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Trump Derangement Syndrome: Popular Among Fake Progressives

December 4, 2018

If Trump is so incredibly bad, as we are told night and day by the plutocrat owned media, how come the other recent presidents committed mass murder? (Obama with his drone campaigns, Bush invading Afghanistan, Iraq; Clinton killing through drug boycott half a million Iraqi children, at least, over 8 years; OK, I will give a pass on Reagan and GW Bush, who didn’t kill that many that outrageously…

But then there is the case of Carter, the saint who started the Afghan war: https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/usa-attack-against-afghanistan/  

Even Nixon, whom I, of course, detest, didn’t start the Vietnam War (but he started the EPA… and the despicable US health “care” system we have now, fabricating the HMO system with Nixon’s friend, the plutocrat Kaiser… Who then got plenty of money from Nixon for his HMO)

An abyss can present itself as a rise. (BTW, the Daily Kos, founded by a CIA operative, banned me, for life, more than a decade ago; so it’s fake progressive too, spending most its time barking up the wrong trees, to the delight of plutocrats…)

Ah, the Vietnam war… The US actually started it in 1945… by, counter-intuitively arming the Viet Minh Communist Party. That was a time when the USA was behind Stalin, giving him half of Europe. Initially, the 1945 US intervention in Vietnam was an anti-French maneuver, which degenerated over generations (as it was a bit self-contradictory… But now English has definitively supplanted French in Indochina, and the USA is Vietnam’s ally, against China, and France has been brought back to the fold, arming Australia… The world is complex…)

Overall, the USA, creating the “American Century” swung from war to war, helping dictator after dictator, in a succession of quick maneuvers to displace and replace European powers, worldwide. The US actually instigated and certainly sustained the fascist imperial ultra racist genocidal “Second German Empire” during the first three years of the First World War: https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/real-history-world-war-one-inception/

The US population which was less than Japan in living memory, is more than twice Japan now, thanks to enormous immigration. I saw California go from 17 million to more than 40 million now. Completely unsustainable, but sustained.

So Trump in all this? Not much. Trump doesn’t try to modify the US Constitution (he can’t) as May in the UK, or Macron in France, tried to, in the name of global plutocracy. Merkel, in Germany, organized a huge refugee flow (equivalent to 6 millions unattached Muslims coming to the USA… That would nearly triple the US Muslim population, and Merkel’s folly caused Brexit, as the Brits understood those Merkel Muslims were heading their way, for cause of English-speaking)

Certainly the situation in the USA doesn’t compare to that in the European Union presently. The attempted (ridiculous) Brexit and the insurrection in France are symptoms. There is real suffering in Europe, and the EU has been managed cruelly (much more than in the USA) in the last ten years. Obama ran huge deficits (up to 15% of GDP)… and Trump has an official deficit of 6%… That means the  US government creates money directly to sustain the people and the economy. Europe, with a block of deficits at 3%, doesn’t.

Trump’s main axis in economic thinking he had against Reagan already in the 1980s. At the time, Reagan was governing with the Democrats of O’Neil (who controlled Congress). Trump pointed out that nationalism should come before globalization, when it is a question of survival of We The People… If one employs slaves overseas, We The People at home can’t even be slaves…

So now we have Trump fighting the central bank (the Fed). The Fed argued that the unemployment rate (3% in the USA, 10% in France) was too low, and interest should be jacked up, to bring the unemployment rate back up. Trump was (rightly) furious, and intervened… US presidents aren’t supposed to second-guess the Fed, which is dominated by the biggest private banks (which lend mostly to the richest and most polluting). Anyway, Trump won that one, the Fed conceded that interest rates were nearly right. So the US economy will keep on growing at a rate four times faster than the EU… and that facilitate the US transition to renewable energy: California already achieves now what the big, most eco-correct European countries hope to achieve in 12 years…

And what of the climate? Trump used to believe in climate change. He still does, saying now “we will have a super climate”. It’s true that up north, ultimately, after the permafrost melts, warming will be for the best. This is a point of view nobody talks too loud about (until Trump!), but leaders are acting accordingly (Putin, Canada).

One has to look at what is done, not at what leaders say. Obama talked ecology, yet he was the great fracker, fracking away, changing the world that way: now the USA is number one, again, in producing fossil fuels. Thanks to Obama. So far, Trump anti-Obama policies are mostly very loud smoke and mirrors. The most important factor is fracking, Obama’s signature achievement. Trump is mostly using Obama’s fracking as a tool, say against OPEC. True, production will augment, because of new pipelines. But mostly the cats in those bags were released by Obama.

I used to be against fracking. Now I have changed my position, in light of new elements. Providing plenty of energy now can facilitate the switch to clean energy (basically what Obama said, and I used to disagree with). Trump is not the dictator on climate change: US states and cities have maximal leeway (and use it!) The US is definitively improving on CO2 emissions (went from 24% of world to 17%…)

If one wants progress, really, one should suggest progressive measures: financial transaction tax, “me too”, universal healthcare (“Medicare For All”), destroying outrageous monopolies (which were favored by Bush, Obama), etc. Insulting a guy who believed already 40 years ago that globalization shouldn’t destroy nations, is a red herring (and I am an anti-nationalist). This is why so many who have Trump Derangement Syndrome are actually conservatives in disguise (they often don’t like Sanders, and voted Goldman-Sachs-Clinton): talking Trump 24/7 enables them not to propose anything really progressive.

Patrice Ayme


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