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In Defense of Donald John Trump

“In Defense of Donald John Trump”

Emanuel Pastreich

February 7, 2021

The lawyers employed by Donald Trump have amassed an impressive pile of arguments to defend him against charges that he incited a mob of his supporters to stage an armed insurrection in an effort to stop the selection of his democratically elected opponent. It is not popular in the fickle fairyland of Washington D.C. to defend Donald Trump, let alone to praise him. But at this sad hour in our nation’s history, that is precisely what must be done.

Sadly, the impeachment trial scheduled for February 9th is unlikely to touch on either the true violations of the Constitution by the Trump administration, nor on Donald Trump’s significant accomplishments in office.

Like the last impeachment trial which focused on ambiguous and amorphous Russian collusion, and left untouched the criminality of the entire executive branch (over which Trump had little control).

This trial has one purpose: to serve as a warning all American politicians that the system is ready to tar and feather them, attack them for things that they did not do, and then take them down with the entire world as a captive audience. 

In other words, the president of the United States in the years ahead will resemble the emperors of the late Roman empire whose reigns rarely lasted for more than a few years: men who were batted around by the generals in the manner that a cat plays with a mouse.    

The sprawling executive branch has as its tentacles consulting firms, military and law enforcement contractors, and a host of lobbying syndicates that assume corruption is a day’s work well done. None of those players are going to be on trial for Valentine’s Day. To blame their sins on Donald Trump, and then present to the world “pay to play” Joe Biden as a progressive breath of fresh air, is true alchemy.

For all his sins, from poor taste in clothing, to the garish interiors at his hotels, to his associations with organized crime and his pandering to audiences who craved the sensational, Trump was a man who simply tried to outsmart the system from within for personal benefit, but also for certain honorable principles. Sadly, he became a prisoner of the system in the process. He is accused of trumped up, or exaggerated, sins, his true mistakes are overlooked and his real accomplishments are ignored.

The case against Donald Trump

Donald Trump, a man who had never served in public office before he became president, a man who knew little about fiscal and social policy, or international relations, a man who was obliged to turn to a handful of political players, and to the cunning multi-billionaires behind the curtains, for advice in his “Battle with the Deep State” –a show perfect for The Sahara—was bathetic and tragic at the same time.  

I dispute, however, the assumption that Trump was inherently less qualified for office than Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, or Joe Biden, three individuals deeply linked to global finance, weapons manufacturers and to a host of other parasitic organizations hell bent on tearing the United States apart for profit. The fact that such global players interacted with these supposedly noble men through Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs did nothing to dilute their criminality. None of these politicians should have ever been considered as candidates for that office.

The recent orgy of media coverage about Trump has nothing to do with his real mistakes, but is rather a cynical ploy to make the Biden administration’s progressive-tinted “Trojan Horse” COVID19 police state seem legitimate and also to create a new enemy for the public imagination: the MAGA-hat wearing ignorant racist Trump supporter.

That last creation is the first step towards tarring anyone who questions the criminal conspiracies that are in full swing today with the term “domestic terrorist” and locking them up if the newly appointed “Reality Czar” sees fit.

Trump’s rise to political power was a result of his success in real estate development, his management of casinos, his speculation in various murky business deals and his effective use of sensationalist television to gain a loyal audience. It is not necessary to explain that one cannot be involved in construction and casinos at that level without being linked to racketeering and money laundering, to prostitution and organized crime.

But the Democrats and Republicans who raked in money from global investment banks that make a killing in the promotion of war (in the name of peace), who push through dangerous free trade agreements, and who participated in the rape of the Federal Reserve, are even more diabolical. The in-your- face obnoxiousness of Trump is more honest than the cultivated, culturally sensitive, ethnically diverse Ivy League graduates who used their empathic image to hide from us the brutal war these global financial institutions wage against ordinary people.

Donald Trump was guilty of violations of the Constitution and of Federal law during the course of his administration that deserve impeachment. Period.

At the same time, however, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barak Obama were all guilty of numerous acts in violation of the Constitution and Federal law worthy of impeachment. If anything, the real question is why American intellectuals have decided to let the bloated, sprawling and putrid executive branch get away with all this institutionalized criminality.  

The Democratic and Republican congressmen who will gather like jackals for the impeachment trial, men and women who looked the other way as global financial powers robbed the Federal Reserve of 10 trillion or more and then had the nerve to say the economic crisis was a result of COVID19, should be on trial too.

Trump’s tragic mistakes

Trump’s decision to run for president can be traced back to the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 30, 2011. He was subject to pointed mockery by Barak Obama who intended to humiliate him in public and destroy his political career.

Trump’s anger was written all over his face because he is not a politician.

Why was Trump so mad?

Personally, I am not convinced that Trump’s “Birther Movement,” that tried to prove that Obama was not an American citizen and that he was a secret Muslim, was either appropriate or accurate. Ultimately, I do not know.

I fear, however, that many Americans do not understand the underlying motivations for that campaign. The strategy was sensationalist, like the pro wrestler at heart that Trump is, but the means of political attack that Trump employed was not entirely his choice.  

Most of the corrupt deals made by the Obama administration with global finance are protected from public scrutiny because the transactions were rendered classified, or because non-disclosure agreements make it impossible to make those crimes public. In many cases, secret law passed by Congress makes the discussion of these corrupt actions illegal. The post-Bush age in America is defined by a politics of the unspeakable.

Trump went after Obama over the birther issue, and after Biden over election fraud, not because it was his necessarily his strongest card, but because it was the only card he was permitted to play, the only thing that the media would report.

It was the attitude of Obama on that evening that riled Trump. Obama, a man parachuted into the 2008 presidential campaign out of nowhere to serve the interests of the super-rich, showed obvious contempt for Trump and his supporters.

Trump wanted to nail the slick Obama for his blatant corruption, but he could not.

When Trump condemned foreign wars openly, he was labeled a budding Nazi by the liberal press. Obama, by contrast, hedged his words about foreign interventions so as to avoid offending General Dynamics and had been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for embracing American militarism and renouncing his lukewarm critique of the Iraq war.

Running for president as an outsider was the best way to get even, Trump thought to himself, that to become the president who replaced that well-groomed toy of financial elites would be tasty, as the French say “La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid” (revenge is a dish best served cold).

Trump knew that if he wanted to win the presidency as an outsider, he would have to tap into the anger boiling up over the corruption in Washington D.C., and the elitist politics of Obama. Part of that response had racist overtones, but much of it did not.

Although Trump had some money, he was a small fish in the increasingly decadent Washington milieu. After he drove back to Trump Hotel after that brutal Obama “roast” he thought about which power players he could get on his side who would be able to match the backing of the investment banks that Democrats (and Republicans) relied on to get them over the top in the money game.

He came up with a list of hungry outsiders who were willing to take a risk on his populist rhetoric because they too did not have the political influence that they felt their money deserved. Although there were more, let us identify four important groups of supporters that pushed hard to get Trump on the map, and who did not care about his opposition to free trade or his appeals to the working man.

The four groups, however, did not care about Donald Trump personally, and when he was set up at the end of his presidency to be diagnosed with the bogus “COVID19” and then accused of starting the clown-directed false flag “Capitol Insurrection,” those forces had no interest in helping out.

I suspect that Trump thought that he, like a master surfer, could somehow ride the converging waves that would be unleashed by these powers and drive this “band of rivals” forward so as to achieve something of value while enhancing his own brand.  

The following four groups latched onto Trump as a chance to shake up Washington and get their piece of the pie.

1)   David and Charles Koch

The Koch brothers poured their coal and petroleum billions into funding “libertarian” ideology as a means of hiding the end of the regulation of business under the sheep’s skin of personal “freedom.” The result was a massive increase in pollution and the end of environmental policy in the United States.  

The Koch brothers were remarkably creative. They set up a devious think tank, the Charles Koch Institute, that seduced various “anti-war” intellectuals with its big funding and media exposure, and thereby gave legitimacy to their corporate agenda.

The Koch brothers supported Trump, and introduced him to their representative Mike Pompeo (who had close ties to the Christian right) in return for a promise from Trump to get the government out of the regulation business and to pursue ludicrous policies regarding climate change. The Koch brothers wanted to get the sort of respect in Washington DC that global players like Exxon and BP were receiving and to muscle in on energy policy previously determined by mainstream corporations.

2)   Betsy (Prince) DeVos and Erik Prince

Although the start of Trump’s relationship with the Prince family remains opaque, Betsy (Prince) DeVos, wife of the heir of the Amway fortune, and her brother Erik Prince, CEO of the private mercenary corporation Academi,  lashed on to Trump early on and gave him a big push.

Betsy (Prince) DeVos demanded that she be made Secretary of Education and she used that position to destroy public education as part of a larger plan to both make all education into a for-profit industry and to render much of the population so poorly educated that they were incapable of opposing the corporate takeover of America. The problems in education, however, were a bipartisan effort of the last 30 years and not the creation of Betsy DeVos.

Trump let her do what she wanted with almost no interference.      

Erik Prince demanded a chance to push for the radical privatization of the military that would allow his mercenary groups to get contracts for work previously limited to the military itself, or to the big-time military contractors. Early support for Trump gave Erik carte blanche for extending his mercenary operations around the world, getting into some serious fights with military officers along the way. 

The Princes also linked Trump up with another big player, Robert Mercer, the CEO of Renaissance Technologies. The “silent billionaire” Mercer was backed Steve Bannon’s innovative strategies for stirring up political support through racist and anti-immigrant reporting at his Breitbart News (mixed with a good dose of truth) and he laid the groundwork for Trump’s sudden media takeoff.  

3)   Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson

Donald Trump had links to Israel through his son-in-law Jared Kushner and through interactions with various Zionist businessmen from way back (including ties to Russia), but he did not take any strong stands on Israel policy. He also received support in his campaign from many Americans who were deeply hostile to Israeli influence in Washington D.C. and who demanded an investigation into the 9.11 incident and Israel’s role.

But Trump’s old pal Sheldon Adelson was a man with the deep pockets, the strong connections in Israel, and the strategic mind necessary to put Trump over the top. Adelson is one of the top dogs in casinos globally and was probably one of the people Trump called up early on. He gave his enthusiastic backing and his phone calls made Trump’s bid viable.

Adelson quickly connected Trump with core figures among Christian Zionists like John Hagee who supported the most radical policies of Israel unconditionally and he set up Mike Pompeo (also linked to the Koch brothers) to be a central policy player. Adelson probably also played a role in introducing to Trump another rising Christian Zionist, Vice President Mike Pence.

Christian Zionist churches across the United States play a critical role in delivering votes and raising money for conservative causes. Trump’s willingness to embrace the extreme demands of these churches allowed the ministers of these churches to back him in spite of his multiple marriages and his lax and indulgent values.

Adelson did not spend those hours at his rolodex for nothing. He got an administration (if not a Trump) that blindly embraced Israel, and granted full support in any Israeli military conflict with Iran.

4)   The “War with China” Lobby

The promotion of military conflicts and the sales of overpriced weapons systems is an exquisitely bipartisan show and even the peacemakers cannot function in Congress without a thumbs up from the big boys. For a total outsider with an unimpressive reputation, and no political experience, there was not much room at the trough for Trump.

A bit of sniffing around, however, revealed that there was one group in the military industrial complex that was extremely unhappy in spite of the bloated defense budget and who were looking for someone to champion their unpopular cause during the Obama years.

That group consisted of the weapons manufactures who supply the big heavy equipment like aircraft carrier groups, fighter planes, nuclear weapons and missile defense systems.

Donald’s Rumsfeld’s “War on Terror” had introduced the dangerous concept of a “revolution in warfare” and much of their bulky hardware was viewed as outdated by a new generation of security experts.

The new focus on intelligence fattened up their rivals and cost them some big military contracts as the Pentagon increasingly mimicked the CIA.  

In addition, a push by new upstarts like Boston Robotics to lock them out permanently and make satellites, drones, robots and AI the focus for military spending had them seeing red.  

Although these contractors liked Russia as an adversary, only a massive Pacific War with China scenario could justify the piles of hardware that they wanted to produce. No surprise that these groups were pushed over the edge when Obama proposed military-military cooperation with China, including inviting China to participate in the RIMPAC naval exercises in Hawaii.

The “war with China” faction is not a specific corporation. They are large sections of Northrop Grumman, Lockeed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon and other contractors who stood to benefit from a push for big ships and high-tech fighter planes, for the tools for massive amphibious landings. At the same time, companies also had units who are not interested in that market. 

Trump offered to dump the one-China policy of Nixon in the dustbin of history and to adopt aggressive actions in East Asia that would kick of a “new Cold War.” This group fell in line behind Trump and gave him the security credentials that he lacked.  

Trump’s Achievements

Looking back on the four years of Trump, much of the damage attributed to him was rather the product of institutional decay that was sped up by the mind-numbing spiritual gangrene which infected America after the 9.11 incident. Trump must take responsibility for allowing criminal figures to run the show, to strip the government of expertise and to push for war with China and Iran, but Trump was most certainly not the mastermind.

He felt as he was under house arrest himself at the White House when the big boys got into fights—and he was keenly aware that the powers that be were more than happy to throw him under the bus—as the ultimately did—to achieve their goals.    

And yet, as foolhardy as Trump’s bid to use these outcasts from the DC banquet of spoils as a means to take control of the Republican Party, and then topple the corrupt system from within may have been, the following efforts suggest that at some level Trump maintained a commitment to setting things right, and that he tried to address issues that other politicians were afraid to touch.

The following actions will not be mentioned at the impeachment trial, but they should be.

1)   Commitment to 9.11 truth

In his interview with Fox 5 News on September 11, 2001, Donald Trump made comments that opened up serious doubts concerning the 9/11 conspiracy theory that Arab terrorists holding papercutters took down three skyscrapers with two planes. Trump continued address this issue in private and he was not afraid to maintain close ties with 9/11 truth activists.

His willingness, as sitting president, to tolerate, and even to encourage, the discussion of the scientific problems with the official story was risky for his health and it alienated him from mainstream politicians, Democrat and Republican. His willingness to take on this impossible task represented a sincere loyalty to his supporters—a solidarity that that he never gave up even as he hobnobbed with the rich and powerful.

2) Demand for the release of classified documents on the Kennedy Assassination

Donald Trump used executive orders in October of 2017 in an attempt to force the CIA and the FBI to release all remaining classified documents concerning the Kennedy assassination of 1963. The criminal conspiracy in global finance, industry and government to kill Kennedy is obvious to anyone who has looked into the case even superficially. Yet the Federal Government still refuses to release the remaining documents that will make clear for the world what happened, and exactly who was responsible for what.

Trump’s push to get the papers released was not a favor for historians and conspiracy buffs.

The manner in which global finance was able to murder a president in cold blood when he tried to restore accountability to intelligence and to the military produced a slow-growing cancer in the executive branch that has festered ever since. Many institutional problems, such as the inability of any president to subject the Pentagon or the CIA to a meaningful audit, can be traced back to that sad day in November, 1963.

In effect, every American president knows that he can killed with impunity like Kennedy, or publicly humiliated, if he or she dares to hold to the Constitution or to challenge the shadow government of finace.

Trump’s actions were brave, and even inspiring. You can be sure that neither Bernie Sanders nor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, darlings of the “left,” will never dare to make such a demand.  

3) Attacking the use of immigration to destroy the lives of American workers   

The vicious attacks (in government and in the streets) on immigrants that were encouraged by the rhetoric pouring forth from the mouth of Donald Trump were cruel and irrational.  Such actions should be condemned. 

But we can walk and chew gum at the same time as citizens. As offensive and divisive as Trump’s rhetoric was, we must recognize two critical facts: 1) a series of classified directives and secret laws prevented Trump from talking directly about how the immigration crisis was linked to actions of corporations and investment banks; 2) his Democratic opponents were intimately involved in implementation of immigration as a weapon for class warfare but they were never called on this point by so-called “progressive” public intellectuals.  

The immigration rush from Central and South America to the United States was a result of the plot of multinational to destroy the local economies of those countries and to devastate agriculture and crafts through a ruthless free trade, free investment scheme combined with cash payments to politicians to play stupid.

The working people of Latin America did not have any choice but to try to go to the United States.

At the same time, multinational banks and corporations used immigration policy as part of a strategy to destroy the economic foundations of life for the American worker, rendering him a helpless pawn in their push for a new form of slavery. The Democrats were silent about this greater conspiracy and Trump was right to denounce this deliberate policy to destroy America through immigration.

Secret law and classified directives made it impossible to discuss these brutal policies in the American media. When Trump took the unusual step of actually addressing class warfare via immigration he was forced by circumstances to describe it using caricatures that appealed to racist ideology.  

He deserves credit for drawing attention to the issue.

4) Opposition to the free trade ideology  

Trump was the only candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign to address directly the manner in which the promotion of “free trade” regimes have been employed by the rich to destroy the economic foundations of life for Americans.

He was roundly condemned for undermining America’s commitment to global trade agreements and to financial treaties. Conservatives, progressives—and everyone in between—were happy to take a stab. But as inflammatory as his rhetoric may have been, Trump identified a criminal conspiracy of the rich around the world to create economic misery through trade.

The progressive Democratic politicians who claimed to be concerned about working people rarely hesitated to vote for free trade agreements. They pretended that these agreements would help ordinary people when they knew full-well that they were for the benefit of multinational corporations. Trump    stood virtually alone in condemning the trade scam and he deserves credit for his efforts.

5) Open opposition to the mask mandate, to the economic lockdown and to the vaccine regime in the name of COVID19

Donald Trump made numerous attempts to question from the office of the president the promotion of the bogus COVID19 pandemic as a national disaster, the insistence on the mandatory wearing of masks without any scientific basis and the nonsensical demands for an economic lockdown on the economy and the shutting down of public buildings and of schools. He was one of the few politicians willing to take such a position and as a result he gained support in the presidential election from African Americans and other groups who would normally never have supported a Republican.

When Trump questioned the need for the dangerous COVID19 “vaccines” promoted by multinational pharmaceutical corporations like Pfizer that contain destructive mRNA, and a variety of tracers and sensors embedded in DARPA hydrogel, his stand was heroic.

Although Trump took an anti-science stance when he questioned climate change in response to the demands of the Koch brothers, he was 100% supported by the science, and by numerous scientists, in the case of COVID19.

The result? Trump was subject to attacks from every side in the corrupt media for his commonsense statements. The darlings of the Democratic “left” rushed to embrace the corporate puppet Anthony Fauci when he attacked Trump for not shutting down the economy and he promoted these dangerous “vaccines.”

Moreover, when Trump was forced to endorse vaccines, he gave speeches in which he spoke of a “warp drive” project to develop them in months that would normally have taken years or decades.

Trump praised vaccines in a deliberately exaggerated manner as a means of telegraphing the truth to the people about the true nature of vaccines over the barriers to the dissemination of information erected in Washington D.C. Such a move was ingenious and brave—but mocked in the media.

6) Support for an open discussion about criminal conspiracies in the United States

The transformation of progressive sources of journalism like the Nation and Counterpunch into puppet shows where corporate power dresses up its fictions in the used clothing of the American leftist tradition is a tragedy of epic proportions. We witness a pathetic discourse on politics in which the “left” acts as a trained lapdog unable to speak about any of the real conspiracies.

It is to Donald Trump’s credit that he had the bravery to actively engage in an open discussion with those demanding an investigation into the criminal conspiracies taking place in America, and that he encouraged a fundamental questioning of the role of government and of corporations.

Specifically, Trump was attacked from all corners for his connections to believers in the “cult” of QAnon.

QAnon is a insider who leaks information about criminal actions at the highest levels of government. If you do a search for QAnon, you will find articles that condemn him as a fraudulent conspiracy peddler, that denounce his racist and isolationist positions, but you will not see QAnon’s texts quoted so that the reader can judge for himself.

None of the newspapers even gives the website address of QAnon: qanon.pub. Wikipedia dismisses QAnon, saying,

“QAnon is a disproven and discredited far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against former U.S. president Donald Trump, who has been fighting the cabal. According to U.S. prosecutors, QAnon is commonly called a cult.”

The assumption that mainstream Democrats (and Republicans) cannot be linked to prostitution and pedophilia is easily proven false. For that matter, no mainstream politician has tried to discredit QAnon by launching international scientific investigations into the claims he makes about the 9/11 incident or the COVID19 campaign.

Significant inaccuracies in QAnon are a problem which can only be addressed through an open effort to identify which parts are accurate. The greater problem is the failure of most intellectuals to condemn the blatant fictions peddled by the New York Times and Washington Post.

In any case, Trump’s willingness as president to take on massive conspiracies is a necessary first step, and much to his credit. 

7) Questioning of the legitimacy of the election

We are told over and over again that Biden won the election in a fair and transparent manner and that Trump’s efforts to contest the election are selfish and corrupt. This narrative is a massive fraud.

It is unclear who won that election, or whether it was an election at all. In any case, we should be delighted that Trump is the first candidate who was willing to stand up against the massive manipulation of the vote by corporate powers. We can only wish that Al Gore or John Kerry, or Bernie Sanders, or many others, had had the guts to stand up and refuse to accept the bogus elections that are forced on us.

The 2020 election was fixed from the start. The financial powers that run the United States put out a series of classified directives, and had the Congress pass secret laws that determined who the candidates would be and what topics could, or could not, be discussed.

It is no secret that the Biden camp used every dirty trick in their toolbox to secure the Democratic nomination, including manipulating the vote in the primaries to beat Bernie Sanders.

Why would anyone assume then that the Biden team would not manipulate the vote in a similar manner in the general election—especially in light of the support he received from neoconservatives close to the Bush clan?

In egregious cases like the sudden swing to Biden in Pennsylvania, progressives concerned with the democratic process should have demanded an international investigation that would have documented in a transparent manner the details of the vote. No Democrats have called for even reinstatement of exit polls.

It was to his credit, and not a sign of his selfishness, that Trump refused to concede to the election.

The real crime is that the progressives refused to demand a scientific investigation into the results of the election, rather than throw themselves at the feet of Biden as if he were the reincarnation of Robert Kennedy.  

8) Condemnation of endless foreign wars

You know you are in the “Twilight Zone” when progressives who fall all over themselves to condemn Trump for racism and war mongering then fall silent when he, as a sitting president of the United States, condemned the criminal “forever wars” of the last twenty years and attacked the for-profit procurement system for weapons.

Trump comments on September 7, 2020 condemning foreign wars, and denouncing war profiteers, went beyond anything you will find coming out of the mouths of Democrats—and they were not the only such public statement by him. He stated:  

“With Biden, shipped away our jobs, threw open our borders and sent our youth to fight in these crazy endless wars. And it’s one of the reasons the military—I’m not saying the military is in love with me, the soldiers are. The top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs, that make the planes, that make everything else stay happy. But we are getting out of the endless wars.”

He ended his comments,

“Let’s bring our soldiers back home. Some people don’t like to come home. Some people like to continue to spend money. One cold-hearted globalist betrayal after another. That’s what it was.”

The entirety of the speech was theatre, and it was not entirely accurate, but Trump managed to slip past the censors a critique of the broken system that no other politician was able to do.

In fact, Trump’s comments are the first attack by a sitting president on that systematic corruption since President Eisenhauer’s condemnation of the “military industrial complex” in his farewell address of January 17, 1961 (almost exactly 60 years ago). 

Obama, or Harris, for all their multiculturalism, are incapable of making such a statement because they rose to political power on the backs of private equity and venture capital, organizations that derive much of their cash from weapons sales, the promotion of corporation-centered “free trade” agreements and the tearing down all barriers to global capital’s rampage around the world.

Furthermore, Trump’s own farewell address was pointedly aimed at ordinary soldiers and critical of the political generals who use the military as a means to amass wealth.

His attempt to bond with ordinary soldiers, and to oppose the military profiteers, appears to be a sincere sentiment, and not a political posture.

9) Call to Nationalize the Federal Reserve

Donald Trump made a serious effort to bring the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States under the control of the Treasury Department and to reign in the use of American debt by global finance for its own purposes.

How successful that effort to control the creation of money was is difficult to evaluate because the media is controlled by the same financial institutions that dominate the Federal Reserve system. The reports (both pro and anti Trump) are murky and obscure.

Moreover, because financial policy in the Federal Reserve, and in the Treasury Department, is increasingly rendered as classified, it is impossible to have a serious public discussion on fiscal policy.  

Trump’s decision to bring in Larry Fink, the CEO of the multi-trillion dollar investment firm BlackRock, to play a central role in the Federal Reserve Bank was at best a Pyrrhic victory.

Trump supporters claim that at least the Rothschilds no longer control the Federal Reserve. I honestly do not know which reports to believe about the status of the Federal Reserve today.

What is clear, however, is that the theft of trillions from the Federal Reserve last year was a reality, and that Trump did try, perhaps unsuccessfully, to do something.  

The upcoming show trial of Donald Trump  

Trump paid a price for talking about war profiteering and other criminal conspiracies during the election. He was suddenly diagnosed as positive for COVID19 on October 11 and his campaign was shut down at precisely the moment that was starting to make a discussion of criminal conspiracies central to the campaign.

But that was just the beginning of the attack. He was painted in the corporate media as a terrorist leader, like Osama Bin Laden, who incited his racist followers to commit an “armed insurrection.” But the occupation of the Capitol was more of a Laurel and Hardy show than a serious attack or insurrection and multiple reports have raised serious doubts as to what actually transpired. Needless to say, no progressives are asking for an international investigation.

Trump’s lawyers will not be able to address any of the unfair attacks on him by the media during the impeachment trial, nor will they be able to present evidence concerning his contributions to restoring the rule of law in the United States.

Nor will those lawyers be able to demonstrate that the criminal actions that took place during Trump’s administration were for the most part the fault of an executive branch that can no longer be controlled by the president. They cannot describe how Trump was set up for this show trial as a means to draw attention away from greater crimes.

All their efforts must go into defending Trump from the accusation that he masterminded the violent armed insurrection at the Capitol intended to stop the election of Joe Biden as president.

In other words, the door has been opened by this trial to using the full force of the Federal government to treat anyone who questions the vaccine regime, or demand inquiries into conspiracies like 9/11, as a domestic terrorist.

We have an obligation, not just for the sake of Donald Trump, but for the future of our children, to openly condemn this blatantly criminal effort to cook up an “insurrection” and then to blame it on the president.

Trump is part professional wrestler, part gameshow host, part mobster. I would not buy a used car from him, but one senses a certain loyalty and decency in him at the same time that he plays a ruthless political game.

He has the humanity and the personal attachments of the gangster. Perhaps Trump was not meant to be president, but he is more transparent than the Democrats who pray in secret at the altar of global finance.  

No matter what you may think of his garish taste, his multiple marriages, his sensationalist statements, or of his supporters, Trump took numerous steps to pursue the truth that put him at risk and that deserve our grudging respect.

“让我们行动起来!” (美国总统 就职典礼 贝一明的演讲)

“让我们行动起来!”

(美国总统 就职典礼)

贝一明

Emanuel Pastreich

(美国总统大选独立参选人)

2021年 1月 20日

今天发表这篇演讲时,我深感沉痛,同时也心怀与这项使命相称的谦卑与解决当前危机不可或缺的见解。这场既成事实的混乱已经席卷华盛顿特区,且将其藤蔓伸向美国各地,伸向这一蓝绿相间的星球上的每一个国家。比起乔治·华盛顿或者亚伯拉罕·林肯的有序治理,这场混乱更配得上罗马帝国的尼禄皇帝和卡里古拉皇帝的残暴统治。

在我们面前,挑战已严峻到无以复加,危险已迫在眉睫。然而,这场危机同时也打破了沉寂,开辟出了空间,让我们得以迎接全新的变革,复兴我们的国家,推动它沿正轨前进,不再重蹈覆辙,不再重陷帝国冲突与国内冲突的泥淖。往事已矣,但未来可期。

正如罗马皇帝马可·奥勒留所述:

“倘若人能够无惧无欲地履行职责,总能在从事的事情中获得满足,奉行神之意旨,拥抱‘超凡的真实’,字字句句出自真心,那么他的生活将幸福无比。”

铺成前方唯一一条光明大道的,便是“超凡的真实”,而非华而不实的假象。其实再过去的几天乃至几年中,我们都已经历过残酷的试炼,为这场考验做好了准备——再次引用马可·奥勒留的名言,“拦路石变为了铺路石”,然而我们对此无知无觉。

在通过科学方法针对国会奇妙遭袭一事开展全面、透明的国际调查之前,我们最好保持沉默。

然而,与此同时,留给我们的时间已经不多了。

这既不是任一历史性的时刻,也不是简简单单的一场选举。

也许我们应当把这一事件视为一场火山爆发,视为各种地质变化在美国社会中经过多年酝酿之后突然现身的结果。时间一天天、一个小时一个小时地过去;就这样,几十年来,它们悄无声息,直到这一刻。

未经操控、漫无目的的文化与政治变革岩浆蓦然喷发,冲下山坡,让森林化作火海。我们如果有足够远见,知晓我们的国家、我们的星球会变成何种样貌,一定会当机立断,将这股力量加以正确引导。岩浆冷却之后,即可变为坚固至极、可存续几百年之久的制度、文化和价值观根基。

反之,如果我们畏首畏尾,如果我们肆意放纵人类的破坏天性、为所欲为,如果我们随意将钥匙交给破坏之神湿婆,那么岩浆冷却后将化作道道高墙,将我们彼此隔绝孤立几个世纪,让我们就此寸步难行。

没错,在过去的几天中,在过去的一年里,美国的确遭受重创;这场严酷的疫情也让我们难以招架。

然而我所指的,并不是国会侵袭事件,不是。美国所遭受的真正袭击,是躲在层层化名和空壳公司背后的超级富豪、跨国投资银行、各种资产管理公司和私人股本公司通过接管整个联邦政府来实施的。他们的行动无声无息、无迹可循。

小马丁·路德·金牧师的话正中要害:“一个军费支出年年超过社会改善项目经费的国家正在走向精神末日。”

在讨论必要措施以及现在的当务之急之前,让我们先来看一看眼下的情况,尤其是新冠疫情所造成的影响。

新冠病毒已感染美国社会的每一肢体和器官,并且已经将邪恶的DNA深深植入这一国家,悄悄地繁衍增殖。它是如此地可恨,让一个曾为世界做出不可估量的贡献的国家病入膏肓、面目全非。

这种疾病大肆侵蚀着我们的文化和制度,其起源尚不为人所知。而国家道德沦丧;有幸接受良好教育的人败德辱行;有时间、有机会学习经济学、政治学、历史和哲学,从而了解新闻报道内涵的人三缄其口,从不把自己的所知所想告诉给普通大众——这一切都助长了病毒的气焰,加速了疫情的蔓延。

上述美国人享受着优厚的特权,却完全背弃了自己成全大义的职责。哪怕可以让不甚幸运的人脱离这场文明瘟疫的折磨,他们也不愿意付出一点点努力。

我们这些得天独厚之人绝不该视自己享受到的利益为理所应当之物,更不该自私吝啬。我们所受到的教育、学到的技能都是上天轻轻交到我们手中、让我们与他人分享的礼物。

最重要的是,我们必须时时刻刻地记挂着那些在便利店、在加油站工作至深夜的人;那些破晓时分便早早起床,为我们打扫办公室、倒垃圾桶的人;还有那些如今无家可归、昨晚在高速公路旁用薄纸板借以挡风、凑在一起取暖的人。

他们时运不济,没有机会学习专业技能、了解物理学和技术。我们在思忖自己的职责与义务时,一定要首先考虑到他们。我们必须帮助他们、保护他们——一定要把这种情怀作为所有政策的重心与基础。

现在,我们必须抗争,必须联合全世界的强大力量,为了阻止我们的国家滑向一系列军队派系之间的大小内斗而抗争。我们必须遏制银行家们的恶劣勾当,让他们不要再像一群围攻狮子的鬣狗,像一群争着把嘴伸入食槽的猪一样,疯狂敛财。

我们无需对超级富豪手中的傀儡,对卑鄙的寄生虫抱任何期望。我们要针对趁人不备占据华盛顿的幕后黑手采取行动。

正如前总统富兰克林·D·罗斯福所说:

“我们已同和平的旧有敌人——商业和金融垄断、投机、不计后果的金融行为、阶级对立、地方主义和战争奸商展开斗争。

他们开始认为,美国政府不过是自己手上业务的附属品。现在我们知道,政府由有组织的金钱团体操纵,同被有组织的暴徒控制一样危险。”

我们必须声讨那些意欲利用新冠疫情摧毁所有美国人乃至全世界人民生活经济基础的邪恶势力。我们要反抗他们,因为他们只会对积极的、有组织的抗争做出回应。他们没有考虑过实施那些置人于死地的计划的理由,也决不会妥协。

我们要撕下他们的面具(口罩),然后再摘下我们自己的面具(口罩),迎接真理和科学的曙光。

国会大厦遭冲击事件将会如何被人利用,我们心知肚明。他们不会揭露这场闹剧背后的导演,而是会向当年911惨剧上演之后一样,趁机放任幕后势力压制美国境内的言论自由。我可以毫无顾忌地对参谋长联席会议全体成员的意图表示质疑。他们都是与大财团联系紧密的政客,都要插手在共和国之棺上钉下最后一枚钉子。其实对于911恐怖袭击事件后发生的一切,他们也乐于视而不见。

如今,严刑峻法正在酝酿当中。《爱国者法案》的限制范围将进一步扩大,一切国内抗议活动,以及一切对于新疫苗接种制度的质疑,都将被视为违法犯罪。

我们不应对唐纳德·特朗普或者乔·拜登先生心怀怨恨。在腐朽不堪的制度之下,他们都已尽力;然而他们并无担任美国总统的资格,并非美国的合法领导人。整个政府都已陷入腐败泥潭,因此大选并不合规合矩。

本应矗立着政府的地方,现在只剩下腐败,沦为了“买票入场”的闹剧场。

那些悲伤的人不过是一群冲浪者,他们试图驾驭突然涌出的乱流,却对这股浪潮的本质一无所知。

当哈佛大学成为高盛集团炒作疫情的工具,当FDA遵照跨国企业的命令推广危险的疫苗,当《华盛顿邮报》和《华尔街日报》由视我们为草芥的亿万富翁掌控时,我们面对的,可不仅仅是空心人的悲哀与空虚。

今天,我要承担起这份沉重而又无甚回报的使命,呼吁国内外所有道德与责任感尚存的美国人挺身而出、行动起来。

我在此庄严宣誓,要从今日起担负领袖职责,团结所有美国民众为争取自由和正义而奋斗,直至合理合法的大选重归美国,直至有更加胜任这一位置的能力出众之人来代替我。

我们需要一位总统,不,一位公民,来对美利坚共和国,对联合国进行彻底变革。

让我来提醒诸位,尽管美国的政治传统与联合国的管理制度以民主为基础,但其根基,其灵魂,其基本理念都与革命有关,可追溯至1776年美国革命,追溯至1860年的反奴革命。我们的传统本来就富有革命性;此时此刻,这一传统更是举足轻重。

让我来为诸位诵读《独立宣言》,因为在某种程度上,我今日的演讲也是另一份《独立宣言》。只是这一次,我们不是要从大英帝国独立,而是要摆脱一个超级富豪及其仆人们在其内暗中为害、被他们操控的金融与投机帝国。

我们在此宣布,脱离这个腐败丛生、掠夺人民的帝国,这个对外战争不断、媒体精于洗脑的帝国,这个为谋利而大肆推广速食与非必需药物的帝国。

当时,我们的开国元勋是这样讲的:

“我们认为,下述真理不言自明:所有人生而平等,被造物主赋予了不可让渡的权利,包括生活、自由与追求幸福的权利。——为了保障这些权利,人们组建政府,使政府的正当权力源自于被统治者的同意。——不论何种政府,只要违背了这些宗旨,人民便有权将其加以改造或废除,建立起全新的政府,让新政府以上述原则为基石,以上述形式组织权力,最大可能地给人民以安全与幸福……然而当权者一再滥用职权、篡夺人民权力时,人民有权、有义务,抛弃这样的政府,为他们未来的安全提供新的保障。”

没错。民主过程的关键环节之一是革命。在进步派与保守派的浮夸言论之间漫无目的地左右摇摆不过是自欺欺人,无异于在百事可乐与可口可乐之间做选择,与所谓的“政治意识”无甚关联。

关于自由,托马斯·杰斐逊曾有一句精辟的论述。

杰斐逊写道:

“自由之树必须以爱国者和暴君的鲜血时时浇灌,以使其永葆活力。”

这句话在当时千真万确,于今日更是至理名言。

在将任何人承认为总统之前,我们都必须:

1)列出名单,统计掌控我们国家的超级富豪、投资银行、私募基金和其他寄生性金融机构,同时制定计划,以: a) 将其近日罪行的相关信息公之于众(以应对国家危机为理由,将此信息解密,或者从保密协议中释出);b) 让罪魁祸首(包括斥巨资将自己包装成为人民朋友的富豪)面临刑事指控。

2)从货币与金融领域(美联储)着手,控制经济,建立民有、民治、民享的经济体系。旨在控制全球投机怪兽的计划有很多,我们需要一一实施。

3)动员民众创办致力于追求真相、不会对敏感话题闭口不谈的新闻媒体,使其迅速取代只为企业金主服务的腐败媒体。

4)建立道德公民国际委员会,监督总统大选及国会选举,保证其公正公开,让民众能够充分参与,阻止企业献金,令所有合格候选人都有机会提出自己建设性的提议。

5)为联合国改革提出切实规划,使其成为地球公民真正的地球治理平台,永远将利用该组织谋利、违背《联合国宪章》宗旨的银行家和超级富豪关在门外。

6)将我们的国家安全工作重点转移至阻止全球投资银行及其伙伴继续对生物多样性造成破坏、对气候造成不良影响;解决财富过度集中问题,停止对技术,尤其对自动与通讯技术的滥用,让民众的思考能力和生计免遭破坏。

提出要求十分简单,但实现它们绝非易事。

这项工程需要美国乃至全球共同努力,需要有勇有谋之士为我们指引道路,需要大家配合跟随。

我在此自告奋勇,暂时担任这一过程的组织者一职,然而并非为了谋求权力或者财富。我决意效仿辛辛那特斯,可以随时让贤。

未来在你们的手中,我亲爱的同胞们。我们已经准备就绪,即将组织、领导大家让我们的国家脱胎换骨。然而最终做出决断的,一定是你们。

真理永不止步。

感谢诸位的聆听。

18 planks of Emanuel Pastreich’s platform

Emanuel Pastreich Announced in a speech today the 18 planks of his platform in his run for president of the United States as an independent.

“I will fear no evil” Emanuel Pastreich speech announcing candidacy for president

April 10, 2020

Break News broadcast my speech announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.

Short exchange with Peter Paik on the economy

October 14, 2018

 

Short exchange with Peter Paik

 

Emanuel Pastreich:

“Most people who had a positive view of capitalism were thinking of the modified and regulated form practiced in the 1950s and 1960s in the US. That was not really capitalism at all, but highly regulated economy deeply influenced by socialist models. This, however, is the real stuff. Enjoy, compliments of the chef!”

 

Peter Y. Paik:

“Don’t forget the central banks.”

 

Emanuel Pastreich:

“Central banks? those playthings of sovereign wealth funds and billionaires?”

 

Peter Y. Paik:

I think they won’t be big enough to paper over the next collapse.”

 

Emanuel Pastreich:

“That is exactly right. And that stuff they circulate will be exactly that: ‘paper.’”

 

Peter Y. Paik:

“We’ll have to find new ways of thinking about what will come after.”

 

Emanuel Pastreich:

“We will have no choice this time.”

 

 

The dawn of the age of “psychopathocracy”

I am not a political scientist, but I felt compelled to coin a new term to describe the new form of governance we see emerging around the world.

I refer to this model as “psychopathocracy” a term which describes the rule by psychopaths, those who are mentally unstable in a sense that strips them of their humanity and makes them incapable of determining what is in their own interests, or in the interests of others.

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This state often features paranoid obsessions.

When Donald Trump’s National Paranoia Advisor John Bolton spoke with Martha Raddatz  of ABC News and stated that he was convinced that not only Russia, but Iran, China and North Korea would meddle in the Midterm Election, he was giving voice to precisely such paranoid views (granted their political value to him).

Bolton stated,

“I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about [in addition to Russia] Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling [in the coming election] that we’re taking steps to try to prevent it, so it’s all four of those countries, really. I’m not going to get into the – what I’ve seen or haven’t seen, but I’m telling you, looking at the 2018 election, those are the four countries that we’re most concerned about.”

We have to wonder whether that election will ever take place.

 

I also want to mention Thomas Mann’s insight:

“The insipid is not synonymous with the harmless”

Mann suggests that many mistakenly assume that because the actions of certain people are foolish, dreary and banal they are therefore of little consequence. But as Mann learned in Germany of the 1930s, the banality of political discourse has nothing to do with its potency, or with its destructiveness.

 

“The slow-motion civil war: America’s three-way fight” The Korea Times

The Korea Times

“The slow-motion civil war: America’s three-way fight”

February 10, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

We are so accustomed to a functional political system in the United States that sets standards for the world that in this transitional period it is quite difficult for many to conceive that massive institutional decay is taking place in Washington, D.C. , that will only accelerate and, if not handled well, risks both global war and domestic conflict far beyond what we have seen so far.

That means we had better get serious about an accurate interpretation of current events in the U.S.or risk having events overwhelm us.FullHouse_Trump

First, we must move beyond the simplistic opposition between conservatives and liberals in American politics. We have to stop trying to shoehorn the contradictory information that we observe into this meaningless dichotomy. The Trump administration is a radical, not a conservative, political movement and its opposition, in that it exists in Washington, is not liberal.

We are witnessing a “three-way fight” in the U.S. that defies assumptions about politics over the past 70 years. A complex battle has reached a peak and it is what has allowed Trump to become president, and to remain in power thus far. Read more of this post

Automated kiosks as government?

Some people naively assume that when this government shutdown is over, the government will be up and running after some last minute political deal. But that is hopelessly naive.

This new generation of politicians is planning to destroy everything, like anarchists.

Many ask, why the Republicans would want to shut down the government if they control all three branches?

The answer is rather simple. The Republicans do not control all the bureaucrats. A lot of them are still thinking people, even Democrats. People who are educated and increasingly people who are more interested in governance than anyone in the Congress. So they need to destroy the government itself to achieve the absolute power they crave.

Maybe government officials can be replaced with automated kiosks? Don’t rule it out. There may not be much government left when we get back.blogger-image--2099157781

“Americans love equality”

I cannot agree more with this statement by the author Richard Reeves given in his book Dream Hoarders.

” I never thought I’d say this but I sort of miss the class consciousness of my old country which I grew up hating. The reason I miss it is because at least we’re aware of it. It seems to me that in the U.S. you have a class system that operates every bit as ruthlessly as the British class system but under the veneer of classless meritocracy. There isn’t even a self awareness.”

The book describes in gory detail the  manner in which the upper-middle class hoards opportunities for themselves while remaining entire oblivious to what they are doing.

 

The point of this quote is that what is truly grotesque about America is the degree to which Americans try to deceive themselves about the emergence of class struggle.

As I once wrote,

“Americans love equality. In fact they love it so much that if they meet anyone in their neighborhood who is not their equal, they move away to a expensive suburb.”

A newly dug grave

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