U.S. Senate passes the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act". MSM brands the
Internet "Fake News"
Newsletter published on 16 December 2016
(1) U.S. Senate passes the "Anti-Semitism
(2) Fake News crusade to discredit Trump: MSM versus the
(3) Manufacturing Normality: MSM brands the Internet "Fake
(4) Liberalism a dying faith - Pat Buchanan
(5) Paul Craig Roberts
on Trump's appointees: allow time, don't jump to
Senate passes the "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act"
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016
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gradual erosion of the First Amendment: The U.S. Senate has passed
Orwellian "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act"
By Michael Hoffman
this is not a joke, or a newly discovered appendix to a dystopian
Orwell novel. The United States Senate on December 1 did indeed
"Anti-Semitism Awareness Act." A companion bill has been sent
to the House
Committee on the Judiciary.
We are unfortunately all too familiar with
this type of abridgment of
freedom of speech and press. In Canada,
Australia, Britain, France,
Germany, Austria, and everywhere that the "error
has no rights" standard
of the Inquisition has been revived, dissident
writers and activists
have been fined or imprisoned.
years ago yesterday historian David Irving was released from an Austrian
prison after serving more than a year for his alleged "anti-Semitic"
speech and writing.The American media are mostly not interested. In
their view this is the right kind of repression.
explanation for the thought police enabler in the Senate is
Anti-Semitism Awareness Act "seeks to adopt the U.S. State
definition of anti-Semitism so that the Education
Department may consider it
in investigating reports of religiously
motivated campus crimes." Note that
word: "crimes." We will return to it
in a moment.
The bill was
proposed by Senators Bob Casey, a "family values"
Pennsylvania Democrat, and
Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican. It
was co-sponsored by
"Conservative" Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, also
of South Carolina, to
"ensure the Education Department has the necessary
statutory tools at their
disposal to investigate anti-Jewish incidents,"
according to a news
The misnamed bill (it’s not about merely raising "awareness"),
federal government the authority to investigate ideas, thoughts,
political positions as violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's
supported by the Israeli lobby in the U.S. and appears to be the work of
the Israeli government. Supporters include the American-Israel Public
Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of
North America, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Mainstream media such
as the New York Times, which are obsessed with
detecting supposed ominous
Russian "meddling" in American politics, have
reported barely a word about
this legislation, which has the
fingerprints of a foreign power all over
Senator Casey listed the following examples of anti-Semitic crimes
covered by the bill:
oAccusing Israel as a state of inventing or
exaggerating the Holocaust
oJudging Israel by a double standard that one
would not apply to any
other democratic nation
oDemonizing Israel by
blaming it for inter-religious or political tensions
thoughts and words a hate crime which should be
investigated by colleges and
universities, or the Department of
Education? That’s what this Act will
require if it passes in the House
of Representatives. Should criticizing the
government of China be
treated as a hate crime against Asian
Passage of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act will have a chilling
on freedom of speech at America’s institutes of higher learning, and
this is its intent. The Act is an extension of growing Israeli supremacy
over our Republic through the implementation of laws consonant with
Talmudic halacha, which consists of one law for the lower-souled goyim,
and another for the higher-souled Judaics (cf. BT Sanhedrin 57a;
Kiddushin 66c; Erubin 21b; Bava Metzia 114b; Kerithoth 6b and 58a; and
the Chofetz Chaim’s Mishneh Berurah: O.H. 330, among many other
Zionist students on American campuses are
free to denigrate, insult and
mock every nationality, government and
religion on earth. On the glass
toilet known as television, Zionist Larry
David urinated on a portrait
of Jesus Christ in October of 2009, on the HBO
TV show, "Curb Your
Enthusiasm." There’s no "Anti-Christian Awareness Act"
legislative agenda of our cowardly Congress.
Thus far the Los
Angeles Times has been one of the few newspapers
willing to broach this
topic. In a Times’ guest editorial Liz Jackson
writes: "This fall, Berkeley
suspended an academic course called
'Palestine: a Settler Colonial Inquiry'
after complaints from the same
Israeli advocacy organizations who had
previously tried to get the
Education Department to stifle campus debate.
This is how the chilling
effect plays out. Campus administrators understand
the specter of
federal investigations —not just the threat of losing
funding, but the
fallout from bad headlines — and they suppress legitimate
To add insult to injury, the Anti-Semitism
Awareness Act contains the
following coda: "Nothing in this Act, or an
amendment made by this Act,
shall be construed to diminish or infringe upon
any right protected
under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the
Sure. And some are more equal than others.
Fake News crusade to discredit Trump: MSM versus the Internet
News Versus No News How Russia is pilloried while real news about
By Philip Giraldi
Friday, December 9, 2016, 13:28
The drama surrounding allegations that the internet is awash with
news" is being promoted by the so-called mainstream media which
certainly has a lot to answer for when it comes to producing material
that does not pass the smell test. Does the name Judith Miller ring any
The fake news saga is intended to discredit Donald Trump, whom
hates mostly because they failed to understand either him or the
Americans who voted for him in the recent election. You have to blame
somebody when you are wrong so you invent "fake news" as the game
changer that explains your failure to comprehend simple truths.
accomplish that, the clearly observable evidence that the media was
on Donald Trump at every opportunity has somehow been
into a narrative that it is Trump who was attacking
the media, suggesting
that it was all self-defense on the part of the
Rachel Maddows of this
world, but anyone who viewed even a small portion
of the farrago surely will
have noted that it was the Republican
candidate who was continuously coming
under attack from both the right
and left of the political-media
At the present moment, it is practically obligatory to slam
Putin at every opportunity even though Moscow is too militarily
poor to fancy itself a global adversary of the U.S. Instead of
new Cold War, Washington should instead focus on working with
make sure that disagreements over policies in relatively
parts of the world do not escalate into nuclear
Russian actions on its own doorstep in Eastern Europe do not
threaten the United States or any actual vital interest. Nor does
threaten the U.S. through its intervention on behalf of the Syrian
government in the Middle East. That Russia is described incessantly as a
threat in those areas is largely a contrivance arranged by the media,
the Democratic and Republican National Committees and by the White
Blaming Russia, which has good reasons to be suspicious of
intentions, is particularly convenient for those many diverse
Beltway interests that require a significant enemy to keep the
flowing out of the pockets of taxpayers and into the bank accounts of
the useless grifters who inhabit K-Street and Capitol Hill.
however, another country that has interfered in U.S.
endangered Americans living or working overseas and has
legislative and executive branches. It has exploited
that corruption to
initiate legislation favorable to itself, has
promoted unnecessary and
unwinnable wars and has stolen American
technology and military secrets. Its
ready access to the mainstream
media to spread its own propaganda provides
it with cover for its
actions and it accomplishes all that and more through
the agency of a
powerful and well-funded domestic lobby that oddly is not
subject to the
accountability afforded by the Foreign Agents Registration
Act (FARA) of
1938 even though it manifestly works on behalf of a foreign
That country is, of course, Israel.
On December 1 the
Senate unanimously passed an Anti-Semitism Awarness
bill. The Anti-Semitism
Awareness Act is intended to give the Department
of Education investigatory
authority over "anti-Jewish incidents" on
America’s college campuses. Such
"incidents" are not limited to
religious bigotry, with the examples cited in
the bill’s text including
criticism of Israel and claiming that the
holocaust was "exaggerated."
The Anti-Semitism bill makes Jews and Jewish
interests a legally
protected class, immune from any criticism.
speech" means in practice that you can burn an American flag, sell
pornography, attack Christianity in the vilest terms, but criticizing
Israel (on college campuses) is off limits if you want to avoid falling
into the clutches of the legal system. The Act is a major step forward
in effectively making any expressed opposition to Israeli actions a hate
crime and is similar to punitive legislation that has been enacted in
twenty-two states as well as in Canada. It is strongly supported by the
Israeli Lobby, which quite likely drafted it, and is seeking to use
legal challenges to delegitimize and eliminate any opposition to the
policies of the state of Israel. That the legislation is not being
condemned or even discussed in the generally liberal media tells you
everything you need to know about the amazing power of one particular
unelected and unaccountable lobby in the U.S.
Normality: MSM brands the Internet "Fake News"
December 6, 2016
mid-November, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat
(i.e., the beginning
of the end of democracy), the self-appointed
Guardians of Reality, better
known as the corporate media, launched a
worldwide marketing campaign
against the evil and perfidious scourge of
"fake news." This campaign is now
at a fever pitch. Media outlets
throughout the empire are pumping out daily
dire warnings of the
imminent, existential threat to our freedom posed by
the "fake news"
menace. This isn’t the just the dissemination of
propaganda, and so on, that’s been going on for thousands of
Truth itself is under attack. The very foundations of Reality are
Who’s behind this "fake news" menace? Well, Putin, naturally,
just Putin. It appears to be the work of a vast conspiracy of
anti-establishment types, ultra-alt-rightists, ultra-leftists,
libertarian retirees, armchair socialists, Sandernistas, Corbynistas,
ontological terrorists, fascism normalizers, poorly educated
anti-Globalism freaks, and just garden variety
Fortunately, for us, the corporate media is hot on the
trail of this
motley of scoundrels. As you’re probably aware, The Washington
Postrecently published a breathtaking piece of Pulitzer-quality
investigative journalism shamelessly smearing hundreds of alternative
publications (like the one you’re reading) as "peddlers of Russian
propaganda." The piece, a classic McCarthyite smear job perpetrated by
the Post‘s Craig Timberg, was based on the groundless, paranoid claims
of what Timberg unironically describes as "two teams of independent
researchers," The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a third-rate,
former anti-Communist think tank, and an anonymous website,
propornot.com, that no one had ever heard of prior to its sudden
appearance on the Internet last August, and which, based on the tenor of
its tweets and emails, appears to be run by Beavis and Butthead.
Washington Post has been catching some flak for taking this
"pro-Truth" stand against the forces of Putinist falsehood
and fakery. A
host of dangerously extremist publications, like
Intercept, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New Yorker,
Bloomberg, and US News & World Report, have lambasted
The Post for its
"shoddy," "lazy," or otherwise sub-par journalism
practices. The Post, of
course, is "backing its boy," and refusing to
apologize for defending
democracy, as it has throughout its storied
history, like when it smeared
Gary Webb as retribution for reporting the
CIA-Contra connection, more or
less destroying his career as a
journalist, or when it blatantly shilled for
Hillary Clinton throughout
her ugly, fear-mongering campaign, notably
publishing sixteen negative
pieces on Sanders in sixteen hours, or when it
ran this piece on how
Clinton might have been poisoned by secret Putinist
agents … and these
are just a few of the highlights.
But I don’t want
to single out The Washington Post, or its Executive
Editor, Marty Baron, who
is clearly a paragon of journalistic ethics.
The rest of the corporate media
have also been mercilessly flogging the
"fake news" hysteria, and the
"Putinist propaganda" hysteria, and the
"normalizing of fascism" hysteria,
and beating the "post-Truth" drum to
death. The Guardian, The New York
Times, et al., NPR, the TV news
networks, the entire mainstream media chorus
is barking out the message
in perfect synch. So what is really going on
As I suggested in these pages previously, what we are experiencing
the pathologization (or the "abnormalization") of political dissent,
i.e., the systematic stigmatization of any and all forms of
non-compliance with neoliberal consensus reality. Political distinctions
like "left" and "right" are disappearing, and are being replaced by
imponderable distinctions like "normal" and "abnormal," "true" and
"false," and "real" and "fake." Such distinctions do not lend themselves
to argument. They are proffered to us as axiomatic truths, empirical
facts which no normal person would ever dream of contradicting.
place of competing political philosophies, the neoliberal
substituting a simpler choice, "normality" or
"abnormality." The nature of
the "abnormality" varies according to what
is being stigmatized. Today it’s
"Corbyn the anti-Semite," tomorrow it’s
"Sanders the racist crackpot," or
"Trump the Manchurian candidate," or
whatever. That the smears themselves
are indiscriminate (and, in many
instances, totally ridiculous) belies the
effectiveness of the broader
strategy, which is simply to abnormalize the
target and whatever he or
she represents. It makes no difference whether one
is smeared as a
racist, as Sanders was during the primaries, or as an
Corbyn has been, or a fascist, as Trump has relentlessly
peddlers of Russian propaganda, as Truthout, CounterPunch, Naked
Capitalism, and a number of other publications have been … the message
is, they are somehow "not normal."
Why is this any different from the
shameless smear jobs the press has
been doing on people since the invention
of the press and shameless
smear jobs? Well, hold on, because I’m about to
tell you. Mostly it has
to do with words, especially binary oppositions like
"real" and "fake,"
and "normal" and "abnormal," which are, of course,
meaningless … their value being purely tactical. Which is to say
denote nothing. They are weapons deployed by a dominant group to
conformity to its consensus reality. This is how they’re being used
The meaningless binary oppositions that the neoliberal
and the corporate media are supplanting traditional opposing
philosophies with (i.e., normal/abnormal, real/fake), in addition
stigmatizing a diversity of sources of non-conforming information and
ideas, are also restructuring our consensus reality as a conceptual
territory in which anyone thinking, writing, or speaking outside the
mainstream is deemed some kind of "deviant," or "extremist," or some
other form of social pariah. Again, it doesn’t matter what kind, as
"deviance" in itself is the point.
Actually, the opposite of deviance
is the point. Because this is how
"normality" is manufactured. And how
consensus reality as a whole is
manufactured … and how the manufacturing
process is concealed. Apologies
for getting all Baudrillardian, but this is
actually how this stuff works.
The media’s current obsession with "fake
news" conceals the fact that
there is no "real news," and simultaneously
produces "real news," or,
rather, the simulation thereof. It does so by
means of the binary
opposition (i.e., if such a thing as "fake news" exists
… then, ipso
facto, "real news" exists). Likewise, the focus on "not
Trump" conceals the fact that there is no "normality," and
simultaneously manufactures "normality" … which is always only a
Similarly, the stigmatization of Trump as a modern-day
Mussolini, or some other type of fascist dictator, conceals the
that the United States is already virtually a one-party system, with
concentrated ownership and control of the media, an omnipresent
militarized police force, arbitrary enforcement of the rule of law, the
maintenance of a more or less permanent state of war, and many other
standard features of authoritarian systems of government. At the same
time, this projection of "fascism" conjures, or manufactures, its
opposite, "democracy" … or the simulation of democracy.
neoliberal simulation of democracy, and normality, and reality, is
corporate media, and the entire neoliberal intelligentsia, is
working to shore up at the moment, as they took quite a hit
election mess. Trump was not supposed to win. He was supposed
to be another
Hitlerian bogeyman that the neoliberals could save us all
from, but then,
well, look what happened. The problem for the neoliberal
ruling classes, and
the mainstream media, and liberals generally, having
gone balls out on the
Hitler schtick, is that they pretty much have to
keep it up now, which is
going to get increasingly weird as Trump turns
out to not be Hitler, but,
rather, just another Republican plutocrat,
albeit one with zero government
experience and some certified bull goose
loonies on his staff. I’m sure
Trump will want to help them out, though
(i.e., his neoliberal "enemies"),
with the occasional racist or
misogynist tweet, as he will need to maintain
his "white working class"
creds, at least until the "War on Islam" gets
In any event, we can all look forward to some serious
dissent throughout the coming four (and perhaps eight)
years. And I’m
not referring to Trump and his boys, though I’m certain
they’ll be in
there slinging it too. I’m referring to our friends in the
media, like Marty Baron and his smear machine, and the Guardians
Reality at The New York Times, The Guardian, and other "papers of
record." WNYC is already airing a daily "descent into fascism" segment.
And of course the neoliberal left, Mother Jones, The Nation, et al., and
The New York Review of Books, apparently (they just can’t get enough of
this Hitler stuff), will be monitoring liberals’ every thought to ensure
that fascism does not get normalized … which God have mercy should that
ever happen. Who knows how America might end up? Torturing people?
Attacking other countries that pose no threat to it whatsoever?
Indefinitely imprisoning people in camps? Assassinating anyone the
president deems a "terrorist" or an "enemy combatant" with the tacit
approval of the majority of Americans? Surveilling everyone’s phone
calls, emails, tweets, and reading and web-browsing habits?
the dystopia we would all be living in … if things like that
C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright and
in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing
Broadway Play Publishing (US). He can reached at his website,
cjhopkins.com, or at consentfactory.org.
(4) Liberalism a dying faith
- Pat Buchanan
the Trumpian Revolution Begun?
The wailing and keening over the choice of Oklahoma Attorney General
Scott Pruitt to head the EPA appears to be a lead indicator of a coming
revolution far beyond Reagan’s.
"Trump Taps Climate Skeptic For Top
Environmental Post," said The Wall
Street Journal. "Climate Change Denial,"
bawled a disbelieving New York
Times, which urged the Senate to put Pruitt
in a "dust bin."
Clearly, though his victory was narrow, Donald Trump
contemptuous of political correctness and defiant of liberal
For environmentalism, as conservative scholar Robert Nisbet
1982, is more than the "most important social movement" of the 20th
century. It is a militant and dogmatic faith that burns
"Environmentalism is well on its way to becoming the third
great wave of
redemptive struggle in Western history," wrote Nisbet, "the
Christianity, the second modern socialism." In picking a
denier" to head EPA, Trump is rejecting revealed truth.
as with his choices of Steve Bannon as White House strategist and
Sessions as attorney general, he has shown himself to be an
apostate to liberal orthodoxy.
Indeed, with his presidency, we may be
entering a post-liberal era.
In 1950, literary critic Lionel Trilling
wrote, "In the United States at
this time liberalism is not only the
dominant but even the sole
intellectual tradition. For it is the plain fact
that nowadays there are
no conservative or reactionary ideas in general
The rise of the conservative movement of Barry Goldwater
Reagan revealed liberalism’s hour to be but a passing moment.
today, something far beyond conservatism seems to be afoot.
Hegel taught, in the dialectic of history the thesis calls into
the antithesis. What we seem to be seeing is a rejection, and
counterreformation against the views and values that came out of the
and political revolutions of the 1960s.
Consider the settled doctrine
Trump disrespected with Pruitt.
We have long been instructed that climate
change is real, that its cause
is man-made, that it imperils the planet with
rising seas, hurricanes
and storms, that all nations have a duty to curb the
release of carbon
dioxide to save the world for future
This is said to be "scientific truth," and "climate deniers"
people who believe the earth is flat and the sun revolves around
Some hold the matter to be so grave that climate deniers should be
censored for promoting socially destructive falsehoods.
people remain skeptical.
Their worry is not that the rising waters of the
Med will swamp the
Riviera, but that tens of millions of Arabs, Muslims and
Africans may be
coming across to swamp Europe, and that millions of Mexicans
the Rio Grande to swamp the USA.
Call them climate deniers
or climate skeptics, but they see the
establishment as running the Big Con
to effect a transfer of wealth and
power away from the people — and to
Across the West, establishments have lost
The proliferation of minority parties, tearing off pieces of
traditional ruling parties, points to a growing distrust in ruling
regimes and a return to identifying with the nation and tribe whence one
A concomitant of this is a growing disbelief in egalitarianism
the equality of all races, creeds, nations, cultures and
The Supreme Court may say all religions are equal and all must
treated equally. But do Americans believe Christianity and Islam are
equal? How could they, when Christians claim their faith has as its
founder the Son of God and God himself?
After calling for a ban on
Muslim immigration, Trump was elected
president. After inviting a million
refugees from Syria’s civil war into
Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel
admits having made a mistake and is
now in favor of letting German cities
and towns decide if women should
be allowed to wear burqas.
change in thought is taking place in the West.
Liberalism appears to be a
dying faith. America’s elites may still
preach their trinity of values:
diversity, democracy, equality. But the
majorities in America and Europe are
demanding that the borders be
secured and Third World immigrants kept
The next president disbelieves in free trade. He wants a border
questions the wisdom of our Mideast wars and the need for NATO. He
contemptuous of democratist dogma that how other nations rule themselves
is our business. He rejects transnationalism and globalism.
no global anthem, no global currency, no certificate of global
said Trump in Cincinnati, "We pledge allegiance to one
flag, and that flag
is the American flag. From now on, it’s going to be
America first. … We’re
going to put ourselves first."
That’s not Adlai Stevenson or Jimmy Carter
or Barack Obama.
Nothing seems settled or certain. All is in flux. But
change is coming.
"Things are in the saddle, and ride
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book "The Greatest
Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New
(5) Paul Craig Roberts on Trump's appointees: allow time,
don't jump to
By Paul Craig Roberts
December 03, 2016 "Information
Clearing House" - What do they mean?
Before I give an explanation, let’s
be sure we all know what an
explanation is. An explanation is not a
justification. The collapse of
education in the US is so severe that many
Americans, especially younger
ones, cannot tell the difference between an
explanation and a defense,
justification, or apology for what they regard as
a guilty person or
party. If an explanation is not damning or sufficiently
damning of what
they want damned, the explanation is interpreted as an
excuse for the
object of their scorn. In America, reason and objective
taken a backseat to emotion.
We do not know what the
appointments mean except, as Trump discovered
once he confronted the task of
forming a government, that there is no
one but insiders to appoint. For the
most part that is correct.
Outsiders are a poor match for insiders who tend
to eat them alive.
Ronald Reagan’s California crew were a poor match for
George H.W. Bush’s
insiders. The Reagan part of the government had a hell of
delivering results that Reagan wanted.
Another limit on a
president’s ability to form a government is Senate
presidential appointees. Whereas Congress is in
Republican hands, Congress
remains in the hands of special interests who
will protect their agendas
from hostile potential appointees. Therefore,
although Trump does not face
partisan opposition from Congress, he faces
the power of special interests
that fund congressional political campaigns.
When the White House
announced my appointment as Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury, Republican
Senator Bob Dole put a hold on my appointment.
Why? Dole had presidential
ambitions, and he saw the rising star of
Republican Representative Jack Kemp
as a potential obstacle. As I had
written the Kemp-Roth bill that had become
Reagan’s economic policy,
Dole regarded me in the Treasury as a one-up for
Kemp. So, you see, all
sorts of motives can plague a president’s ability to
form a government.
With Trump under heavy attack prior to his
inauguration, he cannot
afford drawn out confirmation fights and
Does Trump’s choice of Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary mean
Goldman Sachs will again be in charge of US economic policy? Possibly,
but we do not know. We will have to wait and see. Mnuchin left Goldman
Sachs 14 years ago. He has been making movies in Hollywood and started
his own investment firm. Many people have worked for Goldman Sachs and
the New York Banks who have become devastating critics of the banks.
Read Nomi Prins’ books and visit Pam Martens website, Wall Street on
Parade ( http://wallstreetonparade.com ). My
sometimes coauthor Dave
Kranzler is a former Wall
Commentators are jumping to conclusions based on appointees
associations. Mnuchin was an early Trump supporter and chairman of
Trump’s finance campaign. He has Wall Street and investment experience.
He should be an easy confirmation. For a president-elect under attack
this is important.
Will Mnuchin suppport Trump’s goal of bringing
middle class jobs back to
America? Is Trump himself sincere? We do not
What we do know is that Trump attacked the fake "free trade"
that have stripped America of middle class jobs just as did Pat
and Ross Perot. We know that the Clintons made their fortune as
of the One Percent, the only ones who have profited from the
of American jobs. Trump’s fortune is not based on jobs
Not every billionaire is an oligarch. Trump’s relation to the
sector is one as a debtor. No doubt Trump and the banks have had
unsatisfactory relationships. And Trump says he is a person who enjoys
What about the hot-headed generals announced as National
Advisor and Secretary of Defense? Both seem to be death on Iran,
is stupid and unfortunate. However, keep in mind that Gen. Flynn is
one who blew the whistle on the Obama regime for rejecting the advice of
the DIA and sending ISIS to overthrow Assad. Flynn said that ISIS was a
"willful decision" of the Obama administration, not some unexpected
And keep in mind that Gen. Mattis is the one who told Trump that
does not work, which caused Trump to back off his endorsement of
So both of these generals, as bad as they may be, are an
what came before. Both have shown independence from the
line that supports ISIS and torture.
Keep in mind
also that there are two kinds of insiders. Some represent
the agendas of
special interests; others go with the flow because they
in the affairs of the nation. Those who don’t go
with the flow are
eliminated from participating.
Goldman Sachs is a good place to get rich.
That Mnuchin left 14 years
ago could mean that he was not a good match for
Goldman Sachs, that they
did not like him or he did not like them. That
Flynn and Mattis have
taken independent positions on ISIS and torture
suggests that they are
mavericks. All three of these appointees seem to be
strong and confident
individuals who know the terrain, which is the kind of
president needs if he is to accomplish anything.
with beating up on an administration before it exists and
has a record is
that the result can be that the administration becomes
deaf to all
criticism. It is much better to give the new president a
chance and to hold
his feet to the fire on the main issues.
Trump alone among all the
presidential candidates said that he saw no
point in fomenting conflict with
Russia. Trump alone questioned NATO’s
continued existence 25 years after the
collapse of the Soviet Union.
Trump alone said that he would work to
bring middle class jobs back to
And Trump said that he would
enforce immigration laws. Is this racism or
is this a defense of
citizenship? How is the US a country if there is no
illegal aliens and citizens?
Commentators of all stripes are making a
mistake to damn in advance the
only government that campaigned on peace with
Russia, restoring middle
class jobs, and respect for the country’s borders.
We should seize on
these promises and hold the Trump administration to them.
We should also
work to make Trump aware of the serious adverse consequences
Who is blowing these opportunities?
Trump? Mnuchin? Flynn? Mattis?
The more Trump is
criticized, the easier it is for the neoconservatives
to offer their support
and enter the administration. To date he has not
appointed one, but you can
bet your life that Israel is lobbying hard
for the neocons. The neocons
still reign in the media, the think tanks,
university departments of foreign
affairs, and the foreign policy
community. They are an ever present
Trump’s personality means that he is likely to see more reward in
the president who reverses American decline than in using the
to augment his personal fortune. Therefore, there is some hope
change occuring from the top rather than originating in the streets of
bloody revolution. By the time Americans reach the revolutionary stage
of awareness the police state is likely to be too strong for them.
let’s give the Trump administration a chance. We can turn on him
sells us out.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street
Journal. He was
columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His
have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books
Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the
West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World