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Progressive Democrats Hate Trump More Than War or Nuclear Annihilation

July 23rd, 2018

It is rare that we praise Donald Trump, but meeting with both Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin was the right thing to do. If our goal is to build peace, then calm talks, rather than threats and military escalation, are always the better path to take.

— CodePink Statement, June 17, 2018 (Emphasis in the original.)

Thus read CodePink's remarkable and courageous statement in the wake of the Helsinki Summit. To link the word "praise" with President Trump is to invite ostracism in progressive circles - even when nuclear Armageddon is the issue. But CodePink succumbed neither to Trump Derangement Syndrome nor to the related disorder Russophobia.

Does CodePink's statement portend the dissipation of these twin maladies? Unfortunately not. CodePink appears to remain the exception, not the rule.

To understand this, let's turn to an "Open Letter" in The Nation on July 11, just before the Helsinki Summit, signed by a variety of individuals and appearing under the names of five organizations: RootsAction, Just Foreign Policy, World Beyond War, Progressive Democrats of America and Peace Action - a cross section of the progressive peace movement. Let's note at the outset that some of the Letter's signatories have done admirable work in combatting Russophobia.
The title of the Open Letter is "Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security." "Secure Elections" comes first, a device for once again reminding us of the discredited conspiracy theory of "collusion" in 2016. The opening sentence reads: "Many Americans remain deeply concerned about reports of Russian interference with the 2016 election." And fully half the Open Letter deals with this issue.

This, the first half of the Open Letter, has drawn fire in an essay by Truthdig's Robert Scheer "When Resistance Becomes Capitulation." Scheer finds the letter "an inadequate response to the jingoistic blather of the Democratic Party, and of course the GOP leadership."

Writes Scheer:

But how can the signers of The Nation statement in good conscience issue a warning about this turn of events that omits any reference to the overwhelming intrusive power of the greatest empire the world has ever experienced—our own.

Only late in the second half of the Letter (in the final sentence of the penultimate paragraph) is mention at long last made of the danger of nuclear holocaust, certainly the most important issue facing Russia and the US - and the world. This unseemly postponement reflects the strategy of the embittered Democratic Party Elite, to wit, draw attention away from the urgency of the Summit to the question of electoral interference.

Most astonishingly there is no mention of the Helsinki Summit even though the then imminent Summit clearly occasioned the Letter. Absence of mention precludes so much as a smidgen of support. And the Open Letter came at a time when an all-out effort was being made to stop the Summit and when support for it was badly needed.

It is clear why the Open Letter not take a stand clearly in favor of the Summit. The Summit was Trump's work. This is Trump Derangement Syndrome and partisan hackery at its worst. It demonstrates that one of the greatest challenges to the peace movement is to get beyond this malady and make an objective assessment of the individual policies of Trump. Opposition to some policies should not mean an opposition to all.

It is not too late for the signatories of the Open Letter to act. The battle over Helsinki rages on. A good first step would be for The Nation to put out a document forthwith supporting the Summit. It may help generate needed support among Democrats and others for the unfolding process of Detente.

Finally let's consider the relative severity of the two disorders, Trump Derangement Syndrome and Russophobia. The latter manifests itself primarily in what is now known as Russiagate. Debunking Russiagate and the ravings of the mainstream media thereon has become standard fare in a handful of progressive outlets. And that is to the good. But the more stubborn, mulish, unyielding obstacle to Détente with Russia is Trump Derangement Syndrome, because it stands in the way of supporting whatever moves our President makes for "getting along" with Russia, no matter their merit. Critiques of Trump Derangement Syndrome are sorely lacking on the Left - and badly needed.

Unfortunately, The Nation's Open Letter is too heavily influenced by the sentiments of those who put hatred of Trump - and Putin - above hatred of major war, desire for Detente or fear of nuclear holocaust. Who are they? Given the interest of the Democratic Party Establishment in nourishing Trump Derangement Syndrome and Russophobia, it is not hard to imagine their identity when it comes to influencing progressives. Let's not allow them to impose on us a mindset that precludes peace and Détente among the major powers.

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When Resistance Becomes Capitulation (Robert Scheer's Jul 11, 2018 Letter) 23.Jul.2018 23:39

Robert Scheer


Shows How Inappropriate "Solidarity" And "Indivisibility" Can Be 24.Jul.2018 08:44

blues

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It is rare that we praise Donald Trump, but meeting with both Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin was the right thing to do. If our goal is to build peace, then calm talks, rather than threats and military escalation, are always the better path to take. -- CodePink Statement, June 17, 2018 (Emphasis in the original.)
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To understand this, let's turn to an "Open Letter" in The Nation on July 11, just before the Helsinki Summit, signed by a variety of individuals and appearing under the names of five organizations: RootsAction, Just Foreign Policy, World Beyond War, Progressive Democrats of America and Peace Action - a cross section of the progressive peace movement. Let's note at the outset that some of the Letter's signatories have done admirable work in combatting Russophobia. -- article author John V. Walsh
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But how can the signers of The Nation statement in good conscience issue a warning about this turn of events that omits any reference to the overwhelming intrusive power of the greatest empire the world has ever experienced—our own.

Only late in the second half of the Letter (in the final sentence of the penultimate paragraph) is mention at long last made of the danger of nuclear holocaust, certainly the most important issue facing Russia and the US - and the world. This unseemly postponement reflects the strategy of the embittered Democratic Party Elite, to wit, draw attention away from the urgency of the Summit to the question of electoral interference.

Most astonishingly there is no mention of the Helsinki Summit even though the then imminent Summit clearly occasioned the Letter. Absence of mention precludes so much as a smidgen of support. And the Open Letter came at a time when an all-out effort was being made to stop the Summit and when support for it was badly needed. -- Truthdig's Robert Scheer
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I categorically reject the assertion that I must be "in solidarity" with every so-called "left" group that promotes counterproductive notions or that is financed by the shadow regime's shadowy "foundations".

People who won't think for themselves had best be careful whom they allow to think for them.

Trump is SATAN 24.Jul.2018 23:22

rAT

And don'y you forget it!

hey rAT, don't look gift soccer balls in the mouth — 25.Jul.2018 21:09

_

( "gift horse in the mouth" —> don't inspect a gift soccer ball for electronic transmitter chips )

( rAT ) "Trump is SATAN":
well then, Progressive Democrats hate Satan more than they do war, or nuclear annihilation

When Worse is the Enemy of Bad 26.Jul.2018 02:40

by Paul Edwards

July 26, 2018

There comes a time in the decline of an empire when-in its hubris, its arrogance-it decouples from reason and blindly blunders toward its fate in a ludicrous ugly trance of stupidity. To paraphrase Walter Cronkite-we are there.

Trump makes his one positive, even useful, gesture as President, and the decayed corpse of the Democratic Party bursts its cerements with a stinking roar of horror.

The claim that all that is wrong with America is due to the malignant machinations of Putin is the most blatantly false, potentially disastrous bucket of bullshit ever inflicted by the matrix on this ignorant, credulous, propagandized people.

The MSM-the PR arm of the War Machine Complex that owns us-has so infected the national mind with the sleazy fiction concocted by the Democrat's Geezer Politburo-the DNC slugs, Schumer, Pelosi and their geriatric myrmidons-that Trumpophobe Automatons rage at Putin and howl for a war, the horror of which they can't begin to imagine.

Because hostility, provocation and resultant war is exactly what is comprehended in this national insanity. Blaming their election loss on Russia, after decades impoverishing working people for the obscene enrichment of the War Machine and its megacorporate monsters, would just be ridiculous if it weren't so foolishly, desperately dangerous.

As vile, as odious as he is, Democrat honchos know they can' t beat Trump by shell-gaming Americans for their Wall Street donors any more-hey, it worked fine for ages-so they slime him as a traitor in bed with that monster we've been made to fear most: Putin and the Evil Empire Redux.

More incredibly, they've persuaded so-called progressives, who, historically, fiercely defended the Bill of Rights and valiantly battled the house organs of the National Security State, that those goats nests of dishonesty and disease are pure, unsullied repositories of Constitutional rectitude.

After decades of proven baldfaced crime, deceit and the dirtiest pool at home and abroad, the CIA, FBI, NSA, the Justice Department and the whole foetid nomenklatura of sociopathic rats, are portrayed as white knights of virtue dispensing verity as holy writ. And "progressives" buy it.

These are the vermin that gave us Vietnam, the Bay of Pigs, Chile, the Contras, Iraq's WMD, and along the way managed to miss the falls of the Shah and Communism.

Truly an Orwellian clusterfuck, this. War Party Dems misleading naive liberal souls sickened by Trump into embracing the dirty, vicious lunacy Hillary peddled to her fans, the bankers, brokers, and CEOs of the War Machine.

Trump is a fool who may yet blunder us into war; the Dems and the Deep State cabal would give us war by design.