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A dereliction of duty January 26, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Putting aside Will Hutton’s perhaps too rosy view of where matters in the US will proceed with a Biden presidency – ‘radical centrism’ indeed, there was this from his weekend article:

It is now so minded. Biden is directing a “full-scale, wartime” Covid strategy, for example, to use the Defense Production Act to co-opt and direct the private sector to produce whatever is needed on the scale it is needed, from vaccine to PPE equipment. Masks are to be worn in federal buildings and on interstate public transport; incoming travellers will be required to quarantine; 100m vaccinations are to be rolled out by April.

This alone shows the sheer lack of effort on the part of the Trump Administration to take the crisis in the slightest bit seriously – that we are now almost a year on and these measures are only now being taken? It’s a crushing indictment of Trump and ‘Trumpism’ and a clear example of how the power of nation-states remains very real indeed.

How about a bit of radical radicalism eschewing the ‘centre’? Never needed more than now.


1. CL - January 26, 2021

David Sirota has a somewhat different view.

” Obama’s reverence for the status quo and deference to Wall Street helped create the conditions for the rise of Trump…

” Biden campaigned for the presidency promising to restore a pre-crisis normal. But that is not enough to pull America back from the abyss and stave off the surge of authoritarianism today – just as it was not enough during the Great Depression.

Back then, Roosevelt seemed to appreciate that business as usual would not stave off fascism and rescue the country – much, much more was required….

the best hope for America is not a vapid Biden paean to the “soul of this nation”. but a Biden administration that is pressed by progressives to take action and deliver real material gains to the working class.

If that does not happen, then a new right-wing authoritarian will likely ride another wave of anger at the continued inequality, destitution and dysfunction – and that next menace is likely to be even more dangerous than Trump.”

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2. yourcousin - January 27, 2021

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you that the president of the United States of America is part of the status quo, here was me thinking of Bill Clinton and George Dubya as lateral day Duke boys driving around in the General Lee getting up to all sorts of roguish hijinks. Like bombing pharmaceutical factories in Sudan or invading Iraq. I think we can all see Saddam in a white suit and a cowboy hat reprising the role of Boss Hog.

Blaming Obama, who was the dark horse candidate against HRC and John Edwards is silly and shows a real lack of context and appreciation of the zeitgeist of the last 30 years. Obama isn’t the one who decided to abandon the working class. That train car finally got cut loose by Bill Clinton, but again, he was responding to the signs of the times, and the shift in the mid seventies by American culture/economy to move away from industry to finance capitalism. So even Bill Clinton inherited a 20 year legacy there which was fait accompli with the collapse of the evil empire and the “end of history”. I don’t have to like him to think that if say Sanders had run (because that’s the real subtext here) then we would of had HW for a second term.

To argue that Obama simply didn’t do anything is simply silly. Perhaps folks forget that heady time back in early 08’ when we thought that Dubya had gone off the rails and that our democracy was being irreparably damaged. Damn near brings a tear to my for the simplistic good ole days. Now the ACA may not be the NHS, but it is Obama’s legacy and it is something, as is his competency at statecraft. Folks may not appreciate the simplicity of competency, but it is not to be underrated.

I would like to acknowledge the obvious. Obama was subjected to scrutiny and a level of vitriol in a way that FDR never was. I mean can you imagine FDR being able to hide his polio today in the 24/7 news cycle? Let alone the BARELY concealed racism that marked his entire tenure.

As always, let me add in my caveat, I came of age literally and figuratively in this time fighting NAFTA, and cursing the Democrats for largely some of the same things listed in the article, but this left tinted hind sight is just dishonest in its reprisal of history.

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3. CL - January 27, 2021

” Imagine, if you will, all the great minds of the patriotic Christian movement linked together and joined into one computer,” Louis Beam, white supremacist, 1982
In the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, anti-government groups like the Oath Keepers coordinated their movements over the walkie-talkie app Zello, for instance. And the goals can sound chillingly similar to those envisioned by Mr. Beam and his cohort. The F.B.I. recently arrested members of The Base, a network of white-nationalist cells, for plotting a series of attacks — including on drinking water supplies — that the militants hoped would lead to a race war….

“It’s critical to understand that we should not understand acts of mass violence carried out by the white power movement as ‘lone wolf’ attacks. The white power movement is continuous, today’s paramilitary groups and lone-wolf gunmen trace their ideological and organization heritage across decades.”- Kathleen Belew.

“Once the act was committed, the leaders of the groups could publicly disavow the violence — and avoid prosecution.”

” The Senate tabled an effort by Sen. Rand Paul Tuesday to force a vote on the constitutionality of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but the vote offered an indicator for how Republican senators — who overwhelmingly voted for Paul’s measure — feel about the trial….
45 Republicans voted for Paul’s effort….
In order to convict Trump at his trial, at least 17 Republicans will need to vote with all Democrats when the trial begins next month….
“If you voted that it was unconstitutional then how in the world would you ever hope to convict somebody for this?” Paul asked, adding ,”45 of us, almost the entire caucus, 95% of the caucus, voted that the whole proceeding was unconstitutional. This is a big victory for us. Democrats can beat this partisan horse as long as they want — this vote indicates it’s over, the trial is all over.”

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4. gregtimo - January 27, 2021

I think he hit the nail on head . The corporate backers (some anyhow) have realised they need to ease off the greed and pay a tad more tax . So Biden will look a tad radical for some months ? But it will take intense external pressure to turn him into FDR .
And nice to see AOC getting the idea and inspiring the youth while at it, Can anyone imagine say Gary Gannon doing such ? Not me

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gregtimo - January 27, 2021

And the spot for old (US/Canadian) Leftie worriers . Just the latest sample, Polin worked with Chomsky (who along with Jay still worries about a nuclear war, a worry that is just too much for me)


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