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The best response to Campaign 2016: anger

Summary: Campaign 2016 shows the result of our apathy and passivity: two horrific candidates. The solution is simple. We have the political machinery bequeathed us, idle but still powerful. We know our peril as the Republic dies. We need only find the spark within ourselves that will produce action. Anger can help.

“Anger is easy. Anger at the right person, at the right time, for the right reason, is difficult.”
— Aristotle, in the Nicomachean Ethics, book IV, chapter 5 (slightly paraphrased).

“Telemachus, now is the time to be angry.”
— Odysseus. From the “The Odyssey” (film, 1997).

Danger: Angry American

Our political leaders — both parties — flagrantly cuckold us, flaunting their allegiance to the 1% without even attempting to conceal it. We react to this ugly truth in a commonplace fashion, with the dreamtime (to use Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s concept). We pretend not to see. We pretend not to care. We tell ourselves that it doesn’t matter. We pretend amnesia, as if we don’t remember.

Just as spouses drift away from each other once their trust is broken, we less often work the political machinery of the Republic — not even voting. We have less confidence in its institutions and leaders. This response makes disaster more likely to happen.

There is another path. We can get angry. It’s not a solution, but a necessary first step to motivating Americans to become politically active. Appeals to logic and theory are insufficient. Anger is the key to arouse passion, and passion unlocks resources — people’s  time and money.

The by-now obvious construction of a New America on the ruins of the old provides ample sparks to arouse anger. The bank bailouts rightly aroused anger that led to the Tea Party Movement. There is the diversion of Federal, State, and local tax dollars to the 1%, and their harvesting of the fruits of America’s fantastic productivity. There are a thousand other reasons for anger. You can list them.

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Campaign 2016: America passes into new hands

Summary: Campaign 2016 has achieved what many thought impossible, unifying America’s ruling class — behind Hillary Clinton. If Clinton manages this skillfully, it will mark the end of political polarization among our elites and begin a new era of bipartisanship (while America’s citizens remain weak and fragmented). The effects could be huge. She and the Democrats will owe it all to Trump.

Hands holding America

This election has become a carnival sideshow, behind our rulers are arranging a new government for America. There is no screen concealing these things. We just prefer to watch the entertaining follies up front, while our rulers take of business on the back of the stage.

There are three hundred thousand entries on Google for “political polarization”, mostly whining about its awfulness and pining for the bipartisanship of the days of yore. Worry no more! America’s ruling class has unified behind Hillary Clinton. Now she has to just build it into an enduring coalition, as FDR did.

Clinton’s coalition is a broad one, built by betraying some the Left’s core beliefs (just as the GOP came to power in 1964-1982 by adding racism to its platform). Bold foreign wars and aggressive domestic surveillance won support of the neocons and military-industrial-complex. Goldman, as usual, got in early and built Clinton’s support from Wall Street. The coy Clinton-Kaine will-they-won’t-they act prepares for their eventual support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (hence her support by big business).

Slowly people are seeing the truth. Such as Aran Gupta at CounterPunch

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What to expect from Team Hillary in the White House

Summary: It’s time to tear ourselves from laughing at the dramatic self-destruction of Trump and consider what we will see in the Hillary Administration. Here are three predictions. Imagine the tendencies of the Obama Administration, but far more aggressive. Note: I’ve been accurate so far (a year ago predicting Trump’s strength, and in March predicting his crushing defeat).

Queen Hillary Clinton

 

Contents

  1. Our mad wars continue, with more assassinations.
  2. Aggressive enforcement of political correctness.
  3. Scouring of the climate skeptics.
  4. For More Information.

 

(1)  The long mad war continues, with more assassinations

This week former CIA Director Michael Morell endorsed Hillary in the NYT; she proudly tweeted about it. He has a scary record as a supporter of the failed tactics in our mad wars.

“After leaving the CIA in 2013, Morell authored a memoir entitled The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS. The book was widely criticized for defending detainee torture in the post-9/11 era. Morell was also a co-author of a “rebuttal” to the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report.” {From The Intercept.}

He works for Beacon Global Strategies (a small firm) with another top-level Hillary operative. He was interviewed by Charlie Rose and said something that deserves our attention.

Morell: “The Iranians were making us pay a price. We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price.”

Rose: “You make them pay the price by killing Russians? And killing Iranians?”

Morell: “Yes. Yes. Covertly. You don’t tell the world about it, right? You don’t stand up at the Pentagon and say we did this. Right? But you make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran.”

This lunatic doesn’t mention how the Russians will respond to America’s assassination of their people (it won’t be pretty). The full interview is worse.

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