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Pressure on Gov. Northam strategy to be used on President Trump

Placing Governor Northam in a situation where his own party wants him out, Dems may be trying to set up a bigger attack against the President.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The effort to oust President Donald Trump seized its latest victim for collateral last week when Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was “outed” for allegedly wearing either “blackface” makeup or a KKK hood in a photo from his high school yearbook.

Naturally, the media is in an uproar about this, with Democrats in Congress (as well as Republicans) calling for the Governor’s resignation.

However, this situation is not likely to be a real matter of trying to secure racial justice, or “healing from the sordid history of American racism.” Rather, it seems to be the Left’s most recent attempt to create a framework for how to get rid of President Trump.

Let’s examine how this might work.

Racism has changed in America. Instead of it being carried out in the framework that the white European Protestant male is the source of all oppression against other groups (blacks, women, Hispanics, Catholics, Jews, RUSSIANS!!, people with polka-dot faces, and those with elephantitis all included), now it is sort of like “all the other groups get to strike back against good old Whitey.”

Except that it is not really all these other groups at all. Primary focus has been on those with African ancestry, because the period of legalized slavery in the United States has been so strongly vilified for at least forty years.

In fact if anything, it seems that most white Americans are loath to mention anything at all about African-Americans or American Indians (Native Americans) with anything but admiration for “how they have overcome great obstacles.”

However, the trope of racism has been brought to bear against those who are white, European-ancestry, any kind of traditionally-oriented Christian, and usually, males. It has been extended to MAGA hats and many things Trump, with the excuse being that the US President referred to Haiti and other such countries with an expletive adjective (that was billboarded around the nation from a closed-door meeting).

As in other areas of American politics, it makes no difference if one is correct or incorrect. The only thing that seems to matter in modern politics is appearance.

So when Virginia Governor Ralph Northam made the news last week for vocally and publicly supporting abortion of a baby at any point in the term of pregnancy including at labor, the outcry was very strong, and Democrats now had a big problem.

A major part of the liberal agenda is abortion-on-demand, following the same model that was originally proposed in early forms of Communism. However, the shock of this barbaric practice being brought to bear against born children, where the baby would be killed after birth because the mother wants it, was evidently too much for someone.

Shortly after this horrific proposal was struck down in Virginia’s legislature, a photo of Mr. Northam’s pictures in his yearbook surfaced, showing two men, one in black-faced makeup and one in a Ku Klux Klan whitesheet uniform. The photos were from his medical school yearbook in the year 1984.

Presently the governor is under heavy pressure to resign, even though his resignation would reveal the problems his lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, has in more clarity, for Mr. Fairfax is accused of sexual assault.

The pressure to resign is coming from predictable sources – those being the Republicans, and also from fellow Democrats who are probably playing strategy.

However, this situation may be bigger than it looks.

The 2017-2018 #MeToo phenomenon revealed the power of the “court of public opinion”, that is, a mob of people pushed to action through receiving knowledge of a situation that they are told they should be outraged about. Racism is such a hot-button topic that it is very difficult for anyone to go public and speak a very simple truth to Mr. Northam’s situation:

This is a big deal over nothing. 

This is the truth. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s KKK themes and black-faced people, people imitating and lampooning cultures, colors, faiths and national ancestry was an extraordinarily popular form of humor. Mel Brooks, the Jewish comedian, spared no effort at imitating, even playing Hitler, lampooning Malcolm X, Winston Churchill, the Spanish Inquisition and many other stereotype sources. No one expressed outrage at his antics. In fact, if anything, people of all races and cultures found their meeting points in comedy and humor that this irreverent man offered.

No so anymore. Now these events must be answered with outrage, or else you are not a good person.

Governor Northam played a stunt in 1984 that was doubtlessly seen in the same light as Mel Brooks saw these things – subjects that could be laughed at now because we were not like that anymore. But standards of judgment have now been changed so that we are forced to give some “sympathy” for “how awful this was that we treated anyone in this way.”

This is simply nonsense. The discomfort some people talk about feeling is not because they are outraged at how cruel it is to black people to bring up any memory of the Klan. They are uncomfortable because they know that public opinion is said to be that this is horrible, yet in their own hearts, they do not feel horrible about it, and so then they think something must be wrong with them for not being sensitive enough.

This whole phenomenon is predicated on the fact that most people desire to be good, or at least seen as good.

This phenomenon is social manipulation played out in a masterful way. And the Left knows it can be used to bring down the President. The Governor is an acid test. Here is how:

  1. Governor Northam is being accused of being racist now because of this picture in the past. He probably was not even thinking along racist lines when he dressed like this then. We who lived in that time must be honest about that. Lampooning the KKK was humor. Look at this video, aired on March 15, 1997. And in 1984, this was even more common. (Yes, that is Sting playing a Klansman. Anyone hear him apologize for this? Let us hope not.)

  1. The gamble is this – if the Governor can be forced to resign over this, or make a fool out of himself by trying to deny it or not tell the whole truth about it, or if he can be forced to apologize in “shame and horror over his horrific actions in 1984”, then the Left will know it has quite a weapon. It will know it can use a person’s past against them and that if presented correctly, the mob will follow right along.
  2. The subsequent target for this sort of action may well be President Trump. Now, this was tried against him during the presidential campaign by the Hillary campaign, through the release of the Access Hollywood tape in which Donald Trump engages in a bit of big-boy shower talk. However, the savvy candidate defused it in about two seconds by simply admitting that he did it, that he was wrong, and sorry. Because he was so direct about it, the opposing campaign had nowhere to go. But if they can nail him on racism, and make him try to defend himself, then they have a prospect at winning.

It does not appear that the Left has a very good grip on this concept, however. President Trump is very good at sloughing off mud when it is thrown at him, and he also is very quick to add some more mud and throw it back. If anything, one of the elements of this story is that the Left is really out of touch with reality concerning Mr. Trump. Nothing they do seems to stick, though to give them credit, they do keep trying.

What is concerning about this latest round is that the attacks against Governor Northam have engaged the right, ostensibly Trump supporters, and they are almost all completely roped in to saying the same sort of lines as those on the left say: “It’s horrible! We cannot be so insensitive! We feel the pain of the suffering of the black people!”

But the real issue and problem with Governor Northam – his radical pro-murder stance, his complete and utter exposure of the brutal nature of abortion he wants normalized in his state – the Left does not want any attention to be directed at this. 

Nor do they want any attention directed at the fact that their supposed “crusade for the elevation of the African-Americans” is really a ruse, designed and intended to keep these good people dependent on government, in effect, slaves, just of a different type. We examine this in a parallel piece, here.

This was very likely a “revelation” launched not from a conservative, but from a leftist, as the Democrat Party eats one of its own for revealing the Plan too abruptly, and too early.

Time will tell.

 

 

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Two med school students behaved naughty and put a “forbidden” photograph of their naughty ness in their class yearbook. And 33 years later fury breaks loose. Wow. For heaven sake aspire to be perfect and perfectly boring and never make fun of anything. In reality there isn’t a lot of racism left in the US other than in angry altercations and it goes all ways. Proof: recently a CNN anchor reproached a guy via phone call that he should give up his white privileges before he can have an opinion on matters of race. It turned out the man on… Read more »

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

Seraphim Hanisch

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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