Cornel West Says ‘Neo-Fascist Gangster’ Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as ‘Failed Social Experiment’

May 31, 2020
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Cornel West Says ‘Neo-Fascist Gangster’ Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as ‘Failed Social Experiment’

Please see in light of the title this outstanding article by Canadian Wade Davis: The Unraveling of America.

 

Over 150,000 people are dead. Many, many more will die. And nobody will be held accountable for causing this mass die-off of Americans. There will never be justice for those who have died from the neglect of the Trump administration. The people responsible for these deaths are monsters. The least we can do is start treating them as such.–Elie Mystal in The Deaths of 150,000 Americans Are on Trump’s Hands

That’s incredibly dangerous.  . . . So it is crucially important—as important as anything in American politics has ever been—that as many people as possible, in office and on the street, be prepared to stand up to him. And that they act between now and November in ways calculated to prevent us from getting to the point where law no longer matters.RICHARD PRIMUS in Postpone the Election? That Could Mean President Biden.

NOTE: There are also several videos and much other material tucked away in the footnotes below. (Several videos are in footnote 4.) In a way, this post in my frequent adding to it kind of got away on me during the past two months since first put up. One could spend hours looking up all the links, watching all the videos, reading everything. I’ve also collected from here and there great cartoons. Lector caveat–Let the reader beware! BTW: I keep adding more . . . 🙂 

“I thank God people are in the streets,” said the Harvard philosopher and activist. “Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent? People don’t care? People are callous?”

by Jon Queally, staff writer

Published on Saturday, May 30, 2020 by Common Dreams

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.—John Kenneth Galbraith

photo above: Protesters set a police vehicle on fire during a protest following the death of George Floyd outside of the CNN Center next to Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States on May 29, 2020. It was announced Friday that Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer caught on camera with his knee on Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. (Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

You see, the modern U.S. right is committed to the proposition that greed is good, that we’re all better off when individuals engage in the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest. In their vision, unrestricted profit maximization by businesses and unregulated consumer choice is the recipe for a good society.–Paul Krugman in The New York Times.

WN: Dr. Cornel West again tells it powerfully like it is! He in doing so not only calls out Trump for the Republican neo-fascist thug he is, he points to the utter betrayal of the Democratic Party Obama years (and its current rejection of Sanders and his democratic socialism in favour of neoliberal Biden) to check the voracious scourge of neoliberalism. On the contrary: Obama fully embraced Wall Street’s militarized neoliberalism. (See ” “Militarized neoliberalism” and the Canadian state in Latin America for the Canadian version of this.  And not only in Latin America–besides our fully being intertwined with the American economy, and therefore their worldwide militarized capitalism.) If anything, Obama and all he stood/stands for is worse than Trump, in that he portrayed himself as a reformer, accepted a Nobel Peace Prize for his “anti-nuclear stance” in full-fledged deceit (authorizing for instance at the end of his presidency 1 trillion dollars for upgrading the American nuclear arsenal), and waged endless imperialist wars for the benefit of the 1% corporations[1] whom he slavishly served–and now reaps handsomely his grovellingly ill-gotten rewards.

The manner in which we treat other nations contains many of the same elements as the racism and violence which the demonstrations on our streets are denouncing. The US military has its knee on the throat of the world. We must vanquish this shape-shifting, Orwellian spectre with which our overlords ensnare us, with their lies of “they hate our freedoms”. Defund the Pentagon!–

tells it like it is in this dead-on article: The US Military Has Its Knee on the Throat of the World. She writes:

We slander these two nations [China and Russia] in our media, and impose sanctions, challenging them to respond. Trump’s assertion that “we live in a hostile world of evolving threats” neglects to mention that we ourselves provoke those threats.

But the National Defense Strategy demands “full-spectrum dominance”. This requires absolute control, e.g. military superiority on land, at sea, in the air and in outer space. Therefore, in anticipation of a “high-end” war with these “near-peers”, an exciting upgrade of our arsenals will be required.

Please See: 10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War, by , .

The point, instead, is that they’ve sacralized selfishness, hurting their own political prospects by insisting on the right to act selfishly even when it hurts others.

What the coronavirus has revealed is the power of America’s cult of selfishness. And this cult is killing us.–Paul Krugman in The Cult of Selfishness Is Killing America

Please also see: Police, Prisons, and the Pentagon: Defunding America’s Wars at Home and Abroad by William D. Hartung.[2] You may see as well my War, Police and Prisons: Cross-Examining State-Sanctioned Violence. Far beyond Eisenhower’s observation about a “Military-Industrial Complex” to beware of, there is a Police-Prisons-Military-Industrial Complex that not only criminally robs the poor–and for instance fully a quarter of Blacks in the U.S. live in poverty–but exports death on a massive scale around the Globe. And we Canadians are in full lockstep with that reality through NATO, weapons components production for mass slaughter on the Planet, and our own arms sales industry.

[Trump Adviser Stephen] Miller, [his uncle David] Glosser maintains, “sees Trump as a useful idiot in his quest to advance his white power agenda… He has been able to use Trump to advance his political vendetta against the world.” Glosser is not surprised that Miller has been part of the Trump administration’s coronavirus failure: “He has no ability to demonstrate empathy.”–David Corn, Stephen Miller’s Grandmother Died of COVID-19. Her Son Blames the Trump Administration.

I’ve been a journalist for 33 years. I’ve covered Congress. NASA and the military space program. City and county halls. The Florida statehouse. Criminal courts, including armed robbers and serial killers. In all of that time, I have never encountered a public official, a candidate for office, a bureaucrat, a defense lawyer or, frankly, an actual criminal who is as regularly and aggressively dishonest as the current president of the United States. And that includes a dozen years covering the Florida legislature.–S.V. Daté

Trump at least tells it like he is!: a neo-fascist thug. (Please see too The Woman-Hater-in-Chief; and Would Refugee Baby Jesus Have Been Torn From Mary’s Arms by Trump?) However, see too S.V. Daté in The Ministry Of Untruth: What Donald Trump’s unending stream of lies has done to our White House, our country and us. See too Greg Sargent‘s The latest chaos at the [GOP] convention reveals Trump as a miserable failure. In reading the article, one must smile, concluding: this is gaslighting plunged to the depths of abject prevarication such that it emerges almost as an art form!

See too, about Trump University: Donald Trump Wanted to Keep This Video Deposition Secret. We Got a Copy., by

Please see too Mark Sumner’s: And we are here as on a darkling plain … where ignorant armies clash by night. It tells of deliberate choices over decades that have moved the Right to a “darkling plain” of endless lies and ignorance.

Please also see Trump Justice Department Killed Police Reform Programs That Could Have Helped Minneapolis. The subtitle says it all: “Instead of helping cities change police practices, the Justice Department is threatening to turn federal resources on protesters.”

Barring some huge, unforeseen stroke of luck, Trump will forever be known as the world leader who [messed] up his country’s pandemic response worse than just about anyone else — despite being the leader of a nation that came into the crisis with huge technological and financial advantages.

Meanwhile, the “shithole” countries have done pretty well for themselves. Who could have ever predicted that? Other than anyone paying attention, that is.Aldous J Pennyfarthing in Trump attempts an international COVID comparison; it doesn’t go well; see also: The Unique U.S. Failure to Control the Virus; then see this commentary on it. Now tragically this (August 8, 2020): ‘We’re making it up as we go along’: how Trump’s America failed the Covid test.

Federal Justice Department Thugs all! And this is (The “Great Again”) America: Home of the Free![3]

(See/click on above the image of a brilliant satirical website about the “Republican Nationalist Convention 2020“.)

But one must read of course the fine print: for the 1% filthy rich, the 20% white middle class rich, and White America. (See: “We Are the 99 Percent—Except for the Top 20 Percent of Us“.) For that matter except for Privileged Whites Worldwide where everything is White-washed and at our disposal. We such Whites too readily forget or ignore Jesus’ words:

Woe to you, [Highly Privileged Whites], you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Matthew 23:27 and 28)

Trump inverts the Cross (the sheathed sword–that Church Father Tertullian said Jesus told the Church to “put up” forever) into a tool of violent state oppression.

See as well Mark Sumner’s: Is the entire American conservative movement just one big scam? In it we read:

Steve Bannon is a scam artist. Roger Stone is a scam artist. Paul Manafort is a scam artist. Rudy Giuliani is a scam artist. Jerry Falwell, and Kenneth Copeland, and Joel Osteen, and Paula White, and a long list of other televangelists are scam artists. David Clarke is a scam artist. Alex Jones is a scam artist. David Daleiden is a scam artist. James O’Keefe is a scam artist.

A quick glimpse of the boards of any of the organizations involved, or a reference to all the “institutes” and “think tanks” that provide an endless stream of talk show guests, recycled lobbyists, and Republican politicians bouncing around in the safety net shows that the same names come up over and over again. The same right-wing figures constantly vouch for each other’s importance and knowledge. The same right-wing “experts” are dredged up to give opinions on science, when they know nothing about science, or explain health care, when they have no interest in health care, or simply fill the airwaves with confusion when there’s no better strategy.

In this regard, see: Scientific American Breaks With 175-Year Precedent to Endorse Biden, by , Truthout.

Twitter consensus: “This is art.” Courtroom sketch Steve Bannon

This article by  about Bannon furthers the scam focus: Pure Bannonfreude.

See as well: Hoax review: Fox News, Donald Trump and truth v owning the libs.

Put differently (continuing after “Home of the Free” above): The world over, “The Systems” in place have not failed. They were designed under White colonialism precisely to do what the White Police Thugs did to Mr. Floyd: put nonwhites under the knee of endless oppressions to the point of murder if deemed “necessary”. And it has ever been “necessary”.

The bent knee on the neck of the Black Man is the ultimate symbol of White Racist Power. Please see with reference to “ontological whiteness” this very disturbing (for us Whites) interview with philosopher George Yancy:

“George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day”

And where was the Ultimate White American Thug? Hunkered down in a White House bunker while police the nation over, and the military summoned by Top Criminal Godfather Trump to be at the ready to slaughter the protesters, protect everything/one White: from that Washington House of Horrors to . . . you get the idea. As Der Spiegel (the Time magazine of Germany) indicated:

Am Ende aber bleibt dieses Bild: Während das Land brennt, verkriecht sich sein Präsident in den Keller.–In the final analysis this image lingers: While the country burns, its President skulks away to the cellar.

So this: perhaps it’s about time that that White House built by slaves, once long ago turned black by pre-Canadians in the War of 1812 to 1814, be blackwashed again, ever after to remain the Black House of America–one that definitively smokes out not only Trump hunkered down in that putrid hell-hole of Wretched White Supremacy, but drives out every White racist and institutional manifestation of such in America, in Canada, in the world–sending all (of us!: for we have seen the Enemy and it is us!–Pogo) definitively back to where any such trace of such slithered out from: from under the rancid rock of Wretched Structural Racism! AND NO MORE WHITE-WASHING EVER AGAIN! Maranatha!

It is not merely a case of Trump “not getting it.” Trump has repeatedly demonstrated he has zero capacity to “get it.” He cannot perform that core duty of his office. He cannot process the information given to him in anything including the most simplistic of terms, and openly denies and discards information that would suggest failure on his part. Nearly all of his public emotions revolve solely around whether individual aides and government officials have, in his mind, failed or succeeded in defending him during each individual interview; he cannot even pretend to show similar concern for the sick or the dead.Hunter in ‘He still doesn’t get it,’ says Trump pandemic task force source as Trump spouts latest delusions

On structural American racism please read a snippet of a great article by Ibram X. Kendi: Is This the Beginning of the End of American Racism?:

On this path, Trump’s denialism has permanently changed the way Americans view themselves. The Trump effect is real, and lasting. The reckoning we have witnessed this spring and summer at public demonstrations transforms into a reckoning in legislatures, C-suites, university-admissions offices.

On this path, the American people demand equitable results, not speeches that make them feel good about themselves and their country. The American people give policy makers an ultimatum: Use your power to radically reduce inequity and injustice, or be voted out.

Again: Maranatha!

But it’s the beginning of the end too of the Trump Presidency/GOP as known. Andrew O’Hehir, Executive Editor of Salon, in Donald Trump is doomed, and he knows it: But will he go out with a whimper or a bang?: Trump’s final months will be ugly — and the damage he’s done will last for years. But there’s an upside, sort of . . . states:

Donald Trump is doomed, and he knows it — in the limited, animalistic way he ever knows anything. His electoral prospects are dwindling toward the mathematical vanishing point, and his historical legacy is now sealed. There is no possible future in which he will not be remembered as the most catastrophically corrupt and incompetent U.S. president of the past 100 years, and quite possibly ever.

See also a helpful commentary on the article, Salon: ‘Donald Trump Is Doomed and He Knows It’, by Ursula Faw / PolitiZoom.

One should also read this article about Mary Trump’s Trump exposé, which title tragically says it all: ‘He Is and Always Will Be a Terrified Little Boy’. As tragically, this defines his supporters too, above all his white evangelical base, lost hopelessly in a destructive clamouring-after-would-be John Wayne masculinity: scared little boys all. See further in The Christian Post this article, August 24, 2020: Most white Christians say killings of black men by police are isolated incidents: poll.[4]

The Firebug [literally the Fire Devil]: A President sets his country on fire

Please see Der Spiegel‘s dead-on but tragic June 6 cover, and run the cursor over top of image for the translation!

Cornel West is unsparing in his calling out the abysmal failure of neoliberalism. You will find on this website several posts about him by clicking on his name. You will also find several about Barack Obama by clicking on his name. The contrast between West and Obama could not be starker. Hence my Open Letter to Michelle Obama, that my white liberal friends in Canada excoriate–because white liberals in America and the world over are so sucked in and love the First Black Man and Lady in the White House!

We read in this brilliantly incisive piece, “Ajamu Baraka, “Uncle Tom,” and the Pathology of White Liberal Racism“:

[Chris] Cuomo here plays the role of sentinel of the establishment, guarding the gates of discourse, dictating to blacks and whites alike what is or is not appropriate when it comes to critiquing the first black president.

Obama is the right kind of black man, while Baraka is the wrong kind. Obama the liberal is deserving of respect, while Baraka the radical is deserving of scorn. Sorry Ajamu, you’re just not the right kind of black man.

And while black men are murdered seemingly every single day by law enforcement, Obama pens op-ed pieces arguing that “Every day, [police] confront danger so it does not find our families … We recognize it, we respect it, we appreciate it, and we depend on you.” This is the right kind of black man, one who is passive and subservient in the face of ongoing, brutal oppression and violence. Baraka on the other hand, a man who has repeatedly lent his vocal support to the Movement for Black Lives among many other pro-black social movements, is caricatured as a bigot and racist.

Please see also: Cornel West: Black Lives Matter Is an Indictment of Neoliberal Power.

The federal government is willing to protect you from mythical hordes of Antifa super soldiers coming to tear down Confederate statues. It will not protect your child from contracting a deadly virus.–Nathalie Baptiste in States Are Begging for Coronavirus Relief. Trump Sent Federal Police Instead.

So yes, my liberal white racists: Barack and Michelle Obama are, have always been, Uncle Toms vis à vis their own fellow Blacks–and any form of democratic socialism. Obama in his political ambitions and service has been a Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas. This was the conclusion of the massive biography of him by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor David J. Garrow in writing an incredibly detailed 1078-page (1460 pages with endnotes and index included) biography of Barack Obama from conception through election to the White House: Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. In a review by , we read:

The Obama-King contrast continues into Obama’s post-presidential years. As Garrow showed in Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (William Morrow, 1986), the great Civil Rights leader and democratic socialist Dr. King sternly refused to cash in on his fame. Now that he is out of the White House, Obama, by contrast, is cashing in. He’s raking in millions from the publishing industry and Wall Street and he’s back to his old “hobnobbing” ways with the rich and famous.

The reverend would be [91] years old if he had been blessed with longevity. My guess is that he would be less than pleased at the life and career of the nation’s first technically Black president.

For an extensive bibliography by superb bibliographer (on multiple social issues) Patrick S. O’Donnell, please see: After Slavery & Reconstruction: The Black Struggle in the U.S. for Freedom, Equality, and Self-Realization —A Bibliography.

I just heard an interview with Sen. Cory Booker where he uses the phrase: “A spiritually combustible moment“, when speaking about the dynamics of the current protests. Is this “the Kairos Moment” that has been used from a theological perspective[and much more–see the Wikipedia article you may click on.]? I.e. the fall of Apartheid and the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. A provocatively powerful phrase. —(my friend) Allen Harder

Then I urge you strongly to listen to Rhodes Scholar Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey deliver the most powerful, gut-wrenching speech I’ve viewed on race in America! As I listened, I kept thinking of a close relative who simply scoffs at this reality! He discounts it all! His response to Senator Booker, were he to give him a half of a minute of air time before pressing the delete button would be: Fake News! It’s all made up! He’d then trot out a whole bunch of selectively misinterpreted statistics about Blacks killing more Blacks than the police do (a pile of shit!–intentional French–(see also Footnote 4) and completely missing the point: see Fatal Force, The Washington Post’s database on police shootings; and this article about his hero, Trump whom he emulates: “The gap between Trump’s world and reality is widening. It’s disturbing to watch“)–to prove he’s right.

And immensely more tragically I also know this: my close relative is one of untold millions of White Racists around the world who in response inconceivably see no evil, hear no evil, deny any evil done by Whites against non-Whites (or of course that they’re even racist). Yet they live on the same Planet in the same year as I do!!! Now that is unadulterated, pure-and-simple, full-dose EVIL RACISM!

 

 

 

 

 

Trump’s actions are those of a raging narcissistic monster! Get him out of there to where he can do no further harm ever again!

I finally watched Axios National Political Correspondent, Jonathan Swan, interview (August 3, 2020) President Donald Trump for over 37 minutes about multiple topics including the coronavirus crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement, the November election, and U.S. Foreign Policy in Afghanistan, China, and Russia. I just had to insert the video of it below here!

Mr. Swan has a great capacity to be at once respectful and able to repeatedly supply enough rope for clueless Trump to hang himself. Mr. Swan has no need to prove Trump wrong. He instead inserts with timely precision corrective information in brief sound bites–like a dentist might inject unbeknownst a young child with a needle–and Trump throughout is all unaware that he is being played.

Trump’s stupendous ignorance throughout the clip was perhaps only upstaged by the sociopathy of his statement regarding a thousand Americans perishing a day. “It is what it is,” Trump blithely told Swan of the death toll.Kerry Eleveld  in: Trump’s Axios interview was impossibly bad at an impossibly bad political moment.

It’s devastating. Devastating to Trump because we see him so clearly. And devastating to the United States of America, because this is what we have to live under for at least another five and a half months, while people keep dying.–Laura Clawson in Confused Trump can’t understand how many Americans are dying of coronavirus in shocking interview

But viewers know–unless they are alike fool little Trump babies. It is painful to see Trump make a Supreme Idiotic Ass of himself. Swan allows Trump to do this by his own torrent of words and frequent interruptive gestures.  If Putin had only half the mental acuity of Swan, Trump’s sheer ludicrous stupidity fully on display in this interview trumpets yet again that  America not only is in grave danger of Russia’s conniving expansionist plans, it elicits at once worldwide pity and provides cosmic comic spectacle. For the likes of Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon and others past and present, Trump is a Useful Idiot who does not know Reality from

It’s definitely not a train wreck for Trump. It’s more a train wreck crashing into another train wreck in the middle of a tsunami as the earth spins off its axis and flies directly into Satan’s gaping asshole.”by in Lower Than the World

worshipping a scrambled egg as god. Except the scrambled egg loses out in favour of Trump’s only lifelong adored god: himself. 

America the Pitiable. America the Laughingstock. America the Stricken Failed Social Experiment. Trump America the Deplorable!

 

 

 

. . . according to Judge Vyskocil, no one should believe anything Tucker says about anything.

Fox [News] persuasively argues that given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer “arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism” about the statements he makes. Whether the Court frames Mr. Carlson’s statements as “exaggeration,” “non-literal commentary,” or simply bloviating for his audience, the conclusion remains the same—the statements are not actionable.–“Judge tosses defamation suit . . .

My close relative loves Fox News’ completely (most deliberately) uninformed Tucker Carlson who shows incredible denialism vis à vis white systemic racism while calling for nationwide further systemic oppression of nonwhite “urban terrorists”: “Fox News’ Tucker Carlson goes after Trump and Kushner over protests“. See too: The GOP’s future looks more like Tucker Carlson than Larry Hogan. There is this extreme sickie as well:  Tucker Carlson defends actions of teen charged in killings of Kenosha protesters.

Then consider conservative Tom Nichols’ compelling piece: Tom Nichols responds to Bret Stephens with an incredible Twitter thread.–a “a fairly thorough dismantling of the ‘both sides’ approach of some in the media”–by teacherken / Daily Kos (07/04/2020. See also this powerfully insightful article: Americans are all living the Republican dream now: Paul Krugman for the NYTimes. in which we read:

In this country, the fight against the virus has been a war against an unyielding, inflexible conservatism–and Republicanism–from the very start. Everything we are seeing and experiencing now—and every failure still to come until the country finally throws the yoke of Republican policy into the dustbin of history– is a product of that conflict.

 

Trump tries to sue his critics (and reality, at times) into silence. Daily Kos

And if one discounted fully two-thirds of the sources in the following highlighted piece–as I say of the police and guards in Canada from over a 40-year career of working with prisoners and returning citizens–there is far too much that is damning of Trump–and of Canadian/American police and prison guards!

If the United States had the same per capita death rate [as Australia], about 3,300 Americans would have died, rather than 158,000.– in The Unique U.S. Failure to Control the Virus  (The New York Times)

Please see the extensively researched: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump’s phone calls alarm US officials“. And that is just the phone calls! (See too: Trump is playing shock doctrine with COVID-19, this week in the war on workers; New international polls show what the world thinks of Trump’s screw-ups, and it’s not pretty)[5]

 

 

 

Trump on coronavirus: Retweet! Retweet! Retweet!

In the above video, Phil Vischer gives us a brief, pointed history lesson on “Race in America“. In conjunction with that, one may see several posts that variously address the centuries-long enormous and tragic racial disparities. Another post to visit is “The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today“. Please understand what “family wealth” means (To calculate net worth, add up the value of every single one of your assets. Next, subtract the sum of all of your debts.)–then weep. Please also watch William Barber II deliver a powerful sermon June 14, 2020. Just click on footnote here.[6]

Land of the not-so-free: The Federal Court of Canada ruled July 22 that the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States is unconstitutional because the harsh consequences of U.S. detention violate the right of asylum seekers to “life, liberty and security of person”.–RYAN HEATH in POLITICO: Global TranslationsAmen!

Trump’s ‘ Badge of Honor; (self-declared), as of August 7, 2020:
Over 164,000 Americans dead, and counting.
0ver 50 million claims for Unemployment benefits
– Unemployment rate – over 13%
– Economic collapse
– Ballooning National Debt
– Worst unemployment since the Great Depression
– Worst widespread civil unrest since Dr King’s assassination
– Worst pandemic since 1918/worst response of developed nations
– Over 20,000 lies
Worst ever contraction of economy in HISTORY. GDP down by 32.9% annualized, second Qt 2020

And lastly, and this is one of Trump’s most deep-seated convictions, he believes he can make something so simply by saying it enough times and with enough force. He is ever endeavoring to bend reality to his will, to succeed without actually having to succeed, channeling the relentless, practically blind optimism of Norman Vincent Peale.MICHAEL KRUSE and RENUKA RAYASAMPOLITICO Nightly; Yet after years of bending reality to his political will, Trump has seemingly accepted that he cannot will the coronavirus away.– in Biden holds daunting lead over Trump as US election enters final stretch.

Far too often, a post like this is dismissed out of hand. As said, I have relatives like that: so blinded by bigotry, so unwilling to discuss issues calmly, rationally; so a “my mind’s made up–don’t-bother-me-with-facts” position that precludes any alternative view in their tiny worlds of (tragically) deliberate not-knowing. Hence the need for prophets like Dr. Barber in the footnote above. Even someone is dismissed as mild-mannered as Sports Commentator Bryant Gumbel, speaking to a lifelong “Black tax” in America:

It’s the added burden that comes with being Black in America. And it’s routinely paid. No matter how much education you have, how much money you make, or how much success you’ve earned.

It’s about the day-in day-out fatigue of having to explain the obvious to the clueless.

It’s about having to overlook blue failings and white failings so that they can be conveniently viewed as black issues. Please see footnote 6 above for the full video commentary.

Now please watch Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Read ‘What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?’ Wow! After viewing that, then please read Black Lives and the Fourth of July; and An Open Letter to President Trump on Behalf of Social Studies Teachers Everywhere.

SO PLEASE AGAIN WATCH AND LISTEN–REALLY REALLY LISTEN!!!

 

 

 

Freedom in the 21st century is underscored by a median wealth of $142,000 per white family and $11,000 for Black families. These facts accentuate the shortcoming of the historical legacy of Union victory: that the abolition of slavery did not sever white supremacy from the fundamental core of American political economy.– Black Lives and the Fourth. . .

For another riveting voice please see: “Jericho Brown’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry speaks with power and urgency about racism and violence“. Then listen to the CBC interview (June 7, 2020) with him. (It is also clickable on the article page). Powerful! Again, we must REALLY REALLY REALLY listen!!!

An additional note: Today, while worshipping online with Saint Albans Church, Ottawa Canada (which my wife and I find profoundly impactful; having begun tuning in only since the start of the COVID-19 season), on the Day of Pentecost–the third great celebration of the Christian Year–we were powerfully engaged by this following video, Come, Great Spirit! It is purposely set as counterpoint to that raging racism both to the south, and in Canada–as the previous post details. It was produced by: THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE.

 

Trump Foil: ‘Without Empathy, Nothing Works.’Chef José Andrés Wants to Feed the World Through the PandemicBy Sean Gregory

C.S. Lewis described coming across the work of George MacDonald as “crossing a great frontier”. The discovery–only today–of this amazing body of cinematic work with over a thousand films to the credit of Travis Reed, founder, feels like crossing a great frontier! The tag line is so understated: “FILMS FOR DISCOVERY AND TRANSFORMATION“. Spend time on the website. Read about Travis’ Christian journey that began at a U2 concert . . . You could spend hours there! Wow! And wow again!!! Talk about the Church made up of a “great cloud of witnesses!” Revel in this great resource! Tell me your thoughts!

Now please watch the interview below with Dr. West. You may also get a flavour by reading the excerpt below as well.

Then read the article in America Jesuit Review, “To fight racism, Catholics[/Christians of all stripes] must hunger for justice like we do for the Eucharist“. We read:

Catholics cannot be content to stand on the sidelines of this struggle. In the face of racism, Catholics must hunger for justice as we hunger for the Eucharist. The Gospel calls us, as we prepare for Communion, to “go first and be reconciled” (Matthew 5:24) with our sisters and brothers. At this moment, when the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the depth of need for the sacraments and for community, this national outcry should lead Catholics, white Catholics especially, to conversion, repentance and reconciliation.

Amen!

In the end, as the African proverb goes, “The Church is hopeless. The Church is the only hope!” Amen again!

Now please feel Dee Wilson‘s plaintive, haunting even, and beautiful cry, so apt in this kairos moment: The Medicine. We first heard this online worshipping with Saint Albans Church, Ottawa Canada. It was first posted May 26, 2020.

Then please listen to Rose Petals below that video, and linger over the beautiful words in the song, also at the beginning and end . . .

Rose Petals:

excerpt:

When you talk about the masses of black people—the precious poor and working-class black people, brown, red, yellow, whatever color—they’re the ones left out and they feel so thoroughly powerless, helpless, hopeless—then you get rebellion. Dr. Cornel West, Harvard University

Harvard University philosophy professor Dr. Cornell West appeared on CNN Friday night amid nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and offered a searing indictment not just of white supremacy, the neo-fascism of President Donald Trump, and a criminal justice system that repeatedly brutalizes the poor and people of color—but also of a deep depravity that exists within the neoliberal capitalist system of the 21st Century in the United States that dominates both major political parties.[7]

As protests raged in Minneapolis, outside Trump’s White House, and U.S. cities nationwide—including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, and Oakland—West told CNN‘s Anderson Cooper in an interview, “I think we are witnessing America as a failed social experiment.”

I began my journalism career covering a civil war in Lebanon. I never thought I’d end my career covering a civil war in America.

We may not be there yet, but if we don’t turn around now, we will surely get where we’re going — which was best described by Senator Jeff Flake on Monday: “Tribalism is ruining us. It is tearing our country apart. It is no way for sane adults to act.”The American Civil War, Part II. (See also: It Could Happen Here and Death of America’s Democracy?)

“What I mean by that,” explained West, “is that the history of black people for over 200 and some years in America has been looking at America’s failure. Its capitalist economy could not generate and deliver in such a way that people could live lives of decency. The nation-state, its criminal justice system, its legal system could not generate protection of rights and liberties. And now our culture, of course is so market-driven—everything for sale, everybody for sale—it can’t deliver the kind of nourishment for soul, for meaning, for purpose.”

Please click on: America: Failed Social Experiment

WN: This is a new video June 23, 2020, and powerful. (See also New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters; and DHS compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists who published leaked documents; Cops Have Repeatedly Attacked and Obstructed Street Medics During BLM Rebellion; and Watchdog Calls on Authorities to Drop ‘Absurd’ Charges Against Journalists Covering Black Lives Matter Protests):

 

 

  1. [1]The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman incisively writes inThe Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization:

    “The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglass, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.”

    Noted social commentatorArundhati Roy called the above “the most succinct, accurate description of the project of corporate globalization that I have read.” Please see also peace activist/researcher David Swanson‘s “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): The Terrible Plutocratic Plan“. See too article by : The Triumph of Monopoly Capitalism is Hurting American Workers’ Life Expectancy.

  2. [2]In it we read:

    Shifting Priorities

    Sharp reductions in spending on police, prisons, and the Pentagon could free up hundreds of billions of dollars for programs that might begin to fill the gap in spending on public investments in communities of color and elsewhere.

    Organizations like the Movement for Black Lives and the Poor People’s Campaign are already demanding these kinds of changes. In its moral budget, a comprehensive proposal for redirecting America’s resources toward addressing poverty and away from war, racism, and ecological destruction, the Poor People’s Campaign calls for a $350 billion annual cut in Pentagon spending — almost half of current levels. Likewise, the platform of the Movement for Black Lives suggested a 50% reduction in Pentagon outlays. And a new youth anti-militarist movement, Dissenters, has called for defunding the armed forces as well as the police.

  3. [3]In “Defund the Police: America needs to rethink its priorities for the whole criminal-justice system.“, by  Annie Lowrey, we read:

    A thin safety net, an expansive security state: This is the American way. At all levels of government, the country spends roughly double on police, prisons, and courts what it spends on food stamps, welfare, and income supplements. At the federal level, it spends twice as much on the Pentagon as on assistance programs, and eight times as much on defense as on education. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost something like $6 trillion and policing costs $100 billion a year. But proposals to end homelessness ($20 billion a year), create a universal prekindergarten program ($26 billion a year), reduce the racial wealth gap through baby bonds ($60 billion a year), and eliminate poverty among families with children ($70 billion a year) somehow never get financed. All told, taxpayers spend $31,286 a year on each incarcerated person, and $12,201 a year on every primary- and secondary-school student.

    And in conclusion:

    More broadly, the demand to divest from policing doubles as a call to invest in safety, security, and racial justice. This week, cops in riot gear teargassed teenagers, Humvees patrolled near the White House, and military helicopters buzzed protesters. At the same time, health workers fought COVID-19 wearing reused masks. This is not serving. This is not protecting.

     

    See also: Black Lives Matter Chicago Sues to Prevent Occupation by Trump’s Paramilitaries. With good reason, these “cops” are being compared to Hitler’s Brownshirts. This is now (July 15) turning very scary.

    See further Jonathan Eig‘s: The NBA’s short playoff halt was the sports world’s boldest push for racial justice in decades’

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    Trump supporters have repeatedly told pollsters that they see whites, Christians and men as oppressed and that they are concerned about racism directed at white people. In that context, Trump’s response [that whites are somehow disadvantaged in modern society to the benefit of blacks and Hispanics.] makes sense.Philip Bump: In a pair of interviews, Trump highlights white victimhood.

    It is a go-to tactic often enough for us Whites to claim victimhood too, often arising from a negative reference to identity politics. My wife and I hear similar claims from men in abusive relationships: “Women are abusive too!” There is a strong conservative aversion to people claiming what theologian Gregory L. Jones says in Western culture is the new cogito: “I am a victim, therefore I am.” There is always some legitimacy to that push-back of course. But to equate harms done to Whites in the U.S. or worldwide with harms done to people of colour is beyond ludicrous. And as we say to the men: “When was the last time you lived in fear of your wife’s abuse?” Sometimes no doubt when a weapon is used . . . The discussion is usually over however once the question is posed.

    As to the treatment of Blacks in America, please read the article I highlight here: The Case for Reparations. If such history does not make the case for you, there is clearly a problem. But not with the storyteller . . . Please see this post of an interview with public intellectual George Yancy in part about Whites as “victims”: George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day.

    The chart above from the Bump article is telling. It is adjusted for population ratio of Whites to Blacks: approximately 5 to 1. (Double click on image if it does not load.)

    I am inserting at this point a fascinating video comparing and contrasting Trump and Biden over the years on race issues. Neither has been consistent; neither has an unblemished record vis à vis race–to say the least! It is well worth watching even for the historical retrospective.

    Then the video below ironically turns Don Jr.’s words on his father, pointing to the tragedy of Trump–for America and the World!

    Then see another juxtaposition of this time Mike Pence claiming one thing (freedom) while multiple images of protesters attacked show the tragic authoritarian reality.

    See too Trump’s endlessly nonsensical self-congratulations from an April 20 video:


    Do please see Mary Trump respond to an interview by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. The transcript is here: Mary Trump Nails It In Two Minutes.

    And this points to the overwhelming tragedy: yet another brilliant video by the Lincoln Project (see also: The Lincoln Project understands that Trump’s enablers must pay a price.); followed by another grandly ironic one; followed by a laugh track on the recent Chris Wallace interview; and still more!

     

     

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    Then Trump who knows more than everyone, and is more right about the coronavirus than all the (fake?) experts expatiates below. (Well his truncated version.) . . . The video is at once damning, disturbing, and hilarious!

    Trump and the GOP are powerfully dissected on this video interview with Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project:

    Now listen to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez respond devastatingly to Rep. Ted Yoho’s verbal abuse towards her in calling her a “fucking bitch“–and more. She does so with quiet regal poise and dignity that puts powerful abusive men, including Trump, on full notice: Not on my watch! Not on my watch!

    Please also see: Ocasio-Cortez dismisses Rep. Yoho’s apology, says his remarks are excuses for confrontation.

    I confess to experiencing great schadenfreude at Yoho’s dressing down. Not that I knew anything else about the guy. But I know lots about guys in Canadian/Western culture (and in other cultures) . . .

    My wife has worked for years in an End Abuse Program under Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia. She facilitates groups of women in abusive relationships. And together under the above program we facilitate a 15-week “Home Improvement Group for Men“, to challenge, aid, and give motivation and skills to men to change abusive behaviour patterns. It is all very rewarding work: a genuine privilege.

    We do not do dressings-down in our co-facilitation. No one would (rightly) return! But AOC’s words in her American Congress cultural context not only were called for, they were brilliantly incisive and succinct. I can only add: Wow!

    I hit upon a saying that so rings true from our Home Improvement work: In many cultures it takes a real man to not act like “a real man” according to those cultures.

    After viewing the video below, please see this piece (no embed code available):

    Connie Schultz: AOC told Yoho, ‘Permission denied’.

    See further this encouraging article: Xian Group Says Ted Yoho Isn’t Acting In Jesus-like Manner and They Want To Talk To Him About It.

    As well there is this very thoughtful reflection: The Poison of Male Incivility, b

    Now the video:

    And the acerbic video below scathingly accusing Trump of gross corruption, mismanagement, and incompetency:

Robert Reich discusses in the video below why Trump is the “Champion of the Oligarchs”, the Ultimate American Oligarch, appearing to be a “gift” to the working-class, while instead being a Trojan Horse against them, instead continuing the steady advancement of oligarchic power and wealth increasingly concentrated in the hands of a tiny . . . oligarch!

After viewing the video, please look up his new book: The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. See also Inequality Media with Robert Reich. (By the way, “Gift” in German means “poison”.)

Then watch Pramila Jayapal Fry Bill Barr In New Attack Ad Taken From ‘Real Discrepancy’ Passage.

Trump, whose niece claims someone else wrote his SAT to get into the elite Wharton Business School, has failed competence tests his entire life: the ultimate being his current job.

This from a teacher in Oklaholma who said:

“I am still haunted because, deep down, I fear that with the 2016 vote I may have signed my own death warrant.”

Further: In an interview with CNN on Monday, Shively reiterated her thoughts, further criticizing Trump’s lack of leadership.

“Well, just watching the failure of leadership in our country, beginning with the president, over the course of this pandemic, it’s not just my death warrant I might have signed, but there’s 150,000 Americans who are dead because of this,” Shively said. “I have to take responsibility for my personal vote that enabled that.”

This next video is powerfully hopefull!

This points to the overwhelming evil done and intended by Trump. It is outrageous and horrifying–and only scratches the surface:

This collage of current Trump supporters also “all knew“!:

See also: Trumpism Is a Racket, and Steve Bannon Knew It.

Then read: The cost of loyalty to Trump grows higher and higher, by Michael Gerson.

Then Chuck Todd did a montage of Trump’s shrill message  during the RNC. See it with commentary by Egberto Willies on Politics Done Right:

This too on Trump’s serial lies in last speech at RNC! The source:

WATCH: CNN’s Daniel Dale’s Rapid-Fire Fact Check Of Trump …

See too Abby Zimet’s: Trump Lied, 190,000 Died.

Please see another testimonial from a former Department of Homeland Security worker.

All I can say of the interview below with Republican Senator Kennedy: “Gotcha!”

Lindsey Graham roasted:

And this from Mark Wuerzer at Politico:

 

  • [5]There are powerful insights about The Donald in the interview with Mary Trump by David Corn: Watch: Mary Trump on Why Donald Trump Lies, Why He’s “Racist,” and Why She Wrote Her Book. (Many others are here). In it we read:

    “This was not in any way intended to let him off the hook. He’s a responsible—he’s responsible for his actions. He’s an adult human being who knows the difference between right and wrong. He just doesn’t think it applies to him. But he knows the difference. The point of the analysis of his developmental history was in its explanatory power…Even I feel sympathy for Donald the 2-and-a-half-year-old. A lot of people who end up being horrible criminals when they are adults had very abusive childhoods. You can have sympathy for that child. It does not at all, under any circumstances, diminish their responsibility for what they do…He does not get a pass. He needs to be held to account. Very seriously held to an account when this nightmare we’re living through is over.”

    Please watch now the interview:

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    (The article and link are here.)

  • [7]Please also see: The ugly numbers are finally in on the 2017 Trump tax rewrite: Radical Republicans ramrodded that law through Congress, and the rich made out like bandits by David Cay Johnston. This is of course neoliberalism taken to the next level called robberbaronism . . .
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    Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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