Feeling Punked over Guns

Everyone knows by now I just am in love with everything democrat. The two party system is the best system ever. In fact, if god himself/herself could have invented the perfect political system it would be one in which two dominant parties could become so confident of their divine calling that they would nobly and bravely ignore all of the voters in the nation and instead tell them whom they should vote for, rather than having to suffer the strain and indignity of having to decide for themselves.

We sure did hear a lot about guns this year. Every time Obama said something like, “whoa, guns” the rightwing media erupted with screams decrying gun grabs by the government. Recall Des Moines and Salt Lake City, in which Obama goons in black armor helicoptered in and confiscated all of the guns. But the media hysteria was the alarm to a public to rush out and buy guns before they were banned. The result, despite an, eh, year for the stock market saw gun profits were through the roof.

I naively asked why Obama was essentially silent and action-less on gun issues of any kind, save for the occasional laconic “somebody ought to do something, sometime,” which translated into “FOX-ese,’meant, of course, GUN BAN! But what if it was all just a game? Hmm. What if both parties really were the same, except to make it competitive and compete for individual fortunes and privilege through the dichotomy of their respective bases. Sort of like, people from both parties went off to lobbying firms, Monsanto, weapons industries, banks and oil companies? Wouldn’t that be a co-inky-dink?

So maybe Obama, who spent far more energy getting TPP passed than he did on single payer, who could have paid the mortgages of damn near every foreclosed homeowner instead of the trillions given to banks, is in the pocket of the gun industry. Okay, maybe just in the pocket of the corporate America, you know like giving insurance companies a windfall which is enforceable under penalty of law, or a backdoor boost to companies who no longer need to offer insurance or fulltime work as part of a compensation package.

And maybe going after whistleblowers as if they were public enemy number one is all just a coincidence, sort of like fining an oil company within their profit margin after a historic oil spill destroyed tens of thousands of lives, killed as many as three dozen (including suicides, but not cancers) and ruined the Gulf of Mexico. That’s all probably coincidence.

So the gun industry finishes the year with record profits. How to start the new year, at a time when the economy is struggling and the stock market is getting pounded by the China market? Let’s put our heads together and find something that isn’t affected by China. I know, GUNS!

So Obama has been silent, or at the very least ineffectual about anything on guns. So why now? Within hours before Obama even said a word on gun violence the gun industry, gun legislation or gun banning. Where were the presidential orders to stop straw purchases or gun show loopholes? So why now? The Gun industry and NRA will happily tell you. It’s because its a new year. Profits are up just on the word of the industry’s best salesman, according to ex-congressman Joe Walsh. And that may be the only time I ever agree with that child support abandoning, self-felating, gun pornographer-pushing, tea bagging, anti-Christian, lying, pretend tough guy, hypocrite and cat raping, Joe Walsh.

I just threw in the cat raping part for purely satirical and political commentary purposes, pursuant to my first amendment rights and antipathy for cats. Still, I can’t help feeling I have been punked, and while my disdain for the right and gun-porn industry remains peaked, I have a feeling Obama’s hands are hardly clean on this one too.

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Hey, Dork. Pithier, not a louder Left

Ted Cruz said show him one mass shooting that gun laws prevented. Which mass shooting did guns prevent? Leftie’s and reasonble gun owners need to get more sarcastic not louder. Take these examples:

1, Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terror… Okay, then not all white people are KKK, but all KKK is white people.

2. That child you abort might one day grow up to cure cancer…or, that child you fail to abort might one day grow up to kill the person who would have cured cancer.

3. It was a cool summer in Des Moines, where’s your global warming now? Answer, the world is round and your head is square.

4. “So-called” Muslims need to clean up the extremists in their midst if they really are a religion of peace…to, does that also apply to “so-called good” cops?(Also will accept “does that apply to leagal gun owners?)

5. Gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns. Um, do laws prevent criminals from breaking any law?

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6. Gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns. Car thieves still steal cars, does that mean you shouldn’t have a license, or car insurance?

7. I can’t vote for a socialist like Bernie Sanders, well then, you definitely wouldn’t have voted for Washington, Adams, Jefferson or Lincoln. “We the people?” or “Union” let alone “more perfect union,” or “welfare,” in the constitution? Or is it that the Right only believes that its only about the guns and Blacks as 3/5 a person?

8. also not in the constitution, the word freedom, internet, porn, gay, abortion, AR-15, big gulp, god, Christian, apple pie, Chevrolet or immigration.

Sometimes the only cure for stupid is a good strong whack to the head.

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VETTING A REFUGEE LIE

boatpeople1Republicans, like Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Rebublican Governors want to haIt settlement of Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks. They claim a necessity to fully vet each individual. They are lying. It is the excuse of bigots and bureaucrats. Republicans, the Right and weak-kneed Democrats on the Left merely throw around the idea of vetting Syrian Refugees, but it is a ruse to excuse their personal bias, inaction and lack of conscience.

There is no vetting process for Refugees. There is no process to “vet” a refugee as if they were accepting a position in the NSA, or even applying for a job at Taco Bell. Rarely do refugees have valid identification. That is the definition of Refugee. These are people fleeing burning villages, imminent death most often in a panic. The likelihood they will have carefully packed and carried three forms of ID, school and government records, an itinerary and a list of references is unlikely. Usually those references are either trying to kill them or drive them from their homes, are dead or also a refugee.

Why wasn’t the same panic applied to the estimated 2 million Vietnamese boat people who fled their war torn country in flimsy and overcrowded boats and ships. There were no cries to leave them floundering at sea just in case there was, out of 2 million, a couple of Viet Cong infiltrators. Or Cuban refugees from the Castro regime, who were welcomed in part as a slight because of the political impasse between the US and Cuban governments. Some of those actually went on to commit acts of terrorism against Cuban civilians with the support of the US government, such as Cubana Airlines Flight 455. In the United States some 11 million Undocumented Immigrants are not filtered through some fraudulent “vetting” process, hence the “Undocumented” part. The same was true from German and European refugees after the Second World War, including orphans and Holocaust victims. boat bosnia199507-refugees_1508531i

This wholly new effort to stop Syrian Refugees from being settled in the US, or even receiving nominally humane shelter and treatment as Winter encroaches is rooted in anti-Muslim fear and bigotry. Crime in Muslim communities is far lower than in many other communities. No community is without crime. There are no official statistics, nor should there be, on crime broken down by religion. It should be noted strongly, however, that Muslims are the only group singled out in news stories by their religion. That is, the media specifically mentions religion, unlike headlines describing Catholics, Jews, Hindus or even Atheists. A headline reading “Jew robs bank,” or “”Christian guns down 3 in shooting spree” would cause immediate outrage.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The Paris Judgment

Paris was a turning point on Friday. Certainly this will affect the economic debate in the US presidential election. As I wrote back in May and June, election predictions too far out are dangerous, as they can turn on a dime. The West and the US will edge a bit closer to fascism paraded as security. Europe’s ultra-right wing will be invigorated, and while the West, particularly NATO and the US will appear to take a more aggressive stance against ISIS and its affiliates, like yesterday’s airstrike by US warplanes in Libya, that is merely a matter of competition now between the US and Russia over oil and gas in the Mideast. The US is simply attempting to keep pace and compete with Russia.

Following the French terrorist incident Friday in which at least 129 were killed France found resolve with Russia, paving a new boost in prestige for Russia. Russia, smarting from an attack on an airliner two weeks ago in Egypt is benefitting from a resurgence of nationalism. It is likely, even predictable that a new more powerful rightwing, anti-immigrant and aggressively violent, will grow to prominence across Europe and Russia. This comes at a time when Europe is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of predominantly Syrian refugees. The timing of these attacks is hardly coincidental.

The attacks in Paris by ISIS is a rebuke of a renewed assault, now including Russia, but they are also a calculated political move. Europe is already polarizing in the wake of the attacks. That means two forces are attempting to radicalize immigrants and Muslims in Europe as a resurgent rightwing drives division through hate and opportunism. The refugees lay squarely in the middle of that equation. The attacks will also slow or stop progress in addressing the refugee crisis just as winter begins. That will mean a rise in desperation that will drive more violence potentially.

In this country whatever initiative Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may have had will evaporate quickly as fears rise, valid or not, of possible terror attacks within the US going into the holiday season. The narrative will be on security and guns, not economy. The attacks immediately undercut the so-called million student march on pressing economic issues here. Rightwing commentators have already begun describing the #BlackLivesMatter effort as terrorism. This weekend would be dictator Donald Trump capitalized ghoulishly by criticizing the French for gun control laws. He is just the first of what will be a gleeful orgy on the right concerning guns. they will point to France as an example against any sort of reasonable gun legislation.

In fact, French citizens are allowed to own guns. In this country there has been a call for screenings based upon mental illness. French law requires competency exams by a doctor annually, along with a regular check up. The weapons used in this weeks attacks are smuggled into the country illegally. French gangs receive many combat style weapons from the former Yugoslavia where in the aftermath of war unregistered guns still proliferate. It is the same issue facing Chicago’s violence with straw purchases from gun stores ringing the south and west borders of Chicago. One of Friday’s gunmen, Omar Ismail Mostefai, born in France, was a petty criminal with access to illegal weapons before becoming radicalized. The suddenness of attacks and the nature of those attacks would have neutralized any would-be pistol packing party-goer in a dark crowded, loud and confused environment. Furthermore, the attackers were already resolved to die.

The truth is, gun laws in France work. There were just 665 murders in 2012 in France, with a per capita rate of 1 compared with 15,000 and a per capita rate of 5 for the US. The United States has FAA rules and licensing for aircraft, but that did not prevent 9-11, so by the gun lobby’s logic we should close the FAA. To drive a car Americans must have a valid license, which doesn’t stop car thieves.

ISIS is calculating and the West is still reacting blindly. More security undermines democracy and civil liberties. They are shrewdly sowing discord in target countries. Attacks and threats of violence driven by FOX and the right in this country from these attacks will increase pressure on American Muslim and immigrant communities, exactly what ISIS hopes to achieve. They want unrest and division in Europe by enlivening radical rightwing groups and politicians and by polarizing normally reasonable communities. In the US, the Paris attacks fit perfectly to the Republican effort to polarize whites by sowing fear from immigrants and Muslims, since they have all but lost Hispanic, and Black voters.

It remains to be seen how this will turn out. Given the level of narrative and its tolerance by the American people, that does not bode well for civil liberties, the election, civility and democracy in America, in Europe and beyond. Put this one in the win column for ISIS. This was an attack on social and community fault lines, which just became wider and more dangerous. Just like Osama bin Laden and September 11, 2001, the attack was on the crumbling vestiges of democracy and civil society.

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Hate laughing darkly? Don’t read this

A good friend, who is as crazy about politics as I am asked why I and Que4 radio did not cover any of the Republican presidential debates. Before I answer that, a reality check on some numbers. FOX News, which carried the debate, is forced through various cable deals automatically on 82 million homes in America. 13 million tuned in for this one, 10 million fewer than the first debate. In fact, despite a blitz of coverage on talk radio and the corporate press, the debates are properly characterized as the Anrea Doria of politics. Those numbers also credit FOX even if someone accidentally lands on the network. “Sweetie, I’m trying to find Diners Drive-ins and Dives and I’m on FOX again!”

To center those numbers a bit more, the episode when Den served Angie with divorce papers in BBC One’s East Enders drew 30 million. 40 million in Portugal, a whopping 85% of viewers caught the soccer game between Portugal and the Netherlands. In fact, the telenovela Torre de Babel in Portugal routinely gets double the viewers of this last debate. Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, arguably more informative than the debate gets 16 million. here in the greatest nation on earth, MASH scored 125 million for its finale.

But the reason neither I nor Que4 Radio will ever cover the Republican debate is twofold. First, we don’t cover it for the same reason we wouldn’t cover video of a man with no lips attempting to eat an ice cream cone, or the funny faces a dog makes while trying to eat peanut butter, a little people mud wrestling contest or a conversation between flatulence connoisseurs (Its all about the layers).

The second part is that Que4 supports and defends diversity, dignity and respect for all people, and a realization of the broadest possible interpretations and manifestations of personal liberty. we champion our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, gender and sexual identity by standing and shouting against oppression, and that is diametrically opposed to every breath and utterance of every of every single candidate on that stage.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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I’m so confused.

So, after watching the video and listening to all of the pundits and advocates of the police state, I am confused. So I picked the top 10 conundrums over the South Carolina school incident. To refresh, a girl who was texting in class was dumped from her chair violently by a policeman, by a policeman, by a policeman…for texting. This dangerous criminal was then dragged, then dragged…dragged by the officer in front of classmates to the front of class where, with a knee in this child’s back, she was arrested. Of course that leaves a couple of glaring questions about the police occupation of America’s schools. So far, they have not stopped a single mass school shooting. All thwarted shootings have been revealed by other students. They also failed to prevent Denny Hastert from abusing boys in Yorkville. But here is the top 10 questions I am confused by:

1. The Right talks a lot about liberty and limited government, but says whenever a cop commands you to do something you must comply. If you need to complain, do it later, or you could get killed. NEVER resist the police, whether its over a cellphone in class, being ordered to disperse during a constitutionally protected protest or if you are a young woman being raped during a traffic stop.



There were more than 4 million results for this in Google, by the way. I had to stop after looking at more than 200 separate incidents.

2. Oversight of police is causing them distress making it impossible for them to do their jobs, but slashing pensions and constant assaults on teachers apparently has no effect whatsoever on the quality of education for our nation’s children.

3. Government is bad, except when it wears a badge and carries a gun.

4. Unions are bad, except when their members carry a gun and wear a badge.

5. We need more oversight of government, except when they carry a gun and wear a badge-unless they are Federal officers and the terrorist organization, the Oath Keepers, thre4aten to shoot them in the desert in Nevada.

6. We must cut costly government pensions, except for those who carry a gun and wear a badge. Listen, we are told, the states and cities are broke. All of the money that you put into your pension, union people, and that we decreed by contract and law would be set aside for your pension was given away to corporations. We are broke now, so solong! $100 billion federally each year by the way in corporate welfare, not including 200-300 billion in tax forgiveness, nor does that include a cumulative corporate welfare giveaway and tax breaks totaling at least $300 billion at the state and local level. If you are keeping count, that’s conservatively between $6-700 billion annually to “free market” capitalism? Welfare to actually in need-imminent starvation and homelessness-is less than a third of that.

7. Abortion is bad because every child is a product of god, except Muslim kids, of course, who are trained to be terrorists from birth, and Black kids, who are thugs and feral children. That’s what they say:

8. Police are shepherds of society, sort of like your parents; if your parents could seize your assets, take away for civil liberties for life and shoot you with impunity. I guess that makes the rest of us Children and sheep.

9. The police… Sorry, I can’t I just need to throw up and take a nap..


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Bernie’s Benghazi/Biden Bump: Dark Horse 2016

The pundits are shills for the DNC, part of the continuing effort to convince or control Americans against making a choice for a non-establishment candidate like Bernie Sanders. The announcement Wednesday by vice president Joe Biden that he would not run for president on the democratic ticket was widely seen as a boost for Hillary. A CNN poll last week asked voters to rate support for Hillary and Sanders with and without Biden in the race. A significant number of Clinton voters opted for Biden. In fact, 3/4 of Biden’s theoretical support came from Clinton voters. The question becomes, why were so many Hillary voters willing to jump so quickly to Biden?

By midday during the partisan taxpayer funded attack on Mrs. Clinton paraded as a Benghazi investigation the presidential hopeful and establishment candidate for the DNC was taking a bludgeoning by republicans. Skewed by corporate media, she is certain to lose momentum in the hearings. Sanders, it appears will go into New Hampshire still trailing Clinton, but likely not with the deficit predicted, or constructed, by pundits. What all of this shows is more likely that Hillary has been able to capitalize on the name and the legacy and the weight of media coverage relative to the near total blackout of Bernie Sanders. That ship may be turning.

Sanders may have stumbled slightly last week attempting to define Democratic Socialism, and to build a brand nearly from scratch against long held misconceptions, outright falsehoods and ignorance about that moniker, but he stumbled into the right direction with more credibility and confidence than the #Black Lives Matter issue some weeks ago.

The question for Hillary is why so many assumptive supporters were so quick to jump to Biden. That seems to indicate discontent in the Hillary camp and a lack of absolute confidence that she is the best person for the job in 2016.

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Dark Horse: Dominating the Message

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is protecting Hillary Clinton. The Right is protecting Hillary Clinton. The October 13 Democratic debate should rightly be the showdown between Clinton and Sanders. Even Rightwing talk shows this morning, supposedly animated against Mrs. Clinton were silent about the debate. There is a great deal revealed in that silence.

Contrast that to station-hyped viewing parties, and near constant coverage of the Republican debates. CNN has been comparatively low key about their own debate, despite the outpouring of support for candidates like Sanders.

The comparison between Clinton and Sanders could hardly be greater, and while Clinton has rebounded a bit given a slightly less aggressive speaking schedule by Sanders, revelations that the Benghazi hearings were a staged partisan political attack and a near blackout of Sanders coverage by corporate news conglomerates, Sanders last week hit a milestone by reaching 1 million individual donations.

For the Republicans and their network marketing apparatchiks it is about dominating the message. That message has been fully directed at Hillary, the presumptive and predetermined nominee. Their message, having fully lost Hispanic and Black voters going into 2016 is to polarize voters along racial lines. Guns, fear, terrorism, immigration and so called non-traditional American values are tactics directed at white voters. Overheard are fears that the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned of, and which drove us into wars in Vietnam and the Middle East is coaxing a crisis with Russia and Syria as a distraction from true issues pertinent to this election.

Sanders would have the argument about social and economic issues. Those are the real issues critical to the US, to the poor and working middle class. But the Party democrats and party republicans each are guilty of protecting policies threatening social safety nets, protecting and coddling banks and who are more beholden to the wealthy and powerful to the detriment of the poor and middleclass Americans. For those republicans and democrats and their corporate cronies the government has become a cash machine at the taxpayer’s expense, and a means of privilege and power eschewed and feared by the framers of the constitution.

Hype, marketing and advertising brought nearly unprecedented numbers of viewers to the republican debates. By design and admission none of that was used for the democratic debate. Given that Sanders, still drawing larger crowds than nearly every other legitimate candidate combined, has been the target of derision or simply ignored by both the apparatchik republicans and democrats the reason seems clear.

The parties are dominating the message. Sanders is the wise old man out who stumbled into a cocktail party full of idiots. Sorry, but those idiots are not about to entertain his intelligent notions. But it does underscore the irrelevancy of party politics. Sanders’ supporters will have to muscle him through on their own. Don’t wait for the nomination that will never come. If Sanders has a chance, it will be as the first ever write-in candidate in the history of the Republic to become president.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Gun Free State

Here is the real aftermath of gun proliferation. B9319102156Z_1_20151002095726_000_GHRC3U8CC_3-0

Guns do not lesson the police state, they enshrine the police state. Gun proliferation does not protect freedom, it eliminates it. Everyone presumed a possible suspect in the aftermath. 4th , 1st, 5th and even 2nd amendment rights suspended whenever the police and state decide there is a security risk. Mass searches without warrant. Mass detention. Those suffering and managing mental illness are now trolled by neighbors, law enforcement and the state. For god’s sake don’t reveal that you have ever been depressed, manic, bipolar to any degree. What else becomes scrutiny to the state and to the suspicious minds? ADD. There are calls now to make medical records available to the state as part of ongoing profile and management of who should not only own a gun, but who should be watched and monitored.

You are surrendering your rights through the enrichment of the gun industry.
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Sell it Somewhere Else, Trump

For archivists and 23rd century historians, Trump before becoming President in 2016 and dictator in 2017 was a television clown. Trump was assassinated by his wife in 2019, resurrected in 2127 from cryogenics after the asteroid struck. The revived Trump, now 181 years of age, was promptly arrested, tried for boorishness, a capital offense in the 22nd Century and was exiled naked to a tiny island in the Arctic, which after global warming remains at a brisk but survivable 67 defrees fahrenheit.

For the rest of us, still mired in the 21st century, this week Donald Trump unveiled his tax plan. Oh how I long for the days when the Right labelled Obama’s half-assed effort at single payer as the edicts of a dictator. Trump will build a wall, an amazing wall, and he’ll kick out all the illegals-he has a plan-and he’ll go and take the oil from the Middle east, oh and Merry Hanachristmakwuanzkican, its gonna rain cash! He is going to change the tax code by executive commandment.

The Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, who pretends to be an economist rather than a propagandist for corporate greed, loves the tiered delusion of Trump’s so-called plan. Moore feels that it is even an improvement to Rand Paul’s 10% flat tax giveaway to the rich. EARTH TO TRUMP AND MOORE: We already have both a tiered income tax and a flat tax. The current system looks like a bump, with the poor rightly paying little income tax, just fees and consumption taxes, with hits on soda, cigarettes, another one on soda, a county sales tax, a local sales tax…With monumental burdens on the middle. As for a flat tax; the wealthy and corporations after subsidies, LLC dodges and deductions pay a flat tax of ZERO!

“We the People” was a mistake. It was the founding father’s human shield against insurrection by a populace armed from a decade of battling the British. In truth the constitution was written to codify and give legitimacy to a ruling class. There were no poor people in congress. Now it is stocked almost unanimously with millionaires. But constructing a new domestic monarchy would have led to civil war and mass insurrection. It was activists, activism and yes even violence that enforced “We the People…”

The founding fathers, like John Adams argued for Washington and every president to be referred to as “your highness”, and to serve a lifetime. Adams would have had dissidents and critics sanctioned and imprisoned. And so beholden to slavery were many of the founding fathers that despite a burdened conscience they opted to leave it up to some future enlightenment. Indeed, when that enlightened future arrived and the 13 amendment was ratified to end slavery, it didn’t really end slavery:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, shall exist within the United States…”

And under segregation and Jim Crow, the denial of the GI Bill to Blacks after the Second World War, systemic disenfranchisement and economic apartheid, they were able to ensure the imprisonment of generations of Blacks, and then point to the collapse of the family as the fault of Black folks. Blacks account for 40% of the prison population in America. So helping Black people rise up means about the same as all those lovely blankets we gave the Indians. They’ll keep you warm against the small pox chills.

So forgive me for being a little dubious of the tax plan of a wealthy ego-driven carnival barker who claims a plan to help the middle class and poor. Crunching the numbers he’ll see hundreds of thousands in savings personally, while savings to the middle class and poor amounts to a couple of monthly bus passes a year. If you make $300K a year you can buy a brand new Prius annually for cash or fly you and the wife first class to Hong Kong and stay for week in a luxury hotel, and still afford postcards.

rump revealed that he would simplify the code, like Paul does, by eliminating a lot of deductions. He’d keep the home interest deduction, and surprise, the charitable deduction. Rich and poor alike love charity, they just have different names for it. The rich call it charity, of course, while the poor call it…RENT! And GROCERIES!

Truth of it is, since the Lincoln administration politicians have talked about helping the poor and working folks. Throughout the last 150 years the government and their agents have killed working people asserting basic rights and justice by the scores. There are full scale massacres of workers curiously left out of the history books, like the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, 1927 Columbine Mine Massacre, the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, Haymarket and Herrin massacre, the Colfax Massacre of more than 150 blacks, 300 striking sugar cane workers slaughtered November 22nd 1887, and 150 killed by police and soldiers in a crackdown during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, and the Battle of Blair Mountain in which an estimated 100 coal miners were killed.

Working and poor people have seen year over year in wages, healthcare and quality of life amid administration after administration proclaiming help for the working people. But just when they are about to poor into the streets and rise up there is a scare of terrorism, a new war or the price of cable TV drops again. The children of the working class and poor were then tricked into indenturing themselves for the rest of their lives through student loans for educations they were told would earn them better jobs that never materialized.

So forgive me Donald, and Marco and Hillary and all the rest for not buying the pandering. We’ve heard it before. When tariffs appear on US corporations overseas, when bankers are perp-walked for what they’ve done, when the country forgives the crime of massive student loan debt, which was intended to eliminate competition for the kids of the wealthy and powerful, I might believe again. Until then America is a scam not a country, and Donald Trump is merely the latest and slickest salesman.

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