Innocence is a kind of insanity
It is behind us but it almost happened, and nobody knows what comes next because we still haven’t seen the most incriminating evidence. In November 2016 America dodged a .50 caliber bullet aimed at its heart. But America neither sees nor understands it, although the clues are everywhere if one looks for them: Politicization and corruption at the highest levels of the national intelligence agencies; Barack Obama’s NSA, FBI, CIA, and DOJ spying on the media and on their political opponents in order to push a crude coup d’état against a duly elected government —for the first time in history; Chavista-like preparations for a permanent regime cloaked behind democratic rules and procedures; Mafiosi-like behavior of the defeated candidate and her subordinates. Those are some of the echoes and reverberations of the bullet’s explosion. But America still sees with innocent eyes.
On the one hand, conservative longing and naiveté. Conservatives believe we can still go back to the America of the founding, the innocent America of the first wave of modernity. They see what is happening as a bad dream, at most an aberration. They don’t want to recognize the wicked evolution of modernity, they just want to watch reruns of good-guys-vs-bad-guys movies with happy endings. According to them, all politicians should play by the Marquess of Queensberry’s rules, duly adapted to politics. That’s nice but also naïve, ignorant, and dangerous when a coup d’ état and possibly a political murder appear like bolts out of the blue. Their motto is the childish phrase of the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, “that’s not who we are.” The political right today is the same as always, there is nothing to the right of American conservatism; the extreme right —the Alt-Right— is as insignificant and marginal today as it has ever been, notwithstanding the effort of the media to highlight them and for leftists to call “fascism” and “racism” anything they don’t like. If Charlottesville is the one and only example of right-wing extremism, then I confidently rest my case.
On the other hand, there is the American left. Ever since the Jacobin Reign of Terror in 1793-94, through the French Commune of 1871 to the 1917 Russian Revolution and its 1918 echoes in Germany, Hungary and Italy, to the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the 1978-79 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, and the 1992 Chavista Revolution in Venezuela —just to name a few— it has been clear that the ideas of the revolutionary left aren’t good for elections, they are only good for revolutions and coups d’état unless they pretend not to be revolutionary. Nobody would vote for political violence, property confiscation, secret police, neighborhood spy committees, or firing squads. Hence the need for concealment.
The traditional Democrat Party, the one we still think we know, was a mix of center and center-left politicians, with a few, insignificant crazies on the extreme left. Since the 1970s this has progressively changed to the point that today the Democrat Party is completely on the left and there aren’t practically any centrists or “liberals” to maintain the civil political game and the electoral alternation of parties in a democracy. The leaders of today’s Democrat Party aren’t Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi; they are the curtains behind which the real leaders, the radical leftists Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Keith Ellison, hide.
The history of the American left is very different to the left in the rest of the world. Save for about 6 percent of the total votes for the Marxist Eugene Debs and his Socialist Party of America in the 1912 elections, or the peak of 85,000 members of the Communist Party USA in 1942, revolutionary socialism never set foot in America, an unlikely exception in the Western world. Today, a mix of second-wave Marxism and third-wave post-modernism dominates American culture, media, education, and technology, and also fights for political power. They are now in full weirdness mode, the more dangerous the more distanced from reality. What we have today in America as the Democrat Party is an extreme left organization that includes Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, the nucleus of a violent revolutionary arm. BLM combines black grievances with anti-police criminality, and ANTIFA (Anti-Fascist Action) was inspired by Antifaschistische Aktion, a violent group formed in 1932 by the Communist Party of Germany to further revolution and to combat fascism in the streets. Those of us who have studied socialism and lived under socialism know this is called a “pre-revolutionary situation” in Marxist terminology.
Nothing surprising here, as this is what revolutionaries worth their salt ought to do. Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and David Axelrod grew around Frank Marshall Davis, activist member of the Communist Party USA. Barack Obama’s favorite writer was Frantz Fanon. Saul Alinsky was Hillary Clinton’s tutor, she wrote her thesis about him, and Barack Obama used Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, as a text for teaching community organizing. John Brennan, Obama’s CIA Director and possible perjurer in the ongoing coup, declared having voted for Gus Hall and the Communist Party and was probably a member of the party. Anita Dunn, Obama’s Communications Director, said she was “inspired” by Mao Tse Tung. Van Jones, Obama’s “green jobs czar” is a self-confessed Communist. Ron Bloom, Obama’s manufacturing czar, said he agreed with Mao Tse Tung that “power comes out the barrel of a gun.” Obama got to power by lying, charming, and pretending to be a moderate; that’s why those of us who knew how revolutionary socialism works called Barack Obama “the Chávez of the North.”
But this American political reality is being blurred with the theory of the “Deep State Conspiracy” about a kind of above-the-fray, technocratic group of patriotic bureaucrats who see the Truth and try to subvert democratic rules in order to save democracy. That is the naïve way of explaining the real thing. The real thing is the coup’état by the left in its quest for absolute power and control. The whole thing was planned and directed by Obama the socialist boss and supported by the socialist media, to continue and deepen his “fundamental change” of the United States of America by making sure Hillary was elected or, when that proved impossible, to destroy the duly elected president and undo the election. The coup even copies the Soviet Union’s favorite ploy against dissidents: the accused is crazy, so let’s send him to a mental hospital and work on his illness. This is Marxism all along: the revolution is inevitable, but you have to help it come about. The “Deep State” is just a group of high-level government employees who work as Democrats for the Democrat Party, which also happens to be the vanguard of the revolutionary left in America at this point in time.
From this point of view, politicizing the government agencies against their political opponents becomes a hall of mirrors: One big myth of democracy is that administrations shouldn’t go after their predecessors, but it assumes a common, democratic idea of politics and law. Conservatives and the political establishment keep playing to the left’s strength because the revolutionary left doesn’t believe in any of that. Therefore maintaining the myth equals helping the left in its quest.
The country dodged a bullet because a man named Donald J. Trump suddenly appeared to save the country and to save conservatives from themselves, much to their chagrin. President Trump doesn’t have a special gift of knowledge about America or about the left; he is just the latest of the American “go-getter” giants we have known throughout her rough and beautiful history. Trump is the unexpected response of traditionalist, religious, free, capitalist America to Europe’s ugly revolutionary socialism.
Vladimir Dorta, 01/23/2018
P.S. I forgot to include Samantha Power, Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations, in the Marxist list. Friend and admirer of Noam Chomsky and Tom Hayden, she is perhaps the most ideological of all.