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Monday, July 30, 2018

Free the Weed 90 - by John Sinclair

Almost every month in the past two years since the Reality TV boss, billionaire and bully called Donald Trump entered the presidential primaries, I’ve had to talk myself out of writing about the unprecedented actions and unbelievable pronouncements of this lying sack of shit who is now the president of my country.

Here’s a guy who called out to Russia one day in 2016 to find the 30,000 e-mails attributed to Hillary Clinton’s private account, and that very evening the Russians started to hack into the Democratic Party’s correspondence files, later collaborating with a creep called Julian Assange to use them to thwart her run for the U.S. presidency.

Now Resident Rump has spent a year and a half tearing down everything good that America had achieved politically and socially in all the years previously. Not that everything was the way it was supposed to be, but starting with the New Deal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s and after the past eight years of Barack Obama we’d come to enjoy many civic policies and programs that tried to make America a better place for everybody—not just whining white people.

Now this ignorant dunderhead is dismantling our health care system, our employment protections, and our very government itself under the banner of Make America Great Again. He’s crippled every department of government with his idiotic appointments—State, Education, Housing & Human Services, Environmental Protection, on down the line—and who knows what’s next?

I take it as a good thing that people are beginning to show avid opposition to Rump and his minions by protesting their presence in our midst at restaurants and public spaces. It’s important to show them how deeply wrong we think they are and that we will fight to keep the America we have made. If the German people would have opposed Hitler and his goons in this way, perhaps they wouldn’t have gotten so far with their disgusting campaign to take over the world for the Aryan race.

Rump often claims that our news media is the enemy of the people, but what he means is that much of the news media is opposed to Rump and Rumpism in all its awful forms. I’m an avid newspaper reader and always have been, but I’m usually at odds with most of the reporting and commentary. Now I’m agreeing with more and more of what I read, and I’ve never seen so much opposition to a president or political movement since the War on Communism.

My favorite mainstream journalist, Paul Krugman of the New York Times, has been particularly relentless in his analysis and criticism of the Rump administration. On June 22 he said: “The speed of America’s moral descent under Donald Trump is breathtaking. In a matter of months we’ve gone from a nation that stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages.

“What’s almost equally remarkable about this plunge into barbarism is that it’s not a response to any actual problem. The mass influx of murderers and rapists that Trump talks about, the wave of crime committed by immigrants here are things that simply aren’t happening. They’re just sick fantasies being used to justify real atrocities.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator George F. Will calls Rump a “sad, embarrassing wreck of a man” and “America’s child president” who “speaks English as though it is a second language that he learned from someone who learned English last week.” This is after Rump named the European Union as America’s greatest foe and went to Russia to plant some big kisses on the ass of Vladimir Putin, the head of the secret police of the former USSR who continues to rule with an iron hand.

Remember the Cold War? It was waged for 50 years of my lifetime by the USA and Russia, starting under the regime of the gangster from Kansas City, Harry S. Truman and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and flourishing through the eight-year reign of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Any departure from Cold War orthodoxy was swiftly punished by the secret government headed by the CIA, who brought the Bay of Pigs and the War in Vietnam to the liberal presidency of John F. Kennedy before fully eliminating him in league with the corporate gangsters called the Mafia.

Under Lyndon Baines Johnson the CIA expanded the War in Vietnam almost exponentially, physically eliminated serious opponents of the status quo like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and paved the way for their ultimate champion, Richard M. Nixon, to assume the office of the presidency in 1969.

Maybe you remember some of this now? Nixon extended the war against communism in Vietnam another six years and it ended only after he had been forced from office for his crimes summarized under the term Watergate. He launched the War On Drugs that has plagued America and the western world ever since. His vice-president was a criminal from Maryland who was also forced from office, and Nixon himself was evicted before he could finish his second term.

Jimmy Carter provided America with four short years of full democracy before the CIA overtly seized control of the government and installed Ronald Reagan as frontman for CIA chief George H.W. Bush, who enjoyed 12 full years of unchallenged rule. Maybe you remember him… or his son, George W. Bush, who ruled for eight years after the turn of the present century before the brief respite provided by another champion of actual democracy, Barack Obama.

We were looking to head further into the future with the election of our first female president, but then Rump conspired with Putin and the Russians to steal the presidency and start dismantling our democracy in an election further rigged from the inside by the Republican Party and their relentless gerrymandering of the voting map so that this punk could win the election while losing the popular vote by a count of 3,000,000 citizens.

For all his effort, however, as Peter Baker pointed out on June 23 in the New York Times, Trump isn’t really making the backwards progress he brags about: “His 17 months in office have in fact been an exercise in futility for the art-of-the-deal president. No deal on immigration. No deal on health care. No deal on gun control. No deal on spending cuts. No deal on NAFTA. No deal on China trade. No deal on steel and aluminum imports. No deal on Middle East peace. No deal on the Qatar blockade. No deal on Syria. No deal on Russia. No deal on Iran. No deal on climate change. No deal on Pacific
trade.”

No deal, motherfucker! But “we are, as the president has said many times, ‘a stupid country,’ and every day of this presidency proves his point,” Timothy Egan said in the Times on July 21: “Trump supporters stuck with him through his boasting of sexual assault, through the comforting words he gave neo-Nazis after Charlottesville, through the revelation that he paid off a porn star, through his policy of ripping children from their mothers’ arms and putting them in cages.

“Tea Party budget hawks stayed with him after he signed a tax bill that will burden Americans with a deficit of more than $1 trillion next year. Poor whites stayed with him after repeated attempts to take away their health care. Farmers stayed with him after he started a trade war that will cost them dearly. [And] his cult was with him through a collusion-in-real-time sellout of his own country in Helsinki…[demonstrating once more the] ongoing collusion between Trump and Russia.”

Finally, in the words of another of my favorite mainstream commentators, Charles M. Blow (NYTimes, July 16): “This is an incredible, unprecedented moment. America is being betrayed by its own president. America is under attack and its president absolutely refuses to defend it. Simply put, Trump is a traitor and may well be treasonous.”

Timothy Egan concludes: “A majority of Americans are against this sellout of our principles, and against this president. We’re a democracy, still, not a stupid nation, and we can prove it in November.”

Or not. Use your brain: Impeach the criminal president. Give us our country back! And for god’s sake, FREE THE WEED!

—Detroit

July 21-22, 2018

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