Wednesday 1st of February 2023

the soros tragic/comical mystery and the demise of the US empire....

MANY PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE SOROS…. AND SOME ARE ENAMOURED WITH HIM… WHAT MAKES US TICK ABOUT HIM? WHAT MAKES SOROS TICK? 

 

PEOPLE WHO LOVE HIM THINK HE IS A “LEFTY” ALTRUISTIC PHILANTHROPIST, GIVING MANY BILLIONS TO CHARITABLE CAUSE — ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF INFORMATION AND TRUTH. WE CAN’T FAULT THIS GENEROSITY… EXCEPT IT IS NEFARIOUS. IT IS TARGETED. IT IS LOADED. AND NOT THE TRUTH… IT IS DEVOID OF REALITY OTHER THAN THE REALITY AS SOROS SEES IT…

 

SO WHY MENTION HIM NOW — AGAIN? SOME PEOPLE THINK HE IS "DESTROYING AMERICA"...

 

SOROS MAKES MOST OF HIS MONEY BY “CURRENCY TRADING”. YOU SHOULD SMELL A RAT…. A DEAD RAT. HIS INFORMATION CHANNELS WILL INFLUENCE THE FLUCTUATION OF THE CURRENCIES HE BUYS AND SELLS VIA RELEASE OF “UNRELATED” INFORMATION ABOUT THIS AND THAT. IT’S AS PHILANTHROPIC AS MY GRAND MOTHER WINNING THE 1917 CYCLING DERBY ON THE MOON.

 

SO WE NEED TO TAKE A LOT OF WHAT COMES OUR WAY ABOUT SOROS… THEN AGAIN SOME SOROS HATERS ARE EXTREME RIGHTWING DUDES WHO STICK TO “FAMILY VALUES” AND HATE WHAT THE LGBTi COMMUNITY DOES TO AMERICA AND ITS AGENCIES. POINT TAKEN WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. SOROS IN ALL OF THIS ISN’T NEUTRAL: HE INFLUENCES THE TRENDS — IN ORDER TO MAKE MONEY… HE WOULD NOT CARE LESS ABOUT THE PEOPLE OTHERWISE HE WOULD NOT ROB “THEIR” BANK. ONE WOULD SUSPECT THAT HE PRESENTLY HAS A LARGE DERIVATIVE BET ON RUSSIA LOOSING THE UKRAINE WAR, THOUGH HIS BET COULD BE THE OPPOSITE, WHILE SPRUIKING FOR THE DEFEAT OF RUSSIA. HE IS THAT DEVIOUS… SO HERE ARE A FEW ARTICLES (TO BE TAKEN WITH A TON OF SALTED PEANUTS) ABOUT SOROS — AND OUR OWN OBSERVATIONS FROM 2018….

 

'Soros People' Likely Helped Orchestrate 'Controlled Demolition of America', Activist Says

Describing the people of the "Soros organization" as "extremely intelligent and proficient", one US activist insisted that these people also "passionately hate America."

With the midterm elections in the United States just around the corner, the Biden administration has found itself under fire from critics who are none too pleased with how the US government has been handling things both at home and abroad since January 2021.

Some of these critics, however, argue that things may be more complicated and that Joe Biden is not the real mastermind behind the recent shifts in US politics.

One such critic, US national pro-family group MassResistance head Brian Camenker, argued that Biden signed “dozens of extensively radical executive orders” after being sworn in, and that the Biden administration sought to populate the federal government and judiciary with “hundreds (probably thousands) of the most extreme anti-American people imaginable.”

 

“US foreign policy, including the hideous abandonment in Afghanistan and unhinged Ukrainian response, has clearly been coordinated to weaken America and strengthen our enemies,” Camenker lamented in an article published in a US online magazine. “Our military is being emasculated — and proselytized to consider patriotic Americans as the enemy.”

 

He also bashed Biden’s policy on immigration, describing it as welcoming millions of illegal aliens to “swarm” across the US southern border, and insisted that the so-called “green new deal” promoted by the White House effectively paralyzes the transportation system in the US and causes “crippling inflation never seen in this country before.”

 

“As many have observed, it's a controlled demolition of America,” Camenker lamented.

 

He argued, however, that no one can possibly believe Joe Biden actually planned or ordered “any of this,” let alone that the POTUS “even knows any details about it,” and pointed out that Republican politicians seem keen to “beat up” on Biden but at the same time appear reluctant to publicly ask “the obvious question: who is really doing all of this, using Biden as a mindless front man?”

 

“This has all the fingerprints of the Soros organization,” Camenker claimed. “The people there are extremely intelligent and proficient, they passionately hate America, they've been leading up to this for several decades, and they have access to untold wealth and influence. Everything mentioned above is something they are more than capable of organizing and carrying out.”

 

Camenker further insisted that it is a priority to expose the “shadow government” he claims is running things in the United States, and to try and drive them out.

“Seeing what is happening now (and learning from the past), it is not an exaggeration to say that we are all on a freight train headed to hell,” he warned. “If we don't derail it soon, there will eventually be no turning back.”

 

READ MORE:

https://sputniknews.com/20221105/soros-people-likely-helped-orchestrate-controlled-demolition-of-america-activist-says-1103816030.html

 

NOTE: 

Why did Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban turn on George Soros?

 


George Soros was born in Budapest in 1930 to Jewish parents. He survived the Holocaust and later fled Hungary when the Communists seized power, to become one of the richest men and one of the biggest philanthropists in the world.
He has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Hungary funding free school meals, human rights projects and a new university.
But Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his populist nationalist government claim Mr Soros has a secret plot to flood Hungary with migrants and destroy their nation. An accusation denied by Mr Soros.
Mr Orban in turn is accused of running a state funded media campaign to vilify Mr Soros and reviving ancient anti-Semitic stereotypes.
It is claimed Mr Orban was advised to make Mr Soros into a hate figure for political gain by a Jewish American political consultant. The accusations have been denied by the Hungarian government.

 READ MORE:https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-49600818  BUT: 

MassResistance is a hate group that promotes anti-LGBT and socially conservative positions. The group is designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center,[4] in part for claims linking LGBT people with pedophilia and zoophilia, and claims that suicide prevention programs aimed at gay youth were created by homosexual activists to normalize and "lure" children into homosexuality.[3][5][6]

MassResistance says it "provides the information and guidance people need to confront assaults on the traditional family, school children, and the moral foundation of society".[7] The groups activism takes several forms, including promoting its views via its website, blog, email, lobbying, and voters' guides.[8][9][10][11][12] It has also provided support for anti-gay activism in foreign countries such as Taiwan and Australia.[13][14]

MassResistance was founded by Brian Camenker in 1995 as the Parents' Rights Coalition, and in 2003 it changed its name to Article 8 Alliance. It adopted its current name, MassResistance, in 2006.[3][15]

 

 

READ MORE:

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

 

MEANWHILE:

Why Do So Many Hate George Soros?

Filmmaker Jesse Dylan, the eldest son of Bob Dylan, tells Haaretz how he tried to get the real story on Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros who’s loathed by far-right forces around the world

“Nazi collaborator,” “the world’s biggest drug dealer,” “a traitor to the United States,” “one of the most evil people in the world,” even “Satan’s seed.” To judge by some of the epithets hurled at him over the years, Jewish-American billionaire George Soros may certainly be one of the most hated people in the world.

Large swaths of Europe and America view him as evil incarnate, sure that he’s putting entire countries at risk. They hold him responsible for the financial collapse of a long list of countries including Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia, Japan and Russia.

A few years ago, the government of Hungary, his country of birth, even launched an anti-immigration campaign featuring posters of Soros and the slogan “Don’t let Soros have the last laugh.” The photo of the billionaire that was plastered all over the country showed a smile you wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark alley.

 

READ MORE:

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/2021-06-16/ty-article-magazine/why-do-so-many-hate-george-soros/0000017f-f00c-d8a1-a5ff-f08e13830000

 

AND OUR OWN OBSERVATIONS FROM 2018….

 

The Hungarian-American financier has spent decades and hundreds of millions of dollars promoting “democracy” initiatives across Eastern Europe, including in Ukraine, where he supported both the first Orange Revolution in 2004, and the February 2014 coup which paved the way to the current crisis.

George Soros has compared the “brave” Ukrainian military facing off against Russian troops to actual World War II-era German forces, including the Waffen-SS.

 

In a multi-part Twitter thread Saturday, the Hungarian-born billionaire wrote that the “brave Ukrainians are now on the frontline and risking their lives in an onslaught that reminds me of the siege of Budapest in 1944 and the siege of Sarajevo in 1993.”

 

The “siege of Budapest” referred to by Soros saw Red Army troops face off against fanatical local fascists and crack German troops who occupied Hungary in March 1944 after the collapse of its pro-Hitler puppet government. The brutal house-to-house battle for the city – one of the bloodiest of World War II, was fought between December 1944 and February 1945, and served as the final ‘dress rehearsal’ for the April 1945 Soviet offensive to take Berlin.

Soros, who is of Jewish descent, was a 14-year-old boy living in Budapest at the time of the Soviet operation, and, according to his biography, managed to survive the 1944 Nazi takeover because his father purchased documents saying the family were Christians. In 1998, Soros admitted in a 60 Minutes interview that he took part in the confiscation of property from other Jews in Nazi-occupied Budapest, but characterized himself as “only a spectator” and said he had “no sense of guilt” for what he did. Over 500,000 Hungarian Jews were sent to death camps during the German occupation of the country.

 

The billionaire’s tweets were met with glowing support from some followers, who praised him and called him “an inspiration to democracy lovers globally.” However, inquisitive users cringed at his comparison of the crisis in Ukraine to the events of 1944 in Budapest.

“Mr. Soros, Budapest in 1944 was besieged by the US ally in World War II – the Soviet Union. Besieged by the Red Army, Budapest was defended by the Nazis from the Wehrmacht and SS troops,” one user wrote. “You do realize that the ‘siege of Budapest in 1944’ is a siege of Nazi-occupied Budapest by the Soviet Army? So you basically equated Ukrainians to Nazis. Great job,” another added. “Who was fighting against the Soviet people (including Ukrainians) in Budapest?” a third asked. “You put Ukrainians in the same pot with Nazis ’44 and Muslim fundamentalists ’93?! LoL dude!!” another quipped.

“These ‘brave’?” another user wrote, posting an image of the Swastika-style runic insignia used by the Azov Regiment, an openly neo-Nazi unit operating under the Ukrainian National Guard.

 

The thread soon degenerated into a series of anti-Soros rants, with users recalling the financier’s sordid past. “Maybe you should go short some currencies and break people’s lives apart, become rich and then try to destroy everything good about America – oh wait, you did that already,” one person wrote. “After your endorsement, I can no longer, in good conscience, support Ukraine in this conflict,” another added. “Mr. Soros you sound very happy Ukraine and its people are being destroyed. Why?” a third inquired.

 

Soros’ Open Society Foundations have been active in Ukraine since 1990, when the country was still part of the Soviet Union, spending over $100 million on ‘civil society initiatives’ in areas including education, media and culture to promote Western-style democracy and capitalism. The billionaire boasted in 2014 that his money and organisations sponsored by his NGOs “played an important part” in assuring the victory of the February 2014 Maidan coup.

In 2015, a hack and subsequent leak of communications between Soros and Ukrainian authorities revealed that Soros sought to build on the success of the coup in Kiev to overthrow the Russian government. Soros’ OSF was banned in Russia in late 2015 as a threat to state security, but continues to operate in dozens of countries around the world, including the US.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/20220227/reminds-me-of-siege-of-budapest-soros-inadvertently-compares-ukraines-army-to-wwii-nazis-1093428334.html

 

EARLIER:

 

In his eulogy of Robert Parry, Oliver Stone blasted Steven Spielberg’s movie “The Post"… (Oliver Stone slams ‘lame-brained’ Spielberg movie over WaPo portrayal). 

Stone commended the Consortium News’ founder [Robert Parry] for breaking from the “tyranny of mainstream media conformity” and his breaking of the Iran-Contra scandal. Stone then pointed to the fact that the Washington Post’s publisher Katharine Graham, who is the subject of ‘The Post’ [movie], “deliberately ignored” that story.

Robert Parry died a few days ago. 

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — Robert Parry, a longtime investigative journalist who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985 for his Associated Press exclusives about the CIA's production of an assassination manual for Nicaraguan rebels, has died. He was 68.

Parry died Saturday in hospice care after a series of strokes brought on by undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Diane Duston.

Parry joined the AP in 1974 and went on to work in the Washington bureau, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal as it rocked the Reagan administration. His work on the scandal also brought a George Polk Award in 1984.

After leaving the AP in 1987, Parry worked for Newsweek until 1990 and then became an investigative reporter for the PBS series "Frontline."

In 1995, frustrated with what he saw as dwindling venues for serious investigative reporting, Parry founded the Consortium for Independent Journalism. Its website, Consortiumnews.com, sought to provide a home for such reporting in the early days of the internet, though it struggled financially and relied on contributions.

(https://www.voanews.com/a/investigative-journalist-robert-parry-dies-at-68/4229134.html)



This leads us to the “Washington Times”…
As an investigative journalist, I’m not much for catchy political metaphors, but the revelation that snakes and rodents are infesting the Washington Times building as the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s newspaper [Washington Times] sinks into a financial swamp does have some poetic justice about it.
This was the beginning of a long fascinating article on Moon by Robert Parry published in 2010 (http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/050110.html)


The Washington Times is a rag in the same vein of politically slanted news as the New York Post, though it does not have the presentation brashness and clever crassness of such Murdoch paper. So how come, in the days of a "Soros driven world-media" for “journalistic truth”, someone like Parry was struggling to make a crust. Could Soros have funded Robert Parry’s operation? Would Parry have accepted cash from Soros? Does Soros like “independent News”? So many questions! To which the answers would have been NO, no and no...
The main problem for us, the educated public at large, is to find “real” information that has not gone through the sieve of “conspiracies” and/or partisan filters to defraud us from knowing the truth. Where are we going to find this? In the Soros media? in the Murdoch Media? In independent media? In the Voice Of America (https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/14/505482691/an-obama-backed-change-at-voice-of-america-has-trump-critics-worried)? On the ABC (Australia)? At DemocracyNow!? In the Washington Times? Mother Jones? Under a rock? RT? Sputnik? On Mars?

The “war” on fake news is as fake as the news itself. This is why Robert Parry struggled. He exposed the rotten hidden undercurrents of governments, which, themselves, are battling other hidden undercurrents from opponents. There are fiddles and fake news galore floating like turds on an ocean of plastic sterile info.

Now the New York Post, possibly with a slithering tongue in its right-hand cheek, tells us:
America’s biggest tech giants are nothing if not popular. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon rank as some of the most well-liked brands in the world. Pollsters find that 86 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Google and 80 percent share a favorable impression of Amazon. The reason is simple — these companies’ products are entertaining, accessible and seemingly cheap.

But their growing dominance is giving rise to an insidious trend that we shouldn’t so happily accept. Just last week, billionaire philanthropist George Soros gave a speech in Davos, Switzerland, in which he attacked Facebook and Google for “inducing people to give up their autonomy” and driving inequality. He’s not wrong. In fact, tech giants are just like the monopolists and robber barons that ruled the American economy a century ago. But, while Standard Oil’s monopoly was as obvious as the smoke-belching refineries it controlled, the powers of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are less transparent — if not entirely secret.
(https://nypost.com/2018/02/03/big-techs-monopolistic-rule-is-hiding-in-plain-sight/)


Yippee!  I hope you can spot the irony here of the Murdoch empire, usually versus the Soros empire, now united in battling the new kids on the block… 
Soros is a very rich "philanthropist” — with making money (dollars) on his mind. His main venture is currency trading while influencing the values of currencies through his media empire. Though he “is not allowed to do business in the USA” (except through “charities”), he does the bidding of spreading the US’s style of democracy — read “the world US empire” outside of the USA, through his  media outlets. This is why Soros hates Donald Trump and Bitcoin (https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201802011061257054-soros-hates-trump-bitcoin/).


Soros is a supporter of "soft” hypocrisy as a means to get his wishes of a world government (read a world Big Brother), mainly by supporting the Clintons and Obama. To say the least, these geezers broke a few eggs, including fomenting the ugly US driven push against Russia, the destruction of Libya and the demolition of Syria to please Saudi Arabia. Soros supports the zionists (though he fights them openly) and Saudi Arabia — as well as fund McCain (http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/the-john-mccain-institute-funded-by-george-soros-and-saudi-arabia-exposed/), because this Republican is fiercely anti-Trump. 

In the same way that Soros supports the “Democrats”, Uncle Rupe supports the “Republicans”, including Donald Trump. All these major influencers will pick and choose information (news “interpretation" wrapped up in real events) that will further their causes. 
For example, a few entities that slipped under the radar of Soros who points out Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon, there are other influencers including Murdoch as mentioned and … wait for it… Disney. While much of Hollywood influences adults, Google and Facebook influences young pimply adults, Disney influences the “kids”. Disney moulds the way kids will be receptive to some rightwing “philosophies”, including that of the hierarchical system in which kings and princesses rule the roost. Thus the Murdoch “sell” of his Hollywood assets to Disney is part of a “conservative” consolidation.
Back to the Washington Times, this ultra-conservative newspaper hates Soros. First because Soros supports Black Lives Matter, “idealist” news outlet like those that released the “Panama Papers”, but also because Soros supports Al Gore’s global warming efforts (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/22/george-soros-al-gores-sugar-daddy/).


So does Soros "believe” in global warming”? I personally do not think so. He never made any noise about it. And it would not make any sense. So why would Soros support this “leftist” agenda (Note: global warming is real). Strangely enough Soros hates (I mean HATES) socialists, commies and to some extend the “left” in general — but he loves Nazis when profitable or to defeat socialism. Soros likes money. There is cash to be made by manipulating “unrest” in countries around the world. There is no unrest with the rich dudes. Unrests always comes from the “left” and/or loonie poor Nazis… Unrests tend to devalue currencies by a few notches… Play the currency game well and you make a billion overnight. 

Scandal: Leaked documents released a few days ago provide juicy insider details of how a fabulously rich businessman has been using his money to influence elections in Europe, underwrite an extremist group, target U.S. citizens who disagreed with him, dictate foreign policy, and try to sway a Supreme Court ruling, among other things. Pretty compelling stuff, right?

Not if it involves leftist billionaire George Soros. In this case, the mainstream press couldn't care less.

On Saturday, a group called DC Leaks posted more than 2,500 documents going back to 2008 that it pilfered from Soros' Open Society Foundations' servers. Since then, the mainstream media have shown zero interest in this gold mine of information.

We couldn't find a single story on the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, CBS News or other major news sites that even noted the existence of these leaked documents, let alone reported on what's in them.

Indeed, the only news organization that appears to be diligently sifting through all the documents is the conservative Daily Caller, which as a result has filed a series of eye-opening reports.

So what could possibly explain the mainstream media's disinterest?

(https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-bizarre-media-blackout-of-hacked-george-soros-documents/)…


Answer to this is self-explanatory. Soros supports the RICH “left” progressive liberals and most of the media in the USA from The Washington Post to The New York Times are on the same pathway. The liberal media hate the fact that Trump passed the post when they were ready to all celebrate “the first woman President” (and all ready to approve her bombing of Damascus). 
Other medias have a few skeletons in the closet, especially the very religious “The Washington Times” and too few will bash Soros, but most of the TV outlets in the English hegemony are on the side of “progressivedom”, TPPs and all that. 

But in Europe, one needs some rightwing balance, otherwise the socialists might take over. Thus Soros funded ultra-conservative Macron’s election to defeat the socialists (the left) and Marine LePen, the loony demolisher that would have brought unrest in Europe. At the time, Soros' cash would have been under “pressure” by being invested (gambled) in the “wrong” direction. (http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/globalists-celebrate-george-soros-funded-macron-wins-landslide-victory/)

nowtheendbegins’s EDITOR’S NOTE: His campaign slogan is ‘En Marche‘, which when translated to English means ‘Move On’. Just like the name of the Soros-sponsored moveon.org. Hmmm. His campaign received huge financial assistance from globalist George Soros. Hmmm again. New French president Emmanuel Macron was trained in the Jesuit school system. Hmmm again. Google and Facebook used Soros-funded groups to “help the French electorate make sense of what and who to trust” before casting their votes. That’s my final “hmmm”, and you wonder how Macron won in a landslide? Hmmm. 

Here we need to follow Meyssan:
Unnoticed in the Western world, the renewal of the Lancaster House Treaty by London and Paris creates a super « Entente cordiale » which is far more immersive than the Treaty of 1904. It participates in the re-institution of a bipolar world, and will inevitably provoke the exit of France from the European Union and the return of tension between Paris and Berlin.
http://www.voltairenet.org/article199528.html


Soros paid a lot of cash and spread a lot of “information" (read; disinformation) in the toppling of the Russian leaning Ukrainian government to be replaced by right-wing Nazi thugs. Soros is still leading the Crimea disinformation output.
Meanwhile, Murdoch plays the game of “news”, cunningly like a Fox. Murdoch is richer than Soros, but the “new kids on the block” are cramping his style. Apple, Google and others are making a mint by giving out “news” (pre-digested info about events in the world with the same emphasis as half-a-cat video) which they often steal by “repeating” (like we do here, in a way), making us bypass the paywalls. You know what I mean — Google news: AFP said that… AAP-London… etc. But they won’t go the Wikileaks or other “independent” route… This is most likely why Murdoch made a “deal” with Disney...
We have lost a MAJOR channel of underground information (that should have been main-stream) — as well as a good guy — with the death of Robert Parry. He had a very level headed view about the Trump/Russia connection… (https://consortiumnews.com/2017/12/11/russia-gates-litany-of-corrections/)


… We have few clarionists left… Say Julian Assange, Snowden, Thierry Meyssan and John Pilger. It’s dangerous work, I know, but we need more… And strangely, a few of them appear on the Russian media that are far closer to the truth than the “liberal” US media — but understandably, with this Russian media comes a necessary anti-US empire viewpoint... 
For example, the "revelations" which were known all along that the US did not respect the contract between Reagan and Gorbachev, that the US interfered with the Russian elections and tried to "rape Russia", now turned into a hate in full swing against Russia does not get more than a oh-hum (a cat video will definitely get more coverage) treatment in the liberal media... Relentless OUTRAGE at our hypocrisy should be the order of the day... But, it's like boxing — an ugly sport — when the opponent drops his guard. Boom... We applaud like monkeys. Anything goes until........ we manage to fall on our face for being too cocky... That day is on the cards.




Condolences to Robert Parry’s family. 



Gus Leonisky (4 Feb 2018)
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dismantling the US democracy.......

The Politicians Who Destroyed Our Democracy Want Us to Vote for Them To Save It

 

BY CHRIS HEDGES

 

The bipartisan project of dismantling our democracy, which took place over the last few decades on behalf of corporations and the rich, has left only the outward shell of democracy. The courts, legislative bodies, the executive branch and the media, including public broadcasting, are captive to corporate power. There is no institution left that can be considered authentically democratic. The corporate coup d’état is over. They won. We lost.

The wreckage of this neoliberal project is appalling: endless and futile wars to enrich a military-industrial-complex that bleeds the U.S. Treasury of half of all discretionary spending; deindustrialization that has turned U.S. cities into decayed ruins; the slashing and privatization of social programs, including education, utility services and health care – which saw over one million Americans account for one-fifth of global deaths from Covid, although we are 4 percent of the world’s population; draconian forms of social control embodied in militarized police, functioning as lethal armies of occupation in poor urban areas; the largest prison system in the world; a virtual tax boycott by the richest individuals and corporations; money-saturated elections that perpetuate our system of legalized bribery; and the most intrusive state surveillance of the citizenry in our history.

In “The United States of Amnesia,” to quote Gore Vidal, the corporate press and the ruling class create fictional feel-good personas for candidates, treat all political campaigns as if it is a day at the races and gloss over the fact that on every major issue, from trade deals to war, there is very little difference between Democrats and Republicans. The Democratic Party and Joe Biden are not the lesser evil, but rather, as Glen Ford pointed out, “the more effective evil.”

Biden supported the campaign to discredit and humiliate Anita Hill to appoint Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. He was one of the principal architects of the endless wars in the Middle East, calling for “taking Saddam down” five years before the invasion of Iraq. He rehabilitated the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after vowing to make the country a pariah because of the assassination of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden is a fervent supporter of Israel, calling the apartheid state “the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East” and declaring “I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.” His campaigns have been lavishly funded by the Israel lobby for at least two decades. 

In the 1970s, he fought school busing, arguing that segregation was beneficial for Blacks.  He and South Carolina’s racist senator, Strom Thurmond, sponsored the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which eliminated parole for federal prisoners and limited the amount of time sentences could be reduced for good behavior. Biden sponsored and aggressively pushed the 1994 crime bill, which he also helped draftcalling for its passage because “We have predators on our streets that society has in fact, in part because of its neglect, created.” The bill expanded the death penalty for dozens of existing and new federal crimes and mandated life imprisonment for a third violent felony, also known as the “three strikes and you’re out” rule, more than doubling the nation’s prison population. The bill provided funds to add 100,000 new police officers and build new prisons, on the condition that prisoners serve their entire sentences. He pushed through the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which gutted the federal writ of habeas corpus, abolished the rights of death row prisoners and mandated harsh federal sentencing rules. 

Biden takes credit for writing the 2001 Patriot Act, which expanded the government’s ability to monitor anyone’s phone and email communications, collect bank and credit reporting records, and track activity on the Internet. He backed austerity programs, including the destruction of welfare and cuts to Social Security. He fought for NAFTA and other “free trade” deals which fueled  inequality, deindustrialization, a significant drop in wages and the offshoring of  millions of manufacturing jobs to underpaid workers who toil in sweatshops in countries like Mexico, Malaysia, China or Vietnam. 

He also backed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act that, as Human Rights Watch writes, “eliminated key defenses against deportation and subjected many more immigrants, including legal permanent residents, to detention and deportation.” 

Biden long opposed abortion, writing in a letter to a constituent: “Those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them. As you may know, I have consistently — on no fewer than 50 occasions — voted against federal funding of abortions.” 

He was at the forefront of deregulating the banking industry and the abolition of Glass-Steagall, which contributed to the global financial meltdown, including the collapse of nearly 500 banks, in 2007 and 2008. He is a favorite of the for-profit insurance and pharmaceutical industry, which contributed $6.3 million to his 2020 presidential campaign, almost four times more money than they channeled to Donald Trump’s campaign. Biden and the Democrats annually increase the military budget, approving $813 billion for fiscal year 2023. He and the Democrats have provided over $60 billion in military aid and assistance to the war in Ukraine, with no end in sight. In the Senate, Biden abjectly served the interests of MBNA, the largest independent credit card company headquartered in Delaware, which also employed Biden’s son Hunter.

The decisions of politicians like Biden have a staggering human cost, not only for the poor, workers and the shrinking middle class but for millions of people in the Middle East, millions of families ripped apart by mass incarceration, millions more forced into bankruptcy by our mercenary for-profit medical system where corporations are legally permitted to hold sick children hostage while their frantic parents bankrupt themselves to save them, millions who became addicted to opioids and hundreds of thousands who died from them, millions denied welfare assistance, and all of us barreling toward extinction because of a refusal to curb the greed and destructive power of the fossil fuel industry, which has raked in $2.8 billion a day in profit over the last 50 years.

Biden, morally vacuous and of limited intelligence, is responsible for more suffering and death at home and abroad than Donald Trump. But the victims in our Punch-and-Judy media shows are rendered invisible. And that is why the victims despise the whole superstructure and want to tear it down.

These establishment politicians and their appointed  judges promulgated laws that permitted the top 1 percent to loot $54 trillion from the bottom 90 percent, from 1975 to 2022, at a rate of $2.5 trillion a year, according to a study by the RAND corporation. The fertile ground of our political, economic, cultural and social wreckage spawned an array of neo-fascists, con artists, racists, criminals, charlatans, conspiracy theorists, right-wing militias and demagogues that will soon take power.

Decayed societies, such as Weimar Germany or the former Yugoslavia, which I covered for The New York Times, always vomit up political deformities who express the hatred a betrayed public feel for a corrupt ruling class and bankrupt liberalism. The twilight of the Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Habsburg and Russian empires were no different. 

These political deformities play the role of the Snopes clan in William Faulkner’s trilogy “The Hamlet,” “The Town” and “The Mansion.” The Snopeses wrested control in the South from a degenerate aristocratic elite. Flem Snopes and his extended family — which includes a killer, a pedophile, a bigamist, an arsonist, a mentally disabled man who copulates with a cow, and a relative who sells tickets to witness the bestiality — are fictional representations of the scum that hijacked the Republican Party.

“The usual reference to ‘amorality,’ while accurate, is not sufficiently distinctive and by itself does not allow us to place them, as they should be placed, in a historical moment,” the critic Irving Howe wrote of the Snopeses. “Perhaps the most important thing to be said is that they are what comes afterwards: the creatures that emerge from the devastation, with the slime still upon their lips.”

“Let a world collapse, in the South or Russia, and there appear figures of coarse ambition driving their way up from beneath the social bottom, men to whom moral claims are not so much absurd as incomprehensible, sons of bushwhackers or muzhiks drifting in from nowhere and taking over through the sheer outrageousness of their monolithic force,” Howe wrote. “They become presidents of local banks and chairmen of party regional committees, and later, a trifle slicked up, they muscle their way into Congress or the Politburo. Scavengers without inhibition, they need not believe in the crumbling official code of their society; they need only learn to mimic its sounds.”

Biden and other establishment politicians are not actually calling for democracy. They are calling for civility. They have no intention of extracting the knife thrust into our backs. They hope to paper over the rot and the pain with the decorum of the polite, measured talk they used to sell us the con of neoliberalism. The political correctness and inclusivity imposed by college-educated elites, unfortunately, has now become associated with the corporate assault, as if a woman CEO or a Black police officer is going to mitigate the exploitation and abuse. Minorities are always welcome, as they were in other species of colonialism, if they serve the dictates of the masters. This is how Barack Obama, whom Cornel West called “a Black mascot for Wall Street,” became President.

Freedom for millions of enraged Americans has become the freedom to hate, the freedom to use words like “nigger,” “kike,” “spic,” “chink,” “raghead” and “fag;” the freedom to physically assault Muslims, undocumented workers, women, African-Americans, homosexuals and anyone who dares criticize their Christian fascism; the freedom to celebrate historical movements and figures that the college-educated elites condemn, including the Ku Klux Klan and the Confederacy; the freedom to ridicule and dismiss intellectuals, ideas, science and culture; the freedom to silence those who have been telling them how to behave; the freedom to revel in hypermasculinity, racism, sexism, violence and patriarchy.

These crypto-fascists have always been part of the American landscape, but the disenfranchisement of millions of Americans, especially white Americans, has inflamed these hatreds. Voting for the architects of what political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls our system of “inverted totalitarianism” will not make them go away; in fact, it will further discredit liberal ideas and liberal democracy. This puts liberals in a terrible bind. They have every right to fear the far right. All the dark scenarios are correct. But by backing Biden and the ruling corporate party, they ensure their political irrelevance.

The Democratic Party has spent millions funding far-right “pied piper” candidates assuming they would be easier to defeat, a tactic foolishly copied from the Clinton campaign, which secretly “elevated” Trump in the hopes that he would win the Republican nomination. They have worked to censor critics from the left and the right on social media. They claim they are the last bulwark against tyranny. None of these subterfuges will work. America will descend into a Viktor Orbán-type of authoritarianism without profound political, social and economic reform. 

After the Iraq war went sour, I, as someone who publicly opposed the invasion and had been the Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times, was often asked what we should do now. I answered that Iraq could no longer be put back together. It was broken. We broke it. Those who ask if we should support the Democrats as a tactic to halt our descent into tyranny are in a similar dilemma. My answer is no different. We should have walked out on the Democratic Party while we still had a chance.

 

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