Robert is a writer, editor, and activist currently living in East Providence, RI.

6 responses to “Passionate dissent at congressional delegation’s town hall”

  1. Johnnie

    “The biggest asset Trump has is the decadent, clueless, narcissistic, corporate-indentured, war-mongering Democratic Party,” Ralph Nader said when I reached him by phone in Washington. “If the Democratic strategy is waiting for Godot, waiting for Trump to implode, we are in trouble. And just about everything you say about the Democrats you can say about the AFL-CIO. They don’t control the train.”

    The loss of credibility by democratic institutions has thrust the country into an existential as well as economic crisis. The courts, universities and press are no longer trusted by tens of millions of Americans who correctly see them as organs of the corporate elites. These institutions are traditionally the mechanisms by which a society is able to unmask the lies of the powerful, critique ruling ideologies and promote justice. Because Americans have been bitterly betrayed by their institutions, the Trump regime can attack the press as the “opposition party,” threaten to cut off university funding, taunt a federal jurist as a “so-called judge” and denounce a court order as “outrageous.”
    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_elites_wont_save_us_20170212

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    1. cailin rua

      I’m tempted to say “I can’t believe you got a thumbs down for quoting Chris Hedges’ spot on analysis but this site is populated by the very people who he excoriates in his piece. The rally still comes across as a campaign rally looking to the Gang of Four to provide leadership for the “resistance movement”.

      Co-optation knows no limits in the neoliberal age. There may be a pig pile with those on top claiming to be King or Queen of the Hill but there certainly is no leadership. I don’t think anyone should forget that the two Davids – Horowitz and Stockman – were part of the “resistance” during the Civil Rights/Viet Nam struggles. I think the same level of “cohesion” exists in this resistance movement where shouts of “Russian hacking” persist in the background as if those who seem to be most prominent appear to be pining for John Podesta and the no less nepotistic than Trump, Clintons, to come along and save us. Good luck w/ that.

      Feudalism is alive and well in both parties, along with all the attendant “inheritance rights” and long lines of succession, some enjoy at everyone else’s expense, as in the case of the Rockefeller/Chafee/Kennedy klans, and all the rest. How many wealth preserving non-profits from the R I Foundation to the Sierra Club to the Urban Land Institute are trying to preserve the last vestiges or even trying to reinstate it as an institution, whether by feigning noblesse oblige or just simply through outright hegemonic power grabbing. They all seem to be working toward the same end, regardless.

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      1. Johnnie

        Cailin rua: Pay no mind to sniveling, mealy-mouthed Democrats who could not find their ass with both hands. They have no understanding of just how irrelevant and clueless they are as to what is taking place all around them. Like Trump, they actually take pride in their ignorance and know-nothingness.

        “Ukraine on Fire, a new documentary about the Ukraine crisis, might change how people in the West perceive the conflict, but it’s unlikely to get much distribution since it contests the prevailing narrative”
        This is just a documentary from Oliver Stone, who continually and courageously challenges the US official story.
        https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/13/a-documentary-youll-likely-never-see/

        You can watch the documentary, before it is pulled down, on YouTube.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqVB3qY3Qwo

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        1. Johnnie

          I wrote this as a letter to the editor about a week ago and sent it out. The American people need to understand the rulers and their plans, and just how immoral, maniacal and dangerous they are.

          U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who recently went on a fact finding trip to Syria, was repeatedly asked why the U.S. is supporting and arming terrorists groups. Every place she visited ordinary Syrians would say without hesitation that there are no “moderate rebels,” and would naively ask why the U.S. is destroying their country when they had nothing to do with 9/11.

          Rep. Gabbard has introduced a bill called the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which would prohibit the U.S. from supporting terrorist groups with money, weapons and intelligence. To quote her: “If you or I gave money, weapons and support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail.”

          Neoconservative ideologues and a bipartisan Washington consensus thinks it’s acceptable to spread “liberal democracy” through military force and regime change. By laying waste to countries, the U.S. has sought to strategically control populations and regions by the destruction and de facto partitioning of nation states. Their program is to weaken and destroy the central authority of the state through the “controlled chaos” of civil war, using proxy armies to foment and stoke the fires of ancient ethnic and religious rivalries. The U.S.-led imperialists plan to balkanize the countries of the Greater Middle East and rule them along tribal, religious and sectarian lines.

          And as they recruit, indoctrinate and unleash these fanatical salafists/jihadis abroad, many of whom have been reduced to savages, they quietly put into place a militarized security and surveillance state at home. To “keep us safe.”

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          1. Johnnie

            If you look up neocon at merriam-webster.com, you are sent to the definition of neoconservative:
            1: a former liberal espousing political conservatism
            2: a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and U.S. national interest in international affairs including through military means

            Here are 8 neocons that are gunning to take Trump down, and force America into more illegal wars and regime change operations.
            http://theduran.com/these-8-neocons-are-gearing-up-to-destroy-president-trump-and-make-america-bomb-again/

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  2. salgal

    You are right, Robert Shaw. We the people are figuring this out without the formal constraints our 4 Washington hagglers are dragging around like albatross accessories.

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