In times of universal deceit, telling
the truth is a revolutionary act.
         - George Orwell

Napoleon once observed that "history" is a set of lies agreed upon. In an era of ubiquitous fake news and information warfare, this has never been more true. The very concept of objective truth in history is fading out of our world. Pure propaganda and outright lies are passing into our history textbooks as unquestioned truth, condemning future generations to false views about historical reality. But the task of sifting through the lies and propaganda is overwhelming, limited by the ambition and time constraints of most observors. Only those who have dedicated their lives to sorting reality from falsehood are qualified to rewrite "consensus" history as a duty to humanity. The contributors to this site endeavor to do just that.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Reflections on the First Anniversary of Trump's Election to the US Presidency

       One year ago today, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America, much to the surprise of the mainstream media pundits and most Americans.  The upset victory went against all expectations, since even those who voted for Trump by and large thought the cards were stacked against him.  Doctored opinion polls and extremely biased media had nearly everyone convinced that America was destined to elect its first female president, even if it was going to involve widespread ballot fraud to achieve it.  Not so. Despite widespread shinanigans involving millions of votes for Hillary by hacked electronic voting machines and fake ballots by deceased and non-existing voters, Trump still pulled off the seemingly impossible:  he was elected POTUS.

Undoubtedly, the waves of pro-Trump voters turning up at the voting booths was the result of one principal factor:  the promise of change - real change. Americans were sick and tired of  "business as usual", which meant special interest groups and bought-off politicians continually gutting what was left of the industrial base of the country in favour of transnational corporate interests.  Washington had grown incredibly disconnected from the average American's interests, instead seething with corruption.

 Trump had successfully tapped into the deep resentments held by blue-collar Americans who blamed bad trade deals and cheap overseas labor for the evisceration of manufacturing jobs.  Similarly, he tapped into the resentments voters had towards the millions of illegal immigrants who continually pour into the country to steal their jobs, driving down wages. Alas, Trump appealed to the xenophobic instincts we are all susceptible to, especially with regard to Islam and its links to terrorism worldwide.  It was time, he said, to stop the flow of Muslims into America.

No one seemed more surprised by Trump's victory than his chief competitor, Hillary Clinton.  Hillary's campaign had been racked by nagging issues throughout:  hundreds of thousands of missing emails from a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, suggesting that she was hiding criminal behaviour including "pay-to-play" bribes and kick-backs to foreign entities; the stealing of the Primary process from rival Bernie Sanders through insider manipulation of state voting procedures; persisting health issues including fainting spells and seizures caught on camera and broadcast through alternative media; and the publication by Wikileaks of tens of thousands of emails by her campaign chairman, John Podesta, which strongly suggested such egregious crimes as child sex trafficking and murder of political opponents.

The transition process from Obama to the inauguration of Trump in January was fraught with numerous hurdles for the president-elect.  At every turn, pro-Hillary forces attempted to delegitimize Trump and call into question the election results.  Efforts were made to get the College of Electors to change their mind, based on allegations of vote-rigging, tampering and hacking by the Russians. This singular accusation - that the Russians helped get Donald Trump elected - has never quite disappeared, although in recent weeks (October-November 2017) the entire charade is finally beginning to collapse.  The millions of dollars spent by Special Prosecutor Mueller to try to prove collusion between Trump and the Russians has really turned up nothing.  The indictments of Paul Manafort and George Papadopolous are really tertiary and insignificant, and will amount to nothing.

The real story, it turns out, is collusion between Hillary and the Russians, as we are now finding out.  The so-called Trump Dossier, which attempted to tie Trump to the Russians, was produced by Fusion GPS - a pro-Hillary outfit paid millions to try to manufacture such linkages.  And lately we have learned that the Uranium One deal, which saw 20% of America's uranium mines sold to the Russians under Hillary's watch, produced over $150 million in kickbacks and profits for the Clinton family.  How's that for collusion.

On the domestic front, Trump has achieved very little.  He didn't get his repeal OR replacement of Obamacare, and Americans are now languishing under a dying system that is twice and three times as expensive for them as it was even two years ago. His budget has not passed, his Muslim travel ban has been watered down and is still being challenged in high courts, and very few (if any) real manufacturing jobs have been brought back to America.  Americans, it turns out after nearly a year in office, are no better off.

Some (including Trump himself) will point to the stock market as a sign of success, but less than 2% of Americans have really benefitted from this.  The decades-old trend of the rich getting richer while the rest of America (the 99%) languish is continuing unabated.  And the stock market, for all its growth, is admitted by all to be in the biggest bubble of all time and is soon going to give investors a rude awakening.

Internationally, Trump has violated nearly every campaign promise he ran on.  America's involvement in NATO is bigger than ever, rather than abandoned.  There are more troops overseas involved in more wars, not less.  There are more bombs dropping in more countries, not less.  America's reputation has been severely tarnished, and most leaders around the world don't trust Trump for the singular reason that he is rash and unpredictable.  The world order, it appears, is coming apart at the seams.

I've been known to cry "The sky is falling!" before when it comes to the imminence of World War and economic collapse, and the world has slithered on more or less in a "business as usual" fashion.  This does not mean the sky is not going to fall; it just means the timing hasn't been right.  To be sure, all the elements are in place for a catastrophic cascading of events - a falling of the dominoes - in terms of global financial contagion and outbreak of hostilities between well-armed enemies and their allies.  I don't expect us to get through 2018 without war breaking out and the global financial system collapsing.  In fact, I think we are only weeks away.  I've been wrong before, but I have a very uneasy feeling this time. 

Looking back in a year from now, I am sure we will all know what Trump meant by "the calm before the storm."  It will not be a storm that came upon us by accident, but rather a carefully contrived and timed storm aimed at slowing the decay of the American empire.  The war-hawks in the Pentagon and the billionaire bankers on Wall Street are getting desperate, and they have their ideal man in Washington:  a narcissistic megalomanic psychopath who will stop at nothing to "make America great again."

But in the process of trying to bully the rest of the world into submission, into accepting more domination by a blood-thirsty and law-shredding empire nation, America may soon find its match.  The rest of the world is not going to put up with it.  Let us all hope that the failure of Donald Trump is the success of the rest of the world in finally relegating America to equal status among nations, rather than the destruction of the world.  God help us.

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