Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mike Whitney — Is This Trump's "Samson Moment"?

Mike  Whitney lays out the plot for a soft coup.
It is Donald Trump’s duty to defend the office of the President and the right of the American people to choose their own leaders through democratic elections. Both of those institutions are currently under attack, and there is a real danger that the republican system of government, which we have enjoyed for over 200 years, is about to be lost. So let’s cut to the chase: The results of the 2016 election have never been accepted by a small group of oligarchs, politicos, intelligence honchos and career bureaucrats. The presidential election did not produce the outcome they wanted, so they agreed to use their power to try to change the result.
With that end in mind, this group of fifth columnists settled on a plan for disposing of Trump by creating an Office of the Grand Inquisitor, an undemocratic, supra-legal agency that operates independent of Congress, the White House or the American people. The Mueller Inquisition is an entity unto itself, a fourth branch of government created by deep-state coup-member and perennial Trump antagonist, Rod Rosenstein, the duplicitous insider whose maneuverings have helped pave the way for an indictment of the president and, eventually, regime change. Like Comey, Brennan, Clapper and the rest, Rosenstein is neither committed to the president nor to the political system that guarantees representative government. His loyalties lie with the largely invisible group of establishment powerbrokers who manipulate policy through their agents that are spread across the bureaucracy. As we have seen in the last year, this group has infiltrated the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the DOJ. They control nearly all the media and use it to shape a narrative that best suits their broader political objectives. These are the omniscient puppetmasters who despise Trump and are determined to remove him from office....
I don't hold out much hope. I think that the American system of government has been exposed and its soft power pretty much finished. Nice work, folks.

Not that this is new. What is happening now is the culmination of a process that began at the end of WWII with the creation of the CIA (think Allen Dulles), the politicization of the FBI (think J. Edgar Hoover) and the rise of the military-industrial complex during the Cold War for starters.

There is a lot more to it, of course. In fact, it was the almost inevitable outcome of the choice of the founders to short-circuit democracy and establish a government based on oligarchy (establishment rule) out of fear of "the rabble" rising to power. This then morphed into an establishment fear of "socialism," and now "populism."

So in a way, America never got off the ground  as a real democracy anyway as government of, by and for the people (pace Lincoln).

To be sure, at the founding America was a lot better than anything in Europe or elsewhere in the world at the time. And since then the feudal monarchies and landed aristocracies are largely history.

However, now it is time to move on as digitization makes participatory democracy feasible technically. And that is what the Establishment is afraid of and are trying to prevent in order to maintain control. Trump happens to be a piece in that game.

The Unz Review
Is This Trump's "Samson Moment"?
Mike Whitney

See also
Rich Whitney, an attorney and writer, sought to compare Freedom House’s rating systemof political rights for 2015 to the U.S. government’s provision of military assistance – military training,military aidand weapons sales– to foreign nations that same year. Whitney’s stated goal was to determine whether the U.S. government actually opposes dictatorships and champions democracy at a global level, as is often claimed. His independent analysis found that the U.S. has actually manifested the opposite of its stated intention, by providing military assistance to 36 of the world’s 49 dictatorships. In other words, more than 73% of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States.
For his analysis, Whitney used a commonly accepted definition of dictatorship: “a system of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute state power, thereby directing all national policies and major acts — leaving the people powerless to alter those decisions or replace those in power by any method short of revolution or coup.” He chose Freedom House’s Freedom in the World annual reports, citing it as the best source for a comprehensive list of dictatorships and “free” societies. Whitney, however, noted that the ostensibly independent organization has a “decidedly pro-US-ruling-class bias.”
Freedom House’s bias makes the results of Whitney’s analysis even more damning. The organization is funded bya combination of Western government and nongovernmental-organization sources, including the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations. Thus, its categorization of nations as dictatorships or as free societies is largely analogous to how the U.S. State Department classifies such nations — meaning that U.S. monetary support of such dictatorships is a knowing and willful repudiation of democracy promotion abroad....
The Free Thought Project
‘Promoting Democracy’? US Gives Military Aid to More Than 70% of World’s Dictatorships

8 comments:

Noah Way said...

The oligarchy is the landed aristocracy. Nothing has changed.

GLH said...

“a system of government in which one person or a small group possesses absolute state power, thereby directing all national policies and major acts — leaving the people powerless to alter those decisions or replace those in power by any method short of revolution or coup.” Was he talking about the the US?

Matt Franko said...

All the perps should be facing capital punishment...

Tom Hickey said...

Treason?

Their defense is that they were seeding to prevent treason

Should be quite a trial if it ever comes to that.

Noah Way said...

Don't hold your breath. That's why Hillary's lawyers deleted 30,000 emails, also why they were on private servers - evidence of foreign interests pay-to-play through the Clinton Foundation. That is the very definition of treason - aiding and abetting the enemy.

Bob Roddis said...

It's a good thing that the Deep State is not revenue constrained thanks to our mah-velous "Modern" monetary system. Those cut-throats can continue to embezzle purchasing power in the trillions without the rabble ever understanding what's going on until the cows come home.

Matt Franko said...

Tom they have to look at the intercepts themselves (Ft Meade has record of them...btw Adm Rogers turned over command just this past week...) and see what the Democrats were taking down...

Pre-election: If they were taking down phonecalls from Kellyanne hosting a conference call with say the Michigan for Trump organization that is one thing, if they were only taking down Carter Page or any other Trump associates talking to foreign agents that is another...

It appears (based on NSA Adm Rogers actions....) they definitely have enough to jail a bunch of lower level people who were conducting surveillance queries illegally... but what about the higher ups?

The issue now is how far up does this illegal activity go?

We need the FULL DOJ IG report pronto and from that perhaps Trump can fire even more people and then the Federal Prosecutor Huber brought in by Sessions can start to bring charges...

It looks like the higher ups are going to plead as you say here that they were operating in good faith as their only defense... see Paul Ryan's recent trip to Czechoslovakia personally checking out the "Michael Cohen to Prague" allegations and then resigning immediately upon return... and the Susan Rice "by the book" memo to file at noon the day of Trump's inauguration, etc...

The higher ups are going to plead that they were just acting in good faith ... ie the typical "punish the monkey and let the organ grinder go" type deal...



Matt Franko said...

"That's why Hillary's lawyers deleted 30,000 emails,"

Yeah but they later found a bunch of her emails on the Weiner laptop as part of the pedo investigation... that is why at the last minute Comey said "we are reopening the Hillary email investigation" which was interesting language as there apparently was never an 'investigation' in the first place to "re-open"...

The FBI is looking like Keystone Kops under Comey and McCabe... they need better people...