America’s Perilous State of the Union
by Stephen Lendman
On Tuesday evening, Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, delayed because of 35 days of government shutdown, DLT and undemocratic Dems sharing blame.
A possible shutdown resumption looms on February 15 if things aren’t resolved – or a state of emergency declared by Trump when none exists over the great US border crisis hoax while permanent war on humanity rages endlessly, supported by both right wings of the nation’s war party.
The key takeaway from Trump’s SOTU address is all politicians lie. Believe NOTHING they say. Follow only what they do.
Trump is a serial liar, time and again saying one thing and doing another, proving he and rule by hardline extremists can never be trusted.
Their record speaks for itself, including endless wars of aggression, one-sided support for monied interests, contempt for ordinary people everywhere, consistently breaching the rule of law, continuing the lurch toward full-blown homeland tyranny – along with risking nuclear war with Russia, Iran, perhaps even North Korea and/or China.
Today is the most perilous time in world history. Daily events should scare everyone at a time when endless warmaking and handing the nation’s wealth to its privilege class inflict enormous harm on most Americans and others abroad.
At the same time, an ongoing attempt aims to replace democratic governance in Venezuela with fascist tyranny, perhaps by military intervention if other Trump regime methods fail – the fate of the nation and its people hanging in the balance.
Trump’s theme was “choosing greatness” in a nation posing humanity’s greatest threat, run by its criminal class, a gangster state, a totalitarian plutocracy, oligarchy and kleptocracy, hypocrisy, not democracy, a notion Republicans and Dems abhor, tolerating it nowhere, including at home.
Rule of the people in America means of, by, and for its privileged class exclusively, most others exploited.
The world’s richest nation doesn’t give a hoot about its most disadvantaged citizens, including combat veterans, treated with disdain – lied to about democracy building abroad, Washington’s deadliest export, their mission all about pursuing imperial dominance worldwide.
Trump saying “(t)ogether we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make” – belies America’s deplorable state.
His regime and Congress share blame for heading the nation into an economic and financial abyss, a fiscal nightmare, a class of civilizations with sovereign independent states, backing terrorism instead of combating it, the nation’s destructive agenda supported by establishment media instead of sounding the alarm about what’s happening.
Trump’s address was beginning-to-end deception and Big Lies. Jobs he promised to protect are largely low-pay/poor-or-no benefit part-time or temp rotten ones.
Free trade he promotes isn’t fair, serving corporate interests exclusively at the expense of the general welfare and threat of ecocide.
Warmaking is prioritized over “rebuild(ing) and revitaliz(ing) our nation’s infrastructure.” Prescription drugs and other healthcare costs are increasingly unaffordable for most Americans, not the other way around as Trump pledged to work for earlier and last night.
The “immigration system” he supports excludes Blacks, Latinos, and Muslims from the wrong countries – white Anglo-Saxons and others like them welcomed.
A “foreign policy that puts America’s interest first” prioritizes exploiting others nations and their people so the US privileged class can benefit at their expense.
That’s what “winning for our country” is all about, not “sav(ing) (increasingly eroding) freedom(s)…redef(ying) the middle class,” disappearing in plain sight, not “more prosperous than ever before,” or “creat(ing) a new standard of living for the 21st century.”
Ordinary Americans are experiencing a declining “quality of life” in a nation increasingly becoming a ruler-serf society, poverty its leading growth industry, along with warmaking on humanity at home and abroad.
At a time of protracted main street Depression, real unemployment exceeding 20%, no “unprecedented economic boom, a boom that has rarely been seen before” exists – except for the nation’s privileged class, benefitting by exploiting the great majority of Americans and countless millions abroad.
Wages fail to keep pace with inflation. Social justice is fast eroding. It’s on the chopping block for elimination altogether.
The great December 2017 GOP tax cut heist for the rich at the expense of everyone else will likely increase the federal debt to around $35 trillion by 2028.
In 1981, the national debt was less than 32% of GDP. Today it’s a ticking time bomb exceeding 105% of GDP, growing by over $1 trillion annually, heading for $2 trillion annually by the mid 2020s, according to David Stockman, the national debt to increase by about “$17 trillion over the next 10 years,” he estimates.
He called DLT “the Great Disrupter…the mad man in the Oval Office,” pursuing a ruinous agenda, heading the country for a “fiscal calamity now unfolding,” adding:
“(T)here is exactly zero chance of any legislative action to stem Washington’s exploding red ink” based on how things are going.
Trump bragged about “cut(ing) more regulations in a short period of time than any other administration during its entire tenure” – ignoring the enormous economic, financial, and ecological harm it’s causing.
“We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries abroad,” he roared, affirming the nation’s permanent war agenda in less than so many words.
America under Republicans and undemocratic Dems is responsible for human wreckage worldwide, nations held captive to their demands. Imperial caused crises transformed things into humanitarian disasters in one country after another, the same true in impoverished US inner cities by exploitive economic and financial policies.
The nation I grew up in no longer exists. It was never beautiful. Today it’s unsafe and unfit to live in. Imperial madness threatens to destroy planet earth to own it.
Regime change begins at home, challenging authority essential, nonviolent revolution the only solution, making America work for all its people, transforming swords into plowshares for a new era of peace, equity and justice, polar opposite how things are now.
People power alone can save us, collective resistance for change, indifference no longer an option.
There is no alternative (TINA). The choice between freedom or fascism is simple – living free or under the yoke of tyrannical rule.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”