[HCCN] Fwd: Trump: Who Really Knows?

Dick Atlee atlee at dickatlee.com
Wed Nov 9 18:54:24 EST 2016

I think investigative journalist Robert Parry sums up how we got here 
pretty well:


Judy_Robbins wrote on 11/9/16 6:36 PM:
> A perspective.
>> *From: *"Global Network" <globalnet at mindspring.com>
>>  Trump: Who Really Knows? <http://space4peace.blogspot.com/>
>> It was a late night at our house.  It would be an understatement to say I
>> was surprised that Trump pulled off a massive victory in the election.  I
>> surely didn't see this coming.
>> I figured that with the mainstream media support for Clinton and the
>> support from the banksters, the neo-cons, the military industrial complex
>> and the oil companies it was a certainty that Trump would go down to
>> defeat.
>> Obviously the white working class is angry and feels betrayed by the
>> elites who run the country.  I heard that half of the union workers in
>> Michigan (traditionally 'loyal' Democrats) voted for Trump.  But normal
>> is gone now.  Many of these voters who picked Trump told the exit polls
>> that they didn't necessarily like him - but they just saw voting for him
>> as the only way to shake things up.  How much patience will they have for
>> Trump in the White House?  That will be an interesting thing to watch.
>> Trump has named corrupt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his transition
>> manager.  Christie is a mobster and the rumors have long tied Trump to
>> the mob.  Clinton is corrupt as well and I see her as a key spokesperson
>> for the corporate mafia.  So this election was really the mob verses the
>> mafia.
>> Studying the situation in Ukraine during the last couple of years has
>> taught me a lot about how competing criminal oligarchies can control and
>> tear down a nation.  That is basically what I see we had in this
>> election.  There was division among ruling oligarchies here in the US -
>> again the mob verses the mafia.
>> The Democrats blew their chance for power when they threw Bernie Sanders
>> under the bus during the primary season where the Clinton campaign
>> repeatedly cheated in order to take the nomination.  Those 'loyal' Dems
>> who refused to see the folly of this strategy are now in funeral mourning
>> mode as they witness a damn near complete collapse of their party across
>> the nation as the much hated Clinton ran them into the ground.
>> Democrats can blame others all they want for this loss but until they
>> face up to the reality that the voters have rejected their corporate
>> dominated Clinton machine their party stands little chance of a real future.
>> The Trump strategy was to go hard after voters in the 'rust belt' of the
>> nation. Those living in the decaying former industrial heartland that is
>> now virtually jobless had nothing to lose.  Trump promised jobs and
>> strongly opposed the disastrous trade agreements like NAFTA and TPP that
>> the Clinton machine has long endorsed.
>> The truth is that for eight years the Obama administration did little to
>> help create jobs in devastated regions like the rust belt and in
>> impoverished communities across the country.  He, along with the
>> Republican party, kept the Bush endless war cycle going which drained the
>> treasury of resources that could have been used for rebuilding our
>> nation.  Dems don’t want to talk about this but it is a major reason for
>> the eventual rejection of Clinton who is an avowed war monger.
>> This was a 'populist' victory. Last night on the right-wing Fox News TV
>> we saw conservatives saying that this was not a victory for the
>> Republican Party but was indeed a 'populist' wave.  The Democrats had a
>> chance to match and beat Trump with the populism coming from Bernie
>> Sanders but after the Clinton machine dispatched the Vermont senator that
>> opportunity was out the window.
>> This morning we listened closely to some of Trump's words on the radio
>> where he said he wanted to bring the nation together after his divisive
>> 'wrestling match' campaign.  We'll see how that goes.  He also said he
>> wanted to get along with all countries around the world.  During his
>> campaign Trump did repeatedly say he wanted to talk with Russia and he
>> questioned whether the US should be spending so much on NATO.  It will be
>> instructive to see how he handles the war mongers inside the Congress
>> from both the Republican and Democrat parties.
>> Will Trump continue the major US-NATO mobilization along the Russian
>> border?  Will he continue to build Poland as the key US power projection
>> hub in eastern Europe - just as Israel is the US base of operations in
>> the Middle East and Japan serves that role in the Asia-Pacific?  Will
>> Trump continue to destabilize Ukraine and use it as a bludgeon against
>> Russia?  These are the things to closely watch.
>> Trump has no real experience as an office holder to prepare him for this
>> task.  He notoriously has a short attention spam.  Those who have his ear
>> will be directing US domestic and foreign policy.
>> We in the progressive community had best spend some time reaching out to
>> allies and building a unified coalition to stand against the coming
>> reactionary wave.  We would be wise not to demonize those who voted for
>> Trump - especially considering that many of them are working class union
>> members who were primarily voting for jobs and against corporate elites.
>> We need to be offering a positive transformative vision for the future -
>> ending our wars, closing our nearly 1,000 foreign military bases and
>> bringing the troops home to rebuild America with sustainable technologies
>> that help us deal with the coming reality of climate change.
>> No matter how you might have voted yesterday we should all recognize that
>> we have a common enemy - corrupt corporate elites who don't give a damn
>> about working people in the US or around the world.  This election is a
>> call for everyone to get engaged in order to take our nation back from
>> those on Wall Street who only live for their own power and enrichment.
>> Will Trump change the spots on his skin and become a real advocate for
>> the working class and the poor (many of whom are his beloved
>> 'veterans')?  Hard to imagine.  But by now we should all know that only
>> when the people get organized can we really protect our own interests
>> against those who wish to rape and pillage our Mother Earth for their
>> private gain.
>> It's kind of ironic that the biggest issue drawing progressive support
>> across the nation these days is the Native American protests against the
>> oil pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota.  Hopefully we'll all learn
>> something from the people who have been under attack by the Great White
>> Father in Washington for the past couple hundred years.
>> The indigenous people understand that no politician will bail us out as
>> our compromised nation collapses.  Only a good relationship with our
>> Mother Earth will allow the future generations to survive.
>> Bruce K. Gagnon
>> Coordinator
>> Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
>> PO Box 652
>> Brunswick, ME 04011
>> (207) 443-9502
>> http://www.space4peace.org <http://www.space4peace.org/>
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>> Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. -
>> Henry David Thoreau

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