Whoa; who among us could possibly fail to be enticed by that title from Eric London at wsws.org, 8 May 2019?
“On Sunday, Donald Trump re-tweeted a post by the arch-reactionary evangelical preacher and prominent Trump confidant Jerry Falwell, Jr. calling for the president to extend his term from the constitutionally mandated four years to six.
Referring to the Democratic Party-led effort to label Trump a Russian collaborator, the tweet read: “Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term as pay back for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”
I dug Fallwell’s tweet up, and it’s true. (I’d begun on the Real Donald Trump‘s account, and was pleased to read that he’s given the Presidential Medal of Freedom to…Tiger Woods. He’s also retweeted that his approval ratings are at 51%, and small wonder these from Judicial Watch, one (end of March) and the second (end of April).
Back to London:
“Trump’s Republican backers claim that Trump was only joking. But canceling elections is not something about which presidents joke. The president is the most powerful person in the world and his every word is closely followed in the US and internationally. Politicians, businessmen and decision makers around the world parse even seemingly mundane statements or off-the-cuff remarks for their deeper significance.
Trump’s re-tweet of a prominent, politically active evangelical preacher is not a joke. It is a signal sent deliberately to both supporters and opponents, who will understand that Trump is serious and that he is prepared to pursue anticonstitutional methods to stay in power. It is part of an increasingly dictatorial pattern that Trump and his fascist advisers have long planned.”
He buttresses his take that Boss Trumpeter’s serious about it by way of Trump quotes and similar authoritarian policies and fascistic leanings (my term, not his). But this is where I’ve really been intending to head:
“In an article titled “Pelosi Warns Democrats: Stay in the Center or Trump May Contest Election Results,” the New York Times published an interview with Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, citing her “concern that Mr. Trump would not give up power voluntarily if he lost re-election by a slim margin next year.”
Here’s the piece from four days ago at the Times; I can’t get in even in Private Mode.
“In the interview, which was conducted before Trump’s tweet, Pelosi said in reference to the 2018 midterm elections: “If we win by four seats, by a thousand votes each, he’s not going to respect the election. He would poison the public mind. He would challenge each of the races; he would say you can’t seat these people. We had to win. Imagine if we hadn’t won—oh, don’t even imagine. So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach.”
In response to brazen threats to violate the constitution, the Democrats’ strategy is to “own the center-left, own the mainstream,” Pelosi told the Times. Instead of condemning Trump’s proposal to extend his term or warning him of the serious criminal implications of canceling a presidential election, Pelosi instructs Democrats to “not engage in some of the other exuberances in our party,” making clear that the party will not allow any social reform.” [snip]
“Pelosi’s interview exposes the anti-Russia campaign as disingenuous and absurd. If Trump were colluding with Russia, wouldn’t his threat to refuse to accept election results be proof that Vladimir Putin is “undermining our democracy?” And doesn’t Trump’s threat alone constitute a violation of his oath to “protect and defend” Article II of the Constitution—an impeachable act?
The Democrats are combining absolute indifference to critical issues of democratic rights with support for major aspects of Trump’s policy agenda. On Monday, the New York Times published an editorial board statement titled, “Give Trump his Border Money.” The Democrats are collaborating with Trump on a new infrastructure program and lending support to his efforts to overthrow the government of Venezuela and impose tariffs on China.” [snip]
“A serious warning must be made. Trump’s tweet and Pelosi’s interview only scratch the surface of the antidemocratic and dictatorial measures being discussed behind closed doors at the White House, the Pentagon, Langley and Fort Meade.”
(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)
Pelosi: Dear compadors, we’re fighter greater evil with lesser evil!
“If Yahweh is God, no thanks” has been the simple rationale for atheism in Christendom since the Enlightenment”
If crapitalists are authoritative, “liberals” cannot propagate.
thank yaweh; someone gets the gist of this post. ; )
“I shall shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will flow in”
Ex-US intelligence analyst charged with leaking top-secret drone war docs
9 May, 2019
“In the latest chapter of the US’ crackdown on whistleblowers, a 31-year-old intelligence contractor is facing charges for leaking 17 secret documents to an unnamed journalist, which could result in up to 50 years in prison.
Daniel Everette Hale was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act on Thursday for illegally disclosing top-secret and secret documents to the media, according to the indictment.
While the paperwork was initially filed in March, it didn’t result in an arrest until May 9. Hale is set to make his first appearance in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.
The documents Hale is accused of leaking are reported to have contained a presentation on counterterrorism operations, details of a US military campaign against Al-Qaeda and information on the US military’s technical capabilities.
While serving in the air force, Hale was assigned to work with the National Security Agency (NSA) between 2009-2013. In April 2013, he met a reporter at a book tour in Washington, according to the indictment.
The journalist was reportedly interested in Hale’s experience “working with drones” and wanted him to tell his story about working with them at a screening of a movie on the topic.
The next year after several meetings, Hale agreed to print out six classified documents and allegedly handed them over to the reporter. In total, Hale is accused of printing 36 top secret documents, 17 of which ended up being provided to the reporter and published.
In 2015, the Intercept published ‘The Drone Papers’, which cited “a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the US military’s assassination program,” which they said had been provided to them by a “whistleblower.”
tonight’s closing song is by commie hip-hop rapper boots riley and the coup; g’ night.
good and driving sound and vocals, but what in the world’s w/ these lyrics?
When the sun sets down
When the sun sets down
Gunpowder will wash the streets
With Indian blood
And the seeds of revolution
Will grow tight around our
Children’s necks, like nooses,
That are used to keep the slaves
In check, in chains
And decades later
You still can’t figure out why
It remains the same
The colonizer’s stealthy violence enslaves our children … we can’t wait for the colonizer to emancipate us.
‘flaming arrows’ ain’t east indun colonizers, but amer-induns.
xactly. Is that a riposte?
who are the first americans (still alive) colonizing? yes, it’s pushback.
You’re not colonized by crapitalism? The settler colonialist mentality is extinct?
What’s your real beef?
now if i’m laboring under some misapprehension that they’re advocating for indian blood in the streets, you certainly haven’t clued me in. that’s my beef, as you so charmingly put it. is it supposed to be some ‘the phoenix will rise from the ashes’ thing?