Calls for impeachment of a president are fairly common among justifiably frustrated Americans, but the conditions of failing global capitalism are bringing about less predictable and more dangerous reactions than usual. The shrieking use of the I word began almost before Trump was sworn in but has now assumed mainstream acceptance with passionate support from what are called liberal and progressive sectors. These camps find nothing odd or inconsistent about taking in poor people from other nations while totally disregarding poor Americans, including hundreds of thousands without housing. Next to that sort of mind numbing moral idiocy, claiming a democracy while planning to throw out someone just elected by however corrupt and debased a system - formerly found acceptable by the same people - strains the imagination of all but those lacking the capacity to think at all, let alone imagine.
Trump, as a mix tape of modern American politics represents such a different CEO type than the usual corporate state employee of capital that just about everything that has happened, beginning with his election, marks a brand new phase in a system more threatening to earth, its people, and especially the USA, than ever before. He truly reveals the usually hidden face-mind of the nation, a split personality of ego mad psycho capital fixed on individual profit as the meaning of life under a market god. This rich, egotistical blowhard who can begin a sentence from a position left of the Democratic Party line and wind up to the right of the Republicans at the end has provoked psychotic reactions from a previously neurotic ruling class. It is passing its condition on to a people approaching the behavior of a mob at a mental health crisis center during a full moon and without any meds. A potentially violent and heavily armed population is being driven close to emulating its murderous programmers, but instead of slaughtering foreigners it may wind up slaughtering its own. This would probably make much of the world cheer but reduce the nation to something much worse than it already is; instead of a minority of us reduced to hungry, homeless and destitute people, a majority could wind up in a state of bloody material chaos.
It’s hard to choose only one aspect of the social condition as an example of near hysteria among those previously given to at least acting as normal individuals, even in a political economic environment that regularly defies rationality and almost demands psycho-neurotic mental conditions to tolerate material reality. But the acceptance of the rich minority rulers’ mind management dictates by those previously claiming, if not practicing, humanitarian values, is getting dangerously close to activity that might make real nazis blush. And these, coming from people all too ready to toss around labels like fascist and hitler while almost unable to speak of the arrogant leader without use of zombie like repetitions of “xenophobic, misogynistic, islamophobic, homophobic” and more grad school multi-syllable terms that apply to the nation and its practices far more than to any individual, including this particular one who has had little to do with shaping the mess that we are in other than showing up for it the way everyone else does, though with far more money and power.
While Trump certainly represents what passes for a right wing populist reaction to the tragic contradictions hurting more people every day, he and those he speaks for are only further proof of a bankrupt politics that fronts for a criminal economics but only offers as alternative what, up to now, has been wimpy social democracy that sustains the problem instead of radical change that would solve it. Obvious to all but diehard liberal conservative supporters of and believers in capitalism, that system is failing and threatening humanity and not just one or another nation in its failing stages. Since we in America have had the weakest political reaction to that failure from what passes for a left, what passes for a right has come into power as a result of desperation and the lesser evil sweepstakes run by our billionaire owner class that we have been trained to call “our” democracy. Instead of trying to think about how we have failed and what we must do to arrest the rush to ruin, we are being mobilized into a national lynch mob in an identity political herd that further strengthens our divisions, the very weapon of control used by our ruling minority of corporate and individual wealth.
We live in a world in which less than 100 billionaires – most of them American - own more wealth than three and a half billion human beings combined, and the USA’s top 1% of rich people own nearly 42% of the nation’s wealth. Welcome to the world’s greatest democracy? Or the world’s greatest asylum for the mentally handicapped? The identitarian politics that help prevent unity and any hope of real democratic action are seeing to it that evil individuals are blamed for injustice so that systems can remain profitably unjust for ruling minorities of wealth so great it would make feudal royalty seem paupers. Their control of almost everything, especially what passes for news reporting, can reduce the process of political economic immigration to the individual plight of an immigrant in order to disguise a national problem by reducing it to personal suffering that covers a social disgrace with romantic tales of individuals.
Real American history is about tens of millions of immigrants, kidnapped from Africa and forced out of poor countries in europe, Asia and more recently south of the border, to become slave and cheap labor for american capital and its professional class. These are reduced to individual stories of suffering blamed on villains guilty of “hate” by people socialized to “love” pets more than some of their fellow citizens. Thus college educated and alleged civil libertarians can dismiss voters for Trump as deplorable, low life, white working class uneducated, racist, and worse while extolling mythology about immigrants being the back bone of america as though all of them- like my own grandparents and tens of millions of others - volunteered to not only help us, but were welcomed with love, comfort, security and high wages. People who can swallow this line might believe a pimp who claimed all his sex workers were virgins.
The reality of our history is radically different from the mythology and fables we have been taught in creating our master race of self chosen people – which is how we are seen by much of the world – with these myths and fables carrying into the present moment but more dangerous than in the past. Then, suffering was not as likely to spread as quickly to other places via a nuclear menace currently deemed more threatening than ever as previously peace oriented types are foaming at the mouth over alleged crimes committed by Russia and Putin which have as much foundation in reality as the stories of immigrants coming here to warm welcomes and offers of wealth, comfort, free housing and eternal security. The situation changes by the hour and is more dangerous now than it was a week ago. Given that there is anything but relief offered by mind management and consciousness control here, it may take outside information sources to help us gain, if not regain, our senses. Ironically, sources like RT from Russia may become more important in helping America out of its crisis in hypocrisy and help it towards finally creating real democracy. If so, they, and we, had better hurry. The self-righteous hordes being brought closer to a civil war are not just a threat to us; they are us.