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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Countdown to 2020-Joe Biden Announces, Bernie Gets Booed, and Trump Prepares to Leave Office.

Joe Biden has finally announced. He’ll be running for president in 2020.

This is good news, folks.

It is still too early to issue a one hundred percent endorsement, but no one can deny that as things stand right now, Biden is the clear front-runner. The idea that it might be the one-trick pony Bernie Sanders is ridiculous. Democrats don’t want him, Republicans laugh at him, and the sane center will never accept him as more than just another screaming wingnut on the fringe. Biden is the former vice-president, his career and resume speak for themselves, and he doesn’t wear a blue clown suit around, nor look like an insane Mr. Rogers.

He also raised more money on the first day of his announcement than anyone else, including Bernie or Beto O’Rourke. 

Biden has started out forcefully. He is the first of the Democratic candidates to take aim at Trump directly, his poor character and incompetence. He’s saying that America deserves better, and there can be no doubt at all that he is right. For the way things would stand if we went with Bernie, in the immortal words of George R. R. Martin, winter is coming.

No one is going for it. Trump would pick his teeth with Bernie’s bones. In the recent Reuters survey, Sanders’ support fell to just 15%, nearly 10 points below Biden. And we’re the progressive party. What do you think the moderates and NeverTrump Republicans are going to feel about him? It is undoubtedly for this reason that Grant Woods, the old chief of staff of John McCain came on CNN to assure Americans that this is true. “Biden will beat Trump in Arizona,” he stated with utter confidence. “Bernie has zero chance.”

Currently, those people are siding with us, more and more. The longest-serving Republican in Iowa, State Rep. Andy McKean, flipped his voter registration card publicly at a press conference last week, saying he is now a Democrat because he won’t have anything to do with what Trump is selling.

How long will that last if he sees us all go crazy for socialism?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is doing all he can to pose as an anti-socialist crusader and frame the whole election as the Last Battle for American freedom (johnny-come-lately that he is; we’ve been fighting this battle for years). He allowed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s highly radical Green New Deal to go up for a vote, just to make the point so he could do it.

Their extremity will hurt us in the end.

It is very important to realize that the loud and highly internet visible Bernie Bros are masters at making themselves seem more numerous than they actually are. Their faction is far too radical both in policy and appearance.

We have chronicled the many failures of the Bern faithfully, on this site and many others, ever since 2015. Now that others are also vetting Bernie, we are soon to see him out of gas completely. This is good because if McConnell and his ilk succeed in painting them as our base it’ll be a disaster.

Joe Biden also has a far broader appeal than the white working class crusader Bernie Sanders, who was booed and heckled this last week at the “She the People” event, for name-dropping Martin Luther King (he celebrated that hero’s memory last year by insulting the legacy of Barack Obama) in a pathetic attempt to wipe out thirty years of running from racial issues using words and somebody else’s legacy.

Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren did fine. Bernie was booed off the stage.

One supposes women have not forgotten how he tried to hijack the Women’s Convention. He has never made women’s rights his fight, or those of people of color. He said “identity politics” did nothing but “distract from real issues”. 

Biden has a very good relationship with the African-American community, and his popularity with women has only increased since the Bernie Bot hitjobber Lucy Flores-who is shown in many pictures letting Bernie literally slob all up on her neck, as our Twitter coordinator pointed out recently- tried to do her nasty number on him over a hug.

Here's Bernie, getting up close and personal with Lucy Flores, who reviled Joe Biden for a similar hug.
Here’s Bernie, getting up close and personal with Lucy Flores, who reviled Joe Biden for a similar hug.
This speaks for itself. She didn't accuse Biden because what he did was wrong, she did it because it was helpful to the Bern.
This speaks for itself. She didn’t accuse Biden because what he did was wrong, she did it because it was helpful to the Bern.

Bernie can’t even make a sincere apology when it comes to his campaign being infested by Russians (his old campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called at Paul Manafort‘s trial), or about not telling his crazy supporters to not riot in the streets of Philadelphia while Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party Presidential nomination. He set it up so that he had to flip and flop, just for being economically successful. In the wonky world of cyber topsy turvy he created in 2016, having done well for yourself in life was practically a crime.

Now we know Bernie himself is a millionaire. You don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

Going forward, it’s quite clear what we’ve got to do- stand with Joe Biden and the other good Democrats running, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris, while utterly rejecting the whiny fake left and its nutty programs. We want to get someone in that nomination’s seat who can actually win. We do not need a new George McGovern. Look for Bernie’s unpleasantness and inflexibility to take center stage against Biden’s lifetime of service and achievement.

What It Means To Stand For Something- Ralph Northam Must Resign.

With a heavy heart, we must ask this man to step down as the Governor of Virginia.

An awful discovery from the past of Virginia governor Ralph Northam was discovered recently. He was dressed up in blackface, and standing beside another man in a Klan robe. To say the least, the sight of a man we once fought for and believed in was deeply dismaying. This was not an easy article to write.

A few words about the history of “Blackface” tradition might be useful to discuss as we begin. It was created by a “comedian” named Thomas Dartmouth Rice, back in the 1830s. His mother must have been proud to see her beloved child dancing around like a buffoon on a stage, singing moronically in an exaggerated black slave vernacular. Mine might have killed me, and not unjust would her crime have been.

Rice gave his character a name, a name which later became famous for far more terrible reasons: “Jim Crow.”

David Pilgrim, the curator of the Jim Crow Museum in Michigan, spoke to reporters from the Washington Post yesterday on the subject. He noted how Jim Crow and other performances featuring white men in blackface captivated white crowds up until the mid-20th century.

Now, thanks to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page, blackface is back in the spotlight after this photograph emerged Friday. It was dug up by the enemies of Democrats, democracy, common sense, and decency- the insane and vicious Republicans.  A former writer for the Daily Caller and Breitbart was the one who found this out. It was a hit job from the start.

Northam and us Democrats are all currently what the far right calls getting “ratf*cked”, as the fascists of Nixon’s era used to say, and helping it along really kills us. Attacking another Democrat goes against our most core beliefs.

But that’s got to take a back seat this time.

Common sense and decency, the time-honored values of the sane political center, call for us to make the decision based on more important considerations. To dress up in blackface and wear a Klan uniform is not something we can refuse to speak out on due to party loyalty. You don’t show loyalty to something by poisoning it and refusing an antidote.

Daryl Davis, a black blues musician who is known for his efforts in seeking out Klansmen to converse with to try and convert, said it best. “It doesn’t matter if the photo was from 1984, 1974 or 2004. He defined what he meant when he paired blackface with a Klan hood. Racial segregation. Racial supremacy. When you have a symbol associated with hate from the beginning, you are saying exactly what you mean.”

Millennial Democrats cannot and will not throw our base under the bus by standing with Northam on the grounds of party loyalty over this. The thought made most of us sick. So by consensus, we came together as a group and we voted on it. The decision was made to join our Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and other top Democrats nationwide in calling for Ralph Northam to step down as the Governor of Virginia.

This is hard for us.

“Why are Democrats so loyal?” was a lament made by Donald Trump the day he pathetically caved to Speaker Pelosi and ended the shutdown. He will never understand, either, but he’s spot on in drawing this conclusion. Democrats are loyal.

Usually, when this kind of thing happens, it’s a cheap hit job and a scam, like with Senator Al Franken of Minnesota. We fought as hard as we could for him, as hard as we would for any true Democrat, so long as their conduct has earned our faith and loyalty. This has limits, however, and when something like this does come up, we have got to take an unequivocal stand. Racist notions are unacceptable. Absolutely and completely unacceptable. They are anathema to everything we stand for.

Northam’s original apology– which he then went back on this morning, adding to his mistake by compounding it- featured him giving a statement saying this happened 30 years ago, and undoubtedly that is true.

In response to this apology, which was just not enough, the words of one of our contributors felt right. So with the permission of Mr. Johnny Huckaby of Hawaii, here they are.

“Imho you have a problem with your judgment if in High School you decide to wear a racist costume. For me I wouldn’t know where to find a white hooded robe… Unless he borrowed one from his Dad or his friends? It took a lot of effort to apply the blackface makeup. So all that time he’s thinking what? Was he thinking his costume would be met with acceptance or was he fearful someone might beat him up? This is really disturbing no matter if it happened 30 years ago… Are there other instances that revealed his racism that now will come to light? I can’t look the other way at such an offensive revealing of a racist such as Ralph Northam, even if the racist is a Democrat!”

Democratic party loyalty is very real, but that is because we are loyal to a principle. That is what gathered us and drove us all into the sane center together. We believe in a multicultural world and we believe that making progress entails more of it. Loyalty to the Republicans means cronyism and carries with it clannish, secret society pact kinds of connotations.

For us, it means we fully respect and regard as a family every single member of our thriving and multicultural base.

Our diversity is our greatest strength, and whoever we choose as a leader must be able to demonstrate that they thoroughly share these values. Ralph Northam has done just the opposite. That picture was taken when he was twenty-five. He was old enough to know better.

There is a large corollary point to consider here as well, which is that an offensive joke, even a particularly grotesque one such as this is, is far from the same as a career supporting structural and systemic racism as the Republicans do and have done. ‘Build the wall’ is just the tip of the iceberg.

Perhaps the case was stated best by the Reverend Dr. Jesse Barber, who tweeted on Friday the following incisive statement.

“Yes, the photo of Gov Northam is a form of racism that’s ugly & grotesque. But the worst racism is policy & structural racism. Those who’ve supported racist immigration laws & walls at the border & the racist separation of families & children should resign now. We can’t punish the cultural symbols & ignore the policy violence.”

That is gigantic, and incidents involving past discoveries of racism should be designed to illustrate the point. In the last analysis, doing the right thing is not always easy, but that is irrelevant. Northam is done, and he must step down, just as he let himself down, and let us down by extension.

Our Democratic leadership has called for his resignation, and it is with a heavy heart that we must join them. Please step down, sir, and in so doing, show the world the difference between the conscienceless Republicans and us.

A Constitutional Crisis- Mueller Under Attack.

American Hero

In the irony of a lifetime, it is us Democrats who must now defend Robert Mueller, a Republican, from the slings and arrows of his own party.

According to Democrat Jackie Speier, rumour has it on Capitol Hill Trump is planning to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller as early as later this week. This is not something that could happen in an instant, but the threat is real and the thought is grotesque. It was probably kicked up because of the panic caused by the very idea. As a distraction from the tax plan, this was undoubtedly a big help to Trump.

It’s almost an application of Henry Kissinger’s old “madman” policy, e.g. You’d better make a deal with us because the guy with the keys is crazy. God only knows what he might do. In this case, the implication is, “You’d better back off, and let us have our tax plan victory, or we’re going to destroy your democracy”.

The alt-right propaganda pipeline has been preparing the groundwork for an attack on the Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the last month or so now. It’s really quite despicable. This man held the country together during 9/11, with less than a year’s experience.

What did Trump do during 9/11? He spent the day giving interviews boasting that one of his towers might well be the tallest in the city. At the cost of the World Trade Center. And thousands of lives.

Trump is hardly even going through the motions anymore of bothering to hide that Vladimir Putin is his boss. So he spreads this rumour, and he sends lawyers Mueller’s way next week. He wants to try and bully them into giving the assurance that Trump himself is no longer under fire- ironically, the same assurance James Comey gave freely, before he was randomly fired.

The truth of the matter, though, is that Trump is very much still under fire. In fact, the fire is spreading. The trials haven’t even started yet. Those will be a disaster for Trump.

Once Michael Flynn brings down Jared Kushner, it is very hard to believe he will stay loyal to elderly Donald at the cost of his own future. He won’t be able to take jail, in there wondering what Ivanka is up to. He’ll snitch his way out of everything he can, just like George Papadoupolis.

But long before any of this takes place, they’re going to try every dirty trick in the book.

The possibility that they’re laying the groundwork to get rid of Mueller cannot be discounted. We have passed the point of paranoia. Trump lies whenever he gets the chance. We will have to keep a close eye on how he handles this and be ready to meet up with national resistance efforts coordinated to take to the streets en masse.

Look for a scenario in which he fires the attorney general Jeff Sessions or the current head of the Department of Justice Rod Rosenstein. If either of them should suddenly depart the stage, watch out.

Those are the guys who would have to sign off on the termination of the Special Counsel. As Sessions recused himself and Rosenstein has stated he’d refuse to fire Mueller without cause, it’s unlikely it will happen with the two of them in charge. If they were to be replaced by some alt-right peons wielding rubber stamps, however, it would be possible.

Going forward, it’s important to keep our spirits up and our focus razor sharp. The Republicans have just passed their own demise in the form of this tax bill. We have to focus on winning elections. Every seat is crucial.

 

Earlier this evening, a Republican lobbyist called for President Donald Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. This pronouncement was made in Arlington, Virginia, to the sparse attendees of random guy Jack Burkman’s fundraiser, held to help cover the legal defenses of Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide facing several felony charges.

“I don’t like what Bob Mueller’s doing. I think Mr. Gates and Mr. Manafort and Mr. Flynn have been unfairly targeted, and I see Mueller as a desperate guy, an increasingly desperate prosecutor,” said the unhappy Mr. Burkman, sentiments that are echoed by a growing number of alt-right lunatics. These people have respect for nothing.

It has to be understood that if Trump wins this battle, our democracy will probably not recover.

This is not the same Congress that eviscerated Nixon for firing Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. The crisis we see on the horizon is simply this: If they strong-arm this investigation closed, it will cause a rift of trust between us and our leaders that never heals. It will take hundreds of years to undo the damage.

Putin will work his tendrils in, one millimetre at a time, until they become like strong ropes, tying down a giant for thousands of miles. It is happening all around us, even now. Robert Mueller is the most powerful defence we have against it. When we fight for him, we fight for the country.