People of the U.S.A.
SO “Shit out of Luck-Opolis”
“Working Class and 'diminutive don'
& the city hijackers”
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.
Capital is only the fruit of labor,
and could never
if labor had
not first existed.
Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the
Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.
"Labor is the true standard of value."
The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume IV, "Speech at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania" (February 15, 1861), p. 212.
“In all Honesty ABE, I don't Believe TRUMP could even fix Your TOILET.”
Th. Trkstar May 14th 2017
A Helpful Hint:
OATH Of Responsibility in PUBLIC OFFICE is to the People.
"A Country is its Living PEOPLE."
Not an Object.
Beyond the Corporation In the U.S.A. The FIRST ABSOLUTE Responsibility is to the People.
Public Officials WHO look lightly at THIS OBLIGATION Will be Held “Accountable for Life” a #1 PRIORITY.
Honor Your OATH OF OFFICE to ALL the People and THEIR GENERAL GOOD and WELFARE.
...Going BEYOND “Inert, non Breathing non Living and Life Altering corporate entities and actual real Threats” to the People.
This is an easy Order of 1st ACCOUNTABILITY to always Consider in Life Consequences & Truths of Reckoning, a measure to Live by with the highest daily and “for the FUTURE” goals and Achievement.
((( AND YET I Have to ASK in a go “LIGHTLY SPIRIT” TODAY January 25th 2017
"HOW DO WE KEEP ALL THE BARBARIANS
OUT OF GOVERNMENT U.S.A.?" )))
December 28 2017
Michael Brenner Professor Emeritus PITT EDU.
A few people have asked me why I have stopped commenting on American party/electoral
politics. The answer is simple: we know what the state of affairs is, we know the elements
that have produced it, we know what has to be done – and we know that it manifestly is not
being done. There is no mystery about any of this. Nothing has changed over the past year
since the Orangutan’s ascendance which, in turn, has cleared the way for the long
promised Republican troupe’s rampage against the 20th Century. So, what’s the point of
repeating what was written a year or two or three ago? If those of us who share a certain
perspective have made not the slightest impression on the American body politic, and if
that is due to the overwhelmingly powerful forces that have warped its sense of reality,
then another couple of thousand words cannot make a difference.
To do so merely titillates for a few moments – like a Saturday Night Live skit – without
changing anything of consequence. Titillation is not to be cast aside in this glum era even
though its relief is fleeting. But let’s face it, that experience is just an emotional ant-acid
for someone whose social world has gone wildly off the rails.
To underscore the point, let’s pose a few rhetorical questions. Shouldn’t it have been
obvious two years ago that Donald Trump was mentally ill?
Do we encounter a person in
everyday life who speaks, acts and looks like he without quickly reaching that conclusion?
Yet, the media and the commentariat almost unanimously accepted the admonition of the
psychiatric profession that the “Goldwater rule” should be observed – and with good
reason since a clinical assessment would depend on an extensive person-to-person
observation. Even today, in the light of massive evidence that
Trump is a perfect
the prevailing view holds that asserting this truth does not show
proper respect for the Office of the Presidency. The appropriate retort is to affirm that
respect for the office can be shown by taking off one’s shoes before entering.
The widespread disposition to treat Trump as just another President with a few odd quirks,
is to ascribe logic-reason-a sense of responsibility – and intellectual coherence where none
exists. Heavyweight journals refer to his recently promulgated “security doctrine,” for
example, as if it weren’t simply a cut-and-paste assemblage of Trump’s emotional
ejaculations interspersed with bits of the same dreary boiler-plate that reappears in these
overblown declarations year after year. Can anyone provide a plausible statement of our
“strategy” vis a vis China, a reckless Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, or Russia? The only place
where a logic is discernible is Central America. There, Trump has strengthened our long
dishonored practice of backing autocrats who ignore democratic practices for the sake of
protecting the privileged position of the ancient feudal oligarchs and American extraction
businesses (in Panama it’s financial businesses that extract money from clients who
benefit from its tax avoidance services). That strategy, fully backed by Barack Obama in
his day, won us Honduras’ vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the Jerusalem
resolution – along with Naura, Vanuata and a handful of other great powers.
Context, background and consequence don’t make it into the MSM’s coverage of either the
U.N. or Latin America.
Isn’t the near total absence of informed, fair and critical coverage of American
misadventures abroad a matter of cardinal importance that helps explain the malady that
afflicts the Republic – personified by, but far deeper than Donald Trump? The
Washington Post reads like PRAVDA or IZVESTIA in the old days. Nothing but a loud-
speaker for the neo-cons and aggressive nationalists who dictate our policies abroad. A
couple of weeks ago, the paper ran a long editorial belatedly expressing outrage at the
humanitarian tragedy in Yemen – yet, said not a single word as to Washington’s material
and political backing for the Saudi-led air campaign that could not operate without that
aid. The WP’s falsity reaches new lows in hypocrisy and baseness even by today’s
degraded journalistic standards. The New York Times is no better in its relentless
campaigning against Iran, Russia, Venezuela, China
and whomever else won’t
bend the knee to Uncle Sam.
Is there any mystery as to what is happening on the
The tax bill is nothing
other than a looting of the nation for the sake of the 1%.
It is thinly disguised pillage.
The associated cuts in social programs represent a giant
step in the Republican project of
the past 40 years to repeal a century of progressive
Their point of reference is not
the 1920s, but rather the Gaslight Era of the 1890s before the federal income tax was
introduced. For the true Tea Partiers, a related virtue of that period was the subordination
of people of color and a much smaller fraction of immigrants from Southern and Eastern
Europe (these days, Latinos serve as the surrogate).
This is historic – a Reactionary revolution without precedent. It is reshaping American
society in fundamental ways that will endure. This disconcerting truth is largely invisible
to the editors, writers and pundits who determine how we understand the world of public
affairs. For the most part, they treat it as a sporting contest. “Trump Triumphs After
Earlier Defeats.” “Republicans Exult” “How The Republicans Strategy Was Designed.”
“Trump Turned Adversity Into Success: The Inside Story.” “Who Wins And Who Loses
From The Tax Reform?” All these headlines appeared on the front page of the NYT.
“Who won?” – is that an open question? Would the NYT editors ask it about a big Mafia
heist at Kennedy Airport?
‘Reform?” – by whose definition?
Then there is this gem – the ultimate in confused misrepresentation. “For G.O.P., Tax Law
Is a Salve, But Hardly a Cure-All for 2018” (December 22). What exactly is the NYT
trying to say? That this historic attack on salaried workers, this enriching of the already
rich, is an electoral asset? That it conforms to the wishes of the public? That it will win
them votes? Or, is the unstated and key factor the unwillingness
contest the confected Republican narrative?
Perhaps, they mean to say that it makes the
Party’s rich paymasters and anti-government base pleased. If so, is the salve protection in
the primaries from militant Tea-Partiers or against the Democrats? A “Cure-All” for
what? Are the NYT simply incapable of candid reporting, or have they slipped their traces
like so many others in our disoriented society? After all, these are the same people who
gave us a lengthy profile of a neo-Nazi that reads like a Michael Phelps promo puff piece.
While the Times’ editors (and the other MSM) play these parlor games,
Christmas boasting to his fat-cat friends at Mar-a-Lago
how he’s just made them much
richer. And they gloat at how the administration is systematically dismantling the entire
federal regulatory apparatus. Example: proprietors of nursing homes can now abuse their
elderly and sick without concern for penalties imposed by federal monitoring bodies –
penalties that themselves had involved nothing more than nominal fines on exceptional
What we observe is an apparent policy of trying to please everyone: the odd harsh editorial
criticizing the tax bill (when its passage is already a near fait accompli) and with no
reference to the pathetic Democratic performance) while its news stores cut-and-trim so as
to take the sharp edges off what that should be the story of the 21st Century.
Showcasing 3 Right-wing columnists fits the pattern
Whatever the reason, this kind of misleading news is read by tens of millions (subscribers
and readers of local papers that reprint these stories) whose perceptions and imagery of
the world are fixed by the supposedly authoritative source of these
This NYT’s off-kilter mindset is a reflection of how our culture has come to view most
everything. No good or bad, no judgments, no values. Just a pluralism of egos in a contest
of all against all for status, attention, power, and money. This is the mindset of fantasy
football applied to grave matters of state. (“GOP Win Comes After Chaotic Start” Dec.25,
pg. 1; “Patriots Win Comes After Chaotic Start” – any given Sunday). The latter, though,
affects only the mood of fans for a few hours with no other impact on the real world. The
former has profound and lasting effects on the lives of everyone. To put it somewhat
differently, what counts is not the game aspect, but the content – the consequence of
winning or losing the contest.
Inability to differentiate the two is juvenile – it’s the way a
6-year old views things.
The effect: the collectivity be damned. We are making a
reality of Margaret Thatcher’s
breathless discovery that “there is no such thing as society.”
How can we be surprised by Trump’s shenanigans, by Republican mendacity that this is a
“middle class” tax cut, by the fecklessness of the media in a country where countless
millions spend their lives in close communion with electronic gizmos and watching inane
television shows where even their laughter is canned? You pay a price for this type of
orchestrated numbing of sensibilities and dumbing of the citizenry. What person who
retains a modicum of God-given sense and reasonableness could have expected otherwise?
After all, this is a country where daily the latest episode of somebody’s unwanted kiss or
embrace displaces entirely attention from the national disgrace and humanitarian disaster
that is Puerto Rico. The Republicans don’t give a damn
about these far-away people of the
wrong color who speak the wrong language. The impotent Democrats take consolation
from the resulting mass migration to the mainland which might help them carry
One is fascinated by the strangest interactions between pop culture and politics. Consider
this proposition: Kim Kardashian, our celebrity culture’s embodiment, did more to elect
Donald Trump than Vladimir Putin and James Comey combined. Outlandish?
No - Resurgent racism in America is never divorced from white male insecurities.
As to the assumption that we know what has to be done, a qualification is called for. It
probably is too late to reverse the reactionary wave. All we hope for is to stem it. The great
political anomaly of our political times is that Republican electoral successes - at local,
state, and Congressional levels as well as managing to put a Trump in the White House –
occur despite the locus of national opinion on most issues coinciding with the positions of
Indeed, on some critical ones (like health care) it is well to the left of the
The great corrective in a democratic system is supposed to
be the presence of an opposition
competing for power.
Today, in the United States we don’t
have a viable opposition.
the Democrats have been committing political
suicide for a couple of generations.
True to their nature, it’s been dragged out at an excruciating pace – death by a thousand
self-inflicted cuts. Their only salvation has been the Republicans’ own suicidal impulses.
That is what gave them a couple of Presidencies.
(Remember Sarah Palin?)
The list of what ails the party is a long one – an obvious list
of basic flaws.
is fatally compromised on socio-economic matters;
it is corrupt;
it is controlled by self-absorbed careerists;
it has passively
allowed the Republicans to set the
terms of discourse on just about every issue
except gay marriage;
it is intellectually lazy;
and – not least – it’s dumb.
To be perfectly blunt, its senior figures are, for the most part,
second-rate hacks. Given the huge opportunities that they have been given over the past
year, they have done little but beat the dead horse of Russian electoral interference.
Is “hack” too severe?
Well, who else but a hack would lack such elementary political instincts as to announce as
their new motto for a new era: “A Better Deal” – and to announce this DOA creation of a
well-paid consultant on a late afternoon during the dog days of summer?
Its leaders can barely drag themselves to a microphone to ensure that the opposition gets on
the evening news after the latest outrage.
(The intrepid duo of Elizabeth Warren
and Bernie Sanders being the notable exceptions).
They avoid the provocative, riveting
comments that command attention. For weeks on end, they are a phantom presence in the
media; meanwhile the NYT continues to run a super-script on every page of domestic news
in the print edition “THE 45th PRESIDENT.”
To let that happen indeed justifies the
Consider this cardinal feature of today’s political scene – unremarked by our crack
journalists. The Congressional Republicans from coast to coast exhibit a disciplined unity
without precedent in our political history. 51 Senators to a man and woman vote for
legislation that turns America upside down. Several of its provisions run counter to the
views of a large majority of potential voters. Enthusiastic support is limited to around 20-
25% of the population. Yet, no one breaks ranks.
How is this possible in the politically
decentralized American system?
This is the key question for understanding current party politics in the United States.
The answer: Republican office-holders are held hostage by the party’s Tea Party wing who
are ever ready to challenge the incumbent no matter his impeccable conservative
credentials if s/he thwarts their desires. This puts fear in their hearts. Recall the fate of
Bob Bennett in Utah. Obedience is the only thing that stands between them and spending
one’s golden years selling insurance in Caribou, Maine. What of the risks thereby incurred
in the general election?
Well, the harsh truth is that their Tea Party minders pose
a more credible threat
than does the Democratic opposition in the Fall
– such is their pathetic state.
It doesn’t take a political genius to see that the Republicans are literally stealing the
country, and its political system, out from under them while they go on endlessly about a
bunch of sleaze balls (some of them Democrats) meeting in seedy hotel rooms with self-
designated Russian operators who know a mark when they see one.
Trump will not be forced to resign. He may abdicate, though. He finds the routine
tiresome, he can’t stand the carping criticism, and his misses his former carefree life when
he could assault women at his whim.
Were the Mueller investigation to
dig deeply into
Trump’s dealings with various international criminal
(wherein he may already have committed
several federal felonies),
that could set the scene for him to declare
victory in turning America around, bellow “Mission Accomplished,”
and to ride off into the sunset.
But Mueller seems hesitant to open that can of worms which could implicate
leaders (Bibi Netanyahu above all), some financial bigwigs
in New York, Amsterdam and
Panama, and well-connected power brokers with links to both parties. Were we
nonetheless to arrive at that point, Trump would be succeeded by Pence who is as extreme
a reactionary on policy as Trump but clinically sane.
The Republicans would hold the Congress. Pence would be 50/50 to win in 2020.
Joe Biden? Tim Kaine? Andrew Cuomo – Chris Christie’s partner in abuse of
public trust, sworn enemy of public school teachers and Wall Street’s dependent? What
would be his platform: I know more gay people than Pence does?
I guess Monica Lewinsky is a longshot.
Shut the lights – the Party’s over!
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Enjoy ...a Few minutes of
Attention is ENERGY
What you put your attention on, You get more of. Each
one of us is a fountain of Energy, a valve through
which Universal Life Energy is metered into the World,
and we can each point our self at whatever we want to.
We add Life Force to our Surroundings- to everything
WE pay Attention to.
If You put Your Attention on the Best, Highest, Finest,
most Beautiful thing that You can,
That will be Amplified.