The US will Never be the Same Again
I returned to the US from an extended stay abroad in the year 2000, to witness its step by step descent from the City on a Hill to a floundering mastodon. The results of the presidential election had to be recounted in the key state of Florida, ending in a Supreme Court decision to hand George W Bush the presidency over Al Gore, who would not have launched the War on Terror, and was explaining global warming against the wishes of the energy industries.
In the nineteen eighties, Ronald Reagan had met with Mikhail Gorbachev, paving the way for the demise of the Soviet Union. His successor Bill Clinton, believed to be a progressive, attacked and dismembered Yugoslavia, as Europeans supposedly building a peaceful community — but in reality under American tutelage —looked on. Following that, Bush II did as he was told, by Vice-President Cheney, an oil businessman, ushering in seventeen years of war in the Middle East after Muslims, fed up with US interference in their part of the world, launched the first attack on US soil since the Civil War. Bush II’s Harvard C average had been of little concern to voters, who would have preferred to have a beer with him rather than with Gore.
Barack Obama having turned ‘Yes we can’ into ‘No, we can’t’, Donald Trump woo’d voters by talking dirty while casually remarking ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could get along with Russia?’ Few of his high school educated supporters realized the import of what he was saying, while the press didn’t take anything the former TV star of “The Apprentice” said seriously: Hillary was going to take over Russia so US corporations could exploit its phenomenal mineral trove.
Backed by long-entrenched Neo-cons, and with a lifetime of admiration for the uniform, candidate Hillary Clinton made no secret of her intent, and her election was a foregone conclusion: she appealed to women, Blacks and illegal immigrants hoping to be naturalized, and had plenty of Wall Street money.
In the closing days of the campaign, live TV showed her exulting over her coming victory.
When, on election night, one state after another on the electoral map turn red, astonished anchors realized the Donald Trump saga would have a second act, and Hillary went into hiding. For over a year, the media had shown Trump roughly ordering his bouncers to get protesters at his rallies out. They guessed at his real wealth, believed this story couldn’t really be happening, and that if it was, the good fairy would put order in the house that George Washington had built with slave labor, to be ultimately occupied by the son of an African father and a white mother. Instead, the fairy accused Russia of hacking emails from her party’s server that made her look like Lucifer.
During the campaign, dozens of progressive journalists had warned that Trump’s campaign harked back to Hitler’s, to no avail: the Ku Klux Klan predated McCarthyism, giving White Supremacists a leg up over Bernie supporters. Polls repeatedly showed that Sanders would have trounced Trump, but Hillary was determined to claim her crown after decades of service to a Democratic Party that had not represented the lower classes since the days of Franklin Roosevelt.
During FDR’s presidency, the Red Scare birthed the House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC, joined after World War II by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s special investigative committee that ruined the lives of Americans accused of being Soviet ‘fellow travelers’. Since then, to the three branches of government, (the executive, legislative and judiciary) the US has added a fourth that supersedes the others and is called ‘investigations’. Originally, the US had only two investigative entities, the FBI for domestic crime, and the CIA, born in 1947 to keep tabs on foreign governments when the US decided the Soviet Union had to be contained. By the nineties, investigative committees were begin created every time something seemed amiss in the workings of government. One was even launched into President Clinton’s sex life, although his impeachment ultimately failed. Currently, Clintonites claim that no fewer than seventeen US ‘intelligence’ services are convinced Russia hacked the DNC!
Hillary had pursued a brilliant career as a lawyer, an active First Lady, and a two-term Senator from the state of New York, before seeing her first bid for the White House scuttled by Barack Obama, thus Trump’s win was a double-whammy. It’s small wonder that he threatened to not recognize the election results if he lost, since both the media and politicians from both parties repeated endlessly that he was either ‘unfit’ or ‘unqualified’ to be president. No one could imagine the Democrats demanding recounts, using Green candidate Jill Stein, perhaps remorseful for having siphoned off Hillary voters. Even Bernie supporters who resented his failure to join Stein’s campaign participated in country-wide protests under the banner ‘Not my President’, funded by Soros money via an NGO called Move-on and obviously prepared in advance. ‘Progressives’ dismissed Trump’s plan to reverse a Russia policy that would have led to nuclear war, more affected by the allegation that Vladimir Putin ordered the DNC hack to get back at Hillary for claiming his 2011 re-election was fixed.
Although the intelligence community provided no evidence that the Russian President was behind the DNC hack, obedient German and French media warn voters that their 2017 elections could be victims of Russian hacking. And 95% of respondents to an MSMBC poll believed Russia had actually succeeded in influencing the election. Most worryingly, progressive news sites that defended Russia, found themselves on a Black list drawn up by America’s new McCarthyites.
In the run-up to December 19th, when the Electoral College would formalize the results, electors were being pressed to disregard the will of their voters and deprive Trump of the presidency, (although elector-whisperers were not saying who would then become President, Trump’s running mate or Hillary…).
Journalists and politicians routinely referred to the Russian President as a ‘thug’, using a 1930’s slang word from movies depicting gangsters perched on Model T running boards, spraying their enemies with machine guns. As Russia helps the elected President of Syria drive out the remaining Islamist terrorists from Aleppo, Washington calls it an ‘aggressor’ for helping him reclaim his country.
The appointment as Secretary of State of the head of Exxon Mobil, who cooperates with the Russian President on big oil projects, as well as the presence of Trump’s knowledgeable adult children at meetings, suggest that his government will favor practicality over political correctness and standards of another era. The journalists and officials who ridiculed the idea of a Trump presidency now refer to him smoothly as ‘the president elect’.
If the Neo-cons fail to prevent Donald Trump from entering the White House, by hook or by crook, a foreign policy that would have led to nuclear war will be replaced by cooperation, benefitting American business without firing a shot. The question is: will this lead to a multi-polar world in which Trump’s successors cannot put the US back on its hill, claiming world hegemony?