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.

Trump Lawyers Get Scared, Advise Trump Against The Mueller Interview.

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Trump’s lawyers have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with special counsel, Robert Mueller, according to four people briefed on the matter. This raises the spectre of a court battle that could drag out for months, over whether the president must answer questions under oath.

It is the opinion of John Dowd, the longtime Washington defence lawyer hired last summer to represent Trump in the investigation, that it’s best to rebuff Mueller’s interview request.

Almost certainly, this would indeed be best for Trump. What’s best for the country and its people is not considered at all.

As a brief aside, if it’s all fake news, why is this even a problem? It’s clear to the world that Donald Trump is hiding something.

Trump has a history of making what the rest of us call lies, and his lawyers call “false statements”. Contradicting himself and blathering on as he does would expose him to charges of lying to investigators. His counselors understandably wish to avoid this.

Dowd’s deputy Jay Sekulow and many other West Wing advisers are reportedly of similar mind. These lawyers believe the special counsel might be unwilling, to subpoena the orange malignance.  For some reason, they think he’d lose in court if he tried to subpoena Trump.

These poor unfortunate souls have managed to convince themselves that Mueller lacks the legal standing to question Trump about some of the matters he is investigating, like the president’s role in lying to the New York Times last summer about a meeting Trump’s son Donald Jr. had with Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

They’re also trying to argue that in some cases, such as the time Trump asked James Comey, then the F.B.I. director, to end the investigation into former campaign adviser Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president acted within his constitutional authority.  They say he cannot be questioned about acts that were legal. Why, exactly?

It seems to this Millennial Democrats contributor that President Obama had to be questioned, about whether or not he was even born here.

At any rate, this stance puts them at odds with Trump himself.

Trump says he wants to talk to Mueller, but this is most likely desperation and impatience.

Trump’s decision about whether to speak to prosecutors will be one of the most consequential decisions of this whole investigation. Refusing would open the door to the possibility that Mueller will actually subpoena Trump to testify before a grand jury. This would set up a court fight- and a constitutional crisis– of epic proportions, one that would drastically escalate the investigation and would require arbitration by the Supreme Court.

Rejecting an interview with Mueller would carry political consequences, at least outside of his deplorable base. It would make it more obvious, if that is possible, that the president is hiding something. It would also set the stage for a lengthy court fight, which could also prolong the inquiry.

All of this must make it awfully tempting to simply fire the special counsel.

All this is casting a shadow over Republicans as November’s midterm elections approach. If Trump gets a re-election campaign, it is certain to shadow that too.

In other news, while this whole drama with Trump and Russiagate has been playing out, Trump went on stage in Ohio and accused Democrats of committing treason, because we boycotted and refused applause to his ludicrous State of the Union address.

He was boasting about the low rates of black and Hispanic unemployment, as if that has anything to do with him and not Obama. We’re supposed to clap, while he takes credit for what he is actively trying to destroy? This man is a no-good liar. That’s all he is. He speaks with a forked tongue.

“Serve Yourself And Save” was the family slogan as patented by his father. He lives by that.

“Even on positive news like that, really positive news like that, they were like death(?) and un-American,” Trump said at a manufacturing plant outside Cincinnati. “Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Shall we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”

We certainly don’t love you very much, Donald.

If there’s anyone in the world who ought to know what treason looks like, it is undoubtedly our forty-fifth president.

That is why his lawyers don’t want him to talk to Robert Mueller.

Forever #NeverTrump- The State Of The Union.

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Millennial and most Democrats have made plans tomorrow evening.

A growing number of Democrats say they plan to boycott and otherwise protest Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.

When Trump goes through the usual presidential motions, it’s important that we always are there to boycott it. We have resisted, and are going to keep resisting any tendency to normalize or accept his rhetoric and politics. The causes are innumerable, but some of the examples cited were reports this month that Trump questioned why the U.S. accepts so many immigrants from “s—hole countries” in Africa and that the U.S. didn’t need more people from Haiti.

Trump was going to fire Robert Mueller last June. 

Trump spent his MLK Day at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida. The only event on the White House daily public schedule was the flight that brought him back to Washington in the afternoon.

More than 60 Democrats skipped Trump’s inauguration.

Several Democratic lawmakers, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are planning to wear black, in honor of the #MeToo movement. Others have decided to boycott the address altogether.

Democratic Representative Gregory Meeks of New York said the following. “At every opportunity, he’s disrespected me and individuals who look like me,” Meeks told MSNBC on Sunday. “I cannot respect him.”

Neither can we, sir.

Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California had the following contribution to make to the discourse.

“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Walters said on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Jan 12.

“I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that House listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention,” Walters added.

Nor that of the rest of us, for that matter.

Democratic Representative Barbara Lee of California’s press secretary told KQED that Lee decided to miss the State of the Union even before Trump’s “shithole” countries comments.

There was ample reason to avoid even sitting in the same room with the man, long before he ever took office. Now that he is there, however, it has become an imperative.

Sean Spicer apologized to Trump for embarrassing himself in an interview today, and it’s true that he was spectacle during his time there. But it’s not his fault entirely. There was only so much he could do. Ultimately, his great failing was not being able to lie with audacity enough to fill the position’s demands.

There’s no shame in having a soul.

Trump is his own shame, of course, except that he’s too brazen to know it. He couldn’t even manage to print out his tickets right. Invitations nationwide were thus rescinded, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Uniom Address– yes, you read that correctly.

None of this is news to anyone, of course, and that’s the biggest reason of all why this is necessary. We can’t allow Trump to be normalized because he has done nothing to normalize himself. He shows no signs at all of wanting to get himself right. It’s unlikely he’d even be able to.

Democratic Representative Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., has been the one chosen to deliver the Democratic Party’s formal response to whatever Trump decides to spout out tomorrow night. Perhaps a happy glimpse of the future waits for us in that contest.

Until Donald Trump has been removed from the Oval Office, the State of the Union will be an obscenity. Those who know it must use this opportunity to speak out. If we all get together, we can make a statement about America that the world needs to hear. It’s clear the time has come.