the shortcomings of the candidates for the Republican and Democratic
presidential nominations, I see some hope in the strong support that voters are
showing for the two non-establishment candidates. Consider Bernie Sanders'
inroads on the corrupt Clintons' control of the Democratic Party. Look at how
easily Donald Trump defeated the Republican establishment's candidates.
Americans are catching on, shedding their unawareness. I am not confident that
Sanders or Trump could bring change. In The Deep State (2016), Mike
Lofgren concludes that powerful private interest groups, such as the
military/security complex and the financial sector, have hijacked democracy.
Still, voters' interest in Sanders and Trump, despite the beating they receive
in the media, is a positive sign. I have the impression that voters are
supporting them not so much for their positions on issues as for the fact that
neither are part of the Washington establishment. Many voters now understand
that the political establishment represents the One Percent, not them.
are hopeful developments in foreign affairs also. A New Russia has appeared on
the scene and demonstrated to the entire world its power to checkmate the
hegemonic ambition of the crazed neoconservatives, who have controlled the US
government since Bill Clinton. The world now understands that the leadership for
peace comes from Russia, not from warmonger Washington.
vassals in Europe are in disarray, with the Northern European EU members
plundering the Southern EU members, and with all of Europe overrun with refugees
fleeing Washington's hoax "war against terrorism."
Europeans are beginning to
realize that the establishment political parties that they have blindly
supported since World War 2 are nothing but agents of Washington, who serve
Washington and not Europeans. Merkel, Cameron, and Hollande are puppets of
Washington, not leaders of the German, British, and French people.
Chinese government is finally beginning to realize that the neoliberal American
economic policies that it has so slavishly been copying have led it into
economic difficulties. Perhaps China will now cease to follow America into
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Russians have learned that being part of the Western system subjects them to
economic sanctions and makes it easy for Washington to interfere in Russian
internal affairs. The Russians are beginning to show that their desire for their
independence is greater than their desire to be accepted by a corrupt, immoral,
decadent, and failing West.
Trump and Bernie Sanders speak to Americans' loss of economic opportunity and
financial independence. Today the 99 Percent are slaves to their debt burdens
and lack of productive employment, while those who deceived them into these
burdens and lowly-paid employment in domestic services are reveling in
multi-million dollar annual paychecks.
US Treasury, Federal Reserve, and financial regulators are corrupted by the
private financial interests that control them. The US government serves only the
One Percent. Despite this obvious fact, many Democratic Party
voters -- traditionally the less well off, union members, and American blacks -- are
turning out for Hillary Clinton, a tried and proven representative of the One
Percent. The Clintons have been enriched
to the amount of $153 million by the
ruling One Percent who own the Clintons lock, stock, and barrel. Yet the
dispossessed vote for Hillary.
many American voters, as Thomas Frank made clear in his book, What's the
Matter with Kansas?
, still have no clue as to their own interests and vote
to elect their worst enemies. Many
Americans are still trapped in The Matrix and kept there by the propaganda that
masquerades in the US as "news."
the possible implications if Americans were to enable Hillary Clinton to become
President. Trump has said that he would work things out with Vladimir Putin, but
Hillary has declared the President of Russia to be "the new Hitler." How can
Hillary work anything out with "the new Hitler"? She cannot.
is a great irony that the American lower class, traditionally served by the
Democratic Party, could put in the White House not only a person who only
represents the super-rich but also a person who cannot escape confict with
Russia, a country with possibly the most capable military force on the
psychopathic Washington neoconservatives who have controlled US foreign policy
since the Clinton regime, misinterpret Vladimir Putin's peaceful diplomacy as a
sign of Russian weakness.
The neocons say: "See Putin is weak. He is pulling out
of Syria." But what Putin says is different. Putin says: "We have created the
conditions for peace in Syria." If Washington abuses these conditions, "Russia
can, in several hours, build up its forces in Syria to a size capable of dealing
with an escalating situation and use the entire range of means at its disposal."
Putin adds: "We hope the parties involved would show common sense."
a position of strength, Putin has rolled the dice. Is there common sense in the
West? I fail to see any. I see arrogance, hubris, idiocy, immorality,
inhumanity, complete and total stupidity. These are the characteristics of
Western governments. They amount to a deranged criminal enterprise organized
the awards of medals to those Russians who served against ISIS, Putin stated:
"Our uncompromising attitude to terrorism remains unchanged." If we take this
statement broadly, it means not merely Muslim jihadists but the terrorism of the
West -- the destruction of seven or more countries by the US and its vassals in
the 21st century, the long-term sanctions against Iran, Russia, and a number of
other countries whose governments do not comply with Washington's dictates.
Putin has told Washington and Washington's European puppets, Cameron, Merkel,
Hollande, that he has had enough of them. They must reform themselves, become
honorable governments committed to the welfare of humanity, and abandon
self-serving policies of plunder.
the total failure of the United States to subdue after 15 years a few thousand
lightly armed Taliban, the American people need to understand that the US
military, corrupted by privatizations to enhance former vice president Dick
Cheney's stock options in Halliburton and by over-cost weapons systems that
serve the profits of the armaments industries and not the military competence of
the fighting force, has lost its edge in weapons superiority. The latest
over-cost American fighter jet, for example, according to the Air Force's own
conclusions cannot match the old fighter it is intended to replace, whereas the
latest Russian fighter is said to have the capability to electronically shut
down American control systems, track simultaneously 24 enemy fighters and lock
on 10 simultaneously for unavoidable destruction. Members of the US military
command have expressed concern over the high quality of Russian weapon
needs to understand that the establishments of the two American political
parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, are less interested in winning the
election than in continuing to control the party. Trump and Sanders are hated by
the party establishments, because Trump and Sanders are not members of the
establishment. Control over the party by the party establishment is so important
that we have many members of the Republican establishment declaring that if
Trump wins the Republican nomination, they will vote for the Democrat. This has
happened before. It was Republicans who denied the presidency to Republican
candidate Barry Goldwater.
United States is a failing society. Citizens' hopes are being snuffed out. There
are few good jobs or enough jobs of any kind, as the collapse of the labor force
participation rate confirms. People are drowning in debts that they have no
prospect of ever paying off. Young adults cannot form independent households.
The oligarchy that rules and controls the country has committed America to
massively expensive wars and privacy invasions for the purpose of establishing a
hegemony that enriches elite private interests.
corrupt and unrepentant financial sector, having survived its mortgage-backed
security fiasco without prosecution or correction has repeated its previous
folly with a new weapon of potential financial mass destruction. Speculators have
bought up distressed properties and rented them. The rental streams are bundled
into financial instruments, as were the mortgage payments previously, and sold
to investors. Is a renter more committed and better able to pay than a person
with a mortgage?
offshoring and financialization have drained the US economy of the ability to
grow. The ladders of upward mobility have been dismantled, and the service of
debt curtails consumer demand for goods and services. The wage saving from
offshoring jobs raises corporate profits and brings executive bonuses and
capital gains to the One Percent. Financialization diverts consumer purchasing
power into the service of debt. The result is stagnation and decline.
policy based on threats and coercion means constant conflict. The US has been in
constant conflict since the Clinton regime overthrew the government in Serbia.
Constant conflict is expensive, and Americans have had these expensive costs
imposed on them simultaneously with the costs of jobs offshoring and
was 20 months ago that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was destroyed
over Ukraine. Despite the inability of the investigation to come to a conclusion, from the first moment Western propaganda has blamed the loss of 298 lives on Russia.
Three days after the airliner's destruction, US Secretary of State John Kerry
set in stone the blame on Russia with his claim that "we saw the take-off [of
the Buk missile]. We saw the trajectory. We saw the hit. We saw this airplane
disappear from the radar screens. So there is really no mystery about where it
came from and where these weapons have come from."
the US has all the evidence, why hasn't the US government released it?
Obviously, there is no such evidence. Why would Washington fail to release
evidence that proved Russian responsibility? Kerry's evidence no more exists
than the alleged evidence the US government claims to have from numerous
security cameras that a passenger airliner hit the Pentagon on 9/11. If the
government had such evidence why has the government refused to release it for
almost 15 years? If the government produced this evidence, it would be a death
blow to the 9/11 Truth movement. The evidence no more exists than the alleged
evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, that Iran had a
nuclear weapons program, that Assad used chemical weapons, that Russia invaded
terms of the last three US presidents have been used to squander trillions of
dollars on pointless wars and construction of a domestic police state on the
basis of a non-existent "terrorist threat." This alleged threat has been
reinforced with false flag events and a fake history spun from lies repeated
endlessly by government and its presstitutes.
1994 Christopher Lasch wrote in The Revolt of the Elites
: "In our time,
the chief threat seems to come from those at the top of the social hierarchy."
As Lasch said, the greed of the elites for money and power have undermined the
constitutional basis of the United States. The elites have used their power to
betray democracy. Will the American people succeed in clawing back their