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Is Trump Playing The Far Right

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By John G. Mentzos, PhD (copyright 2020)

I've noticed that our most popular presidents since Ronald Reagan seem to have a very peculiar corresponding relationship with their biggest fans the citizens that loved them most are the one's that they most deeply betrayed. Furthermore, very few of the most fervent supporters of these presidents ever come to realize that they were betrayed. For example, it was the middle class that idolized Ronald Reagan, yet by the end of his presidency (counting for inflation) they were paying more than 45 billion dollars in new taxes. Reagan also put the beat down on unions and unionized workplaces made up a major portion of good paying jobs --this accelerated the decline of the middle class in the United States. The black community adored Bill Clinton and they exalted him as the first "black" president. Blue-collar white workers who also loved Clinton dubbed him "Bubba," a man after their own heart. What did Slick Willy give his adoring fans? He gave them mass incarceration and plethora of lost jobs to cheap labor abroad. His fawning conservative minions described George W. Bush as the man they would love to have a beer with. Cheers! Bush gave his conservative want-to-be-friend followers the Patriot Act that gutted their beloved United States Constitution. He also gave them a huge economic deficit. The real first black president, Barack Obama, was, is and will always be the champion of black America. But the facts are that during the period of his presidency, according to Tavis Smiley (a leading authority on the black community), "In every economic category [blacks] lost ground--Healthcare, black wealth, jobs, criminal justice, environmental justice, and the digital divide." Black, white, liberal or conservative those that could've gotten under the feet of Corporate Oligarchy got thrown to the curb by the presidents they trusted most.

There are a couple of other peculiar correlations between these presidents--the Corporate Oligarchy got richer and legally more powerful during each of these presidencies.

The American presidency and Corporate Oligarchy have become synonymous. Trump is no exception. His Administration is filled with Wall Street players and the super rich. So who could get under the feet of Corporate Oligarchy these days? Is it the far left with its peace, love and socialism or the far right with its hate, anti-government sentiment and AR-15s? The answer is both. Why? Because the peace and love and socialism of the far left could eventual turn the consciousness of Americans toward demanding that our government prioritize the expressed needs of all the people and the hate, anti-government sentiment and AR-15s of the far right could eventually be turned on the Corporate Oligarchy. What is the solution to a populist insurgency that would be to the detriment of Corporate Oligarchy? There are four possible strategies that come to mind that the Oligarchy could deploy.

1) Get the far right to turn those guns on the far left. This would not only cower the largely unarmed left but also allow the government to enact Martial Law and unleash the full power of our military on cracking down on both--the left, but especially the right. The right is more likely to produce armed insurgents. This strategy is easily achieved. The Corporate Oligarchy just needs to use the media that it owns (e.g., CNN and Fox News) to convince both the right and the left that the fear and pain that they are facing is caused not by the Corporate Oligarchy but instead by the Americans standing on the other side of the political divide.

2) Get the right to spread the Covid-19 in the cities through the "Liberate Minnesota, etc." strategy funded by Corporate Oligarchs such as Charles Koch. This is achieved by manipulating the right into believing that Covid-19 is all a conspiracy created by the left. The right is of course duped into infecting themselves, because in order to spread the infections in "liberal" cities they must first infect themselves. Again, the media is used to do the hit-job on the right and the left, i.e., the American people, vis-à-vis our divisions.

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John G. Mentzos earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development from the Union Institute. For more than 25 years he has consulted with leaders in nonprofit management, government, foundations, business, education, human services and (more...)

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