Barbarians at the Gate

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Barbarians at the Gate

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Politicians should be judged by their actions. There’s plenty about Trump’s agenda to criticize.

Instead, he’s bashed no matter what he does or doesn’t do, whatever he says or doesn’t say – polar opposite the way his predecessors were treated.

Last Saturday, he blamed both sides for Charlottesville violence. On Monday, he “condemn(ed) in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” adding:

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant…”

He ordered a civil rights investigation into what happened in Charlottesville, saying “anyone who acted criminally…will be held fully accountable.”

Tuesday in New York at Trump Tower, he said the “alt-left” bears some responsibility for what happened. “(N)obody wants to say that…(Y)ou had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.”

“And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”

Sharp criticism followed. The so-called “Unite the Right” rally featured a torch-lit parade through the University of Virginia campus – founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the only collegiate UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site in America, a distinction not shared by Harvard University, the nation’s oldest institution of higher education, founded in 1636.

Some “Unite the Right” marchers chanted “Blood and Soil” (the Nazi-era “Blut und Boden” slogan), “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us.” Others raised an arm in a Nazi salute.

Hundreds participated, including KKK adherents and other white supremacists, many from out of town – not a pretty picture.

Everyone responsible for violence in Charlottesville should be held accountable, whatever their ideological views.

Far more important is an ongoing campaign to denigrate, weaken and oust Trump from office – a diabolical slow-motion coup d’etat scheme to topple him, deep state long knives out to replace him with easily controllable puppet-in-waiting Pence.

It reflects what fantasy democracy is all about, the way banana republics and other despotic regimes operate, a deplorable state of affairs.

The issue isn’t Trump. It’s longstanding US policy. It’s tyranny heading toward becoming full-blown. Was his presidency doomed before it began?

Throughout the campaign, post-election and inauguration, he’s been hammered by relentless assaults on his legitimacy, determined efforts to undermine him – led by Washington’s intelligence community, undemocratic Democrats, extremist GOP elements and media scoundrels.

His initial and New York remarks about Charlottesville were red meat for his opponents to jump on, especially deplorable media scoundrels overwhelmingly against him.

Will he or won’t he avoid removal from office by impeachment or more sinister means?

Ousting him would be another major blow to the last vestiges of freedom in America – disappearing in plain sight, most people none the wiser about what’s going on.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.