him is an indication that even the appearance of socialism is too much for them. But I feel that, in the spirit of “What else can we write about?”, we will continue to have articles on the minutiae of shenanigans between Boris and Patel etc. It seems to me that the only hope we now have is from events outside the political system which threaten to burst the charade apart.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Mar 1, 2020 11:20 AM
Reply to  George Mc

“that Corbyn would not have made a difference even if elected anyway”

Tch tch George- Why then the gauntlet and a rigged postal vote?

And btw Corbyn has already made a difference as history will show.

George Mc
George Mc
Mar 1, 2020 2:37 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

I think that if Corbyn had been elected, there would have been a severe limit as to what he could have achieved. (While of course, the media would be going into meltdown about plans for a new Auschwitz on the M1 etc.) However – I grant that the very election of such an “extreme” figure would cause a similar meltdown behind the scenes as it would lead to the deadliest thing of all: hope! It would have been a signal that an extensive part – even the majority – of the British public were sick of this neoliberal cancer. Thus, while the practical effect of a Corbyn victory would have been limited, the psychological effect (the damage done to the showbiz façade) would have been profound.

sharon marlowe
sharon marlowe
Mar 1, 2020 2:52 PM
Reply to  George Mc

“Truth be told, I usually tend to glaze over when I see articles about Trump’s impeachment. Or indeed articles about American politics in general.”

lol So do I:)
It definitely irked me that such an article appeared here. It looked like a U.S.-TV-political-pundit-monologue thing.