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Is Trump's Threatened Fascism the Fault of the Democrats?

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I am part of the American antiwar, world-survivalist movement. One of my colleagues in the movement, David Sladky, makes it his mission to be a clearing house of information that may be helpful to American resisters of the incipient fascism we Americans face. This is one of the articles he has passed along to us.

Well, everybody has a right to state their opinions in the USA. The First Amendment to the US Constitution says so. This author with a book to sell (Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement, Counterpunch Books, 2000), Paul Street, an award-winning history professor, author and journalist based in Iowa City and Chicago, cuts Obama and Biden every way but loose, and even blames them and other Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, for allowing Trump to be elected:

"In fact, deeply uninspired by Hillary Clinton's tepid, elitist, and dismissive campaign, non-voting on the part of traditionally Democratic segments of the electorate was more critical to Trump's victory than any imagined big wave of white working-class Trump votes.

True, no U.S. president has ever lied as voluminously and pathologically as the fascist Trump. A brazen practitioner of the totalitarian "permanent lie" (which Hannah Arendt defined as "the consistent and total substitution of lies for factual truth"), Trump is off the historical charts when it comes to barefaced falsification. Still, the totalitarian would not have gotten into office without the more sophisticated establishmentarian disingenuousness of the party Wolin aptly called the "Inauthentic Opposition"-the dismal, demobilizing, depressing, and dollar-drenched Democrats."

Okay, what do you want to do about it, Paul Street? You have absolved Trump and his cronies from primary blame; you have despaired in any possible redress by The People by the standard Democratic processes. What is left?

You know we can't pick up the gun, the armed forces of the right, military, police, and other paramilitary governmental entities (ICE, DHS, Border Patrol, DEA, etc.) with an unlimited supply of tanks and artillery and Cobra attack helicopters-- with warplanes carrying CBR weapons ready to bomb us, for all we know-- would mow us down.

Our only hope would be a rebellion in the military, with thousands of US Army combat troops sitting down and saying, "we will not fire on our fellow citizens. They are not the enemies, foreign and domestic, we stepped forward and took the oath to fight." (I am quite sure that US Marines would not toss their honor in the toilet by following an order to kill other Americans).

You didn't serve, Mr. Street, but, naive 19-year-old though I was when I stepped forward in the recruiting office, I took-- and take-- that oath very seriously.

Are there ways for private citizens to unite and engage in some nature of People's War against the oligarchic far-Right power that Street so voluminously documents, and says its rise is mostly Barack Obama's fault? Can the most cyber-capable of ordinary US citizens of good will, and a desire that the Earth should survive, use computers to disable the oligarchy's ability to command and control us?

Street notes the criticism of the American people by Ms. Monique Judge for thinking Obama owed them anything more than the 8 years he occupied the Presidency. She says, with an obscenity, that Obama owes the American People nothing. Street's point seems to be that Obama owes us, and them, more than that, instead of being an enabler, a willing part of, the American oligarchy.

Maybe so. Of course, in the history of the United States, there are very few ex-Presidents who have ever played any important role in the government or social life of the nation. I cannot name more than three: John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft, who both served on the Supreme Court, and Jimmy Carter, the only ex-President in American history who has truly dedicated his post-presidential life to doing GOOD for people.

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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 47 years. I was at MayDay, 1971, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey (more...)
 

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Funny, when I published this, it said I had used 33,000 characters and 5600 words. The machine must be misbehaving. At approximately 22 words per line, the number of words in this article is somewhere around 1100 words. LOL.

Abajo el fascismo, abajo Trump y sus compadres!!

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"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive...when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government."~ Thomas Paine"
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Had always a rough time with Paul Street on Facebook, and was glad finished it off with unfriend click. He always seemed to care, which what mainly look for out of Cyberspace connections. Didn't know he was an award winning history man.

I think country went wrong by listening to Ike's wise farewell address warning of currant owners and masters of DC, pretty much both sides. I have a little hope for the DNC to get back to some kind of Union roots heard of in another life when loved them IBEW Wirenuts out for a day's pay for 8 hours.

I have very little hope of the GOP ever kicking out the Religious Right who is my domestic enemy number 1. Have heard RR people are running Foreign Policy (They are the enemy which they believe they need to be armed against. Well they don't talk to me but it sure is looking that way.) )believing its "god's will" for a great 3rd world war so they can get myth of a rapture. (Dream of what we do with them hoarded $-Trillions?) I do believe many rank and file of RR are sincere people.Their leaders need a good reading of huge rebuke of religious leaders in Jeremiah 23. Its brutal on them and Jer 23:20 should help it apply today. But it ends with correction in Jeremiah 23:33-40 giving a stern warning against claiming the oracle of the lord for each man's own words will be the oracle. It only reminds me of America Liberty stuff.

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Do you speak the way you write, or do you speak normal proper English? I find your prose to be disgusting and disrespectful of OEN readers.

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Article did ask Paul Street a question of where we proceed from here? Probably not best sentence but I could never figure out what he was about.

It should have said not listened to Ike which think lots agree is where country went wrong. Hear a lot of people through life think the country went wrong somewhere.

And I could right a book about the damage the Religious Right has done to the good news of freedom. Have even read on OEN Lawrence Wilkerson claiming foreign policy is run by the RR, I added in what their goals are. WW 3 for myth of rapture.

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