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Three Lessons for the Left from the Mueller Inquiry

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In the combined success-failure of the Mueller inquiry the left has an opportunity to understand in a much more sophisticated way how real power works and in whose favour it is exercised
In the combined success-failure of the Mueller inquiry the left has an opportunity to understand in a much more sophisticated way how real power works and in whose favour it is exercised
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Here are three important lessons for the progressive left to consider now that it is clear the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russiagate is never going to uncover collusion between Donald Trump's camp and the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election.

Painting the pig's face

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1. The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the establishment. Late-stage capitalism is in terminal crisis, and the biggest problem facing our corporate elites is how to emerge from this crisis with their power intact. One wing wants to make sure the pig's face remains painted, the other is happy simply getting its snout deeper into the trough while the food lasts.

Russiagate was never about substance, it was about who gets to image-manage the decline of a turbo-charged, self-harming neoliberal capitalism.

The leaders of the Democratic party are less terrified of Trump and what he represents than they are of us and what we might do if we understood how they have rigged the political and economic system to their permanent advantage.

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It may look like Russiagate was a failure, but it was actually a success. It deflected the left's attention from endemic corruption within the leadership of the Democratic party, which supposedly represents the left. It rechannelled the left's political energies instead towards the convenient bogeymen targets of Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Mired in corruption

What Mueller found all he was ever going to find was marginal corruption in the Trump camp. And that was inevitable because Washington is mired in corruption. In fact, what Mueller revealed was the most exceptional forms of corruption among Trump's team while obscuring the run-of-the-mill stuff that would have served as a reminder of the endemic corruption infecting the Democratic leadership too.

An anti-corruption investigation would have run much deeper and exposed far more. It would have highlighted the Clinton Foundation, and the role of mega-donors like James Simons, George Soros and Haim Saban who funded Hillary's campaign with one aim in mind: to get their issues into a paid-for national "consensus".

Further, in focusing on the Trump camp and relative minnows like Paul Manafort and Roger Stone the Russiagate inquiry actually served to shield the Democratic leadership from an investigation into the much worse corruption revealed in the content of the DNC emails. It was the leaking / hacking of those emails that provided the rationale for Mueller's investigations. What should have been at the front and centre of any inquiry was how the Democratic party sought to rig its primaries to prevent party members selecting anyone but Hillary as their presidential candidate.

So, in short, Russiagate has been two years of wasted energy by the left, energy that could have been spent both targeting Trump for what he is really doing rather than what it is imagined he has done, and targeting the Democratic leadership for its own, equally corrupt practices.

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2. But it's far worse than that. It is not just that the left wasted two years of political energy on Russiagate. At the same time, they empowered Trump, breathing life into his phoney arguments that he is the anti-establishment president, a people's president the elites are determined to destroy.

Trump faces opposition from within the establishment not because he is "anti-establishment" but because he refuses to decorate the pig's snout with lipstick. He is tearing the mask off late-stage capitalism's greed and self-destructiveness. And he is doing so not because he wants to reform or overthrow turbo-charged capitalism but because he wants to remove the last, largely cosmetic constraints on the system so that he and his friends can plunder with greater abandon and destroy the planet more quickly.

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So that's it, then. A completely unhindered investigation has failed to convict a single American of any kind of conspiracy with the Russian government and no further indictments are coming.

The political/media class which sold rank-and-file Americans on the lie that the Mueller investigation was going to bring down this presidency were liars and frauds and none of the goalpost-moving that I am sure is already beginning to happen will change that.

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I would have thought that Trumps request to the Russians that they expose Hillary's emails (which they did) might have meant something. But no, or regardless, We, the people, have little voice. Legal voters are scrubbed off the voter lists, polling places can be reduced in numbers (meaning long lines and wait times), and ballots are not always being counted. (FL case in point, in 2000)


And I guess "Hey, Russia, can you get all of Hillary's emails?" doesn't count because they did and there was no big hoopla over that. Despite all that, Hillary did win the popular vote. That's how much we count. Zero. Why do we waste gas and time going to the polls?


The PTB are the ones who elect our Presidents. Well, in the case of GW, the Supreme Court elected him 5-4...despite Gore's win of the popular vote. So much for the will of the people.


IMHO, the country for, of and by the people, does not actually exist. When "they" made Corporations "people", that was the last straw.


Put a fork in me, I'm done.


#End the Wars

#End the Electoral College

#End money in politics

#End the Federal Reserve


The game's rigged.





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While your posts has some things I agree with, your questions about why Trump's very public statement about exposing HRC's emails seems to be off the mark. First it was Wikileaks that published the emails. Second the DNC server never went through an FBI forensic, and lastly, the only evidence we have is that a hack by anyone (including Russia) could NOT have been technically achieved given the speed requirements. Forensics by a number of technology and intelligence experts indicate those DNC emails came via a leak and were delivered via carrier, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray. Neither Murray nor Assange were called in to provide such testimony by Muller.

The real damage was done to Russia and possible diplomacy. If you'll note both sides of this case left the anti-Russian/Putin smear job intact while clearing Trump of collusion.

This was only partly about Trump, and mostly about waging a cold-war arms race against Russia (with the old Soviet boogeyman in toe).

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You bring up excellent points about Corbyn and western political corruption.

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Good article but doesn't give Trump his due for some antiglobalization anti-Deep State policies. Which is why the vehemence of 'Russiagate' to get rid of him.

A big issue here is that unraveling 'Russiagate' could expose the globalist corporatocracy that likes neither an independent right winger like Trump nor an independent progressive like Corbyn.

If I may repeat what I posted to another Opednews story, the real issue is now to investigate 'the other side' and see who/what lurks there. Democracy depends on it:

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In the end one thing is clear: 'Russiagate' never happened. It was a conspiracy theory that appears created by the CIA, FBI, Obama DOJ, Clinton campaign and collusion by the corporate media.

Trump might not be my desired type of politician and I disagree with many of his policies. But, he got rid of the TPP, he didn't push WW-III in Syria and he is trying to defuse the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula. He's been able to repatriate some manufacturing jobs to the USA.

These achievements are clearly not in line with globalist corporatocracy plans. Hence why 'Russiagate' was created.

Trump is correct in describing it as a treasonous plot, a witch hunt. Just because he's right wing and has anti environmental policies and pursued criminal regime change in Latin America (like all US presidents) doesn't change the issue that Russiagate was an illegal attempt to overthrow an elected president. That is what needs to be condemned.

Separate out the environment and Venezuela and Yemen, but give Trump his due for his antiglobalist stance. And save the vestiges of US democracy by going after the perpetrators of the Russiagate conspiracy theory.

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The truth just might set us free, but it sure won't happen with the blind hatred of trump and acceptance of see-through lies that so many have gleefully bought into. Ditto if we refuse to honestly look into the deep roots of Israel and how seriously they effect the world today. I might feel one tiny bit more hopeful if a few folks could muster up the honesty to apologize for cheering Mueller on. But rest assured I won't hold my breath, as trump wins the next election thanks to that blatant dishonesty.

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Daniel, I have not seen you for a week or more. Good to see you! :)

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