Friday, December 16, 2016

Vladimir Putin Goes Phishing: a fictional playlet

(2015 AD, somewhere in the Russian countryside at one of Vladimir Putin’s many estates)

Putin to Rex Tillerson: Here’s the plan, Rex. We phish our way into the Democratic Party’s and John Podesta’s Servers, feed all the e-mail to Wiki leaks…

Rex: Will Wiki leaks cooperate?

Putin: Da, Julian is in my pocket too. You should not interrupt me my friend. Besides you know I always have everything under control.

Rex: True enough.

Putin: So, as agreed, I, Russia that is, help get Trumpty Dumpty elected just like we have done with small fry in the Balkans. Then you just have to make sure he picks you to be Secretary of State, and we make deals and we all get richer together, da?

Rex: Sounds good to me, Vlad. But we’ve got to get all of the American government to go with us.

Putin: Shouldn’t be a problem, no?

Rex: Well, both houses of congress are in Republican hands, so if Dumpty picks the right cabinet and department heads we can get rid of much of the bureaucracy, causing much confusion and leaving control in the hands of Dumpty's cabinet members. The Republican Congress will be too busy getting rid of Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to bother with us.

Putin: And you will work with Russia to make big oil money for Dumpty, Exxon Mobile, yourself and Russia, Absotyutno!

Rex: Absolyutno, Vladimir! (They both laugh and pat one another on the back.)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Is the USA a Vassal State of Russia?

Trump’s and the Republican’s BIG “American Idea”
(Trump owns the “American Idea” trade mark by the way.)

1. Is it a con job on the voter to make the USA a vassal state of Putin’s Russia
2. to make the president elect more money and give him more power
3. to help the super rich and global corporations further enrich themselves
4. to slash taxes on super rich corporations and send more jobs overseas
5. to cut social security and Medicare benefits on the middle class?
6. to destroy our education system
7. to totally destroy the middle class.


8. Is it a plan implicit with Russian collusion to make us a White Supremacist superrich oligarchy tied to Russian oil?

I’m not saying, just thinking that if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and, you know the rest.

And Where the Hell Is My Democratic Party?
Hiding and licking its wounds!

Notes

Entous, Adam, Nakashima, Ellen, and Miller, Greg, “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win the White House,” The Washington Post. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/). Published 10:45 PM EST, December 9, 2016, viewed and read 10:50 AM, Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Sanger, David E. and Shane, Scott, “Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes,” New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/) Published December 9, 2016, Viewed 10:56 AM, EST, Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Bennet, Brian, Hennigan, W. J., “Obama orders full review of Russian Hacking of the 2016 election,” Los Angeles Times, (http://www.latimes.com/). Published 6:35 PM PT., viewed Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Sobel, Robert, “Donald Trump team responds to bombshell CIA report confirming Russia hacked election,” Blasting News at http://us.blastingnews.com/. Published December 9, 2016. Viewed and read 11:15 AM EST., Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

What Are the Moral Obligations of Citizens as Voters in Our 21st Century Democracy?

1. Monarchs believed God had given them the right to rule absolutely. Today monarchs rule by right of royal prerogative, limited by constitutions and democratically elected bodies/parliaments.(notes a and b below)

2. Instead in our Democracy the citizen, also limited and granted freedoms and rights by constitution and Bill of Rights has the moral responsibility whether God given or not to vote responsibly for those who will rule in his/her name.  What do philosophy and the humanities have to say about the moral obligations of rule by monarchs versus the people’s obligations in voting in a democracy? (See notes c through g below)

3. I maintain that in the immediately past election approximately 62 million voters did not vote responsibly, and cast their ballots for an Alt-right (reads White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi aided in the election by a foreign power and fake news) candidate and many of these voters continue to listen to and read fake news and act irresponsibly. (fake news "h" in notes below)

4. So, I ask what is the responsibility of the approximately 65 million citizens who voted responsibly and did not vote for the White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi candidate?

5. What about the millions of citizens that didn’t bother to vote in the election? Do the actual voters have a responsibility to make law that requires and penalizes voters who do not vote?

Notes

a. “The Divine Right of Kings,” New World Encyclopedia, http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Divine_Right_of_Kings. L ast modified on 17 October 2008, at 10:11 GT, viewed 10:51 EST, Thursday, December 8, 2016

b. “Royal Prerogative,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_prerogative. last modified on 19 November 2016, at 01:42., viewed 11:02, Thursday, December 8, 2016

c. “What Does it Mean To Be a Citizen In a Democracy? Ohio literacy Network, at http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/Resc/Educ/saintro.html. Last Updated: 09/23/2016 11:34:2, viewed 11:08 PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016.

d. Gregorian, Vartan, “American Voters Are Responsible For Protecting Democracy,” Time Magazine. http://time.com/4554937/citizen-responsibility-democracy-tocqueville/. November 2, 2016, viewed, Thursday, 11:15 PM, December 8, 2016.

e. De Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America Translated by Henry Reeve, Esq. With an Original Preface and Notes by John C. Spencer. New York: Adlard and Saunders, 1838. xxx, 464 pp. Reprinted 2003 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 2002025957. ISBN 1-58477-249-2.

f. “The Ethics of Voting,” The Art of Theory: a Journal of Scholarly Conversation” at http://www.artoftheory.com/the-ethics-of-voting/. Except where noted, all materials freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Viewed 11:27 PM EST, Thursday, December 8, 2016.

g. “Voting as an Ethical Issue,” Princeton University Press, (pdf) http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i9464.pdf. Except where noted, all materials freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Viewed and saved, 11:30 PM EST, Thursday, December 8, 2016

h. "Fake News Website," Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_news_website. Last modified 4:10 GMT, December 9, 2016. viewed 11:38 PM EST, Thursday, December 8, 2-16)

Monday, December 5, 2016

"Alt-Right", a Euphemism for "Neo-Nazi"



The title of this article represents my opinion though a thorough reading of magazine and newspaper articles written before and after Donald Trump’s election to the Presidency of the United States strongly substantiates my opinion. The term “Alt-Right” was first stated 8 years ago as the “alternative right” by Paul Gottfried in an address to the H. L. Mencken Club.1 An article written six months before the election suggests that members of the Alt-Right view themselves as jokesters.4 However, the current version “Alt-Right” appears to have been put into general use by Richard Spencer of The National Policy Institute, a White Supremacist organization. Mr. Spencer calls for ‘”peaceful ethnic cleansing” and wishes for a “new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans.”2 He also views Donald Trump’s victory as a crude first step toward that goal suggesting anything but a joke.

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist, and former Executive Chair of Breitbart News the far right Website that publishes xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, anti-Semitic and sexist material is clearly aligned with the values of the alternative right. In “Trolls for Trump,” Andrew Marantz, states the following about the term “Alt-Right” and Donald Trump

The term [Alt-Right] typically applies to conservatives and reactionaries who are active on the Internet and too anti-establishment to feel at home in the Republican Party. Bizarrely, this category includes the Republican nominee for President.5

While current newspaper and magazine articles indicate the close association of the Alt-Right with Donald Trump, the authors hesitate to identify this loose group of Internet hipsters as Neo-Nazis. Why? A close reading of the articles as a group, ‘articles about Donald Trump and the Alt-Right,’ allows the designation, White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi.

Notes

1. Gottfried, Paul, “The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right,” The Unz Review at http://www.unz.com/article/the-decline-and-rise-of-the-alternative-right/. Published November 21-22, 2008. Viewed 9:32 PM EST, Saturday, December 3, 2016. In the same article, Mr. Graham writes that Richard Spencer identifies Donald Trump’s victory (again I am paraphrasing) as a crude first step toward the above goal.

2. Graham, Chris, “Nazi salutes and white supremacism: Who is Richard Spencer, the ‘racist academic’ behind the ‘Alt right’ movement,” in The Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/richard-spencer-white-nationalist-leading-alt-right-movement/. Published November 22, 2016, viewed 8:47 EST, Saturday, December 3, 2016. The article in the UK paper makes no bones about the Alt-Right, identifying Spencer as “the leader of the Alt-right” and that movement with White Supremacism.

3. McAfee, Tierney, “What is the Alt-Right Anyway? A User’s Guide,” People Magazine, http://people.com/celebrity/what-is-the-alt-right-inside-the-movement-hillary-clinton-links-to-donald-trump/. 3:45 PM, EDT, August 25, 2016, Viewed 8:14 PM EST, December 3, 2016.

4. Wallace-Wells, Benjamin. “Is the Alt-Right For Real?” The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/news/benjamin-wallace-wells/is-the-alt-right-for-real. Published May 6, 2016, Viewed 8:22 PM EST, Saturday, December 3, 2016. The article refers to the Alt-Right as a (and I’m paraphrasing) loose group of fringe elements [including Richard Spencer’s group of White Supremacists, The National Policy Institute] that have little to do with the general population of republicans. The same article refers to the group’s performance as a “joke.”


5. Marantz, Andrew, “Trolls for Trump,” in The New Yorker, on line at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/trolls-for-trump. Published October 31, 2016, viewed 9:12 PM EST, Saturday, December 3, 2016. The article identifies the Alt-Right as a category, not a particular group, but includes Donald Trump as part of the Alt-Right.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Corporate Oligarchy Owns the Government of the USA!


Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices and proposals for Cabinet positions read like who’s who in Super Rich Global Corporate America and Wall Street. The most recent list of these can be found in the New York Times article below.* I’ve also added two new proposed possibilities for Secretary of State as revealed during the Rachel Maddow Show this evening, December 1, 2016, Rex W. Tillerson current CEO Exxon/Mobile and Lee Raymond, past CEO of Exxon /Mobile.*1 The title of this brief entry is my conclusion to the list, and it demonstrates that Trump has no interest in helping his duped white and blue color Caucasian middle class followers. Rather, he is most interested in supporting and pushing forward his super rich buddies in Neo-Fascist America.

Notes

*The New York Times, “Donald Trump Is Choosing His Cabinet: Here’s the Latest List,” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html?_r=0. Updated December 1, 2016 EST. Viewed December 1, 2016, 9:37 P.M., EST

*1 Rachel Maddow, 9:20 P.M., December 1, 2016,  Rex W. Tillerson current CEO Exxon/Mobile and Lee Raymond, past CEO of Exxon /Mobile are the new Trump considerations for Secretary of State.