The dissing of Donald Trump was dealt another blow on Tuesday as the maverick billionaire registered 35% support in a ten-candidate race in the New Hampshire Republican primary, this after winning 42% support in a CNN national poll just prior to the Iowa caucus the week before. His continued popularity is said to be reflective of racist, sexist, and even Nazi ideas finding favor with stupid voters, in contrast to his establishment rivals, whose lesser support derives from their principled promotion of (try not to gag) a sensible consensus.
Although we can't support his candidacy, we at Legalienate do not accept that Trump's popularity lacks all logical basis or is somehow unreflective of
democracy. It's perfectly logical and also democratic in that it is
going AGAINST what the establishment media and candidates are saying is
right and true and so, and commanded 35% support in a 10-candidate race
just a few days ago. The logic may be superficial, but it is hardly senseless. Everyone knows that the American people have
been told forever that the U.S. "is the greatest country in the world," while at the same time it can no longer be denied that the American middle class is in
substantial decline, which means to most people that the U.S. is no
longer the greatest country in the world. So Trump the billionaire comes
along and says he can restore the U.S. to "greatness." He doesn't need a
lot of specifics right now because his rivals are the ones who have
been instrumental in assaulting the middle class, which Trump has not
been. So the initial logic for his support is that at least
he's not a conventional politician reciting sound bites someone else has
crafted in order to manipulate the electorate. As for democratic support, on immigration there is strong democratic sentiment against
continuing to let in millions of largely poor, uneducated people without
legal documents, and letting in millions more with documents, but with all
of the hassles and problems that mass immigration entails in a time of
middle class decline, and with no end in sight. Again, Trump doesn't
need specifics, since he is the only candidate independent enough to
even raise the issue of there being social costs to mass immigration. (Who knew?)
The establishment's inability to do anything other than
cry "racist" or "misogynist" or some other politically correct
pejorative at this tells everyone else that power has no answers to
popular concerns, and is in fact contemptuous of them in this and many
other cases. That neither deserves nor is it likely to win majority
support in a time of rising political discontent.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
As the incumbent occupier of subsidized housing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue works on his legacy by fending off mad dogs of the neo-zio-con right and still bringing us closer to provoking war with Russia, a seemingly eternal presidential race for the next tenant continues while the nation passes through a critical period of confusion, disinformation and social-economic disorder. All this is part of the divide and rule politics to reinforce the weakening foundation of a political economic structure that threatens a global as well as national population if it ever collapses.
Bernie Sanders’ candidacy offers some hope for reform that will make things as humane as social democratically controlled capitalism was back in the days of FDR and the New Deal. This means better for some but only at the expense of most, with the groups showing profit and loss undergoing some degrees of change. Exercising more control of banks and corporations while offering a higher minimum wage and lower cost education and health care can almost seem nirvana in the face of damnation, but a victory for Sanders may actually help the nation survive long enough to initiate a second phase of truly revolutionary change in the system and not just some of its aspects. But many divisive old myths and newer fables about capitalism and democracy will have to be confronted and dealt with if that is to happen. Among them:
That “people of color” are all members of the 1%, or at least seem so to those who think raising the minimum wage and lowering the cost of education and health care only offer help to “people of no color”. Those who subscribe to this belief often entertain the nearly demented notion that great power in America somehow accrues to working “people of no color” who do not have college degrees, whose jobs have vanished, whose income has declined, who’ve seen taxes, crime and immigration increase, social costs rise, public budgets cut, and income inequality assume epic proportions. Particularly guilty in this group, according to many with incomes, college degrees and enough financial security to afford being judgmental of others, are religious Christians, with evangelicals being the worst and most disrespected of all.
This segment of the population is often stigmatized as enjoying “white privilege”- shared along with other “whites” like Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, Bill Gates and some homeless woman sleeping under a bridge - or worse, mounting in racist opposition to social change as a result of losing this alleged privilege to working “people of color”, with college degrees.
Such notions are especially popular among beneficiaries of marketplace trickle down success through commercial gentrification, cheap labor immigration and all other profits-for-some-at-loss-for-most policies. Many upper middle-professional class members of society who truly wish for a more just nation are either helpless to, totally incapable of, or have little desire to confront real power or create social transformation beyond electing one or another member of their class to represent their interests on the board, the council, the congress or at the White House. And that class includes more multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-racial and gender fluid people than ever before. Hooray?
Scapegoating those who have less but are not quite poor only makes sense to the innocently thoughtless or those most consciously responsible for maintaining a system that demands a social underclass in order to tolerate and rationalize a wealthy overclass.
An accompanying fable has it that privilege in America is awarded or denied almost exclusively by identity group membership, with special separatist labels assigned, as in designations of “gay” or “ Latino” or “white” or “black” or more up to date separatist euphemisms like people of color, some color, or no color. Of course we are treated by authority according to these separatist designations and need to initially respond as members of them, but if we continue living by those imposed restrictions we might as well become an opaque race of species fluid creatures who accept further reductionisms that maintain social divisions so the one minority with real power, the rich, can continue controlling an oligarchy and convincing its subjects they have a democracy by remaining in their proper roles as minorities.
Existing evils inflicted upon people negatively treated as minorities must be opposed and overcome, most obviously when they take innocent lives as when unarmed “black” men are shot down by police. But it must be understood that even before the movement called “Black Lives Matter”, some black lives mattered a hell of a lot more than others. Rest assured that few if any among the “Black Bourgeoisie” that has grown far beyond its number when Frazier wrote about it back in 1957, are likely to be shot in the back while fleeing a traffic stop for not having proper headlights or no license plates. If Lebron James or Bill Cosby or Beyonce or Denzel Washington were stopped by a cop it would more likely be for an autograph, but if there was any legal complication, lawyers and media would be on the scene very quickly to make sure justice would be served on their behalf.
Those who suffer the worst outrages of injustice, whether part of an alleged racial minority or not, are almost always among the lower, not higher, economic class.
In fact, when a past incident took place in which an upper class and famous African-American Academic was insulted at being mistaken for a burglar by a police officer – after a caller to the police advised he might be one – it became a national incident and ended up with the president inviting everyone over to the half-white house for a friendly chat over beer or coffee or whatever beverage was served. No such invitation has been extended to the next of kin of any of the black men recently murdered – not simply insulted, but murdered - by the police. This is class speaking more loudly than race, and that’s the way our rulers want it. And far too many of their servants accept it as long as the checks keep coming in and there is a group or cause to identify with that talks the proper talk, and then walks the proper walk. To the bank.
Under our political economic rules there is a very thin line between dedicated service to the people suffering injustice, and almost as dedicated service to perpetuating the system which creates the need for such service. Back in the 1960s, rising consciousness and anger at racism led to radical and even revolutionary demands for change. The most militant activists were often hired to administer government and private non-profit programs that maintained things as they were by helping out only some and not all, and soon they were derided as “poverty pimps” by many necessarily left out of programs that would only serve a relative few, in the interest of profits for even fewer. Many of those militants, just as now, were sincere about helping others, but they helped themselves first with paychecks offering entry to the middle class, and the system far more by rationalizing its limitations.
Even now, entertaining theatrics at the Super Bowl reduced some to being all a-twitter about the alleged political impact of a halftime performance in which dancers wore black berets, like the Black Panthers did in the 60s, forgetting that some of those Panthers died for being truly revolutionary, while their memory was to become a fashion-pop culture moment at a commercial orgy watched by millions who wouldn’t know a black panther from a blue dahlia. The sincerity and talents of the artist-performers was nice, and they got paid big money for dancing and singing at a national circus but nobody in the projects or the penitentiary will see a check for that performance, nor will the kin of dead black panthers likely be invited to the White House for a sympathetic chat over beer, or sangria.
According to some of the reductionist identity games played with the consciousness of Americans, we, or at least “Latinos” should be proud because not one but two wealthy “Latinos” are running for president in the republican primaries. Yippee. Better yet, an even more wealthy woman is in the democratic primaries and has already been coronated as first CEO of the empire to use the lady’s room and not the men’s room before giving orders to destroy one or another nation. Wowee, is this an exceptional nation, or what?
War, colonialism, racism, sexism and all the other categories of inhumanity still practiced and profitable to minorities must end if we are to have a future as a truly human race. Some parts of Islam have it that “there is no god but god” and that needs no science to be accepted by the faithful. But we need to learn the scientific, material fact that “there is no race but human” if we are to rise above the material horror of abuse of people and the environment in order to achieve benefit for a relatively tiny group at cost to the entire race. That is the root of our present dilemma, and we won’t solve our problem by continuing to go along with the program.
Living in observance of hyphenated divisions among ourselves does not make us any different in the eyes of those who hate us for what our country does to them. “Terrorists” who attack us do not observe identity politics beyond the identity we share, whether we understand it, like it, accept it, or not. We are Americans who pay the price for what a minority exercises in policy while we argue among ourselves over which of us should be affirmed this cycle, and which should be forgotten. Democracy means majority rule with respect for the minority, not what we have under capital, which is minority rule with contempt for the majority. Vote for what may make us a materially better, stronger and democratic human race. You owe it to your racial brothers and sisters, and our future depends on it.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The British Inquiry also mentioned the probability of Jesus Christ being an irish catholic trans-sexual, world war two starting over a gambling debt incurred by Hitler, and capitalism as having originated when two cave men made a deal swapping their wives for dogs, with one gaining an extra set of breasts.
Monday, January 11, 2016
We started 2016 by ending 2015 with a holiday shopping frenzy falling short of what the private profiteers needed but the public losers really didn’t, foreign policy moves to more war that the military industrial profiteers need but we don’t, and the end of the first phase of a presidential campaign that like shopping and war profits the few at cost to the many, which is hardly what we need. So what else is new?
The already long and mostly irrelevant campaign, which is likely to get worse, has at least presented two extraordinary major party contenders for the CEO position of our floundering corpora-nation. A truly decent social democrat who calls himself a socialist and excites socialists who should know better while repelling others who might not understand even when it’s explained, and an outspoken billionaire populist who thrills many and frightens others with rhetoric ranging from the extreme right to the slight left of his opponents, furthering evidence that we are a very confused and divided people. Repeat: So what else is new?
We are moving to more military confrontations not only with supposedly easy to defeat nations that we cannot defeat, but great powers like China and Russia, with none of our corporate warlords really wanting a war they cannot win - and we all might lose - while the daycare center mentalities passing for political leaders rattle swords and threaten more lives in total denial of material reality. To mention only a few more situations which most of our grand mothers could handle with more intellectual and humanitarian decency – especially if foreign born and not formally educated in America:
North Korea conducted an atomic bomb test, which caused the blood lust bigotry among some political-media vampires to go completely berserk. Calls for regime change, invasion, bombing and other democratically inspired practices were far more deafening than the explosion itself. North Korea suffers from more innocent American ignorance and ugly American hatred than any other nation we almost destroyed in the past. During the Korean war - the most brutal direct confrontation with communism until Viet Nam - the USA destroyed most of North Korea and dropped more bombs on that tiny country than had been used on the total pacific area during the second world war. And that prior war involved a murderous fire bombing of Japanese cities that made Nazis look humane; No ethnic cleansing and shipping people to camps or murders followed by cremation but American one-stop-shopping that burned them to death as they sat down to dinner. We killed more people in Tokyo than we did with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And we exceeded that holocaust, in tonnage of explosives and brutality, with our savaging of the North Korean countryside, cities and population.
That nearly destroyed nation is now deemed “fanatic” for seeing the USA as not only its past enemy but an ongoing military threat, with ships patrolling its waters and U.S. military maneuvers conducted on its borders. Any weaponry it has clearly exists as a defense against constant menacing from South Korea, a relative colony of western capital run by saber rattling anti-communists under the control of the USA. But we are taught the North Koreans are a fanatic danger, a threat to humanity and that their system is failing while our exceptional nation, a master race of self chosen people teaches the world how to spend billions on weapons, cosmetics and pets while reducing tens of thousands of it citizens to homelessness. SWEIN?
A tiny group of religious fundamentalist ranchers take control of a small nature preserve in Oregon unknown to 99% of the public and are transformed into an armed menace to security, peace, freedom and other cherished american values like gun ownership and identity politics. A simple and alienated band of possibly misguided people whose estrangement from power and a government dedicated to everything but their interest are dangerously being set up for scapegoating and possible horror as every justifiably aggrieved sector of the population is manipulated into thinking they are at the root of what is wrong with america.
Even Native americans have been pushed forward to accuse them of occupying Indian land, as though the entire nation wasn’t once an Indian homeland and hundreds of thousands of Indians hadn’t been slaughtered and ethnically cleansed by our ancestors. Why if these crazy armed militia types get together with skinheads, racists and North Korea, will Americans be safe in their beds? Don’t ask one of the presidential candidates because the answer you get might make ISIS, talk radio and 911 Truthers sound thoughtfully logical.
But wait. Some real Semites of the Middle East – unlike their pretender euro-brethren - from what might be called Saudi Israelia’s ruling family murdered a group of political prisoners, including a Shiite leader. In their usual fashion they chopped off heads and though this has never seemed to bother consciousness control or mind management in the USA unless done by ISIS ( SWEIN?), Iran reacted in anger, as might be expected. This led to threats of war and smiles from those who profit most from it; military industrial corporadoes from the USA. But no more than small murmurs from American leadership with no criticism beyond urging talks and not nuclear war.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-Israelis unite in not only exercising incredible control over american politics with their wealth, but causing many to wonder how the real Semite Saudis do it, without a lobby like the Israeli-Zionist mob that buys, rents and leases much of the government. Bulletin: Weapons purchases from, and petro sales to, our warfare-fossil cabal guarantee a degree of power to the tyrannical fundamentalists who taught ISIS/Daesh everything they know.
If nine Israelis had been among the twin tower bombers, can anyone imagine that we would still have the same married-at-the-wallet relationship that disgraces our supposed democracy? Yet nine Saudis among the terrorist crew meant nothing, with even many Truthers still seeking a Zionist behind the scenes rather than noting who actually played the leading roles. And created arch-villain Bin Laden? A Saudi too. Mossad may be taking lessons from them in how to save money, though Israel would have to buy even more weapons than it already does and somehow steal more Middle Eastern oil to sell.
In the midst of this and more, the demublican-republicrat charade plays out, with possibly more meaning than usual now that two of the candidates - deemed extremist and given no chance by established politics and its media handmaidens - are participants in the multi billion dollar marketing fiasco that passes for “our” democracy.
Bernie Sanders is written off by a liberal banking establishment and Donald Trump ridiculed by a conservative financial cabal, even though neither is critical of American policy towards Israel. Their mutual transgression, however different their messages may seem, is to contradict much of the party line politics that a majority of Americans find intolerable. This in itself is a healthy sign of change, even if the initial steps can seem frightening. After all, america was and continues to be the destroyer of nations and lives in the middle east, a problem existing long before their candidacies and one that creates the terrorist threat no one, least of all mainstream liberals and conservatives, has done anything to change in any substance beyond rhetoric, while continuing to vote for the very people responsible for the policies that do the killing and create the terrorists.
So maybe there will at last be something new come election day 2016. Especially if it helps people who slumber through the multi billion dollar marketing-branding campaign wake up to the need for a new politics and a new party. Jill Stein and the Greens do not have the money of the sincere but fake anti-establishment major party neo-lib-con job candidates, but she, the Greens, and we need staying power that will create more than simply electoral change now and well beyond 2016.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
How The New York Times Slants The News on Killings of Jews (unjustified) and Palestinian Arabs (justified)
"Palestinians using knives, guns and vehicles have killed 19 Israelis, an American student and a Palestinian resident of the West Bank over the past three months. More than 130 Palestinians have been killed during the same period, about two-thirds of them in carrying out, or attempting to carry out, attacks. Others were killed during violent clashes with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and demonstrations along the Gaza border." Notice that Palestinians kill Israelis, so we know who killed Israelis. In the case of the Palestinian killed (and note that NYT always lists Israeli victims before Palestinian victims although almost ten times more Palestinians have been killed in this period than Israelis). And notice that passive voice in "Palestinians have been killed", as we don't know who killed them. And then notice how justifications are given: that they were killed either as they were carrying out or "attempting to carry out". How do we know they were attempting to carry out if they did not carry out? Because Israel says so of course. The remaining are listed to have been killed "during violent clashes". So basically with that slight of language, the New York Times manages to make 130 Palestinians killed guilty of crimes, while it manages to make 19 Israeli killed to be innocent victims of Palestinian "murderers". Welcome to the world of US journalism about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Oh, and notice how it links Palestinians who were killed "in violent clashes" with Palestinians killed in "demonstrations", thereby implying that demonstrating is a crime that should be punished by death.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at www.angryarab.blogspot.com
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at www.angryarab.blogspot.com