No, Donald Trump is not Mussolini. He is a wild, sociopathic American genius who has yanked the reins of a rampaging horse away from the monsters who spurred and whipped the beast into a mad-populist frenzy. Trump may be a sociopath, but he is not the one who tormented that horse into screaming, nostril agony.
Stop looking for villains to compare to Mussolini, to Huey Long or MacArthur, Mr. Will.
Look in a mirror. You have reached out to choose treason with both eyes and with both hands and with a willing heart.
Rather than compare Trump to any particular fascist, even though his talking points are reminiscent of a few of them and his past behaviors are demonstrably corporatist in nature (Mussolini’s brand of fascism) I will go straight to the source. Learned people in positions of authority in the GOP (like George Will) should have known where their actions were taking them. The Republican party has made themselves into the NSDAP, the party of Germany that elected Hitler. They could be any one of the groups that backed fascists in the troubled times before and during World War Two, it really doesn’t matter which group you choose to compare the Republican party to. What is important is that if Republicans nominate Trump and he wins because they give him the status of ‘Republican nominee’ then the horrors he inflicts get hung around their collective necks.
They need to understand this point going into the convention. It needs to be made blatantly clear that we are at a historic turning point. They have an important choice to make now. They should probably put some real thought into that. Perhaps it is time they actually noted the points illustrated, and revised their goals. That is, unless they want to be the party that brings fascism to the US.
The former chair of the Texas Libertarian Party issued this challenge on his Facebook wall a few days ago. He was immediately inundated with various versions of staid anarchist philosophy that ranged from hand-waving excuses for Trump’s behavior to the standard observation that all government is tyranny. At which point I offered the following,
I’m betting Trump will not be the nominee. I’m already seeing stuff happening behind the scenes that will make it possible to put someone else in as the nominee even if Trump is selected by the (certifiably insane) base of the GOP and Tea party.
As I’ve commented more times than I care to remember, it is the anarchists (and libertarians) willingness to call all government tyranny that has brought us every dictator in history, from Napoleon through Stalin to whichever dictator that holds power today. If all government is tyranny then any attempt to govern that springs from anarchist roots will be tyrannical.
This also explains Trump’s popularity with the Tea Party, who were once libertarians to a man. The LP is well rid of them.
The Charlie Foxtrot continued unabated. Thus ends this demonstration of the bankruptcy of libertarian and anarchist thought. The John Birch Society finally rules supreme.
I don’t think it’s news that Trump is unfit for the office of President. I don’t know that any of the GOP candidates are, though. All of them reject science, embrace christianity to the exclusion of other religions, and want to end all assistance programs for the poor, the elderly and the disabled. The GOP’s real problem is that they don’t understand what the issues in this election will be in the first place. Consequently their candidate will have little chance at winning in a general election no matter who that might be.
Trump badgered and belittled the entire Republican stock, 22 declared candidates, until he and Kasich were the only ones left. Kasich remains the only Republican candidate that was qualified to serve as president who ran in the 2016 election. Unfortunately Donald Trump bought the GOP that year and he became president even though Hillary Clinton garnered seven million more votes nationally than Donald Trump did.
In the end, unfit doesn’t even begin to cover the problem that Donald Trump presented:
…reporter Craig Unger got a former KGB spy to confirm on the record that Russian intelligence had been working Trump for decades. In his new book, “American Kompromat,” Unger interviewed Yuri Shvets, who told him that the KGB manipulated Trump with simple flattery. “In terms of his personality, the guy is not a complicated cookie,” he said, “his most important characteristics being low intellect coupled with hyperinflated vanity. This makes him a dream for an experienced recruiter.”
This is another episode of a podcast that I’m listening to and wondering “What Would Jim Wright say about this?” I mean, he wouldn’t be critical of the man’s service, that much is sure. He has a rule about that which I agree with. There are a few other points that can be made without going there. The Iraqis asked us to leave, so insisting that we stay just invalidates the premise that we went there on, to free the people. So too the majority faction voted for the government they have, which created the fertile ground that Daesh spread into.
Syria and Russia contributed to the current mess Daesh mess, and too few voices point this out. Shall we go to war with Russia over Syria? Daesh is a world problem, it should not fall to the US to fix it, or should it? Are we the world’s policeman now, is that our job?
Allusions to the paving stones in the road to hell, or to what ‘big brother is watching’ means in a twenty-first century war aside, I have to really wonder at intelligent people who claim that war ended the ideas of fascism while the Republican front-runner openly voices fascist proposals and is applauded for it. Fascism is clearly alive and well here in the US.
We having an identity crisis right now. Perhaps we should figure out who we are before we try to tell others who they should be.
Facebook musings duplicated on the blog at the time. Linking for reasons of personal sanity.
When the evil psychopath who thinks Preemptive War, Rendition, and Indefinite Detention are good ideas, who came up with TORTURE AS NATIONAL POLICY, a guy who half the civilized world considers a murdering war criminal, yeah, when THAT soulless cybernetic bastard thinks you’re over the line, when Dick Cheney comes down on the same side as the French, as Muslims, as LIBERALS … well, you know, maybe that should tell you something.
That gave me pause last night. Cheney? He can be all loose with the truth when it’s his balls in the vice, but when it looks like the mob that every Republican candidate has embraced since Reagan decides to go full goose bozo and demand the personification of the rhetoric they’ve been raised on, NOW he discovers solid moral ground not based on fear.
Too late, Dick. You are going to hell with the rest of the people you brought to power.
Nothing that is revealed about the CIA surprises me. Like the KGB there isn’t a depth of horror beyond their reach. On the other hand, a history to point to does not exonerate the vampire. He’s the one who still thinks it was a good idea and defends it.
If you love the principles that make the foundation of our laws — and of the United States in a general sense — then you should take your leave of Trump, and for that matter, of any candidate who would cheerfully ride into power the same constituency Trump is mining. What you stand for and who you stand with matters. It’s time to stand away from Trump. As far away as you can get.
A name coined for Donald Trump fans by Berkeley Breathed in these two cartoons.
Editor’s note. This was added as a definitive source when I started using stormtrumper as a noun on the blog. It was backdated to when the comics first appeared on Facebook. BB occasionally pulls down the comics he posts to Facebook. Also, non-Facebook users do not have access to those posts. I have two birds …er problems, that I solved with this one post. Simple solution.
But who’s “we?” The deal was written largely by big American corporations. But American corporations aren’t “we.” They exist for their global shareholders, not for Americans. To the extent we know what’s in the deal (on the basis of what’s been leaked), the Trans Pacific Partnership does exactly what American-based global corporations want: It expands their intellectual property protections and gives them the right to be compensated if national health, safety, labor, or environmental regulations that impinge on their profits.
Moreover, there’s no reason to think American-based corporations will be a counterweight to China. They’ve been cozying up to China for years in order to gain access to China’s vast market.
I’m inclined to let China keep stealing from the multinational corporations unless and until they want to drop the idea that they and only they are guaranteed profits. The multinational corporations need to embrace the notion that humanitarian concerns should be part of their corporate goals. Until they do that, they are no different than vampires living off the bodies of the living.
China owns us already, there is no preventing the dominance of China in global economic markets now. Now that we’ve forced them to buy so much of our government’s debt. The trade deficit won’t be affected by the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) All it does is make it easier for multinational corporations to profit in China. TPP doesn’t do a damn thing for average Americans. If corporations wanted the weight of the US behind their perceived right to profit-take, they probably should have left us with some hope of profit of our own.
Donald Trump killed the TPP. One of the few things he’s done that hasn’t proven to be destructive of America itself, and might even be something I could agree with. It’s nice to be right every once and awhile? Not when you have to be grateful to Donald Trump.
The Senator we all love to hate is the first clown out. I wanted him out first because, frankly, he is the most dangerous person running, completely capable of destroying the U.S. government and possibly the world as we know it. But, we were always safe from president Ted Cruz because he was never qualified to be president and will likely never be qualified to be president. He’s a Canuckian, as I pointed out previously.
I think she’s the frontrunner. The one to beat. I have no delusions about what is important to Hillary not being Hillary (because it clearly is) but her leadership at state proved she’s capable of doing the job of President. Please conservatives? Please continue chanting #Benghazi. It wins her case for her. What her goals will be is going to be anybody’s guess, because the polls haven’t been written that will tell her that yet.
She’s going to do what the polls tell her will win the nomination and then the election for her. It’s what Bill did when she worked him like a puppet while he was President. She’s a savvy politician. I don’t like her, but I will vote for her if she gets the Democratic nomination.
Edited to clarify what “win” meant. Barring unforeseen inclusion of some dark horse that might actually win the general (read as “someone even more liberal than she is”, because polling shows that’s the trending direction for Presidential politics) I expect to be voting for Hillary in 2016.
Hillary doesn’t stand a chance against Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush will not secure the nomination of his own party; that is how clueless he is. You can bank on that prediction. Even if he were to do that, there is no way the country will elect another Bush. This just isn’t going to happen with 80 percent of Americans still hating the last Bush.
Given the polling, the Republicans would be fools to back him.
The only question that remains is could any other Democrat have won either the primary or the general? Because she didn’t win the election. Well, she did win the the election because she received 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. Unfortunately winning the election isn’t how you get to be president in the United States.