by O Society on September 23, 2018
This morning, a wonderful question was asked by a person called Anastasia over on ConsortiumNews:
“Why do they consider Trump such a threat since he IS truly doing everything that the deep-staters and the neo-cons want and is doing nothing different than what the last four Presidents have done. He is following in their footsteps exactly. He is even appointing men from the last two administrations. Trump’s appointments are all deep state people and neo-cons; he is continuing these wars, even putting more fuel on them; he has increased the military budget, the whole budget for that matter; he has sanctioned Russia more than the last two Presidents combined, and now he is even killing some Russians and knocking their planes out of the sky. So why do they want to impeach him?
WHY WOULD HE PRESENT A THREAT TO THEM OR ANYONE? I don’t get it.”
It’s such a wonderful question because it asks us to consider: once we wash away the hyperbole of the Mad Tweeter narrative, what really has changed since Obama left office?
No, really. Policies. Issues. Positions. How things are done by the US Government. What has changed?
Not the personality; the principles. Not your feelings; how government happens.
Other than the White House reality TV show itself, we have the same characters and plot as last season. Don’t we?
My biggest concern about Trump is now and always has been whether or not he constitutes an existential threat to our survival. To put it bluntly, is he going to get us all killed through nuclear Armageddon and/or climate change?
These are the two existential questions looming.
“If we don’t exist, we won’t be here to ask questions.”
~ Not Descartes
If Donald Trump attempted to nuke Korea, would James Mattis (or whomever the adult in the room is supposed to be) stop him? I don’t know. If you read the Nuclear Posture Review, it clearly is signed by James Mattis (on page III).
“The administration’s Nuclear Posture Review appears likely to increase the types and roles of nuclear weapons in US defense plans and lower the threshold to nuclear use.”
Is Trump’s position on nuclear weapons fundamentally different than that of previous administrations?
No. It is not.
Barack Obama already designated a trillion dollars to adding more nuclear weapons to the US stockpile.
The United States has a plan in which we shoot first, ask questions later. With nuclear weapons.
First strike is not new. Trump didn’t invent it. Let’s be serious. Trump isn’t smart enough to invent anything. Trump believes calling Kim “little rocket man” is an accomplishment worthy of a Nobel prize.
Who can blame him? They give these things out for no reason. Dotards.
A nuke-loving American president is not an anomaly, it is the rule. Does Trump’s mental state make this risk of nuclear Armageddon higher than Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?
Maybe. We all slept better at night with Obama at the helm because his stoic demeanor was calmer than that of any president in memory. Hard to imagine him provoked. Hillary? Well, she didn’t like Russia, and the consensus is she was going to provoke war with them…
Trump on the other hand? He lives to provoke. It’s good for ratings. But if you blow up the TV audience, who will be there to watch?
The bottom line is I can envision a scenario in which Donald Trump is cornered, they are coming to get him, prison, a coup, etc. and he would resort to nuclear weapons to save himself or take us all with him.
C’mon now, you can too. Have you ever seen a more self-centered person?
No. You haven’t.
Do you think I’m a dotard too? Can’t happen? The US would never do that?!?
The United States is the only country in the world to have used nuclear weapons on another country. And don’t tell me “we had too, to save lives,” as if it was a Luke-Skywalker-busts-a-Force-photon-in-the-Death-Star moment, because that narrative just might be bullshit. Hate to be the one to bring it up, despite what our high school teachers tell us in history class here in the US, the rest of the world knows the Russians are the ones who defeated Japan, and Hitler too.
So there’s that…
Moving on… Anastasia’s question seems to be asking not specifically about Trump’s threat to humanity as a whole, but rather to just a small portion of us. The powers that be. The oligarchy. The Republican party. The Democratic party. The Deep State.
Trump is responsible for climate change agnotology and boosting the fossil fuel receipts, isn’t he? That’s exactly the delusion dealing narrative these corporations want dealt, isn’t it? Isn’t he a “company man” who gives the party line?
He lies for the cause. Doesn’t he?
Does Trump really threaten these people? What is different about Trump than other presidents? What is the threat?
Trump will fart at the dinner table at Thanksgiving and laugh out loud about it, while the rest of the plutocrats have the manners not to do this. Is that the problem?
Is all of this “fear” rooted in politically correctness? We can no longer put a pretty mask on the vile heap of corrosion and conformity that is Washington DC? Is that it?
The jig is up? Trump is too in your face with his greed, selfishness, and lack of empathy for anyone not to notice? Needs to hide it better so the masses don’t find out how heinous they all are? The politicians and their patrons. They’re heinous. Don’t act like you didn’t know.
Again, let’s look at the scene as it was when Trump took over. What was Obama doing? Not what was the perception of Obama – the IDEA of Obama – doing, what were his policies?
Barack Obama famously was labeled “deporter in chief” by critics in the immigrant-rights community. Despite the hooting and hollering of your average Fox News howler monkey viewer to the contrary, Obama was much harder on immigrants than were past presidents.
Listen to Reagan and Bush debate this topic. Can you imagine a president talking this way today?
No. No you can’t. Trump may be blunt about it and Obama covert, but don’t kid yourselves. Barack Obama had foreign children in cages too.
They are fed and clothed, kept clean and cool, far better off than if they were walking through the desert in June (2014) temperatures.
They are undocumented. They entered the country illegally. And when they were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, they were shipped to Nogales from overwhelmed processing facilities in Texas.
But they are still children in cages, not gangsters, not delinquents. Just children, 900 of them, in a makeshift border-town processing center that is larger than a football field. They pass the day sitting on benches or lying side by side on tiny blue mattresses pressed up against each other on nearly every square inch of the floor in the fenced areas.
America already had amped up the nuclear weapons production and the immigration crack down before Trump’s rise to power. He didn’t do it. He didn’t fix it either, but it wasn’t his idea to do it. This was already in place prior to his arrival.
Well… Trump’s real agenda is cutting taxes for himself. For his uber-rich constituency. Trickledown economics. Here it is. Robin Hood in reverse. Inequality has become a huge buzzword.
Umm… things were unequal when Trump took office. Since the Obama bank bailout of 2008, with it’s complete absence of jailings, and financial rewards for the white-collar criminals who purported it, it’s to be expected. We can just be out in the open about it.
No, Obama did not help regular people with financial social programs. Not black people. Not white people. Foreclosure happened to regular people.
No, you can’t blame Republicans, Bill Clinton did it too.
How about war? Surely Trump is worse.
Remember when Obama promised to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Yes you do.
Remember when Dubya said, “It’s not the role of the US to go around the world saying this is the way it’s got to be”?
They’re all neoconservatives, since George Dubya Bush.
Obama throwing the ethical people who spoke out against the government in jail.
Obama amping up the United States drone program with lists of individuals to assassinate.
Obama didn’t start PRISM, but he sure as hell presided over and amped up our surveillance police state. It got bigger on his watch, not smaller.
Surely Trump started the whole fake news thing, didn’t he?
Nope. The Reality-Based Community divorced the Make-Believe Community on its own.
Trump just exploited the opening in the space-time continuum from which critical thinking has been banished.
Don’t kid yourself. Trump’s a fascist? Umm… the totalitarianism is corporate.
We have the military/ industrial complex, a review of which you can find here.
We have the deep state, a description of which you can find here.
We have the oligarchy, who makes all the laws and policies, as detailed here.
What exactly is Donald Trump doing that pisses them off? That scares them? What are his policies they don’t agree with?
He talking about sending the kids to school for free or something?
Is he singing The Times They Are A-Changin’ with Bob Dylan?
“I think Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. I know her she very well. She’s very talented. And she has a husband that I also like very much. I think she’s going to get the nomination rather easily. “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman … I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.”
“Republicans slobbered all over Hillary while she was at the State Department,” Bill Clinton said to supporters gathered at an art venue in Santa Monica.
As Michael Moore surmised, there is a sizeable population of Americans who want to throw a monkey wrench in the works. Moore calls this the Jesse Ventura Effect:
“Finally, do not discount the electorate’s ability to be mischievous or underestimate how any millions fancy themselves as closet anarchists once they draw the curtain and are all alone in the voting booth. It’s one of the few places left in society where there are no security cameras, no listening devices, no spouses, no kids, no boss, no cops, there’s not even a friggin’ time limit.
You can take as long as you need in there and no one can make you do anything. You can push the button and vote a straight party line, or you can write in Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. There are no rules. And because of that, and the anger that so many have toward a broken political system, millions are going to vote for Trump not because they agree with him, not because they like his bigotry or ego, but just because they can.”
Trump was supposed to be “not a politician.”
Trump was supposed to be “an anarchist burning it all down.”
He was going to show those elite Obama HillBillaries, wasn’t he?
Except he’s always been one of them, hasn’t he?
Trump voted for Hillary. Did you?
What we got was not someone who changed neoconservative interventionist foreign policy or neoliberal economic domestic policy. We got the same Washington playbook with the Mad Tweeter implementing it in our faces, all the time, very loudly.
Why don’t they like him? Trump isn’t different than other presidents; he’s the same.
“Obama would have changed the world… if THEY had let him.”
We’re hearing the same thing about Trump now, aren’t we? He would nuke and pave over the establishment Washington DC inside the beltway Deep State everyone goes to prison DRAIN THE SWAMP if only THEY WOULD LET HIM!!!
At least it’s the theme on this season’s reality TV show, “Trump Paints the White House White Again.”
Trump is the exemplary wealthy white male landowner The Constitution was written to protect in the first place, isn’t he? They didn’t write it for the poor, that’s for sure.
What’s different about Trump?
Dr. Freud calls this the narcissism of small differences.
Dr. Seuss calls this The Sneetches…
The WWF Wrassling show Trump produces around him like Pigpen from Peanuts on Winstrol makes him seem different.
However, Trump doesn’t really care about ideology and policy. One week he says, “We don’t need to be in Syria. Withdraw the troops.” Next week he says “Bomb the shit out of them.” There is no consistent Trump policy. Because Trump’s brain is the consistency of Corn Flakes. There’s only ego there.
What Trump cares about is being the alpha dog. Being on top of the food chain. When he took office, he erased everything Obama did. That was a “policy position.”
Hence, people made the mistake of thinking Trump was “changing the establishment” because of this. In reality, Trump just wanted to show he’s “better than” Obama.
There isn’t any 4-D Vulcan chess match going on with Trump. He simply wants every single human being on earth to know his name. The policies going on around him – the Republican trickledown neoliberal tax cut for the rich economics for example – are the same as it ever was. There is no “helping the regular people” on his agenda.
Folks enjoy his battles with the intelligence community and the Clintons. Because the alphabet soup and New Democrats are corrupt. Thing is, Trump is too selfish to care about helping anyone but himself. He is no Great American Hero. He’s just an asshole. Any benefit to any one else from his words and deeds are completely coincidental.
This trend became clear to me once I started reading information from outside the United States (see below). Once you peel the propaganda off, it’s difficult to make sense of why Donald Trump is a “clear and present danger” to the establishment. He’s one of them. Here’s further reading on this narrative from the Land Down Under: