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The mindlessness is unbearable. Amnesty International tells us that we must “fight the Muslim ban” because Trump’s bigotry is wrecking lives. Anthony Dimaggio at CounterPunch says Trump should be impeached because his Islamophobia is a threat to the Constitution. This is not to single out these two as the mindlessness is everywhere among those whose worldview is defined by Identity Politics.

One might think that Amnesty International should be fighting against the Bush/Cheney/Obama regime wars that have produced the refugees by killing and displacing millions of Muslims. For example, the ongoing war that Obama inflicted on Yemen results in the death of one Yemeni child every 10 minutes, according to UNICEF. Where is Amnesty International?

Clearly America’s wars on Muslims wreck far more lives than Trump’s ban on immigrants. Why the focus on an immigration ban and not on wars that produce refugees? Is it because Obama is responsible for war and Trump for the ban? Is the liberal/progressive/left projecting Obama’s monstrous crimes onto Trump? Is it that we must hate Trump and not Obama?

Immigration is not a right protected by the US Constitution. Where was Dimaggio when in the name of “the war on terror” the Bush/Obama regime destroyed the civil liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution? If Dimaggio is an American citizen, he should try immigrating to the UK, Germany, or France and see how far he gets.

The easiest and surest way for the Trump administration to stop the refugee problem, not only for the US but also for Europe and the West in general, is to stop the wars against Muslim countries that his predecessors started. The enormous sums of money squandered on gratuitous wars could instead be given to the countries that the US and NATO have destroyed. The simplest way to end the refugee problem is to stop producing refugees. This should be the focus of Trump, Amnesty, and Dimaggio.

Is everyone too busy hating to do anything sensible?

It is very disturbing that the liberal/progressive/left prefers to oppose Trump than to oppose war. Indeed, they want a war on Trump. How does this differ from the Bush/Obama war on Muslims?

The liberal/progressive/left is demonstrating a mindless hatred of the American people and the President that the people chose. This mindless hatred can achieve nothing but the discrediting of an alternative voice and the opening of the future to the least attractive elements of the right-wing.

The liberal/progressive/left will end up discrediting all critics, thereby empowering those to whom the liberal/progressive/left are most opposed.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: American Left, Donald Trump, Immigration 
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  1. Kiza says:

    One of the best PCR write ups ever. He caught the essence of the false confrontation going on. The left/liberal/progressives have been coopted by TPTB to serve as foot soldiers. They are brainwashing the minds of the students in US schools and universities to serve the most retrograde elements of humanity in US Deep State.

    It is truly interesting to note that the Communists in the country I originate from had been using the 14-18 year old kids to fight for the Communist revolution, because:
    1) the young are so easily manipulated (they know nothing but think they know everything), and
    2) the young do not value their own lives highly enough to protect them from being used and abused.

    The scumbag functional “progressives” of US are a screaming hypocrisy and demagogery, every screaming claim they make is an inverted reality. This is because there are really only two types of the “progressives”: the dumb and the paid liars.

    • Replies: @Ivan K.
  2. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Amnesty International is yet another example of an organization that’s been infiltrated and coopted. During the NATO summit in Chicago some years back that organization took out large scale poster ads at bus stops with the message: ‘NATO: Keep the Progress Going’, with a picture of a couple of burkha clad women leading a small girl, presumably to school in Afghanistan. According to them the war against the people of Afghanistan is good for women’s rights over there and thus should be supported. Could anything be more Orwellian, that dropping bombs on a country is good for the women there? Killing their fathers and sons is conducive to women’s rights? Keep the war going, keep the ‘progress’ going, the whole thing is obscene.

  3. The liberal/progressive/left is demonstrating a mindless acceptance of what was pounded into their heads in Sunday School (and Public School): all human souls are equally valuable.

    Red and yellow,
    Black and white,
    They are precious,
    In his sight.

    “The liberal belief in the free and sacred nature of each individual is a direct legacy of the traditional Christian belief in the free and eternal souls. Without recourse to eternal souls and a Creator God, it becomes embarrassingly difficult for liberals to explain what is so special about individual Sapiens. […] The idea that all humans are equal is a revamped version of the monotheist conviction that all souls are equal before God.”

    -Yuval Harari (2015) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Harper Collins. p. 231

  4. dearieme says:

    If Hellary had won she’d already have been at war with Iran, rather than just blocking their immigrants for three months.

    • Replies: @Tomster
  5. All agreed.
    In the Netherlands the left/media is frothing at the mouth.

    I just cannot stop smiling.
    Oh, what a start of the biggest show on Earth.

  6. Rurik says:

    it’s all about the narrative

    ~ ‘the white man has been enslaving, genociding, oppressing, Holocausting, colonizing and otherwise tyrannizing everyone on the planet for as long as anyone can remember. Gays, blacks, women, Muslims, Asians, Hispanics, Indians and everyone else. He’s a racist and a bigot and a male chauvinist pig and now it’s time for him to pay!’

    ‘the white man pays for his crimes!’

    Does it matter that he’s often poor and as downtrodden as a person can get? Fuck no!

    Did he care when blacks were in chains! Did he care when women were in the kitchen? Did he bomb the railroad tracks to Auschwitz? No! So why should the world care now just because he finally suffers some way overdue “injustice”?!

    So this has been the narrative that the world has been marinating in and subjected to by the Jewish press and Hollywood and the school textbooks and universities for decades. It is as dishonest as it is ubiquitous. American school children are forced by law to be indoctrinated into the Holocaust meme of white male as genocidal fiend and Jew as eternal victim. And why not? It gives them a pass on everything. The Jews are the most wealthy and powerful people in the West, they commit crimes against humanity in Israel with wonton disregard for all notions of human rights, and yet they’re eternally held up as persecuted victims, because of the narrative.

    It permeates every facet of our lives, and drives the entire world’s butt-hurt feelings to demand more and more and more from the evil white man, and especially the Germans and the evil white unreconstructed Southern man.

    and now the narrative is being threatened

    the working class white man (and woman) of England and Germany and France and the US has had it with the butt-hurts of the world demanding that every failure they suffer is a direct result of the white man’s racism and historic crimes against them. (for which he, the working class white man is obviously innocent, but must be made to pay nonetheless!)

    so there’s alarm in the air. Terror that the white man might toss off his guilt-chains and stop handing over his lands and his jobs and his dignity to all his myriad “victims”. What if the working class white man decides that he isn’t an evil racist after all, but is just as deserving of making an honest living and raising a family in his own lands as everyone else? >> shudder<>horrors<<

    This suggestion is causing soiled SJW diapers all over the planet. Alarm is an understatement, there's hysteria as those race pimp pigs who've been greedily slurping at the identity politics white-guilt slop trough have always considered the flow of slop as a given, and that the white man would always cringe and whimper if you simply used the world 'racist' at him, that he would knee-jerk genuflect and bow and lose every argument. But now he seems steeled against the magic smear word, and even smirks as you howl your invectives!

    What, OMG is going to happen if the working class white man decides he isn't a congenital racist and a guilty bigot with privilege who owes and owes and owes?

    The assorted butt-hurt losers and commies and La Raza racists and Muslim hegemons and Jewish supremacists and rabid snowflakes of the world have pushed the white man (and women) into a corner with their hatred and Affirmative Action and massive immigration and endless accusation that is the narrative. And he’s had it. That’s what this is all about.

  7. Marcus says:

    Amazing that they are concerned with the sanctity of a constitution written by racist white supremacist slave owners.

  8. segundo says:

    I agree that this is a fine analysis of the situation. Keep up the good work.

  9. JohnM says:

    If you bomb them, they will come.

    Sometimes it takes a while, but they WILL come.

  10. Rurik says:

    If you bomb them, they will come.

    the bombs have been dropped on behalf of the Jewish supremacist Zionists

    *not* on behalf of the working class people of the US or Europe

    I really do get exasperated when people act like it’s the waitresses and truck drivers who are bombing the Middle East on behalf of Israel. It isn’t [fools]. It’s the corrupt scumfucks like Obama and Hillary; the very scumfucks that us deplorables just sent packing

    one wonders…

    would the butt-hurts of the world prefer Obama/Hillary and the neocons and neo-liberals and their open borders + the bombs?

    or Trump and his respect for sovereignty for all nations, including Russia and Iraq (that he called a war based on lies) but that also meant a respect for the US border and sovereignty?

    I’m thinking that there are a lot of people who’re already nostalgic for Obama/Hillary and their bombs, so long as they can continue to colonize Europe and N. America.


  11. Ivan K. says:

    You’ll probably hate me for this:

    It is truly interesting to note that the Communists in the country I originate from had been using the 14-18 year old kids to fight for the Communist revolution, because:
    1) the young are so easily manipulated (they know nothing but think they know everything),

    1. Before WW2, the Communist Party in our country recruited young members from the best and brightest students. That kind of students can be judged as the ones least gullible. In addition, such students were most likely to have expected good careers in the system as it was and most opposed to any underground revolutionaries.
    2. During WW2, – if those kids were not to join the partizans, many of them would have been rounded up and murdered! You know well why and by whom! Going in partizans was for many of them their only choice for survival!
    3. Throughout human history and in most cultures, an individual aged 14 or 15 was considered an adult. Only in our rubbish, progressive decadent modern age do we have the notion of “teenagers,” and an infantilization to the point that people in their twenties are considered some kind of youth.

    You also say,

    2) the young do not value their own lives highly enough to protect them from being used and abused.

    4. Seniors and juniors all fought side by side. No one in the resistence was safe. Politburo members were getting seriously wounded and one lost his life. And these youths who were “used and abused” – I’m speaking here of most of my uncles – had fine careers after the war, with far too many privileges.

    fight for the Communist revolution

    5. In our country no Communist called their fighting as a “Communist revolution”during the war. The term revolution was applied to it post hoc. Djilas’ account in Rise and Fall describes this, as he was exactly the person who introduced the term “revolution” in 1946/1947.

    But of course, you might choose to call him a liar, and the Communists mere liars, without any evidence or argument ….
    Their pre-war, wartime and some post-war achievements were epic, and they often risked all they had for the said lies.
    All of that puts them head and shoulders above today’s “leftists.” That comparison is rotten.

    The derision of our communists is a classic case where the painting i.e. the description says more about the painter than the subject matter. By describing them as you do, you merely describe what you have seen and experienced : the current parties and politicians
    – who recruit members really from among the stupidest and morally lowest,
    – who couldn’t convince a bright 15-year old in their declarations if their life depended on it, and
    – who sell themselves for low bribes.

  12. Tomster says:

    AND Russia – what a nice little money-maker that would have been for her boss Sorrows!

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The reason that the so-called Left is in such dire straits is not “identity politics” but rather, not having any leadership that is not wedded to imperialist foreign policy. When Bush2 committed the colossal, dishonest “mistake” of illegally invading and occupying Iraq, he handed the Democrats a big ball bat that they could have used to beat the Repubs into submission for several election cycles. All the Dems had to do was coalesce into an antiwar block and find a leader with a brain, a heart and a little charisma. Paul Wellstone couldn’t help his plane crashing, but a substitute could have been found. Now they have Tulsi Gabbard, but the Party’s foreign policy has slid so far down and to the right – and is now sliding even farther to try to stay to Trump’s right on foreign policy, that they can’t get out of the hole. Anyone who supports US imperialism is not of the Left.

  14. Rurik says:

    Anyone who supports US imperialism is not of the Left.

    or on the right

    Bush was serving the same war pig interests that Obama was, and certainly not the conservative right, who notoriously hate wars for fun and profit. Think Ron Paul, a true hero of the true right.

    the elites from both side of the false right/left paradigm serve the Fiend/Oligarchs/Rothschild.. whatever you want to call it, at the direct expense of the people on the right and the left.

    I like Tulsi Gabbard, and hope Trump recruits her for some influential post in his administration to show that his presidency isn’t so much about Democrat vs. Republican or false right vs. false left, but about sanity and humanity and ending all wars for fun and profit.

    Consider that no one hates Trump more than the neocons and war pig Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

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