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Is Nancy Pelosi A Self-Indicting War Criminal?

January 1, 2020

Biden (as Chair, Senate Foreign Committee) and Pelosi (as Ranking Member, US Congress intelligence Committee) enabled the invasion of Iraq by Bush in 2002-2003. Either of those two could have stopped that war of Aggression. Instead, Biden insisted that Iraq had WMDs (Weapons Of Mass Destruction). Bush caught on the idea 6 months later…

The following is an uninterrupted extract of a transcript of a Pelosi interview straight from CNN… which the Pluto owned Main Stream Media carefully ignores, going as far as claiming, in Wikipedia (!) that it is “fake news“… thus unfortunately turning Wikipedia itself into fake news:

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1912/05/se.01.html

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DEAN CHIEN, STUDENT, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: So, Speaker Pelosi, you resisted calls for the impeachment of President Bush in 2006, and President Trump, following the Mueller report earlier this year.

This time it’s different. Why did you impose – why did you oppose impeachment in the past? And what is your obligation to protect our democracy from the actions of our President now?

PELOSI: Thank you. Thank you for bringing up the question about – because when I became Speaker the first time, there was overwhelming call for me to impeach President Bush, on the strength of the war in Iraq, which I vehemently opposed, and again not – again, I – I say “Again,” I said – said at other places that I – that was my we – all has always (ph) Intelligence.

I was Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee even before I became part of the leadership of Gang of Four. So, I knew there were no nuclear weapons in Iraq. It just wasn’t there.

They had to show us now – to show the Gang of Four all the Intelligence they had. The Intelligence did not show that that – that was the case. So, I knew it was a – a misrepresentation to the public. But having said that, it was a, in my view, not a ground for impeachment. That was – they won the election. They made a representation. And to this day, people think – people think that that it was the right thing to do.

If people think that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11, I mean it’s as appalling what they did. But I did – and I’ve said, if somebody wants to make a case, you bring it forward.

But I – I – they had impeached Bill Clinton for a personal indiscretion, and misrepresenting about it, impeached him. Some of these same people are saying, “Oh, this doesn’t rise to impeachment,” were the – right there impeaching Bill Clinton for – for being stupid in terms of something like that.

(AUDIENCE LAUGHTER)

PELOSI: I mean I love him. I think he was a great President. But being stupid in terms of that and – and – and what would somebody do, not to embarrass their family.

But in any event, and that’s how they did with Bill Clinton. Now, they want me to do George. This – I just didn’t want it to be a way of life in our country.

From Japan Time. The more US war criminals and criminals against humanity escape US justice, the more terrible the verdict of history will be upon US society.

I, Patrice Ayme, will presently quote and comment from the preceding:

“So, Speaker Pelosi, you resisted calls for the impeachment of President Bush in 2006… why did you oppose impeachment in the past?” 

PELOSI: … when I became Speaker the first time, there was overwhelming call for me to impeach President Bush, on the strength of the war in Iraq, which I vehemently opposed [incoherent rambling]

I was Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee even before I became part of the leadership of Gang of Four. So, I knew there were no nuclear weapons in Iraq. It just wasn’t there.

They had to show us now – to show the Gang of Four all the Intelligence they had. The Intelligence did not show that that – that was the case. So, I knew it was a – a misrepresentation to the public…in my view, not a ground for impeachment. That was – they won the election. They made a representation. And to this day, people think – people think that that it was the right thing to do.

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Who are these “people” who tell Pelosi what’s the right thing to do?

Killing Iraqis By The Millions Is Cool; Is Nancy Pelosi A Murderous Racist?

So Pelosi knew the “Public” was lied to to justify the invasion of a country. Not a ground for impeachment, she claims. Killing 2.4 million Iraqis is not a ground for impeachment. Why? “They won the election”. Never mind 2.4 million dead Iraqis? Would killing 2.4 million US citizens be a ground for impeachment? Nancy Pelosi would probably agree that killing 2.4 million Americans should be, no doubt, a ground for impeachment. Conclusion: killing 2.4 million non-US citizens is OK, but not 2.4 million US citizens.

Thus, Nancy is a racist not fundamentally different from the Nazis, who thought killing six million Poles was not a ground for impeachment (of Adolf Hitler)… because Poles, living next door, didn’t register as humans. For Pelosi, Iraqis don’t register as human either.   

Those people who think that was also “the right thing to do”, not to impeach a mass murderer, G. W. Bush, are very similar and in no way fundamentally different from the Nazis killing Poles (the Nazis, though, had good reason to hate Poles: part of Poland as created in 1919, occupied lands which the Germans considered to have been German for centuries… And Germany was cut in half…) 

And who are those “people” who have so much influence on the extremely wealthy Pelosi? “People” wealthier than her and her 400 million dollar (minimum) family fortune?

Pelosi: If people think that Iraq had something to do with the 9/11, I mean it’s as appalling what they did. But I did – and I’ve said, if somebody wants to make a case, you bring it forward.

Well, I accuse you, Pelosi to have taken part in a conspiracy to commit a crime against humanity who killed millions, just to increase the profit of some on Wall Street and the fossil fuel frackers financed by them.

Pelosi: …they had impeached Bill Clinton for a personal indiscretion… for being stupid in terms of something like that. I mean I love him. I think he was a great President…

She means she loves him? I love the big fat white race? Yes, that’s not one of these no-lives Iraqis. Or is there more to it? What was so great about Clinton, besides blockading Iraq, depriving Iraqi babies of medicine? Was Clinton such a great president in nancy Pelosi’s eyes, because he obeyed the financial plutocracy and dismantled president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s banking reforms (which separated investment banking and infrastructure banking)? Thus enabling Pelosi’s friends and sponsors to make a fortune?

PELOSI: “…that’s how they did with Bill Clinton. Now, they want me to do George. This – I just didn’t want it to be a way of life in our country.

Now “they” want to do in her good friend, fellow plutocrat “George“, “George”. G. W. Bush.

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Nancy Pelosi also knew, as early as 2002 of the mass and systematic usage of torture by the US Army, under the orders of higher ups.

https://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/the-culpable/36-the-culprits/79-template

She was also fully in the know about the attack against the freedom of media in the Wikileaks affair (“Assange”). When the revelation of a war crime by the US Army was treated as a war crime. whereas the war crime was treated as a benediction.

Pelosi’s case is a clear case of Crimes Against Humanity, though. I mean this; take Xi or Kim, dictators of PRC and North Korea, respectively. From a Western perspective, they look like potential criminals (especially Kim). However, it remains to be proven that, not just they are criminals, but that even crimes were committed, what are the mitigating circumstances, etc. Innocent until proven guilty. However, the crimes of Pelosi and the guilt of Pelosi are nothing to establish: Iraq was devastated, millions died, and she says she knew it was all  a big lie, a la Adolf Hitler. She says it. She KNEW. She recognizes she knew.

So what’s the lie now? That devastating Iraq is no big deal. As Hitler wrote before practicing it, make the lie big, make the lie simple, keep on repeating it.

Xi, for example, if confronted to Chinese gov crimes (already to be exhibited and proven, no easy feat as China has an enormous government, with police, detectives, prosecutors, judges, etc.)) could always deny that he was personally responsible.

But Pelosi BOASTS that she was responsible of the Iraq invasion and not prosecuting it, because it was “not impeachable“…. So, in her case, she self-indicts. And it’s nothing like the Ukrainian talk about inquiring on corruption. In the Pelosi affair, the invasion of Iraq, a war of aggression, MILLIONS DIED. France opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and blocked the war authorization at the UN Security Council. French government persuaded enough countries to do this. So US went to war illegally, making the invasion of 2003 illegal. And now we know not just that the US deciders (Bush and company), but also their overseers (Nancy Pelosi and the other three of the “Gang of 4”) lied, but they knew they were lying to enable themselves to go out and kill millions (what else? You invade a country, destroy its army and state, and millions are not going to die; destroying the state, by itself is a well-defined crime against humanity… which the Nazis themselves rarely committed, concentrating on Eastern Europe to do so, precisely because the Nazis tried to not violate the Geneva Conventions in too obvious a way in Western Europe!)

And Nancy Pelosi lies, to this day (2019 CE): yes, it’s important when one conspires to kill millions (as Bush could do, thanks to Biden, Pelosi). To lie about the fact that the killing of millions is important is a lie so big Hitler didn’t even engage in it. To claim killing millions was no big deal, even Hitler didn’t dare to do [2]. Pelosi, you should spend the rest of your days in prison, with your self-confessed “lover” Bush, and your accomplice Biden…

Patrice Ayme

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[1] It’s not because murder has been committed that it can’t be excused. The best known case is that of military personnel in a JUST war. “JUST” is the crux. If the war is UNJUST, the military turns into criminal. The invasion of Iraq  was criminal and unjust. Saddam’s regime was brutal (as dozens of the states in the UN) but it had advanced laws, duplicated from the West (as a Saddam baffled by US aggression observed), and it was secular. Anyway it’s not the business of a professional plutocrat and politician heiress (Pelosi) to kill millions. In a just world, she should be punished, finish her life in prison. Instead she is trying to become president (!) She is third in succession, and Pence was in the room…

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[2] Although a drunken Stalin would have said something equivalent to Churchill… Said Churchill… But that’s just hearsay. In the case of Pelosi, we have the tape.

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P/S: My spouse worked hard to free a prisoner with young children who had received a life sentence, and already done 15 years. Obama pardoned him. He had been found with a drug related pipe. A Biden law. Thank you Joe Biden!

Joe Biden’s long record writing down the legislation for the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained: Biden was a major Democratic leader in spearheading America’s war on drugs during the 1980s and ’90s.

Iraq US Crime Against Humanity: Why No Inquiry?

December 31, 2019

Pelosi said she had to impeach Trump for his crimes, namely talking to the Ukrainian president about corruption and going to Court instead of obeying Congress right away (all presidents have always gone to Court when ordered by Congress, it’s part of check and balances, as the Legislative branch can’t order around the Executive branch without arbitration by the Judicial Branch). Pelosi said “Our democracy is what is at stake, the president leaves us no choice but to act.“ 

But the crimes in Iraq were much higher and greater than those alleged from Trump: millions died. And the war there is still going on. How come no inquiry? Could that be because Pelosi and Biden were principals in that iraq invasion abomination?

Could it be that Democrats impeach Trump, following the strategy pure religious types, such as the Puritans, always followed, impeaching others for crimes they themselves committed, on a far greater scale? The greatest US crime committed in the last 30 years was the war against Iraq. Among other gifts, it brought us the Islamist State.

Pelosi and Bush are now among those politicians world history will forever spite. Differently from Nero, whose culpability was sometimes unclear, Pelosi has admitted to crimes against humanity and conspiring to implement them. With Bush. Just listen to the tape. The CNN tape. All Americans who thinks that’s all right have sunk to the level of Germans thinking it was alright to invade Poland in 1939.

Right now the US is reviled in Iraq. New York Times itself, a shill for the US establishment, and a proponent of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, makes that assessment (see footnotes for quotes). How come there was no inquiry? How come there is still no inquiry? Because the guy, the criminal suspect, more exactly, who authorized the Iraq War is running for president? And has the highest probability, at this point, to succeed Trump?  

US policy under Bush I, Clinton (extensive blockade, including of medical drugs), Bush II, arguably resulted in the death of at least one million Iraqis… Even before 2003

But then in 2002 the US government accused Iraq, in blatant contradiction with evidence, to be an allied of Al Qaeda (which had destroyed the World Trade Center in New York, but was also initially created and sustained by US agents (CIA) and their pawns (SIS), for many years, committing atrocity after atrocity in Afghanistan to expel Russian and French influence, in the hope of mastering Afghan mineral wealth, and preventing others to rise).

As this was not enough, the US disingenuously accused Iraq of having Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMD), including sci fi biological weapons developed inside trucks, as demonstrated with kiddie drawing by Sec of State Powell at the UN. The lies were horrendous and insulted the world community’s intelligence. Oil man Bush was more motivated by oil and personal vengeance (because his dad had cut short the first Iraq war, and may have been targeted by Iraqis later))

The number of casualties in the Iraq War remains disputed, however a recent estimate, using the best information available, shows a catastrophic estimate of 2.4 million deaths since the 2003 invasion, including more than 5,000 dead US soldiers… and countless numbers of US soldiers reduced to suffering vegetable status (I know one US marine personally who goes from painful brain operation, to the next; he may as well be living nailed on a cross. The only clear thing is that he will die from it soon…) 

In the end it prevented durably Iraq to export oil. In turn, that, and shorting out Iran for oil exports too, enabled the US to  develop fracking on an enormous scale under Obama (who called US fracking the “fuel bridge to the future”).

Where is the inquiry in all this? How come US policy makers, some candidates for supreme office right now, were not asked formally the proper questions? Ever? War of aggression as Bush II engaged in, without proper UN mandate (and strong opposition by France) is a crime against humanity. However, as there was bipartisan support to devastate Iraq, here we are. This is no way for a democracy to operate. Foreign war should be engaged only when it seems there is no alternative, and the decisions leading to the engagement should be systematically examined later, to make sure no crime was committed, and to become an example, not just to the world, but to history and to create templates for progress and civilization. 

Unpunished crimes only encourage further corruption, not just in other countries, but in the US themselves, where power of money has never been stronger. We just learned that the Shah of Iran was able to flee to the USA, escaping Iranian justice, thanks to the influence of a major bank on the Carter administration. Never any official inquiry on this, perpetrators went on as influencers. 

Patrice Ayme

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New York Times:How a Chase Bank Chairman Helped the Deposed Shah of Iran Enter the U.S.
The fateful decision in 1979 to admit Mohammed Reza Pahlavi prompted the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran and helped doom the Carter presidency.

….“as the jet touched down, the only one waiting to receive the deposed monarch was a senior executive of Chase Manhattan Bank, which had not only lobbied the White House to admit the former shah but had arranged visas for his entourage, searched out private schools and mansions for his family and helped arrange the Gulfstream to deliver him.

“The Eagle has landed,” Joseph V. Reed Jr., the chief of staff to the bank’s chairman, David Rockefeller, declared in a celebratory meeting at the bank the next morning.

Less than two weeks later, on Nov. 4, 1979, vowing revenge for the admission of the shah to the United States, revolutionary Iranian students seized the American Embassy in Tehran and then held more than 50 Americans — and Washington — hostage for 444 days.”

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Joe Biden Is A Perpetually Lying War Criminal Lying About His Crimes Against Humanity From 2002 To 2019:

There are two sorts of war criminals; those who deny they did anything wrong, and the others. Biden aspires to be of the first sort. However, like Pelosi, he has a videotape problem. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when the authorization vote was cast, Joe Biden was at the forefront of the machine to destroy Iraq (which profited to US frackers, their Wall Street backers, and fossil fuel plutocrats, all over the world, especially the USA). Biden could have blocked in 2002 the use of war against Iraq. Instead he authorized it.

The day the Iraq war was launched by Bush II, Biden told CNN: “There’s a lot of us who voted for giving the president the authority to take down Saddam Hussein if he didn’t disarm. And there are those who believe, at the end of the day, even though it wasn’t handled all that well, we still have to take him down.

Many Iraqis feel that it is the USA which has to be taken down. (The Biden quotes about Iraq are many; he tried to lie about them in 2019… then admitting he “misspoke”…)

Further on Biden said: ….”what you are sensing from some Democrats, as well as Republicans, is a frustration relating to the lost opportunities of maybe being able to do this with others, maybe, if we had others with us, not even having to go to war. So I don’t think it’s anything other than a frustration.

But I think it’s time we stop all that. We have one single focus. And that is, we’re about to send our women and men to war. The president is the commander in chief. We voted to give him the authority to wage that war. We should step back and be supportive.”

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New York Times, December 31, 2019. in “Protesters Attack U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Chanting ‘Death to America’: “The United States has about 5,200 troops in Iraq — down from a peak of 170,000 in 2007 —  in addition to an unclear number of civilian contractors. The troops — stationed primarily at a base in Al Anbar Province, northwest of Baghdad, and at another in the Kurdish-controlled north of country — are tasked with training Iraqi security forces and helping to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State.

After years of military and political investment in Iraq, the United States finds itself in a position where few powerful Iraqis are willing to stand up for it and its role in the country.

Condemnation of the recent airstrikes continued on Tuesday. Mr. Mahdi, the Iraqi prime minister, announced an official three-day mourning period for the men killed in the strikes, which he called an “outrageous attack.”

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Iraq war Carnage:

Officially admitted on the US side, more than half a million Iraqis died during the Iraq War. So did 5,000 American troops. The war strengthened the radical extremism it was supposed to fight while costing American taxpayers more than $2.4 trillion, much of which went to defense contractors like then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company Halliburton. And George W. Bush started the war based on the lies that Saddam Hussein was helping Al Qaeda, and sitting on an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.

But Nancy Pelosi doesn’t think that was impeachable. Right Nancy voted against the Iraq war then and September 2004, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called the war in Iraq a “grotesque mistake”. However, she could have done more.  

In a CNN video, Nancy Pelosi says that she knew George W Bush was lying to the public to start a war, but she did not feel this was an impeachable offense.

Nancy Pelosi: I Knew Bush Jr Was Lying About WMD To Start War, But Didn’t See It As Impeachable

Incredible. In footage from a CNN Town Hall, Pelosi said she knew that the infamous WMD-narrative created by the Bush administration wasn’t real. She was one of four on the Intelligence Committee, as the “Ranking Member”, and she knew there was none of what the elected officials of the Bush administration claimed there was. But ‘they had made a representation”, and “they were elected”. So be it. 

Actually, only Bush II had been elected. All the other officials, including Cheney the Vice, were on his coattails. Nancy just had to impeach Bush… And Cheney. Interestingly, then she would have become president:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession

So lying to We The People of the World is OK, and it’s cool (even if one doesn’t become president in the process, although one could have been). That should be unsettling on its own, and Nancy should be prosecuted on this ground alone. 

There is no expiration date for crimes against humanity, and complicity therewith. So Bush, Cheney, Biden (the authorizer of the 2003 Iraq war), and accomplice Pelosi should be prosecuted for lying to We the People, and killing 2.4 million.

But the candor and casualness with which the Speaker reveals her crimes is astounding. This poorly educated girl has no moral backbone whatsoever. Even on live television in 2019, it doesn’t occur to Pelosi just how bad her high crimes against humanity sound. In an orgasm of wanton hypocrisy, she chalks up her passiveness in pursuing Bush’s impeachment to “not wanting to make [impeachment] a way of life” for Americans. Her decision to allow the president to continue an illegal war (started because of a lie she was aware of) was therefore rational because it spared us another impeachment debacle.

Pelosi’s reasoning doesn’t make sense—starting a war based on a coordinated conspiracy by dozens of the highest elected officials to imprint upon the public a Hitler sized lie is illegal. It is more than enough grounds for impeachment. The total number of Iraqis killed by US policy since 1990 may be as high as 3.4 million, and Pelosi as a top US political operator and influencer is fully responsible. So is Biden. 

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Bush, Oct. 7, 2002: “After eleven years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more. And he is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.”

Impeaching The Impeachment, To Impeach The Impeachers: Are Pelosi and Trump Collaborating In A Machiavellian Way?

December 25, 2019

Maybe what Nancy Pelosi is doing, impeaching, then impeaching the impeachment, is not what she is really doing. Maybe, maybe, let’s keep our fingers crossed, she is in a conspiracy of two with… Donald Trump. What, Why, How? First the why: because this way, she can pass a lot of progressive legislation, much of them originating from The Donald (long a Democrat, and a rare one who was angry at Reagan and globalization… in the 1980s…) 

We have got a deal, dear friend! Let’s do as if we hated and despised each other, this is going to be fun! No more of this Obama self-befuddlement, it’s our turn, and we are smarter… Let’s confuse them all! (Guy irrelevant to Non-Racist History behind.)

Nancy can pass that legislation, because The Donald has accused Democrats to be “Do-Nothings”. So they have to do some things, lest they want to lose the next elections, and pass the only sort of legislation which can survive the the Republican controlled Senate… Precisely laws originated, or tolerated, by The Donald. Because of the latter fact, the Democratically controlled Congress would never pass them.

Nancy Pelosi is thus capable of co-sponsoring (with her frenemy The Donald) much progressive legislation, which otherwise she couldn’t pass (without being accused by the pseudo-liberal, pseudo-leftist crowd of betrayal). 

The Donald is in a somewhat symmetrical situation with the Republican Party: he can get Republican support for lots of laws because the Democrats are furious about, as they originated from The Donald…. This enables Trump to argue they have got to be “Republican” laws, as they render “Democrats” furious. Conservative, pro-globalization, pro-plutocracy of the worldwide type, Republicans, who hate treaties such as the USMCA, are now tolerant of them, and will vote for them. Confused and bleating, they decide that, after all, all they know for sure, is that their taxes went down… So this is all good.

This, if this interpretation is correct, this is a classical case of Machiavellianism: one appearance implements its opposite

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump ripped into Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday for withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate, stating that she was engaged in a “quid pro quo” and suggesting that she should be impeached.

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Nancy Pelosi is looking for a Quid Pro Quo with the Senate. Why aren’t we Impeaching her?

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Some may say that the complicity and smarts of Pelosi and Trump could not be possibly so great as to think of such a devious plot. However, I believe both are very smart… and they have known of each other, forever. Also, a plot can be subconscious, or, a fortiori, sub-vocal. It’s also possible that Trump did much of the heavy lift… The fact Trump did everything to be impeached seems to indicate he could see the benefits of impeachment for him. To believe he did this to turn around the establishment is an easy conclusion.

Leaks have shown that, months before Obama got elected, the “Fix” was in: the usual financial mafia, led by Goldman Sachs (Rubin, Summers, etc) would lead, and the nation, and even Europe, would Transfer Assets to Rich Persons (TARP).

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/tarp-transfer-of-assets-to-rich-people/

That was the same crowd which had managed Clinton. With Trump, none of this: Trump knew well these financial mafiosi, already 50 years ago. New York is their capital, and real estate their abode, after all. So now we have the USMCA, with $16 an hour minimum wage (twice today’s US average, and a tad higher than the highest in the US presently, in Emeryville, California).

The satisfaction of US voters with the US Congress has been as low as 9%. Why? Because as the USA collapsed, or at least the US middle and (blue) working class collapsed, the US Congress, rotten to the core and on the payroll of plutocracy, was paid to do nothing. Under Trump and now Trump and Nancy, things have been changing in a hurry, and in depth (NAFTA was proposed and criticized, accurately and fiercely, for 30 years, see Ross Perot… Still it was legislated, enacted, and then proceeded to gut the US working class…)

To break the logjam, something sneaky and underhanded was needed.

I would be very surprised if the Nancy-Donald duo was not a plot of at least one of the two, and, probably, both. So, ladies and gentlemen, don’t bother studying Machiavel: you have better artists below your eyes…

Patrice Ayme

 

 

Democrats Demonstrating They’re Plutos In Drags

December 7, 2019

A reporter asked Nancy Pelosi why she hated Trump so much. Incensed, she replied she didn’t hate anybody, she was a Catholic. Instead she prayed for Trump everyday (he replied he didn’t believe that). As everybody knows, back where Pelosi comes from, the Catholic Inquisition, praying every day, didn’t hate anybody. Instead it made sure the Constitution of the (notion then known as the) Christian Republic was adhered to.

Christianism was the main proximal cause of the Dark Ages. By killing intellectuals, burning libraries, executing all individuals seen as a threat to Catholicism, Pelosi’s advocated religion.

Meanwhile the New York Times informs us that :Trump’s Trade Deal Steals a Page From Democrats’ Playbook. The president has made a trade agreement that caters to his opposition — and that’s why it stands a chance of passing Congress.”

WASHINGTON — House Democrats return to Washington on Monday facing a difficult choice: Should they hand President Trump a victory in the midst of a heated impeachment battle or walk away from one of the most progressive trade pacts ever negotiated by either party?

The Trump administration forced Canada and Mexico to agree on revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement one year ago, but the deal still needs the approval of Congress.

New York Times: “A handshake agreement with the administration in the coming days would give the Democratic caucus a tangible accomplishment on an issue that has animated its base. It could also give Democrats a chance to lock in long-sought policy changes to a trade pact they criticize as prioritizing corporations over workers, laying the groundwork for future trade agreements.

“By any standard, what we’ve already negotiated is substantially better than NAFTA,” said Representative Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts, who is heading the Democratic group negotiating with the administration. 

The deal presents a dilemma for Democrats because it contains measures they have supported for years, from requiring more of a car’s parts to be made in North America to rolling back a special system of arbitration for corporations and strengthening Mexican labor unions.

In borrowing from the Democrats’ playbook, the revised pact reflects Mr. Trump’s populist trade approach — one that has blurred party lines and appealed to many of the blue-collar workers Democrats once counted among their base. It also reflects a broader backlash to more traditional free trade deals, which have been criticized for hollowing out American manufacturing and eliminating jobs.”

Well, it’s not just “America”, it’s the entire Western civilization’s core which has been hollowed out of manufacturing and employment and power. We saw this in the Roman empire in Italy, and Greece and for the exact same reason. Hollowing Greece starting in the first century BCE enabled Rome to subjugate it better… But that Rome was made of the likes of Cassius and Brutus, dirty plutocrat-politicians, holier than thou, but even dirtier than Holier than Thou Nancy the Catholic…

Actually the New York Times has to recognize that Trump is all what Obama could have been, but was not:

New York Times: “Taken as a whole, the USMCA looks more like an agreement that would’ve been negotiated under the Obama administration,” said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio and a former trade representative during the George W. Bush administration, who supports the pact. “There are some aspects to it that Democrats have been calling for, for decades.

“In fact, it goes so far to the left of traditional Republican views on trade that some congressional Republicans only grudgingly support it — or may vote against the final deal.

While much of it simply updates NAFTA for the 21st century, it also contains changes intended to encourage manufacturing in the United States, including by raising how much of a car must be made in North America to qualify for zero tariffs.

The new agreement requires at least 70 percent of an automaker’s steel and aluminum to be bought in North America, which could help boost United States metal production. And 40 to 45 percent of a car’s content must be made by workers earning an average wage of $16 an hour. That $16 floor is an effort to force auto companies to either raise low wages in Mexico or hire more workers in the United States and Canada, an outcome Democrats have long supported.

It also rolls back a special system of arbitration for corporations that the Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has criticized as allowing companies to bypass the American legal system and Trump administration officials describe as an incentive for companies to send their factories abroad.

Just like I said: Trump is the best Democrat elected president by the Republicans since Dwight Eisenhower…

However Dems in good standing hate Trump…

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Following Comment Was Censored By New York Times:

Hatred is a strong drug, and mask the real problem(s). Trump by fighting the globalization system is doing something progressive. Too much of so-called “free trade” ruined Europe and the USA, while increasing inequality. Plutocrats profit from this “globalization”: it enables them to escape local labor and taxes.  Owning the media worldwide, plutocrats hide this by hatred for Trump. 

Any legislative step reducing globalization and facilitating re-industrialization, is a step in the right direction and should be made by progressives.

French President Macron said last week to irate unemployed workers that “no man” could prevent industrial jobs to leave France. If it could be produced cheaper in China, it will be produced in China. This is of course false, irrelevant. It can be sold back in Europe or the USA, only if those consent… As Trump noticed. 

To prevent Europeans from buying from China ever more products which used to be made in Europe, one has just to rise the EU made content of such products, and force measures pertaining to minimum wage, as found in the new USMCA.  

Should one fail to implement measures as found in USMCA, the economy of the 99% in the USA and Europe will keep on collapsing. The impoverishment in Europe is blatant, from all the jobs gone to China, it’s approaching “apocalyptic” levels (said Macron). In the USA, the “great sucking sound” Ross Perot talked about when Clinton signed NAFTA, brought an impoverishment of the middle class, and now a decrease of life expectancy.

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Trump got wealthy by leveraging the wealth from his father thanks in great part thanks to banks and government subsidized. I wrote against this sort of scheme in the past, which are ubiquitous. How did Pelosi become wealthy? And how much wealth does she have? In 2015 she declared being worth 26 million dollars, net. Then her worth went down, by more than ten million, as she took giant mortgages: crafty maneuver to claim she is not that rich… something hard to explain on a US Congress salary… However Open Secrets considered she was worth really 100 million dollars. Ah, yes, she is married, and her husband, Paul Pelosi, is worth at least three hundreds of millions.

Yes, in a sense Trump was doing politics, getting money from banks (because the financial plutocracy controls who gets, or will get money). But Pelosi is actually an elected representative, and in her district thousands are going through the streets, homeless, drugged out, full of feces, sleeping under overpasses in lashing storms… The Pelosis are, from the outset, at long range a family which made tremendous money from peddling influence in elected politics. If it were only these few individuals, it would be OK, but that exemplifies what’s wrong with representative democracy uncompensated by check and balances (like direct democracy, and drawing supervisors by lots, etc.)

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When so-called Democrats refuse to pass Trump’s progressive legislation, in socio-economy and health they are in fundamental breach of basic ethics. The law is the law, it’s not the person.

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: Dems passed a victory for Trump on immigration.


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