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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Chaos inside the capitol: Trump blows whistle and fascists take control

 

After years of US orchestrated coups and regime change operations, the chickens have come home to roost in Washington.  Yesterday Trump egged his followers on in an attempt to grab the world's attention one last time. Trump, always marketing his 'brand', made sure to let his racist, fascist base know that he 'loved them' and urged them to storm the capital.

What was the result?  Five dead and amazingly, only 68 arrested. [Adjusted figures.]

Now please imagine if thousands of peaceniks or Black Lives Matter protesters were to invade the capital and occupy the House and Senate chambers.  How many would have been killed?  How many thousands would have been arrested and/or beaten to a pulp?

One reporter stated that he saw capitol security getting selfies taken with Trump's legions.  I saw a video clip of the cops opening the fence line and letting Trump's supporters into the capital. What does that tell us?

 

 

The politicians and their staffs cowered inside the capital while waiting to be rushed to safety. The mayor of DC enacted a 6:00 pm citywide curfew but at 9:00 pm the Trump army was still taunting the nation outside the capital while police stood frozen behind their plastic shields.

I saw one remarkable headline in the Washington Post: 'International leaders call for calm in the United States'. The ultimate lesson from yesterday?  The world should immediately end its brainwashed notion that the US is an 'exceptional' nation.  People around the globe should stop believing that America is the 'shining democracy on the hill'.  It is not.

We don't have democracy in America.  What we have is rule by regional oligarchs that compete with one another for the nation's spoils. They agree on a massive global military presence and tax cuts for the rich.  Beyond that they are practically cutting each other's throats like in a Mafia-style war.

I was living in Florida during the now infamous 2000 presidential election when Republican George W. Bush cheated his way into office. I've watched the last two presidential cycles when the Democrats repeatedly cheated during the primaries to deny Sen. Bernie Sanders the nomination.  The fact is both parties cheat whenever they can get away with it. There are no good (clean) guys in this dirty game in the US.

No self-respecting American should ever again rooster-strut their way around the world telling other nations how to run their affairs. 

 

While watching this scene live on TV my mind flashed back to Kiev, Ukraine in 2014 when the US orchestrated 'Maidan' overthrew the elected president of the country. (Don't forget that Obama's V-P Joe Biden was largely in charge of that operation.) Except in that 'color revolution' lots of people got killed and disappeared as the neo-Nazis that led that coup were cold-blooded in their efforts to destroy and murder.

 




During my time as a peace activist (since the early 1980's) I've been to many protests in Washington at the White House and the capitol.  I've been arrested several times for non-violent civil disobedience (quite tame actually compared to what we witnessed yesterday).  Always there were hoards of cops, in full combat dress, who controlled our movements every step of the way.

How did these marauders yesterday get into various buildings in the capitol, going through the underground tunnels into the House and Senate chambers?  Did they have inside help?  Or because they were white right-wingers, who often get a pass from cops, were they initially allowed to do what they wished without 'security forces' appropriately responding?  Don't forget these fascists always are the ones calling for 'law and order'!

 






In the end I have to join the many others who are calling this 'white entitlement'. Even when these Trumpites were destroying media equipment they were not interrupted by the cops.  They basically had free reign over the capitol for many hours.

 





So what comes next?  I'd bet that new calls for Congress to restrict civil liberties across the nation will result.  Punish the peaceful citizenry for the unpunished crimes of fascists.  That's usually the way things swing in Washington.

Stay tuned for more.

Bruce 

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6 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Can I post your article on Facebook??

1/7/21, 10:34 AM  
Blogger Bruce K. Gagnon said...

Please do - anytime

1/7/21, 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antifa

1/7/21, 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

False flag. Blame Trump for everything. How soon we forget kavanaugh confirmation protests, " whose court? Our court" and so it goes on.

1/7/21, 2:21 PM  
Blogger Bruce K. Gagnon said...

I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio trying to pin this on Antifa. Won't work. It was clearly the Trumpites and the whole world saw it. Trump is in very hot water now....he made his own bed and now he will have to sleep in it.

1/7/21, 6:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa Savage said...

I'm sure part of the plan to allow this o happen was to make sure a masked man dressed all in black and carrying a bouquet of plastic zip ties was photographed in order to make the false claim than Antifa folks took part. Cue the new laws that will be written even though impartial enforcement of the laws we already have would be the logical first step.

1/10/21, 8:18 AM  

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