Cornel West Says ‘Neo-Fascist Gangster’ Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as ‘Failed Social Experiment’
>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 whom he slavishly served–and now reaps handsomely his grovellingly ill-gotten rewards.
tells it like it is in this dead-on article: The US Military Has Its Knee on the Throat of the World. She writes:
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!–
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. 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.“
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?)
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.
Federal Justice Department Thugs all! And this is (The “Great Again”) America: Home of the Free! 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)
Instead, below are the White House Thugs’ Maleficents.
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.
Put differently: 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”>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!
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?:
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.—
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.
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.
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.
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  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!
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.
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
worshipping a scrambled egg as god. Except the scrambled egg loses out in favour of Trump’s only lifelong adored god: himself.
“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
America the Pitiable. America the Laughingstock. America the Stricken Failed Social Experiment. Trump America the Deplorable!
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. 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: . 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.
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!
Trump tries to sue his critics (and reality, at times) into silence. Daily Kos
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)
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.
Trump on coronavirus: Retweet! Retweet! Retweet!
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 Translations—Amen!
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!!!
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!!!
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. . .
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.
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.
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 . . .