On this day before Thanksgiving here in the Disunited States of America, we still have much to be thankful for; the most important of which is that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not the President Elect. However, being thankful for Donald Trump today is somewhat akin to the destroyer of nations and largest arms dealer in the world, Barack Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, after within shouting distance from his inauguration claiming he is the one we have been waiting for. Both are rabid narcissists, both believe in now as the overarching guide to their actions and purpose to the disregard of all of their campaign rhetoric and the promises made to the American people.
At least Trump seems willing to dispense with the stated goals that he was mostly elected upon prior to taking office, while Obama did so in a tortuous process of Three Card Monty, all the time denying vociferously that he had strayed while throwing bones to the progressive left on irrelevant issues such as transgender bathrooms. However, it is impossible to tell, at least today, whether the President elect is also creating smoke screens to divert the still powerful sitting President and his cabal of evil and corruption from further undermining the incoming President if not worse. Trump is an impulsive but very cagy fox.
The one issue that “trumps” all others so far, is his reneging on the promise to pursue the case against Hillary’s emails and the self-dealing and corruption of the Clinton Foundation. It is the issue I was most afraid of his turning his back on as the corruption of the Clinton’s unpunished, and unrevealed is a cancer deeply embedded in what remains of the rule of law in America. Perhaps, we now have the clue as to why this is unfolding the way it seems, Trump plans on continuing his business enterprises while in the White House, when not living in this gold plated tower in Manhattan, action that would take the notion of the self-dealing of the rich and untouchable to new heights of absurdity.
In addition, the meteoric rise in the equities markets may not necessarily be a sign of great things to come for America. It certainly is for Goldman Sachs and Wall Street, as it is for the 1% whose portfolios are more equity biased than the common man, who has been forced to struggle for income over the past 8 years, and of course they are also massively, beyond comprehension in terms of net worth. What is good for Wall Street has been proven, for some time now, to not be good for Main Street.
Hope in the times of tectonic shifts on the world stage and within the sphere of homo economicus is a great thing to carry into this Thanksgiving Holiday, but hope once dashed may not be so prevalent by this time next year. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
This is an excellent piece and very good read.
If we fast forward to these final weeks of the eight- year Obama administration, we find, to quote Yogi Berra, that it’s “déjà vu all over again.” Obama’s presidential acts have been unburdened by anything resembling fidelity to the campaign promises he made to his constituents. He has in fact continued Bush II’s illegal wars in the Middle East, expanding them across the region in the process. He has presided over illegal coups in the Ukraine and Honduras, and, one could argue, also played a role in Brazil. In Libya, unleashing Hillary, he has destroyed a secular nation that had the highest standard of living in all of Africa. His decisions as commander in chief then sent the same jihadi terrorists used to destroy Libya off to Syria to continue their work in service to our rather transparently bi-partisan US foreign policy.
Charles de Gaulle’s comment to an aide about how the American people would respond to the obvious State assassination of John Kennedy seems to describe the current mindset of many in the Democratic base regarding the corruption of their party and the role of the United States in continually fomenting global violence:
“They don’t want to know. They don’t want to find out. They won’t allow themselves to find out.”
There is a rather grotesque schism in the psyche of many “progressive” Democrats today. Many ardent Obama and Hillary supporters, while acutely sensitive to identity politics in domestic issues, have ignored, rationalized or denied our ongoing imperial slaughter, directly and through proxy, of people of color across the planet. Regarding US military and economic violence in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, Obama has enjoyed a free pass from the same people who rightly applaud him for his stand on gay marriage. Many have simply denied there is a problem and have not bothered to educate themselves about what their president and their country have been doing in the world. Ignorance can only foster the illusion of “bliss” for so long.
Denial is the most brittle of all psychological defense mechanisms. When denial finally breaks down it can feel as if one’s world is crumbling, when in fact that world had crumbled long ago, its disappearance simply hidden from awareness by our refusal to look, to see, to acknowledge what was right before our eyes. Denial no longer works to protect us from the truth.