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No One to Blame But Himself

No One to Blame But Himself

By Dennis Loo (7/30/17)

Trump keeps firing people, headed by White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, forced out Sean Spicer, throws an ongoing fit about loyalist Jeff Sessions (who was Trump's other cred with the Establishment besides Preibus), previously fired Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, James Comey, and a bunch of lesser known figures who were Preibus allies, and so far failed to fill a record number of junior and senior ranks of appointees. Who takes Spicer's place? Overall in charge is a foul-mouthed hedge fund manager nicknamed "The Mooch."

But the one individual most responsible for them doing what they were doing, even those such as Jared (who testified behind closed doors), Donald Jr., and Spicer, whose one unforgivable sin was being made fun of by a woman on SNL, was to do their best to mimic and follow his lead, is Donald Sr., who wavers, says self-contradictory things always, has no filter. and even interrupts himself. That's who needs to be fired because he's the leader and sets the tone of this Brat Pack. He is loyal back to no one when it comes down to either him or anyone else. That is why he keeps on trying to figure out whether or not he personally is being investigated. The answer is of course you are Donald, everyone else was either following your lead (e.g., Russia) or too principled to do your bidding. Look how AG Jeff Sessions did and does, a Trump loyalist through and through, and Rod Rosenstein, who go from friends when Trump needs to get rid of Comey, to foe, when they are standing in the way of firing Mueller. How could Sessions tell Trump ahead of time that he would be eventually forced to recuse himself on Russia when at the time Sessions, Kushner, Donald Jr., Flynn, and others, including Trump himself, had all been hiding from public view their extensive contacts with Russia and Putin, before, during and after the election? 

When you irritate to the point that they feel the need to issue public apologies for your speeches, the Boy Scouts of America and the police, who by god will he piss off next? What's left? Oh, I almost forgot: even the military and ICE and its head Sessions are at least divided about you. 

We know that Trump has a very thin skin and that he is a misogynist. What SNL should do is select a female to play Trump and SNL may play a role in unseating Trump. The man can't stand to be mocked by a woman. 

Will Trump Never Go? Part 3

Will Trump Never Go? Part 3

By Dennis Loo (7/23/17)

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

The immigration issue and civil wars breaking out over scarce resources due to rising seas, innudating island nations and flooding lower lying areas such as Florida, Manhattan's subways, or many of our seaports, unusuable because they are already or will be underwater, and to parched areas, that were previously productive, due to global warming, was identified by the DoD itself as a paramount issue, dwarfing the current terrorism security issue.

But the current US POTUS blissfully denies that global warming even exists and the Democrats, while conceding that global warming is real, do far too little given the situation's practically unspeakable gravity.

Obama was president when that DoD report was released in 2003:

As I recounted in Globalization and the Demolition of Society at pp. 167-168:

Read more: Will Trump Never Go? Part 3

Will Trump Never Go? Part 2

Will Trump Never Go? Part 2

By Dennis Loo (7/19/17)

In Part 1 of this series I began discussing immigration and focused on Thomas Edsall's view. That ends with him, correctly I think, forseeing the decline of the parties and Right and Left as we know them, and offering up as a possible strategy, incorrectly I will argue, for the Left of stressing instead of diversity, what keeps us together as a nation. As part of that strategy, he proposes tightening up borders and paths to legal citizenship, an issue that has emerged as a central and volatile one in much of the First World. 

There are several problems with Edsall's analysis and advocacy here.

First, it must be said as a matter of principle, that national borders are artificial and in some cases, highly arbitrary, linked to the rise of capitalism. No one is an illegal. We are all human beings.

Second, as I briefly alluded to last time, global warming is behind much of the emigration (Syria being one notable example) and as such, refugees are fleeing a problem - global warming - created by the First World in the first place, so complaining about a consequence of a problem you created in the first place and are chiefly contributing to is bad form.

Third, Edsall, as useful as his work in general is, and I learn a great deal reading his very studied columns, nevertheless, his frame of reference is too small. He is trying to adopt a program for the "Left" by which he means something like the Democratic Liberal Left, rather than the genuine Left (outside of the major parties), adopting as a platform a more closed door to immigration than opening up the doors.

While I am not advocating the total abolition of all borders immediately, the Left (in whatever incarnation) adopting what amounts to fear-based policies adopted by neoliberalism and the deindustrialization where manufacturing jobs are largely being exported to the Third World, thus leaving behind a lot of the traditional working class in the First World, is a bad idea. Edsall and Beinart are trying to graft a Right strategy onto a Left strategy and it won't work. Obama schtick of "hope" and "change" was wearing thin. What hope and what change that actually meant something?

Edsall has his finger on a real dilemma, however, because the First World working class is aroused about this issue and an answer to it has to be given. 

We have much to discuss and this will be continued in part 3.

Part 3 is here.


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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12