ماذا يعني انتقال السلطة في واشنطن في ظلّ حراب الجيش الأميركي؟

حسن حردان

تجري اليوم، 20 كانون الثاني 2021، عملية انتقال السلطة في الولايات المتحدة إلى الرئيس الفائز في الانتخابات جو بايدن، في ظلّ حراب الجيش الأميركي، الذي حول، انتشاره الكثيف، العاصمة الأميركية واشنطن إلى ثكنة عسكرية، في قلبها البيت الأبيض والكونغرس، رمزاً السلطة بشقيها التنفيذي والتشريعي…

ماذا يعني ذلك وما هي دلالاته؟

أولا، للمرة الأولى منذ انتهاء الحرب الأهلية الأميركية وتحقيق الاستقرار وسيادة النظام الديمقراطي في عملية تداول السلطة عبر الانتخابات، يحصل مثل هذا الاهتزاز في العملية الديمقراطية… والذي تجسّد في اقتحام الكونغرس من قبل أنصار الرئيس الخاسر في الانتخابات دونالد ترامب، في محاولة يائسة وفاشلة لقلب نتيجة الانتخابات ومنع تسليم السلطة لـ بايدن، بدعوة انّ عمليات تزوير شابت الانتخابات، سرقت الفوز من ترامب.. الذي امتنع عن حضور حفل تسليم السلطة للرئيس الفائز، في تأكيد على رفضه الاعتراف بفوزه، وبشرعيته، وهذه سابقة تحصل للمرة الأولى في الولايات المتحدة..

ثانياً، من الواضح أنّ نشر أكثر من 25 ألف جندي من الحرس الوطني لتأمين حفل تنصيب بايدن، يكشف حجم القلق من إمكانية حصول عمليات عنف من قبل جماعات متطرفة مسلحة مؤيدة لـ ترامب، ما يؤشر إلى سيادة شعور لدى المسؤولين العسكريين والأمنيين بالقلق من حصول اضطرابات تعطل عملية تسليم السلطة، وتؤدّي إلى انتشار الفوضى وإقدام الجماعات اليمينية المتطرفة على اقتحام واحتلال المباني والمؤسسات الحكومية والبرلمانية في العديد من الولايات وبالتالي دخول أميركا في مسار من الحرب الأهلية…

ثالثاً، هذا المشهد يكشف إلى أيّ مدى تشهد الإمبراطورية الأميركية حالة من الانقسام والتصدّع في الداخل تهدّد وجودها بالتفكّك والدخول في صراعات داخلية تودي بوحدتها، دولة ومجتمعاً.

رابعاً، يظهر انتقال السلطة وسط احتدام الصراعات السياسية والعرقية، انكشاف أكذوبة الحديث عن النظام الأميركي كنموذج متقدّم في الديمقراطية واحترام حقوق الإنسان والمساواة بين المواطنين، يجب أن يُحتذى.. إنّ ما يجري يؤكد انّ هذا النظام إنما كان مطلياً بمساحيق التجميل الخادعة عن صورة الحلم الأميركي، الذي روّج له على مدى العقود الماضية، لا سيما بعد خروج أميركا من الحرب العالمية أقوى دولة اقتصادية وعسكرية، تتربّع على عرش العالم، وتحتكر المعرفة والتقنية.. لكن انتهاء عقود الازدهار الاقتصادي والرخاء والرفاه الذي نعمت به أميركا والطبقة الوسطى فيها، كشف زيف هذا الحلم، وأذاب مساحيق التجميل، وأظهر للرأي العام الطبيعة الوحشية للنظام الرأسمالي الأميركي الإمبريالي، القائم على التمييز العنصري، وتحكّم الأثرياء بالثروة، مقابل الحرمان والفقر الذي يرزح تحته عشرات الملايين من الأميركيين…

خامساً، يكشف تفجّر أزمة النظام الأميركي، انّ الأزمة التي تشهدها الإمبراطورية إنما هي أزمة بنيوية واجهت جميع الإمبراطوريات عبر التاريخ، والتي أدّت إلى اضمحلالها وتلاشيها أو تحجيم قوتها وحضورها ودورها العالمي، كما هو حال الإمبراطورية البريطانية اليوم… وهذه الأزمة مردّها غرق أميركا في الأزمات الاقتصادية والمالية، وعجزها عن حلّ هذه الأزمات عبر شنّ الحروب الاستعمارية الفاشلة التي عمّقت أزماتها بدلاً من حلها.. حيث تضاعف الدين العام إلى ما يفوق الـ 23 تريليون دولار، وتراجعت معدلات النمو الاقتصادي، مما أدّى تراجع المداخيل والعائدات المالية، في مقابل استمرار الإنفاق الهائل للحفاظ على نفوذ الإمبراطورية..

انطلاقاً مما تقدّم فإنّ ما هو متوقع ان يستمرّ الصراع ويحتدم بعد انتهاء حفل النصيب اليوم.. وهذا الصراع يتغذّى من الأزمات الاقتصادية والمالية والاجتماعية، والانقسام السياسي والشعبي، واستناد ترامب إلى تأييد كتلة شعبية يمينية متطرفة ستقف معه في مواجهة إصرار الحزب الديمقراطي، الذي بات مسيطراً في مجلسي النواب والشيوخ، على محاكمة ترامب بتهم التحريض على التمرّد واقتحام الكونغرس وإساءة استخدام السلطة والفساد.. وهو الأمر الذي سيؤدّي إلى زيادة الانقسام داخل الحزب الجمهوري بين رافض لمحاكمة ترامب، وبين مؤيد لها…

هذا يعني انّ إدارة بايدن ستكون من اليوم الأول لتسلمها السلطة في مواجهة تحديات كبيرة داخلياً، الى جانب تحدّي السعي الى ترميم الدور الأميركي العالمي وإصلاح الأضرار التي أصابته، وتسبّبت بها سياسات ترامب…

US post-Capitol: Armed, hysterical, depressed & yet out for blood

US post-Capitol: Armed, hysterical, depressed & yet out for blood

January 14, 2021

by Ramin Mazaheri (@RaminMazaheri2) for the Saker Blog

The FBI says armed protests are being planned in all 50 states from January 16 until Joe Biden’s inauguration day on January 20.

It’s a living nightmare in the US right now – what else can be said?

“Hysteria” is the one word which described the United States in 2020, but in 2021 we are witnessing what happens when a hysterical sprinter just can’t stop sprinting – it is ugly.

I can objectively report that since the Electoral College decided the presidency – following the end of the Capitol Hill protest – seemingly everybody here is depressed and unhappy. The US cannot handle what is going on and everyone feels things are spinning out of control. What’s worse is that they cannot even help themselves from contributing to the spinning: The solution of those who opposed the armed protests is to antagonise the potential armed protesters?

It is ugly.

This is a pretty ambitious column, if “ambitious column” isn’t a journalistic oxymoron: I think all of the upcoming paragraphs can be turned into stand-alone columns because the US is, sadly, in such a hideously twisted shape.

It’s totally absurd to compare 9/11 to “1/6”, but that is what The New York Times did today – it only shows how inoculated modern Americans are from war on their own soil. Do Americans realise that the Capitol Hill protests are exactly what Washington has encouraged in Hong Kong, Venezuela, Syria, Ukraine, Iran, etc.? And that’s just in your recent memory banks – go back to World War II and the’ve done this in half the world. I can report absolutely nobody in the Mainstream Media here is making that connection. Well, America, the sight of a bloody and brewing civil war is pretty terrible, isn’t it? Like I wrote this is a whole column, but the US has hit what is a comparatively tiny bump in the road – when compared to what they have so gleefully fomented for so very long and with such self-righteousness – and Americans are absolutely falling to pieces.

Do Americans realise that the worst thing to do right now is to spend much time consulting their corporate-dominated media? The Capitol Hill protest was spectacular for ratings, and this country – which totally lacks a sizeable, patriotic and neutral government media – wants to make big bucks until at least inauguration day by hyping what should not be hyped. Do not tune into the news during this time of hysteria – you will thank me for it.

I also have encouraged people to not tune into social media. It’s not that the average person doesn’t know what he or she is talking about – I always insist that the “person on the street” interviews I do often provide me with better insights than interviews with degreed experts – it’s that there simply is no filter. Trump is toxic on his social media because that’s what American social media is – toxic. Western, uncensored social media is seemingly designed to provide a direct counterweight to the Asian cultural model of “saving” and “giving” face. I would guess that the overwhelming majority of Americans – after this roughly 15-year experiment with it – would say that social media has been a societal and personal disappointment.

On the macro level of social media: the US has created a monster, as there simply is no way to regulate Big Tech. They are clearly a monopoly power which can shut down political speech, like with the app Parler, and yet it is their “legal right” to do so because they are a business and not a press – i.e., they have no social responsibilities, but do have all the human rights America insanely grants to corporations. This, of course, enrages an American populace which (falsely) believes their country is a global leader in defending the human right to free press. Facebook took down PressTV’s page for a few hours – of course: If they will ban President Trump on Twitter why would they hesitate much longer for Iran? We are only just comprehending what “social media” can really do to a society, but the negative case study is: the US 2020 election.

Joe Biden is being tasked with healing the whole country even though he also spent the last four years demonising half the country. That is perhaps the best way to gauge what the upcoming chances are for “reconciliation” in America. I just don’t find the idea that the United States will rally around a hugely discredited and wilfully, remorselessly divisive Democratic Party even remotely credible.

Biden has just picked his head of the CIA – it was a person who was also a top candidate for the Secretary of State (foreign minister) post. That the nation’s top spy and top diplomat are interchangeable – and that this goes uncommented upon – says a lot about the United States. Washington does not try to persuade anyone – they just apply pressure, spy on them and make sure the national needs of their allies are subverted to the national needs of the US. Angela Merkel denounced Trump’s Twitter ban, just as she denounced Obama spying on her calls. The US has no allies, and while they will blame Trump for losing all their “international standing” the reality is they had none and want none.

Today’s impeachment of Trump is a spectacularly foolish errand: they will never get the Senate supermajority to actually impeach Trump; he’s leaving in seven days; Trump is correct that it will – of course – cause “tremendous anger”; it is clearly designed to sabotage Trump’s 2024 election chances, at whatever cost to national unity; 40% of the country already feels like their presidential vote was disenfranchised – now you want to impeach their leader (which comes after the censorship of him and before the prosecution of him)? It’s just useless theatre – the US election circus continues.

Is it possible that I was wrong to say that a violent right-wing movement – something comparable in determination (though not at all comparable in aims) to what the US saw last summer in response to never-ending police brutality – cannot ever grow strong enough in the US to “Occupy Capitol Hill”, or something similar? I still don’t think I am wrong and that once this final week passes so will these protests. American conservatives are too status-quo loving, too law and order-worshipping and too jingoistic to really try and change America.

I think the Capitol Hill protest was a one-time act of civil disobedience which spontaneously grew beyond the intentions of the mass majority of protesters – I have seen that happen countless times in person as a journalist. It obviously never morphed into an “Occupy Capitol Hill” multi-day protest because it was obviously never intended to (and for the same reason above). The people at the front lines of such protests are always a different breed; always run the range of political views from right to left; always have a range of motivations, from being mere adrenaline-seekers to genuine political integrity. I have also seen the video footage – captured by a left-wing Black Lives Matter member (because there is always this range of values) – of a Capitol cop, whose life was not threatened, shoot and kill female protester Ashlii Babbitt. I’m appalled there’s not more MSM discussion about that, because the footage is so clear that this was police brutality, but any such discussion radically changes how the protest has to be covered by the MSM: it means taking a break from demonising the protesters, and the US corporate media does not want that.

It was totally clear in the week since Capitol Hill: It’s not enough that Biden won – the US anti-Trump elite wants blood. They want Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump, so they can censor and others (as they just did with Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and Iranian state media PressTV). They want to imprison the Capitol Hill protesters, so they can prevent any anti-Biden political protests in the next four years. They want to impeach and jail Trump, so they can prevent Trumpism from growing beyond their idiotic, “how did I get here” leader into something which could upend the world’s oldest duopoly.

These are all columns because they are all huge issues which cannot be resolved in a few sentences – only summed up. I’m only stopping because I have word limits – feel free to point out which issues weren’t included.

The bottom line on the Democrat side is: Many Americans have spent four years hysterically demonising Trump supporters – they can’t turn it off: Winning the Electoral College obviously wasn’t enough. They want animals put in cages whom they can go poke; they want to fabricate a moral high ground which they believe is so high that it exonerates them from open debate; they want compound interest on the four years they wasted on the perennial US political circus.

The other bottom line on the Republican side is: Trump supporters are in shock that they lost – every one I talked with was so very certain of his victory. Then many of them were certain the Donald would pull it out, but what the Donald did was pass up every opportunity to take a courageous stand and to essentially say, “I’ve been using you supporters all this time.” Trump supporters now see this atrocious past week as if the US elite is presenting them with only two choices: either return to being mainstream Republicans or leave politics altogether. Many will choose the latter. Many Americans will not miss them. They will still be here, I point out to the victors.

I also point out to the victors: Trump losing the election did not solve all this country’s problems, as it was long promised. America in 2021 has way too many problems for such a simple solution.

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Dispatches from the United States after the presidential election

Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult (1/2) – November 5, 2020

Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult (2/2) – November 6, 2020

4 years of anti-Trumpism shaping MSM vote coverage, but expect long fight – November 7, 2020

US partitioned by 2 presidents: worst-case election scenario realized – November 9, 2020

A 2nd term is his if he really wants it, but how deep is Trump’s ‘Trumpism’? – November 10, 2020

CNN’s Jake Tapper: The overseer keeping all journalists in line (1/2) – November 13, 2020

‘Bidenism’ domestically: no free press, no lawyer, one-party state? (2/2) – November 15, 2020

Where’s Donald? When 40% of voters cry ‘fraud’ you’ve got a big problem – November 17, 2020

The 4-year (neoliberal) radicalisation of US media & Bidenites’ ‘unradical radicalism’ – November 22, 2020

80% of US partisan losers think the last 2 elections were stolen – December 3, 2020

Trump declares civil war for voter integrity in breaking (or broken) USA – December 5, 2020

Mess with Texas via mail-in ballot? States secede from presidential vote – December 8, 2020

Biden won? 2016-2020 showed what the US does to even mild reformers – Dec 18, 2020

Alleged Nashville bomber not Muslim: Western media disappointed – January 2, 2020

This week in the US: The ‘model nation’ for no nation anymore – January 7, 2020

Biggest threat to global leftism returns to power: US fake-leftism (1/2) – January 8, 2021

Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

Being ‘Chosen’ vs. Being ‘Ordinary’ in 2020s America

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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By Gilad Atzmon

America is divided and the rupture is so deep that Americans can’t even see across that which splits them in the middle. If there was a hope at one point that someone could unite the nation, this hope has faded away. In fact, the American mainstream media works relentlessly to sustain that cultural and even metaphysical separation. It is reasonable to determine that rather than delivering something that resembles news, the American media operates as propaganda outlets. Like in the Soviet Union, American mainstream media manufactures stories that sustain premeditated narratives.  The commitment to impartiality, truthfulness, honesty or any journalistic standard has been replaced with blind adherence to a ‘party line,’ an ‘ideology,’ a ‘worldview.’

 On one side of that dividing line we find the so-called ‘progressives’: ‘liberals’ and Identitarians who are largely associated with cities and the urban lifestyle. On the other side we find people who are conservative, nationalist and patriotic. More than often, they are slightly removed and even repulsed by urban culture.

 It doesn’t take a genius to gather that the progressive worldview is, in fact a celebration of choseness (exceptionalism). To be ‘progressive’ is to believe that someone else must be ‘reactionary.’ To be progressive is practically a severe form of self-love. As such, progressives and liberals do believe themselves to be on the right side of history and this belief legitimises their conduct, which often verges on hardcore authoritarianism. After all, ‘reason,’ progressives believe, is embedded in the core of their liberal perception.

 ‘Ordinary’ people, on the other hand, do not deny or refute reason. They just accept that reason is merely one aspect of the human existence. To be ‘ordinary’ is to acknowledge that ‘Being’ is prior to reason. Unlike the liberal and the progressive who adheres to the Cartesian Cogito, Ergo Sum; ‘I think therefore I am,’ the ‘ordinary’ accepts that you actually ‘think because you are’ (Heidegger). But it goes further: to be ‘ordinary’ is to accept that you actually ‘are where you do not think’ (Lacan).  To be ‘ordinary’ is to let the unconscious guide you to safety. To be ‘ordinary’, as such, is to accept that ‘Being’ proceeds rationality, to acknowledge that ‘Being in the World,’ transcends beyond reason and rationality. Thus, true existential understanding is when rationality comes to terms with its boundaries.  And ecstasies, as the ultimate form of existential celebration is the instant in which the reason lets off its guards and the soul is finally free to explore its true nature.   

 While the ‘chosen’ sees oneself as the shiniest product of enlightenment, the ‘ordinary’ is often unimpressed by the enlightenment and its ‘achievements.’  For the ‘ordinary’, family values, the church, the commitment to the soil and even ‘love’ as a thing in itself do not beg for rational ‘explanations’ or analytical explorations. The ‘ordinary’ does not see oneself as the ruler of the universe. The ‘ordinary’ is instead a humble visitor: he or she embraces the climate and accepts its changes. The ordinary people also seem slightly less fearful of ‘global pandemics.’ They are often made of combatant fabric and like soldiers they accept that temporality is inherent to existence.

People may oppose and mock Donald Trump for understandable reasons, but no one can deny the fact that Trump contributed more than anyone else to emphasise this sharp and unbridgeable divide between the ‘chosen’ and the ‘ordinary.’

 Trump appeared on the world’s political stage when it seemed as if the liberal agenda had prevailed. Trump’s presidential victory in 2016 revealed that half of the American people weren’t sure about the plan to ‘revise’ the ‘World Order’. Four years later, the battle zone is fully transparent. On November 3, 2020 Trump and the Republican Party were destined to disappear electorally. Many pollsters promised us a Biden/Democratic ‘landslide victory.’ This didn’t happen. The Democratic party lost seats in the house. The Republicans gained them. And if this is not bad enough, Trump increased his raw vote tally considerably, growing stronger within diverse community segments that are traditionally associated with the Democratic party. Judging by the election results, many people actually prefer to be ‘ordinary.’   

 A legal battle is taking place at the moment over issues to do with the integrity of the November election. The American Progressive media pretends that this battle isn’t taking place. While Trump’s legal team fights in the swing states not one American liberal mainstream outlet is brave enough to admit that half of America has drifted away to alternative outlets. In just a matter of days those outlets increased their ratings significantly. The ‘ordinary’ doesn’t buy into the ‘chosen’ narrative. He and she actually prefer an ordinary tale.

 And yet, it is important to grasp the role of Trump in all of this. How did this real estate tycoon emerge to become the voice of America’s Working Class? How is it possible that the Democratic Party, once upon a time the voice of working America, has become the mercenary force of Wall Street and Silicon Valley while the Republicans are now the voice of the Ordinary people and working Americans? Trump provides an answer. 

 Peculiarly enough, Trump is that which Bernie and Corbyn pretended to be but never were. Trump, himself, an exemplary ‘chosen’ character has become the favorite of the ‘ordinary.’ Trump’s communication is existentially driven. The man has managed to excite tens of millions of voters shaking his behindto the music of YMCA. As opposed to the rationalist enlightened ‘chosen’ who searches for the reasoning that connects words to meanings, the ‘ordinary’, reacts to the deafening silence between the words. Trump is a master of that deafening silence. He knows how to articulate his massage in between words. I assume Trump has never read Lacan, but he understands very well the role of the unconscious: you ARE where you do not think. You are your guts.

  That which progressives and liberals hate about Trump is exactly what more than 74 million American voters love about the man. Liberals and progressives see Trump as a reckless, failed businessman with a trail of bankruptcies and (pandemic) deaths behind him. Yet, for his admirers, these facts make Trump into an Übermensch, a resilient human hero who prevails against all odds. Like some military figures such as MacArthur, Patton, Sharon and historical state leaders such as Hitler, Stalin and Churchill, Trump, throughout his entire adult life, has been willing to risk everything to win a battle or fulfil a dream. Like the above historical figures, Trump manages to drive his troops into ecstasy yet, unlike many of them, Trump didn’t start a single war. ‘Ordinary’ people appreciate this fact as it is often them who send their sons and daughters to fight and die in the so-called ‘American wars.’

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Trump declares civil war for voter integrity in breaking (or broken) USA

Trump declares civil war for voter integrity in breaking (or broken) USA
Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

December 05, 2020

by Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV

by Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV

The idea that Donald J. Trump could be (even the guy cleaning up behind the horse of) a white knight acting in favor of integrity is laughable, hypocritical and certainly controversial, but that is what a disaster United States political culture truly is.

The man who has been nationally lampooned as a rich buffoon and denigrated as a real estate shark for decades prior to 2016 is now being held up by half the country as a moral leader and living “founding father”. In the American context these persons may somehow even be proven somewhat right, but that is what a disaster United States political culture truly is.

Since the November 3rd vote we’ve all been asking: Where’s Donald? Only future historians can tell us if Trump was right to wait a month before finally formally declaring that he would litigate in order to ensure a judicial verification of a highly- and long-disputed vote. That’s a long time for moral reflection, but in the context of today’s hyper-hyper-polarised US politics it’s been half a lifetime.

In the disputed election of 2000 Al Gore conceded, allegedly for the good of the country, on December 13th – the day before the Electoral College voted that year. This year the College must also cast their ballot on December 14th. On December 2nd Trump gave a 45-minute speech in which he promised to not concede, also allegedly for the good of the country.

What Trump’s speech means is that the US constitution insists that the nation’s political drama is about to explode.

Probably even sooner than December 14: December 8th is known as the “safe harbor” date, because all states must have resolved their disputes by then. Justified or not, they do not currently appear to be resolved satisfactorily for scores of millions of Americans.

For the average Bidenite the blinders are completely on – perhaps they never even could see anything “over there” in Trumpland, which for some reason is a foreign country to many Bidenites. They insist that, “It’s over”. That’s fine – nobody is paying them to give objective, hard-news, daily journalism. They’re free to editorialise all they want. However, saying, “It’s over, Biden won,” is gypsy future-telling, a way to censor political conversation and it also ignores the historical gravity of Trump’s speech – this election is not “over” in any sort of historically-normal way whatsoever: What US election has ever been “over” like this?

Maybe Trump’s speech will deserve to be ignored in the history books? Maybe it will go down as the day history was changed? As this is my editorial I’m entitled to make whatever wild prediction I like, but I’d rather use it to point out just how badly my US journalist colleagues are performing at the craft (not profession) of journalism.

It was certainly quite a speech, indeed

The sitting US president publicly blasted the nation’s electoral process as having allowed, “fraud and abuse to occur on a scale never seen before”.

To my American journalist colleagues: that’s news.

Countless top American journalists refused to report on it. I’ll pass on a couple highlights:

“As president I have no higher duty than to defend the laws and the constitution of the United States,” said Trump, relating a political fact. “That is why I’m determined to protect our election system, which is now under coordinated assault and siege,” said Trump, making a claim for which he’ll have to provide overwhelming evidence, and quickly. “This is not just about honouring the votes of 74 million Americans who voted for me – it’s about ensuring that Americans can have faith in this election and in all future elections,” said Trump, in a statement which is seen in America as either patriotism or shameless partisan duplicity.

Trump listed a litany of alleged offences made across the country and claimed to have massive amounts of evidence to support him – these claims will have to be decided in court, definitively. Initially, however, they are decided in the court of public opinion.

However, the problem here is that US corporate media (and the tiny amount of state media) was so flagrantly biased against Trump’s speech that we probably can’t find 12 untainted people to fill a jury for one the many, many trials Trump seems to demand.

Acting crazy”, “Propaganda”, “My God, He’s Completely Insane” – this all journalistically-false but very real headlines from the very top US media. This is truly treatment reserved for foreign leaders who are currently threatening war on your country, not your own president.

Amazingly, CNN wouldn’t even air the speech. Is that the last pound on the head of the 2016-begun nail in the coffin for viewing them as “America’s television media of record”? The problem is: what other US corporate entity is a better alternative?

The reason I – for the first time – feel comfortable using the term “civil war” to describe the modern US is: 74 million Trump voters may now see themselves as being attacked and violated. Any sober analysis shows that the November 3rd vote (like it or not) was a concretisation and not a repudiation of “Trumpism” – they prevailed at the state legislative and executive levels, they made gains in the House of Representatives, they will likely hold on to Senate, judges at both the Supreme Court and local level are dominated by conservatives – they won everywhere but the US presidency, in fact. Therefore, anyone with a sense of fair play and tolerance realises that they deserve to be taken seriously; anyone with a survival instinct may realise that trying to push them around may find that they are quickly outnumbered in many areas.

But media opinion and public opinion don’t have any real weight in court. However, a fatal mistake often being made abroad is assuming that US public opinion is as anti-Trump as media opinion is. One merely needs to refer to the November 3rd results to see how incorrect that idea is. Seventy-four million Trumpers do have their media, but it is certainly not read outside of the US and must be searched for domestically.

One doesn’t have to like Trump or Trumpism, but calling them all “insane” is a way to start a fight, no?

I have never given much credence to the idea that the US is going to explode in election-related violence – above all, this was a sensationalistic US media ploy to demonise Trumpism, to distract from real issues, to get ratings and to increase Democratic turnout – but the events of this week definitely push the US further along that path. It is still very far off, I must add.

Conclusion: the current state of two different battles – the electoral and the cultural

Electorally: I am not going to waste your time by falsely claiming all of Trump’s allegations have either no merit or much merit – only a hysterical partisan is doing that. We should assume that those making false election claims in court will be punished for daring to make false claims.

I will note that I don’t believe US elections can withstand serious scrutiny, and that they were repeatedly ranked by places like Harvard as the worst of the core Western democracies. Allegations of widespread voter fraud – like here in Chicago – laughingly go back to the time of Kennedy, and all Americans know this.

On the other hand, I also note that if Joe Biden’s projected victory is reversed due to proven election fraud this would be not just a “once in a century” story but even more astounding than even that, in the American context. I’m not one to bet on the longest of long shots, unless I feel like wasting some money.

Anyway, that is all just journalistic hot air: courts have to decide on evidence, which is allegedly not all presented – we should not declare prematurely. After Gore conceded prematurely they found that 14% of African-American Floridians had their ballots questionably tossed – that’s not exactly “voter fraud”, but it certainly does render the 2000 American presidential results “fraudulent”.

Nobody here cares about though, strangely? Maybe not even African-American Floridians?

Maybe it’s the media, which now includes the appallingly censorious Twitter and Facebook?

But the inexorable, oppressive, inescapable (and undoubtedly pro-Bidenite) mantra here is “we need to quickly move on”, exactly as it was in America exactly 20 years ago.

Since 2000 nothing is learned; nothing is paid for; no reparations are given; no apologies are made; if America does it or wants it no rules apply because everything they do is exceptional, but only because they live in a vacuum divorced from history and just consequences.

Electorally: The rest of the world is advised to keep waiting – who knows what whims an imperial hegemon will take?

Culturally: I believe it might somewhat explode here given the content of Trump’s speech, the seeming impossibility of coordinating a proper & broadly-accepted judicial review of the vote before the upcoming Electoral College procedures (these dates are prescribed in the US Constitution and would require an already do-nothing Congress to modify), as well as the total war against it from the US media class.

But the math is simple: Two-thirds of the country voted. That means one-third of the country doesn’t care and probably wants it over. One third went to Biden. So it’s fair to guess that for almost 70% of the voting eligible population, “It’s over”. Really. Any talk of civil war must include this endemic American apathy, caused by the atrociousness inequality of their antiquated and aristocratic system, which implicitly sides with the status quo in its irresponsible sloth.

A reversal of Biden’s projected win implies, as I wrote, something of a revolution. In history civil wars have been launched by one-third of the population, but winning them without recourse to secession is certainly rare, and a change installed by only one-third of the population is not a revolution at all. Certainly, any Trumper “explosion” would have to be entirely grassroots, as the media wouldn’t cover it any more than they covered Trump’s historic speech, and it would have to be nearly clandestine, as Facebook and Twitter are now so incredibly and heavily censored. Finally, the US is imperialist and thus there is no revolution possible at all – Trumper or otherwise – they are barely able to have a functioning “democracy with imperialist characteristics”.

I can report that despite what a disaster United States political culture truly is the US system – like it or not – certainly seems to be democratically supported by the (highly propagandised) majority, therefore the world is obligated to respect its processes and results.

The problem for the entire world is that many inside the US do not or will not support the processes surrounding this 2020 presidential election, and that implies either broken processes or a broken culture.

When the imperial hegemon’s culture is broken that is either cause for concern or celebration, depending on your class. And maybe the US is not broken, but just breaking?

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Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult (1/2) – November 5, 2020

Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult (2/2) – November 6, 2020

4 years of anti-Trumpism shaping MSM vote coverage, but expect long fight – November 7, 2020

US partitioned by 2 presidents: worst-case election scenario realized – November 9, 2020

A 2nd term is his if he really wants it, but how deep is Trump’s ‘Trumpism’? – November 10, 2020

CNN’s Jake Tapper: The overseer keeping all journalists in line (1/2) – November 13, 2020

‘Bidenism’ domestically: no free press, no lawyer, one-party state? (2/2) – November 15, 2020

Where’s Donald? When 40% of voters cry ‘fraud’ you’ve got a big problem – November 17, 2020

The 4-year (neoliberal) radicalisation of US media & Bidenites’ ‘unradical radicalism’ – November 22, 2020

80% of US partisan losers think the last 2 elections were stolen – December 3, 2020

Trump’s Last Hurrah?

THE SAKER • NOVEMBER 25, 2020 

There seems to be a quasi consensus that Trump will not prevail and that Biden and Harris will get into the White House no matter what. To my surprise, even the Russian media seems to be considering that the Trump presidency is over.

Yet, I am not so sure at all.

Why?

Because at this point in time, I think that it would fair to conclude that anybody actually willing to look at what has been revealed by this election will have to agree that this election was stolen, rigged, falsified – chose your expression – and that going to the courts to challenge this obscene miscarriage of the democratic process is a fundamental civil right and something which any democrat (small “d”) should support.

And yet, because we live in a media-created pseudo-reality in which absolutely crucial things like the rule of law seem to have become secondary to ideological imperatives, no matter how extreme, there are those who simply refuse to see the obvious. Yes, the 9/11 false flag trained the western societies well and many now simply lack the lucidity and courage to face reality.

Courts, however, are bound by the rule of law, at least in theory, and don’t have the luxury to simply pretend like crucial evidence presented to them simply does not exist.

True, the lower, state, courts are unlikely to resist the pressure put upon them to come up with the “right” conclusions, but never say never – all it takes is one single principled judge and Trump or, more accurately, the Giuliani team, might get the break they need. Still, it is pretty obvious that Giuliani’s real hopes are with the Supreme Court. This makes sense, local judges are much easy to influence and sway than Supreme Court Justices who are unassailable and who realize that they will make history, the only question being is: how till they go down in history books, as a “profile in courage” or as impotent cowards who betrayed their oath?

I will say that I am, to put it mildly, not impressed by Trump’s demeanor during these crucial days: he completely ceded the narrative to his opponents (a couple of incoherent and poorly phrased “tweets” do not qualify). True, Trump never displayed the qualities of a real leader, so this is hardly surprising.

Giuliani, however, is a tough SOB and he seems to be determined to take this fight right up to the Supreme Court. This is why I believe that it is very dangerous to make any assumptions about what the Justices might or might not do. Is it possible that even the Supreme Court justices would betray their oath and cave in to the Dem’s pressure? Yes, I suppose so. Concepts such as truth, honor, integrity, courage and heroism are very much out of fashion in the modern world, especially in the US. This is why the traditionally hallowed term “hero” is applied left and right to every bureaucrat or civil servant simply doing his/her job: real heroes are long gone.

Then consider this: if the SC sides with Trump and overturns the hundred of thousands of illegal votes, the US will be immediately plunged into an orgy of chaos and violence, all of it encouraged and coordinated by the legacy corporate ziomedia à la CNN. The thugs of Antifa/BLM will immediately engage in Kristallnacht-like rampages in “protest” against the “racist system”. Their main target? White, Christian, males, of course!

Some justices might even feel torn between standing up for what is both legal and moral and the practical considerations of the consequences of an adjudication in Trump’s favor. Their oath ought to be their guiding principles, but considering how often the SC voted along party/ideological lines in the past, I am not very confident that the Justices will strictly do the only legally and morally right thing: uphold the law and vote their conscience.

Finally, whatever we may think of the election itself, it is obvious that the US elites have created the appearance of a fait accompli, hence the kind of nonsense like, say, Biden and his “Office of the President Elect”. It is therefore reasonable to assume that even if the Supreme Court fully sides with the Trump campaign, the US elites will never accept this. They will try to find a way to impeach, legally or otherwise, those Justices who voted “wrong”.

I think that there is also another consideration which we have to remain aware of: Trump’s entire presidency is been one long and never ending prostitution of the United States to the desires and whims of Netanyahu and his gang of thugs. True, as Israel Shamir pointed out, the Israelis failed to deliver anything in return to Trump. And yet, as Philip Giraldi recently explained, Trump is still very much Israel’s prostitute, which is why there are an increasing number of Israeli experts (see here and here) who believe that Trump might strike at Iran as a “farewell” present to the Israelis.

Is that really possible? Could Trump really do something so crazy?

You betcha he could!

One one hand, I have always maintained that Trump is the Zionists’ “disposable president”, meaning a one term president who will do everything the Likudniks want of him and who will then be jettisoned and replaced by a truly “kosher president” like Biden/Harris. On the other hand, however, there is the precedent of the US meekly taking the Iranian missile attacks in retaliation for the murder of General Soleimani which seems to indicate that the Pentagon just does not have the stomach for a full-scale war against Iran.

So which will it be?

Nobody knows. The only thing we can be sure of is that we are certainly entering very dangerous times.

Those who hope that a Biden/Harris presidency might be better are deeply deluded.

Why?

Because, as many have already pointed this out, even if Trump is ejected from the White House, “Trumpism”, as an ideology, is here to stay. Even if you believe that Biden/Harris beat Trump in a fair election, surely must you still realize that there are tens of millions of Americans who feel that the election was stolen and that Biden/Harris are usurpers.

Personally, I take a very dim view of “Trumpism”, but whatever its (many) flaws, this ideology, however vague, has “redpilled” millions of Americans who now realize that they are living in a fake democracy or, to use a Russian expression, “democracy” in the US only means “power of the Democrats”. Simply put: we can call them “1%ers” or the “US Nomenklatura” or the “deep state” or whatever other term which comes to mind, but the bottom line is obvious: the US is not a democracy or a republic, it is a dictatorship of the few over the many, the “best democracy money can buy” and a system based not on one man one vote, but one dollar one vote. Whether they realize it or not, most Americans are serfs of an occupying parasitic regime which sees them solely as a (cheap) commodity.

These ideas used to be corralled into what the Ziomedia liked to call the “extremist fringe” but now millions of Americans are becoming aware of this reality, CNN & Co notwithstanding. Put the Biden/Harris ticket into the White House and millions of people will go into some kind of “resistance mode” – whether that be political activism, civil resistance, local/state insubordination to the Federal power or even armed resistance.

One of the top priorities of the Dems in power will be to crack down, hard, on the First and Second Amendments to the US Constitution. Right there we can expect a lot of local/regional/state resistance because, unlike their ruling “elites” (i.e. masters), most Americans passionately care for what are really the cornerstones of the US political system. Yes, there is a reason why the Founding Fathers placed the First Amendment in first position and the Second one right after!

The Dems will castrate the First Amendment through their control of all the major Internet platforms (YouTube, Google, FaceBook, Twitter, Amazon, etc.) and, since this will not be government censorship, at least technically, but decisions of the private sector, even the ACLU will have nothing to say about this.

The Second Amendment will be trickier to deal with, because there is no private or non-governmental institution which can do to the Second Amendment what big tech companies have done to the First one. However, all it takes is a few well-orchestrated “shootings” or any armed refusal to be disarmed, and the label “domestic terrorist” will be swiftly applied to those who dared to resist Uncle Shmuel.

Again – we are about to enter an extremely dangerous period, both inside the US and on the international front.

Trump’s handlers must realize that the AngloZionist Empire is already finished and that all that’s left is an agonizing United States. The same probably goes for the Biden/Harris handlers. Hence both parties have a huge interest in, first, creating some crisis which can distract from what is really going on and, second, in using whatever power they still have to “fire their last shells” before the ammo box goes empty.

Conclusion: too many variables to call it

The truth is that absolutely anything can happen next. There are simply way too many variables to try to make a prediction. Will Trump attack Iran? I want to believe that this ship has sailed, but I will never say never to something as evil and stupid as an attack on Iran. However, under pretty much any scenario, we can be pretty sure that come January there will be a power vacuum in the Executive and roughly half of all Americans will consider that the election has been stolen. That kind of power vacuum, or even a duopoly, is very dangerous and typically results in even more chaos and violence. Eventually, some kind of “tough” regime comes to power. But this is a threat that we can discuss further down the road.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani: The Michigan attorney general doesn’t care if Democrats steal an election

The 4-year (neoliberal) radicalisation of US media & Bidenites’ ‘unradical radicalism’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file photo, Joe Biden speaks during a press conference at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020. (AFP photo)
The 4-year (neoliberal) radicalisation of US media & Bidenites’ ‘unradical radicalism’
(Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.)

Monday, 23 November 2020 6:50 AM  [ Last Update: Monday, 23 November 2020 7:01 AM ]

By Ramin Mazaheri

For four years The New York Times editorial page has been unreadable because into every column – no matter the subject – an anti-Trump diatribe was inserted. For the world’s many billions who think there actually are issues other than the president of the United States, their obsession was incredibly tedious.

It reminded me of how the World Socialist Web Site ends every column with a reminder that the only solution – no matter the subject – is Trotskyist revolution. At least they keep that at the bottom, so you can avoid it if you want.

The difference between the two is that one is openly opposed to neoliberalism and neo-imperialism, while the other censors any discussion of these enormously crucial and socially-devastating concepts.

Joe Biden recently made waves for snapping at a reporter asking a difficult question, and it reminded us of how very coddled he was during the presidential campaign. But a possible change from Sleepy Joe to Cranky Joe may or may not be a problem – that depends on if his apparent election win survives the judicial oversight of the vote, something which is supported by 46% of America (per a poll by The Economist) but 0% of their mainstream media.

The bigger potential issue – and it’s a global one, because foreign journalists often ape the US, in what Iranians have called for 75 years “Westoxification” (being intoxicated by Westernism) – is what the US media actually evolves into post-Trump (if he loses).

In one of the many positive unintended consequences of Donald Trump, the US media went from the slavish sucking up to power during the Dubya Bush era of “wars without bodybags”, to “everybody loves Obama (even though in 2012 he beat Mitt Romney just 51% to 47%), to rediscovering that the press is not actually merely the public relations team of the government.

If Biden wins, will the US mainstream media quickly revert to sucking up to power? Will it be still only softball questions for President Biden?

Or does four years of decent reporting – sadly combined with a concurrent journalistic era of hysterical fear-mongering, Russophobia, urging hatred of one’s differently-voting neighbour and a moral outrage which rested upon a wilful ignorance regarding what Trump supporters really believe – actually have an impact?

The question reminded of an ancient Chinese aphorism: “The murder of a ruler by his minister, or of a father by his son, is not the result of events of one morning or one evening.”

The radicalisation of fake-leftists into faker fake-leftists? Or will the US truly reform its imperialist ways?

The larger point of that aphorism is that actions have consequences, and that if we allow things to go too far down the wrong road an unjust ruler gets murdered, or a country becomes as incredibly internally divided as the US now is.

Journalists are supposed to be combative and even provocative, but the problem here is entirely with the never-stated ideology of Bidenism. (Please note that is entirely different from me writing: the problem is with the rabidity of the never-Trumper ideology.)

Because actions have consequences, we should grasp that Bidenism is not just a “return to (the 2015) normal” but also includes a vindictive, ever-more flaming evangelical insistence that US-led Westernism (neoliberalism and neo-imperialism) is the one true religion, which Donald Trump was heretically and treasonously wrong to even partially call into question.

Who are these unreadable new and old columnists of The New York Times? I can tell you what they are not: they are not journalists who openly denounce imperialism, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the oppression of the Wall Street high finance class or the other key ideas which differentiate leftism from centrism and rightism.

No, the loudest Bidenites are people who are upset that Trump is now trying to pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq; are upset that Trump did not bomb Syria; could not care less about the famine in Yemen; and who would not have expressed outrage at all for the assassination of Iranian anti-terror hero Qasem Soleimani if Barack Obama had killed him.

The idea that Biden’s foreign policy is going to be less belligerent than Trump’s is something based only on hope and not on the past four years (nor Biden’s 47 years in public service). Just look at how Bidenites are preparing to deal with Trumpers and ask yourself: is the neo-imperial hegemon really going to treat foreigners – especially Muslims in oil-rich areas – better than their very own neighbors?

Bidenites essentially want to criminalise working for Trumpism, censor Trumpist analyses, and make Trump the very first president to ever be prosecuted (what happened to the outrage of Trump’s calls to prosecute “crooked Hillary”?). These are all “radical” in the very worst sense of the word. The obstacle in implementing such radical policies is that Trumpism won at every level on November 3rd except the presidency, in a total concretisation and not repudiation of Trumpism, whether one likes that or not; the problem is that Bidenites at this time in 2016 were, incredibly, already talking publicly about impeaching the then-president-elect Trump, gutting their credibility.

These do not seem like the people who are going to herald a new era of tolerance for non-American ideas because they can’t even tolerate half of America’s ideas. Bidenism may turn out to be “Western universal values” on steroids because Bidenites realise there truly is a threat to the 2015 status quo, which they are obviously hell-bent on suppressing.

These do not seem like the people who are going to become more tolerant of those who do not accept America’s fake-leftist and divisive identity politics, which are entirely based around one thing: distracting from opposition to and the discussion of both neo-imperialism and neoliberalism.

Like Obama, will Biden get a Nobel Peace Prize for his election campaign?

Many of us are old enough to have seen the failure of this idea, currently held by many non-Americans, that the switching from a Republican to a Democrat will herald an entirely new era free from American belligerence.

The younger class may not remember the intense hatred Democrats had for George W. Bush, but the proof of it is in that shocking, totally unmerited Nobel. In 2013 Obama would be credibly quoted as saying, “Turns out I’m really good at killing people. Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.”

If things really do change for the better if Biden wins, journalists will have to have changed as well. Of course, we cannot expect their publishers and editors to allow them to be towards Biden but a fraction of how oppositional they were with Trump, but the younger generation of reporters have now been weaned on journalistic ideas which may prove hard for neoliberal and neo-imperialist forces to rein in.

However, the problem of their essential fake-leftism – of Bidenism – remains, no?

And this is a problem for journalists worldwide, who often read the US mainstream media and are so proud that they can understand a foreign language so well that they may fail to realise they are also imbibing Biden’s latent, never-stated neoliberalism and neo-imperialism; they are so happy Trump is gone they forget the corruption and anti-“universal values” stances which got him elected in the first place. 

The worry is that instead of a genuine move away from American rightism, journalists in the US and abroad only imbibe a key hallmark of Bidenism: intolerance for dissent and the refusal to engage in dispassionate conversation about vital societal issues. The worry is that they become accepting of Bidenism’s flaming insistence that Western liberalism is the only acceptable form of human society worldwide – this is all adds up to the “unradical radicalism” of Bidenism.

Journalists must be skeptical, but they must be accurate – refusing to report on the reality of American Trumpism is as bad as those Americans whose family relations who have become frozen because of their inability to tolerate their relative’s right to vote as they wish.

That’s an American problem, but the idea that Bidenism is actually an anti-imperial and anti-neoliberal movement, or that it will continue Trump’s relative drawdown of American forces worldwide – that’s something you’ve never actually heard from Bidenites.

Think you will (if Biden wins)?


الولايات المتحدة: انكشاف الزيف

د. عدنان منصور

توقف العالم مليّاً بعد كلّ الذي شاهده من خلال متابعته مسار عمليّة الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية ومجرياتها لحظة بلحظة، وما رافقها من سلوك المرشحين وأدائهم وتصرّفات مؤيديهم، وردود أفعالهم، والشتائم والاتهامات المتبادلة بين المرشحين للرئاسة جوزيف بايدن ودونالد ترامب، التي انحرفت وابتعدت كثيراً عن الأصول، واللياقات، والتقاليد السياسية لدولة عظمى، آثرت دائماً أن تقدّم نفسها للعالم كنموذج يثير الإعجاب والاحترام لديمقراطيتها وحياتها السياسية، ونهجها الانتخابي، المؤدّي الى انتقال سلس وطبيعي للسلطة. إذ إنّ هذا النهج أريدَ منه أن يجسد روح الديمقراطية والقرار الحر للناخب الأميركي، حيث تحرص الولايات المتحدة على ثباته واستمراريته، والتباهي به.

لكن ما شاهده العالم قبيل بدء العملية الانتخابية وأثناءها وبعدها، يجعل المراقب للأمور يظنّ للوهلة الأولى، انه أمام دولة ناشئة في طور النمو السياسيّ، وليس في دولة عظمى تتواجد في كلّ مكان، وعلى مساحة القارات،

تؤثر منذ عقود طويلة على مجريات وتطورات الاحداث، وتصنع السياسات والقرارات في العالم، وتجرّ العديد من دوله الى دائرة هيمنتها ونفوذها وتسلطها.

فأيّ دولة هي هذه الدولة العريقة في «ديمقراطيتها» عندما يعلن رئيسها فوزه بالرئاسة قبل انتهاء العملية الانتخابية؟! وأيّ ديمقراطية هي ديمقراطية هذه الدولة عندما يتهم رئيسها المؤسسات الانتخابية بالتزوير والفساد؟! وأيّ ديمقراطية لدولة يتحدث عنها رئيسها، عندما يعلن بنفسه فوزه رغم الإعلان عن النتيجة التي أسفرت عن فوز منافسه جوزيف بايدن، ليقوم بعد ذلك بتأليب أنصاره وحشدهم للتظاهر والتنديد بالانتخابات ونتائجها؟

كيف يمكن لرئيس دولة عظمى، يريد تعميم الديمقراطية على دول العالم، ويندّد «بديكتاتورية» الدول التي تعارض سياساته، ويتهمها بكبت أفواه شعوبها، وبتزوير الانتخابات فيها، وهو الذي يشكك ويرفض نتائج الانتخابات، ويتجاهل الوقائع والنتائج التي تثبت حصول منافسه بايدن على

306 من أصوات كبار الناخبين، مقابل 232 لصالحه؟!

رغم كلّ ذلك يصرّ ترامب على اعتبار نفسه فائزاً، رافضاً الإقرار والاعتراف بالهزيمة، ضارباً عرض الحائط بالتقاليد والأعراف السياسية الأميركية المتبعة، ومستمراً في تشكيكه، وتوجيه النقد الجارح يميناً وشمالاً، وإطلاق الاتهامات بالتزوير والفساد الذي رافق العملية الانتخابية، متجاهلاً بيان السلطات المحلية والوطنية المكلفة أمن الانتخابات، لا سيما وكالة الأمن السيبراني، وأمن البنية التحتية التابعة لوزارة الأمن الداخلي، الذي جاء فيه: «أنّ انتخابات 3 تشرين الثاني كانت الأكثر أماناً في تاريخ الولايات المتحدة». فهذا البيان جاء ليدحض مزاعم وادّعاءات الرئيس ترامب التي تؤكد على حصول عمليات تزوير واسعة للانتخابات.

بعد هذه المهزلة التي شهدها العالم على مدار أسابيع، وأحاطت بهمروجة الانتخابات، وتصرفات المرشحين، وما رافقها من اضطرابات وحوادث عنف شهدتها أكثر من ولاية أميركية، ناهيك عن ظهور جماعات من المسلحين المدجّجين بالسلاح، مؤيّدين لهذا المرشح أو ذاك، وحصول مناوشات، وعراكات وشتائم جرت في الشوارع والساحات بين مؤيدين ومعارضين لكلا المرشحين، نقول: إنّ زيف الديمقراطية الأميركية كشف على الملأ، حقيقة السلوك والفوارق الاجتماعية، والانقسامات الحادة بين الأميركيين، والتمييز العنصريّ المتجذر في النفوس من خلال السلوك والممارسة والأداء. وأنّ الولايات المتحدة آخر من

يحقّ لها الكلام بعد اليوم، لتقييم انتخابات دول العالم وإعطائها العلامة التقديرية، وهي التي بانتخاباتها الرئاسية، كشفت عورات الديمقراطية الأميركية بأبعد حدودها، على يد الرئيس الأميركي الذي ندّد بالعملية الانتخابية لعدم نزاهتها وشفافيتها، واتهمها بالتزوير والفساد.

هذه المرة، تجد الولايات المتحدة نفسها تحت مجهر تقييم الدول والشعوب لها، ولديمقراطيتها التي وضعت على المحك، والتي عبث بها رئيسها الخاسر ومَن لفّ لفّه.

لا يحق مطلقاً بعد اليوم للولايات المتحدة، ولا لأي مسؤول فيها أن ينصّب نفسه شرطياً وقاضياً وحكماً، لتقييم سياسات الحكومات، ونزاهة العمليات الانتخابية التي تجري في دول العالم، أياً كان نوع هذه الانتخابات.

فالدولة التي يشكّك رئيسها في انتخابات بلده، ويعتزم رفع دعوى قضائية لما شابها ـ من وجهة نظره ـ من تزوير وفساد، آخر من يحقّ لها الكلام والتقييم والانتقاد، أو الثناء على نزاهة الانتخابات أو التنديد بها، التي تحصل وستحصل في دول العالم.

إنّ من أعطى الصورة المشوّهة القبيحة لمجريات عملية الانتخابات الرئاسية، سيحمل الدول في المستقبل، التي تتعرّض للنقد والتشكيك في نزاهة انتخاباتها، لتقول للولايات المتحدة بصوت عال: التزمي الصمت! فأنت التي قدّمت للعالم نموذجاً سيئاً للانتخابات الرئاسية، آخر من يحق لك الكلام، والتقييم، وإعطاء الدروس !

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«نيويورك تايمز»: تعرّف إلى المرأة التي تعرقل الانتقال السلس للسلطة في أميركا

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نشرت صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» الأميركية تحقيقاً لمراسليها في البيت الأبيض، تناول العقبات التي يمكن أن تمنع الانتقال السلس للسلطة إلى فريق جو بايدن الرئاسي، وأبرزها ضرورة اعتراف مرشحة ترامب، إميلي مورفي، مديرة إدارة الخدمات العامة، بالرئيس المنتخب جوزيف روبينيت بايدن رسمياً لبدء نقل السلطة إليه.

الطريق إلى البيت الأبيض ليس مفروشاً بالورود

في البداية، ذكر معدّو التقرير، الذين غطُّوا السياسة الخارجية للرئيس ترامب وحصل اثنان منهم على جائزة بوليتزر في الصحافة، أنّ المسؤولين الانتقاليين للرئيس المنتخب جوزيف آر بايدن جونيور دعوا واحدةً من كبار الموظفين الذين عيَّنتهم إدارة ترامب يوم الإثنين إلى إنهاء ما وصفوه بأنه عرقلة غير مبرّرة للأموال التي ينص القانون الفيدرالي على ضرورة تدفقها إلى الفائز في الانتخابات الرئاسية.

وقال المسؤولون، الذين تحدثوا إلى الصحافيين على خلفية ما جرى مساء الإثنين، إنّ من غير المسبوق تقريباً لإميلي دبليو مورفي، مديرة إدارة الخدمات العامة، أن ترفض إصدار خطاب «التأكيد»، الذي يسمح لفريق بايدن الانتقالي ببدء نقل السلطة.

وبموجب القانون الأميركي، يجب على السيدة مورفي، رئيسة الوكالة المترامية الأطراف التي تحافظ على عمل الحكومة الفيدرالية، أن تعترف رسمياً بالسيد بايدن باعتباره الرئيس القادم لبدء انتقاله للسلطة. وقد مرت ثلاثة أيام منذ أن توقعت المؤسسات الإخبارية أنه الفائز في الانتخابات، ولم تقم السيدة مورفي بواجبها بعد.

وقال المسؤولون الانتقاليون إنّ تقاعسها يمنع فرق بايدن من الانتقال إلى المكاتب الحكومية، بما في ذلك المرافق الآمنة حيث يمكنهم مناقشة المعلومات السرية. ولا يمكن لفِرق العمل التابعة للرئيس المُنتخب في ظلّ هذا الوضع الاجتماع مع نظرائهم في الوكالات أو البدء في عمليات فحص الخلفية الخاصة بكبار المرشحين لمجلس الوزراء وهو الأمر الذين يتطلب وصولاً سرياً للغاية.

وأشار مسؤول في البيت الأبيض، كما فعل عديد من حلفاء ترامب، إلى أنّ الانتقال للسلطة بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية عام 2000 تأخر بسبب المعركة القضائية التي جرت بين حملتي نائب الرئيس آل جور وجورج دبليو بوش، حاكم ولاية تكساس آنذاك، على مدى عدة أسابيع.

وقال المسؤول سيكون من الغريب أن يرسل الرئيس ترامب نوعاً من الإشارة للسماح ببدء الانتقال في الوقت الذي لا يزال فيه منخرطاً في معارك قضائية. لكنّ مساعدي بايدن قالوا إنّ الخلاف في عام 2000 تضمّن ولاية واحدة فقط بحوالي 500 بطاقة اقتراع كانت تفصل بين الفائز والخاسر، وهو عدد أقلّ بكثير مما عليه الحال في المنافسة الحالية.

وفي كلّ سباق رئاسي آخر على مدار الستين عاماً الماضية، تحدّد الفائز في غضون 24 ساعة، كما قالوا ـ حتى مع استمرار الطعون القانونية وعمليات إعادة الفرز لأسابيع. وقالوا إنهم يدرسون «جميع الخيارات»، بما في ذلك اتخاذ الإجراءات القانونية المحتملة، لدفع السيدة إميلي مورفي للسماح بالبدء في انتقال السلطة.

من هي السيدة إميلي مورفي؟

يقول محرّرو التقرير إنّ السيدة إميلي مورفي، التي وصفت نفسها بأنها «متوترة قليلاً» في جلسة مجلس الشيوخ للتصديق على تعيينها والتي عُقدت في شهر أكتوبر (تشرين الأول) عام 2017، وقالت أيضاً إنها «لم تشغل هذا المنصب لتحتلّ العناوين الرئيسة أو تحقق الشهرة لنفسها»، اختارت حتى الآن الوقوف إلى جانب البيت الأبيض والسيد ترامب، ما يعني وقوفها حائلاً بين فريق السيد بايدن والانتقال السلس للسلطة.

«الغارديان»: بايدن فاز بالرئاسة…ما الخيارات القانونية أمام ترامب؟

ويرفض الرئيس ترامب الاعتراف بنتائج الانتخابات وتعترض حملته الانتخابية على النتائج في ولايات عدة. وأحجم معظم الجمهوريين عن الاعتراف ببايدن، ناهيك عن المُعيّنين في إدارة ترامب مثل السيدة مورفي. وبذلك، فإنّ نقل السلطة الذي يجب أن يتمّ أصبح عالقاً في مأزق. يشير التقرير إلى أنّ متحدثة باسم البيت الأبيض لم تردّ على الفور على سؤال حول ما إذا كان السيد ترامب على استعداد للسماح للسيدة إميلي مورفي بالبدء في الانتقال من دون تنازل من جانب الرئيس، في ظلّ شروعه في خوض معاركه في المحكمة.

إرث ترامب ما زال قائماً

وقال ليزلي داش، الذي كان من المقرّر أن يقود عملية الانتقال في وزارة الصحة والخدمات الإنسانية لو قُدِّر لهيلاري كلينتون الفوز بالرئاسة في عام 2016، إنه على الرغم من العمل المتقدّم الذي قام به فريق بايدن خلال الحملة، لا شيء يمكن أن يحلّ محلّ الوصول المباشر إلى الوكالات، وهذا مستحيل من دون موافقة السيدة إميلي مورفي.

وأضاف السيد داش: «أعتقد أنّ هذا (إرث) ترامب، وهو الآن يرسل إشارة واضحة إلى كل من لا يزال قائماً في الإدارة بأنه لا يزال يتعين عليك الوقوف إلى جانبي في مظالمي وشكواي التي رفعتها». ويعدّ توقف المرحلة الانتقالية جزءاً من رفض شامل للاعتراف بنتائج الانتخابات من جانب إدارة ترامب.

وفي هذا الصدد، أشار مسؤولون في مكتب شؤون الموظفين الرئاسيين في البيت الأبيض إلى أنهم سيفصلون المعينين السياسيين الذين يبحثون عن وظائف جديدة خارج الإدارة خلال هذا الوقت، بحسب ما ذكره شخصان مطلعان على المناقشات الداخلية. وفي مكالمة مع موظفين في الوكالة الأميركية للتنمية الدولية يوم الإثنين الماضي، وصف المسؤولون الانتخابات بأنها ما زالت جارية، وفقاً لتسجيل حصل عليه موقع أكسيوس الإخباري. وفي رسالة يوم الأحد الماضي من المركز غير الحزبي للانتقال الرئاسي، حذَّر المخضرمون في الإدارات السابقة، من أنه «في الوقت الذي ستكون هناك نزاعات قانونية تتطلب الفصل، فإنّ النتيجة واضحة بما فيه الكفاية إلى حد أن عملية الانتقال يجب أن تبدأ الآن».

ويعمل مساعدو بايدن منذ شهور على تطوير خطط انتقالية دقيقة لمساعدة الرئيس المنتخب على الوفاء بوعوده الانتخابية بسرعة. وفي هذا الشأن، تعدّ فرق المراجعة المُشكَّلة من أشخاص على دراية بكلّ وكالة فيدرالية بالغة الأهمية. وتتمتع السيدة مورفي بالسلطة القانونية «لبدء انتقال السلطة»، والإفراج عن 6.3 مليون دولار من الأموال الفيدرالية المخصصة في الميزانية لتحقيق هذا المسعى، وإتاحة قاعات المكتب (اللازمة للاجتماعات) وتمكين أعضاء الفريق الفائز من زيارة مكاتب الوكالة وطلب المعلومات.

ويشير محرّرو التقرير إلى أنّ كلّ هذه الإجراءات غالباً ما يُنظر إليها باعتبارها إشارة البداية الرسمية. وفي ظلّ الظروف العادية، عادةً ما يكون قرار السيدة مورفي مدفوعاً بخطاب التنازل الذي يصل من جانب الخاسر في الانتخابات، وهو وإنْ لم يكن أمراً قانونياً، لكنه يشير إلى أنّ كلا الجانبين يقبلان النتيجة. وفي عام 2016، اتخذ القائم بأعمال إدارة الخدمات العامة في عهد الرئيس باراك أوباما القرار في صباح يوم التاسع من شهر نوفمبر (تشرين الثاني)، أي بعد الانتخابات مباشرةً. ولكن لا يوجد نصّ محدّد يحدّد متى يجب على السيدة مورفي التصرف.

فريق بايدن يلتزم الحكمة والتأني

قالت باميلا دي بنينغتون، المتحدثة باسم إدارة الخدمات العامة، في بيان يوم الإثنين الماضي، «لم يتمّ تأكيد (فوز بايدن) بعد». وأضافت «ستواصل إدارة الخدمات العامة ومديرها الالتزام والوفاء بجميع المتطلبات بموجب القانون وسنلتزم بالسوابق الماضية التي أرستها إدارة كلينتون في عام 2000». وفي بيان سابق، قالت السيدة باميلا إنّ «مدير إدارة الخدمات العامة لا يعلن الفائز في الانتخابات الرئاسية»، وأضافت إنّ «مدير إدارة الخدمات العامة يتحقق من المرشح الناجح الظاهر بمجرد أن يتضح الفائز بناءً على العملية المنصوص عليها في الدستور».

وقال مساعدو بايدن إنهم يتوقعون أن تتصرف السيدة إميلي مورفي في غضون أيام قليلة، لكنهم مستعدون لاحتمالية أن يؤدي الضغط السياسي من الرئيس وحلفائه الجمهوريين إلى منع ذلك. وفي بيان نُشر على تويتر يوم الأحد الماضي، حثت جين بساكي، المسؤول الانتقالي، السيدة مورفي برفق على إصدار الإعلان.

من جانبها، كتبت السيدة بساكي: «الآن بعد أن انتهت الانتخابات على نحو مستقل لصالح جو بايدن، نتطلع إلى أن تقوم مديرة إدارة الخدمات العامة بالتأكيد بصورة سريعة على أن جو بايدن وكامالا هاريس هما الرئيس المنتخب ونائبة الرئيس المنتخب».

وتابعت: «يعتمد الأمن القومي والمصالح الاقتصادية لأميركا على إشارة الحكومة الفيدرالية بوضوح وبسرعة إلى أنّ حكومة الولايات المتحدة ستحترم إرادة الشعب الأميركي وتنخرط في انتقال سلس وسلمي للسلطة».

وكان المسؤولون الانتقاليون لبايدن أكثر تركيزاً ليلة الاثنين الماضي، قائلين إن إدارة ترامب تراجعت فعلياً عن الوعود التي قطعتها على مدار الأشهر الستة الماضية لضمان نقل مناسب للسلطة إذا فاز بايدن. وقال المسؤولون إنهم وقَّعوا ثلاث مذكرات اتفاق منفصلةـ بما في ذلك مذكرة وقَّعها مارك ميدوز، رئيس موظفي البيت الأبيض، حدّدت إمكانية الوصول (إتاحة الفرصة لاستخدام مكاتب البيت الأبيض) والأموال التي سيحصل عليها فريق بايدن في الأيام التي تلي الانتخابات. وقالوا إنه لم يُسمح لأي من تلك الأمور أن تمضي قدماً.

أدَّت جائحة فيروس كورونا المُستجد إلى أن مسألة المكاتب باتت أقلّ أهمية لفريق بايدن الانتقالي، الذي كان يلتقي في الغالب عن بُعد خلال الأشهر العديدة الماضية وسيواصل القيام بذلك، وفقاً لما ذكره مسؤول انتقالي. وهناك عدد قليل من الموظفين في المكاتب التي وفرتها الحكومة قبل الانتخابات. ولكن بمجرد أن تشير السيدة إميلي مورفي إلى أن عملية الانتقال يمكن أن تبدأ، ستُفتح أبواب هذه المكاتب وتُزوَّد بأنظمة الكمبيوتر التي تمنح الإدارة الجديدة إمكانية الوصول إلى الأنظمة والمعلومات السرية، بالإضافة إلى توفير موقع آمن لإجراء محادثات سرية.

وإذا لم يحدث ذلك في الأيام المقبلة، فإنّ لدى إدارة بايدن خيارات أخرى. إذ يمتلك المسؤولون الانتقاليون مساحة مكتبية خاصة يمكنهم الاستمرار في استخدامها، وسيواصل بايدن وفريقه العمل عن بُعد. وعندما التقى الرئيس المنتخب بمجلسه الاستشاري الخاص بالجائحة يوم الإثنين الماضي، كان في ولاية ديلاوير وكان أعضاء مجلس الإدارة مشاركين في الاجتماع عبر شاشة كبيرة، ويتصلون من منازلهم أو مكاتبهم.

«الإندبندنت»: لماذا لن يستطيعترامب التلاعب بنتائج الانتخابات الرئاسية؟

لكنّ المشكلة الأكبر، بحسب التقرير، ستكون في كيفية الوصول إلى الوكالات والمعلومات التي يحتاجونها لبدء تنفيذ أجندة بايدن. لكن الأشخاص المطلعين على انتقال بايدن قالوا إنّ هناك حلاً جزئياً: كان عديد من الأشخاص الذين لا يزالون يعملون في الوكالات الفيدرالية قريبين من مستشاري بايدن وربما يكون لديهم استعداد للعمل معهم لتوفير المعلومات غير السرية التي يحتاجونها.

لكنّ هذا لن يحلّ مشكلة الوصول إلى المعلومات السرية، ما قد يؤثر في قدرة فريق الأمن القومي التابع للسيد بايدن على الاستعداد لحالات الطوارئ التي ربما يتعيّن عليه مواجهتها بمجرد تولي المنصب. وقال المسؤولون الانتقاليون إنّ أحد القيود المحددة في الوقت الحالي هو أنّ السيد بايدن لا يستطيع الوصول إلى منشأة آمنة في وزارة الخارجية والتي تُستخدَم عادةً لتوجيه المكالمات الواردة من القادة الأجانب الراغبين في تهنئة الرئيس المنتخب حديثاً. ويُجرِي بايدن هذه المكالمات، لكن لم يُسمح له باستخدام وزارة الخارجية كما جرت العادة بعد الانتخابات السابقة.

ترامب يواصل هجومه والتاريخ لا يكذب

أشار التقرير إلى أنّ ترامب وحلفاءه انتقدوا الديمقراطيين ووسائل الإعلام الإخبارية لتصويرهم بايدن باعتباره الفائز قبل الانتهاء من الطعون القانونية وعمليات إعادة الفرز. لكن من الناحية التاريخية، لم ينتظر إعلان قرار التأكيد الذي يصدره مدير إدارة الخدمات العامة نتائج مثل هذه الطعون.

وفي عام 2004، انتهت عمليات إعادة الفرز في نيو هامبشاير وأوهايو بعد أن اتخذت إدارة الخدمات العامة القرار. وحُسِمت عدة ولايات بأقلّ من نقطة مئوية واحدة. وفي عام 2016، رُفِعت دعاوى لإجراء خمس عمليات إعادة فرز الأصوات بعد إعلان إدارة الخدمات العامة القرار، وأُجرِيت ثلاث عمليات إعادة فرز للأصوات في ولايات ميشيغان ونيفادا وويسكونسن.

إميلي مورفي… تاريخغير مُشرِّف مع الديمقراطيين

يعاود المحررون الحديث عن السيدة إميلي مورفي باعتبارها شخصية لم يكن من المرجح أن تكون في قلب مثل هذا الوضع المتفجر: إنها شخصية بيروقراطية متواضعة بدأت حياتها المهنية بصفتها موظفة جمهورية في الكابيتول هيل (المجلس التشريعي لحكومة الولايات المتحدة) وتعلن حبها لإصلاح المشتريات وإعادة التفاوض على عقود الإيجار. وقال الديمقراطيون الذين عملوا معها إنهم يتذكرونها بصفتها محترفة مجتهدة. لكن فترة عملها في إدارة الخدمات العامة، التي تديرها منذ شهر ديسمبر (كانون الأول) عام 2017، لم تَخْلُ من الجدل.

وفي عام 2018، خلُص أعضاء مجلس النواب الديمقراطيين إلى أن السيدة إميلي مورفي ضللتهم بشأن قرار وكالتها بإعادة النظر في الخطط الطويلة لمكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي الخاصة بنقل مقره العتيق في شارع بنسلفانيا إلى منطقة حضارية أخرى. ووجد الديمقراطيون أنّ ترامب تدخل لإلغاء الخطة، ربما لأنه كان يخشى أن يقوم مطوّر تجاري بتحويل مبنى جيه إيدجر هوفر الذي جرى إخلاؤه إلى فندق ينافس فندق ترامب الدولي الخاص به الواقع على بعد مبنى واحد فقط.

ووجد المفتش العام في إدارة الخدمات العامة أنّ شهادة السيدة إميلي مورفي بشأن هذه المسألة إلى الكونغرس في عام 2018 كانت «غير مكتملة وربما تركت انطباعاً مضللاً بأنها لم تجر مناقشات مع مسؤولي البيت الأبيض في عملية صنع القرار» بينما كانت في الواقع قد أجرت تلك المناقشات، بما في ذلك خلال زيارة لها إلى المكتب البيضاوي في عام 2017.

كما خلُص الديمقراطيون في مجلس النواب إلى أنّ السيدة إميلي مورفي كانت بطيئة في تزويدهم بالوثائق والمعلومات الأخرى المتعلقة بتأجير إدارة الخدمات العامة لمبنى مكتب البريد التاريخي القديم في واشنطن، موقع فندق ترامب، لصالح منظمة ترامب.

«ساسة بوست»

The Democratic Facade

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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by Gilad Atzmon 

On election day, countless progressive and liberal commentators throughout the entire mainstream media were foolish enough to admit that the battle at stake wasn’t really about ‘Trump or Biden’ but about the ‘American way,’ the future, so to say, of the public discourse and public life in the USA. Progressives and liberals were confident enough to believe that with nearly 100 million ballots given in before election day, Americans had already cast an unprecedented spectacle of rejection of everything that may even mildly resemble ‘conservative values.’ They were convinced that America had made its choice already. For them, I must assume, the election was just an act of formality. The battle was basically won already.

 But then just a few hours later, it became clear that the pollsters failed them completely once again. The ‘Trumpsters’ refused to evaporate. They grew substantially and even expanded demographically into some ‘unexpected’ electoral territories traditionally associated with Democratic politics.

 The clear meaning of the election is that America, like most other Western states, is divided in the middle into two opposing societies that have very little in common.  Far more worrying is the clear fact that the two sides of the divide cannot tolerate each other. 

As much as the Left, Progressives and Liberals are convinced by the absolute validity of their way of thinking, to the point that they insist to dictate them by authoritarian and tyrannical measures, at least as many people do not buy, follow and even reject those values.   Many Americans do not accept the identiterian shift. Many Americans are not convinced at all that gender isn’t binary. I assume that most disappointing and worrying for the DNC is the fact that members of ‘diverse minorities’ as the Democrats call them, have switched sides. They became vocal Trump supporters.

Watch a Cuban fusion band sings “I will Vote for Donald Trump” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HpwNRSE4nM

This is very easy to explain. The Democratic Party offers Blacks, Gays, Latinos and so called ‘diverse minorities’ to be marginalized forever in an amalgam of ‘Others United’.  The GOP is offering those people an immediate integration as ordinary people into the American realm. All you need to do is get yourself a red Trump baseball cap and join your next local Trump rally. It is this most basic existential togetherness that was so vivid within the Left revolutionary discourse, but only materialized into a populist sustained tsunami of political resistance within the contexts of right-wing populist politics. 

In the upside-down world in which we live. The Republican party has become the party of the American working-class people. People who are defined by their adherence to family values, the church, hard work and see themselves as the ‘Americans.’  The Democratic party that claimed to be the voice of those working people, has gradually morphed into an urban identiatrian conglomerate.  A collective of ‘as a’ people: humans who insist to identify with their biology:  ‘as a Woman,’ ‘as a Gay,’ ‘as a Trans,’ ‘as a Black,’ ‘as a Jew.’

In the upside down world in which we live, the Left ended up adopting the most embarrassing and problematic Hitlerian ideological aspect: Unlike Italian fascism that adhered to the concept of ‘socialism of the Italian people,’ or early Nazism that pushed for the idea of ‘equality of German speaking people,’ Hitler insisted upon ‘socialism of one race.’ Hitler believed that people’s politics is intrinsic to their biology. As opposed to traditional inclusive Left thinking that was class oriented, the contemporary Left pushes people to identify politically on biological terms: ‘as a woman,’ ‘as a black,’ ‘as a gay,’ ‘as a trans’ etc. The GOP on the other hand, is coming closer and closer to universal class politics.  

On the morning of the 3rd of November, the liberal press was ready to announce that the ‘as a’ philosophy had won. But as things stand right now, this  battle between the ‘as a’ people  and the ‘Americans’ may escalate into a real violent conflict as there is no one in America or anywhere else who knows how to unite the people into a simple concept of peoplehood. Again, this is hardly an American phenomenon. The exact same division and the lack of a political unifying prospect is currently apparent in every Western State.

On Thursday, Wall Street rose substantially. Naturally, many commentators believed that our oligarchs and financial tycoons were excited by Biden’s likeliness to win the American election. But it may also be possible that Wall Street was way more thrilled by the prospect of a possible civil war. When people fight each other, capitalism, mammonism and usury can be celebrated mercilessly and boundlessly. This is exactly what Wall Street is after.   

It may as well be possible that in the global universe in which we live, in a world where all existential concerns reintroduced themselves as ‘global threats’ to do with: global warming, global financial turmoil, global pandemics etc., a state of bitter civil war is exactly where global capitalism wants us the people to be. Democracy and the fantasy of political choice, as such, are just a camouflage. It is there to convey the image that the current chaos is merely our own choice or fault.  

To understand ID politics and its disastrous impact on contemporary society read Being in Time

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Nasrallah and looking forward to a new qualitative phase نصرالله واستشراف مرحلة جديدة نوعيّة

Nasrallah and looking forward to a new qualitative phase

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Nasser Qandil

The atmosphere that surrounded the speech of The Secretary-General of Hizbullah, Mr. Hassan Nasrallah, was one in all the sections of the talk despite the diversity of its topics to the extent of the difference between talk about the maneuvers conducted by the occupation army, to the negotiations delimitation, to the u.S. elections, and to the sanctions that affected MP Gibran Bassil, and the climate is confidence that a new qualitative phase is about to begin, and that the worst is behind us, and that the targeting projects witnessed in the region in the form of wars, chaos, pressures, and sanctions This was evident in the words of Mr. Nasrallah about what the confrontation sought from Lebanon to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Palestine and ending with Lebanon, and it is true that the resistance has not achieved a qualitative victory in these recent years, but it’s steadfastness is a gateway to its next victory, because the maximum pressures have crossed and there is no longer any such thing called the worst, and all that will come will be in its balance.


The American elections and the Israeli maneuvers are two separate contexts on the face of it, but in essence they are two expressions that that complete each other from one truth, which is the fact of the historical failure of the American and Israeli projects. The occupation entity has failed to achieve the intended goal of invading Lebanon, which is to attach Lebanon to Israel time, thanks to the resistance since the bombing of the governor’s center. Al-Askari in Tire, 11-11-1982, this accumulated failure, thanks to the accumulation of sources of confrontation and resistance to the Anglo Zionist hegemony, generated a different international environment in which the Anglo Zionist could no longer progress, but the origin of the injury to the American project at the core was the steadfastness of the axis of resistance, especially the Triangle of Iran, Syria and the resistance forces in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Yemen. This failure, which was the phenomenon of savagery represented by U.S. President Donald Trump the last american products to overcome it, deepened with it and ended with the failure of Trumpism and with the failure of America as a model and possibly as a state and entity, and became success out of the crisis of the state and entity conditioned by the recognition of the failure of the project, and instead of introducing the axis of resistance in American time moved the American to the complex axis of resistance, which was the basis of the external failure and subsequently the establishment of internal failure.


In this climate, it becomes natural for Sayyed Nasrallah not to pay attention to the analyses that talk about the relevance of the border demarcation negotiations to normalization. What fails and is dying is the Israeli project, what advances and wins, is the resistance, and without the resistance advance the occupation would not have had to conduct indirect negotiations as a way to invest its wealth that has no prospect of achieving it without Lebanon obtaining its rights, as the resistance has the power of prevention and deterrence, the U.S. sanctions on Mp Basil become an opportunity to show a new stage of patriotism. Hezbollah-FPM alliance became free from sanctions and US-blackmail and has become more independent and able to move forward,, especially after the emergence of the functional use equations for corruption charges, and most importantly that a Lebanese path to internal coup against the resistance ended with sanctions after testing all other tracks of sedition, and more specifically since October last year, and with the American international failure and the Israeli regional failure, and internal failure culminated in sanctions.

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المناخ الذي أحاط بكلمة الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله، كان واحداً في كل مقاطع الحديث رغم تنوّع مواضيعه إلى درجة التباعد بين حديث عن المناورات التي أجراها جيش الاحتلال، إلى مفاوضات ترسيم الحدود، وصولاً إلى الانتخابات الأميركية، وانتهاء بالعقوبات التي طالت النائب جبران باسيل، والمناخ هو الثقة بأن مرحلة نوعيّة جديدة تشارف على البدء، وأن الأسوأ قد صار وراءنا، وأن مشاريع الاستهداف التي شهدتها المنطقة بصيغة حروب وفوضى وضغوط، وعقوبات وحصار واغتيالات، قد بلغت مداها وفشلت في تحقيق أهدافها، بفضل الصمود والثبات والتضحيات، وهذا كان واضحاً في كلام السيد نصرالله عما شهدته ساحات المواجهة من لبنان الى سورية والعراق وإيران واليمن وفلسطين وانتهاء بلبنان، صحيح أن المقاومة لم تحقّق نصراً نوعياً في هذه السنوات الأخيرة، لكن صمودها هو بوابة لنصرها الآتي، لأن الضغوط القصوى قد عبرت ولم يعد هناك شيء اسمه الأسوأ، وكل ما هو آتٍ سيكون في رصيدها.

الانتخابات الأميركية والمناورات الإسرائيلية سياقان منفصلان في الظاهر، لكنهما في الجوهر تعبيران يتمم أحدهما الآخر عن حقيقة واحدة، هي حقيقة الفشل التاريخي للمشروعين الأميركي والإسرائيلي، فقد فشل كيان الاحتلال بتحقيق الهدف المرسوم لاجتياح لبنان وهو إلحاق لبنان بالزمن الإسرائيلي، بفضل المقاومة منذ عملية تفجير مركز الحاكم العسكري في صور، في 11-11-1982، تحوّل هذا الفشل المتراكم بفضل حضور المقاومة وتنامي قوتها الى إقرار بدخول الكيان في زمن المقاومة، وهو ما تقوله المناورات العسكرية التي منحها السيد حيزاً مهماً من كلامه، وموضوعها هو الاستعداد لمواجهة خطر هجوم للمقاومة في شمال فلسطين، وبالمثل فشل المشروع الأميركي الذي تأسس على ما بعد انهيار الاتحاد السوفياتي في فرض الهيمنة على العالم، وبفضل تراكم مصادر المواجهة والممانعة لهذه الهيمنة، ولدت بيئة دولية مختلفة لم يعد ممكناً لهذا المشروع أن يتقدّم فيها، لكن الأصل في إصابة المشروع الأميركي في الصميم كان صمود محور المقاومة، خصوصاً مثلث إيران وسورية وقوى المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين والعراق واليمن. وهذا الفشل الذي كانت ظاهرة التوحش التي مثلها الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب آخر المنتجات الأميركية لتجاوزه، تعمق معها وانتهى بفشل الترامبية ومعها فشل أميركا كنموذج وربما كدولة وكيان، وصار النجاح بالخروج من أزمة الدولة والكيان مشروطاً بالتسليم بفشل المشروع، وبدلاً من إدخال محور المقاومة في الزمن الأميركي انتقل الأميركي الى عقدة زمن محور المقاومة الذي كان الأساس في الفشل الخارجي وتالياً التأسيس للفشل الداخلي.

في هذا المناخ يصبح طبيعياً أن لا يعير السيد نصرالله اهتماماً للتحليلات التي تتحدث عن صلة مفاوضات ترسيم الحدود بالتطبيع، فالذي يفشل ويحتضر هو المشروع الإسرائيلي والذي يتقدم وينتصر هو المقاومة، والتي لولاها ما اضطر الإحتلال لسلوك التفاوض طريقاً لمصلحة استثمار ثروات لا أفق لبلوغها من دون نيل لبنان حقوقه، حيث تملك المقاومة قدرة المنع والردع، وتصير العقوبات الأميركيّة على النائب باسيل فرصة لتظهير مرحلة جديدة وطنياً ركيزتها تطوير التحالف مع التيار الوطني الحر الذي تحرّر من الابتزاز وصار أكثر استقلالية وقدرة على المضي قدماً، وصار التحالف متحرراً من حسابات تفادي العقوبات، خصوصاً بعدما ظهرت معادلات الاستعمال الوظيفي لتهم الفساد، والأهم أن مساراً لبنانياً للانقلاب الداخلي على المقاومة قد انتهى مع العقوبات بعدما اختبرت كل المسارات الأخرى للفتنة، وبصورة أخص منذ تشرين العام الماضي، ومع الفشل الدولي الأميركي والفشل الإسرائيلي الإقليمي، فشل داخلي توّجته العقوبات.

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A 2nd term is his if he really wants it, but how deep is Trump’s ‘Trumpism’?

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 8:10 AM  [ Last Update: Wednesday, 11 November 2020 8:18 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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By Ramin Mazaheri

A 2nd term is his if he really wants it, but how deep is Trump’s ‘Trumpism’?
Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

The United States repeatedly has the worst elections of all the Western core democracies.

That’s not “Iranian meddling” but Harvard and their 2019 Electoral Integrity Index. They ranked US elections just 57th in the world.

One wonders how much further they will fall in this year’s ranking?

If we honestly ask if American elections have integrity I think everyone has the same answer, and it’s as serious as a heart-attack:

You don’t want to go there. American elections cannot withstand serious scrutiny.

So if President Donald Trump actually wants a second term, it’s likely there for the taking. He’ll have to ride out weeks of personal stress even worse than the televised Watergate hearings in 1973, but he won’t come out like Richard Nixon just for insisting that American elections finally get looked at honestly. 

I don’t think that Trump has engaged in vote fraud, but I must report that half of the US still believes that Democrats did. Mail-in balloting has unnecessarily stressed an already corruption-filled system, per Harvard. In a democracy it does not matter if perceptions of voter fraud run on partisan lines – if such perceptions are widespread they simply must be resolved satisfactorily.

Nobody has tested the integrity of US elections in recent memory. Not in even in 2000, when they rushed to install George W. Bush 37 days after the election. We later found that an unforgivable 14% of African-American votes had been questionably rejected in they key state of Florida.

Americans shouldn’t forget things like that, and many don’t. Many just permanently stay away from elections and encourage others to do the same.

Democrats want to pin all the blame for the current election mistrust on Trump, but such a view acts as if the world began in 2016.

This is an election system which could not stand serious scrutiny, and now it is cracking at the end of this year of unprecedented pressures.

Half the country is begging Trump: stress it further.

His supporters are asking Trump to be a martyr and refuse to concede

This is an absolutely history-making moment in time, and this hard-news journalist never resorts to such hyperbole: This is the moment when Donald Trump can choose between going down in history likely portrayed as a buffoon, or he can take on the establishment “Swamp” by forcing it to investigate allegations of structural corruption by elites.

It’s a stunning idea, and unthinkable to half the country here, who is being swamped with the insistence that Joe Biden is the president-elect even though the votes counting is still ongoing, even though he leads by a mere average of 21,000 votes over four states, and in an election which has been tainted by corruption accusations for months.

What they are applying as pressure is the cynical power of “inevitability”. Maybe Trump really did get fewer votes, so why put the nation through stress?

That common view should be rejected in favor of the martyrs who came before, such as the disenfranchised Black Floridians of 2000. And how long can honest reckonings be put off without destroying faith in the system? Destroyed faith in society has a price, and America has a problem with honest talk, but this is truly la chance for redemption.

That’s why Joe Biden’s early declaration was so reckless, self-interested and – in the worst sense of the word – Trumpian. Biden’s promised redemption is already false – he did not have faith in allowing the US system to play out.

It seems like a difficult task, but I contend that Trump has everything going for him – he has the one thing nobody really has, which is time. All Trump has to do is let the process play out: if he lost fairly, he will garner much credit for standing up for the common voter; if he wins the presidency, he’s a hero who reversed the tide.

Trump’s Achilles’ heel is that he cannot do this with dignity, but when every other election this century has been disputed, one person’s foolish behavior isn’t the main issue for American society anymore. 

There really is no rush: a new president doesn’t take over until January 20. But imperialists abhor a vacuum. They don’t know who is in charge and, thus who to follow, and thus who to plot to destroy. Imperialist cultures are exceptional and distorted like this in ways smaller countries can’t imagine.

This, “We’re the slave-master,” pride is also why a small country can take their time and get an election right, but the US is rushing to judgement no matter how many it disenfranchises. They know they have to constantly project total strength: every day they do not is another day the colonized will question the slave-master’s true power and abilities.

What is this 21st century “Trumpism” really? We are about to finally find out.

‘Trumpism’ isn’t the name of a proper political party – will one be found or is it over already?

Certainly, like the Yellow Vests in France, it was immediately and falsely slammed as xenophobic. That’s now a pathetic, false and boring argument: Trump won a greater percentage of minority votes than any Republican in 60 years. So we don’t really know what it is, due to this propaganda.

The reality is that their opposition to 1%-benefiting globalization, their demand for patriotic sovereignty and their opposition to 1%-benefiting “universal values” are the reasons for the corporate-mainstream vilification of both.

If Trump gives up the adjective of “Trumpian” Republican will no longer be necessary because the world’s oldest duopoly sucks the revolutionary spirit out of every third-party movement. I doubt you have heard of the “Bull Moose Party”, even though Teddy Roosevelt is on Mount Rushmore?

If Trump really stands his ground right “Trumpian” could shed its perceptions of xenophobia and be associated with a spirit of rigor and democratic egalitarianism. It would be a coup against the 1%’s efforts, and to win that Trump has to get absolutely crucified in the next three months.

We’ve never known just how serious about politics Trump is, no?

He used to be a reality-show star, but he has certainly put in a lot of work for four years. Key senators have said that Trump is within his rights to demand recounts and transparency. Now we will find out how fighting he is willing to do – he still has a ton of power.

Trump been vilified for four years, and revolutionaries are made, not born. Surely he is aware of the problems which those without power cannot possibly stand up to? He who is more aware is necessarily more responsible.

But how deep is Trump’s Trumpism?

It’s very easy to cynically say that Trump will only ever be a tool of the pro-Zionist camp, or that he is only in this to make money, or that all he seeks is fame or even infamy. Maybe all this is quite true, and he’s gone further than he ever imagined or even wanted to?

It doesn’t matter to me: The better point to make is that Trumpism is very real to its supporters. Like the Yellow Vests they actually do have genuine virtues. They see corruption and they want it out, but all they have is one vote each – they are not the president. 

Right now is the time if Trump shows he has learned how to be a public servant after four years, or if perhaps many are right to conclude that “democracy with American characteristics” is incapable of producing humble, selfless public servants, and only corrupt, self-interested ones. 

If Americans cannot have a transparent election they cannot possibly achieve even moderate progress: This is country which has opposed revolutionary tactics for 200+ years – everyone here is committed to reformism of the American system. If Trump does not make a stand here – if he bows to the forces of cynical inevitability – Trumpism remains half a personality cult, half a brand name and certainly half-finished at best. Trumpism will have made a point, but not a real impact.

The average American should not be punished – they have a right to free and transparent elections, and the whole world knows that they don’t get them. 2020 is yet another recent example. It seems unfortunate that it is up to Donald Trump to help him and her, but it is too early to judge: he may yet get added onto Mount Rushmore, as he hopes.

What is certain one week after their initial vote is that the US has had a vote, and a winner (two of them) – there is only one logical conclusion: concession/inauguration.

Until that happens it will be a steadily-increasing drip of chaotic news. That is not a bad thing for the world, nor one to be feared by Americans, but it is intensely feared by their 1%.

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Straight from the horse’s mouth

Via The Saker

November 10, 2020

Okay, I know, the man is braindead (notice he is absolutely unaware of what he just said!), but this Freudian slip is just so beautiful that I had to post it!

Joe Biden says he’s built most extensive “voter fraud” org in history

Press Conference with Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

November 10, 2020

LIVE: Press Conference with Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

US partitioned by 2 presidents: worst-case election scenario realized

November 09, 2020

US partitioned by 2 presidents: worst-case election scenario realized
Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

by Ramin Mazaheri and crossposted with PressTV

It’s impossible for the US presidential election to have gone worse for the empire: America now has two presidents.

That can’t be denied, yet their mainstream media is spinning like mad the idea that there is no problem: The election is over and that Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect. This is likely a biased view, but it’s certainly terrible journalism. Journalists have the right to do whatever they want – project election winners, ignore half the electorate, talk about “partition” – but we have no legal power to decide who actually won.

Not only has a certainly narrow vote not been certified, but the votes aren’t even all counted yet. And it’s not as if this vote wasn’t already disputed for months in the public eye. And it’s not as if there were’t several hundred lawsuits filed before the vote even took place. And it’s not as if there won’t be many lawsuits dated after the November 3rd vote.

But to their clearly anti-Trump mainstream media: “Nothing to see here, move along.”

Seriously? American journalism in action is really something to see.…

The media keeps pointing out that all the lawsuits have failed so far, but it just takes is one and it goes to the top – the Supreme Court deciding this election continues to look not just possible but probable. The idea that American judges are mostly liberal rebels and not by-the-book conservatives is preposterous – they are judges, after all. Record absentee balloting and an incumbent who focuses on his rights and benefits first, last and always both remind us how very not by-the-book this election is.

The ultimate fault for the current “Avignon Papacy” situation – the Roman Catholic church had two popes for most of the 14th century – lays not with the media but with the candidates, and especially Joe Biden. For months he bemoaned the unpredictability of Trump, and yet Biden declared victory Saturday based merely on an AP projection. It was an incredibly self-interested, dangerous, destablising and confidence-shaking move to make – it was a very Trumpian.

If the very slim numbers (Biden is up by an average of just 30,000 votes in three different states) were flipped and Trump declared early the mainstream media would be up in arms, and rightly so. Biden continues to – as the first debate reminded us – willingly jump down to the Trumpian unpresidential gutter, and yet because Trump licks the gutter’s floor Biden is somehow given a free pass.

Red state/blue state now officially outdated: it’s Trumpism vs. ‘universal values’ holdouts

The former was based on two things: a nation divided by new wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a nation with huge inequalities between rural and urban/suburban citizens (in access to technology, cultural influence and standard of living). It was rural Americans who fought in these wars of imperialism (and not mere revenge for 9/11), which drastically shaped the communities they lived in, thus making the divide especially inflamed.

However, in 2020 Texas almost flipped Democrat?! Arizona – the proud home of reactionary radical John “Bomb bomb bomb Iran” McCain – is currently flipping Democrat?! Several Great Lakes states have already flipped back and forth in the Trump era. Trumpism has – for better or for worse – obviously changed American politics in a major way because unthinkable realignments are happening, and this forces us to eject old paradigms if we want to understand what is going on here.

The new partition is “brazen imperialism” versus “soft imperialism”.

But here’s our dilemma: Which party represents which? That we pause is entirely the change to grasp in 2020.

Democrats have become the party which backs the Deep State, “humanitarian interventions”, “universal values” which are a code phrase for their preferred values, free trade (which benefits the rich the most), censorship and which evinces a dangerous evangelism and hysterical self-righteousness (as their failed three-year Russophobia campaign showed). Violent evangelism is forbidden in Islam, but not in the Protestant or Catholic West.

What can we call French President Emmanuel Macron’s unprecedented declaration that Islamophobia is now state policy but a hysterical evangelism in favor of Western secularism? It’s hardly as if secularism has produced more moral or just governance than in religious-inspired nations, yet Macron’s faith cannot be shaken no matter how many innocent people his anti-Muslim tirades get killed.

And who is more globalist, “universal values” and pro-European Union than “neoliberal strongman” Macron, no matter how many French Yellow Vests lose an eye just for insisting that neoliberalism means the colonisation of the average of Westerner by an international 1%, and also that the post-1991 EU is a “neoliberal empire”?

I broaden out the US experience because in the other Western imperialist nations we clearly see similar cultural movements – engaging in imperialism inherently produces exceptional and distorted cultures. Ex-Labor chief Jeremy Corbyn was just suspended by his own party for absurd anti-Semitism allegations because that is what hysterical imperialists do to those who don’t embrace 1%-led globalisation. It used to be that such denigrations were limited to conservatives, but Corbyn proves how flexible our analysis needs to be precisely because traditional Western paradigms have become outdated.

Trump has signalled the start of a new era: the Cold War ended in 1991, US unipolar dominance (and thus Western dominance) ran from 1992-2016, and Trumpism coincides with the Great Recession-era propelled return to a multipolar era.

The undeniable electoral rejection of a “Democratic Blue Wave” in favor of “Trumpian Republicans” – where Trump increased his vote totals with every ethnic group and gender except White males – shows that the concept of White male supremacism being the foundation of Trumpism is as false as the labels of anti-Semitism pinned on Corbyn and the Yellow Vests. Trumpism is something bigger: it certainly must now include the idea of a Western domestic rebellion against their politicians who have presided over (or caused) the establishment of our new multipolar era.

The digital era does not seem to lend itself to the values still required to thrive in rural areas, so far, but last week’s vote totals prove that we cannot say that Trumpism is simply a “red state” phenomenon anymore.

This is not new: heads are divided in the US metaphorically, and maybe soon literally

Trump is planning to hold “recount rallies”, to publish the obituaries of dead people alleged to have voted in the election, to sue various state election boards, and to generally keep refusing to play by the rules of the globalist/“universal values” dominated US establishment (which is the basis of Trump’s popularity). You might be shocked by all that, or oppose all that, but you cannot say that Trump supporters should be frozen out of how this election concludes unless you openly prefer unilateral declarations to democracy with checks and balances.

A concession speech by one candidate is not legally required, but it is obviously a cultural necessity. How long can US media pretend that the election is over even though there has been no concession speech?

That’s an incredibly dangerous question to ask, and undoubtedly terrible journalism, and more proof that this election could not have gone worse for Americans if it had tried.

What would have happened Saturday in Chicago if pro-Trump supporters had gone to Trump Tower, where all day and night there were hundreds of people celebrating Biden’s “victory”? I can tell you, as I was there: a whole lot of innocent young people would have gotten their heads split open.

That’s the danger Biden just caused, and which is being increased by poor journalism and which has only just begun.

Biden set off this era of two presidents rather than counselling patience and faith in the process amid crisis. Biden has also set the stage for dramatic domestic disillusionment with their electoral process and political structure. Trump voters are incensed, and Biden just trolled them even though the US mainstream media was already doing exactly that for him.

In 2009 the moderate candidate declared early in Iran’s presidential election and after periods of peaceful rallies and counter-rallies it got violent. America should have learned from Iran’s experience (shared by countless other examples in modern history) but apparently Biden is not smart enough despite 47 years experience as a public servant. Nobody ever assumes great public service and intelligence from Trump, and certainly not the virtue of forbearance, but Biden promised better yet failed to deliver on what he said was his Day 1.

Biden was supposed to be better than Trump, but this was the worst start possible.

He can smile for the cameras, and create a corona task force which can’t start until January 21, and ignore the calls to finish counting the vote and to certify it, but the simple reality is that 70 million Trump voters are not going away in 2020 any more than they went away after they won in 2016. They need to be understood – they were unexpected, at the very least, and seem to herald a new era, at the most.

Trump’s re-election would probably not be good for the same countries as in 2016 – Iran, Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela and any other of the few nations with a socialist-inspired revolution/movement – and so we see why leaders and diplomats from these nations especially want him gone: Trump cannot be reasoned with regarding these revolutionary (unique) nations. Who knows what a Trump second term would bring? But Biden continues to show plenty of worrying evidence that he plans to get away with the same unilateral nonsense Trump set the precedent for, rather than re-establishing basic decorum, concern for others and diplomacy. I examined this notion last month in an editorial titled, “US debate debacle shows Democrats will adopt Trumpian self-interest globally”, and Biden’s reckless premature declaration shows the idea has a worrying amount of merit.

Unilateral nonsense is not good for the American 99% or the 99% of any other nation. With two presidents, American nonsense has only doubled.

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Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism not merely a cult (1/2) – November 5, 2020

Results are in: Americans lose, duopoly wins, Trumpism wasn’t a cult of personality (2/2) – November 6, 2020

4 years of anti-Trumpism shaping MSM vote coverage, but expect long fight – November 7, 2020

Did President Trump Just Launch the Largest Sting Operations in US History Against the Corrupt Swamp of the Democratic Party?

Did President Trump Just Launch the Largest Sting Operations in US History Against the Corrupt Swamp of the Democratic Party?

November 07, 2020

by Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog

Remember when Donald Trump said before the 2016 Elections, he wanted to be President to clean up the swamp in Washington? Well, he may be just doing that. President Trump may have just launched a massive sting operation against the rotten flagrant corruption of the “Democrats”. He knew they were planning a massive election fraud, when they insisted on mail-in votes, similar to the absentee votes, and asked that the mail-in votes would be counted at the end.

Pretext for the mail-in votes was “covid” – social distancing, not getting near each other standing in line for voting. A perfect excuse, transformed into a massive voter fraud.

Between 3:30 AM and 4:30 AM, they “found” 140,000 mail-in ballots for Biden in Wisconsin;
Between 3:30 AM and 5:00 AM, they “found” 200,000 mail-in ballots for Biden in Michigan;
Between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM, they found a million (1,000,000) mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania

All mail-in ballots “received” in the morning hours of November 4, way beyond the voting deadline. All for Biden, none for Trump
Reference video https://www.bitchute.com/video/KWGj0NtpPgsH/?list=notifications&randomize=false about minute 1’45”.

Republicans were not allowed to be near the ballot counting as observers, as is the common rule in election vote counting, that the opposition is present, to observe the counting process. Example given in Pennsylvania by former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, who denounces “fraud and corruption” in Philadelphia, his home town; see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9898bDivIl0&feature=youtu.be

And fraud and corruption has been going on in at least two more States, Wisconsin and Michigan, and possibly also in Georgia – and maybe others.

President Trump did not agree in principle with the mail-in vote from citizens withing the US, because that is usually not done. Absentee votes yes, from military and Americans living abroad, but not from US citizens living in the US. He finally agreed, but said these mail-in votes must have been received before the voting deadline – 3 November – and must be counted first.

However, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided differently, namely that the mail-in votes would be counted last. This leaves room for fraud, as these latter votes will most likely not be matched against votes already cast, nor will they be scrutinized with the rigor of validity the way the ballots cast at the polls are checked, so duplicate votes maybe possible. There have indeed been reports of “dead” people voting.

Trump had sizable leads in the key swing states Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in Georgia – until the mail-in ballots arrived and were counted – see above. That’s when the pendulum swung to the other side, giving Biden the win.

Today, 7 November, it was announced that Joe Biden had “won” the elections with 290 electoral votes (270 needed), against 214 of Donald Trump.

The Trump Team must have suspected that fraud may be part of the “Democrats” strategy. They have planned a sting operation, assisted by the CIA. Each valid ballot distributed to the eligible voters has a small almost unrecognizable water mark. 

https://twitter.com/MediaRival/status/1324490206326738946?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1324515784924811264%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftruthbarrier.com%2Fsteve-pieczenik-in-bombshell-clip-pours-gasoline-on-watermark-hopes-patriots-divided-could-it-be-true%2F

Law suits are already under way in the three key swing states and more may follow. Recounts will be requested. On the basis of the recounts and the watermarks on the valid ballots, the level of fraud may be determined.

So, the election is far from over, and may end up like in 2000 in the Supreme Court for a final decision. But we are not there yet.

There are other dangers too.

Already now, street riots take place. Protests for or against Woke, the Blacks, the police… you name it. They are funded by disruptive forces, like the Soros Open Society Foundation and others, with similar objectives. More of such riots may ensue, the longer the final decision is postponed. Wouldn’t such social upheavals be a good reason to declare officially a state of emergency – merging into Martial Law?

That would be the ultimate example for the world to see a totally defunct and dystopian “Democracy”.


Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a water resources and environmental specialist. He worked for over 30 years with the World Bank and the World Health Organization around the world in the fields of environment and water. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals such as Global Research; ICH; New Eastern Outlook (NEO) and more. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.
Peter Koenig is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Ask yourself the crucial question: why?

The Saker

November 07, 2020

Ask yourself the crucial question: why?

Why is it that US news channels censored a press conference by a President of the United States?

Why is it that tech giants feel the need to censor Trump’s tweets?

Why is it that in key Dem states the GOP observers were not allowed to actually observe anything?

Why did the Dems counter-sue just to try to prevent GOP observers from observing the ballot count?

Why do the media conglomerates all declare Biden the victor even though they all know for a fact that this is false (only the courts can declare a victor)?

Why is it that FoxNews was spearheading the anti-Trump cheering during this entire week?

Why is it that the US deep state needs EU leaders to suddenly all congratulate Biden on a victory?

Think of what is coming next: lawsuits in state and federal courts, right?

Then IF the Dems felt confident that the Trump campaign had no case, why not simply relax, wait and see the courts reject the Trump campaign’s petitions?

But no, instead, they are acting exactly as if they were all terrified that the courts might do something which would compromise the victory of the Biden campaign!

The very fact of the need for such extreme haste and such un-retractable statements can only be explained by the fear of the Dems that something in their coup plans might go wrong.  And, after all, it is said that Giuliani won over 4000 lawsuits in his career, and he would scare me too 🙂

So, in a way, we could consider the Dems massive push to win in the court of public opinion a clear sign that they are much more afraid of a court of law.

Good.

Will they succeed?  Yeah, probably, Trump’s “aggregate power” is dwarfed the the power of the multi-billion dollars interests who are using all their “propaganda firepower” to settle the issue before the courts get to.

Yet another proof that the Dems are no democrats at all, but a completely immoral gang of USA-hating thugs who are willing to destroy their own country to defeat any outsider, good or bad, daring to challenge them.  They very much remind me of Kerensky and his own gang of masonic plutocrats.

Still, until we actually see that the USSC is also willing to betray the people of the USA, we can still keep a tiny little sense of hope in our hearts.

But we now all better prepare for the worst, because if the USSC also caves in, it will be the end of the United States as we know them.

The Saker

Statement from President Donald J. Trump

Statement from President Donald J. Trump

November 07, 2020

“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process.  Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.

“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”

– President Donald J. Trump

source: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/media/statement-from-president-donald-j.-trump/

هكذا سحبت الأجهزة الأميركيّة البساط من تحت أقدام ترامب

باريس ـ نضال حمادة

كثُر الكلام في الأسبوع الأخير عن قرار اتخذه الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب بعدم مغادرة البيت الأبيض في حال خسر السباق الانتخابي، وقد عزّز ترامب هذا الرأي بتغريداته وتصريحاته المتكررة عن سرقة الحزب الديمقراطي للانتخابات الرئاسية، وعن تزوير يحصل في أكثر من ولاية وادّعى في أكثر من تغريدة الانتصار والفوز بالانتخابات، كما انه قرّر رفع دعاوى قضائية تطعن في النتائج.

بعض وسائل الإعلام الغربية تحدثت عن أكثر من سيناريو لإجبار ترامب على مغادرة البيت الأبيض في حال رفض ذلك ومنها مثلا إصدار جهاز «أف بي أي» وجهاز الشرطة الفدرالية الأميركية بياناً يؤكد على نتائج الإنتخابات وخسارة ترامب، وسيناريو آخر يتوقع ان يقوم جهاز الحرس السري في البيت الأبيض بإخراج الرئيس عنوة، أو عبر تدخل الحرس الوطني الذي يتواجد في ثكنه على بعد كلومترات عدة من البيت الأبيض، لكن ما حصل كان أبسط من ذلك ولم يحتج لكلّ هذه السيناريوات وبحركة واحدة انتهى كلّ شيء بالنسبة لترامب.

ما الذي حصل ظهر يوم السبت الماضي؟

بدا الأمر مدروساً ومخططاً له بعناية، كان دونالد ترامب قد أعلن عن مؤتمر صحافي لفريق المحاماة التابع له لرفع دعاوى قضائية تطعن بالانتخابات بتهمة التزوير، وقد حدّد موعد المؤتمر الصحافي بعد صدور نتائج ولاية بنسلفانيا بنصف ساعة، وقبل ساعتين خرج ترامب من البيت الأبيض متجهاً الى نادي الغولف الذي يملكه في منطقة (فيرجين) بالقرب من واشنطن، في هذه الأثناء صدرت نتائج ولاية بنسلفانيا التي رجّحت كفة بايدن، وبعد صدور النتائج بدقيقتين فقط أعلنت قناة «سي أن أن» فوز بايدن بالانتخابات الرئاسية، وبعد دقيقتين أعلنت قناة «أي بي سي» الأمر نفسه، وبعدها بدقيقتين موقع جريدة «نيويورك تايمز» الإلكتروني، ومن ثم بعد عشر دقائق أعلنت قناة «فوكس نيوز» المقرّبة من ترامب فوز بايدن.

القانون الانتخابي الأميركي يقضي بعدم إعلان المرشح الفائز خطاب النصر إلا بعد إعلان وسيلة إعلامية كبرى نتيجة الانتخابات وكان بايدن قد أجّل خطابه مرتين بانتظار إعلان قناة «سي أن أن» الذي ما إنّ حصل حتى أرسل جهاز الحرس الرئاسيّ والتشريفات 200 سيارة مصفحة الى منزل بايدن مع ألف من الحراس والمرافقين، ومنع الطيران فوق منزل الرئيس المنتخب.

قبل ذلك كان ترامب قد أعلن عبر «تويتر» انّ المؤتمر الصحافي لفريق المحاماة التابع له سوف يُعقد في فندق (الفورسيزون) في بنسلفانيا، غير أنّ إدارة الفندق نفت عبر «تويتر» أن يكون هناك مؤتمر صحافي لفريق ترامب القانوني في الفندق، ما اضطر الفريق لعقد مؤتمره الصحافي أمام كاراج يحمل الاسم نفسه ولم يعرف ماذا حصل حتى نفت إدارة الفندق عقد المؤتمر في أروقتها.

مساء السبت وصل بايدن الى مسقط رأسه في مدينة (ويلمينغتون) في ولاية (دلاوار) بموكب رئاسي مؤلف من مئة سيارة توجهت كلّ محطات التلفزة ووسائل الإعلام لتغطية الاحتفالات بفوز بايدن متجاهلة بشكل كامل المؤتمر الصحافي لفريق محاماة دونالد ترامب.

The American Elections: An Out-of-Context Reading الانتخابات الأميركيّة: قراءة خارج السياق

The American Elections: An Out-of-Context Reading

Auto translation: Actually I don’t know what happened

Ziad Hafez

The results of the presidential election were announced by former Vice President Joseph Biden, amid a broad public split between supporters of and opponents of US President Donald Trump. We will not enter into a debate about the “legitimacy” of the results and the credibility of the screening process, but regardless of that debate that has its own merits but only concerns us to the extent that it confirms the deep division in American society. There are several facts revealed by the US elections about the internal political scene that we have been monitoring for many years and we expect it to reach this state. Yes, we were not surprised by what happened, but rather we expected it because what happened reflects the transformations that have occurred and are still taking place within American society or, more precisely, within American societies. We expected that US President Donald Trump is stronger than his internal and external opponents believed, despite the ferocity of the election campaign, and we also expected that an argument may revolve around the reliability of the counting process due to the internal division. There is not one America, but at least two, if not several, “Americans,” so to speak. The American division is vertical and horizontal. The factors are class first, otherwise the American media wants to acknowledge this for a clear reason, as it is owned by only six companies, meaning there is one opinion imposed on the American citizen, so the class dimension in American societies is ignored. The second component is race, the third is religion, the fourth is culture, and the fifth is geography, where the inhabitants of large cities differ from the residents of central and small cities and the countryside in general, which we have referred to in the past and will not be repeated here. But we think it is useful to extract the facts that the US elections have shown. The factors are class first, otherwise the American media wants to acknowledge this for a clear reason, as it is owned by only six companies, meaning there is one opinion imposed on the American citizen, so the class dimension in American societies is ignored. The second component is race, the third is religion, the fourth is culture, and the fifth is geography, where the inhabitants of large cities differ from the residents of central and small cities and the countryside in general, which we have referred to in the past and will not be repeated here. But we think it is useful to extract the facts that the US elections have shown. The factors are class first, otherwise the American media wants to acknowledge this for a clear reason, as it is owned by only six companies, meaning there is one opinion imposed on the American citizen, so the class dimension in American societies is ignored. The second component is race, the third is religion, the fourth is culture, and the fifth is geography, where the inhabitants of large cities differ from the residents of central and small cities and the countryside in general, which we have referred to in the past and will not be repeated here. But we think it is useful to extract the facts that the US elections have shown.

The first fact is the flabby political system in place in the United States, which is based on the system of two ruling parties, which alternate power from time to time, according to circumstantial data and according to the role of some differences in domestic and foreign public policy. However, the two parties agree on one vision of the nature of the existing system, which protects, first and foremost, capital and harnesses law and politics, and thus justice in the interest of capital. The two parties also share one vision of the continuation of the empire and the politics of domination. However, this system, which was formed within two centuries within specific population scales and within certain economic and social power balances, is no longer able to accommodate the demographic shifts that have taken place and which Samuel Huntington pointed out clearly. The latter said in his last work before his departure:

Indeed, population shifts indicate that the rate of population growth in the United States is below the rate required to maintain its presence, and therefore the door to immigration must be opened. The issue of immigration, legal and illegal, is a complex one that needs a separate approach, but it is at the core of the dispute between the two competing parties. The Republican Party wants to legalize immigration according to standards that there is no consensus or agreement about, and while the Democratic Party wants to open the door to immigration to ensure, first, a cheap labor force that guarantees lower wages and supports capital, and its belief that ethnic diversity is in the interest of the party at the electoral political level. Therefore, the Republican Party has become a white majority party that is considered marginalized in the globalized society, which was promoted by liberal leaders in the Democratic Party for two decades, while the Democratic Party has transformed into a party of ethnic and religious diversity, but with a liberal leadership that is mostly white and not necessarily identical to the requirements of diversity.

On the other hand, the two parties are no longer able to absorb the economic shifts due to the tendency towards globalization from which the big companies and the financial and technological oligarchy have benefited, but at the expense of the American worker. The decline in jobs in the basic productive sectors and the shift towards a virtual rentier economy based on financial and real estate speculation has led to a rift between the real economy and the path of financial markets. The stock market is in a mile and unemployment in another mile. And the two parties contributed over the decades in that transformation until Donald Trump arrived and tried to regain industrial jobs that were exported to the countries of the South in general. However, it clashed with the power of interests associated with the neoliberal economic model, which led to the concentration of money and media in the hands of companies no more than the fingers of one hand. Hence the wave of public discontent that Trump succeeded in exploiting in 2016 and nearly succeeded in the 2020 elections had it not been for Corona and his mismanagement of the pandemic that toppled his chances of success for a second term.

The defect in the ruling system appeared twice in a row: the first time in the 2016 presidential elections and the second this year, when the options imposed on the American voter were to choose between who is less bad than who is better, and not for those who have the political, economic and social program that mimics the aspirations of Americans and the transformations. That happened during the past four decades. The observer wonders why the political scene has reached this state and the answer lies in the nature of the regime governed by money and private interests, and only those who declare their full loyalty to it will not come. The overwhelming majority of politicians and people working in public affairs owe their positions to those who funded them, not to those who elected them. Naturally, the “elites” elected in this way become very poor, as we see in the rolling graph for more than forty years. The president is either morally corrupt or ignorant, or both. And the “clean” among them is whose vices are either concealed or concealed. The corporate dominant media deliberately ignored the corruption of the candidate Biden, who became “president” and focused on the corruption of the current president. As it is said in colloquial speech, the latter is “his body is worn.” The scandal of the fanciful left-wing Intercept website, which supports Biden, refused to publish an investigation into the corruption of Biden and his family. And the current president came from outside the usual context, and thus his mandate was an ongoing war with the deep state because he wanted to break the vicious alliance. On the other hand, the candidate Biden, and before him Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, are from the womb of the corrupt environment that produces the ruling elites in the United States. It can be said through the announced results that the deep state defeated Trump, but the cost may be very high. And the current president came from outside the usual context, and thus his mandate was an ongoing war with the deep state because he wanted to break the vicious alliance. On the other hand, the candidate Biden, and before him Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, are from the womb of the corrupt environment that produces the ruling elites in the United States. It can be said through the announced results that the deep state defeated Trump, but the cost may be very high. And the current president came from outside the usual context, and thus his mandate was an ongoing war with the deep state because he wanted to break the vicious alliance. On the other hand, the candidate Biden, and before him Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, are from the womb of the corrupt environment that produces the ruling elites in the United States. It can be said through the announced results that the deep state defeated Trump, but the cost may be very high.

The second fact is the loss of the United States’ prestige. One pro-Biden website described the election count as a “farce” that lost the credibility and prestige of the United States that it lost in our opinion some time ago, but the election play was an official announcement of the fall of the illusions of the credibility of the existing system in the United States. Even the unofficial spokesperson for globalization and neoliberalism, Thomas Friedman, wrote that “America has fallen” in this cycle of elections. The doubts, or perhaps more than one, about the “theft” of the elections (as Paul Craig Roberts and others say) will contribute to exacerbating a political crisis that may herald the end of the United States as we know it and the creation of a different entity from what it was. A new battle will appear for the sake of a new “legitimacy” that may not gain the consensus of the Americans and will exacerbate the division.

Here some clarification is needed. What happened after the 2016 elections will be repeated after 2020. The losing side will not accept the poll results. From the very first moments after Trump was elected, the Democratic Party, along with the dominant corporate media, took action to bring down Trump because it was surprised by Trump’s victory. And if Trump’s promises are true, he will try to challenge the results in federal courts, and hard-line factions in his electoral base may announce their rejection of these results. This is what Friedman meant, and this is what we should pay attention to, that is, the democratic process has become a source of skepticism. So what is the alternative?

The third fact is hitting the credibility of the corporate hegemonic media that led the campaign against Trump through the poll companies that inspired the world with Biden winning by a large margin, as if the results are already settled before the vote! The actual results came to refute those expectations and confirm that Trump is not a passing phenomenon, but rather a reflection of an American mood outside the traditional context and has weight on the popular level. Trump’s vote exceeded Hillary Clinton’s vote by two million, indicating that Trump supporters are not the only ones who reject Hillary Clinton. The elections proved that the American mood differs from what the dominant media portrays, which lost its professionalism in covering the campaign and was expressing only one opinion. Regardless of the official results, Trump has transformed from a president of the United States into a popular political leader for the so-called red America, that is, the states at home that voted for him. And this is despite the obvious and scandalous flaws in his competence and personal behavior that were the object of ridicule and contempt for many Americans and non-Americans. This change may be decisive in American political life, where “popular leadership” may be in the face of “constitutional legitimacy,” and the resulting constitutional crisis, to a system crisis, to an entity crisis.

Among the failures of public opinion polls is the failure to achieve the “blue wave” that was supposed to sweep Congress. The Democratic Party, which had expected an increase in its majority in the House of Representatives, lost several seats and may lose its majority in the next mid-term elections in 2022, as it was unable to obtain the majority in the Senate. Popularly, the Democratic Party lost the elections, even if Biden was declared winning the presidency. This “victory” has its credibility popularly contested by almost half of Americans, and it may be judicially contested. The political division may extend beyond the arena of constitutional institutions, namely the Congress, to resolve (the absurd) in the street. All this means that instability has become the title of the current and future stage in the United States. On the other hand, there are those who consider that the United States is a state of institutions, and after the wave of anger on the losing team, things will return to normal. This is a simplified reading of the American scene that does not take into account the transformations that we mentioned above and previously, and which portend the erosion of internal cohesion in the context of economic scarcity. The American dream, which was creating internal cohesion, has fallen into the periphery of contradictions and failures, both internally and externally.

The fourth fact is the high turnout among supporters and opponents of the US President, which indicates the depth of the existing division that took the character of “breaking a bone.” It is not certain that the president-elect and his team have the ability to bridge the gap between the two factions of the people, because he does not have a clear discourse and policy that can simulate the citizens’ concerns. If it is too early to pass judgment, the history of the man and the history of the Vice President-elect do not suggest that they have a vision for an exit from the structural crises facing Americans. From the Corona pandemic to its economic repercussions, to health insurance issues, to the issue of immigration and internal security, to issues of racism, to climate issues, to the rehabilitation of flabby infrastructure to a long list of entitlements that have been neglected over the past five decades, that is, since the beginning of the seventies, They all need a comprehensive vision. The disagreement between the young base of the Democratic Party and the aging party leadership is difficult to bridge.

The fifth fact is that the Corona pandemic toppled the American president. Let us not forget that in the primaries, Biden was on the verge of leaving the campaign trail and the lead was candidate Bernie Sanders. Also, Kamala Harris won only one percent of the Democratic voters in the election campaign, indicating that there was a coup in the primaries to exclude Sanders, as happened in 2016, and to float Biden. With great support from Barack Obama, the democratic leadership overturned the internal equation in the Democratic Party and benefited from the Corona pandemic that halted the economy and erased the economic “achievements” that the US President was betting on. So the election title became the referendum on Trump’s personality and mismanagement in the face of the pandemic. From this angle, the Democratic Party scored a huge success.

The sixth fact is signs of weakness in the deep state. This may come as a surprise to many observers. It is true that it defeated Trump, but the cost of that victory may topple her. The deep state, its capabilities, and its alliance with the military, industrial and financial complex, and the technological oligarchy in communication and corporate media could not obtain a balanced majority in American society. The majority that the elected president obtained (a majority by blasting if it is permissible) is not a solid and solid majority, if it turns out that the announced results are correct and not subject to veto. However, these results reveal the weakness of the dominant American political discourse, which reflects the disruption of the ruling political elites from the actual reality.

The seventh and striking fact is the failure of the money spent in the elections to change the course of things. These elections achieved record numbers of financial spending, which, according to initial estimates, amounted to about 14.5 billion dollars, of which 6.5 billion were on the presidential elections and the rest on the US congressional elections. In South Carolina, for example, the Democratic Party spent about $ 100 million for its candidate against Sheikh Lindsay Graham, who is a hawk in the Republican Party. The Democratic candidate did not win, however, with record campaign spending. The same applies to a number of seats. In Florida, Michael Bloomberg spent more than $ 100 million defeating Trump in the state that Trump ultimately won. Among the major financiers of election campaigns are the owners of social media companies who have become major “players” in campaign finance.

The eighth fact is the emergence of the role of the Arab and Islamic voice in the elections. That sound was the owl of the shrew in the swing states of Michigan and Minnesota that tipped the balance of power in favor of Vice President Biden. President Trump reaped the results of his discriminatory policies against the Arab and Islamic community. The credit for that mobilization is due to young women in the Democratic Party and within the US Congress, such as Rashida Tlaib and Han Omar, in bringing the most likely votes in favor of Biden.

In the end, it can be said in the preliminary assessment of the results of the US elections that there are many losers. Of course, in the first place the current president, Donald Trump. However, there is a loss for the Democratic Party at the level of the House of Representatives, which witnessed a significant decline in its majority in the House of Representatives or the Representatives, and did not obtain a majority in the Senate. The American media and public opinion polling companies, which over the course of two elections failed to read the mood of the American electorate, too. It is true that she was right about Biden winning, but she failed in the size of the success just as she failed on the issue of the “blue wave” that was supposed to sweep the US Congress. As for the deep state that “triumphed” over those who came from outside the political flock, the cost of its victory may be exorbitant because of the associated vibration in the credibility of its components. Therefore a separate conversation for later.

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* Writer and political economist, and former Secretary General of the Arab National Congress.

الانتخابات الأميركيّة: قراءة خارج السياق

زياد حافظ

تمّ إعلان نتائج الانتخابات الرئاسية بقوز نائب الرئيس السابق جوزيف بايدن وسط انقسام شعبي كبير بين مؤيّد ومناهض للرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب. لن ندخل في السجال حول «شرعية» النتائج ومصداقية عملية الفرز، لكن بغضّ النظر عن ذلك السجال الذي له حيثياته ولكن لا يعنينا إلاّ بمقدار أنه يثبّت حالة الانقسام العميق في المجتمع الأميركي. فهناك حقائق عدّة أظهرتها الانتخابات الأميركية عن المشهد السياسي الداخلي الذي كنّا على مدى سنوات عديدة نرصده ونتوقع وصوله إلى الحال هذا. نعم، لم نفاجأ بما حصل بل توقعناه لأن ما حصل يعكس التحوّلات التي حصلت وما زالت داخل المجتمع الأميركي أو بشكل أدقّ داخل المجتمعات الأميركية. توقعنا أن الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب أقوى مما كان يعتقده خصومه الداخليون والخارجيون ورغم شراسة الحملة الانتخابية وكما توقّعنا أنّ سجالاً قد يدور حول مصداقية عملية الفرز بسبب الانقسام الداخلي. فليس هناك أميركا واحدة بل على الأقلّ أميركتان إن لم تكن عدّة «أميركات» إذا جاز الكلام. فالانقسام الأميركي هو عموديّ وأفقي. والعوامل هي طبقية أولاً وإلا يريد الاعلام الأميركيّ الإقرار بذلك لسبب واضح، فهو مملوك من ست شركات فقط، أي هناك رأي واحد يُفرض على المواطن الأميركي، لذلك يتمّ تجاهل البعد الطبقي في المجتمعات الأميركية. العنصر الثاني هو العرق، والثالث هو الدين، والرابع هو الثقافة، والخامس هو الجغرافيا حيث سكّان المدن الكبيرة يختلفون عن سكّان المدن الوسطى والصغيرة والريف بشكل عام، والتي كنّا أشرنا إليها في السابق ولن نكرّرها هنا. لكن نعتقد أنه من المفيد استخلاص الحقائق التي أظهرتها الانتخابات الأميركيّة.

الحقيقة الأولى هو ترهّل النظام السياسي القائم في الولايات المتحدة المرتكز إلى نظام حزبين حاكمين يتداولان السلطة بين فترة وأخرى، وفقاً لمعطيات ظرفية ووفقا لدور بعض الفروقات في السياسة العامة الداخلية والخارجية. لكن الحزبين متفقان على رؤية واحدة لطبيعة النظام القائم والذي يحمي أوّلاً وأخيراً رأس المال ويسخّر القانون والسياسة وبالتالي العدل لمصلحة رأس المال. كما أن الحزبين يشتركان في رؤية واحدة حول استمرار الإمبراطورية وسياسة الهيمنة. لكن هذا النظام الذي تكوّن خلال قرنين من الزمن ضمن موازين سكّانية محدّدة وضمن موازين قوّة اقتصادية واجتماعية معيّنة، فهذا النظام لم يعد قادراً على استيعاب التحوّلات السكّانية التي حصلت والتي أشار إليها بوضوح صامويل هنتنغتون. فالأخير قال في آخر مؤلّف له قبل رحيله: «انسوا صراع الحضارات فما يهدّد الولايات المتحدة هو فقدان هويتها البيضاء الانكلوبروتستنتية» لصالح هويات أخرى كالهوية الهسبانية الكاثوليكية على سبيل المثال وربما هويات أخرى آسيوية.

وبالفعل، فإنّ التحوّلات السكانية تشير إلى أنّ معدّل النمو السكّاني في الولايات المتحدة أصبح دون المعدّل المطلوب للحفاظ على وجودها وبالتالي لا بد من فتح باب الهجرة. وملف الهجرة، الشرعيّة وغير الشرعية، ملفّ معقد ويحتاج إلى مقاربة منفصلة ولكنه في متن الخلاف بين الحزبين المتنافسين. فالحزب الجمهوري يريد تقنين الهجرة وفقاً لمعايير ليس هناك من إجماع أو اتفاق حولها، وبينما الحزب الديمقراطي الذي يريد فتح باب الهجرة لضمان أولاً يد عاملة رخيصة تضمن خفض الأجور وتدعم رأس المال ولاعتقاده بأن التنوّع العرقي يصبّ في مصلحة الحزب على الصعيد السياسي الانتخابي. لذلك أصبح الحزب الجمهوري حزب أكثرية بيضاء تعتبر حالها مهمّشة في مجتمع العولمة الذي روّجت له قيادات ليبرالية في الحزب الديمقراطي على مدى عقدين من الزمن بينما تحوّل الحزب الديمقراطي إلى حزب التنوّع العرقي والديني ولكن بقيادة ليبرالية معظمها بيضاء وليست بالضرورة على تماهي مع مستلزمات التنوّع.

من جهة أخرى لم يعد بقدرة الحزبين استيعاب التحوّلات الاقتصادية بسبب الجنوح نحو عولمة استفادت منها الشركات الكبرى والأوليغارشية المالية والتكنولوجية ولكن على حساب العامل الأميركي. فتراجع الوظائف في القطاعات الإنتاجية الأساسية والتحوّل نحو اقتصاد افتراضي ريعي مبني على المضاربات المالية والعقارية أدّى إلى انفصام بين الاقتصاد العيني ومسار الأسواق المالية. فالبورصة في ميل والبطالة في ميل آخر. والحزبان ساهما عبر العقود في ذلك التحوّل إلى أن وصل دونالد ترامب وحاول استرجاع الوظائف الصناعية التي صُدّرت إلى دول الجنوب بشكل عام. لكنه اصطدم بقوّة المصالح المرتبطة بالنموذج الاقتصادي النيوليبرالي الذي أدّى إلى تمركز المال والإعلام بيد شركات لا يزيد عددها عن أصابع اليد الواحدة. من هنا موجة الاستياء العام الذي نجح ترامب في استغلالها سنة 2016 وكاد ينجح في انتخابات 2020 لولا كورونا وسوء إدارته للجائحة التي أطاحت بفرص نجاحه لولايّة ثانية. لكن في المحصّلة ظهر تيّار شعبوي لا يمكن تجاهله ولا يستطيع الحزبان ضبطه ما ينذر إما بتشظّي الحزبين أو ظهور حزب ثالث شعبويّ يعكس الحالة الترامبية التي ظهرت خلال السنوات الأربع الماضية.

الخلل في النظام الحاكم ظهر مرّتين على التوالي: المرّة الأولى في الانتخابات الرئاسية سنة 2016 والثانية هذه السنة حيث الخيارات المفروضة على الناخب الأميركي كانت أن يختار بين من هو أقلّ سوءاً وليس من هو أفضل، وليس لمن له البرنامج السياسي والاقتصادي والاجتماعي الذي يحاكي تطلّعات الأميركيين والتحوّلات التي حصلت خلال العقود الأربعة الماضية. ويتساءل المراقب لماذا وصل المشهد السياسي إلى هذا الحال والإجابة تكون في طبيعة النظام الذي يحكمه المال والمصالح الخاصة ولن يأتي إلاّ بمن يعلن الولاء الكامل له. فالأكثرية الساحقة من السياسيّين والعاملين في الشأن العام مدينة بمواقعها لمن موّلها وليس لمن انتخبها. وبطبيعة الحال تصبح «النخب» المنتخبة بهذه الطريقة في منتهى الرداءة كم نراه في الخط البياني المتدحرج منذ أكثر من أربعين سنة. فالرئيس يكون إما فاسداً أخلاقياً أو جاهلاً أو الاثنين معاً. و»النظيف» بينهم تكون رذائله مخفيًة أو تمّ التستّر عنها. فالإعلام المهيمن الشركاتي تجاهل بشكل متعمّد فساد المرشّح بايدن الذي أصبح «رئيساً» وركّز على فساد الرئيس الحالي. وكما يُقال في العامية أن الأخير «جسمه لبّيس». فضيحة موقع «الانترسبت» اليساري الهوى والمؤيّد لبايدن رفض نشر تحقيق حول فساد بايدن وعائلته. والرئيس الحالي جاء من خارج السياق المعتاد وبالتالي كانت ولايته حرب مستمرّة مع الدولة العميقة لأنه أراد أن يكسر الحلفة المفرغة. بالمقابل فالمرشّح بايدن، وقبله هيلاري كلنتون وباراك أوباما وجورج بوش الابن وبيل كلنتون، من رحم البيئة الفاسدة التي تنتج النخب الحاكمة في الولايات المتحدة. ويمكن القول عبر النتائج المعلنة إنّ الدولة العميقة انتصرت على ترامب ولكن الكلفة قد تكون باهظة للغاية.

الحقيقة الثانية هي خسارة هيبة الولايات المتحدة. فأحد المواقع الإلكترونيّة المؤيّدة لبايدن وصفت عملية الفرز الانتخابية بـ «المهزلة» التي أفقدت مصداقية وهيبة الولايات المتحدة التي فقدتها في رأينا منذ فترة، ولكن مسرحية الانتخابات كانت بمثابة الإعلان الرسمي عن سقوط أوهام مصداقية النظام القائم في الولايات المتحدة. وحتى الناطق غير الرسمي باسم العولمة والنيوليبرالية توماس فريدمان كتب أن «أميركا سقطت» في هذه الدورة من الانتخابات. وما يدور من شكوك، بل ربما أكثر من شكوك، حول «سرقة» الانتخابات (كما يقول بول كريغ روبرتس ومعه آخرون) سيساهم في تفاقم أزمة سياسيّة قد تنذر بنهاية الولايات المتحدة كما نعرفها وخلق كيان مختلف عما كان. فهناك معركة جديدة ستظهر في سبيل «شرعية» جديدة قد لا تحظى بإجماع الأميركيين وستزيد في تفاقم الانقسام.

هنا لا بدّ من بعض التوضيح. ما حصل بعد انتخابات 2016 سيتكرّر بعد 2020. الفريق الخاسر لن يقبل بنتائج الاقتراع. الحزب الديمقراطي بادر منذ اللحظات الأولى بعد انتخاب ترامب ومعه الإعلام المهيمن الشركاتي إلى العمل على إسقاط ترامب لأنه فوجئ بفوز ترامب. وإذا صدقت وعود ترامب فسيحاول الطعن بالنتائج في المحاكم الاتحادية والفئات المتشدّدة في قاعدته الانتخابية قد تعلن رفضها لتلك النتائج. هذا ما قصده فريدمان وهذا ما يجب الانتباه إليه أي العملية الديمقراطية أصبحت محطّة تشكيك. فما البديل؟

الحقيقة الثالثة هي ضرب مصداقية الإعلام المهيمن الشركاتي الذي قاد الحملة على ترامب عبر شركات الاستطلاع التي أوهمت العالم بفوز بايدن بفارق كبير وكأن النتائج محسومة مسبقاً قبل الاقتراع! جاءت النتائج الفعلية لتدحض تلك التوقّعات ولتؤكّد أن ترامب ليس ظاهرة عابرة بل انعكاس لمزاج أميركي خارج السياق التقليدي وله وزنه على الصعيد الشعبي. فالأصوات التي حصدها ترامب تجاوزت الأصوات التي حصلت عليها هيلاري كلنتون بمليونين ما يدلّ أن المؤيدين لترامب ليسوا فقط من الذين يرفضون هيلاري كلنتون. أثبتت الانتخابات أن المزاج الأميركي يختلف عمّا يصوّره الاعلام المهيمن الذي فقد مهنيته في تغطية الحملة وكان معبّراً عن رأي واحد فقط. وبغض النظر عن النتائج الرسمية فإنّ ترامب تحوّل من رئيس للولايات المتحدة إلى زعيم سياسي شعبي لما يُسمّى بأميركا الحمراء أيّ الولايات في الداخل التي أدلت بصوتها لصالحه. وذلك رغم العيوب الواضحة والفاضحة في كفاءته وسلوكه الشخصي الذي كان موضع سخرية وازدراء العديد من الأميركيين وغير الأميركيين. وقد يكون هذا التغيير مفصلياً في الحياة السياسية الأميركية حيث «الزعامة الشعبية» قد تكون في وجه «الشرعية الدستورية» وما يمكن أن ينتج عن ذلك من أزمة دستورية، إلى أزمة نظام، إلى أزمة كيان.

ومن ضمن إخفاقات استطلاعات الرأي العام هو عدم تحقيق «الموجة الزرقاء» التي كان من المفروض أن تجتاح الكونغرس. فالحزب الديمقراطي الذي كان يتوقّع ارتفاع أكثريته في مجلس النوّاب خسر مقاعد عدّة وقد يخسر أكثريته في الانتخابات النصفيّة المقبلة عام 2022، كما لم يستطع أن يحصل على الأكثرية في مجلس الشيوخ. شعبياً، خسر الحزب الديمقراطي الانتخابات وإن تمّ إعلان فوز بايدن بالرئاسة. فهذا «الفوز» مصداقيته مطعون بها شعبياً من قبل نصف الأميركيين تقريباً وقد يكون مطعوناً قضائياً. والانقسام السياسي قد يتعدّى حلبة المؤسسات الدستورية، أي الكونغرس، للحسم (العبثي) في الشارع. كل ذلك يعني أن حالة عدم استقرار أصبحت عنوان المرحلة الحالية والمقبلة في الولايات المتحدة. بالمقابل هناك مَن يعتبر أن الولايات المتحدة دولة مؤسسات وبعد موجة الغضب عند الفريق الخاسر ستعود الأمور إلى حالتها الطبيعية. هذه قراءة مبسّطة للمشهد الأميركي التي لا تأخذ بالتحوّلات التي ذكرناها أعلاه وسابقاً والتي تنذر بتلاشي التماسك الداخلي في إطار الشحّ الاقتصادي. فالحلم الأميركي الذي كان يصنع التماسك الداخلي قد سقط في محيط التناقضات والإخفاقات على الصعيد الداخلي والخارجي.

الحقيقة الرابعة هي الكثافة في الإقبال على التصويت من قبل المؤيّدين والمناهضين للرئيس الأميركي ما يدّل على عمق الانقسام القائم والذي أخذ طابع «كسر العظم». ليس من المؤكّد أن للرئيس المنتخب وفريقه قدرة على ردم الهوّة بين الفئتين من الشعب لأنه لا يملك خطابا وسياسة واضحة تستطيع محاكاة هواجس المواطنين. وإذا كان من المبكر إصدار الحكم فإن تاريخ الرجل وتاريخ نائب الرئيس المنتخب لا يوحي بأنهما يمتلكان رؤية للخروج من الأزمات البنيوية التي تواجه الأميركيين. فمن جائحة الكورونا إلى تداعياتها الاقتصادية، إلى قضايا الضمان الصحي، إلى ملف الهجرة والأمن الداخلي، إلى قضايا العنصرية، إلى قضايا المناخ، إلى إعادة تأهيل البنى التحتية المترهلة إلى قائمة طويلة من استحقاقات تمّ تجاهلها على مدى العقود الخمسة الماضية، أي منذ بداية السبعينيات، فكلّها تحتاج إلى رؤية شاملة. الخلاف بين القاعدة الشابة للحزب الديمقراطي والقيادة التي شاخت في الحزب يصعب ردمه. بالمقابل حالة الرفض للرؤية الديمقراطية لتلك الملفّات من قبل الناخبين الجمهوريين وخاصة في قضايا القيم والسلوك الاجتماعي لا توحي بأن هناك إمكانية في ردم الهاوية.

الحقيقة الخامسة هي أن جائحة كورونا أطاحت بالرئيس الأميركي. فلا ننسى أن في الانتخابات التمهيدية كان المرشح بايدن على وشك الخروج من حلبة الحملة الانتخابية وكان المتقدّم المرشّح برني سندرز. كما ان كمالا هاريس لم تحظ إلاّ بواحد بالمئة من أصوات الناخبين الديمقراطيين في الحملة الانتخابية ما يدلّ على أن انقلاباً ما حصل في مسار الانتخابات التمهيدية لإقصاء سندرز كما حصل سنة 2016 ولتعويم بايدن. استطاعت القيادة الديمقراطية بدعم كبير من باراك أوباما بقلب المعادلة الداخلية في الحزب الديمقراطي واستفادت من جائحة الكورونا التي أدّت إلى إيقاف عجلة الاقتصاد ومحو «الإنجازات» الاقتصادية التي كان يراهن عليها الرئيس الأميركي. فأصبح العنوان الانتخابي الاستفتاء حول شخص ترامب وسوء إدارته في مواجهة الجائحة. من هذه الزاوية سجّل الحزب الديمقراطي نجاحاً باهراً. لكن بالمقابل، هناك سكوت تام حول الملفّات الساخنة التي ستواجه الرئيس المنتخب والذي كان سبباً رئيسياً في إخفاق الحزب الديمقراطي في زيادة أكثريته في مجلس النوّاب وانتزاع الأكثرية في مجلس الشيوخ.

الحقيقة السادسة هي ظهور بوادر ضعف في الدولة العميقة. وهذه قد تكون مفاجأة للعديد من المراقبين. صحيح أنها انتصرت على ترامب لكن كلفة ذلك الانتصار قد يطيح بها. لم تستطع الدولة العميقة وما لديها من إمكانيات وتحالفها مع المجمع العسكري الصناعي والمالي والاوليغارشية التكنولوجية في التواصل والإعلام الشركاتي أن تحصل على أكثرية وازنة في المجتمع الأميركي. الأكثرية التي حصل عليها الرئيس المنتخب (أكثرية بالتدفيش إذا جاز الكلام) ليست أكثرية ثابتة وصلبة، هذا إذا ما تبيّن أن النتائج المعلنة صحيحة وغير قابلة للنقض. لكن هذه النتائج تكشف ضعف الخطاب السياسي الأميركي المهيمن الذي يعكس انقطاع النخب السياسية الحاكمة عن الواقع الفعلي.

الحقيقة السابعة واللافتة للنظر هي إخفاق المال المنفق في الانتخابات على تغيير مسار الأمور. حققت هذه الانتخابات أرقاماً قياسية في الإنفاق المالي والذي بلغ حسب التقديرات الأوّلية حوالي 14،5 مليار دولار، منها 6،5 مليار على الانتخابات الرئاسية والباقي على انتخابات الكونغرس الأميركي. ففي ولاية كارولينا الجنوبية على سبيل المثال أنفق الحزب الديمقراطي حوالي 100 مليون دولار لمرشّحها ضد الشيخ ليندساي غراهام وهو من الصقور في الحزب الجمهوري. لم يفلح المرشح الديمقراطي رغم ذلك الإنفاق القياسي في حملته الانتخابية. وكذلك الأمر بالنسبة لعدد من المقاعد. أما في ولاية فلوريدا أنفق مايكل بلومبرغ أكثر من 100 مليون دولار لهزيمة ترامب في الولاية التي ربحها ترامب في آخر المطاف. ومن المموّلين الكبار في الحملات الانتخابية أصحاب شركات التواصل الاجتماعي الذين أصبحوا «لاعبين» كبار في التمويل الانتخابي. لذلك على ما يبدو ففي المعارك المفصلية لا يكون المال العامل الفاصل كما كان في انتخابات سابقة التي لم تحظ بالأهمية التي شهدتها انتخابات 2020.

الحقيقة الثامنة هي بروز دور الصوت العربي والإسلامي في الانتخابات. كان ذلك الصوت بيضة القبّان في ولايتي ميشيغان ومينيسوتا المتأرجحة حيث قلب موازين القوّة لصالح نائب الرئيس بايدن. حصد الرئيس ترامب نتائج سياساته التمييزية ضد الجالية العربية والإسلامية. والفضل في تلك التعبئة يعود إلى الشابات في الحزب الديمقراطي وداخل الكونغرس الأميركي كرشيدة طليب والهان عمر في جلب الأصوات المرجّحة لصالح بايدن.

في النهاية يمكن القول في التقدير الأوّلي لنتائج الانتخابات الأميركية أن هناك خاسرين عديدين. طبعا، في الدرجة الأولى الرئيس الحالي دونالد ترامب. لكن هناك خسارة الحزب الديمقراطي على صعيد مجلس النوّاب الذي شهد تراجعاً ملحوظاً في اكثريته في مجلس الممثلين أو النوّاب ولم يحصل أيضاً على الأكثرية في مجلس الشيوخ. كما أخفق أيضاً الإعلام الأميركي وشركات استطلاع الرأي العام التي على مدى دورتين انتخابيتين أخفقت في قراءة مزاج الناخب الأميركي. صحيح أنها كانت محقة بشأن فوز بايدن ولكنها أخفقت في حجم النجاح كما أخفقت في موضوع «الموجة الزرقاء» التي كان من المفروض أن تجتاح الكونغرس الأميركي. أما الدولة العميقة التي «انتصرت» على من أتى من خارج السرب السياسي فكلفة انتصارها قد تكون باهظة بسبب ما رافقها من اهتزاز في مصداقية مكوّناتها. ولذلك حديث منفصل في وقت لاحق.

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*كاتب وباحث اقتصادي سياسي والأمين العام السابق للمؤتمر القومي العربي.

The Task of ‘Sleepy Joe’ is to Put Liberal America Right Back to Sleep

November 6, 2020

Presidential nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: File)

By Jonathan Cook

At birth, all of us begin a journey that offers opportunities either to grow – not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually – or to stagnate. The journey we undertake lasts a lifetime, but there are dozens of moments each day when we have a choice to make tiny incremental gains in experience, wisdom and compassion or to calcify through inertia, complacency and selfishness.

No one can be engaged and receptive all the time. But it is important to recognize these small opportunities for growth when they present themselves, even if at any particular moment we may decide to avoid grasping them.

When we shut ourselves into the car on the commute to work, do we use it as a moment to be alone with our thoughts or to silence them with the radio or music? When we sit with friends, do we choose to be fully present with them or scroll through the news feed on our phones? When we return from a difficult day at work, do we talk the issues through with family or reach for a glass of wine, or maybe bingewatch something on TV?

Everyone needs downtime, but if every opportunity for reflection becomes downtime then we are stagnating, not growing. We are moving away from life, from being human.

Dried-out Husk

This week liberal Americans reached for that glass of wine and voted Joe Biden. Others did so much more reluctantly, spurred on by the fear of giving his opponent another four years.

Biden isn’t over the finishing line quite yet, and there are likely to be recounts, court challenges and possibly violence over the result, but he seems all but certain to be crowned the next US president. Not that that should provoke any kind of celebration. The rest of the world’s population, future generations, the planet itself – none of us had a vote – were always going to be the losers whichever candidate won.

The incumbent, Donald Trump, miscalculated, it seems, if he thought dismissing his opponent as “Sleepy Joe” would be enough to damage Biden’s electoral fortunes. True, Trump was referring to the fact that Biden is a dried-out husk of the machine politician he once was. But after four years of Trump and in the midst of a pandemic, the idea of sleeping through the next presidential term probably sounded pretty appealing to liberals. Most of them have spent their whole political lives asleep.

Four years ago, however, they were forcibly roused from their languor to protest against Donald Trump. They grew enraged by the symptom of their corrupt political system rather than by the corrupt system itself. For them, “Sleepy Joe” was just what the doctor ordered.

But it won’t be Biden doing the sleeping. It will be the liberals who cheerlead him. Biden – or perhaps Kamala Harris – will be busy making sure his corporate donors get exactly what they paid for, whatever the cost to the rest of us.

Anger and Blame

In this analogy, Trump is not the opposite of Biden, of course. He represents stagnation too, if of a different kind.

Trump channels Americans’ frustration and anger at a political and economic system they rightly see as failing them. He articulates who should be falsely blamed for their woes: be it immigrants, minorities, socialists, or the New World Order. He offers justified, if misdirected, rage in contrast to Biden’s dangerous complacency.

But however awful Trump may be, at least some of those voting for him are grappling, if mostly unconsciously, with the tension between stagnation and growth – and not of the economic kind. Unlike most liberals, who dismiss this simplistically as “populism”, some of Trump’s supporters do at least seem to recognize that the tension exists. They simply haven’t been offered a constructive alternative to anger and blame.

Ritually Disappointed

Unlike the liberals and the Trumpists, many in the US have come to understand that their political system offers nothing but stultifying stagnation for ordinary Americans by design, even if it comes in two, smartly attired flavors.

They see that the Trump camp rages ineffectually against the corporate elite, deluded into believing that a member of that very same elite will serve as their savior. And they see that the Biden camp represents an ineffectual rainbow coalition of competing social identities, deluded into believing that those divisions will make them stronger, not weaker, in the fight for economic justice. Both of these camps appear resigned to being serially – maybe ritually – disappointed.

Failure does not inspire these camps to seek change, it makes them cling all the more desperately to their failed strategies, to attach themselves even more frantically and fervently to their perceived tribe.

That is why this US election – at a moment when the need for real, systemic change is more urgent, more evident than ever before – produced not just one but two of the worst presidential candidates of all time. We are looking at exactly what happens when a whole society not only stops growing but begins to putrefy.

Enervating Divisions

Not everyone in the US is so addicted to these patterns of self-delusion and self-harm.

Large swaths of the population don’t bother to vote out of hard-borne experience. The system is so rigged against them that they don’t think it matters much which corporate party is in power. The outcome will be the same for them either way.

Others vote third party, or consciously abstain in protest at big money’s vice-like grip on the two-party system. Others, appalled at the prospect of Trump – and before him the two Bushes, and before that Ronald Reagan – were forced once again to vote for the Democratic ticket with a heavy heart. They know all too well who Biden is (a creature of his corporate donors) and what he stands for (whatever his corporate donors want). But he is slightly less monstrous than his rival, and in the US system, those are the meaningful electoral options.

And among Trump’s supporters too, there are many desperate for wholesale change. They voted for Trump because at least he paid lip service to change.

These groups – most likely a clear electoral majority – could redirect the US towards political, social, even spiritual growth, if they could find a way to come together. They suffer from their own enervating divisions.

How should they best use their numerical strength? Should they struggle to win the presidency, and if so should it be a third-party candidate or should they work within the existing party structures? What lesson should they draw from the Democratic leadership’s sabotaging – twice over – of Bernie Sanders, a candidate offering meaningful change? Is it time to adopt an entirely different strategy, rejecting traditional politics? And if so, can it be made to work when all the major institutions – from the politicians and courts to the police, intelligence services, and media – are firmly in the hands of the corporate enemy?

Terrible Reckoning

There is no real way to sleep through life or politics, and not wake up one day – usually when it is too late – realizing catastrophic mistakes were made.

As individuals, we may face that terrible reckoning on our death-beds. Empires rarely go so quietly. They fall when it is time for their citizens to learn a painful lesson about hubris. Their technological innovations come back to haunt them, as ancient Rome’s lead water-pipes supposedly once did. Or they over-extend with ambitious wars that drain the coffers of gold, as warrior-kings have discovered to their cost through the ages. Or, when the guardians of empire least expect it, “barbarians” – the victims of their crimes – storm the city gates.

The globe-spanning US empire faces the rapid emergence of all these threats on a planetary scale. Its endless wars against phantom enemies have left the US burdened with astounding debt. Its technologies, from nuclear weapons to AI, mean there can be no possible escape from a major miscalculation. And the US empire’s insatiable greed and determination to colonize every last inch of the planet, if only with our waste products, is gradually killing the life-systems we depend on.

If Biden becomes president, his victory will be a temporary win for torpor, for complacency. But a new Trump will emerge soon enough to potentize – and misdirect – the fury steadily building beneath the surface. If we let it, the pendulum will swing back and forth, between ineffectual lethargy and ineffectual rage, until it is too late. Unless we actively fight back, the stagnation will suffocate us all.

– Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). Visit his website www.jonathan-cook.net. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

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