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A Stench of Fascism is in the Air!

Posted in On Donald Trump, On Trump and Hitler with tags , , on November 3, 2020 by playthell

The Face of Friendly Fascism American Style
The Donald: Ignorant, Incompetent And Evil!

From the inception of Donald Trump’s candidacy, the assault on the norms and etiquette of our democratic political culture began. Early on I could see clear signs that Dirty Donald had the instincts of a dictator – the result of having inherited valuable political/business contacts from his father that enabled him to spend his life as head of a small privately held business. Absent a corporate structure  common to big business, which requires the Chief Executive to report to a Board of directors with the power to fire him, Dirty Don was in fact a dictator.  And in the mobbed-up world of New York’s construction business, Donald learned how to play real dirty.

Yet he was born to play the role, having been raised by a father who was a bigoted crook with a social Darwinist view of human relations better suited for animals in the jungle: “The world is composed of winners and losers and you have got to be a killer to win.”  Since Dirty Don tha Con has told us that this twisted guy is, “the wisest man I have ever met,” we know what he is in his heart of hearts, despite his burlesque of concern for the struggles of the poor and working class.  For the careful intelligent observer, Dirty Don’s contempt for the MAGA cap wearing working class morons who flock to his rallies and cheer his blatant lies and myriad absurdities is obvious.  As I have observed elsewhere: The pretentious Big Apple Bunko Artist wouldn’t piss on them if their ass was on fire!  Fat Don tha Con views them with the same contempt all flim flam men have for their marks, the suckers who fall for their bogus game.

His niece Mary Trump, a PhD in psychology who has who has observed “The Donald” all of her life, has labeled him “The most dangerous man in the world,” in her recent book on this odious miscreant whose reelection could result in the transformation of our fledgling popular democracy into a Fascist plutocracy – a society where the power of the wealthy few will nullify the popular will of the majority, enforced by the police power of the government. Anybody who thinks this scenario is far fetched does not know what time it is in America, for the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case has already paved the way for this transformation by allowing unlimited spending by corporations and super rich individuals on behalf of their preferred candidates.

Alas, our great hope in reversing this retrograde trend, the appointment of enlightened progressive Justices to the Supreme Court, has been defeated as a consequence the election of Devious Donald to the Presidency. Following the dictates of far-right ideologues of the Federalists Society, in Collusion of Mad Dog Mitch McConnell, the backward Kentucky Redneck and unrepentant neo-Confederate – who saved Treacherous Trump’s traitorous ass from removal after impeachment by the House, Dangerous Donnie Dimwit has stacked the federal courts with Right-Wing ideologues.

Some of the 300 Justices appointed by Donnie Dimwit to the federal courts have been ruled unqualified by the American Bar Association and professors in our leading law schools, the ultimate authorities on the matter.  Yet this should surprise no one whose head has not been buried in their ass. For it has long been obvious Donnie Dumbass knows as much about the US Constitution, and the caliber of person best equipped to interpret that living document in an enlightened and humane manner, as an orange orangutan knows about playing Bach!  Most of Don tha Con’s appointment to the bench are young, and their appointment is for life!

Hence even if we kick the muddle-headed wannabe martinet to the curb today, the song may be over, but the discordant strains of his malignant melody will linger on.  They will linger on in the armed fascist formations that he has openly encouraged and endorsed.  They will linger on in the decisions of Judges who so misinterpret the Second Amendment that they overrule elected officials who ban thugs with guns from the polls, intimidating citizens who are trying to exercise their FIRST  AMENDMENT rights.  They will live on in the hatred and distrust of our free press whose reporters are products of the nation’s great journalism schools which hold factual reporting sacred.  They will live on in the idea that allegiance to the checks and balances that limit presidential powers should be dictated by political expedience.  And the twisted tumultuous passions that motivated millions of Americans who pledged to support Trump if he challenged the duly certified election results and refused to peacefully leave office, will linger on.  They will linger on in the greatest division in the American populace since the great Civil War of the 19th century!  Alas, all these tropes of Trumpism….will live on.

As a long and devoted observer of world politics and history, it did not take  long for me to recognize that Donald “Jiveass” Trump was a dangerous, devious dunce!  It was abundantly clear early on in the game that Donnie Dimwit was clueless about the imperatives of leading a complex, multi-ethnic and racially diverse, economically stratified, democratic republic whose political norms are dictated by the written Constitution that created it.   Indeed, Paul Ryan – a former Republican Congressman and House Speaker who gained notoriety as a brilliant, if backwards, policy wonk – said that after his initial meeting with Trump as president-elect: “This guy knows NOTHING about government.”

Hence the untutored mob that comprise a large share of the electorate – with the generous help of a million and a half Russian disinformation messages placed online to confuse Americans and injure Hillary – put a mobbed-up New York bunko artists in the Oval Office, making a draft dodging coward who thinks soldiers are suckers the Commander-In-Chief of the nation’s armed forces – which he is itching to deploy against dissident demonstrators.  We know this by the way he has deployed anonymous federal agents dressed in battle fatigues to the streets of Portland , and the fact that he insisted on the Chairman-Of-The Joint Chief’s of Staff, the nation’s highest ranking military officer, to join him in a photo-op walking to a religious shrine – a misguided act for which he has profoundly and profusely apologized.  And only to strike a defiant publicity pose holding the bible upside down…which was all the same to Dastardly Donald, since he does not read it.

Yet, he is more than willing to exploit the prestige of the church and the authority of religion, to realize his will to power.  But his true feelings are sympatico with Benito Mussolini, who had contempt for the clergy, and would have slaughtered them like the Jacobins did during the great French Revolution if it had served his purpose better than collaborating with the Catholic Church in the famous Concordant of 1929, Pacta Lateranensia.”

In his definitive study, The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, David Kertzer tells us: “how in a very brief period of time, Mussolini came to realize the importance of enlisting the pope’s support.”  We learn that in 1933, the year Adolph was elected leader of Germany on the Nazi Party ticket, Catholic priests routinely opened Fascist rallies celebrating mass.  The churches and religious icons were routinely employed as propaganda props in El Duce’s Fascist Follies,

Professor Kertzer also presents compelling evidence that Pope Pius XI willfully placed the Prestige of his exalted office as absolute leader of the world-wide Catholic community, and the sanctity of the Church itself, at the service of Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascist Party!  Indeed, the low point to which the Catholic Church sank in this unholy alliance with the Italian Fascists is best demonstrated in the Pope’s decision to bless the bombs Mussolini’s planes dropped on Ethiopia, an unoffending African nation which had no air force. Yet this was not the lowest point of the Catholic Church’s relations with Africans and other non-European peoples of color; which was characterized by genocide and slavery.  See: “An African Pope as an Act of Penitence”

at:https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2013/03/14/an-african-pope-as-act-of-penitence/:

Dirty Donald exploits his unholy alliance with the Evangelical Protestant church in the USA, which confers its moral authority on an evil buffoon, just like the Evangelical Protestants of Germany did for Hitler.  This, along with the spectacle of impassioned mobs at mass rallies, fully prepared to sacrifice their lives for the “Great Leader,” whether on foreign battle fields or risking infection from a deadly virus; contempt for the courts and the press who don’t do the leaders bidding; encouraging mob armed violence against dissenters who oppose his policies; calls for the arrest of the opposition leader; extreme nationalism – America First = Deutschland Uber Alles – along with a dramatic arm’s build-up of  the military, and, like Hitler, conflating his personality with that of the nation. Thus, making any opposition to him synonymous with an enemy of the state, rendering a peaceful transformation of power difficult if not impossible.

All of these Fascist sign post are prominent in our president predicament, and there is a good chance the blood of innocents will be spilled before we are finally rid of Dirty Don the Con – a man I once declared “shallow as a dry creek bed during a drought,” after closely observing him while attending a party he gave when we were both in the big time boxing business.

This is the same guy that now occupies the White House, and nobody who knows him believes he will leave without turmoil. I am reminded of the prescient observation of Dr. Bertham Gross – a professor of social and political science at Hunter College – in his 1980 book “Friendly Fascism: The New Face of American Power,” in which he predicted that American style fascism would not be represented by goose steeping leaders in military uniform, but by a smiling businessman in a suit.

The fear of violence, which is the hand maiden of fascist politics, has caused such stress and anxiety that psychologists have coined a medical term to describe it: “Election Stress Syndrome.”  That’s why businesses are being boarded up all over the country in anticipation of chaos in the after-math of this election. Indeed, until Dangerous Dirty Donald is gone, excised from our body politic like the malignant political cancer that he is, the stench of Fascism will continue to foul the air of America!

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
Election Day, November 3, 2020

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For a Deeper Understanding of Trump’s Fascist Character

Read: Is Donald Trump a Uniquely American Fascist?

at:

https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2016/03/14/is-donald-trump-a-uniquely-american-fascist/

Read: The Psychology of Trump and Hitler

By: Dr. James McIntosh, Psychiatrist and Professor of Medicine

https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2018/09/07/on-the-psychology-of-hitler-and-trump/

How Fascism Works

by: Dr. Jason Stanley
Listen to Yale Philosophy Professor Discuss his Book

How Fascism Works: A Warning for the U.S.

WITNESSING THE WRATH OF GOD?

Posted in On Donald Trump with tags , on October 8, 2020 by playthell

The Flim Flam Man Making his Game

SURE LOOKS LIKE IT!

As Dirty Donald stood on the balcony of the White House, his skin a cadaverous pallor, struggling for breath like a fish out of water, looking as if he might topple over any moment while arrogantly proclaiming his victory over the Corona virus,  any religious person steeped in the Judeo-Christian tradition must recognize the striking similarities between our present plight and the biblical plagues and disasters God wreaked on nations that refused to heed his commandments.

One thinks of the pestilence and plagues visited upon the ancient Egyptians because of Pharaoh’s arrogance when told by Moses to end his evil ways and he scoffed at him.  Old Pharoah refused to heed his warnings even after Moses turned the rivers of Egypt to blood!

As we receive the news of yet another top Republican stricken with the Virus, especially those closest to Dirty Donnie, it is hard not to conclude that we are witnessing the wrath of God if one is a believer.  Don tha Con was repeatedly warned by medical scientists to heed their advice and follow their guidelines as to how the Corona Virus could be contained.

Alas, he refused and, as usual, like a bull in a China shop Dirty Donnie Dimwit went his own way, running amuck and causing untold damage to the public health, including over 200 thousand deaths of American citizens.  It testifies to the truth of former Republican strategist Rick Wilson’s book title: “Everything Trump Touches Dies!”

As for those who are lined up, anxious to forgive this wretch for his myriad transgressions, I am reminded by the Reverend Susanne Sharon, a learned Anglican priest from Canada, that the Christian concept of forgiveness is premised upon the sinner confessing his sins and begging forgiveness from those he has offended.  Dirty Donald declared that he has never asked God to forgive him for anything.  So, you know how he feels about asking our forgiveness!  Hence the wicked wretch is unworthy.  While I confess to being no biblical scholar, I do believe that somewhere among its proscriptions and admonitions the Good Book warns against “casting pearls to swine.”

The first breach in the solid support of Evangelicals for Dirty Donald was expressed in an editorial by the Editor of Christianity Today, a leading journal, that was scathing in its criticism of the Evangelical passionate embrace of the amoral flim flam man from the Big Apple.  Increasingly,  members of the Evangelical community  are deserting the movement because of their church’s embrace of this ungodly charlatan, elevating him to the status of an instrument of God because of his hypocritical pandering to their leaders.

In the eyes of the dissidents this amounts to a classic Faustian Bargain, a deal with the Devil!   And young people, who are witnessing the insane clown in the White house endanger their lives by his reckless incompetence in leading the fight against the Covid plague; while imperiling the  future of our planet by ignoring dramatic scientific evidence of climate change in the increasing incidence of destructive storms on the East coast, and raging wild fires out west, along with myriad other sins and crazy tweets, are leaving their churches en masse.

Listen to the testimony of the Reverend Rob Schenck, himself a former militant evangelical activist, speak to the crisis of faith their embrace of Trump has created among Evangelicals. As you will see in this video, Schenck was a Gung Ho soldier in the Evangelical movement. But now he has rejected the movement and heads a non-profit Christian educational group named in honor of the German pastor/theologian, Diedrick Baumhofer, one of the most outstanding clergymen of the twentieth century.

Baumhofer learned of the evils of racism from his association with Afro-Americans while attending Union Theological seminary in New York City.  He became a member of Harlem’s famous Abyssinia Baptist Church, even teaching Sunday classes, where he says he discovered how God was meant to be worshipped. And upon returning to Germany Dr. Baumhofer fearlessly opposed Hitler, and died in a Nazi concentration camp because of his outspoken witness against their evil.   This is the legacy Reverend Schenck has referenced in his opposition to Dirty Donald.  CHECK HIM OUT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOBhHs_1n_I&t=346s

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
October 7, 2020I

 

 

Ye Shall Reap What Ye Sow…Sayeth The Lord

Posted in On Donald Trump with tags , on October 8, 2020 by playthell

The Insane Clown President Holding a Super Spreader Rally

Mother Nature Chastises a Malignant Narcissist

On the picture above Trump is holding a recent mass rally without a mask, and if you look closely at the audience you will see that many of them are not wearing masks. Even after the prominent black Republican Herman Caine died from Covid-19 after attending a Trump rally in Oklahoma without a mask, Dangerous Donnie Dimwit continued to hold mass rallies where wearing a mask is optional. Yet, any thoughtful observer must ask: What made Trump think that although millions of Americans had become infected, he was somehow invulnerable?

Seventy thousand Psychiatrists and psychologists have signed a diagnosis that The Donald suffers from “Malignant Narcissism and paranoia.” One of the major symptoms of this mental malady is that it inflicts the patient with a chronic case of hubris: “YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS!” But then….. there is the sobering aphorism: “HUBRIS GOETH BEFORE THE FALL!”

Trump’s attitude – his flagrant disregard for the scientist who warned him against the folly of his ways, flaunting of the public health experts recommendation that we all wear masks when interacting with others, and his relentless taunting of Joe Biden for wearing a mask- has led untold numbers of people to an early grave. The stories abound, For instance the young lady who spoke at the Democratic Convention and told the world how her father – a robust, active and happy man – followed Trump’s example, spurned the mask, and Covid killed him! She blamed Donnie Dimwit for his death.

There is no telling how many thousands of deaths have been caused by Trump’s folly. He tempted the grim reaper and his mishandling of the Virus has resulted in the US having the highest death rate from Covid-19 in the world…BY FAR! A recent international study of sources  of misinformation about the Corona Virus pandemic found that the President of the United States is number1, accounting for 36% of the world total! Now he has been infected. Seems like poetic justice to me.  As the poet said :”The arc of the Universe is wide, but it bends toward JUSTICE”

Since I am not a man of the cloth, I am not about the business of saving sinners. Hence Dangerous Don tha Con will have to look elsewhere for forgiveness. The silver lining in this debacle, this self-inflicted catastrophe, is that perhaps Trump’s infection will finally wake up the Trumpanzees to the fact that Dangerous Donald is NOT Superman, he is NOT smarter than the scientist, and if they emulate his reckless behavior they too can become infected!The most despicable thing about Devious Donald’s mishandling of this Covid-Plague is that he KNEW early on just how deadly and contagious this virus is. We know this because the great journalist Bob Woodward has him on tape saying so! And that tape has been widely played in the media. Hence it is fair to say that Donnie Dimwit is a victim of his own foolish folly.

The lord only knows how many people have been infected from his rallies, which the scientists call: SUPER SPREADERS! He continued to hold them despite persistent warnings from medical scientists. Perhaps now we will no longer suffer the fools in MAGA caps running around ridiculing and intimidating people for WEARING MASKS. Now Trump will suffer from the infliction to which his criminal  has subjected so many innocent people alas. All his life, Trump has scoffed at the laws of man with impunity, but there is one law he cannot break and walk away unscathed: THE LAW OF MOTHER NATURE!

As the US Civil War dragged on, bleeding the nation of precious  blood and treasure, Abraham Lincoln’s  advisors tried to talk him into ending the terrible carnage by accepting a truce with the south, in which they could retain their slave property in exchange for peace. But Lincoln had come to believe that that the horrors inflicted upon Americans in the Civil War was God’s punishment of white America for the sin of slavery!  And he told his advisors:” The judgement of the Lord is right and just in ALL things.”

Now, all those millions of distraught Evangelical Christians, who have formed an unholy alliance with a godless heathen who wallows in sin the way a hog loves slop, must remember that he Lord hath warned us: “YE SHALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW.”  And I say to demented infected Donald: It is what it is alas!

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Playthell G, Benjamin
Harlem, New York
October 7, 2020

An Open Letter to the Flim Flam Man

Posted in Guest Commentators, On Donald Trump, The Great Plague with tags , , , on April 10, 2020 by playthell

Bullshittin bout the Vrius

Some Straight Talk For Dirty Donald

by:Guest Columnist Craig Allen Wilkerson

Dear Fucking Lunatic,

At your recent press conference – more a word salad that had a stroke and fell down stairs, you were CLEARLY so out of your depth you needed scuba gear. Within minutes of going off air your minions were backpedaling faster than Cirque De Soliel acrobats… In India a week ago, I couldn’t get past the bit about your being the most popular visitor in the history of fucking india — a country of a BILLION human souls that’s only 3000 years old, give or take.!!! Trust me – Gandhi pulled CROWDS.. You pulled a cricket stadium and half WALKED out…

Do you know how fucking insane you sound, you off-brand butt plug? That’s like the geopolitical equivalent of “that stripper really likes me” — only 10,000 times crazier and less self aware. You are fucking exhausting. Every day is a natural experiment in determining how long 300 million people can resist coring out their own assholes with an ice auger. Every time I hear a snippet of your Queens-tinged banshee larynx farts, I want to scream! We are fucking tired. As bad as we all thought your presidency would be when Putin got you elected, it’s been inestimably worse.

You called a hostile, nuclear-armed head of state “short and fat.” How the fuck does that help? You accused a woman — a former friend, no less — of showing up at your resort bleeding from the face and begging to get in. You, you, YOU — the guy who looks like a Christmas haggis inexplicably brought to life by Frosty’s magic hat — yes, you of all people said that. You attempted — with evident fucking glee — to get 24 million people thrown off their health insurance. You gave billions away to corporations and the already wealthy while simultaneously telling struggling poor people that you were doing exactly the opposite. You endorsed a pedophile, praised brutal dictators, and defended LITERAL FUCKING NAZIS!

Ninety-nine percent of everything you say is either false, crazy, incoherent, just plain cruel, or a rancid paella of all four. Oh, by the way, Puerto Rico is still FUBAR. You got yourself and your family billions in tax breaks for Christmas. What do they get? More paper towels? Enough! Enough! Enough! Enough! For the love of God and all that is holy, good, and pure, would you please, finally and forever, shut your feculent KFC-hole until you have something valuable — or even marginally civil — to say?

You are a fried dick sandwich with a side of schlongs. If chlamydia and gonorrhea had a son, you’d appoint him HHS secretary. You are a disgraceful, pustulant hot stew full of casuistry, godawful ideas, unintelligible non sequiturs, and malignant rage. You are the perfect circus orangutan diaper from Plato’s World of Forms. So fuck you Mr. President! Fuck you forever!

Oh, and Pence, you oleaginous house ferret. Fuck you, too. You’ll be as useful as a chocolate teapot against a medical crisis you Bible thumping cock socket.

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The Obsequious Ass Kisser in Chief

A Great White Dope!

Craig Alan Wilkinson
Melborne Australia
April 10, 2020

 

Truthful Erudition vs. Sophistry and Lies

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , , , , on January 23, 2020 by playthell

The Three Principal Players: Pelosi, Dirty Don and Moscow Mitch

Notes on The Impeachment Trial Of Dirty Donald

“The Constitution is not a suicide pact,” so sayeth Adam Shiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; as he presented his powerful, eloquent, opening argument in the Impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump aka “Dirty Donald Treasonous Trump,” for abusing the power of his office. The Chairman’s declaration was in response to the bogus arguments of Republicans that claimed the Constitution allowed to President to resist the oversight of the executive branch by the US Congress.

It is an argument learned in the law and constitutional history, and tis a pity that too few Americans are actually LISTENING to it. After a brilliant illuminating analysis of the context in which the Articles of Impeachment Chairman were crafted, Chairman Shiff systematically laid out the major charges that prompted the charges in the Articles, the events that necessitated the impeachment of Dirty Donald. It was a lesson on the theory and practice of proper governance in a Constitutional Democracy that could make up for your poor education in Civics.

I am listening to the Republican response as I write, and just like the opening statement from Senate majority leader “Midnight Moscow Mitch,” it is a shameless exercise in sophistry, which is a genteel term for BULLSHIT! In the Republican advocates for the President, we see the weaknesses of this process; for they are telling blatant lies, with no pretense at objective truth.

Rather they are committed to constructing a counter-narrative that serves their client. There several dangers in this amoral approach to such a serious matter. First of all, most Americans are at work now, and will learn what happened later through news reportage. And given our bifurcated mass media alas, the Republicans will get their summation of these proceedings from FOX, a right-wing propaganda outfit which is a burlesques on serious journalism.

Without the voluntary constraints exercised by serious journalists laboring under the ethical rules necessary to objective reportage, FOX presents vulgar propaganda screeds. Repeating the damned lies of the Republican advocates verbatim, they aim to inflame the untutored impassioned mob that comprises the “Republican Base.”

These wounded souls whom Trump has promised to make whole, are armed, dangerous and dumb enough to believe the hysterical charge that Democrats are conducting a coup against an innocent President, in order to overturn their choice, because Dems are elitist who think they are too dumb to pick a president. Ironically, the most effective propaganda is that which contains strong elements of truth. And the truth is that the are too dumb to pick a president and they suspect that we know it. This suspicion fuels their rage.

Hence the danger of wide-spread internecine violence is ever present. Yet beyond this there is a greater danger to the survival of Constitutional democracy in America. This danger arises from the fact that to the general public much of these complex legal arguments sound like incomprehensible Mumbo Jumbo! A tower of babble!

In their frustration and confusion they turn away from the democratic process and drop out. Standing on the sidelines, convinced that the process and everybody associated with it is corrupt, they shout:A CURSE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!!! And thus Benjamin Franklin’s statement to the delegates that had just crafted the US Constitution at the Philadelphia convention of 1787, takes on a fresh relevance:”Well gentlemen. you have got yourself a Republic, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT!”

This question aquires a special urgency just now, when eleven motions by Democrat house managers to introduce evidence in the form of witnesses and documents in presenting their case against the president was defeated by the Republicans in a series of party line votes, 47-53, to table the motion. It was an act showing indifference to truth and contempt for the Constitution.

Anyone who listened to the arguments presented by Chairman Shiff and the members of the Democratic Management team, cannot but be impressed with their eloquence, erudition and fidelity to fact. Nor can they fail to notice the bombastic sophistry and lies that the Republicans offered in response.

It is all too obvious that they are once again working from a calculus that takes into account the ignorance of the Republican electorate, who are political cultist bewitched by the “Great Leader” Dirty Don tha Con! The spell that devious Donald has cast over them terrifies the Republicans in Congress, who are ever aware that a vicious tweet from Trump can end their political careers.

It is the just desserts for those who made a Faustian Bargain: In exchange for passing their reactionary political program they were willing to sell their souls to the Devil. Viewing the Impeachment process, it is becoming increasingly clear that the price of the bargain may well be the demise of our constitutional democracy.

Alas, from the look of things, the Republicans in Congress are engaged in a wholesale effort to cover-up the crimes of Dirty Donnie. Their leader in the Senate, “Moscow Mitch” McConnell, has publicly announced that he has no intention of being “impartial” in judging the evidence against the President, but is taking his marching orders from him. Should the Republicans succeed in this cover up, and Dirty Donnie gets re-elected, millions of Americans will be outraged.

And in the very unlikely event that he should be removed from the presidency by the Senate, millions of Americans many of them armed and dangerous, will feel that their choice for president has been overthrown in a coup conducted by Democrats! As absurd as it sounds, that’s how the untutored mob in the Trump cult will perceive it, and perception is for them reality.

Added to this chaotic situation, the system of checks of balances arising from the separation of power into three co-equal branches of government will be rendered dysfunctional. Like Humpty-Dumpty our political system will have taken a great fall. The Republic will be broken, and who knows if we can put it back together again given the precedent that will be set. Yes we have a Republic for the moment…the question is can we keep it!

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
1/23/20

Bearing The Cross

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , , on November 20, 2019 by playthell

Lying Linsay: Low Life Lackey In Chief

GOP Trash Constitution and Court Disgrace for Dirty Donald

Senator Lindsay Graham is looking increasingly haggard these days, as if he is bearing some great burden and has taken to the bottle.  As a leading Republican in the Senate, perhaps the blues that bedevil his spirit is conjured up from their futile attempt to defend the indefensible: The character and conduct of Devious Donald Trump. A fool’s errand for sure.

Alas, the misguided Republicans have rejected all commitment to truth and honor, as they enter into a classic Faustian Bargain. And as all who are familiar with the legend of Dr. Faust knows, if you make a deal with the Devil he will eventually claim your soul. Alas, even an unchurched heathen like me can see: The soul of the GOP – Grand Obstructionist Party – has gone to the Devil!  Perhaps that’s why Lying Lindsay looks like a man who has lost his soul.

Indeed, anyone who watched the witnesses that testified before the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings, and is neither mentally impaired nor morally deformed, cannot fail to see the vast difference in character, intelligence, honor and commitment to service between these career public servants and Donald J. Trump – a pampered pootbutt potty mouth grifter for whom all of life is a con.

Born to wealth, Dirty Donnie Dimwit has never had to struggle for anything in life. And having lived his life as head of a small family owned real estate company masquerading as big business, where he has never had to account to anyone, Teenie Weenie Treacherous Trump has spent his entire adult life cultivating the instincts and habits of a dictator.

To the astonishment and horror of millions of observers at home and abroad, that’s exactly how “The Donald” has conducted himself in the Oval Office. And never has his character deficiencies been more prominently displayed than when compared to the dedicated career public servants, who answered the summons to testify before Congress, that are exposing his high crimes and misdemeanors

But for those who have been paying attention, who have read the tell all books informed by insiders, this came as no surprise. For we have been well warned that Devious Donnie is a compulsive liar, avaricious churl, incompetent blowhard, paranoid pathological narcissist, belligerent bully, mobbed up real estate huckster, wannabe autocrat, racist, sexist, serial sexual predator, and possibly a traitor…Putin’s Puppet as Hillary Clinton called him.

Unfortunately for Donnie Dimwit, his foolish attempt to attack the motives and belittle the character of the witnesses comes across to the thoughtful observer as akin to a knight without armor, riding a lame horse, wielding a dull sword and broken shield, attacking a well armed Calvary mounted on stalwart stallions! It is a horrendous mismatch.

Since Trump is apparently clueless as to what honorable service in the national interests actually looks like –  with no record of public service or philanthropy, his paramount goal is life has always been self enrichment -he was stupid enough to attack Masha Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine and more dangerous stations, during her testimony before Congress!

Since the Ambassador was abruptly removed from her post and inexplicably slimed by Dirty Donnie – despite three decades of distinguished service as a foreign affairs expert and diplomat – in what we now know was a disgraceful abuse of presidential power for corrupt purposes, the Moscow Mole has presented the Congress with yet another charge to add to his Bill of Impeachment: Witness intimidation!

The evidence that emerged from Witness testimony last week make a strong case that Ambassador Yovanovitch, whose career in the Foreign Service spanned thirty years –  was abruptly recalled from her post because she was in the way of a criminal scheme masterminded by Rudy Guiliani – which National Security Advisor John Bolton called “Rudy’s drug deal.” 

A political reprobate and Neo-Con chicken hawk, whose finest hour was as a member of the now defunct Project For A New American Century, the architects that provided the blueprint for the invasion of Iraq, John Bolton has a well earned reputation as a loose cannon  with a fatal attraction to foreign intrigues.  Yet Rudy’s reckless activities scared him, prompting him to warn that “Rudy is a hand grenade that is going to blow everything up!  Would to God that he could have shown such insight in the Iraq fiasco.

Working in a stealth fashion outside the normal State Department channels, and promoting a policy often at odds with official US policy, Reckless Rudy’s objective was to coerce the new president of the Ukraine into announcing that they were opening an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, while also looking into the bogus Republican claim that it was really the former Ukrainian government, not the Russians, that interfered in the US presidential election of 2016 to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Although, as Ambassador Yavanovitch reminded Trump’s Republican co-conspirators on the Committee that the US intelligence community has unanimously concluded it was the Russians that interfered in out presidential election to help put Trump in the Oval Office!

Central to Trump’s demand that the Ukrainian government announce opening an investigation of the Biden’s, was the threat that over 400 million dollars of desperately needed military aid appropriated by Congress would be withheld, and a promised White House meeting with the US President would be canceled, if the new Ukrainian president did not bow to Devious Donald’s demands.

The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as able and honorable an elected official as our nation has to offer, call’s this demand “bribery!” Adopting this plain English word instead of the confusing Latin phrase “Quid Pro Quo” is no picayune matter, because “bribery” is explicitly mentioned in the Constitution as an impeachable offense in Article II Section 4.

However this should not obscure the fact – as the Trump shills in the GOP are trying their best to do – that the grounds for impeachment are much broader than those which are explicitly stated. Gerald Ford, the strait laced mid-westerner who was elevated to the presidency from vice-president following the resignation of Richard Nixon, declared the grounds for impeachment are “whatever the Congress says they are at the time.” Yet it must be remembered that he said this as a president in his party was on the verge of being impeached.

There is more that a little truth in Ford’s observation however, because the Constitution leaves it to Congress to define “high crimes and misdemeanors.” We can get a good idea what the architects of the Constitution were thinking, and thus a better understanding of their intent, by consulting the Federalist Papers. A series of 85 polemical essays on the meaning and importance of the newly drafted Constitution – written as letters to newspapers in 1787 and 1788 by the eminent statesmen and political theorists John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, published under the pseudonym “Publius” – they were later published in a book titled The Federalist.

Hence we now refer to them as “The Federalist Papers,” and they remain our most reliable guide to the thinking of the Founders of the American Republic on the structure and function of government based on our constitutional principles. Confronted with the abject failure of the Articles of Confederation – the first attempt by leaders of the white English speaking colonies at building political unity on a continent that was also occupied by French, Spanish and Native American societies – they were seeking to form “a more perfect union,” as the preamble to the Constitution declares.

The white colonists were also aware of the fact that they were incorporating the seeds of their own destruction by maintaining the evil system of racial slavery; which contradicted the principles they professed, posed the ever present threat of bloody slave revolts, and caused Thomas Jefferson to fear for the fate of the new nation “when I reflect upon the fact that God is just.”

The major problem of the settler colonists was how to establish a stronger central government without creating a despised monarchy, as some of the colonist had begun to suggest. At one point things had grown so chaotic under the dysfunctional Confederation, some people had actually begun to call for the importation of a European monarch to bring order to their fledgling country, a place so shaky disgruntled farmers had taken up arms against the government because they disagreed with tax policy.

Known to history as “Shayes Rebellion,” a group of armed farmers in Western Massachusettes led by Daniel Shayes, a former captain in the Continental Army that had fought in the recent War of Independence against Great Britain, marched on the seat of government in Boston, the capitol of the Bay colony and a cradle of the colonial rebellion against King George III.

Hence all of these matters were pressing on the minds of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787, just a few months after the suppression of Shayes rebellion. That’s why it is the acme of absurdities to suggest, as the moronic gun nuts on the Republican Right are prone to do, that the Second Amendment was drafted in order to arm American citizens against the excesses of a “tyrannical federal government.” Such arguments represent the essence of ahistorical “Bullshit” – as Princeton Philosopher Harry G. Franks defines the concept – masquarading as serious political argument.

However, the arguments presently being proffered by Dirty Donnie’s GOP flaks in Congress – like Lying Lapdog Lindsay, Scurrilous Stevie Scalise,  Jive Ass Jim Jordan et al – regarding the Constitution’s prescriptions for the impeachment of a president who abuses his power, equally trashes historical fact and injures truth! While verbose vulgarians like Jive Ass Jim and that odious California sod buster Duplicitous Devin Nunez, like their “Great Leader,” that clueless clown Doophus Donnie Dimwit, can be dismissed as pugnacious ignoramuses, Lying Lap Dog Lindsay is a learned lawyer, so he knows better than the putrid prattle pouring outta his pie hole.

Lindsay, the senior Republican Senator from the backward boonies of South Carolina, is stinking up the well of the Senate promoting pernicious pootbutt poppy cock. He knows the grounds for impeachment encoded in the Constitution is much broader than criminal charges that can meet the test of evidence in a court proceeding.  But, alas, like the rest of the invertebrate lickspittles in the Grand Obstructionist Party, Lying Lindsay has adopted a permanent lips to posterior posture and his head is buried so deep in Trump’s Rump he can credibly claim to the untutored mob that he can see or hear no evil.

Yet I am so certain that Lying Lindsay knows better than the propaganda he is presently preaching I would yield to temptation and bet my balls, risking castration without hesitation. A very dangerous wager with a white Southern male of his generation, a deeply perverted group with a long history cutting off black men’s balls for fun.  My claim that the grounds for impeachment are much broader than narrow legal issues is clearly stated in Federalist Paper 65, authored by Alexander Hamilton.

In Hamilton’s view there need be no violation of statutory laws; he argues that impeachment is a just remedy for the “misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” Hamilton goes on to argue that the impeachment remedy is essentially “political, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.” 

Ironically, despite his shameless hypocrisy today, when he was a prosecutor in President Bill Clinton’s Impeachment Trial twenty years ago, Lying Lindsay’s argument echoed Hamilton’s:

“You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role,” the politician said. “Impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”

Today however, when his ace boon coon Dirty Donnie is the subject of an impeachment inquiry, Lapdog Lindsay is crooning a very different tune.  He says he opposes the impeachment because the Mueller report “didn’t establish the he had obstructed Justice.” However that is a willful misreading of Mr. Mueller’s position and Lying Lindsay knows it.  The fact is that the Mueller Report cites ten instances that could be construed as “Obstruction of Justice,” but he explained ad nauseum that since the Department of Justice had ruled an indictment could not be returned for a sitting President, he could not decide the matter and left it for the Congress to resolve.

However Bill Barr – a rotund pie faced fellow who bears an uncanny resemblance to the comic character Fred Flintstone – the highly partisan Attorney General with an expansive view of executive power appointed by Devious Donald, jumped the gun and pronounced that the report had concluded  “there was no obstruction of Justice.”  But the fact that Mr. Mueller made it clear that although they could not indict the President it “Did not absolve him” of guilt.

And when one takes into account that a thousand former federal prosecutors, democrats and Republicans, who had served in all regions of the country urban and rural, concluded that they would have indicted anyone for obstruction based on the evidence against Trump, it is clear that a case for impeachment could have been brought except for the Department of Justice rule.

Now the case for impeachment is being brought on different grounds.  And while I believe the Congress should should return a Bill of Impeachment that is much more broadly based – because as a former history professor I believe all of Dirty Donald’s impeachable offenses should be officially noted –  the unimpeachable testimony given to the House Intelligence Committee under oath, bearing witness to Donald’s Dirty Deeds before a watching world, supplies an embarrassment of riches from which to fashion articles of impeachment.

I am supported in this opinion by Professor Allen Lichtman, a political seer who predicted Trump’s election when all other prognosticators assured us it couldn’t happen.  Author of “The Case for Impeachment,” Professor Lichtman argues that the evidence for Don tha Con’s demise by impeachment is abundant, and Congress does not need to hold further hearings to make their case.  But now Lapdog Lindsay has declared in a hissy fit that he does not wish to see, or hear, the evidence being gathered by the House Committees conducting the impeachment hearings.

Notwithstanding the phony theatrics of Lying Lindsay, Jive Ass Jim, Duplicitous Devin, and their GOP co-conspirators who are bearing the cross for Dirty Donald, hysterically declaring his innocence, I believe he is guilty as sin! We will examine the evidence in the next installment of the Impeachment Chronicles.

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The Struggle to Save American Democracy

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , , on November 13, 2019 by playthell

 Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and Amb. William Taylor

What is at Stake?

What is at stake in the Impeachment hearings against Donald J. Trump? Nothing short of whether a functional constitutional democracy in America will survive. Some of the most thoughtful Americans have recognized that our democracy is fragile and might not be permanent.

Indeed, at the time of the Constitutional Convention during the hot “Dog Days” of August 1787, when the US Constitution was drafted and ratified in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin who did not participate in the Convention but was a distinguished resident of the City, said to the delegates “Well gentleman, you have got yourself a republic…if you can keep it.”

This proved to be a prescient observation, because 75 years later our constitutional Democracy collapsed as the country fell apart in Civil War, due to the leaders of the slave holding states of the South placing their personal interests above the fate of the nation. It was the bloodiest and destructive war in the history of the world at the time, because it was the first modern war where industrial technology was employed on an unprecedented scale

Although many of President Lincoln’s most trusted advisers urge him to seek a settlement with the south as the murderous war trudged on, Lincoln turned a deaf ear to their pleas because, although he was not an abolitionist at the beginning of the war despite the lies and hysteria of the slave holders, he had become during the bloody trials and tribulations of the war that it’s severity was Gods punishment of America for “the sin of slavery.” Hence he was determined to see it through to the til the total destruction of the manifestly evil institution of human slavery noting: The Judgments of the Lord are always right and just!

Standing amid the destruction and stench of death on the battlefield at Gettysburg, in the aftermath of a battle in which over 20,000 men had been slaughtered at the hands of their countrymen in a society where political disputes were intended to be settled by debate in Congress, conducted by elected representatives, a beleaguered President Abraham Lincoln said the great Civil War was being fought to determine “whether government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall perish from the earth.”

That is the question which is being asked with the hearings that began today. Whether government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall long endure in theses United states of America. Alas, the answer lies in whether the Republicans in Congress shall place the dictates of the Constitution, which the basis of our Democracy, over the interest of their party in which is invested their personal political interests.

Yet after listening to the Opening statement of former Republican Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, an exercise in pure obfuscation conducted by a shameless charlatan, I fear for the fate of our nation. I am reminded of Thomas Jefferson, sitting on the veranda of his well appointed mansion at Montecello in Virginia, watching his black slaves laboring in the fields and wrote:”I shudder for the fate of my country when I reflect upon the fact that God is just.”

While I am not a God fearing man, the Republicans in Congress scare me big time! For in their actions I can see the erosion of democratic safeguards that will pave the way for the rise of an Autocratic government in the US.  Anybody who thinks this is a “hysterical response” to contemporary political developments, that it “can’t happen here” because our Constitution would prevent it, should look at how Adolph Hitler, an obscure “Austrian Corporal,” became a Dictator in Weimar Germany, one of history’s most enlightened constitutional democracies, by democratic means!

One of the constant refrains one hears from civic leaders, oppositional politicians, news paper editorials and assorted intellectuals was: “Our constitution will save us from the establishment of a dictatorship.”  Yet, despite their abiding faith, history shows their constitution did not save them.  That is the question I address in the essay “A Made in America Autocrat,” ( https://commentariesonthetimes.me/?s=A+Made+in+America+Autocrat”  It is a lesson that, properly understood, could save our Democracy.

From the Republican comments in response to the opening statements of Ambassador William Taylor and Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, the initial fact witnesses in establishing Impeachment charges against Donald Trump, who are long standing public servants of impeccable character and credentials,  all indications are that the Republican members of the Intelligence Committee have no interest in uncovering the truth.

Sadly, they appear to have rejected the oath they swore to “protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and instead are on a mission to obfuscate the facts and obstruct the proceedings.  If this proves true alas, then the viability of our Democracy is in dire straits and it’s preservation is problematic.  And that, finally, is what’s at stake.

 

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
November 13, 2019
NOTE: This is an installment in an ongoing series on the Impeachment of Donald Trump

 

 

 

An Open Letter to Admiral McRaven

Posted in An Open Letter to Admiral McRaven, On Donald Trump with tags , on October 25, 2019 by playthell

A Highly Decorated Soldier…an Officer and Gentleman

History Not Racist Mythology is the Balm to Heal America!

Dear Admiral

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude on behalf of a thankful nation for your brave, selfless and heroic service, both in uniform and the courageous fight for what you believe is right now as a civilian. Coming from generations of soldiers that served as officers and enlisted men, and having served myself – although my generation was the first that was allowed to serve alongside white soldiers in a racist American military- I have a high regard for the character of the men and women of the armed forces, even though I often disagree with their mission. But I place the blame where it properly belongs, on the misguided civilians who make policies that the military is tasked with carrying out.

And although I regard many of these “candy ass” civilians as unworthy of directing our armed forces, it remains the best method of exercising control over the military establishment as free citizens in a constitutional democracy. Indeed, I have no doubt that along with creating a system of checks and balances among the three branches of our government, establishing an independent judiciary and a free press whose role is protected by the First Amendment, placing the military under civilian control is an act of prescient genius that has prevented a military coup in a country with the most powerful military establishment in world history for over two hundred years.

Yet it is precisely the apolitical nature of the active duty military that makes your decision to speak out as a retired military hero returned to civilian life so important. But even so, I know that speaking out so boldly criticizing the Commander-In-Chief could not have been an easy decision for you, having lived most of your adult life under military discipline. And the fact that you would be attacked by the Trumpanzee pack – scurrilous amoral jackals whose weapons of mass distraction are lies and character assassination – must have given you cause for pause.

For a man whose life has been guided by duty and honor, your good name is far more precious than gold. Indeed, as Iago says in Shakespeare’s Othello, a tragic tale about a noble general: “Good name in man and woman dear my lord/Is the immediate jewel of their souls.” Hence it is yet another demonstration of your devotion to serving this nation that you have exposed your hard won reputation to the poisonous slings and arrows of outrageous charlatans in Dirty Devious Donald’s dishonorable legions of liars.

Since the best defense against lies is the truth, you have captured the high ground in your critique of the dirty deeds perpetrated by treacherous treasonous Trump and his feckless fearful flunkies posing as public servants. By choosing the sterling example of those who serve in the military and foreign intelligence services, routinely risking their lives in the shadows without fanfare or accolade standing guard over the nation, you have justly celebrated virtue and shamed the civilian charlatans! In an Op-Ed Column published in the New York Times boldly titled “Our Republic is Under Attack From the President,” you tell us:

“Last week I attended two memorable events that reminded me why we care so very much about this nation and also why our future may be in peril. The first was a change of command ceremony for a storied Army unit in which one general officer passed authority to another. The second event was an annual gala for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) Society that recognizes past and present members of the intelligence and Special Operations community for their heroism and sacrifice to the nation. What struck me was the stark contrast between the words and deeds heralded at those events — and the words and deeds emanating from the White House”.

You go on to paint a revealing portrait of the dramatic contract in character between the amoral con man who is Commander-In-Chief, and the brave soldiers he commands, by offering a compelling representative anecdote.

“On the parade field at Fort Bragg, N.C., where tens of thousands of soldiers have marched either preparing to go to war or returning from it, the two generals, highly decorated, impeccably dressed, cleareyed and strong of character, were humbled by the moment. They understood the awesome responsibility that the nation had placed on their shoulders. They understood that they had an obligation to serve their soldiers and their soldiers’ families. They believed in the American values for which they had been fighting for the past three decades. They had faith that these values were worth sacrificing everything for — including, if necessary, their lives.”

It is quite enough to study the poignant portrait of your leadership model in order to readily understand why you are appalled by the lying, ignorant, incompetent, braggadocios, draft dodging, candy ass coward planted in the White House with the extensive assistance of Russian military intelligence. Since you know for a fact that all the “Deep State” blather is bullshit, you take seriously the findings of the Mueller Report – conducted by a former Marine Corp combat officer and life long public servant – and the estimate by the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who says Russian intelligence units directed 157 million disinformation messages at an unsuspecting US electorate; all designed to hurt Hillary and help Dirty Donnie!

Hence the full measure of contempt you must feel for the “insane clown” – properly named by crack journalist Matt Taibi, after covering Trump on the campaign trail – that is presently befouling the White House, defies description even in in the powerful language of Shakespeare and the King James Bible. I know, because words are my game, and I am challenged daily to find suitable invective to describe the scurrilous deeds of Dirty Donnie Dipshit! You will, of course, recognize the latter term as the common military designation for sad sack fuck-ups! Aye, in all of the above our views are Sympatico Sir.

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But, alas, as I read further into your much celebrated text, our views sharply diverge…for we are confronted with a persistent American Dilemma: The vast contradiction between the universal humanist ideals such as “all men are created equal,” expressed in the Declaration of Independence, and the realities of race and power in America. And it has been ever thus! In your enthusiastic celebration of these high ideals alas, you simply do what millions of white Americans have done for centuries now: Deny reality! Of course, you white folks, mostly hetero-sexual males, have been able to get away with shamelessly manipulating reality into a self-glorifying myth, because you own and control the apparatus of mass indoctrination.

Fortunately, by virtue of the fact that we live in a country where the government is constitutionally restrained from suppressing the publication of books they may not like, an army of enterprising historians armed with an array of formidable research techniques, have published a treasure trove of fact based historical narratives. And they tell, as Othello said, “a round unvarnished tale.” Unfortunately Sir, your text appears to be innocent of their findings; otherwise you have engaged in a cold blooded act of subterfuge in your narrative of our nation. Which begs the question….why? Are you, like most Euro-Americans, so ashamed of your actual history that you willingly recycle easily disproved time worn myths?

It is both fitting and proper that as a moral Euro-American man you would feel shame at fundamental facts regarding the founding of the United States of America – which was made possible through genocide, armed theft of massive tracts of land abundant with rich resources, and 250 years of chattel slavery, a system in which the children of African Americans were seized from their parents and auctioned off like live stock…which was the legal standing of my ancestors during the long ordeal of slavery in this “Land of the free!”

The brilliant abolitionist writer and orator Frederick Douglass, who had personally endured the horrors of bondage in America, said during a famous 4th of July speech in the turbulent 1850’s, a period of instability and crisis much like today, that US slavery was a practice which “would disgrace a nation of savages.” And he astounded his mostly white audience in Rochester New York by declaring their claims to be a free and just society: “mere bombast,” “fraud,” and “unholy license!” Unless you are a soulless white supremacist Sir, you must be ashamed of the horrendous crimes which were essential to the founding and growth of the United States of America.

Yet judging by this statement you, like the overwhelming majority of Americans, seem unable to distinguish between the myth and the reality of America.

“Later that week, at the O.S.S. Society dinner, there were films and testimonials to the valor of the men and women who had fought in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. We also celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, recognizing those brave Americans and allies who sacrificed so much to fight Nazism and fascism. We were reminded that the Greatest Generation went to war because it believed that that wherever there was oppression, tyranny or despotism, America would be there. We would be there because freedom mattered.”

This passage encapsulates all that is wrong with the master narrative of American civilization; as history it is farce but works as propaganda because it is partially true. Yet it is such transparent drivel it could only be uttered by an ignoramus who knows but little of American history, or a white supremacist charlatan for whom official crimes against people of color based on a master race ideology doesn’t count.

It ignores the fact that Hitler confessed to adopting much of his “master race” ideology from the writings of Madison Grant, a white American leader of the Eugenics movement. In a letter to Grant Adolph enthusiastically opined: “Your Book is My Bible,” in reference to Grant’s racist 1917 treatise “The Passing of the Great Race.” This is the Bible upon which Hitler based his ideology of Teutonic superiority! Are you aware of these well established historical facts Sir?

Do you not know that the blueprint for Nazi immigration policy was the racist American “National Origins Act,” which gave preference to certain racial groups; a policy Trump would love to resurrect, and was roundly praised by Hitler? That Nazi policies regarding euthanizing “defective people” and the forced sterilization of women deemed unfit for procreation were adopted from the American Eugenicists? That the concentration camps were inspired by American Indian reservations, and the corporation IBM provided the system for counting and classifying the doomed Jewish inmates? Are you really ignorant of the fact the Nuremberg laws discriminating against German Jews on the basis of “race,” were based on US laws sanctioning a racial caste system in which Afro-Americans could be legally oppressed by segregation and discrimination?

Alas, the argument that the “Greatest Generation” of white Americans “went to war because it believed that wherever there was oppression, tyranny or despotism mattered” is hypocritical prattle. A reality check sir: Avery Brundage, who headed the American Olympic Committee, was a well known Nazi sympathizer who would not allow Jewish Sprinters on the US relay team to compete because they might win and displease Hitler; the Black Olympic champion Jesse Owens was treated better in Nazi Germany than in his home state of Alabama; Nazi prisoners of war in the US were treated better than the black troops guarding them, and they were allowed to sit down and eat in the dining car when traveling by train in the US, while black American troops traveling on the train were forced to stand and eat out of paper bags!

Indeed, the legal oppression of Black Americans and the master race ideology that justified it had much in common with the Nazi attitude toward “inferior races,” which was it’s spawn. Throughout our history Black Americans were routinely denied basic human rights such as “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” which were celebrated ideals in the Declaration of Independence in the 18th century, yet had not been fully achieved by most Black Americans in the middle of the 20th century, when “The Greatest Generation” of white men went off to war in defense of these ideals elsewhere in the world.

In fact, many of the white “Founding Father’s” held Black Americans as slave property, including Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration, and George Washington, leader of the Continental army and first President of the United States of America! Recent scholarship such as “Slave Nation” a study of the motives for the US war of independence from England by two law professors, and “The Counter-Revolution of 1776,”an in-depth reinterpretation of the causes and objectives of the white English colonist who revolted against their mother country, convincingly demonstrate that the fear of losing their slave property was a far greater impetus for the revolt against Great Britian – where slavery had been recently outlawed by a decision in the Somerset Case – than defending anybody’s freedom.

As I write the legacy of Afro-American oppression and economic dispossession is manifest in the yawning wealth gap between black and white families in the US. The failure to face this fact with candor demonstrates the extent to which the white majority is willing to embrace fiction as fact, and accept comforting lies over troublesome truths.

And when whites are force fed the truth about their history of racial tyranny – such as in a recent depiction of the murderous violence launched against the black community of Tulsa Oklahoma by whites jealous of their economic success – they respond with shock and denial. And “Slave Play” a work that takes a candid look at the tragic legacy of race in America by young Afro-American playwrite  Jeremy O Harris, is setting  Broadway afire as I write. This black play is literally the talk of the Great White Way.

Yet,  such atrocities against black Americans, committed by our white countrymen, statesman and citizen alike, by legal and extra-legal, means, is a persistent theme that runs through the whole American narrative. This is why there has been such a widespread and consistent effort to suppress and deny the teaching of Afro-American history. And as a co-founder of the WEB DuBois department – the first free standing, degree granting Black Studies department in the world – I know whereof I speak.

The question raised by this history of lies and obfuscation which lay at the heart of the sanitized American saga, where well established truths are routinely excluded from the Master Narrative of American civilization promoted in our public schools and broadcast throughout the media ad nauseum, is to what extent has this duplicity desensitized white Americans to self-serving lies? And how much has this history contributed to a willingness by millions of citizens to accept a pathological compulsive liar as their president?

Alas, the fact that they not only accept him, but demand that their representatives in Congress defend him – despite the proven fact that Russian military intelligence helped put him in office – tells us tells us that the moral rot so evident in the character of Donald Trump, whose flawed and failing presidency you have now stepped forward to bravely denounce, mirror the deep moral failings of our nation that was evident long before the rise of Dirty Donald.

Yet even in this courageous and noble action, you too have failed to tell the unvarnished truth about who we are, and in doing so you have added rank insult to our very real injuries. How do you rationalize this Sir? Are you even aware that you are contributing to a dangerous fog of ignorance and confusion? Do you ever reflect upon the fact that the Justifications of President Andrew Jackson and Supreme Court Justice Marshall used to steal “Indian Lands” was that “America would remain a wilderness unless whites possessed it. But the white stewardship of this land has destroyed the environment and is leading to the extinction of our species?

A real Christian might conclude that Thomas Jefferson was right to despair for the fate of his new nation when he reflected “upon the fact that God is just.”  One thing is certain, when confronted with the facts of slavery and genocide that were central to the creation of the United States, the portrait of America you present here conjures up lines from Shakespeare’s Tragedy Macbeth: Tis a tale “Told by and idiot/ full of sound and fury/Signifying nothing.”

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Playthell G, Benjamin
Harlem, October 25 2019
PS: For a fuller understanding of American History Sir, consult the following:

Dr. Gerald Horne: The Counter-Revolution of 1776

To fill in other important holes in your knowledge of ignored American history read some of the books by Dr. Horne cited by the host introducing Dr. Horne.  With this your REAL education in US history has begun in earnest!

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  From Slavery to Emancipation 

A Documentary Film

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On the Plight of Black Americans 20 years after Nazism’s Defeat

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/memphis/#part01

On: “The Color of Law”

 Discussion of a study of how the segregated black “ghettos” and the wealth gap between white and black Americans is REALLY THE RESULT OF US GOVERNMENT POLICIES!!!!  And whether Afro-Americans should be paid “reparations.”  With Scholar Richard Rothstein and award winning journalist Ta Nehesi Coates.

The Hidden Perils of White Supremacy under Trump

Professor Tricia Rose

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ON THE ORDEAL OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Aka “American Indians”

Aftermath of the Holocaust Today!

How the Land Was Stolen

“American Indian” Activist Russell Means Recounts US Government Corruption Crimes against his People before Congress.

A Clear an Present Danger is Upon Us!

Posted in On Donald Trump, Playthell on politics with tags , on October 10, 2019 by playthell
Dangerous Donald in a Rage

                                 Portrait of A Madman with Nukes

With each passing day we are witnessing the full extend of Trump’s madness – which 70,000 Psychaitrist and psychologists have been telling us about in their statement:”Duty to Warn.” Symptoms of the “Malignant Narcissism” and “Paranoia” the doctors diagnosed in the personality of Daffy Donald is everywhere on display! As the myriad dirty deeds Devious Donald did in the dark come to light, we see the extent of the danger he represents to our country. Over the week end for instance, Donnie Dimwit, the twittering Twit, tweeted 75 times! One does not have to be a trained head doctor to see that this is the graffiti of a very dangerous mad man!

It is worth getting a Twitter account in order to follow the growing madness of this man who has possession of the US nuclear codes. In case you don’t understand what this means, all you really need to know is: There is nothing to restrain the Mango Mussolini from launching a nuclear war which would destroy the world but the refusal of the head of Strategic Command to refuse to act on his his orders. Since such a refusal would subject the Commander to a charge of Treason, we cannot count on a trained military automaton to refuse Trump’s command: This is the shocking state of the human condition as I write!
One of the things that has intrigued me for decades is that the average citizen does not want to know how easily our planet can be destroyed by nuclear weapons. Yet it is an indisputable truth that every city and town in the US can be reduced to piles of highly radio-active rubble a half hour from the time you are reading this essay. The most common response that I get from people when I tell them this dreadful fact is that since there is nothing they can do about it…. they would rather NOT THINK ABOUT IT!!!

I have always found this conspiracy of silence curious given the survival of our species is at stake; although I confess it is a difficult truth to live with. But I had no choice in the matter. Having been stationed on a nuclear strike base in the Strategic Air Command at the height of the Cold War, when I was a teenage college dropout, the full knowledge of these terrible weapons was thrust upon me. I went from practicing “atomic bomb drills” in 1959, to being perched in the center of America’s nuclear strike force in 1960!

I had a TOP SECRET security clearance, which meant that I was privy to discussions about US Nuclear War Plans, which was the nuclear destruction of Soviet Russia.” I thought the end of the world was at hand during the “Cuban Missile Crisis,” when the US and Russia almost destroyed the world in a conflict over the little Caribbean island nation of Cuba! It made a lasting impression on me, and I have followed the development and deployment of nuclear weapons ever since.

That’s why I understand that things, on an average day, are more dangerous now. There are far more missiles and they are now on line! And there are A MILLION AND A HALF ATTEMPTS A DAY TO HACK INTO OUR COMMAND AND CONTROL COMPUTERS! Hence a Commander, if ordered by the President to fire a nuclear weapon may feel that there is no time to adequately check, and double check, to see if our nation is actually under attack.

Yet until we rise up and demand that OUR GOVERNMENT lead the world in a nuclear disarmament effort. It is altogether fitting and proper that this historic role should fall upon Americans, since the US government introduced nuclear weapons into the weaponry of the world, has the biggest arsenal, AND REMAINS THE ONLY NATION TO USE THEM IN WAR!

The reason that I am thinking about nuclear weapons just now is because the man in charge of this DOOMSDAY ARSENAL is becoming visibly UNHINGED!!! My fears are compounded by the fact that Trump’s illness “Malignant Narcissism and Paranoia” first enters the psychiatric literature when the distinguished German Psychoanalyst, Eric Fromm, developed a psychiatric profile of ADOLPH HITLER, under a contract from the American government during World War II. Dr. James McIntosh, one of the psychiatrist who signed the “DUTY TO WARN” statement, has written a comparative analysis of the psychology of Hitler and Dirty Donald for “Commentaries On The Times.” It is compelling…and frightening!

As a supreme egotist Trump, like Hitler, conflates the nation with himself. In this view, only what’s good for Dirty Donnie is good for the nation. As I write I am listening to Lawrence Tribe, Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard, who tutored both President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts about the Constitution, expressing deep anxiety and fear about what Trump is capable of when he is impeached!

Tribe points out that Trump is already practically calling for a Civil War to halt the impeachment process. He notes that Trump’s ego is such he may well be willing to try and bring the nation down with him! This is what troubles me most, because when Hitler came to realized that he was losing the war, and therefore his power, he wanted to destroy the German people, who he felt was unworthy of a GREAT LEADER such as he!

That’s why Hitler refused to surrender and save Germany from total destruction even after he realized that the war was lost! Who knows WTF Dangerous Delude Donald Will do! WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS ANOTHER MATTER! THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD DO IS CALL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION – HOUSE AND SENATE – AND DEMAND THAT THEY PASS THE LIEU-MARKEY BILL! THIS WOULD RESTRAIN THE PRESIDENT FROM ORDERING A NUCLEAR STRIKE WITHOUT CONSULTING CONGRESS!!!!!!! NOW HOP TO IT…YOU LIFE AND THE LIFE OF OUR PLANET IS AT STAKE!!!

NOTE – See The paper linked below:” ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HITLER AND TRUMP” at, https://commentariesonthetimes.me/…/on-the-psychology-of-h…/

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
October 10, 2019

The Soul Of The Senate!

Posted in On Donald Trump, On Senator Elizabeth Warren, Playthell on politics with tags on April 23, 2019 by playthell
Senator Warren Standing With Reverend Barber and Activist Preachers Of Social Gospel

On Placing Principle Over Politics

Although I was pretty much leaning in her direction before, after listening to Senator Warren’s argument for the impeachment of Donald Trump upon completing the Mueller Report, she definitely gets my vote! While the “deplorables” who support Dirty Donald – a pathological liar, swindler and con man who accidentally became U.S. President with loads of Russian help – will attack her with the most scurrilous rhetoric in an attempt to assassinate her character and impugn her motives, Senator Warren’s argument for the impeachment of the orange ogre is unimpeachable!

Unlike House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, a game political animal who puts politics first, Senator Warren argues that in this matter we must put politics aside. Normally I would agree with Speaker Pelosi, because I understand that effective politics is the surest road to power, and politics is the art of the possible. However there comes a time when fundamental ideas must be defended at all cost, indeed many Americans have died in defense of these principles. Yet honorable and intelligent people can disagree on how to best defend these ideas in the poltical arena.

Some will argue that the best way to get Dastardly Don out of office is to kick his ass at the polls in 2020. They will argue that we should follow the dictum of the African political philosopher/president Kwame Kkrumah: “Seek ye first the political kingdom, and all else will be added there unto.” While this argument is sage advice for people seeking to gain power, sometime one must risk political defeat in defense of fundamental principles. For it speaks to the question of who we are and what we stand for.
Although speaking in a different context, Benjamin Franklin, one of the most compelling revolutionary personalities of the American Enlightenment, and a Founding Father of the Republic, spoke to the importance of principle. The burning question of that moment was whether English settlers in the British Colonies of North America should seek some adjustment in their colonial relationship with their mother country, “Great Britian,” or opt for total independence, which was tantamount to a declaration of war against the British Empire. For Franklin the answer was clear and unequivocal: “Any people who would choose temporary security over basic liberty deserves neither!”

For our time, the pressing question is whether our actions will be governed by political expedience or fundamental principle; whether the Congress shall choose sides on the issue of checking the clear abuses of executive power to obstruct the pursuit of justice based on how it will affect their electoral prospects in 2020, or will the heed the mandates of the Constitution. As I write the Democrats, who alone hold the power to open impeachment proceedings, are deeply divided on the question.

Elizabeth Warren is the first member of the Senate to call for impeachment hearings but her fellow Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has already said there will be no impeachment because of all the civil strife that would result and “He is not worth it” So we have a problem in the Democratic party that could become a source of serious division; which will put the Democrats at a disadvantage because I see no similar concern about presidential abuse of power within the Republican ranks. And from all appearances Senator Warren is on a serious mission to restore the balance between the executive and legislative branches of the US government by checking executive power; the Constitution mandates it and the survival of our democratic republic demands it.

Hence Senator Warren is right as rain when she argues the proper remedy for Dirty Donald’s scurvy behavior is impeachment! While Donnie Dimwit is an intellectual light-weight who is clueless about the Constitution, Senator Warren is a super-heavy weight, if she and trump were pugilists rather than politicians any fight between them would be a crime! But, alas, since the qualifications for jumping into the political arena are far less stringent that the rules of the boxing ring, you can end up with a super-light-weight going up against a super-heavyweight…a mismatch. In view of this realization, lets take a closer look at Senator Warren’s argument.

Taking a page from Devious Donald’s playbook, Senator Warren turned to Twitter to express her views on the Muller Report directly to the American people:

“The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack. Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment. To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways. The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”

Of course, we can expect the Republican Trumpanzees to launch scurrilous attacks on Senator Warren designed to traduce her character and impugn her motives – it has already begun on Twitter – but thoughtful people will consider the source and dismiss them. Yet, alas, there remain millions of airheads who live in a web of confusion; unable to distinguish real news from fake news, convinced that Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones are more reliable news sources than CNN, CBS the Washington Post and the New York Times. These impassioned and increasingly militant ignoramuses are heavily armed and pose a grave danger to the life and limb of prominent Trump opponents and critics in Congress and the media.

The danger of civil violence in the US is encouraged by Dirty Donald, which is cause enough for impeachment. Hence anyone who is interested in preserving democracy in the US should support Senator Warren, who alone is standing tall and speaking frankly, restrained by neither fear nor favor. However, Senator Warren’s view on impeachment has found an unlikely supporter among the Republican Punditariat. In a commentary on the Mueller Report published in The Intelligencer titled: “There Was No Russia Conspiracy. But Trump is More Dangerous then Ever,” Andrew Sullivan argues the case for impeachment:

“What are the consequences of not impeaching? They are, it seems to me, real and immediate. Trump now has a Justice Department run by a loyalist who believes in total executive supremacy, and who has just revealed himself as a man willing to lie and deceive and distort to please his master. Every official who might have restrained this president is gone. There are almost no heads of agencies, and no dissent in the Cabinet. The country is effectively being ruled by a monarch and his court. Foreign policy has been given to family members. The Fed is being rigged to remove professionals and install loyal toadies. The judiciary is being filled with judges who defer to presidential power in every circumstance. We have a president who only last week told his new acting DHS secretary, Kevin McAleenan, to break the law if necessary to stop asylum seekers from entering the country, and that he’d have his back and pardon him if he got into trouble. In any other time, that alone would demand impeachment. We know now, however, that this is just one instance of a clear pattern of lawlessness.”

What Sullivan describes here is a succinct but compelling argument for impeaching Dirty Devious Donald. However Sullivan will garner no support from his fellow Republicans in the Senate, who are led by vulgar amoral opportunists. Low Life Lindsay Graham, who vigorously prosecuted Bill Clinton for an offense that is a picayune matter compared to the treacherous treasonous transgressions of Trump, has revealed himself to be a serpentine charlatan. And, alas, that turkey necked Kentucky cracker Mitch McConnell, has diminished the dignity and power of his office as Majority Leader of the Senate with his duplicitous monkey shines. They do not seem to understand, or give a fuck, what is really at stake here.

If Lord Acton was right that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,”and I believe he was, the Congress must check the power of Trump or we will soon have some form of authoritarianism. It will be uniquely American but no less disastrous. For in the final analysis we are confronted with the same question Abraham Lincoln posed during the great Civil War, when surveying the battle field at Gettysburg, a cow pasture in Pennsylvania where over twice as many men had been slaughtered in an afternoon as has been killed in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. In his famous “Gettysburg Address” of November 19, 1863, a time when it was not certain that Union forces would prevail in the struggle between barbarism and civilization, Lincoln was clear in his conviction that the paramount objective of the bloodiest war in history at the time, was to insure “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I believe, as imperfect as the exercise of this ideal has been, this is what is at stake at this moment in the life of the American Republic.

However, unlike the Nervous Nellies who worry that an impeachment of Donald Trump in the Democrat controlled House of Representatives will backfire politically if the Republican controlled Senate refuses to convict him, and they are convinced that we could never get the 67 votes that would be required to pass the Senate.  Should that happen, they argue, the impeachment will be seen as merely a partisan attack on a President we hate.  But as Senator Warren rightly points out, the evidence provided by the Mueller Report overwhelmingly supports impeachment!

What the Democrats must do now is dramatize the evidence in the Report by holding public hearings and call forth all of the key witnesses; let the public see and hear them for themselves.  I think the public can not only be convinced of Trump’s guilt, but the Democrats can also make the Senate Republicans look like co-conspirators with Trump to Obstruct Justice!  I am convinced this would be much easier to pull off than the doubters and haters think.  And I am even more convinced that to let Trump walk away scott free when compelling evidence of his guilt is right before our eyes for the entire world to see, will be devastating for faith in the rule of law!

While on the House side Democrats have proffered a Bill of Impeachment, as I write Senator Warren is the only member of the august United States Senate – which bills itself as “the greatest deliberative body in the world” – to have forthrightly advocated impeachment. In her courage, brilliance, and deep commitment to progressive humanistic values and the policies they promote, Elizabeth is the rightful heir to the legacy of Edward, the long time Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, who enjoyed the honorific “Lion of the Senate.” Which makes her the “Lioness of the Senate.” And, methinks, Dirty Despicable Donald has met his match!

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To Watch Senator Warren Explain her Call for Impeachment

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Playthell G.Benjamin
Harlem, New York
April 22, 2019