The Squad: an Essay on Racism, the Corporate Duopoly and the Planet
Thursday June 27 - AOC criticizes House Speaker Pelosi’s plan to endorse Mitch McConnell’s senate version of a border bill which would provide no oversight into how money was spent. Monday July 1 - AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib etc. visit ‘concentration camps’ at the southern border, prompting major msm coverage (listen closely to one or two people who shout ‘liar’ during Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ press statement about what the delegation witnessed during their visit - sounds like someone was paid off to subliminally discredit her claims in the mind of the non-critical viewer). Friday July 12 - AOC, Tlaib testify under oath in Congress about the inhumane conditions they witnessed at migrant detention centers at the southern border of the USA. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes ‘The Squad’ for not voting for the senate version of the bill regarding detention centers at the southern border (which gives a blank check to Trump regarding migrant detention centers/concentration camps - no oversight exists as to how the money is used). The media reports that ‘The Squad’ are angry about Pelosi’s capitulation to Mitch McConnell’s senate version of the bill. Sunday July 14 (Bastille Day in France) - Trump tweets that the squad are anti-American: (paraphrasing) if they don’t like America they can go back to their former countries (though three of the four were born in America). Monday July 15 - Trump doubles down, denouncing The Squad in the Whitehouse garden, implying that if don’t like America they can go back to the place they came from. (AOC days later goes back to the borough of Queens, NYC.) Later Monday July 15 - The Squad respond to Trump with a news conference covered on the MSM - The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Later July 15, in response to the media coverage of The Squad, Trump speaks at a campaign rally in South Carolina which includes a scripted claim regarding The Squad, to which the crowd at the rally chant ‘send her back’ as Trump mentions the names of Omar, Tlaib, AOC and Pressley. Despite Trump’s subsequent claims that he didn’t like the crowd’s chanting send her back and attempted to stop it, video footage shows that the opposite is true - he encouraged the crowd in their chants. Trump claimed that he spoke very quickly after the crowd started chanting, but regarding the first congresswoman he mentioned (Omar) there was a delay of thirteen seconds between Trump mentioning her name and moving on to the next person in the squad. Accusations of Trump sparking racist hate in America ensue. July 16 - House of Representatives in Congress votes to condemn Trump’s attack on The Squad as racist. The motion is passed. An unconvincingly vague response from Vice-President Mike Pence follows about the President’s criticism of The Squad and the racist chants from people at his South Carolina rally: Trump triples down with racist tweets against The Squad, propagating lies that they all claim to hate America, that Ilhan Omar defends Islamic terrorism (to the contrary she actually said Americans have more to fear from white nationalist terrorists than other terrorist groups). Trump also falsely claims that The Squad have said terrible things about Israel and are anti-Semitic. The reality is that Omar had criticized the right-wing government of Israel and its illegal occupation of the West Bank but that doesn’t imply anti-semitism. Omar did use the phrase ‘all about the Benjamin’s’ in the context of her criticism of politicians being lobbied by the pro-Israeli Government group AIPAC to support Israel but it is ridiculous on that basis to call Omar racist or an anti-Semite. (Tellingly, the vote Thursday 25 July on the House resolution on the peaceful Boycott Divest Sanction proposal to exert pressure on Israel to stop its illegal occupation / discrimination against Palestinians was heavily defeated. The status quo was upheld, i.e. many employees face losing their job in America if they protest against the Israeli government - contrary to the first amendment of freedom of speech. Those who voted against the resolution included Ayanna Pressley and Tulsi Gabbard. (Gabbard expressed concerns about how sanctions would affect ordinary Israelis rather than the oligarchical Israeli government). Next came a Supreme Court ruling in favor of Trump’s Wall, in effect backed by the recent budget agreed by Pelosi. Daniel Politi of Slate magazine (July 28) wrote: “There were likely big celebrations at the White House Friday night as the Supreme Court gave the green light for the Trump administration to There were likely big celebrations at the White House Friday night as the Supreme Court gave the green light for the Trump administration to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to build parts of the wall along the Mexican border. In a 5-4 ruling, the court’s conservative justices overturned a lower court decision and said the administration could begin using the money while the case proceeds.” Pelosi implicitly agrees a deal with Trump about the budget on July 22, crucially incorporating an agreement that the debt-ceiling will not be discussed for two years, i.e. after the 2020 general election. This means that if a corporate duopoly candidate (Democratic or Republican Party) wins in 2020 nothing will really change for the very wealthy in America. (As Joe Biden has promised to his billionaire donors if he is elected their life style will not change.) Money is debt: the more debt America has, the more money is available for greedy corporations and the politicians they buy through lobbying (e.g. research Citizens United). The corporate duopoly want to keep control of how money is spent - not for a progressive agenda. If a progressive candidate wins the presidency in 2020, the corporate senate and house can vote against e.g. Medicare for all and other progressive policies, relying on the false idea that since America is in debt, there is no money to fund progressive policies. Debt is a red herring - if the national debt were paid off, there would be no money, as e.g. has attested to by David Graeber, in his book entitled ‘Debt: The First 5000 Years’: “In 1694, a consortium of English bankers made a loan of £1,200,000 to the king. In return they received a royal monopoly on the issuance of banknotes. What this meant in practice was they had the right to advance IOUs for a portion of the money the king now owed them to any inhabitant of the kingdom willing to borrow from them, or willing to deposit their own money in the bank—in effect, to circulate or "monetize" the newly created royal debt. This was a great deal for the bankers (they got to charge the king 8 percent annual interest for the original loan and simultaneously charge interest on the same money to the clients who borrowed it), but it only worked as long as the original loan remained outstanding. To this day, this loan has never been paid back. It cannot be. If it ever were, the entire monetary system of Great Britain would cease to exist.” (The modern Federal Reserve is modeled on the Bank of England, who Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson James Madison and others blamed for the cause of the War of Independence.) Bolstering the US military serves to help the very rich get richer, not to help the working classes. Both Dems and Republican Congress members typically vote for expanding the military budget. This suits them because it lines their own pockets. Both are against progressive politicians because they are a threat to their own greed. Instead, progressives are for the vision that the founding fathers had for America - that the people should control the circulation and value of money, not for profit private banks. The squad of Pelosi Schiff Nadler and Cummings (a sad imitation of the brave progressive squad of four who risk death threats but nonetheless defend what they believe) were wheeled out after the July 24 hyped up congressional hearing in which Robert Mueller testified (ironically) under oath to the corporate duopoly’s (self-interested) questions. The upshot was that the oversight committee and intelligence committee have done a great job of showing that those around Trump are liars. Our ‘democracy’ is under attack. The people Trump prevented from testifying should be forced to do so (this will take time, in the courts). Once that happens the corporate Dems can move toward impeachment proceedings. What the corporate Dems don’t mention is that America is a corporate oligarchy, not a democracy. American primary and general elections are primarily rigged by America, not by Russia. The duty of Congress is to keep a check on the executive branch, but at the moment Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate. Nancy Pelosi is a multi- millionaire corporate Democrat who wants to quiet progressive voices, like the mainstream media do in general. As CNN reporter Manu Raju claimed, Nancy Pelosi had for a long time insisted that impeachment proceedings would die in the senate (thus letting Trump off the hook, making things look to the 2020 electorate as if the proceedings had been carried out and Trump had emerged not-guilty, thus helping him in the 2020 election). Now, Pelosi was saying that it was important to build a strong prosecutorial case against Trump, for the sake of doing one’s duty in Congress. This smacks of the incompatible combination of claiming to want to do one’s moral duty (regardless of self-interest), but only if it is in one’s own self-interest. Apparently Pelosi, like Trump is an ethical-egoist: anything is morally permissible (and required) if it serves one’s own interests (corporate interests in this case - remember the Democratic and Republican Parties are two branches of the same corporate political party). Clearly, the Democratic wing of the Corporate Party are trying to frame the 2020 debate in terms of defeating Trump who they allege accepted help from a hostile power in the 2016 election (which everyone knows is not why Hillary lost). Not mentioned by the MSM - how Russia and the USA have routinely interfered in each other’s elections for decades. Worse than that, the USA has been supporting coups against democratically elected leaders of other countries for decades. For example, the coup against Moussadeq in Iran in the 1950s, and the coup in Honduras during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, not to mention her role in the death of Gaddafi in Libya, or wanting to kill (via drone) Julian Assange (someone that Trump indirectly applauded while Wikileaks was helping his Presidential campaign, but now disavows). It doesn’t matter to Pelosi or Trump who wins in 2020, either way they and their donors will be fine. What is paramount is that progressives are disparaged in the media so people won’t vote for them. Both Trump and Pelosi hate The Squad, ultimately for the same reasons. It’s progressives against the corporate duopoly in 2020. Joe Biden selfishly / superstitiously says the soul of America is at stake: rather, the existence of life on earth is at stake and he can’t save the Earth since he is a corporate puppet. The corporate media are trying to shepherd you into voting for one of the only two possible corporate candidates, it doesn’t matter which despite their pantomime moral indignation and melodrama for ratings. A vote for a corporate candidate (Democrat or Republican) will ultimately be a death sentence for most life on earth.