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Excerpt: "As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective."

Donald Trump. (photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call)
Donald Trump. (photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call)


Trump Is Our Imperial Vulture Come Home to Roost - We Must Repent

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

13 February 17

 

s the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective.

There’s no need here to list what he is doing and is prepared to do to what remains of our rights, freedoms, economy, ecology, human dignity, sense of justice, the future of our children and much, much more. Donald Trump appears at this point to be our worst national nightmare.

For many of us, it will be the challenge of a lifetime to solve this problem. Millions of words will be written about it in the months to come.

But we might start by comparing him to the kinds of leaders our nation has forced on other countries, and by making some kind of amends. Trump is, in fact, our own imperial vulture come home to roost.

Indeed, he’s actually (so far) a moderate compared to scores of murderous dictators the US has installed in other countries throughout the world. Especially since World War II, our imperial apparatus has constantly subverted legitimate attempts by good people to elect decent leaders.

In all such cases, people no different from most of us have suffered terrible, tangible consequences. No matter how much pain we may now feel in America, it pales before the horrors we’ve imposed with Trump-style dictators in other nations.

To get them installed, the Central Intelligence Agency and other imperial organs have often merely subverted elections. As was done here in 2016 and for countless elections before (and perhaps to come), substantial portions of the population have been systematically stripped of their right to vote. Where that’s proven insufficient, vote counts have been flipped by electronic and other means to guarantee a secure corporate outcome.

But where even that’s not been enough, our imperial minions have simply exiled, killed outright, invaded, employed mass violence, concocted civil wars and done whatever else necessary to remove those popular leaders that have not suited the American corporate interest.

One recent instance has been in Honduras, where the elected president, Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was ousted in a U.S.-backed coup and the military took over from 2009 to 2013. Honduras became the most violent non-war zone on Earth in those years.

Here is a partial list of other duly elected leaders the United States has had removed, disappeared and/or killed to make way for authoritarian pro-corporate regimes. In each case, their demise resulted in death, denial of democratic rights and massive suffering to individuals within those countries who stood in the way of America’s imperial agenda:

Lumumba, Congo; Allende, Chile; Aristide, Haiti; Mossadegh, Iran; Arbenz, Guatemala; President Joao Goulart, Brazil; Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou, Greece; Sukarno, Indonesia; Tecumseh, John Ross, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, Sealth and countless other indigenous Americans; and too many more.

Here is a very incomplete list of violent, torture-prone kleptocrats the US has installed to serve its corporate interests:

Pinochet, Chile; Duvalier, Haiti; Somoza, Nicaragua; Marcos, Philippines; Suharto, Indonesia; Diem, Ky, Thieu, Vietnam; Pol Pot, Cambodia; Batista, Cuba; Saddam Hussein, Iraq; the Shah, Iran; the Regime of the Colonels, Greece; and too many more.

Taken in sum, the horrors these coups have imposed on innocent people throughout the planet comprise a terrible karmic debt our nation owes the rest of humankind.

The idea that such retribution would come home to roost may have been best stated by our 16th president. It is chiseled on the wall of the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital, for all to see.

At the end of the Civil War, in his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln mourned that this “terrible war,” which killed more than 620,000 Americans, had come “as the woe due to those by whom the offense came.”

The offense, of course was slavery. To pay for it, Lincoln warned, we would see the war “continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword.”

Are we, as modern Americans, now being called to pay for the blood drawn and the pain imposed by our imperial armies? And for all the wealth and comfort and dignity unjustly stolen from innocent peoples around the world?

As we squirm and mourn and march and organize, we might keep in mind the image of Donald Trump as imperial payback.

We might remember that as we work to overcome this homegrown vulture of our own making we must make right what we’ve imposed on so many others.

And that the restoration of sanity, dignity, and democracy to this nation can only come with a genuine sense of perspective … and with the resolve to never again impose any such suffering anywhere else in this world.



Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman are co-authors of THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016: FIVE JIM CROWS & ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT at www.freepress.org, where Bob’s FITRAKIS FILES are available. Harvey’s SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH is at www.solartopia.org.

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-37 # Depressionborn 2017-02-13 16:06
yes, the left needs repentance.

To the left, anything is moral as long as it advances the leftist agenda. You are left with a sea of blood and a pile of corpses, because the individual is just a “resource” to be utilized.
 
 
+1 # HowardMH 2017-02-14 12:30
Yes I repented. Now I am just waiting for the New Law to take effect that allows severely handicapped mentally retarded people to get there AF47s with a few hundred rounds of ammo so they can go SHOOT.

Trump should get the bill on his desk within a week or so.
 
 
+12 # JCM 2017-02-14 13:09
Depressionborn: You are a great example of: Republican Politics of Projection — accusing your opponent of doing the very thing that you do.
 
 
+12 # mvan 2017-02-13 18:50
yes, perspective and admitting the crimes of the past, looking at what we have done and changing course. but let us not give up.
 
 
+25 # JCM 2017-02-13 19:13
Dark Corporate money has infused itself throughout the world and has now the chance to destroy our democracy completely. The Kochs have enormous wealth made in a country made great by democracy. But their wealth wasn't enough so they organized their equals to control our government in order to gorge on more wealth uncaring about any others. Now it has come to a congress bought off by their wealth and now willing to let them pollute, steal, and cheat their way to power. Their money is in everything. We must fight.
 
 
+4 # JCM 2017-02-14 13:41
Read: Dark Money The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer
If this doesn't make you anger, nothing will. A story about an ideology of greed.
 
 
+12 # Good4Glenn 2017-02-13 19:19
The less said about what Trump has done 'wrong' will provide less exposure in the media. Tell the truth about who he is: Trump is a liar. Trump is a bully. No need to give examples because those who support him will believe what he says. Hillary was a "crook". No evidence to support his label. Trump is a bully and a liar. That's enough and when it's said over, and over, and over again. It will become the truth for even those who used to support him.
 
 
+30 # grandlakeguy 2017-02-13 19:33
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman have here written the most concise and revealing exposition of the abomination called American Exceptionalism.

While I do not believe that too many Americans are evil we, sadly, have allowed our government to become the most murderous and evil force on the planet.

Until the day arrives when we have real elections, if that day ever comes, we will continue to be the workers who exist merely to fund the crimes of the military industrial complex that the last decent Republican President, Dwight D Eisenhower, so clearly warned us about.
 
 
-7 # CDMR 2017-02-13 20:13
"Indeed, he’s actually (so far) a moderate compared to scores of murderous dictators the US has installed in other countries throughout the world."


Indeed, so far he is moderate compared to Reagan, Clinton, bush I, Bush II, and Obama. Trump has no deep roots in Deep State politics as these other "so-called" presidents had. He's planning to improve relations with Russia and that would be very good. But it is also not likely he will be successful. He'll end up being hamstrung by the establishment politicians who like things exactly the way they are.
 
 
+1 # Caliban 2017-02-16 01:05
"Trump has no roots in Deep State politics"?

Trump the Billionaire bully boy IS the deepest of deep state politicians.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2017-02-13 21:04
Well said. Ursula Le Guin told a remarkably similar story (but fictional) in "The Word For World Is Forest."
 
 
+9 # stoher9 2017-02-13 21:27
Yes there is much whining about voter suppression, stripping & flipping & crooked electronic voting & tabulating machines. These along with totally out of whack exit pols have long been the earmarks of fraudulent elections as reported by election monitors around the world.

It is fitting that the USA corpratocracy perfected all these things while crushing Democracy around the world and now they're bringing these tactics home to roost while blaming voter fraud for their Minority President
 
 
+14 # RLS 2017-02-13 21:44
“We might remember that as we work to overcome this homegrown vulture of our own making we must make right what we’ve imposed on so many others. And that the restoration of sanity, dignity, and democracy to this nation can only come with a genuine sense of perspective … and with the resolve to never again impose any such suffering anywhere else in this world.”

Amen.

“As was done here in 2016 and for countless elections before (and perhaps to come), substantial portions of the population have been systematically stripped of their right to vote. Where that’s proven insufficient, vote counts have been flipped by electronic and other means to guarantee a secure corporate outcome.”

Bernie should be president. The primary was stolen from him. He would have beaten Trump in the general election by enough of a margin to overcome any cheating.

It makes no sense that an extreme right-wing party that holds unpopular positions would have a majority in the Senate, a large majority in the House, and 2/3 of the governorships and state legislatures. Republicans have amassed these majorities since the installation of electronic voting machines. This has allowed them to gerrymander more districts, pass voter ID laws, and purge more people from the voter rolls.

HandCountedBallotsNow!
 
 
0 # Littlebird 2017-02-16 22:33
The one truth that Donald Trump told is that the election was "rigged". It was and it was done so to ensure his victory. That is the answer to the mystery that the unpopular extremist in The Senate and The House have their seats. How could there be a logical explanation for their election except to surmise or strongly suspect some kind of election fraud, especially since there is no way to be sure that the electronic voting machines were counting each vote as entered. Since the recounts were halted when Jill Stein tried to challenge the count, it is like an admission to the charge of fraud. Why not have a recount in the states that were challenged? If this happened in another country, there would be a huge scandal, why not here? Everything just went on as usual and left unanswered questions. I do not believe that our nation is a bunch of fools, but we are vulnerable because we rely much on what we hear on TV and do not guard against what could be to our disadvantage. We feel safe and rely on what we are told. It is time to demand that we again have control. It is time for paper ballots that are hand counted and verified.
 
 
+4 # jhudgina@sfu.ca 2017-02-14 13:07
Glad to hear this long list hasn't been forgotten and how it relates to Trumpism. This is serious business, and if some have lost their common sense, the rest of us have to gather all of ours if we are to maintain any degree of sanity now.
 
 
+5 # solartopia.org 2017-02-15 11:13
i regret that we left the great Queen Liliuokalani off the list of constitutional leaders overthrown by the US corporate elite. Hawaii has been raped and pillaged ever since.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2017-02-15 20:22
Impressive article and very impressive list of countries where we used our influence to introduce the American way. And to back up, support, and endorse a truly pathetic group of power hungry leaders. Yes, we have a very heavy karma. Hopefully, solving this problem will go a long way in meeting that.
 
 
0 # Littlebird 2017-02-16 21:52
There is really no point to repeating all the warnings about Donald Trump. Before the election, we were aware of how Donald Trump would be as President. We fought his victory every day with articles on RSN and other means. Somehow, our message did not get across to the ones who voted him in. Ignorance, greed and corruption all worked together to bring us to the terrible mess that we are now facing. "I told you so", is not going to dig us out of this mire. The congress is not helping, there seems to be a type of fear for them to take steps to undo the trap in which we are entangled. What is Congress afraid of? The people are marching, rallying, calling and writing to their representatives to do something! Why are they waiting? We are going to face more chaos and a possible war if President Trump is allowed to further his agenda of total control and botched decision making.The world is laughing at the United States of Trump-hysteria, while the news is being blamed for "faking" news that is true and people who are legitimate green card holders and citizens are held back from entering the country where they belong. Also, there is the scandal of Russia being in cahoots; it goes on and on and where we are going is scary and dangerous. The next in succession, if Trump is ousted is just as bad.

We have enjoyed a free nation in the past. It has not at any time been perfect, or even just, but we have been safe from being in a dictatorship. Are we safe now?
 

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