Washington’s Hollow Men Write Their Own Ticket–and Yours 2/2

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to media mogul Rupert Murdoch as they walk out of Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen

Where the money is, billionaire media mogul, Rupert Murdoch with Donald Trump.

Does President Donald Trump Even Exist?

Does he even exist? Or is he just an empty shell, selected for his flashiness and impropriety, traits guaranteed to take our eye off the ball while his handlers re-stack all the decks. There’s an exact word in the dictionary for this kind of cheap distraction with worthless nonsense. It’s called “trumpery.” Samuel Johnson, in his  dictionary of 1755, assigned three meanings to trumpery:

(1) Something fallaciously splendid; something of less value than it seems
(2) Falsehood, empty talk
(3) Something of no value; trifles

(See the Merriam-Webster definition here.)

If we look behind the advisors at the President’s backers and influencers, the panorama is even more depressing. What are President Trump’s principal influencers are made of? I’ll give you a hint. It’s mainly money. One of the earliest of these wise men is Rupert Murdoch, a superannuated nationalized American media mogul born in Australia who has always been associated with yellow journalism and right-wing causes in all places where he has substantial media holdings: among others Australia (Leader Newspaper Group, Quest Community Newspapers), the U.K. (Sky  UK) and the United States (Fox News, News Corporation. 21st Century Fox).

President Donald Trump’s Unsavory Backers

Since Donald Trump became the U.S. president, Murdoch’s opinion of him has done a 180-degree handbrake turn. Where he formerly referred to Trump as “a fucking idiot,” quoted in Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House, Murdoch has become a loyal Trump fan, albeit one who holds his nose. His Fox News now defends everything Trumpish with slavish fervor.

Another Trump backer, who came on board in a big way with cash and expert staff midway through the presidential election campaign, is Robert Mercer, who was an artificial intelligence whizkid in the late 60s and early 70s and went on to turn Renaissance Technologies into a fabulous money spinner. Today he is one of US America’s principal donors to right-wing projects, not only with cash but with strategically valuable information from his big-data operations.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Mercer is currently ranked the number one donor to federal candidates in the 2016 election cycle. By June 2016, Mercer had donated $2 million to John R. Bolton’s super PAC and $668,000 to the Republican National Committee. Mercer was also a major financial supporter of the 2016 presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, contributing $11 million to a super PAC associated with the candidate. Inside sources have affirmed that Trump could not have won the presidency without Mercer’s support.

Mercer’s activities are multinational, also extending to the UK. Andy Wigmore, communications director of Leave.EU, has said that Mercer donated the services of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to Nigel Farage, the head of the United Kingdom Independence Party. The firm was able to advise Leave.EU through its ability to harvest data from people’s  Facebook profiles in order to target them with individualized persuasive messages to vote for Brexit.

Whom Do You Walk With?

A Spanish saying goes, “Dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres.” “Tell me whom you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are.” For a more complete list of Donald Trump’s walking, talking handlers and influencers I refer you to Paradise Papers, Secrets of the Global Elite, published online by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The United States Has Been Invaded

The United States has been invaded, not by Communist Russia nor Red China, not even by Mexico, rather by homegrown undesirables “led” by an infantile, deranged president. If the country is going to recover any measure of its former greatness these invaders must be expelled from power, preferably through legal, constitutional means. The US has no need for low men in high places who are systematically dismantling key programs that are essential for the maintenance of a just and equal democracy in favor of an unequal and unfair society that is unfolding on a playing field tilted in favor of the super-rich. Money talks. The recent tax-reduction-for-big-business bill that was ramrodded through Congress by night is an eloquent example of this governmental insanity.

How can the richest country in the world be so gravely lacking in infrastructures; equality for minorities, women and LGBT citizens; a Congress free of outside control; a sane and balanced judiciary; universal health care and elemental environmental protection? Axing these services is not only possible, the Trumpeteers would affirm, it’s absolutely necessary in order to divert financing and resources to the permanent war effort. Ongoing war is essential to establishing US American suzerainty across the world, in short, “world domination.” Besides, it’s where the big money is to be made.

Here’s what you’re up against. This is a quote from United States senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton:

We should triple the amount we spend on defense and quadruple what we spend on prisons. Why do we pay for food stamps? Welfare? Medicare? They don’t keep us safe. If anything they nurture the most dangerous elements of society.

These words were pronounced on the floor of the United States Senate on March 16, 2015.

The grotesque neo-con agenda shouldn’t surprise anyone. Its playbook was laid out clearly by the 1997 Project for the New American Century, drafted by two Republican tank thinkers, William Kristol and Robert Kagan. This is the Wikipedia introductory paragraph on the PNAC:

PNAC’s first public act was to release a “Statement of Principles” on June 3, 1997. The statement had 25 signers, including project members and outside supporters. It described the United States as the “world’s pre-eminent power,” and said that the nation faced a challenge to “shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests.” In order to achieve this goal, the statement’s signers called for significant increases in defense spending, and for the promotion of “political and economic freedom abroad.” It said the United States should strengthen ties with its democratic allies, “challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values,” and preserve and extend “an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” Calling for a “Reaganite” policy of “military strength and moral clarity,” it concluded that PNAC’s principles were necessary “if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.”

I’m reminded of the wonderful old think-tank euphemism, “anticipatory retaliation.” Here’s what one of the most interesting books I’ve read recently has to say on the subject: Twenty-first Century Confronts Its Gods, Globalization, Technology and War, edited by David J. Hawkin and written by a collection of Christian writers (2004).

Today U.S. forces and their coalition partners mask aggression by speaking of “anticipatory retaliation” and “sanitizing” enemy-held territory. Reports of their using “smart weapons” and “brilliant weapons” to effect “surgical strikes” are meant to persuade us of intelligently applied clinical accuracy under sterile conditions. They speak of “regime change” when referring to their plans to overthrow foreign governments through unilateral military intervention and covert operations…

Definition of “lycanthrope:”

  1. a werewolf
  2. a person who believes that he is a wolf
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Author: Michael Booth

Michael Booth, the creator of TrumpAndAllTheRest.com, is a US-born expatriate journalist, publicist, author and online publisher who has lived in a Spanish village in the foothills of Sierra Nevada for the past five decades. Though better known abroad for his fine-art printmaking sites and online magazine, Booth's day job for the past decade and a half, until recently, was his communications agency, dedicated principally to designing and implementing Internet strategies for Spanish companies and institutions. His latest project is a photographic homage site to the Spanish village that adopted him many years ago: http://somospineros.com.

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