Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 3 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 6/9/19

It Is Time For Trump To Go

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   5 comments
Author 93431
Message John Hamilton
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

From Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(Image by Gage Skidmore)
  Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

On July 16, 1971 I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, after three long years of enlisted servitude, spent mostly in Germany. What I remember most of that day was the ride in a van full of other newly freed men to the Philadelphia airport. The scene on the freeway in the city of brotherly love was anything but brotherly. It looked like a road race of enraged men. I had come home to a madhouse.

I never got over that sense of alienation and revulsion, never "readjusted." By 1971 the "counterculture" had set-in, and that mass of alienated young people was attractive to me. I "joined," sort-of, letting my hair grow, growing a beard, indulging in the recreations of the day. It was kind of half-baked. I still drove a car, went to graduate school on the G.I. Bill, even campaigned with a group called "Veterans for McGovern" in the 1972 presidential election.

It worked for a while, but eventually the whole thing soured, for me and millions of others. The maddening system didn't change, and in fact gradually got worse. In politics we went from Nixon to Reagan to Bush I, then Clinton, then another Bush, a respite with Obama, and now Donald J. Trump (ancestrally Drumpf). The "hippies" didn't take over, and if they had it would have been worse. The trajectory from Woodstock to Altamont, spanning a mere four months' time, is the perfect metaphor for the illusion of the "revolution" that never was, except in a few songs.

- Advertisement -

I tried following a guru for a number of years, but that went sour too, turning into a dysfunctional morass of power abuse and sexual misbehavior. I haven't given up on spiritual pursuit, but shy away from groups, especially of Americans, which is mostly what I encounter these days.

It wasn't inevitable that we would end up with a deranged criminal sociopath like Trump as our national leader, but the downward trend certainly has led us to this. We have a near-completely criminal organization the "Republican" party, running 2 ┬Ż branches of the Federal government. In Wisconsin, as well as other states, we have the criminal "Republicans" controlling the state legislature and the Supreme Court, 2/3 of the state government. They gained power through criminality, mainly in voter suppression and gerrymandering. Corporate money, though technically not criminal, is morally criminal, used by both "parties," but more cravenly and abundantly by the "Republicans." The criminal rich give more to "Republicans." The infamous Koch brothers have taken a peculiar interest in Wisconsin, donating many millions to former governor Scott Walker and to "conservatives" running for the state Supreme Court.

What results, one might wonder, accrue when a madhouse run by criminals deteriorates over time? We need look no farther than the effects of climate change floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, forest fires, drought, species extinction, reef collapse, ocean life reduction and heat waves to see the environmental consequences. The social consequences are equally severe mass shootings on an almost weekly basis, and a nationwide opioid (nee opiate) epidemic.

- Advertisement -

The mass immigration at our southern border is largely due to our longtime meddling in the region overthrowing democratically elected leaders and installing dictators. Our ongoing "racial" divide is a needless obscenity, exacerbated by over a century of legalized oppression, suppression and marginalization of various minorities. Politicians are the handmaidens, serving the interests of the bigoted ruling minority, identified by the erroneous proxy label of "white."

The "charter" school movement to publicly fund private schools is a "Republican" scheme. The effort to privatize the veterans health care system is also a "Republican" gimmick. They would prefer to shut down the VA system completely, but for political reasons they settle for the second-best solution of creeping privatization. A publicly funded and well-functioning health care system is anathema to the crony capitalist "Republicans."

Something should be clear. The name "Republican" is not the essence of this criminal organization. Abraham Lincoln was a member of the "Republican" Party, and ended slavery. The organization devolved over the years since then to being a conduit for the interests of corporations and the wealthy. They could have the name Tiddlywinks Party and still be criminal. The "Democratic" Party is not the repository of goodness and decency, either now or in the past. Its minions are in general less criminal, but the human condition in any mass system is for the seeking of power and wealth by any means for enough of us to make corruption the rule rather than the exception.

So now, with such an obvious criminal as Trump at the head of the most powerful country on the planet, we have both a crisis and an opportunity. The decline of our society is obvious, and Trump has made himself the symbol of that decline. His "base" is a collection of religious and political crackpots, and while it is a formidable segment of the population, real power rests with the moneyed elites. The mob is useful for manipulation and incitement, but not much else.

The question remaining is what next? I've been saying for years, to no avail, that our infinite-growth, planet-destroying economic system is unsustainable, meaning that it won't last. If we don't change the system it will collapse. That time, I believe, is near. The artificially sustained "boom" is just about over. Signs are already emerging that a downturn has begun. No fiscal, monetary, trade or industrial policy is going to make infinite growth continue as it has since really the beginning of human civilization. The Industrial Revolution kicked growth into high gear, but it also brought with it the seeds of its own ruin, as Karl Marx predicted in 1867 in his landmark book Capital.

In one of the strange ironies of the current age, "survivalists" people who retreat to remote locations to live sustainably and free of government intrusion are seen as "right wing." For sure there is a mix of crackpot religion and conspiracy theory among the survivalists, but they hardly fit in with what is normally seen as "right wingers" people actively involved in securing reactionary and bigoted political control over the entire country.

- Advertisement -

My view of survivalism, though, is good luck with that. There's no escape. Climate change will drastically affect every living creature on the planet. The collapse of the worldwide infinite-growth economic system will reach everyone but the most "primitive" tribal cultures in the most isolated regions of the world. Maybe. They will likely be affected too.


(
Image by Twitter.)   Details   DMCA

So, change is on the way. Donald Trump will be gone soon. In the grand scheme of things he is a momentary blip, a buffoon and criminal sociopath who symbolizes the trouble we are in. We can take him as a lesson, not just in how not to be, but how not to settle for crap, in what happens when you do. He can be a catalyst for change, an inspiration in reverse. We have to do better. Much better. Now. Forget the formality of impeachment. It plays into the corruption of the day. Let's just run him out of office. A mass uprising is what is needed. Non-violent, of course, and legal, but let us make no mistake. It is time for Trump to go.

 

- Advertisement -

Rate It | View Ratings

John Hamilton Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Small business owner. Prior USG (DIA) officer. Very familiar with Slavic culture, economics, especially Ukraine. Involved in "activities" in Kiev 2004-25, Orange Revolution.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

It Is Time For Trump To Go

Comments Image Post Article Comment and Rate This Article

These discussions are not moderated. We rely on users to police themselves, and flag inappropriate comments and behavior. In accordance with our Guidelines and Policies, we reserve the right to remove any post at any time for any reason, and will restrict access of registered users who repeatedly violate our terms.

  • OpEdNews welcomes lively, CIVIL discourse. Personal attacks and/or hate speech are not tolerated and may result in banning.
  • Comments should relate to the content above. Irrelevant, off-topic comments are a distraction, and will be removed.
  • By submitting this comment, you agree to all OpEdNews rules, guidelines and policies.
          

Comment Here:   



You can enter 2000 characters. To remove limit, please click here.
Please login or register. Afterwards, your comment will be published.
 
Username
Password

Forgot your password? Click here and we will send an email to the address you used when you registered.
First Name
Last Name

I am at least 16 years of age
(make sure username & password are filled in. Note that username must be an email address.)

3 people are discussing this page, with 5 comments  Post Comment


Ms Nan

Become a Fan
Author 28898

(Member since Jan 12, 2009), 13 fans, 588 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

with such an obvious criminal as Trump


I keep seeing 'criminal Trump' over and over, but have yet to see anyone state the crimes he has been charged and convicted of.

Submitted on Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:31:35 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 
Indent

nelswight

Become a Fan
Author 2581

(Member since Sep 3, 2006), 187 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Ms Nan:   New Content


"Big Mouth" and "Tiny PP" maybe?

Submitted on Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 12:42:00 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

Lee Beacham

Become a Fan
Author 502584

(Member since May 30, 2015), 1 fan, 614 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to nelswight:   New Content

Size matters??? thought...............

Submitted on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 2:09:21 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
Indent

Lee Beacham

Become a Fan
Author 502584

(Member since May 30, 2015), 1 fan, 614 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Ms Nan:   New Content

That is a clue, isn't it? Is not kowtowing now a crime?

Submitted on Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 5:10:28 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

Lee Beacham

Become a Fan
Author 502584

(Member since May 30, 2015), 1 fan, 614 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

You seem to be just another "hippie" who wanted 'Free-everything". I'm near your age and I lived the real "American life". Born poor in a good family, married a girl more poor than me from a better family. Got a university degree after I married and started folling my dreams. WE always worked hard/played hard making weekends mini vacations. We were never missed a paycheck or a payment for 40 years, even as we moved around the South. Retired now (early on investments) and are immersed in our church and extended family. We're planted in her childhood home, always the center of her large family (mine dispersed) she haing 5 sisters. Large Sunday dinners after church with 4 generations coming together. Life is good. I never missed voting for Republicans and I owe much of my meager success to Reagan and his revolution. Mostly marry the right girl, keep her happy at all cost and stay employed until you have enough money to quit. And believe in God.

Submitted on Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 2:20:04 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment