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`Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ The witches in Macbeth.

President Trump’s administration is now at a high boil as he faces intense heat from all sides. The Republican Party has backed away from their embattled president. US intelligence agencies are baying for his blood. The US media plays the role of the witches in ‘Macbeth’ as it plots against Trump.

One increasingly hears whispers about impeachment or the wonderful 1964 film about a military coup in Washington, ‘Seven Days in May.’

As in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Trump stands almost alone on a blasted heath, howling that he has been betrayed. The world watches on in dismay and shock.

One thing is clear: the US presidency has become too powerful when far-fetched talk of possibly Russian involvement in Trump’s campaign could send world financial markets into a crash dive. And when Trump’s ill informed, off the cuff remarks can endanger the fragile global balance of power.

Trump has made this huge mess and must now live with it. Yes, he is being treated unfairly by appointment of a special prosecutor when the titanic sleaze of the Clintons was never investigated. But that’s what happens when you are widely detested. No mercy for Trump, a man without any mercy for others.

Trump is not a Manchurian candidate put into office by Moscow though his bungling aides and iffy financial deals often made it appear so. His choice of the fanatical Islamophobe Gen. Michael Flynn was an awful blunder. Flynn was revealed to have taken money from Turkey to alter US Mideast policy. Who else paid off Flynn? Disgraceful.

But what about all the politicians and officials who took and take money from the Saudis and Gulf emirates, or Sheldon Adelson, the ardent advocate of Greater Israel? What about political payoffs to the flat-earth Republicans who now act as Israel’s amen chorus in Washington?

The growing scandals that are engulfing Trump’s presidency seem likely to delay if not defeat the president’s laudatory proposals to lower taxes, prune the bureaucracy, clean up intelligence, end America’s foreign wars, and impose some sort of peace in the Mideast.

By recklessly proposing these reforms at the same time, Trump earned the hatred of the media, federal government, all intelligence agencies, and the Israel lobby, not to mention ecologists, free-thinkers, cultured people, academia and just about everyone else who does not raise cotton or abuse animals for a living.

No wonder Trump stands almost alone, like Rome’s Horatio at the Bridge. One increasingly hears in Washington ‘what Trump needs is a little war.’

That would quickly wrong-foot his critics and force the neocon media – Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and CNN – to back him. We already saw this happen when Trump fired salvos of cruise missiles at Syria. It would also provide welcome distraction from the investigations of Trump that are beginning.

Trump has appeared to be pawing the ground in a desire to attack naughty North Korea or Syria, and maybe even Yemen, Somalia or Sudan. A war against any of these small nations would allow the president to don military gear and beat his chest – as did the dunce George W. Bush. Bomb the usual Arabs!

The Pentagon wants 50,000 more troops for Afghanistan. US warplanes are buzzing angry North Korea. In Syria, the US and Russia are a falafel’s length from open clashes. Now is the time for extreme caution, but an enraged President Trump, who avoided military service in his youth, is ready to lash out.

For Trump, next week’s visit to the Mideast should prove a welcome respite after the madness of Washington. But isolated and besieged as Trump is, he may have to depend more on support from Israel and its American partisans rather than forcing a Mideast peace settlement. Israel insists there be no change to the status quo that leaves Palestine an open air prison.

America has not so far become great again.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. ‘ As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents. more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    Shee-it! I thought Dubya accomplished this . Apparently the M’urkan public is being defiant and really wants to flaunt it’s ignorance. Well, howdee! we got us a real contest goin’ on now. Trump is obviously the proverbial monkey with a machine-gun. My inner survival instincts are starting to kick in. Does anyone see this this presidency as leveling out and trying to conduct business like you know as it has been in the last 200 years?

    This is too insane. I honestly think that some kind of the fix is in. How? Don’t know.

    Every (real) man for himself now.

    Cheers-

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  2. By recklessly proposing these reforms at the same time, Trump earned the hatred of the media, federal government, all intelligence agencies, and the Israel lobby, not to mention ecologists, free-thinkers, cultured people, academia and just about everyone else who does not raise cotton or abuse animals for a living.

    No mention of the 63 millions who voted for him. Trumps enemies will make sure there is no peace until Trump is driven from office. Blowback will insure there is no peace after the coup.

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    • Replies: @balderdash
    Where ever has the Democratic Party found all the joy-juice? It should have had all that 'moxie' when the most hopeful President, ever, lost the legislature in his second year? Where where they when they let the Republicans 'de-nut' every good idea Obama had about making America better? They certainly failed to 'be heard' and thrill Americans with the notion that dealing with two 'lost' wars by starting another half dozen was being either statesmanlike, or peace-making.

    That 'zombie revolution' thing has kicked-in. Podesta and the devil-worshippers have revivified the 'evil' aspects' of what used to be the "peoples' party" and turned it to the dark side of America. I'm just afraid that there ain't much - shy of Aimee Semple MacPherson, another Great Depression or a thermonuclear holocaust - that is going to 'restore America to 'grateness'.

    America to-day is much like a gun nut on 'angel dust'.

    , @balderdash
    He shares that commonality with Assad, Maderos, Putin, Rouhani, Sisi, Dutarte and any number of 'potential tyrants' or 'evil doers' elected, and supported by, at least 50 percent of their people and whom America could be eyeballing for change.

    Trumps friends might just need to get better-organized - to 'blackball' the 'anti-trump media' and the 'interests' that support them .

  3. Eric wrote: His choice of the fanatical Islamophobe Gen. Michael Flynn was an awful blunder. Flynn was revealed to have taken money from Turkey to alter US Mideast policy.

    Hunsdon said: The notorious Islamophobe, in pay of the Next Sultan? Too delicious.

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  4. Hilllary is of course also widely detested. In many ways, the last election was a contest about who the American people hate more, and Hillary got the award for Most Hated. Both candidates got a large percent of their votes from people who were voting against their opponent. Outside of CA, NY, and MA, more people hated Hillary, and the Electoral College was put into place precisely to keep a big state or a couple of big states from dominating the election of a President. Even in the 1780′s, many Americans didn’t want NY to have the power to pick a President on their own.

    So, it turns out that Hillary is detested by the ‘wrong’ people. Hillary won the vote for most hated. But she’s never investigated, the Clinton’s are never charged. Bill openly violated election campaigning laws in MA, but no investigation, no charges. The Clintons have become filthy rich during a life of public service, but no investigations, no charges. And if you even want to hear about it, you have to turn off the corporate press and find independent reporters.

    Thus, its not that Trust is simply the most detested. He’s not. At worst, the last election said he’s the second most detested person in the country. But, the “right” people all detest him. So, a small minority of government insiders and the members of the media want to run him out of town.

    There’s things he’s done since he’s been elected that I don’t like. I don’t like the way that saying he was against regime change and more wars in the middle east has turned out to be a massive lie. But still, this is rapidly getting to the point where the American people are going to need to speak up and tell their representatives and senators, especially the Republicans, that Trump was elected President and they don’t want to see a coup remove him.

    If not, then CA and NY and the Deep State and the Media millionaires will run this country and everyone will know that elections don’t matter.

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    • Replies: @Miro23

    But still, this is rapidly getting to the point where the American people are going to need to speak up and tell their representatives and senators, especially the Republicans, that Trump was elected President and they don’t want to see a coup remove him.
     
    This is exactly right, and as others have said, the place to do this is a state level by reestablishing a close contact between the public and their representatives and senators on a detailed issue by issue basis.

    If their representative is part of the chorus supporting a "Russian Hacking " investigation, or is an advocate of further wars then they have to understand that they are in real political trouble.

    "Political Trouble" is a large scale, local, well organized and continuous public attack on their electability.

    If the public are to lazy to do this then they'll deserve what they get.

  5. @Promintory Rider
    Hilllary is of course also widely detested. In many ways, the last election was a contest about who the American people hate more, and Hillary got the award for Most Hated. Both candidates got a large percent of their votes from people who were voting against their opponent. Outside of CA, NY, and MA, more people hated Hillary, and the Electoral College was put into place precisely to keep a big state or a couple of big states from dominating the election of a President. Even in the 1780's, many Americans didn't want NY to have the power to pick a President on their own.

    So, it turns out that Hillary is detested by the 'wrong' people. Hillary won the vote for most hated. But she's never investigated, the Clinton's are never charged. Bill openly violated election campaigning laws in MA, but no investigation, no charges. The Clintons have become filthy rich during a life of public service, but no investigations, no charges. And if you even want to hear about it, you have to turn off the corporate press and find independent reporters.

    Thus, its not that Trust is simply the most detested. He's not. At worst, the last election said he's the second most detested person in the country. But, the "right" people all detest him. So, a small minority of government insiders and the members of the media want to run him out of town.

    There's things he's done since he's been elected that I don't like. I don't like the way that saying he was against regime change and more wars in the middle east has turned out to be a massive lie. But still, this is rapidly getting to the point where the American people are going to need to speak up and tell their representatives and senators, especially the Republicans, that Trump was elected President and they don't want to see a coup remove him.

    If not, then CA and NY and the Deep State and the Media millionaires will run this country and everyone will know that elections don't matter.

    But still, this is rapidly getting to the point where the American people are going to need to speak up and tell their representatives and senators, especially the Republicans, that Trump was elected President and they don’t want to see a coup remove him.

    This is exactly right, and as others have said, the place to do this is a state level by reestablishing a close contact between the public and their representatives and senators on a detailed issue by issue basis.

    If their representative is part of the chorus supporting a “Russian Hacking ” investigation, or is an advocate of further wars then they have to understand that they are in real political trouble.

    “Political Trouble” is a large scale, local, well organized and continuous public attack on their electability.

    If the public are to lazy to do this then they’ll deserve what they get.

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    • Replies: @Eileen Kuch
    Miro23, you're 100% correct. The place to do this is a state level by re-establishing a close contact between the public and their representatives and senators on a detailed issue-by-issue basis.
    As you said, if their representatives are part of the chorus supporting a "Russian Hacking" investigation, or is an advocate of further wars, then they have to understand they're in deep political trouble. "Political Trouble" is a large scale, local, well organized, continuous public attack on their electability .. But if the public are too lazy to do this, then they'll deserve what they get.
    This "impeachment" conundrum that's been whispered by Donald Trump's enemies in both sides of the aisle in Congress, the media, and Trotskyites aka neocons has just about put a block on his ability to adhere to the promises he made both during his campaign and in his Inaugural speech. He had promised to lower taxes across the board, end the perpetual wars of aggression overseas, rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure, etc. These enemies don't give a hoot about America and its people .. All they want is perpetual war and chaos worldwide and destruction of this nation. They want world domination, pure and simple.
  6. I’m sorry to see Eric joining the shouts of “deep state!” and “Undermining our democratically elected leader!” These are coming from Giraldi and Raimondo, too, so he’s far from alone. But here’s the thing: it’s looking more and more like the leaks are not coming from the security services; they’re not coming from the “deep state”. The “deep state” wasn’t in the room.

    Instead, it’s looking more like the leaks are coming from… Trump’s friends.

    They’re coming from people who are right next to the President, people like Bannon, Kushner, and even Ivanka. That’s the only explanation, because some of these leaks are happening so fast and so high, and the comments are so close to the President “he said x, and then he said y”- that it can’t be anyone else.

    And why are these people leaking? Not to block some kind of “Trump agenda”, as if there was one. There isn’t. The leaks are coming because Trump jerks from near-crisis to near-disaster on a daily basis, and the leakers are leaking because they want to stay alive beyond next Wednesday.

    They’re not leaking to “save NATO”, or to “block his immigration policy”, or “keep anti-Russia going”. They’re leaking because they are seriously concerned that he blurts out secrets to foreigners, that he’s going off and making kissy with Saudi Arabia, of all countries, that he is flipping on just about everything he said he would do, that he’s firing people because he seriously does want nothing but yes-men in power. It’s his friends who object to these things, not just his enemies.

    His friends are observing utter chaos and are leaking like a sieve as a result.

    Are they really out to get Trump? Well, yes, but the thing is, on the evidence, it’s pretty important to recognize who is “they”.

    The “they” who count are sitting right next to Trump every day.

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    • Replies: @Balderdash
    Just what is it that Trump is doing that makes him much different from any of his forebears - other than not having been 'sponsored' and 'approved' by 'the national elite'?

    Trump ran his own maverick campaign, sponsored by 'little people' $20 at a time - and he got most of his own money back.

    Now what were seeing is 'crash course' in what he can and can't do. Trump needs a good tasering. Obama got much the same lesson - about 'hope' - but he was far brighter, learned faster and kept his tasselled loafers (and dessert) well away from his gob.
  7. @WorkingClass

    By recklessly proposing these reforms at the same time, Trump earned the hatred of the media, federal government, all intelligence agencies, and the Israel lobby, not to mention ecologists, free-thinkers, cultured people, academia and just about everyone else who does not raise cotton or abuse animals for a living.
     
    No mention of the 63 millions who voted for him. Trumps enemies will make sure there is no peace until Trump is driven from office. Blowback will insure there is no peace after the coup.

    Where ever has the Democratic Party found all the joy-juice? It should have had all that ‘moxie’ when the most hopeful President, ever, lost the legislature in his second year? Where where they when they let the Republicans ‘de-nut’ every good idea Obama had about making America better? They certainly failed to ‘be heard’ and thrill Americans with the notion that dealing with two ‘lost’ wars by starting another half dozen was being either statesmanlike, or peace-making.

    That ‘zombie revolution’ thing has kicked-in. Podesta and the devil-worshippers have revivified the ‘evil’ aspects’ of what used to be the “peoples’ party” and turned it to the dark side of America. I’m just afraid that there ain’t much – shy of Aimee Semple MacPherson, another Great Depression or a thermonuclear holocaust – that is going to ‘restore America to ‘grateness’.

    America to-day is much like a gun nut on ‘angel dust’.

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  8. Few ruling classes had an opportunity to build an idyllical structure of society and governance over the last four centuries as the two ruling US classes had.

    Instead, they created numerous cliquish cliques and with political powers of each clique diminishing from the two top classes down to the last class: prisoners, indigenes, white and black trash.

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  9. @duglarri
    I'm sorry to see Eric joining the shouts of "deep state!" and "Undermining our democratically elected leader!" These are coming from Giraldi and Raimondo, too, so he's far from alone. But here's the thing: it's looking more and more like the leaks are not coming from the security services; they're not coming from the "deep state". The "deep state" wasn't in the room.

    Instead, it's looking more like the leaks are coming from... Trump's friends.

    They're coming from people who are right next to the President, people like Bannon, Kushner, and even Ivanka. That's the only explanation, because some of these leaks are happening so fast and so high, and the comments are so close to the President "he said x, and then he said y"- that it can't be anyone else.

    And why are these people leaking? Not to block some kind of "Trump agenda", as if there was one. There isn't. The leaks are coming because Trump jerks from near-crisis to near-disaster on a daily basis, and the leakers are leaking because they want to stay alive beyond next Wednesday.

    They're not leaking to "save NATO", or to "block his immigration policy", or "keep anti-Russia going". They're leaking because they are seriously concerned that he blurts out secrets to foreigners, that he's going off and making kissy with Saudi Arabia, of all countries, that he is flipping on just about everything he said he would do, that he's firing people because he seriously does want nothing but yes-men in power. It's his friends who object to these things, not just his enemies.

    His friends are observing utter chaos and are leaking like a sieve as a result.

    Are they really out to get Trump? Well, yes, but the thing is, on the evidence, it's pretty important to recognize who is "they".

    The "they" who count are sitting right next to Trump every day.

    Just what is it that Trump is doing that makes him much different from any of his forebears – other than not having been ‘sponsored’ and ‘approved’ by ‘the national elite’?

    Trump ran his own maverick campaign, sponsored by ‘little people’ $20 at a time – and he got most of his own money back.

    Now what were seeing is ‘crash course’ in what he can and can’t do. Trump needs a good tasering. Obama got much the same lesson – about ‘hope’ – but he was far brighter, learned faster and kept his tasselled loafers (and dessert) well away from his gob.

    Read More
  10. @WorkingClass

    By recklessly proposing these reforms at the same time, Trump earned the hatred of the media, federal government, all intelligence agencies, and the Israel lobby, not to mention ecologists, free-thinkers, cultured people, academia and just about everyone else who does not raise cotton or abuse animals for a living.
     
    No mention of the 63 millions who voted for him. Trumps enemies will make sure there is no peace until Trump is driven from office. Blowback will insure there is no peace after the coup.

    He shares that commonality with Assad, Maderos, Putin, Rouhani, Sisi, Dutarte and any number of ‘potential tyrants’ or ‘evil doers’ elected, and supported by, at least 50 percent of their people and whom America could be eyeballing for change.

    Trumps friends might just need to get better-organized – to ‘blackball’ the ‘anti-trump media’ and the ‘interests’ that support them .

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  11. @Miro23

    But still, this is rapidly getting to the point where the American people are going to need to speak up and tell their representatives and senators, especially the Republicans, that Trump was elected President and they don’t want to see a coup remove him.
     
    This is exactly right, and as others have said, the place to do this is a state level by reestablishing a close contact between the public and their representatives and senators on a detailed issue by issue basis.

    If their representative is part of the chorus supporting a "Russian Hacking " investigation, or is an advocate of further wars then they have to understand that they are in real political trouble.

    "Political Trouble" is a large scale, local, well organized and continuous public attack on their electability.

    If the public are to lazy to do this then they'll deserve what they get.

    Miro23, you’re 100% correct. The place to do this is a state level by re-establishing a close contact between the public and their representatives and senators on a detailed issue-by-issue basis.
    As you said, if their representatives are part of the chorus supporting a “Russian Hacking” investigation, or is an advocate of further wars, then they have to understand they’re in deep political trouble. “Political Trouble” is a large scale, local, well organized, continuous public attack on their electability .. But if the public are too lazy to do this, then they’ll deserve what they get.
    This “impeachment” conundrum that’s been whispered by Donald Trump’s enemies in both sides of the aisle in Congress, the media, and Trotskyites aka neocons has just about put a block on his ability to adhere to the promises he made both during his campaign and in his Inaugural speech. He had promised to lower taxes across the board, end the perpetual wars of aggression overseas, rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, etc. These enemies don’t give a hoot about America and its people .. All they want is perpetual war and chaos worldwide and destruction of this nation. They want world domination, pure and simple.

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