Monday, December 12, 2016

We Await the Crisis...


by Gaius Publius

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State
Randall Jarrell

I'll have a whole lot more to say about this subject later. But so this piece doesn't turn into an essay, let me expand just briefly on a theme I've been discussing by borrowing a few words from Chris Hedges.

The theme? That the nation is in a pre-revolutionary condition, has been for a while, from which could easily erupt a "rolling civil war."

Hedges writes about the Trumpian State's reaction to rebellion, whether by Black Lives Matter in unruly opposition to the next murder-by-cop, or the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) rebellion against the masters of oil and gas, or any other trigger that triggers the #NeverTrump crowd to action in the streets.

Hedges' observation? We await the crisis.
Waiting for the Barbarians

We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy.

When we look back on this sad, pathetic period in American history we will ask the questions all who have slid into despotism ask. Why were we asleep?
Since 9/11, Bush and Obama, together and explicitly, have created the infrastructure for a turn-key dictatorship. Hedges:
Where were the lawyers, judges, law professors and law school deans who should have ferociously defended our rights to privacy, due process and habeas corpus? Why didn’t they challenge Barack Obama’s signing into law Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act? Section 1021 overturns the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibited the military from acting as a domestic police force. The section also permits the military to carry out extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers.

Why didn’t the legal profession fight against the Obama administration’s misinterpretation of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Act as giving the executive branch the right to order the assassination of U.S. citizens? How did lawyers and judges allow the misuse of the Espionage Act to target and imprison whistleblowers?
Executive-ordered indefinite detention. Executive-ordered assassination of citizens. Military response to domestic disturbances. Espionage charges, fines and imprisonment levied against whistleblowers. And so much more. All this has been done already. All this stands waiting for the right (wrong) hand to expand further the reach of executive power, and spark an exploding response.

The door to this power is in front of him. The key sits beside it. Will Trump insert the key and enter that dark room, when the natural rebellion against his overreach comes? Will he further arm and militarize our so-called "police," but this time order the attack?

Portland, Oregon police guarding a bank

Trump has already, by choosing the cabinet from hell — the worst cabinet perhaps in American history — betrayed all he campaigned on. And he not yet even in office. Executive branch betrayal is no surprise; Obama did exactly the same. But Trump's betrayal is spectacular, of Dantesque proportions.

Obama's wet dream was a simple "grand bargain" for lower taxes and a diminished safety net. A neoliberal vision of relatively modest destruction. Trump already sits on chairs of gold and walks through Versailles-splendored palaces. Once he takes office, is "l'état, c'est moi" — and the battle that resists it — America's future?

"From my mother's sleep I fell into the State, and I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze." What are Trump's wet dreams? Will we freeze and burn within them?


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At 10:12 AM, Blogger bowtiejack said...

Trump is an honest-to-god psychopath (a person with an impaired brain - more snake than mammal). They're not all like Hannibal Lector. The erratic conduct (twitter wars, bankruptcies, epic lying, etc.) is a feature, not a bug. If you do google this, be sure and pay attention to the impulsivity, lack of control, narcissism, and grandiosity ("I have the best brain in the world") aspects. Again, these are features of the psychopath, not anomalies or bugs. As I say, they're not all like Hannibal Lector, but they are all damaged and extremely dangerous. Nuclear weapons bingo, anyone?

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Gaius, I hate to say it, but I see what you are seeing. It is all so dark and frightening. Obama made some very bad moves in office. These moves were some of the nails in the coffin for American democracy. A brilliant man, did he not realize what he was doing? Did he not see that other Presidents could wield this power that he helped to instill in the Oval Office with truly evil intent? Complacency is the enemy of democracy - Americans have long been asleep at the wheel. The left has seen it coming but were poo pooed. We are really in for it now.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh C'mon now you're all acting like servile minions of the Gloom State. The people of Egypt overthrew their government in 2 weeks and we can do it less time than that if need be. Don't B fearN Fear.

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the Obama observations above:

Obama revealed himself in his December 2012 interview with Univision as a "moderate 1985 Reagan Republican". Yes, he's a smart man. He figured out early on that his ambition to be the first non-100% Caucasian President was not going to be realized as a member of the Party of the Gipper. He had to establish himself across the aisle, where his Republican desires could be realized without interference due to New Dems and Blue Dogs ensuring that no one better could ever get to a position of influence.

But "did he not see?" No, he did not. He never saw just how hard the Republicans would fight him even when he gives them everything they are on record as desiring. He offered the "Grand Bargain" in trade for nothing of consequence. He didn't get anything for making the Bush tax cuts permanent. He threw the unemployed under the bus after claiming he'd help them in their distress. And so very much more.

Barry clearly believes in the kind of presidency that Trump will deliver. He doesn't see what he has done to the nation to make that happen. And, he doesn't care. He got his. Screw you, you dirty F'n hippie of the Professional Left!

So if the nation ever decides to emulate the end of Nicolae Ceauşescu, it won't be complete unless the enabler Obama stands next to his beneficiary.

At 1:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Anon @4:24 PM:

Quote: "He (Obumma) threw the unemployed under the bus after claiming he'd help them in their distress."

This is one of the features of Obumma's "legacy," upon which HRC based her hapless campaign, that doomed it to failure.

Hedges's message has been public for years. One wonders if our "intelligent" president ordered up Section 1021 specifically in preparation for the eventuality of widespread uprising.

John Puma

At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

coupla things:

bowtiejack, nice post. spot on.

from GP: "Where were the lawyers, judges, law professors and law school deans who should have ferociously defended our rights to privacy, due process and habeas corpus?"

GP, WHERE WERE THE FUCKING VOTERS?!?!? Everyone who voted for PATRIOT and the various incarnations of the "defense" acts; the invasion(s) of Iraq and others; the drone murder program; everyone got re-elected. And now we get der fuhrer, at BEST a malignant narcissist with zero impulse control. At worst, we might have our hitler.

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 4:24, obamanation showed who he is between November, 2008 and inauguration when he nominated a slate of goldman-sachs, lobbyists and other fascists to his cabinet and team. He even nom'd the most corrupt D ever, Daschle, but that nom could not be tolerated it was so odious. But banking got Holder and Geithner et al. and so on.

When obamanation started dropping those names, we knew... well some of us knew.

As to the arrogation of powers... name one person in all of human history who fell into such power and GAVE SOME OF IT UP for the good of his people. I'll wait.

Give someone power... and they'll only want more. And us voters are so fucking stupid and evil, we just hand it over.

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