Executive Carnage, Epilogue: Donald Trump’s LARP Junta And Impeachment

Don’t listen to the bad orange man behind the glass curtain

Washington, D.C., U.S.A

With four years of “winning” madness of the Donald Trump presidency of 2017-2021, capped by the living hell he put this country through in 2020 with the pandemic he so dearly decided to play down, it’s bewildering why Trump wanted to still stick around for another four as the nation still grapples with the resurgent pandemic (with new strains of COVID) and a brand new depression during a bigger gilded age. The election wasn’t even called when Trump held a press conference making various claims of voting discrepancies in red and swing states as Biden/Harris won bigly into the night on election day when he announced his refusal to concede.

During his last 60 days, he just wanted to bust everyone’s balls and go into civilian life while spraying bullets of invective bullshit just like he did on his sore winner transition tour after his victory over Hillary in 2016. Which is what he did when he began his Stop the Steal campaign, sending counselors Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell to a dozen swing states to overturn results for the election awarded to Hidin’ Joe Biden and it ultimately led to bupkus. During this time, Trump’s MAGA hordes on social media, notably on new platform Parler, were whipped up into frenzied indignation and refused to accept the results along with the former Chief Executive. Following the final court dismissals of the election results, Trump announced on the twitter of a rally assembly at the Ellipse Park on 1/6/2021 and hyped it to his devoted followers that the event will be “WILD

Following opening act Rudy Giuliani, who the last time he riled up a crowd this amped was when he addressed off-duty NYPD officers protesting against a civilian board to monitor recidivist rogue cops and abuses of authority, Donald Trump spoke to his adoring Stans about rigged machines, social media’s pernicious influence and the complacent and complicit Republicans that turned on him and they were more passionately pissed about his defeat and about his collective enemies than he was. Ex-President Trump, behind a massive glass curtain, preached words of strength, maligned his enemies some more and praised what remained of his allies in the Senate and House and laid his final executive order with a subtle threat to fix the electoral results to Vice President Mike Pence. Trump capped off his final diatribe by telling his thousands of supporters in the park to meet him at the Capitol and give those legislators and the VP a piece of their minds.

Meeting up with a critical mass standing by at the U.S. Capitol grounds, tens of thousands of people with many wielding 8 foot flag poles waving myriad flags marched towards the Congressional building to “stop the steal”.  When they all assembled and surrounded the Capitol building , they were greeted by a stunningly undermanned and under fortified in comparison to the big glass window that was set in front of Donnie during his disgruntled Patton-esque speech. After being basically invited in by capitol cops, the MAGA vortex charged and took control.

After trying to persuade the Capital cops to join forces with them, Trump’s supporters immediately overwhelmed the building and the cops, who only defense from the MAGA vortex were  rinky dink security gates that wouldn’t be protective enough to lock a bike on and their trusty flash bangs and tear gas grenades. The optics of the ensuing rush by the people resembled takeovers normally seen in third world countries or a session at Barry’s Boot Camp. Many even dressed like soldiers for the fact being they once were, especially the ones who actually climbed the walls to get to the Capitol’s mezzanine level. Capitol cops stationed by the steps spent all their pepper spray, rubber bullets and flash bangs to protect Congress, which just made the MAGA horde madder as they fought back with bear spray and mace and weaponizing their flagpoles draped with Old Glory and Trump’s name on them. Then the MAGA vortex penetrated the Captiol doors and barged in, determined to get to the millionaire senators and the electoral votes. Five deaths resulted from the chaos and disorder. And a man got to sit at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk with his legs kicked up, which must have pleased Donnie to no end.

For 6 hours, the MAGA vortex subsumed the biggest and most powerful legislative body in the nation and the world inside and outside the Capitol building, all for Trump and his incorrect take on the election results. Even though Donnie promised to meet them at the Capitol to stop the steal that wasn’t, he went to the White House and retired to his bunker instead, watching the insurgency he inspired unfold on TV presumably eating his beloved double quarter pounders and Diet Coke while shouts of calling for lynching Democrats and for Mike Pence’s hanging permeated the air. Eventually he would re-surface in a video calling for the MAGA horde to go home in peace on his last social media appearance on Twitter.

But the damage had already been thoroughly done, what manifested from Trump’s final public gathering as commander in chief was a near (or total) approximation of what happens in third world countries with tin pot dictators and monarchies when masses of impoverished people rise up and break into and destroy government or parliamentary buildings, the MAGA vortex of the Capitol was basically a Junta in Trump’s name.

Usually with juntas in other nations, they are conspired by our very own CIA (or other countries covert agencies) infiltrating revolutionary contra groups and Defense Dept funding of these proxies. All ex-President Trump did to cause this junta of Congress to disrupt a ceremonial confirmation of a new President was his big mouth and social media status. Although there was evidently sound rationales why the Capitol was stunningly easy to invade. As with 9/11, warnings about violent plans following Trump’s speech on 1/6 were plentiful but went unheeded and undermined and the Capitol cops were deliberately under equipped and undermanned and were deprived of enforcing robust security measures despite the intel about the potential and then realized attacks.

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Compared to the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protest in front of the White House in June last year, when protesters were overmatched by an army of three government enforcement agencies (including the Capitol Police) that oppressed and brutalized them so Trump could pose with a bible in front of a graffiti tagged church. 1/6/2021 at the Capitol was the most lenient #PoliceState repression social and network news media ever aired in real time.

The thing about Trump’s LARP junta is that despite the historic 6-hour hate he inspired, the guy knew he wasn’t going to get what he wanted; the electoral votes were still going to be counted and he knew the Republicans wouldn’t make an impact, and he acknowledged that the next day by recognizing Biden’s congressional victory like nothing fucking happened. The junta in summary was just a big final fuck you to Congress as Trump’s proxy warriors wrecked shit and also smeared shit in the building for him giving Nancy, Mitch and the gang something to remember him by. By showing how fed up people feeling (wrongly) disenfranchised how easy it was to scare the living shit out of a bunch of law making millionaires plus their ideological elected enemies in their own house and the establishment

Even though Trump got vanished by social media, corporate news still couldn’t quit him (baby) as millionaire journalists, pundits and special guest “experts” were discussing disturbing fear mongering bullshit about how to protect the now “sacred” U.S. Capitol from another “insurgency” with the same gravitas as they described citizens rising up against U.S. after Bush and Cheney with Congressional votes illegally invaded and bombed Iraq and occupied the country for 10 years while using that same gravitas to equate 1/6 to the 9/11 attacks.

Social media and web service monopolies wasted no time to expand their censorship carpet bombing following Trump’s platform’s execution as twitter lawnmowered swaths of his supporters while Amazon and Google destroyed their competitor Parler that usurped them from Dorsey’s platform, while slaughtering innocent bystanders like progressive independent news sites and social media accounts as collateral damage from their blanket algorithm violence interpretation bans on words and ideas. Suddenly with the U.S. Capitol “domestic attack”, Big Tech had their own version of the Reichstag Fire and decided to expand on their censorship policies.

In the aftermath of Trump’s LARP junta attempt to thwart the democratic process and lynch elected officials, the U.S. Capitol was transformed into a DMZ zone overnight. Tens of thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to protect the legislative branch elites for weeks until Biden’s inauguration even though there weren’t any reported confirmed threats of a follow up attack. But since the troops swore to protect the country and our freedoms, they had to bunk on the cold floors of the Capitol to assure the building and most of all whatever establishment political processes that usually winds up benefiting the wealthiest persons and corporations to continue without disruption.

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Of course the other process  the troops had to hold the fort for following days of sleeping in the Capitol’s parking garage was the sequel impeachment of former President Trump, and all it consisted of was a competition of the prosecution’s and the defense’s viral video b-roll compilations of the insurrection and invasion sprinkled with performative breakdowns and outrage from Senate and House officials. After four days of vengeful sound and fury signifying nothing and with a Senate majority voting for impeachment, citizen Donald Trump was ultimately acquitted as expected. Despite everyone and their dog knowing what the outcome was going to be, Congress wasted tax payer time that could have been spent on getting a new stimulus bill passed and $2,000$1,400 checks to American citizens, extensions on relief for small businesses, mortgages and rent suspensions and just maybe getting Medicare For All to be brought on the floor.

But what have we got instead after the impeachment mini-series is the U.S. Capitol and the White House, the foundations of our Democracy, surrounded by barbed wire fences and guarded by a standing army, turning the people’s houses into a modern day Green Zone no different than what we did to Saddam Hussein’s palace when Bush and Cheney illegally overthrew him in 2003 based on predetermined but baseless threats of terrorism. Except this time, the troops aren’t there to protect only democracy or some version of it, they are there to shield the elite lawmakers from perceived domestic terror threats, whether big or small or smaller and even unsubstantiated.

And it’s all because of Donald Trump’s orchestrated and historic attack on the U.S. Capitol that brought decades of U.S. involvement in regime change wars back home to the Democrat and Republican House parties who voted for them. Where they were once desensitized to the violence they wrought in other sovereign places, Trump re-sensitized them by inspiring his Stans to crash their safe space.

This is why they moved faster to impeach him than to help people still struggling through a pandemic and a new depression, it wasn’t about to preserve democracy, it was all about protecting their own house . It’s also why they have no plans, make that no desire to take down the fences around the Capitol either.

Because despite Trump’s virtual absence, they know another insurgency is around the corner, and it will be for a genuine reason. And it won’t be because they don’t believe Trump lost( but to be fair they have some credence because how does a guy who never left the basement in his mansion and rattled off brain fart statements and insults) it’s going to be against continuing austerity bills and incremental aid to the people in addition to Biden’s expected and now confirmed broken promises. Evidently, these fences only serve to discourage inevitable protests and protect the septugenarian and octogenarian millionaires and their anachronistic lawmaking and that mentally declining and hiding career establishment hack sitting and nodding off in the oval office and labels the new war on terror on their own constituency.

But with Trump disappeared, who are they going to peg the next domestic insurgency on? And what makes them think fences and a standing army is going to stop hundreds of thousands of people after they saw how easy it was when Trump’s junta took it over for 6 hours?

Summer is coming.

 

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Has Forsaken Political Courage

Too soon mural in the East Village, Manhattan taken in 2019.

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

This has been quite the new beginning for re-elected wunderkind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. After easily winning the primary and the general election last November along with Trump falling to a guy who didn’t make any effort to win, AOC became the most culturally powerful figure in Congress with a massive social media following bigger than most celebrity figures in movies and pop music. With this much status and power in presumably good hands, it seem the iconic Latinx from the Bronx had solid momentum to get progressive policies and programs for the working people and working families ratified into laws.

Then all of sudden, a jagoff comedian dared her to back her words and foment change…

Days after her victory, California Man Jimmy Dore released a video from his youtube channel/podcast encouraging her to make a concerted effort to get universal health care on the floor in Congress. Well renowned on social and corporate news media as Medicare For All, Mr. Dore’s video manifesto laid out how it could become a reality if she would use her leverage as the most popular lawmaker to get M4All on the floor. Dore also pointed out how getting it on the floor can be easily realized with more votes from her progressive congressional allies in the “Sqaud”; Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Talib and the immensely popular Ihlan Omar who all recently came off huge victories themselves in their districts. Along with victories by fellow progressives Cori Bush and Jamal Bowman (also from the boogie down Bronx), Dore pointed out that these progressive minds could align and force the vote for medicare for all, and with AOC as social media’s alpha dog, she and they could use that new leverage against Rep. Nancy Pelosi who was looking to get re-elected as house speaker and withhold their votes for her unless Medicare for All gets heard.

Dore’s advice made absolute sense. Forcing the vote was certainly not complex to execute; besides the gains progressives made in the election, the House lost a bunch of seats and Nancy Pelosi’s hold onto the gavel was tenuous to say the least plus her popularity poll levels shown her to be more despised by voters than they were for Donald Trump. Another major factor for forcing the vote for Med4All and against Pelosi is that support for universal free health care has 3/4 support from the citizenry of all political parties. Plus the misnomered Affordable Care Act prices are obscene for working class people who have to pay half their paycheck on rent. Look at these monthly rates for the bronze level which is the lowest tier on the program.

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All the facts were on AOC’s side and the odds and momentum were all in her favor. But while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued her prolific tweeting and instagramming spree on myriad other issues as #ForceTheVote was furiously trending on those platforms, she never acknowledged the hashtag or the jagoff comedian with a response. She remained insouciant even as a portion of her 11 million followers from the left tweeted her to step up and challenge the Speaker and her peers in Congress and see if they have the collective balls and nerve to deny health care to hundreds of millions of people during a resurgent pandemic. After all, it’s what she campaigned on in her inspiring run for office in 2018 against the corporatist Joe Crowley. But it wasn’t until pro football player Justin Jackson of the L.A. Chargers called her out for her stunning lack of tenacity on the issue.

Apparently, this message somehow triggered Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. which was shocking after weeks of unlimited profanities and laced urgent messaging directed to her from Jagoff Dore, but quite obvious because Jackson got positive hits and RT’s and got showed up a jock and getting ratio’d on social media is clearly to only way to get her attention. Her justification for remaining tentative about forcing the vote was that the votes weren’t there to force it among her congressional peers and then followed up with a feeble example of what she was certain could be passed, like a $15/hr minimum wage (and she wasn’t even sure about that). For someone that has gone all out to distinguish herself as such an influential and righteous figure on social media, her gateway-splaining to Mr. Jackson was uncharacteristically off-putting and dripped with condescension, which led to blowback attacks from her disappointed and disillusioned followers who were stunned by her betrayal of her promises and her remarkable ignorance of historic progressive change.

AOC, clearly affected by J.J.’s tweet and also by her hard left followers and political twitter personalities, followed this up by resorting to throw shade at Jimmy Dore because of his salty language.

For a woman that didn’t mind to swear to make a point before when she called out a Republican congressman who called her a fucking bitch and used those words on the house floor and in a cream puff interview and fashion shoot in Vanity Fair magazine and most recently while talking shit about a hypothetical run to primary Senator Chuck Schumer, AOC becomes quite an arbiter of speech when those same dirty words are used for an agenda to institute national health care for everyone that has bipartisan agreement from everyone that counts. Really off character from a Bronx resident who at times throws down her provincial street cred and can’t even handle a fucking curse word. That she suddenly equates these words with actual violence is inherently absurd and she kind of comes off like a pussy.

As the days went on, Jimmy kept railing her but AOC kept defensively tweeting her legislating tactics about and against forcing the vote while more progressive pundits, comedians, regular folks got more hip to her blatant gaslighting. But AOC still persisted and strangely still wanted to make the force the vote for Med4All issue all about language and tone on social media. When it clearly got too for the social media icon to temper reasonable retorts to her obsession with words instead of fomenting change to nationalize free health care, she threw one her tweets into the memory hole.

This sudden erasure by the congresswoman is a far cry from what she tweeted a few weeks earlier (and which she didn’t delete). AOC not only lost her political courage but also some of her thin skin. This sure is a far cry from the earnest working girl from the Bronx that was presented in a well produced, brilliant and (seemingly) sincere campaign video she put out. on her way to her stunning victory and immediate national and worldwide fame.

But her insouciance towards her social media followers concerning Medicare For All is worse is that she wasted no time getting the COVID vaccine and did an instagram video chronicling the procedure for it, considering that her elderly and essential worker constituents are having trouble getting inoculated because of the botched rollout by her state of New York and that her other constituents and millions of other people don’t have health insurance because they are unemployed during a resurgent pandemic. Clearly a vote for Nancy Pelosi is also a vote to bankrupt the infected.

But when the opportunity came for the political courage to force the vote on Medicare For All and take the gavel from Speaker Pelosi’s lizard hands, AOC still persisted and she meekly voted to re-elect her, following the lead of her fellow and new Squad members

Even though this resulted in universal condemnation from a wide swath of her base that believed in her, AOC benefited for her fealty to Pelosi and was rewarded with an oversight committee role (along with a few other squad members). Noting how this was a way to push Biden to implement progressive policies, it would seem that AOC now had the ability to influence the House to get the votes on the floor for Medicare For All.

But then January 6th happened. (Which was the day after she got her committee role),the new day of infamy when Ex-President Donald Trump whooped up hundreds of thousands of his MAGA horde to bum rush an under-guarded and under-surveilled U.S. Capitol and after a woman veteran got shot to death and a cop got killed and then roamed the halls and chambers calling out for elected officials as they hid for their lives.

After this, AOC and her fellow committee members and Pelosi  got busy and wrote up new articles of impeachment practically overnight against Trump even though he had 2 weeks left in the oval office. Following the majority vote for impeachment, AOC suddenly recovered her political courage. After posting a rather self-indulgent video that was presented as a town hall  on her Instagram account where she described how she and her fellow legislators were close to being killed, she has been at the forefront for calling for government committees to explore  moderating social media platforms and deprogramming bigots and proclaiming that the government should spare no expense in getting these inherently unconstitutional policies into bills then laws post-haste

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“This is not a problem that’s going to go away Jan. 20,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, “What Trump has created doesn’t dissolve overnight.”

She noted that Trump cut funding in 2017 to a Department of Homeland Security program known as “Countering Violent Extremists,” which provides grants to communities to counter radicalism through outreach.

“We have to get that funding right back up and we probably need to double, triple, quadruple or increase funding for these deradicalization programs en masse,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

While she’s right about Trump’s omniscience and his role in the political zeitgeist is not going away soon, all the things she’s advocating for have already manifested with Big Tech Social Media’s banishment of Trump and his followers and web services collusion clampdown to ban a competitive social media platform Parler. As for the need for stronger surveillance for domestic threats, the Patriot Act is already there to pursue them, but it’s looking clear that what AOC and her elected peers are proposing is Patriot Act 2.0 to make organizing and discourse even more surveilled with the assistance of the Big Tech monopolies.

It’s amazing how fast progress can be made when your own house gets invaded, in this case the House Of Representatives and their Senate Chamber co-op neighbors. Also amazing and disturbing that AOC has devolved from a Democrat Socialist to the new Sen. Joe McCarthy, but the signs clearly were there when she was deflecting from progressive people’s tweets and cowardly putting the onus on Jimmy Dore’s videos criticizing her, trying to get her growing brunch liberal/Dem establishment base to back her up in attempts to undermine him and everyone else that was ratioing her. It’s apparent that there is something motivating her to be such an arbiter and growing authority and expert on violent words and proactive legislating when she’s on Jack’s Twitter and Zuckerberg’s Instagram while she’s calling them out to arbitrarily shut down people on their platforms.

But during all this, she clearly has forgotten all about Medicare For All and is more about forcing the vote for a surveillance state dictated by Big Tech monopolies; during a fucking pandemic with new strains of COVID spreading. AOC not only lost her political courage but also her thin skin. Along with this betrayal, she is now sacrificing what’s left of our constitutional liberties. AOC‘s rejection of most of her base at the dawn of a new term in Congress is worrisome to say the least. Sadly, she’s clearly more concerned with her career and her social media celebrity status than for the welfare of her constituents and the rest of millions that are unemployed in this nation. She ran on democratic socialism and has meekly embraced establishment pragmatism. At this rate and at this moment, those Dem votes she claims that aren’t there for Medicare for All won’t come in 2 years or even 100 years.

In 2018, it really did look like she was the real thing and it was truly a miraculous occasion when she won and beat the Democrat machine in Queens and in the Capitol. But the more AOC speaks and tweets, the more her motives in congress looks more like a side hustle to her huger status as a social media influencer and the more she sounds like a spox for tech surveillance than a representative for the people. This is yet another case of a careerist who forgot how she got where she’s at. She went from walking the streets of the Bronx and Queens to the prospect of her eating $20 chocolate popsicles in Nancy Pelosi’s kitchen.

But if AOC thinks bigger clampdowns on social media and deprogramming people are going to protect her and her Democrat establishment allies from another invasion of the U.S. Capitol, she better consider that the next invasion by hundreds of thousands of people will be about genuine demands like wealth redistribution and Medicare For All. Then what the fuck is she going to say when actual violence comes knocking at the doors and busting through the windows again? Will she and her peers lock the doors and hide under the tables and then go on Instagram comparing them to assassins too?

Or will she remember what political courage really means and not words to exploit to pacify voters and then hoodwink and bamboozle them. Words to bait and switch and then wind up switching, rather than fighting.

Your fucking move, congresswoman. Fuck this surveillance and deprogramming bullshit and force the vote for Medicare For All.