The Republicans Cross the Rubicon
Does anyone remember when National Public Radio was an independent voice?
During the 1980s NPR was continually on the case of the Reagan administration. NPR certainly had a Democratic slant, and a lot of its reporting about the Reagan administration was one-sided. Yet, NPR was an independent voice, and it sometimes got things correct.
In the 21st century that voice has disappeared, which was the intention of the George W. Bush regime. Bush put a Republican woman in charge who made it clear to NPR producers and show hosts that the federal part of their funding was at risk.
Money often over-rules principle, and when corporations added their really big money NPR collapsed. Today the local stations still pretend to be funded by listeners, but if you have noticed, as I have, there are now a large number of corporate advertisements, disguised in the traditional terms "with support from . . ." If you are not listening to classical music, you are listening to corporate advertisements.
Today the entire "mainstream media" is closed to truth-tellers. The US media is Washington's propaganda ministry. The US media has only one function–to lie for Washington.
What reminded me of NPR's surrender was NPR's August 31 report with its two regular talking voice political pundits discussing the Republican Convention and Romney's speech. After witnessing the Republicans at their nominating convention at Tampa violate all their own rules and ride roughshod over the Ron Paul delegates, one expected some discussion of the Republican Party's refusal to allow Ron Paul to be placed in nomination or his delegate account to be announced.
The operative question was obvious: How can the American people trust the Republicans with the awesome power of the executive branch when the Republican Party just finished demonstrating for all to see its Stalinist qualities by crushing the anti-war, anti-police state wing of its party?
The authoritarianism was gratuitous. Romney had a sufficient number of delegates to be nominated. It would have cost Romney nothing to follow the rules and allow Ron Paul to be placed in nomination and his delegate numbers to be reported. Instead, Romney wrote off the liberty contingent of the Republican Party. The Brownshirts demonstrated their power.
The last Republican who wrote off a chunk of his own party was Barry Goldwater, and he went down to crushing defeat. Makes one wonder if the Republicans are relying on those electronic voting machines programed with proprietary Republican software that leave no paper trail. The Democrats have acquiesced to Republican election theft. There have been numerous cases where exit polls indicate that voters chose a different candidate than the one chosen by the Republican programmed voting machines.
One would have thought that NPR and its pundits would have found the parallel with Goldwater worth comment, but the suppression of the Ron Paul delegates was already down the memory hole.
One would also have thought that NPR and its pundits would have found Clint Eastwood's speech a fascinating topic of discussion. Eastwood had a Republican National Committee approved speech, but discarded it. Instead, Eastwood stood beside an empty chair and pretended to be talking to Obama, but it could just as well have been Romney in the chair. By pretending to be talking to Obama, Eastwood made his points without eliciting boos from the Republican audience.
Not many in the Republican audience caught on, but there were some stony faces when Eastwood said "I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there are 23 million unemployed people in this country." More stony Republican faces when Eastwood showed his opposition to the Iraq and Afghan wars and asks the chair, "why don't you just bring them [the troops] home tomorrow morning?" Those who thought he was digging at Obama cheered; those who realized he was criticizing hardline Republican positions were displeased.
But NPR and the US media in general are uncomfortable with such real news as a political party being told off by one of its heroes and a political party sufficiently stupid to repeat Barry Goldwater's mistake. The establishment might complain. The money might dry up or employees be fired for permitting such a story to be aired. The Democrats lost their independent financing when jobs offshoring destroyed the unions. There are no longer countervailing powers to Wall Street and the corporations, which have been endowed by the Republican US Supreme Court with First Amendment rights to purchase US elections, and placed in charge of the US Treasury, the regulatory agencies and the Federal Reserve.
In Tampa the Republicans wrote off the Ron Paul vote, because they are enamored of power and its gratuitous demonstration. Can people so desirous of power and the thrill of its use be trusted to let go of power when they lose the next election? There are enough presidential executive orders and national security orders, even some signed by the Democrat Obama, that any president can assert them and refuse to face election.
Once Rome accepted Julius Caesar's coup, the Roman Republic was gone. Those who tried to save the Roman Republic by assassinating Caesar failed, because the majority of the legions had gone over to the dictatorship, which promised them more money than the Republic had. Caesar's name became the title for Rome's dictators.
In the US, even your friendly local police have gone over to dictatorship. And they are armed with its tools. A friend, a competitive shooter for accuracy, told me that as he left his gun club on August 27, a local sheriff department entered in a military armored vehicle, something one would expect to see on a battlefield, followed by a large sheriff's department truck full of military equipment. He says that the gun club allows local police to use the club's facilities so that club members are not stopped and harassed about their firearms as they go to and from the club. He reports that the police will line up 30 abreast, with automatic weapons, not allowed to club members, and fire at one target, with 30 police emptying 30-round magazines at the same target.
He once asked our protectors if they were practicing for some competition. The answer was, "No, we are preparing to control the outcome when there is trouble."
Control is the operative word. We have seen for a number of years now that the Republican Party is power-addicted. Remember when the Bush administration fired the US Attorneys who refused the order to indict only Democrats? Remember the Republican Party's transparent frame-up of popular Alabama Democratic governor Don Siegelman? Evidence indicates that the Republican operative Karl Rove took advantage of a Republican federal judge, vulnerable according to news reports to corruption charges, and a compliant Republican US attorney in Alabama to railroad Governor Siegelman. The message to Democrats was: if you get elected in our Southern Territory, we will get you.
But never fear, we have "freedom and democracy." George W. Bush told us so himself.
The weak, chicken-hearted Obama administration has not commuted Siegelman's outrageous sentence. The inability of the Democrats to stand up for their own members and their own principles is the best indication we have that Republican tyranny will prevail.
It didn't take Caesar George W. Bush 10 minutes to wipe out the prison sentence of vice president Dick Cheney's chief aid for revealing the identity of a CIA operative, a felony under US law. But the Obama Justice (sic) Department supports Karl Rove's destruction of one of its most popular governors.
It was the German left-wing's weak opposition to the National Socialists that gave the world Hitler.
The Republican Party has become the Party of Hate. Decades of frustration have made Republicans mean. They object to everything that has happened since the Great Depression in the 1930s to make the US a more just and humane society.
The Republican Party wants power so that it can smash all vestiges of regulation and welfare and all those of whom Republicans disapprove: the poor, the minorities, liberals, the imagined "foreign enemies," war protestors and others who challenge authority, those American weaklings who have compassion for the unfortunate, the US Constitution, that pinko-liberal-commie document that coddles criminals, illegal aliens, and terrorists, and all dissenters from the policy of enriching the one percent at the expense of the 99 percent.
Above all else, the Republicans want to turn Social Security and Medicare into profit centers for private corporations.
Would the world be surprised if Republicans donned brown shirts? America has declared itself to be "the indispensable nation," justifying its hegemony over the world. Any country that does not submit to Washington is "a foe." The neoconservative propaganda that America is the indispensable nation with a right to world hegemony sounds a lot like "Deutschland uber alles."
A decade ago the Bush regime demonstrated that it could over-ride US statutory law, the US Constitution, and the constitutional separation of powers in order to concentrate unaccountable power in the office of the president.
The Democrats, when they gained control of Congress in the mid-term elections, did nothing about the unprecedented legal and constitutional crimes of George W. Bush. The Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who could easily have impeached George W. Bush for his obvious crimes against US law and the US Constitution, announced that "impeachment is off the table." Money was more important to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi than the rule of law.
When a people have no political party that represents them, they are doomed to tyranny.
And to war.
Russia and China are in the way of Washington's hegemony. Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, has declared Russia to be "our number one geopolitical foe" for opposing Washington's plans to overthrow by violence the Syrian government. Why is overthrowing the Syrian government so advantageous to Washington that Romney in a fit of pique recklessly brought the United States into direct confrontation with Russia?
Arrogance and hubris lead to wars. Do Americans really want a person as president who is so reckless as to gratuitously declare a large nuclear-armed country to be our number one enemy? The American and Israeli trained Georgian army did not last an hour when the former Soviet republic foolishly, on Washington's encouragement, provoked the Russian bear.
Meanwhile the Obama regime, concerned with China's rapid economic rise, has indicated that it thinks China is the number one enemy. The Obama regime has forgot that China, when a primitive, backward country, fought the US to a stalemate in Korea more than a half century ago.
The Obama regime has announced that the US Navy is being repositioned to the Eastern Pacific, that the US regards the South China Sea as America's national interest, and that new naval, air, and troop bases are being established in the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere in the region. The purpose of these bases is to block China's access to energy and raw materials, which is what Washington did to Japan in the 1930s.
Are Americans aware that the hubris and idiocy of their political leaders have now saddled Americans with the burden of two number one enemies, both well equipped with armies and nuclear weapons? Only Iran can be happy about this as it moves Iran off the front burner.
Washington is putting its forward military bases in place, and the propaganda war is being cranked up. The subservient British press was quick to fall in line with Washington. A British reader of my column reports that the Guardian/Observer and New Statesman are at Putin's throat: "Every day this week we've had Russia/Putin hate stories. Headlines such as 'medieval dictatorship' as we saw in last Sunday's Observer [August 26] are common. In this week's New Statesman we have a front page picture of Putin with the headline 'Putin's reign of terror.' They've got Putin with a crown on his head and dressed as a Tsar-like figure. It's a relentless information battlefield assault on Russia."
Another line of Washington's attack on Russia is Washington's covert backing of Chechnya terrorist groups in the Caucasus and funding of front groups in Russia for protest and terrorist organizations. Allegations of corruption and stolen elections come primarily from Washington-funded groups operating in Russia. (See "Al Qaeda Blitzkrieg: West's Terror Battalions Eye Russia Next" and "BOMBSHELL: US Neo-Cons, State Department Behind Terror Wave in Russia.") Through these methods, Washington hopes to destabilize the Russian government and to isolate it internationally in order to remove a barrier to Washington's hegemony.
Two of Romney's right-wing neoconservative advisors said that Romney as president would "confront Moscow on its poor record on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law." The western media will not comment on the irony of these propagandistic allegations against Russia issuing from the US, the country that has destroyed habeas corpus and due process protections of the accused, tortured detainees in violation of the Geneva Conventions and its own statutory law, kidnaps, tortures, and assassinates foreign nationals as well as its own citizens, supports terrorism against Libya, Syria, Iran, and Russia, runs roughshod over international law, never submitting to law itself but using law as a weapon against governments that it has demonized, while it carries on military operations against seven Muslim countries without a declaration of war.
The Nuremberg Trials of Germans after World War II established that naked aggression is a war crime. Naked aggression, renamed by Washington, "preemptive war," has become the operative principle of US foreign policy.
As Putin remarked, Washington is guilty of the crimes of which it accuses others, but Washington permits all things to "the indispensable nation."
Amerika uber alles!
This article originally appeared at www.paulcraigroberts.org, republished here with author's permission (copyright Paul Craig Roberts).
Posted by Roger Sherman on 09/06/12 08:37 AM
"The Republican Party has become the Party of Hate. Decades of frustration have made Republicans mean. They object to everything that has happened since the Great Depression in the 1930s to make the US a more just and humane society."
Really Dr. Roberts? This sounds very "politically correct" for someone who postures to be a rational disinterested critic of imperial agendas promoted by both major parties vying for power within the Republic. Had you begun your article with that statement you would have developed as much evidence to support it as you did when you finally got around to making it.
You accuse the Republicans of being motivated by hate and resentment and the Democrats (or at least the former Speaker Nancy Pelosi) of being motivated by greed. The fact is that neither you nor any mortal can know the motives of others. We can only present the evidence of cause and apparent effect. And that evidence as you well know is both limited and convoluted. Stick to presenting the evidence and leave us to draw our own conclusions about motivation and intended consequences.
Posted by dotti on 09/07/12 07:48 AM
Re: "Does anyone remember when National Public Radio was an independent voice?
"During the 1980s NPR was continually on the case of the Reagan administration. NPR certainly had a Democratic slant, and a lot of its reporting about the Reagan administration was one-sided. Yet, NPR was an independent voice, and it sometimes got things correct."
I should have read the first two paragraphs and stopped reading. I cannot claim lots of historical knowledge, but I can say that I never thought of NPR as "an independent voice".
Apparently a "Democratic slant" was okay. That is how I would have described it in past and present terms. I do agree that if you want to listen to classical music, NPR is okay. Just don't depend on them for news.
All the rest of the article, I found troubling. Probably because many of the references were sufficiently vague that I had to at least consider that the author's views were well-founded.
I considered the broad brush that painted Republicans as hateful and greedy was especially unfair. I am not pleased with Republicans, but still find their views more palitable than Democrats.
I do believe that there has been erosion of Constitutional protections, but I don't see that as Republican or Democrat. I see it as part of a plan for a New World Order--a plan that is being put in place, not by our politicians, but by their "handlers"--the Power Elite of the world.
And I am against torture regardless of the "success" of the methods. Does anyone really believe that torture will never be used against the innocent?
And certainly, the involvement of the US military with MSM support is troubling to me. I see Egypt, Lybia, Syria, and especially Ivory Coast as all illegal interventions by the more "civilized" nations, particularly the USA.
And I'm not the first to acknowledge that one person's "freedom fighters" are another's "terrorists".
It's not a great way to start my day!
More coffee... then off to the studio for a day of work.
Thanks DB for providing this forum.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/08/12 04:30 AM
I remember times when my father secretly listened Radio free europe and Voice of america. Later I listen it by myself. You know Operation Paperclip. But at that time West was god. I listen BBC and NPR almost daily. Nasty propaganda if you know how.
But many times I learn something new. Then I go to net and check out. Like Pussy Riot thing. But. We all are already old foxes, not rookies. So I went to Russian webs and... I smile how Russian inteligence get into trap Paul Mc Cartney, Madona, Hilary, Barak.
Since we did not talk I made one gr8 discovery. I tell you story.
You know or not that DNA of British Isles is Basque, invasions of Celts, Germs,Vikings,Normans made little contribution to DNA. R1b moved from north west Russia sometimes at end of Ice age up to the Isles. They do not speak Aryan language.
But. Their symbol is swastika and their goddes is Mari. Vedic Tara was called Terra Mari-shead golden hair, blue ayes, pale skin, third eye. And we have Hill of Tara in Ireland.
So what is english language then, why we do not speak Basque. English is Vulgar latin. Military/mercenaries language of Roman empire. The same is Spanish,Italian and French. English has 50% of words from Norman French-another Vulgar Latin. You all know this. OK. I learn it in school. But as dotti mentions Constitution. So what is English Common law then?
I asked myself: Why english has so many latin words, like body parts. Then I asked why ECL has so many latin words but they do not recognize Roman law and principles of Roman law. It took years. I Click to view link like: Compare civil and Common law in many versions. All arround the same.
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Questions speedygonzales ... how about answers!
Posted by rossbcan on 09/08/12 08:05 AM
"When a people have no political party that represents them, they are doomed to tyranny."
A political party is a group, defined by some philospohical "groupthink", inevitably a product of false assumptions, false information, gross generalizations, propaganda and general subversion, a psyop. Learn to THINK and, be immune to manipulation and slavery in costly pursuit of false goals, where the profit goes to the elements of the system that enforce false goalseeking:
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Set your OWN GOALS (be an INDIVIDUAL) and personally insist on respect for a level playing field where "none are tolerated to be predator, nor prey", under the "rule of law" (former basis of late, once great western civilization), now long rationalized away by glib predators on the bench:
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The truth will NOT set you free. Merely inform you that YOU ARE ALREADY FREE, if the courage to ACT is exercised.