by Scott Creighton
“… and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government….” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remember when the corporatist MSM thought/knew Hillary Clinton would win by a landslide and feared Trump voters wouldn’t accept Hillary as “their president”? Remember when they breathlessly predicted riots in the streets by “racist, sexist, homophobic deplorables” who were incapable of understanding the basic constitutional tenet of a “smooth transition of power” every four years?
Remember how they feared that the so-called “alt-right” websites (and to give you an example of just how flawed their definition of “alt-right” is… apparently my socialist, left-of Bernie website is “alt-right”) would stoke the hostility and anger of the disaffected “racist, sexist, homophobic deplorable” Trump voters, whipping them up into a frenzy so they would go out on the streets and tear shit up?
The “responsible” media is out there stoking more hatred and fear among the population right after yesterdays’ election. They didn’t even wait 24 hours before launching even more stunning slander against the president elect than they leveled at him for the past 4 months once Hillary Clinton completed stealing the nomination from Bernie Sanders.
The results are what you would expect.
This is what intense fear-mongering and identity politics does to a constituency after an election. You end up with an awful lot of people who are terrified and angry. They are terrified that the newly elected president isn’t going to look after their interests, that they will lose some ground economically or socially… and they are angry at the people who voted the “wrong way” thus imposing this situation on them.
Don’t misunderstand me. It is an understandable feeling and it works both ways. Back in 2008 and 2012, there were those who were convinced by assholes like Di$info Jone$ (Alex Jones) and his ilk that Obama was setting up FEMA detention centers for all the “sovereign citizens” who didn’t vote for him.
The fact that CNN and the Huffington Post and many others are now in the business of doing the exact same thing Alex Jones was made famous for is kind of sickening to me, but it’s not shocking at all. After all, they all play on the same team, don’t they?
This is divide and conquer politics. It’s distraction. It’s more of the same of what I recently described as the “Year of the Hate”
But this is where it all falls short and exposes itself for what it really is:
Trump’s election is supposedly a “nightmare for Muslims” because he once suggested a ban on Muslim immigration to this country in the wake of some supposedly terrorist-linked attack (Pulse nightclub which had nothing to do with “ISIS” by the way). He walked that back and turned it into “extreme vetting” or some other such non-sense, but that was used by the MSM to declare Trump hated all Muslims and will round them up and export them when he is president.
Muslims got worried and became afraid because this falsehood was fed to them daily by the complicit media who was in direct service to the Clinton campaign.
So the Muslims protest Trump and fear his followers.
What was their alternative?
Are the Muslims out there protesting that today? No. They are protesting someone who was falsely accused of wanting to round up Muslims in this country and get rid of them.
They only seem to give a shit about themselves.
Trump’s election is also supposedly opposed by black people here in this country. Simply because he questioned Obama’s birthplace back in 2011 (a movement started in 2008 by Clinton campaign staffers, the Clinton-supporting PUMAs (party unity my ass) who said “Obama is not my president” and Hillary’s personal friend and advisor Sydney Blumenthal) that was used by the complicit media to suggest he is a racist (are black people today who carry signs saying “Trump is not MY president” racists by that standard?)
What is their alternative”
And they call Trump a racist for wondering about Obama’s birthplace?
Are black people out there protesting all of that horror that has been imposed on other black people by Clinton and Obama across the globe? Right there in Haiti? Are they actively protesting the modern day slavery that is being imposed on their brothers and sisters in for-profit prisons across the country right now during the Obama presidency?
Nope. Not a peep about that from these concerned citizens.
So it appears they are only concerned about themselves as well.
Latinos are out there protesting president elect Trump and they might have more justification to do so than any other identity based subgroup of Clinton supporters. Yeah, Trump has made “the wall” a foundation of his campaign and said all sorts of “bad hombres” are coming across the border illegally. They are told daily they will be rounded up as well and sent back to where ever they came from… even if they came from Detroit (and who the hell wants to go to Detroit)
What is their alternative?
You get the point.
“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a leftist and someone who has spent a lot of time opposing neo-liberal economic ideology I certainly don’t relish the idea of the Trump presidency. It makes my skin crawl to be honest. The thought that the Ayn Randians have successfully convinced a majority of Americans that we need a John Galt “rugged individualist captain of industry” to save us from ourselves and lead us to the promised land of their neo-liberal utopia depresses the shit out of me. The fact that he’s towing the treasonous 9/11 major of New York and terminally corrupt gangster from Jersey Chris Christie into the White House with him is more concerning to me than when “CHANGE” President Barack Obama dragged all those corporate Clinton cronies into the White House with him back in 2008.
It’s depressing. And frankly, it should be protested.
But not because he’s been called a “rapist” by CNN and not because he is going to send cheap labor back across the border. Are you kidding me? Trump LOVES cheap labor and wants MORE of it, not less. Not just for his own development business but also for all the stocks he owns. Could you imagine what the stock market would do if he did that? And has anyone noticed the stock markets across the globe on the rise since trading opened yesterday? Big Business and Wall Street LOVE Donald Trump. You think they would if he was actually going to build a wall? Get real.
During this entire campaign I have been saying the ONLY advantage of a Trump presidency will be to get the fake-left off their asses and back out into the street protesting what they USED to protest under the Bush/Cheney days: endless wars of aggression, crippling austerity measures being leveled at the American people, the revolving door between Big Business and government, the undermining of our civil rights and rampant corruption.
In that regard it’s good to see so many people stepping out last night getting back on the streets where they belong.
But they aren’t there for the right reasons, not entirely at least… and that bothers me.
People will eventually calm down if the complicit media stops stoking the flames of hatred and fear but I worry that wont be for a long time. The summer of hate is bleeding into the winter of our discontent and that serves the masters of the universe just fine. As our young people march around angry because Trump might pass a law saying it’s ok to grab them by the pussies, President Peace Prize will continue bombing Syrians and Iraqis without worrying about a backlash from the left like Trump would have to. And he certainly wont be too concerned about ramming the TPP and the TTIP down our throats either. Who will pay attention while there is a burning effigy of The Donald to show on CNN all day, every day?
Identity politics touches the very heart of the targeted subsection of the population and the seeds of anguish stay there. It works very well. That is why the Clinton team focused their entire campaign on it.
The problem is, while Hillary runs off to write her books (with that laptop the FBI gave back to her) and make more money giving speeches at Goldman Sachs, the disaffected voters are left desperate, terrified and angry with no place to turn and no one giving a crap about them anymore. Hillary has to spend her time running her new plantation down in Haiti.
You toss into that mix a MSM who are more than willing to pour gas on the embers of their dreams and what you get is violence and discord for no other purpose than creating violence and discord.
In short, I can understand their anger. I really do. I just feel it would have been useful these past 7 years had they chosen to unleash it on another neo-liberal warmongering president. And I certainly have hopes that when The Donald blows up a bunch of brown kids in Pakistan like Obama did or launches a regime change color revolution in someplace like Libya like Hillary did, that these same angry and morally upstanding citizens will come back out in the same numbers and with the same passion they are showing right now.
You are at war with the wrong enemy and that is by design. It is my sincerest hope, in time, we all come to understand that.
” and I watched this program broken and eviscerated, as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam (Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan) continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So, I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.” Martin Luther King, Jr.