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How I Found Optimism Through Fear And Loathing Surrounding Donald Trump

How I Found Optimism Through Fear And Loathing Surrounding Donald Trump
by M. Dennis Paul, PhD

It was inevitable.. yes, I said inevitable (and I knew it months ago) that a bullish, under educated spoiled slob son of generations of racism, greed and sexism would rise from the bottom feeding ocean depths to bask in the plain old spittle from blathering mouths of mental and moral degenerates populating the pusillanimous states of ‘murica. It could easily have been the daughter, cheap slut of the entitled, in vulgar pantsuits but arrogance masked in expensive eau de toilette (called “skunk” in her favourite state of Israel) was less palatable to the cretinous masses than plain old Uppercrust, NY flatulence.

It mattered not what semblance of distinction one might foolishly toss out to pacify a falsely perceived superiority of one candidate over the other. What was pissed into the foul wind of politics was nothing trenchant at all. From the streets to the lofts of the ceaselessly cawing main stream pigeons to the towers of power bathed in the whitest of detritus came the howls of the criminally and undeniably insane. And ‘murica, ever hungry for semi-edible crap from a preferable coloured bag, lined up with grateful spoons and napkins. Tweedle Dee was a fat slobbering caricature and Tweedle dumb no different.

The reality… the sorry state of reality… is that “murica long ago surrendered any intelligence it might have gained in history when it allowed Civics to be turned into a pile of festering goo.

Brush away the flies and every 4 years ‘murica convinces itself that dung ball “A” is somehow more preferable than dung ball “B” or vice versa and dutifully performs its beetle task of attempting to push one or the other up the steaming heap. It mattered not to ‘murica that both emanated from the same corruption spewing bowels of JP Morgan, Citi Corp, Wells Fargo and all the rest of the beasts, foul and sinister, splashing their tails in their illustrious mire. What mattered most was the colour of the bag they would get to gorge from over the ensuing four years and endlessly lamenting that if you voted not for their colour you necessarily voted for the other… even if you were remarkably one of the few too smart to vote. And let’s face it, Bernie was just a coin purse of anal seepage… sufficient only to lure hungered straying sheep to the inevitable dip.

The modern history of ‘murica is a slow march to the right and a wobble to the left every four or eight years. Like drunken sailors whose minds are edging a syphilitic apocalypse, the scent of putrid meat in a bun, on a stick or in high heels and fishnets guides them from one side of the murky alley toward the other. Too, a preference for neon hues of red or blue influence the zig and wobble. Confusing when a Pabst sign offers both.

So… just where in hell is the optimism I’ve found?

Having lived through the fear and loathing of the Nixon years (and having, along with Groucho Marx, been arrested for supposedly threatening the life of that glorious wine drenched beast) I learned that the greatest motivator of rebellion… taking to the streets and the barricades… comes from that soul crying urge to thrust an upward finger in the face of that person you both loath and admire… that person who by his very existence on the planet he so salaciously destroys brings out your inner desire to fight.. and fight unflinchingly to the death… ripping the flesh from his bones and grinding those bones into a fine paste to mix with the rich tones of your palate for texture in painting a different future. Such inspiration comes to a lifetime rarely to the degree it now does. At least for me, had the patri-idiotic dung beetles successfully pushed Hillary to the top of the heap, I might be equally disposed to the sounds of the grist mill. I did, however, secretly hope that Trump would perch on top of the excreta of DC. Perhaps a bit perverse but I admit to wanting that lasting glimpse of Hillary and the Klinton Klan eating a dish of “fuck you”. Long deserved, that dish,

I’m old now, and likely in the way, but for the last 18 months I’ve had a Geritol rush where emerged a jubilant “YIPPIE!” and an urge to once again commandeer the corporate soda trucks on the National Mall and levitate the Pentagon. Deep in my rotting bones I feel a world rising from its very recent mistakes of cowardly turning toward the indefensibly stupid nationalist right. I sense the youth (not that wasted generation that rode the “screw you… I’m a be rich” limo straight to Wall Street from college) that tried an experiment with Occupy and the Black Lives Matter movement, the remaining human section of the planet still capable of human thought, slowly waking up from the Bernie burn and realizing trenches need to be dug, barricades erected and a better than the ’60’s revolution brought to the fore.

In the ’60’s and ’70’s, we stopped the draft and we forced the end of a sick, depraved war but then we set about to have babies, took jobs we mostly hated after the country was saturated with candlemakers and our bellbottoms were too tattered to use as polish cloths for our mid-size and ridiculously compact cars, and neglected to continue the fight so we reaped a net loss by having a zig and a zag to a depressing economy that steered our kids toward enlisting and fighting more sick, depraved wars which lead to a false economy that ushered in greed which lead to crash that lead to a dark-faced massa which has now zagged to a vile smelling beast from the intestines of the devil himself.

You just have to believe we’ve learned something opening our eyes to the reality of the White Whitehouse of Trump. If not, we remain a nation of cloned self-flagellating pinheads walking in ever decreasing circles.

Another bit of optimism equally as dark as the above is the reality that our economy is cyclical and roughly every seven years the masters concoct a taking (prior to Bill Clinton, these takings were farther apart) based on the expected diminishing of ability to fool a group of degenerate gamblers that the Ponzi scheme is working, intact, sustaining. The next crash .. the next taking destined to reduce pensions and savings of deluded quill eaters and force greater foreclosures, pain and suffering for the thread hanging middling class… will happen on Donald’s watch.

Already foreclosures are on the rise, defaults are growing, bankruptcies increasing, Obama, with his much touted and ludicrously manipulated job-creation knew it was only a matter of time before 30hr a week “employment” in sub wage box stores, fast food drive-throughs and temp positions of standing on one’s head waste deep in hapless mediocrity lead to the return of the problems he had no intention of ever repairing. Bill Clinton showed him how to snow a nation and Obama learned to ski.

Trump, who knows everything about running businesses into the ground, will hasten the fall as the GOP monkeys of doom in their $5k suits with “I took an intern’s cherry” tie clasps and matching cufflinks cheer him on. They will benefit from the insider scoops and take away as much as their grubby little hands can carry, order up another bailout of Wall Street.. only this time the banks will use their new weapon of taking directly from the checking and saving accounts of the innocents, and the illusion will be reconstructed for about 7 more years once the “engines” are primed and running. When Trump declares the US bankrupt, at a lavish dinner for all his golden parachute friends, the real class war will begin, The barricades will erupt, the trenches sunk and the youth will lead their parents against the bloated and belching caviar crowd. Or not. Self-flagellation, to some, is sexy.

But I’m an optimist. I can smell the gunpowder.


** M. Dennis Paul, PhD is a ’60’s radical who wrote under many names in a number of Underground newspapers on both coasts, played with the YIPPIES!, worked with the Black Panther Party & WU as well as others, worked, directed and performed at the infamous Farenheit 451 Bookstore, performed at and directed the Laguna Beach Summer Poetry Festival, ran a concert/nightclub security service eventually moving to a private Counseling & Mediation practice all the while doing things he cannot discuss (so don’t ask). A former writer for several web publications including the Salem-News, he is now retired but still gets urges to rumble in the streets and occasionally update his blog, rebel.lio. , maintain Stanley Cohen’s blog, Caged But Undaunted , contribute to Uprooted Palestinians‘ blog & maintain artist/writer Joni Sarah White’s website “WE THE PEOPLE

Comparing Bernie Sanders with George McGovern



Comparing Bernie Sanders with George McGovern
by M. Dennis Paul, PhD

February 12, 2016
In the past week, various media have been offering comparisons of Bernie Sanders and the late George McGovern (some writers have also attempted comparison to Eugene McCarthy with little notice or effect). Most all such comparisons, it seems, are written, or voiced, with the intention of promoting the imminent failure of Sanders as opposed to casting positive impressions. Whether these messages are being foisted by the Clinton campaign, the RNC or any of the GOP current crop of candidates… or even the DNC… is of no real concern here. This offering simply wishes to expose the known realities which example similarities and differences. Are the two actually comparable and if so, how? W hat, if any, are the differences?

This writer will offer perspectives of available historic record as well as first hand knowledge from experiences arising out of early grooming for candidacy by the Democrat Party which allowed access to the late McGovern in both private and public settings, house strategy meetings and sponsorship to formal Fundraisers. Born into the era of “torchlight parades” of the 50’s and 60’s and quickly embraced by local Democrat committees at a very early age… followed, upon returning to NH from a brief move to the West Coast, by introduction to the State committee and subsequent sponsorships (admittedly, already “radicalized” prior to the West Coast move and having associations with the Black Panther Party, SDS/WU, SWP and other groups… including YIPPIE. Certain facts that the State committee was, at that time, unaware and which afforded this writer and a few associates an opportunity to create the first East Coast “Free School” called Mautoban Community.. a mentorship High School ).

Yes… this writer did work and support Eugene McCarthy, however, did not sign on to the “Get Clean For Gene” sellout and allowed the long hair to flourish.

In comparing Bernie and George, it is notable that George voted for the Gulf of Tonkein Resolution which put the US officially in the illegal war against North Vietnam and, subsequently, the dirty excursions into Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. Bernie did not sign the Congressional Authorization bill regarding the illegal assault on Iraq. Both, however, continued to vote for yearly appropriations in support of these criminal incursions.

It is also notable that both George and Bernie had/have long histories of blind support for Israel and consistently voted funding for both the State and its military. In George’s favour, his thinking altered to a measurable, yet still faltering, degree after he made a genuine effort to visit Palestine and meet with Yassar Arafat. By 1976, George had become vocal regarding a not well formed belief in a two-state solution and even offered some criticism of the Israeli government settlements. This writer had spoken with George several years earlier, at a private dinner in the home of a local architect, regarding his support of Israel. His response was quite dogmatic (holocaust, friend of US, only democracy, etc) and became visibly strained under challenge. He later told the host that he was insulted having been challenged by someone so young. Bernie is equally stressed responding to challenging questions regarding his on-going support for Israel and makes every effort to avoid the subject. Bernie has supported the military assaults on Gaza, makes no comment on settlements or BDS and has, through proxy, taken funds from AIPAC.

In that uncomfortable dinner (for George), he made it clear he would not run as an Independent should the nomination pass by his camp and that he would firmly stand behind the Party’s choice which, at the time, was Edmund Muskie of Maine who had fared well as a VP choice in the previous election (1968). When asked if he thought he might be a “sheepdog” used by the Party to corral and subdue the more “left” leaning elements of the youth associated with the on-going anti-war movement, he became visibly offended and refused to respond. It was known, by some, that this was, in fact, the intention of the DNC regarding Eugene McCarthy who was thrown under the political bus in favour of Party lapdog, Hubert H. Humphrey, who was nominated despite refusing entrance into the caucuses and primaries. Bernie made it very clear, upon announcing his candidacy, that he would firmly stand behind the Party’s nominee, obviously refusing to run as the Independent he has long claimed as his status. This status has always been a front as Bernie consistently caucuses with the Democrats and has consistently voted 90% or better with the DNC dictates. Bernie is this election cycle’s sheepdog for the DNC… gathering the disaffected and disenfranchised former sycophants of master illusionist Barack Obama back into the fold of the Party.. From the onset of this election cycle, it has been no secret that Hillary Clinton is the Party favourite.

Eugene, to his credit, actually made a later run for the Presidency as an Independent. It was a lackluster run and was very short lived.

A fact, of which many are not aware, is that Bill and Hillary Clinton (at that time still Hillary Rodham) were McGovern’s Texas campaign Managers. His overall Manager was Gary Hart whose later political ambitions were trashed by planted stories about an affair and who, in 2014, was appointed by Barack Obama as US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

Making comparisons regarding electability is a challenging endeavor as circumstances were markedly different in 1972 compared with 2016. Bernie is not facing an incumbent. McGovern faced the seemingly inexplicable incumbency of Richard Nixon. The Nixon camp were a highly skilled team of dirty tricksters, a fact proved unequivocally shortly after his re-election. McGovern was not untouched by their greasy fingers. Conservative hack journalist, Robert Novak, was the source for one such trick. Immediately after George had secured the Massachussetts State primary, Novak began spreading rumour that a Senator had claimed of McGovern, “The people don’t know McGovern is for amnesty, abortion, and legalization of pot. Once middle America—Catholic middle America, in particular — finds this out, he’s dead.” After the death of former Senator, Thomas Eagleton, Novak claimed the quote was from Eagleton. No genuine evidence was ever produced to support this claim.

McGovern, however, did himself no favour by flip-flopping on his support for VP candidate Thomas Eagelton. Initially proclaiming “1000%” support for Eagleton, McGovern quickly dropped him when it became highly public that he suffered periodic bouts of depression and had received electroshock therapy. McGovern had a prime opportunity to show genuine support and create national discussion about depression which, unfortunately, did not occur until decades later. George negated an opportunity to become a pioneer while showing the compassion that was errantly ascribed to his character. This dismissal of Eagleton greatly diminished the perception of his worth… something he overcame through support from his constituency which gave him Senate victories in both 1974 and 1980. He later found placement as adjunct Professor of Public Affairs at Washington University.

Perhaps it was lack of sleep and the stress of campaigning that reared infrequent bouts of negativity and outright verbal nastiness toward workers from McGovern. This writer believed otherwise and warned workers that his impending loss would produce a clearer picture of the beleaguered politician.

At the time of the Eagleton issue, George had tossed Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley out of the DNC. Under considerable pressure and threats of loss of support from many corners, George apologized to Daley (Known for his mishandling of the ’68 Democrat Convention with heavy handed police assaulting protesters and conventioneers and creating the Chicago Seven [8]) and gave the VP slot to Sargent Shriver, a long time supporter of Daley and a Kennedy in-law.

Upon his election bid loss, George gave the public expectation of support for his team and workers. In a more private setting, he unceremoniously showed himself as a bitter loser casting blame in all directions.

He would go on to support Humphrey. He would also become a supporter of Gerald Ford and further support Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon (a bitter tasting memory for many of his previous supporters).

Bernie, perhaps tired as well for one reason or another, was captured at a town hall meeting barking at an individual who challenged his remarks on Israel and Palestine. In years prior (1999), a number of his workers became upset over his support for the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and his support for the continuing actions in Iraq. After ignoring their complaints, 25 entered his office and held a sit-in to get his attention. Bernie’s response was to call the police and have them arrested. Bernie had participated in a sit in many years earlier.

Bernie began his career in politics with challenge to the 2-party system and ran as an Independent. To his credit, he has always eschewed the corruption money brings to politics (although this did not stop him from collecting proxied AIPAC dollars or $10,000 from HillPac.. Hillary Clinton’s 2006 PAC). Nor did it stop him from accepting favours, for acquiescence to DNC wishes, such as having no Democratic challengers to his Senate runs and having Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer stump for him. Upon election to the Senate, Bernie rapidly lost any validity to his Independent claim. In fact, he would go on to denigrate others who did make independent runs for office… especially Ralph Nader.

George never ran as an Independent. He did take corporate money.

There are many other comparisons to be made, however, the similarities and differences of consequence are fairly represented here. What can honestly be ascertained, jointly, about Bernie and George is that they were politicians. A breed of self deceivers unlike any other. A breed of men/women so inclined by the nature of rising within a corrupt political system who, themselves, become corrupt and through self deception go on to careers of deceiving others with smiles and promises as empty as the pockets they casually fleece either in electoral process or through legislation. In contrast to whatever programs of denial they might use to convince otherwise, they are Party hacks, wags and useful tools of a corporate controlled theatrical production. Careerists, they are a most highly incestuous bunch who, despite the appearance of public difference and even anger or disdain for each other, all somehow manage to comfortably sleep in the same bed.

Every 2 and four year cycles, Americans dutifully surrender critical thinking and mass to primaries and general election to imagine themselves electing people to represent them. What they get is something quite different… Politicians… scoundrels who will spend whomever’s money they can get to represent themselves and their opportunistic careers.

Line up, folks… It’s votin’ time!


{This writer took it upon himself to invite several of his YIPPIE compatriots to a sponsored McGovern fundraising dinner.  Peggy Cass and Shirley MacLaine were guest speakers along with a visit from George. It was the last sponsored dinner for this writer and his last connection directly, however tenuous, with the Democrat Party. He never became a US Senator  **grin**}

Hone Your Pitchforks, Folks…

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Hone Your Pitchforks, Folks…

GOP and Dem dolts express extreme offense when US military are taken into custody by Iran and given tea and cookies.. then released. Not one of these dolts ever questioned the hostage taking, by the US, of hundreds of innocent civilians placed in GITMO for 15 years, abused and tortured, lives destroyed… without ever being charged with any offense. Of course, they’ve been trained to see this as “Administrative Detention”. “those men are not hostages… They’re “detainees!”‘ And torture?.. Well, that’s not torture… that’s “enhanced interrogation”. These dolts are quick to offer that it is all for the safety and security of the US… never acknowledging that the closest these men ever got to the US was a series of cages 90 miles off the Florida coast… a trip they never sought to take and one usually taken on their knees with canvas bags covering their heads. Some, under even worse conditions, were given “detention” in black holes spread throughout the globe in places where even more “enhanced interrogation” could quietly be conducted.

These same dolts will seldom speak about the thousands of “Administratively Detained” Palestinians held in Israel Gulags or the “Enhanced Interrogations” they daily endure. If they do make mention, it is always under the excuse that these men and women and little kids are all “terrorists” threatening the safety and security of “The Only Democracy In The Middle East”.

It is time for people to speak truth to these dolts at every opportunity… especially now during the height of the political circus called “elections”. Time to make them all hear that all of these people, men, women and children, are HOSTAGES… REAL HOSTAGES and the “detainee” label is a false construct created to fool the people they expect will vote for their lying selves. Time to make them hear that “Enhanced Interrogation” is a false construct, too… TORTURE IS TORTURE! Tell them to experience deprivation, assaults, shocks, waterboarding … then come back and call it anything but TORTURE.

Tell these despot wannabees that the “Only Democracy In The Middle East is a falsely constructed pseudo theocracy steeped in a history of extreme prejudice, apartheid and genocide. Remind them, loudly, that none of those characteristics represents democracy and if they persist in fostering the tripe they pander daily about both the US and Israel… a great big hammer is soon to come down upon them because this shit is over. These fucking dinosaur relics who have long refused to die are about to meet their meteor.

Orwell spoke to the world about how language would be used to confuse and create bizarre, twisted patterns of thought. Citizenry would be expected to demur to the construction of false narratives or be “detained” for “correction”. PAY ATTENTION! You are told what your worst fears are and your worst fears are used against you. “Terrorism” is everywhere (except where it isn’t). Surrender your freedom in order to be free. Wage war to bring peace. That grossly over-armored and armed cop is only here to “Protect & Serve”. Vote for the lesser evil. WAKE THE FUCK UP!!

Once the remaining fearful pseudo-left sycophants of sheepdog Bernie and the faux feminists voting with their vaginas for Hillarious Clinton realize, despite the rhetoric, that their candidates are servants of the same murderous DNC masters… and when the flatulent right realizes the cretinous punks offered by the GOP are mere mercenaries on a billionaire’s payroll (who also bankrolls the DNC), much like ISIS, intent upon eating their young if so required .. all will leap wildly from the cliffs overlooking a fetid ocean.. pick one… or they will be pushed.

I am honing my pitchfork and preparing torches.

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