Mass Shootings Trump Style-Nazi Coup, Business As Usual-Is There A Difference?

I went to sleep on Saturday night with a troubled spirit, thinking about Donald Trump and Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, thanks to a soon-to-be-forgotten Trump-supporting scumbag terrorist who shot more than forty people in El Paso, Texas. A mother of three, an army veteran, a teenage kid. That’s who he was killing.

When I woke up and heard about another double-digit shooting committed by a maniac from deep within Trump country, this time in Dayton, Ohio, I took a deep breath and realized. It may well be beginning.

Folks, they’re killing us out here. Keep your eyes open, and be ready. It’s coming down like hailstorms all around us.

We tried to tell them, back then. The Jill Stein bots, the Bernie or Busters, etc. You people, I say to them, are the biggest morons to have ever disgraced God’s green earth, by the way; this is just as much your fault as it is the ones who support Trump outright. Vote for Hillary Clinton, or none of this will be stoppable. The strength of our coalition will only last so long without money or leadership. At this point, it’s just the sheer guts and toughness and endless determination of the people committed to Resistance keeping this alive.

Anyone out there thinking of dropping the torch ought to remember that. And Ilhan Omar, please remember next time your Party needs you all the times we’ve had to #StandForIlhan because you shot your mouth off and made yourself a Nazi target doing so. We’re just as against socialism as anyone else, probably more so. But you don’t want to be that guy who said nothing when they came for the Communists. That mistake has already been made. We’re all in it together, at this point. Up to our necks.

Speaking of Nazi-like mistakes, like support for Donald Trump, which wasn’t something you could be open about in 2016. It wasn’t safe to be an openly white nationalistic Nazi pig, and that’s how it should be. Nazi symbols and propaganda are illegal in most of Europe, and it ought to be here. While we don’t condone or advocate for people doing things like vandalizing cars or refusing to help Trump supporters stranded on the road, we can sure understand them. They were done to deter what is happening now.

Anyone who heard how Trump was talking leading up to the November disaster that was his illegitimate victory, coincidentally sharing its date with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles ninety-eight years prior, could not help but think of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis- and the Holocaust.

Back then, there was a particularly vile Nazi who went by the name of Julius Streicher. His newspaper was sexually perverse and went by the name of Der Sturmer- the Stormer.

These days a model of originality called The Daily Stormer exists in sour tribute to that one.

Andrew “weev” Auernheimer is one of the key contributors to the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. He wrote in the comments of a post on The Daily Stormer called “Full Text of Alleged Manifesto of El Paso Shooter” that violence against non-whites is “desirable.”

“Random violence is not detrimental to our cause, because we need to convince Americans that violence against nonwhites is desirable or at least not something worth opposing anyways, because there’s no way to remove a hundred million people without a massive element of violence,” Auernheimer wrote.

Back in the days of Nazi Germany, it was all unacceptable, right up until it wasn’t. Adolf Hitler was no billionaire like Trump, nor was he much like Trump in other ways, stupid, slow, slovenly. He was a pervert and a psychopath, but it must be conceded by any metric that the man was incredibly able. Intelligent, ruthless, and cunning. I worry every day about someone like him taking up the Trumpism torch.

But he did have the same sort of man-of-the-people air about him that Trump does, which is why-much like here- the political elites of Germany didn’t find it thinkable to accept him as the leader of the country. His movement was noisy, loud, common, and led by a former bum from the streets of Vienna. To call such a man their leader was not, in the beginning, quite the plan.

The final president of the Weimar Republic, Paul von Hindenburg, used to refer to him contemptuously as “that Austrian corporal”, and would not until the final days of his life even consider the idea of making him the Chancellor, the second-highest position in the German government. But Hindenburg was old, disorder ruled the day. Democracy had never held a high place in the hearts of the German people, who grumbled about jobs and the trains running on time. Hitler used this to overthrow the social order entirely.

Hindenburg died not long after changing his mind, and when he did Hitler acted with a ruthlessness history has not often seen, purging the members of his own Party as well as other internal enemies in the Night of the Long Knives and setting himself up as Fuhrer, Supreme Leader of the German People. In just over a year and a half the Republic was no more.

In the process, Hitler laid out a set of blueprints that every dictator in the world has studied since. How to destabilize, terrorize, and coerce a country’s people into going along with things that should have been unthinkable. The Holocaust is the term for the slaughter of six million Jews. No one in history before had ever thought to wipe out an entire race of people. But now they have, and it’s on the mind of all these mass-murdering swine here in America, who are using the same propaganda tricks and lies to raise support and enthusiasm for a similar race war on North American soil.

Conventional wisdom since the war ended has said that it could never happen again. People know what the costs could be, whereas in the past they did not. Besides which, this is America. Land of the free and the home of the brave. No way would people ever be so cowardly here as to think they had to pick up weapons and set out to slaughter their neighbors. The Stanford Prison Experiments? Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority studies? Ah, only eggheads know about that stuff, what a bunch of weirdos.

Look where we are now. So much for conventional wisdom.

The Southern Poverty Law Center ran an article this afternoon with the headline in it, “White Nationalists Praise El Paso Attack and Mock the Dead.”

The Washington Post ran an article entitled ‘Shoot them!’: Trump laughs off a supporter’s demand for violence against migrants.”

policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics this week warned of racism’s devastating effects on children. It showed another study proving the stress of Trump’s rise to power caused more high schoolers to start doing drugs that year. Conventional wisdom is not doing America any good. It’s time to change our conventions.

The El Paso massacre began just as the fatal attacks earlier this year at mosques in New Zealand and a San Diego-area synagogue did. A racist manifesto and an announcement on the anonymous message board 8chan, one of the Web’s most venomous refuges for extremist hate. It’s as clear as anything ever has been in the history of all mankind this place is a terrorist recruiter’s dream come true. Our reasons for not treating it like one? The cops don’t want to.

This is because a sickening degree of white nationalist activity has taken root in our law enforcement agencies. The FBI has been warning us about this since the 1970s; a memo was put out on it as recently as 2006. Why has nothing been done? Nazism has a deep taproot in America because we took so many of them in after the Second World War finally ended.

There is a direct correlation between then and now, and that is what this article is saying.

This can all be viewed as having taken place on a timeline. After Germany lost World War Two, American democracy was up against a group of thugs and criminals who had murdered even more people than the Nazis had, the Soviet Union, of which Russia was the central state (So clearly, we get it, but still).

To compete with Soviet intelligence services, the CIA under Allen Dulles took in thousands of Nazis, who became influential at the highest levels of the government. President John F. Kennedy fired Dulles after the Bay of Pigs invasion became a fiasco. Soon Kennedy was assassinated, then his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was assassinated, and then a whole lot of other people ended up dead.

Does it not bother anyone, after all this time, that all of Lee Harvey Oswald’s friends were Nazis? One man, George von Mohrenschildt, wrote a letter in 1976-a year before he died, also under suspicious circumstances- to George H.W. Bush, then the CIA director under Gerald Ford. He was also the uncle of H.W.’s prep school roommate. See what I mean? Two generations of Bushes became president behind the one who actually helped to finance Hitler’s rise to power, W. Prescott Bush. It’s crazy.

On the way to that period of time, we got to take a trip through the wonders of Watergate and the Richard Nixon presidency. We went all over this during Robert Mueller’s Russiagate investigation, which had a sad end. Mueller went before Congress and said that Trump knew the Russians hacked our election, welcomed their help, and expected to benefit from it. Total disregard of morality in the pursuit of power is the key at the heart of fascism.

The kinds of things that were done by Nixon’s thugs from the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) were no different, and many of the same characters were involved, e.g. Roger Stone. All were from the Nazi playbook. Agent provocateurs, break-ins, blackmail, the political dirty trick campaigns known by Karl Rove’s old mentor, Donald Segretti, as “ratf*cking, as in, f*cking a DemocRAT.

G. Gordon Liddy, the guy who actually executed the break-in, was a neo-Nazi himself. The case study of this one guy will spin your head about what’s going on with the Nazis in our government, who have almost always made their home in the Republican Party.

I read his biography, WILL. He admits openly his inspiration for the title was the famous 1934 Leni Riefenstahl film that became hugely influential as a propaganda film for Hitler and the Nazis, Triumph des Willens, or The Triumph of the Will. Apparently, his mother used to sing it to him as a child. He also boasted of having walked naked down the tier in the Washington, D.C. country jail while singing the Horst Wessel song, Raise High the Flag, which made a national martyr out of a Nazi pimp. Yet for all that he was a tough guy and supposedly trusted by Nixon, he was beaten like an animal by two men who got right out of jail again, shortly before announcing he would never, ever testify. He didn’t mention that part.

It goes on and on. Operation Bluebird and MK-Ultra were mind control experiments done with the hope in the mind of creating super-soldiers known as Manchurian candidates. We can’t even rule out that the CIA may have actually invented crack cocaine to fund Nicaraguan armies of contras.

How do you shoot yourself twice in the head with a shotgun? I don’t know, but Gary Webb does. He was the investigative journalist who broke the story. Supposedly that’s how he took his own life.

As for Trump himself, his connections to white nationalism run bone-deep. His father was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1927. Notorious political hamstringer Roger Stone has said of Fred Trump that he was a member of the John Birch Society, which was founded by Fred Koch, father of the infamous Koch Brothers who built a near-billion dollar political machine in this country according to researcher Jane Mayer. He was an oilman who built refineries for the Nazis. Trump was raised at a time in New York when “conservatism was on the cutting edge”, according to conservative historian Rick Perlstein. This stuff was “in”.

Obviously in the mind of this president, it still is.

 

We don’t have all the answers as to what is going on in this country. It remains to be seen if there is anyone alive who does. Only one thing is beyond doubt. Things have to change. America has become a powder keg, and Donald Trump’s rhetoric looks more like a fuse every day.

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Trump’s SOTU Cheered as Venezuelan Socialism Falls- How Right Wing Gets Mileage From Far Left.

Trump's SOTU Cheered for Anti-Socialist Theme he stole from us.

As the Venezuelan crisis worsens, and the country’s failing socialism system continues to demonstrate why the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are foolish, we are seeing the illegitimate president Trump’s new strategy at work. Now the long game becomes clear. Using no less a mouthpiece than the 2019 State of the Union Address, Trump both charted his 2020 strategy and scored big points by taking the time to score a shot on socialism, vowing that America will never be a socialist country.

It’s a little late to stand on that now, Donald, but we don’t kid ourselves that will stop you from trying.

This is what we’ve been warning against all along. The fake left is just as anti-Democrat as the right; why? How is it that their interests always manage to coincide? What were they playing at? Why has Trump been so soft on socialism until now? Why not during the election, when America really needed to hear all of our leaders saying it?

Because then it would have been too early.

In Ocasio-Cortez, in the few very loud members of our generation that have been hoodwinked into supporting this truly evil and invasive form of government, the Republicans now have a walking personification of all they have been fighting with their money to create: a just accusation that Democrats are socialists, and that to support us is to personally become the vector of socialism.  It’s George McGovern all over again.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan situation provides a vivid example of how big disaster socialism can be. At the end of the SOTU speech, Trump did what he’s going to be doing a lot- pointing to Bernie Sanders in silence, looking horrified, waiting for the people to become so disgusted they can’t take it and vote against their interests. Policy be damned, they will say. Look at that blue clown suit. I would rather burn than have that guy as my president.

The claim that we Democrats are going to turn America into a Venezuelan socialist hellscape looks like something new, but as every reader of this blog will be aware, they’ve been laying the groundwork for it for the last several years. Contrary to Trump’s new narrative, the Democratic Party has never embraced Bernie Sanders. We do share some policies, but he goes too far with them and makes them look ridiculous. Now he’s got AOC there with him, screaming for seventy percent income tax rates on the rich and protesting Nancy Pelosi over climate change.

In the meantime, Tulsi Gabbard got involved as well, protesting Trump’s decision to condemn Maduro, which is about the one thing he has ever done right.

On both extremes of the political spectrum, everyone and everything they have is engaged in making the Democratic Party appear to be tilting left, at just the right moment for Trump.

“It seems to me that DJT has zero interest in expanding his coalition, and is going all-in on making the Democratic alternative unpalatable, hence the focus on opposing ‘socialism,’ ” the Republican strategist Michael Steel, a former senior adviser to the House G.O.P. leadership, told the New Yorker’s Susan B. Glasser in an e-mail the morning after the speech.

The entire Trump era, in many ways, feels like a return to the days of Richard Nixon. Parallels abound in terms of personnel, power, and politics. Perhaps above all else, a feeling that a growing extremity is pervading our country and reaching a dangerous level is strongly troubling American consciousness. It feels like chaos is everywhere. In such circumstances, history has shown that just about anything can happen.

One wonders if that isn’t the socialistic schemers’ whole point.

Cold War-era divisions have emerged along the same old lines as always. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is backed by Russia, China, and Cuba, which don’t want to lose an ally in the region. He has accepted billions in Russian and Chinese aid as his country’s economy  has exploded, and is now deeply indebted to some guys that are even worse than him. The Russian government has said it is considering installing an airbase in Venezuela, and there’s no doubt at all he’d let them do it. One wonders how Trump’s tough talk on Venezuela will jive with this desire of his boss. It’s one thing to stand up to a pack of screaming wingnuts, Donald. Try standing up to Putin for a change, why don’t you.

The Venezuelan situation, complete with right-wing exiles now involved in the political scene of Miami, brings us back to the good old days of international rancor over Latin American populist revolutions. One of the standard tropes of the Nixon era was the constant trouble over the Cuban Revolution, an event which saw its sixty-year anniversary pass by last month.

In that troubled time, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro managed with the help of the famous Che Guevara to overthrow the unpopular strongman Fulgencio Batista. Having done it, he went on to construct what he promised would be a more egalitarian Cuban regime. Soon after, he made sure to announce formally what U.S. military leaders and top officials had long known anyway- that this regime would be a communist one.

In a televised address not long after, Castro declared, “I am a Marxist-Leninist and shall be one until the end of my life.” He went on to state that, “Marxism or scientific socialism has become the revolutionary movement of the working class.”

The American right was empowered by that enough to justify decades worth of grotesque savagery. Shadows of doubt will always loom over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

It’s important to note what Castro said there about socialism, “scientific” or otherwise. True communism, as envisioned conceptually by Karl Marx, is very different from the centralized socialism that grew into fruition in places like Cuba and the Soviet Union. The idea was to give over national resources to the working class, to be administered in some unknown way, at which point these completely unprepared and unsuspecting people are sent off to go to town creating a utopia (the Greek word for “nowhere”).

No one knows what that utopia might have looked like since it never happened.

What did happen was socialism, meaning that the State took ownership of absolutely everything and set about instantly setting itself up as the sole power in the land, choosing for everyone what they would have and not have, and creating a new type of elite based on party loyalty and bureaucratic efficiency. One tiny central hub, e.g. Moscow, controls every scrap of land and enjoys total autonomy within it. Every evidence shows this practice to have caused an unreal amount of human misery everywhere it has been tried; for example, China locked an entire ethnic population, the Uighurs, more than a million deep into labor camps last fall. This is not a dream.

Then as now, and in those countries as in Venezuela, the whole sloppy mess was a disaster. It starved five million people to death in the first five years of Vladimir Lenin’s reign when the Soviet Union was born. It was not well thought out, to try and apply a political theory off the pages of a book to actual human society. Socialism is something to be avoided completely and utterly, and Americans are aware of it. It is one thing we were taught in school that is all but inarguably true- not that this stops certain people from arguing it anyway.

All this history lessoning aside, we can all see what’s going on here. Trump is making a big show out of his sudden anti-socialism posture, but actually, it’s disingenuous in the extreme for him to do so. He has subscribed all along to the usual American far-right strategy, which is to consider liberals the true enemy, not communists or socialists.

This is why Trump sided with Bernie Sanders in 2016. Instead of saying at that time, Socialism is a disaster and we should all come together on this, he chose to court a bromance with the Bern and reviled us for “stealing” the election from the man Hillary Clinton beat by nearly four million votes. His base has oft-repeated this slanderous claim.

Trump waited until Nancy Pelosi gave him permission to give the 2019 SOTU before he would finally go after the fake left. We’ve been here cleaning house the whole time, and he wants to co-opt all the hard work we Democrats have done. He thinks it’s the right time to cash in. But long before the day this started, the right has done all it can to empower and incite the socialists because they know it will make things harder for us. They want Ocasio-Cortez to be the face of our Party more than anything.

Now they’ve got their Goldstein, in the 1984 scenario.

In reality, of course, Democrats are the ones on the front lines of the struggle against socialism. The reason for this is simple. American democracy is the only pillar in the world still holding up the idea of human freedom, and it’s under attack from every angle. The only people in the world who are here to protect it are us, Democrats. When the Proud Boys and Antifa come in masks, to brawl in the streets and smash windows out, we’re the ones who break it up and send them all home or to jail.

The far right uses the far left to manipulate the public all the time. That’s what agent provocateurs are for. That’s what the Nixon era taught us, and it’s why we need to be so careful now.

It’s important to realize that this could have deep implications for us. Florida is one of the most key of all the swing states, as anyone who remembers the 2000 presidential race was stolen from Al Gore can tell you. The political scale there is so evenly weighted that percentages involving tenths of a percent are often what decide its elections.

For Trump to gain support from the Venezuelan emigre community of Miami at this time would be extremely bad for our chances in 2020. He is hitting a lick off posturing as anti-socialist, but he did the opposite in 2016. Going forward, it will be incumbent upon us to raise awareness on this. Trump is a Johnny-come-lately at this game. He’s really just a poser.

In the last analysis, the thing to remember is this: Trump has not stood for democracy or its institutions at all. The World Economic Forum no longer considers America to be a full democracy, because of him. MAGA hats have become like armbands worn by Nazis, and Trump is the white power symbol successor of Hitler. It’s worth reminding the world that fascism came from socialism. It was the branch of it designed by Mussolini. The alt left and the far right is exactly the same entity.

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves,” said Vladimir Lenin a hundred years ago.

Here at Millennial Democrats, we refuse to accept a false equivalency. We equally reject the totalitarian nightmares that arise both from fascism and socialism, and from that posture, we call not only for the resignation of the disgraced dictator Nicholas Maduro.

We call with equal lungpower for the resignation of the disgraced dictator Donald Trump.

Charlottesville One Year Later- Heather Heyer, Rest In Peace.

Our sister, Heather Heyer, who became a martyr to the cause. We shall overcome.

It was a year ago that Millennial Democrats published our first piece, written in anguish after the senseless and cowardly murder of our sister, Heather Heyer, who was not even mentioned by the orange malignance in the White House, upon this solemn first anniversary of her passing. She deserved better.

In August 2017, white supremacist demonstrators and counterprotesters squared off in violent clashes over an old war statue in Charlottesville, site of the University of Virginia. The conflict culminated in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, when the vicious murderer James Alex Fields Jr. purposely drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

While speaking at the anniversary of Heather’s death on Saturday, Trump condemned “all types of racism and acts of violence,” an insincere and half-hearted improvement from last year. He failed even to mention her name.

What he didn’t do, like telling these people and their values they are not welcome and never will be, speaks in volumes. Loudly.

He did nothing to discourage Sunday’s “Unite the Right 2” white nationalist rally, meant essentially to celebrate the death of Heather Heyer, has Washington bracing for conflict of the type that turned lethal last year.

Predicted for the rally’s attendance are about 400 demonstrators are expected in Lafayette Square, a park adjacent to the White House. More than 1,500 counter-protesters plan to gather at various downtown locations, including in the same park.

Back then, Trump refused even to condemn her murderers, choosing rather to assign blame equally for both sides. He also said there were very fine people on both sides, as if there was no difference. Kids will be kids, and all.

However, it was not members of the anti-racist protestors whose social media accounts included posts espousing white supremacy. We also didn’t drive any vans into their crowd and kill them.

One side was made up of Nazi killers who were only even in Charlottesville to make trouble with their lousy rally.

The other was made up of good-hearted people who want to see the human race make progress and are willing to stand up for it. That is good, because we will all have a lot of standing up to do, especially tomorrow.

Things might get rough out there, and law enforcement is desperate to avoid another Charlottesville. That is also important to us and to any healthy society.

That is also why it is necessary here to take an unequivocal stand against any members of the left who turn to destruction. We cannot emphasize this strongly enough.

Senseless violence can never be a good answer to anything. Specifically, we need to stay calm because if we don’t, the right will revile us endlessly and moderates will turn to conservatives. Every such incident will haunt us all. Violence has to be avoided if we do not want to move any further down the path to another Civil War.

In closing, we would like to implore our readers and Democrats everywhere to stay calm tomorrow, no matter what happens.  Stay calm, keep in your ranks, and sing your songs loudly and well. Regardless of our geography, every decent person in the world is sending our best hopes and wishes alongside you.

Human Rights Crisis on the Border- Children of Immigrants Warehoused.

Immigrant Children

Officials from the Trump administration have been snatching children from their parents upon their arrival at the border, hoping to create a deterrent to immigrant parents trying to enter the United States.

Their concept is that fewer parents will ever try to enter the United States if they fear their children will be stolen from them.

Using the misery of children as a way to manipulate their parents is the act of a terrorist, not a president. Not only is this a cruel and savage policy, it isn’t even working. Leave it to the Republicans.

Friday’s revelation that the Trump administration separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31, according to a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, has painted more of the picture for us, in stark and ugly relief.

The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which was announced by the Department of Justice in April, separates children from their parents or legal guardians because the adults have been referred to DHS for prosecution for illegal entry into the United States.

The officials could not say whether parents were allowed to say goodbye to their parents before they are separated. Some reports have said parents are told their child is being taken to a separate facility for a bath, only to never see them again. In some cases, the children have been sent to places as far away as Chicago.

Separating parents from children was rare under the Obama administration and even the early Trump administration according to Reuters. They just started doing this, and it’s already been two thousand little kids. That’s approximately 46 children per day, over a six-week period.

We are not going to forget about those kids, and we’ll make sure no one else does, either. I wish there was more I could do.

The people who are responsible for this show no signs of allowing themselves to be held accountable by civilian authority. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, when he tried to visit the facility on June 3, was turned away at the door. They also show no signs of planning to give those children back.

This is not the way things are done in the country we grew up in.

It seems like common sense to us, but not to the chief law enforcement officer in the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who used a Biblical passage on Thursday to try and justify these cruel and extreme actions.

“I would like to cite to you the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13,” Sessions said in a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sessions went on to insist that the Bible argues Christians must “obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

That same Bible passage was formerly used to justify slavery. It’s worth remembering here that Coretta Scott King herself warned us about Jeff Sessions.

As a brief aside, there are few things worse than using the sincere and earnest faith held by others as a way to convince them to go along with something ugly. The history of Christianity in America is full of that already, and we’re not about to accept this anymore. Do not drag the Bible through the mud.

As it becomes more clear that our worst nightmares have come true with this president, it becomes more clear as well that we have come up against something here that we have really got to resist.

This is not a game, nor a faux revolution. They’re locking up children in warehouses and holding them hostage. You cannot look something like that in the face and turn away without having made a choice. Silence is consent.

Hitler could never have come to power without the “ordinary Germans” who were willing to turn their backs on it all, for a comfortable life and trains that ran on time.

The comparisons to Nazis grow harder to ignore by the hour. The White House barked at MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough for coming out and saying it, but he was right, of course.

If only Trump took not acting like a Nazi as seriously as he seems to take not looking like one.

We have to hold out hope that there are still people out there in his camp that can still be convinced not to support him, by shining light on what he’s doing and making it impossible to ignore. We will accept any help, we will work with anybody.

Going forward, we can keep the pressure on them by raising awareness about what they are doing. Trump’s new policy is repugnant even for him.

This is a human rights issue, one that may well be the biggest of our time, and history will not look well upon those who are on the wrong side of it.  We’ve got to keep speaking out until they finally hear us.

If ever there was a time for a widespread moral outcry, this is it.

Tragedy on the Border- Immigrant Kids Torn From Parents by ICE.

ICE Rips Children Out Of Hands Of Parents.

The United States government, under the leadership of the Republican Party, has been systematically taking immigrant children away from their parents at the Mexican border.

The New York Times reported last month that more than 700 children have been separated from adults who claim to be their parents since October. More than 100 of those children were under the age of four.

This is unprecedented. In modern times, in America, this has not been done before. Children as young as 53-week old infants have literally been ripped out of the hands of their parents by uniformed American law enforcement.

Illegal immigrants are being detained by authorities on misdemeanor charges. While these parents do time, their kids are sent thousands of miles away. Another travesty is that this often happens people are not even trying to cross the border illegally. They’ve just come to alert the officials that they have arrived. Seeking asylum is not illegal. 

And yet, hundreds of families have been subjected to this newest brutal tactic on the part of the ICE. This is not a bad dream! They really, truly are attempting to deter asylum-seeking immigrants by forcibly separating immigrant parents and children.

Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke on the matter, saying “The children will be taken good care of. They’ll be put into foster care, or whatever.”

“Or Whatever”? What sort of a human being are you, sir? What sort of an American? This is not what our country is about.

North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp recently said it best.

“What you’re doing to children when you take them away from their parents is the most trauma impactful thing you can do to a child. So let’s be good people and good Americans as it relates to how we treat children.”

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Border Litigation Project says it has obtained 30,000 pages of records documenting abuse and neglect of unaccompanied immigrant children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

It has brought a national class-action lawsuit in their defense, and thank God someone has. But what is going on in this country, when we’ve got to beg the government, not to let our law enforcement officers steal babies from their parents??

Not a day goes by anymore when Americans don’t find ourselves assailed from some new direction. Shame and indignation have become part of our daily routine. But not like this. This is new.

The cruelty and stupidity of our 45th president have already become legend, especially as regards our Southern neighbors. During Hurricane Harvey last summer, he ordered Border Patrol checkpoints to stay open, even as the storm approached. He pardoned Joe Arpaio the same day.

By now, everyone knows. He really is the kind of person who would split up families as a deterrent, same as the Nazis did. And this current Congress, controlled as it is by other corrupt and complicit Republicans, will never stop him. So we have to help raise awareness. People have to know what they are doing before we can make them stop.

It is the recommendation of every single Millennial Democrat that people call their representatives. Tell the people in power how revolted you are. Tell them that this is not the country you were raised in and that you don’t intend to let it go any longer.

If we all ask the question at once, they will have to answer to us.

From MLK to Saheed Vassell- Fifty Years of Police Brutality.

#VOTETHEMOUT

Editor’s note- This is one of the most powerfully stated opinion editorial pieces ever published by Millennial Democrats. As always, the views of the writer are his own, and not necessarily reflective of the organization as a whole.

But people need a place to tell their stories from their side. Hosting that is what we do, and thus, the mic is handed over.

I was feeling fed up the other day when I wrote the Stephon Clark piece. That’s why I wrote it. But now tonight they gun down this guy Saheed Vassell on the streets of New York City, less than two weeks later?

On the 50 year anniversary of Dr King’s murder? Now, I am really, truly angry. And I am not alone.

How blatant can you get? How stupid can you be? How many actual people have to get ruined and butchered and slaughtered, before you people will say enough is enough? Somebody has to say it, even if you refuse.

WE ARE TIRED OF GETTING SHOT. PERIOD. Do something to protect us, or face the consequences that soon everyone will fully realize that you can’t.

The people who are supposed to be protecting us are becoming nothing more than the biggest, baddest gang of all. An American citizen has a duty to speak out against such a travesty.

This is so crazy, man. I’m just going to let the words flow through me as they see fit, today. The time for a massive public outcry has come.
How many more of these is it going to take?
I must know fifty guys like that guy Saheed Vassell. It might have been me, but for a few twists of fate.
Life is hard for them, and people are not always kind. People look at them as deserving of their fates somehow, as if a lifetime downtrodden by your own bad habits and mental illness is not enough. Nobody gets mad when they die. So I will. I will get mad enough for millions.
The police and correctional guards- They were left alone, by Scott Walker, when he came for the pensions of state workers in Wisconsin. Teachers were to be destroyed, schools ravaged, but the police were left alone. They almost always are. People are afraid of them. They’ve become a domestic army, and ultimately, they take their orders from themselves.
And they’re the ones who have got all the guns.
When Hitler came to power in Germany, one of the very first government institutions he was able to twist and corrupt was that of the police. Why? Because he knew that half of them were all thugs and hatchetmen already. That’s why they got the job. They had nothing to offer the world except muscle and bone.
Soon the worst started seizing key positions, the best lacked the conviction to stop them, and the rest was soon to follow. It could again. At any time.
Maybe corruption and a thirst for slaughter are inherent in the position, but maybe not. Going without them should at least be tried.
The trouble is that if we Democrats don’t want to end up like Social Democrats did back in Germany, we’ve got to be really careful. Because they know, that we know who they are. And that is very dangerous. It’s scary to even publish this. I know what the cost of freedom is.
This is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s murder. Today. No one will ever convince me that it wasn’t either set up that way or fate. Random is out, in my opinion.
The days of international police control are here, and guess what? There’s more chaos in the streets than ever, because of it! Nice!
How long is it going to take this time, before people get fed up? You can already see the makings of Nazis in half of your neighbors, right? They don’t want to hear about what the Russians are doing, they don’t want to hear about what Trump is doing, they just want to be left alone.
And jobs. Like Roseanne was saying. They want to be given jobs to do, where they can have all their needs taken care of, earn a scale of varied punishments or rewards, and have lots of less deserving others to abuse.
That is the promise that one Trump voter makes to another. If you go to work on time and you vote Republican, then it’s You beat your wife, I’ll beat mine, and neither one of us will judge the other(at least, not publicly.) It’s a part of his right, part of living as a successful man.
That is the nature of the Nazi. To acquiesce with a turned away glance, to refrain pointedly from speaking out. To condemn himself with silence and sleep.
May all of us root out the inner Nazi in ourselves and destroy him! Annihilate him! Drag him out into the light to die in shame!
At any rate, we had better do it to him, before he does it to us. 
You don’t want to be standing in the dock at Nuremberg.
This has been an ugly rant, I think to myself, as I am writing it. I don’t like to levy such mass criticisms unless the need is utterly dire. Police aren’t inherently evil, just the opposite. But the spirit of “To Protect and Serve” is long gone, and most likely never to return.
Vassell just hits close to home, for me, because I KNOW these guys, God damn it! I listen to their stories! I try and make sure they all eat lunch, I take care of them anytime that I am able.
The same was done for me when I was young and poor and crazy.
I got through it, though, and now I do my best to pass it forward and to be a good shepherd because that is what God commands us to be! Why is that so hard for others to understand?
The people who are wearing those uniforms are people, too. But they have entire colleges, entire levels of training, between their souls and anything you could reach. They are systematically built up and made into monsters! And then they are sicced on the public, which is told, in effect, Do what you are told because if you don’t the police will come, and those people will kill you!
Not all police are fascist pigs, of course, and the state of things obviously causes great dissonance to many officers. But the tendency for all too many, when things start to go bad, is to do what they’ve been taught and follow orders.
How do we remove their influence from our society without letting ourselves become just like them? It’s hard to say. A new system, a new indoctrination? It’s all been done before. Is it the people, or the uniforms that are causing this corruption?
Only one thing is certain- There’s no way to know if others can do better unless it is tried and the way things are now has become intolerable.
There are certainly such things as humane re-education processes. They put us in them all the time, right? They call it counseling, or rehab, or what have you, but what it really amounts to, is a bunch of hoops you’ve got to jump through in order to claim a reward that is yours by birthright! If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander.
It’s all got to be tried. They’re people, there’s hope for the reform of anyone, but the American police today are all too often a bunch of good ol’ boys going deer hunting on the streets.
That state of affairs is a sickening atrocity. And until people get so fed up they are ready to purge their systems, it will remain so.

Theresa May, Show Us the Way! TOUGHER RUSSIAN SANCTIONS.

Great Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats on Wednesday over the poisoning of former Russian spy Nikolai Glushkov on British soil, raising tensions between the two countries to a level not seen since the heights of the Cold War. In a speech, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to crack down on Russian spies, corrupt elites and ill-gotten wealth in Britain.

GOOD.

We have been wondering all year: When are we going to get sick of this? We’ve been getting walked all over by Putin, for years now. The stories fill many volumes of books. Now they come into Britain and they kill a man given exile by the British. Not for the first time, either. We all remember the Alexander Litvinenko case. Turns out those men were directly tied; Glushkov was a witness in the Litvinenko trial.

This is not the first time history has seen the Russians do something this ugly. Far from it. This is exactly what Stalin did to Trotsky. He sent a task force, under a general, onto foreign soil and in blatant contravention of the Monroe Doctrine, to murder a private citizen under the legal protection of a sovereign power. That general sent a man named Ramon Mercader to bury a claw hammer in the back of Trotsky’s brain.

That was bad enough in 1940. It’s 2018. When are we going to get fed up?

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, who is also an exile living in Britain, has been trying to tell the world for years what it’s like to live in fear of being assassinated by Putin. Putin is a dictator and if he isn’t stopped he will get worse. He used to be a local problem. Now he’s everywhere.

Today it is only other Russians he orders dead for speaking out against him. If we don’t speak up and fight for them, tomorrow it will be foreign critics too.

The writer of this article will admit to feeling fear, just for writing this. Russian hackers are probing this blog all day long, trying to get in and hack it and do God knows what. To our work, and to us. Our entire email inbox is filled with notifications our Sucuri plugin gives us of these people trying to hack us.

Creepy.
Lviv is a very famous place, world renowned for the quality of its IT experts. 
Bored, uncreative loser who tried to hack me
An example of one stinky turd who tried to hack us.

Nor is it just Russians. It’s also the entire, vast, right-wing network of thugs that have linked hands all across the world. It’s actually quite interesting to note where the hacking attempts come from. It shows you exactly where their enclaves and strongholds are. It illuminates who is making this thing with Donald Trump their fight.

Had it not been for the fact that they tried to hack our site, we would probably not have discovered, for example, that there is a rabid Chinese support for Donald Trump in many circles. They’ve even got their own version of the word “libtard”. They call us the “White Left”.

Adelaide, Australia. Beauharnois, Quebec. Here’s one from London itself, speaking of which; this could have been Glushkov or Litvinenko or Sergei Skripal’s poisoner, for all we know. A fresh one from Ukraine, that’s really nice there. Provo, Utah, a whole bunch from Chicago.

All for what? For telling the truth, and for raising awareness.

The struggle that is taking form here is a very old one. The West, vs. the East. It’s Greece attacked by Xerxes again. It’s Rome being sacked by the Huns. We have been here before.

The hostile world power that is Russia has crafted a meticulous plan to realign the European order as subordinate to the interests of the Kremlin. Their big obstacle was America. So they hatched a plot to remove us from the playing board. Our nation has been victimized. So has that of the British. So also France, whose new president, Emmanuel Macron, was to have been assassinated on the same day they held a parade in Donald Trump’s honor.

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, we have been marched down the road to war piece by piece, and it’s so much like Hitler and the Nazis that it’s really uncanny. Russia and England fought a war once before, over the Crimea.

As this article was being written, Putin went to visit the Crimea, on his way to the elections. It looks like the Cold War goalposts have been dragged out of the closet, so this guy can rattle his saber.

Everyone thought that everyone was happy about the end of the Cold War. It used to be not so hot, living under the constant threat of nuclear annihilation. Putin, however, values Russian control and power over world peace and stability.

Putin has expressed the unkind and ungrateful view that the West “would like Russia to be down at the heels”. He said, “I sometimes get the impression that they love it when they need to send us humanitarian aid. These so-called ruling circles, elites — political and economic — of those countries, they love it when we are impoverished, poor and when we come hat in hand. As soon as we start declaring some interests of our own, they feel that there is some element of geopolitical rivalry.” This is mostly unfair, considering that much of the over $22.6 billion dollars raised by the International Monetary Fund created to aid the Russians in their post-Soviet reconstruction was raised by the United States, who never got any of it back.

Mighty Russia, for all its cyber-terror and nuclear weaponry, still has only around the economic strength of little Italy. Every thought Putin has, every strategy that motivates him is how he can continue to assert strategic control over all those resources.

We are constantly being told that Putin is popular in Russia, and we’ve been hearing it a great deal lately.

Perhaps George W. Bush, for once in his life, summed it up best. “People say, ‘He’s the most popular guy in Russia.’ I say, ‘Yeah, I’d be popular too if I owned NBC,’” not to mention all the other networks.

The main opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, is not available to run. He got murdered within sight of the Kremlin three years ago. Today’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is not available to run either. He’s not dead yet. He has suffered various physical attacks, but he’s still above ground. He is simply barred from running. He’s also usually in prison.

Putin’s actual opponent is known as the Paris Hilton of Russia. I’d take Perez Hilton, over Putin.

Putin’s ultimate goal is to reassert Russian international power with himself at the helm. To Make Russia Great Again. He wants it to resume what he considers its rightful place as a respected world power- which it already is- although he will settle for being merely feared.

To secure this world power, he must first shore up and be in firm control of Russia’s domestic power. An understanding of all of this is where U.S. policy must begin, as British policy has. Millennial Democrats would like to thank and support the people of Great Britain for drawing a line in the sand. We stand with you.

Typical Trump Voters- What We’re Up Against.

Deplorables up to their gig

 

It’s election time again in 200 days. This is the year that #TheBlueWave washes across this country once and for all. And that means engagement with the public.

We have to reach out to the people all we can. We have to fight our hearts out for every last vote.

We’ve got to beat back hundreds of primary challenges nationwide from the so-called Justice Democrats. Without doing that we won’t make it to the real fight with a party that’s still blue. We’ve got to avoid pukey pea soup Libertarian green. And there’s only one way to do that.

We have to overwhelm the opposition with the strength and the logic of our argument.

The means by which we win this battle will be those which allow us to influence the information process the populace uses to make up their minds.

No one gets hurt or killed, and nothing is destroyed. The goal is to maintain our democracy without civil war.

We have to remain nonviolent, but prepared. The other side is crazy.

For example, one particularly pleasant fellow came onto the Millennial Democrats Facebook Page (Check us out! Join the debate) and threatened us with mass murder.

“Understand this Democrats”, he said, without using a comma, “If Trump gives the order I will kill as many of you as I can.”

When you looked at the guy, you saw a deeply unattractive and angry little guy. To say such a thing, to be focused on your own rage and desire for mayhem to that sick of an extent, you’ve got to be a very unhappy person.

One at a time, such people are pretty pitiful. But when they collect into large groups, with a wicked leader to guide them, they fill up death camps. That sort of viciousness cannot and will not be given a platform here in America.

At Millennial Democrats, we welcome dissent, and we welcome the chance to engage in a dialogue with people with every worldview, as long as they’re willing to be respectful and have an open mind.

Murdering savages will be excluded.

The foreign radicalism of the type that produced those events never took deep root here, and it’s our job to make sure it never does. Our eyes are open now.

We were defeated in the last election because nobody knew we’d be up against a foreign power.

Our message was sound, hopeful, and practical. We have only to alter a few techniques. We will adapt and strengthen ourselves so that we can do precisely that kind of thing to our enemy in the next war. If we understand them better than they understand us, we will always have the advantage.

For this reason, we’ve put some hours in, taking a look at the thinking process of the typical Trump voter.

There’s a number of serious personality dysfunctions keeping these poor people from living happy lives. 

One common trait is called authoritarian personality syndrome, a well-studied and globally-prevalent condition among radical extremists. It refers to a worldview characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to the hierarchy of social order and one’s personal authority. It is rampant like a plague throughout Trump’s base.

Fearmongering demagogues create and exploit fear in those with the syndrome. In this way, they are able to depersonalize minority groups in the eyes of their constituents.

This is how Nazis are created. This is how the bedlam at Charlottesville got started off last summer. This is why Heather Heyer is dead.

A distinct but related dysfunction is called social dominance orientation, or SDO. This refers to people who have a preference for the social hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones.

Here’s an observation- People who spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not others are inferior to them are pathetic.

Don’t worry about your place in the social hierarchy, it isn’t important. Treat others well and do your best at every task you find in front of you. That is what matters.

At any rate, a new study has shown that support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.

A higher level of contact with diverse groups of people has been shown to reduce prejudice.

2016 study found that “the racial and ethnic isolation of white people at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” As such, it’s important to note that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. 

This makes it much easier to fear and hate the people they consider outsiders.

Another reason to resent members outside the majority group is called relative deprivation. This refers to the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

The old-fashioned word for it was jealousy. These days, we call it being a hater.

 

 

 

 

It’s become clear to everyone on both sides of the fence that the lines have been drawn. The age-old struggle between dictatorship and democracy is going to be fought yet again in this generation, and we have gotten good at it.

There are entire playbooks written on how to resist a tyrannical government like Trump’s is becoming. How to tell the difference between when to fight and get mad, and when to smile and hand a rose to the soldiers or police.

 

A new type of World War seems to be looming on the horizon, a sort of mass, worldwide Civil War, with populists from the right and left squaring off in numerous countries and across borders around the world.

This could be a conflict in which trenches are dug through backyards and in between houses. Nationalism has been and will be an excuse, but the struggle will transcend all ideological boundaries and sides will have to be taken.

Our nation will turn 242 on the Fourth of July. 

Reasonable people sat in Philadelphia and declared their unwillingness to remain contentedly subject to an authoritarian command. Like us, they were driven to extremity by the hideous conduct of a mentally fragile and bipolar monarch.

America is not just a country. It is an idea. The first Americans fought a war, over what Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, called inalienable rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Of them all, the most important is freedom from tyranny. Not just from tyranny abroad, but also from any homegrown autocrat who might be lacking loyalty to all those who have fought and died to preserve this noble experiment. Going forward, we will have to redouble our efforts.

The Koch Network- Enemies of Democracy Revealed.

When examining American political life today, the discussion has to include the Koch network. This conglomerate of groups covers a wide range of recent and radically conservative organizations, such as the infamous Tea Party movement. They have been responsible for a great deal of trouble in recent history as a result. It is therefore worth taking a close look at who they are, what they are doing, and why they are doing it.

Charles and David, the Koch brothers, are the sons of Frederick C. Koch, who co-founded Koch Industries. It has grown to be the second-largest privately held company in the United States, of which they own 84%. If their individual fortunes were combined in one place, they would likely represent the wealthiest person on earth.

They have used this gargantuan wealth to subjugate one of the two parties and subordinate it to an ultra-conservative and authoritarian agenda. They have spent a fortune on it. Most estimates show numbers of more than a billion dollars, every one of which proves the rise of the Tea Party movement was far from an accident. It was orchestrated, and it was well funded. It also had a deliberate aim: to destroy Washington’s ability to pay for its social programs, which would be to break Washington itself.

In this way, bothersome regulations passed down from the Teddy Roosevelt era could be smashed at last. Unions could have their backs broken, forever. The era of graft and corruption and big bosses could return with a police state to back it up. They tipped their hand when they used Wisconsin as a model, by creating the golem known as Scott Walker.

In short, the entire apparatus of American government itself, is to gradually be delivered, bound hand and foot, to the door of big capital, thereafter to act at its behest. Fascists are not against centralized authority per se, although they will make such a pretense if expedience requests it. They fight it because they are trying to gain control of it. It’s an exercise in reverse engineering. They want to strip it down to the core and reassemble it, to suit their laissez-faire agenda. The goal is as ugly as it is audacious.

Koch Industries was initially a company for refining crude oil, which has always played a big part in the Koch family fortune, dating back to the 1930’s. Fred Koch was one of its founding members. He was a founding member in another organization also- the John Birch Society.

The society was built on Fred Koch’s oil money in the 1950’s. It can fairly be considered the center of neo-conservative politics. Both the JBS and the Tea Party fit into this mold of liberalism being the root of all evil, mustrust and hostility toward persons of color and other groups of at-risk persons, and a deep seeded fear of change.

This value system, which is typified by racism, nationalism, and an ideologically devoid will to power, is the essence and spirit of fascism. So the question begs asking: when did Fred Koch become so attached to the ideas he passed on to his sons? Foreign radicalism is generally not thought to have taken deep root over here. But evidence now suggests that may not be the case at all.

One book, “The Kochs, A Nazi Past, Oil & The Foundation of The Rights,” by Damien Crisp, claimed that Fred C. Koch was both related to and involved with Hitler-era Nazis. Crisp made the statement that “Koch Industries is the child of the violence of Buchenwald.”

Information concerning the family backgrounds of Buchenwald commandant Karl and Ilse Koch is hard to find, and it should be noted that this claim is unproven. While there are fragments of information that suggestively connect the American and German Kochs, and although it gives a clear image of the sentiment behind the Tea Party and conservative American politics since the 1950s, the connection between the Buchenwald Kochs and Fred Koch is tenuous at best and should probably be discounted.

Democrats fight with honor, and have no need to rely on disinformation. That’s what the German Kochs were doing back then, and that’s what the American Kochs do now. The significance of this claim, lies rather in the fact that it’s so easy to believe and that its belief is prevalent.

If you have embarked down a course of conduct that makes you resemble those two monsters(Karl was executed by other Nazis for corruption, whilst Ilse, known best for her plan to make lampshades of the skins of tattooed Jewish prisoners, was the only woman charged for war crimes during WW2), closely enough so that millions of people would suspect to ask this question and believe the accusation true, it is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that you ought to cut it out.

However, although there is no solid evidence the American Fred Koch was related to Ilse’s family, there are ties to other Nazis named Koch that are far more solid. Erich Koch was a Nazi official placed in charge of Prussia in the days of Nazi Germany, who invited Fred Koch to sell his oil there. After the Nazi fall, Erich and Fred Koch expanded their oil empire to the Soviet Union. Erich Koch had been in charge of Prussia for Hitler, so his ties to the neighboring Soviet Union ran deep. However, a few years later, the Soviets purged some of his colleagues and prosecuted Erich for war crimes.

Fred Koch returned to the US as the most fervent anti-communist crusader one could imagine, and was allowed to do business in the States again. He hated Communism and Communists so much that he even expressed public admiration of Mussolini’s tactics against it. When he embraced this sort of thinking, he started down a road that led him to become a staunch opponent of civil rights. He grew more rigid as he grew older, and he passed both his grudge and his empire to the sons who have carried on his causes.

Since then, the brothers have attempted to impose this secretive agenda on the rest of America. Significant financial contributions by the fascist Koch network have been made to conservative, Libertarian, and Republican causes by way of effecting these changes. They pledged to spend $889 million from 2009–2016, and although the Citizens United ruling makes it impossible to say exactly how close they came, most specialists agree that this estimate is very low. The political infrastructure they have built has been said by Politico to rival that of the Republican National Committee.

Conveniently, the Koch brothers’ fervent commitment to libertarianism coincides precisely with their foremost, bottom-line interest: the elimination of government regulations aimed at containing toxic pollution and ozone-damaging emissions. Koch companies are spewing these everywhere. Around the country, around the clock.

It is no accident that Scott Pruitt ended up heading the EPA. It was one of the concessions made by Trump’s team to reconcile themselves with the Koch brothers, who were opposed to him all the way up until when it became inevitable he’d be the Republican candidate.

Nancy MacLean, the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, recently published a  book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, detailing the corrosive practices of the Koch network.

The New York Times said the book joined an emerging corpus of important work of scholars and journalists that was “documenting the systematic, organized effort to undermine democracy and change the rules.”

But it didn’t take long for the apparatus of the “radical right”, or what we now have come to think of as the alt-right, to to prepare a counterattack. The attacks came from the same individuals and institutions that the Duke University history professor documents in her book.

At some point, the Libertarians, particularly people who are part of the apparatus in one way or another — either academics or the think-tanks — weighed in, and did the same thing with my work as they have done with climate science,” says MacLean.

MacLean’s book charts the “radical right’s stealth plan” through the fortunes and influence of the late James M Buchanan, a pioneer of so-called economic “public choice theory” who was awarded a Nobel memorial prize in economics in 1986. For a look at his thinking process, we can look to the explanation given by Buchanan himself in a famous essay. By helping the unlucky, we cushion them against the consequences of their bad choices.

Luckily for no one, the dutiful Kochs are busy as can be even now, making sure to seek out and destroy every such cushion they can find.

Their most visible front is Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group founded by David Koch. This branch comprises the ground forces of the Koch Network. They hold rallies in 34 states, they bus people into them, and they use them to exert pressure for their anti-government, anti-education Libertarian agenda. For example, Koch think tanks spend at least $19.4 million annually, to cripple the public school systems.

The Koch donor network has exploited Buchanan’s economic system to mutate the rules of American politics. This is exactly the sentiment voiced by Republicans of both branches of Congress who voted to strip away Obamacare.

“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” Doug Deason, one of the few known donors in the Koch network’s fundraising rolodex, told GOP leaders recently. “You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There’s no reason you can’t get this done.”

Every new proposal the Republicans tried jamming through the Congress would have sorely punished people with preexisting medical conditions. They were perfectly aware of this, of course. Congressman Mo Brooks even touted it as a benefit in one CNN interview, stating that the new bill has the advantage of “reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives.” This is a pure application of James Buchanan. The term he used was “misguided Good Samaritanism”.

In the wake of America’s increasing disgust with Trump, the Koch brothers are currently enjoying a new level of ascendancy. The announcement last week by the Koch network that Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker at the brothers’ policy and political strategy meeting, set for October 12 and 13 in Manhattan, is a big sign.

Another sign was the placement of Americans for Prosperity president, Tim Phillips, just one seat from Trump at a White House dinner last week for conservative group leaders. Phillips has long been one of the Kochs’ top lieutenants. In announcing Pence’s appearance, top Koch aide James Davis crowed, “Pence truly understands how good policies can help all Americans improve their lives.”

Also notable was that the only Trump cabinet member at the dinner, seated across the long table from the president, was Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. Pruitt, the former Attorney General of Oklahoma, has literally spent his entire life fighting the agency that he is now the head of. This appointment in particular embodies the Trump administration’s desire to turn over crucial environment and energy policy decisions to the collective fossil fuel and chemical industries of which the Kochs are bedrock members.

This donor network has been tremendously successful in the spreading of self-serving misinformation to elected officials. They’re doing it for banal reasons like the rights to save money dumping waste in local rivers. This is why climate change is a reality the oil moguls do not want to face.

The consequences of that policy are so far reaching and brutal in their effects, that they require most of the populace to be kept in a disgraceful state of ignorance. They can’t let us learn, because what they’re up to is so obvious, and they don’t really bother to hide it. They just counterattack with viciousness and lies. A people softened up by decades of misinformation coming from the Koch Brothers and others were lambs to the slaughter for disinformation coming from the Russians.

It’s a liberal tendency to assume that Republicans and the right wing media can’t possibly really believe its message, but there’s too much evidence that the contrary might be true. At the level of the populace, those who deliver and receive the message are being manipulated by their fears, for a profit so large that it’s hard to imagine: global domination in total. This reality has to be faced and fully realized before counter-efforts will prove effective.

The disastrous election of Donald Trump has had one good effect and one only- it has brought America’s people to the point where more and more people are recognizing the issue and acknowledging the problem. Women in particular are mobilizing like never before. We must all join their struggle, en masse and in dead earnest.

That is the only hope we have of taking back the reins of our democracy.

If the majority understood what they were doing, they would stop it. I think that’s a really powerful thing to know,” said MacLean.

They are doing all of this in the knowledge that they can’t win if they say openly what their end game is. If people work to patiently inform and activate the majority, then they could be stopped.”

Moving forward, our goal will be to do exactly that. We will spread the word every way we can. We will also be sure to avoid the past errors of excess and rage that awareness of these people and their garbage have caused in the past. It’s understandable to want to get back at people who are hurting you, but if in so doing, you strengthen their position, you are only making sure you get hurt some more.

We have learned from the lessons of Occupy. We won’t make those kinds of mistakes again. We will remain calm. We will acknowledge the existence of their propaganda tanks. We will drag them out into the light. We will refute both their pseudoscience and their petty lies.

We will learn to recognize their organizational structure and the techniques they have employed to subvert our democracy. They are like poison ivy, sucking life out of a grand old oak tree. The record shows that clearly. We will just have to highlight it. Most importantly of all, we will continue to provide better alternatives to their unkind and ungenerous schemes. America is strong, because America is kind. The strong are always kind. We can do better than Charles and David Koch.

Enough is Enough, of the Violence in Berkeley

Antifa protesters, getting stupid.

An army of anarchists in black clothing and masks routed a small group of right-wing demonstrators who had gathered in a Berkeley park Sunday, in protest of the city’s progressive politics, and drove them out with violence. A contingent of police officers 400 strong was overwhelmed. The masked counterprotesters, who are coming to be known as the “Antifa“, for antifascist, outnumbered in massive proportion the people who had come for the rally. They were chanting, “No Trump. No wall. No USA, at all”.

The Trump supporters wore red clothing, so the clashing groups could be clearly identified as distinct in the melee, due to the difference in fashion. Their conduct, however, was pretty well identical.

Thousands of other, nonviolent protesters were at the scene as well, doing what they could to make their voices heard the right way. Most who came to oppose the right-wing rally had no connection to the anarchist mob. They were there to protest Donald Trump and the intolerant indecency he has permeated our nation with- not to make it worse. “We’re just puzzled as to why people consider violence a valid tactic,” said Kristin Leimkuhler, 60, of Berkeley, who left the protests when they turned into a melee.

Jay Pino, 23, said he came to Berkeley from New Mexico to protest the right-wing rally, but peacefully.

“I’m here to try to keep the peace”, he said. “No matter how bad the other side is, we have to pray for them as well.”

The difference between the groups is a matter of motivation. Nazis choose the people they hate based on religion and ethnicity, which are accidents of birth. Antifa directs its violence against people with acquired views or traits, such as the Nazis, and the wealthy, or people in authority. The Nazis want to uphold an outmoded and disgusting status quo, while the anarchists want to realign society to fit their own agenda. Ultimately, however, both are fascists,  because they want others to bend to their will due to fear of physical harm. Whosoever seeks to compel his fellows by violence, is a Nazi. At the end of the day, all that Trump supporters and Antifa have going on, is a pissing contest between monsters.

It’s also true that we have no idea who these people in the black masks are, they who descend like wolves upon their fellow man. We don’t know who is paying them, and we don’t know what their true motivations are. We have no way at all of knowing they’re not all the same pack of lunatics, manufacturing events to use as a cause of war. That trick was used by the actual Nazis to start World War Two, when the German radio station in Gleiwitz was “conquered” by Nazis masquerading as Poles, who even went so far as to leave a few dead bodies behind. The incident was used by Hitler as an excuse to send his troops across the border.

This same sort of extreme conduct in Berkeley has been seen before, many times. In 1969, the People’s Park riots led to Ronald Reagan sending actual tanks up Telegraph Avenue with the National Guard to restore order. That incident empowered Reagan tremendously in the eyes of the middle class, who were mostly horrified at the way they saw people behaving, whatever the cause. We seem to be headed back that way. 

We know that the far right has often manipulated the national dialectic by investing in, stirring up, and inciting the far left.

Who could forget all that happened during the 2011 Occupy Wall St. movement? Nothing like a bank lobby filled with homeless people, refusing to leave and literally defecating on police cars, to make the general public miss the nightstick- which, along with all kinds of other military gear, was just reauthorized for use by domestic police. The Occupiers should have carried a banner, emblazoned with the slogan, “Make Police Brutality Great Again“. All they accomplished, was making Democrats and the liberal causes we stand for look terrible. Get off our side, if you can’t at least use a toilet.

We know also that extreme elements of the left are every bit as linked in with Russia as Donald Trump and his guys. Green Party leader Jill Stein was present at that famous meeting with Putin and Paul Manafort in Russia last year. Stein is being investigated by the Mueller probe as well.

It’s natural to ask the question- To whose benefit? Who benefits, from taking groups of decent and determined Americans, and transforming them into groups of raving radicals, ripping apart the very fabric of our country? Who has a direct and comprehensible reason, to want to disrupt the American people’s ability to live in harmony with one another? Who would gain the most, if we decide we really want another Civil War? The most direct answer, of course, is Vladimir Putin. That alone is reason enough to start calming down.

This kind of inflammatory violence has been the hallmark of the nation under Trump. Since he took office, we have seen radicals on both ends of the spectrum go absolutely bonkers, time and time again. This has got to stop. The time has come to make a general call for peace. No matter how outraged we may be by the awful events of this last year, to roll around in the muck of street brawls and disorder is not what Democrats do. We will beat Trump back the right way. The pandemonium we saw in Berkeley on Saturday is not something we want our names on. At Charlottesville, Heather Heyer died, to give us the moral high ground. Let’s not throw that away.