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Blog: What Winning Looks
Trump turned Washington into a circus. Now the world is laughing at the US clown-in-chief.
Oakland, California, October, 2018
Donald Trump boasted at the UN General Assembly that his administration had accomplished more than any US administration in history. The assembled group of world leaders laughed at him. The next day, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, showed himself to be a weakling and a cry-baby. The testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, the woman Kavanaugh had molested in 1982, had unmanned the Republican’s dirty trickster. In the court of public opinion, Dr. Blasey-Ford was believable and earned the public’s sympathy. And despite copious tears splashing into his water glass, Brett Kavanaugh was neither a believable nor sympathetic figure. Kavanaugh’s lies convicted him, while Dr. Blasey-Ford became the heroine of sexual abuse victims, everywhere.
“Winning Isn’t Everything, It’s The Only Thing.”
Sports Illustrated 1956 Rose Bowl issue
Democrats haven’t been winners for years. Even before the Obama years, Democrats lacked the political will to oppose the Republican’s right wing agenda. When the Republicans called them, ‘liberal’, Democrats cowered. Republican propaganda branded ‘liberalism’ as anti-American and unpatriotic. They called liberalism the political belief of the poor and non-white minorities. Republicans define liberals as tax and spend Democrats. Trump and his Republican supporters claimed that liberals wanted to bring America down.
Democrats were not just afraid, they seemed to be intellectually inadequate. When Democrats won elections, they postured for their constituents, put their names on public buildings and played it safe. ‘Bag men’ chose Democratic candidates who didn’t ‘make waves’ and did as they were told. At every turn and on every issue, Republicans out thought, out smarted and out maneuvered Democrats. Republicans chose their candidates to act boldly, represent their base and give billionaire plutocrats tax cuts, bailouts and corporate advantages. Democrats only offered excuses for why they were such losers.
Even when Americans, all over the country, rose up in 2008 to choose a Negro president and give Democrats control over both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party rejected their mandate and allowed the ‘deep state’ and billionaire plutocrats to tighten their control over the American economy and the America’s society. The entire Democratic Party played stooges for tea party politics, neo-con schemes and war liberal aggressions.
‘I am Spartacus’
But somehow, Democrats found the courage to oppose Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh is an unscrupulous Republican operative, a liar, a drunk ___ and someone who stands accused of numerous sexual assaults. Declaring ‘I am Spartacus,’ Senator Cory Booker revealed documents that Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, marked committee confidential. And in the ensuing struggle, the Democrats ___ at long last ___ began to act like winners.
Yale’s Truth and Courage Society
With the confidence of someone accustomed to the privilege and status, Brett Kavanugh entered his confirmation hearings arrogant, self-assured and self-absorbed. Kavanaugh’s Irish Catholic arrogance, reenforced by an elite Jesuit prep school education, was on full display in his confirmation hearings. When the father of a sexual abuse victim attempted to shake his hand, Kavanaugh rudely brushed him aside. Kavanaugh exhibited the same attitude towards Senator Amy Klobuchar. When the senator questioned him about his drunkenness, Kavanaugh snapped back “Have you ever passed out drunk, Senator?”
In his freshman year at Yale, James Roche roomed with Brett Kavanaugh. He said the Supreme Court nominee was belligerent and mean when he drank ___ and he always drank. Kavanaugh belonged to one of Yale’s secret societies, the all-male, Truth and Courage [TNC] club. Unlike some of the other Yale societies, which sought members from prestigious family backgrounds or members with superior GPAs, Truth and Courage attracted members who drank excessively and were obsessed with sex. Yale insiders nicknamed the Truth and Courage club, the Tit and Clit society for its obsession with chasing coeds. Truth and Courage initiated new members with elaborate drinking games where initiates drink until they pass out. A private Facebook group of 20,000 Yale alumni lists Brett Kavanaugh as a member of the Truth and Courage society.
As Bush’s staff secretary from 2003 to 2006, Kavanaugh played a critical role in the Bush administration’s most significant activities. During those years, Kavanaugh was known as Bush’s brain. He surreptitiously helped plan the Iraq War and its aftermath, the Abu Ghraib scandal and other torture-related policies, the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the controversial federal abortion ban. In his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh confided that his activities as Bush’s staff secretary would guide his performance on the Supreme Court.
Senator Patrick Leahy said that Bush’s brain was a liar. In his 2006 federal court confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh claimed that he had not received stolen documents when he served in the Bush White House. But Senator Leahy said that Kavanaugh received stolen documents from a spy for the Republicans who had broke into the offices of Senate Democrats, copied their emails and forwarded the information to the White House. A 2004 report by the Senate Sergeant at Arms supported Leahy’s charges. The report concluded that Manuel Miranda, who worked for Republican Senator, Orrin Hatch, had stolen the Democrat’s internal memos and passed them to Kavanaugh. These confidential memos outlined the Democrats’ strategies for opposing Bush’s judicial nominees. Since Bush’s brain could not deny that he had received the stolen documents, he denied that he had known that the documents were stolen. Democrats also charged Bush’s brain with lying about his handling of warrantless wiretapping and detainee policy. Yet, despite his lies, Kavanaugh was appointed United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In a 2015 lecture to law students, Kavanaugh said that his role as Bush’s brain influenced his judicial decisions. He said that it was his opinion that presidents could disobey laws that they didn’t like. “It’s about the most controversial thing a president can do,” Kavanaugh told the students. In this opinion, Kavanaugh declared that the President of the United States is above the law ___ and, by extension, those serving the president are also unencumbered by any legal restraint. Kavanaugh’s opinion demonstrates the role he played in implementing Bush’s policy of American Exceptualism. Kavanaugh’s opinion ___ that the president of the United States is above the law____ is the reason Trump picked him for a seat on the Supreme Court. This view of the law is consistent with Kavanaugh’s stealing confidential information and lying to cover up his crimes. Kavanaugh’s view of the law is founded on the Machiavellian beliefs, which are the basis of Jesuit Catholicism. Do what you want. If you get caught, lie your way out ... and if lies don’t work, throw a tantrum and use force. This is how fascism operates. Deus vult!
Ken Starr’s Star
Kavanaugh’s political career began in Washington with Ken Starr, the independent counsel chosen by the Justice Department to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton’s scandals. During his three years with Ken Starr, Kavanaugh coordinated the independent counsel’s grand jury activities. Democrats claimed that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate in his 2006 confirmation hearing when he claimed that he never broke any grand jury rules. However, Senator Dianne Feinstein says that Kavanaugh systematically violated grand jury secrecy laws. Citing a memo from the National Archives, Senator Feinstein claimed that Kavanaugh instructed Hickman Ewing, a colleague and deputy independent counsel, to inform Chris Ruddy, CEO of the NewsMax Media Group, about matters that Starr was submitting to the grand jury. Disclosing grand jury information is the type of criminal offense that should have disqualified Kavanaugh from sitting on the highest court in the land. But since Kavanaugh and his backers do not believe in obeying the law, the Republicans are pushing his nomination through the Senate and Kavanaugh’s political, fraternal and religious affiliations have done everything necessary to protect Kavanaugh from his past.
Graham Melts Down During Kavanaugh Hearing
Kavanauagh’s Democratic opposition enraged Senator Lindsey Graham, the usually smug South Carolina Republican. Though normally suave and unflappable, Graham ___ staged his own temper tantrum, angrily blasting the Democrats for characterizing Kavanaugh as a liar, a drunk and a sexual pervert. The South Carolina senator shouted that “this hearing is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”
Lindsey Graham, along with Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was apoplectic over the Democratic obstruction to their plans to score another easy victory by discrediting Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony. Midway through the hearing , however, the Republicans realized that their strategy had gone awry. Not only had the Republicans been outsmarted, but, worse, their own lies had blown up in their faces. They knew that Kavanaugh’s behavior as a sexual pervert and a drunk could not bear close scrutiny. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, had told Trump so. But Graham and Grassley believed they could use Rachel Mitchell, a female prosecutor from Maricopa County, Arizona, to destroy Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s credibility and ram Kavanaugh’s nomination through the Senate. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley soon realized, however, that their plan was backfiring. Unaccustomed to being outsmarted by Democrats, Graham resorted to ‘Plan B’. He threw a temper tantrum.
In a shaking voice, Graham screeched to the Judiciary Committee Democrats, “If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us.” Then he fumed, “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics, and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell shouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy.”
Finally, foaming at the mouth, the South Carolina Senator identified his real concern, snarling “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you are legitimizing the most despicable thing I’ve seen in my time in politics.”
But, in the face of Lindsey Graham’s temper tantrum, the Democrats remained nonplussed. To them, this is what winning looked like.oy Cohn, Trump’s future mentor and Bobby Kennedy, future Attorney General, received dossiers of suspected ‘reds’ from FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Without due process, but with public fanfare, the catholic senator hauled the FBI’s ‘reds’ before his committee, humiliated them and had them fired.
With far less publicity, the Vatican ___ chafing over the Nazi failure to overthrow the Russian government in WWII ___ began immigrating war criminals into the US. With the assistance of the CIA, the Red Cross and the Swiss government, the Vatican used the CIA’s Rust, Tobacco and Paperclip programs to funnel Nazi scientists, espionage agents and Gestapo spies into positions vacated by those purged by McCarthy, Kennedy and Cohn. So the Cold War afforded the Pope another opportunity to topple the USSR and further his crusade against ‘godless’ communism.
Winning the Cold War became so important to the ‘deep state’ that it did not hesitate to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy to further their plans.
Ronald Reagan And American Exceptionalism
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt sent American troops to occupy Panama, a province of the South American country of Colombia. Declaring Panama’s independence, Roosevelt forced Colombia to accept America’s theft of their territory. Afterwards, a corporate consortium received the commission to build the Panama Canal.
In 1977, Jimmy Carter enraged the ‘deep state’ by negotiating the return of the canal to Panama. Speaking against the canal agreement, Ronald Reagan declared the policy of American Exceptualism. "We bought it, we paid for it, we built it, and we intend to keep it," Reagan declared. Nonetheless, Congress ratified Carter’s decision, but before the transfer could take place, Reagan’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, invaded Panama, overthrew its government, slaughtered its national defense forces and seized the canal. In the process, American occupation forces terrorized, incarcerated, tortured and killed thousands of Panamanian citizens, many of whom lived in the non-white district of El Chorillo.
Prior to the 1980 election, during the hostage crisis, Reagan sent envoys to Iran. The envoys promised the Iranian government missiles and other American weaponry in return for delaying the hostage release until after the election. In this way, Reagan prevented Carter from obtaining the hostage release, which resulted in Carter’s defeat. Reagan’s treachery made him president.
Between 1984 and 1986, in violation of the Boland Amendment, President Reagan raised $34 million to overthrow Nicaragua’s government. Millions were raised from corporate donors, but Reagan raised millions more by importing 22 tons of cocaine and distributing the drugs to gangs in urban areas across the country.
In 1991, with the end of the Soviet’s occupation of Afghanistan, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and a rash of CIA-inspired revolts in Soviet bloc countries, Reagan entered into an agreement with Gorbachev and declared the victorious end of the Cold War.
American Exceptualism In The 21st Century
September 11th 2001 marked the day when America descended into barbarism.
It is physically impossible for aircraft fuel to burn steel girders, re-enforced with concrete. The jet fuel in the aircraft that crashed into New York’s World Trade Center on 9/11did not burn the Towers down. Furthermore, on 9/11, the Air Defense Command of the United States government ___ whose sole mission is to defend the air space over America ____ was not called upon to defend either the World Trade Center or the Pentagon ___ even though it had ample time to respond to the attack.
On 9/11, Bush left America unprotected and bleeding in preparation for the 21st century phase of American Exceptualism. Bush used his government-manufactured ‘false flag’ to unleash terrorism, regime change, torture and naked aggression upon an unsuspecting and ill prepared world.
America First is a more corrupt and illegal form of American Exceptualism. America First is Trump’s policy of resistance to all challenges to his authority, especially challenges from the ‘deep state.’ America First is the ultimate expression of authoritarian rule, unchecked by legal restraint or moral values.
Richard Painter, Bush’s ethics lawyer, characterized the Trump administration as a criminal enterprise. Painter is incensed by Trump’s money laundering, taking bribes and steering business to various Trump enterprises. Trump’s violations of the constitution’s emoluments clause is Painter’s main concern. The ethics lawyer has no problem with America First policies that mirror the Bush/Obama policies of American Exceptualism. Painter finds nothing unethical about invading a country over non-existing WMDs, using torture on prisoners of war or lying to the UN to secure intenational approval for America’s aggression. But Painter draws the line at Trump making money for himself and his family. And Painter really objects to Trump’s resisting the ‘deep state’s control.
America First Policies
Trump is not just enriching himself, he is also enriching his billionaire cronies. Trump both gave corporations tax breaks and continued the Catholic Church’s stranglehold on the Supreme Court with the appointment of the professed fascist, Neil Gorsuch. With his nomination of the catholic factotum, Brett Kavanaugh, Trump plans to extend catholic control over the Supreme Court for the next several decades. America First policies also include:
America First initiated a comprehensive deregulation effort to dismantle the government by:
A bill rolling back Dodd-Frank prevents banking abuses. Regulations rescinding borrower protections, student loan default protections, affordable clean energy, clean water requirements, internet neutrality protections, chemical accident rules, affordable housing requirements, dental mercury waste requirements, affirmative action rules, capital requirements for federal banks, greenhouse gases emissions standards, hog carcass cleaning rules, endangered species rules, mass media cross ownership regulations, nuclear safety regulations, oil fracking rules, water pollution standards, mandated campus sexual assault reports, oil well blowup prevention rules and many, many more.
Trump’s implemented a Muslim travel ban. Then he attacked Hispanics. Trump’s ICE goons permit sexual assault, robbery and murder of immigrants. His zero tolerance policy separates families, cages infants, tries toddlers in adult courts, assigns private prison quotas and slashes legal immigration.
Trump estimated the Puerto Rican death toll, after Hurricane Maria, to be 64. The actual death toll was 2,975. The inadequate aid that he provided Puerto Rico was based on the lower death toll. Trump even denied 80% of the Puerto Rican requests to FEMA for funeral support. Trump transferred $10M of emergency funds from FEMA to ICE to build immigrant prisons.
Trump is denying civil rights to Hispanics living on the southern border by stripping them of their American citizenship. Servicemen, cops and border agents are impacted. Trump has banned transgender citizens from serving in the military and ordered the defense department to discharge all transgender servicemen currently on active duty.
America First cancelled a scheduled 2.5% wage increase for federal employees. America First withdrew federal overtime protections that cost American workers $1.2 billion in wages. Trump allows employers to pocket their employees tips and packed the National Labor Relations Board with an anti-labor membership.
America First has disrupted global trade and slapped tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods from the EU, Canada, Mexico and China. Trump pulled the US out of TPP and NAFTA. Countries around the world are retaliating with levies on US products sparking a full-fledged trade war that will cost American consumers billions. America First policies include the withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement as well as a rejection of the Iran Nuclear agreement.
America First : A Mutation
In some ways, America First is the antithesis of American Exceptualism. America First is pro-Russia, pro-Korea and anti-China. American Exceptualism is anti-Russia, anti-Korea and pro-China. American Exceptualism supports multilateralism. America First favors authoritarianism.
But America First is really a mutation of American Exceptualism. Both policies subvert American democratic values, undermine the constitution and destroy confidence in the American Creed.
Trump is a gangster. He was able to attain the highest political office in the land because the corrupt system gives criminals like Trump an advantage. It remains to be seen whether or not Trump and his America First policies will be repudiated. And even if the Democrats win the midterm elections, it remains to be seen if they will reactivate the ‘deep state’s’ policy of American Exceptualism.
Blog: From American Exceptualism To America First
The 21st Century Expansion Of The Police State
Humans are not evil; they do evil things because they believe it will bring them happiness. So ignorance is the source of much of the world’s evil as Trump demonstrates
Oakland, CA September, 2018
Trump’s America First policy is no expression of democratic values. His promise to Make America Great Again is no reaffirmation of the bill of rights. Trump’s policy of America First is an update of the Bush/Obama policy of American Exceptualism ____ the policy responsible for warrantless wiretaps, torture sites, concentration camps, indefinite detention, continuous cop killings of black people, voter suppression, austerity through economic blackmail, regime change, missile attacks on civilians and a worldwide tsunami of refugees.
The Cold War Spawns American Exceptualism
At the end of WWII, the ‘deep state’ ___ a secret cabal of non-governmental organizations and secret societies with access to military, law enforcement and national security agencies ____ launched the Cold War, a worldwide program of illegal, clandestine military operations.