Will the "Trump Train's" 3rd attempted coup be successful?

Thom plus logo As is laid out in The Hidden History of American Oligarchy, this has been a recurrent battle through the history of America.

It's all one thing, and the oligarchs and fascists aren't done yet. They want complete control of America.

When Donald Trump first ran for president, it was a stunt to squeeze more money out of NBC and to polish his brand.

But when he was unexpectedly elected, he took cues from the corrupt oligarchs he admired around the world and began a serious project to remake and remold America in their image.

The first country he visited as president, in fact, was the oligarchy of Saudi Arabia, which he effusively praised.

When he proclaimed after his election that there were 3,000,000 "illegal votes" for Hillary Clinton, he was setting up today's oligarchic takeover attempt by denigrating the American electoral system. He knew from the example of oligarchs elsewhere in the world that if he could convince enough Americans that our election system was "rigged," he could ignore elections in the future.

When he began the aggressive destruction of multiple government agencies, from Education and Social Security to the IRS and the CDC, it was to further the transformation of America into an oligarchy.

Back in 2016, elected Republicans, seeing how much money Trump could raise from America's oligarchs and how falling into line behind him would help them get reelected, jumped on board.

With the GOP signed off on his oligarchic agenda, they pushed through over $2 trillion in tax cuts for America's oligarchs. It was just the beginning.

The Federalist Society, founded and funded in part by American oligarchs, supplied indoctrinated and compliant ideologues to billionaire Trump, multimillionaire Mitch McConnell and wealthy Republicans in the Senate, who moved these young legal-shock-troops into lifetime positions in federal courts all over America.

Oligarchies tend to be unsustainable because the majority of people don't want rule by the rich, so oligarchies require either a police state from the top down (like Saudi Arabia) or a pseudo-populist fascism from the bottom up (like 1930s Germany).

Trump tried both. He federalized local police in Portland and Minneapolis, had American troops turn their weapons, helicopters and clubs against peaceful protesters across the street from the White House, all the while cranking populist fascist-leaning groups all across the country into fits of rage.

Thus, the "Trump train" that ran the Biden/Harris campaign bus off the road in Texas last year, apparently thinking Kamala Harris might be on board, was part of it. It should have been a warning to America, but when they suffered no consequence, his neofascist movement was empowered and encouraged. The oligarchs were pleased, and more money flowed to Trump and Republican politicians.

It's all one thing.

When he cheered on his supporters attacking people peacefully protesting police violence, his oligarchic fascist movement grew. Fox News, owned by billionaire oligarch Rupert Murdoch, turned "Black Lives Matter" and the anti-fascist movement, antifa, into curse phrases.

After the 2020 election, oligarch-owned media, from social media to radio and television networks to the largest conservative websites, began amplifying and parroting his lies that voter fraud was responsible for the Biden/Harris win.

It was a straight line from those lies to the January 6th violence at the US Capitol.

It's all one thing.

When Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and congresspeople like Kevin McCarthy spoke of "voter fraud," it was to further the oligarchic takeover of America.

When over half the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to reject Joe Biden's election, it was to further the oligarchic takeover of America.

The unwillingness of elected Republicans, even today, to say that the election was free and fair and Joe Biden was honestly elected is all in service of an oligarchic takeover of America.

The violence Trump and rightwing media brought to the capital building on January 6 was purely to keep a billionaire oligarch, Donald Trump, in charge of our government, even though the majority of American voters had rejected him.

It's all one thing.

The attempt to overthrow the American government on January 6, the further violence they're planning going forward, the challenges to Biden's election by people like Cruz, Hawley and McCarthy are all one thing.

It wasn't just crazed Trump followers who murdered a capital police officer and tried to kidnap and kill vice president Pence and Democratic leadership; it was also the Republican members of the House and Senate who continue to maintain the big lie of voter fraud.

They are just as responsible for those deaths as are Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and the people like Ginni Thomas who organized and funded the mob in the first place.

It's all one thing.

As I lay out in my new book The Hidden History of American Oligarchy, this has been a recurrent battle through the history of America.

We rebelled against British oligarchs in 1776 and fought a difficult war to establish a democratic republic.

When the South came under oligarchic control in the 1840s, we ended up fighting them in a bloody Civil War in the 1860s. We defeated those oligarchs, and broke up and sold off their plantations across the South. Robert E. Lee‘s plantation was seized and is now known as the Arlington National Cemetery.

In the 1920s oligarchs crashed the American and worldwide economies, and FDR did battle with them and their fascist colleagues around the world with such a vigor that they hatched a plot to recruit Marine General Smedley Butler and 100,000 men to kidnap and replace him. Butler blew the whistle, and FDR said, "I welcome their hatred."

And now, again, America is facing the specter of a third attempted oligarchic coup, using a fascistic grassroots-up strategy that's been tried and tested in countries from Germany to Chile to Turkey.

From Trump's madman demand that swing states "find" enough votes to keep him president, to prominent Republican politicians continuing to promote the Big Lie of voter fraud so they can further tighten the election screws in their own states, to billionaires and giant corporations cashing in on tax cuts and deregulation, it's all one thing.

And they're not done yet.

Originally posted on Medium.com

-Thom

Comments

rostasi 1 week 2 days ago
#2

I'm wondering why, especially during times like these,
would Chuck Schumer give a press conference out in
the open streets of NYC?

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deepspace 1 week 2 days ago
#3

Maybe Chuck Schumer and the reporters aren't intimidated. The idea of stochastic terrorism, or the implicit threat of violence, is to make the unbelievers afraid and alter their behavior and normal routines accordingly. If people cower in fear, the terrorists win.

In our small, mostly white town in a rural red state, the local collection of wingers hold loud rallies in the downtown central park with lots of drive-by honking horns, obnoxious speakers with bullhorns, conspiracy-theory signage, oversized flags promoting various white nationalist themes, and local chapters connected to the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, Last Chance Patriots, etc. -- good God you name it! Most of the attendees are armed, maskless, all of them devoted Trumpees and maniacal anti-abortionists to boot, checking off every box on the lunatic asylum application.

While in town shopping or doing other business during a rally, I make it a point to go for walks, enjoy the park, and just hang out wearing a face mask and a little Democratic swag and/or BLM insignia emblazoned on a hat, T-shirt, or jacket. Being former military, I also display an American flag pin, because nothing pisses me off more than wingers who claim our nation's symbol as their own as if you're not a true patriot unless you're in the crazy club.

We're an open-carry state, so sometimes I even wear a holstered sidearm, which is fairly normal for the culture here. Never had a problem. Go figure.

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alis volat 1 week 2 days ago
#4

Oldest story in the world, in fact, one could refer to the Bible and earlier texts. The rich power hungry bastards try to use and abuse everyone and everything else. This happens regardless of what you call the political system involved. So, I could not agree more that it is all one thing.

However, lessons are learned under every administration. Profilers will talk about a crime scene and if the perp is organized or disorganized. What we have with Trump is a disorganized psychopath making a mess of his crimes. He always has, that's why he ended up in military school and later with bankrupt businesses and failed marriages. The long list of people surrounding the President are the organized criminals with little or no conscience. They know exactly what they want to do to this country, how to kill democracy, optimize their power, and keep people under their thumb: Low wages with a gig economy, unaffordable health care, voter suppression, unaccountable policing, no justice in sentencing, educational inequity/expense, neglect of the mentally ill, and racism racism racism. We could go on, but their agenda fits nicely with Republican ideals. Trump has been a useful idiot for them and Putin.

The insurrection and Capitol siege had both organized and disorganized elements as well. The FBI knows exactly what they are looking at and looking for. Some of those dumb-asses involved probably have an FBI file already. Former Director Comey stated just being on the steps was a crime. I heard locals admitting on radio they were on the steps, and well DAMN those videos are something! They are so ignorant about the law and posting their crimes. It really is priceless to see the stories about who turned-in some of the criminals. Those dirtbags that took a poo or pee in a congressional office may find out the hard way it contains their DNA. Now that would make a good story headline!

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deepspace 1 week 2 days ago
#5

Haha, and with that, I'm going to bed. Thanks for the nightmares, alis.

};--))

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cuz 1 week 2 days ago
#6

Thom,

This may be appropriate here,

If you catch 100 red fire ants as well as 100 large black ants and put them in a jar, at first nothing will happen.

However, if you violently shake the jar and dump them back on the ground the ants will fight until they eventually kill each other,

The thing is, the red ants think the black ants are the enemy and vice versa when in reality, the real enemy is the person who shook the jar.

This is exactly what is happening in society today:

Liberal vs. conservative

Black vs. white

Pro mask vs anti mask etc.

The real question we need to be asking ourselves is who's shaking the jar and why?

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Riverplunge 1 week 2 days ago
#7

Olygarchs don't last?? What about Russia? What about 40 years of America B.S., and going strong? Our "victory" will be short.

Legend 1 week 2 days ago
#8

#6 without a doubt, Trump. What is your answer to the quiz? By the way, Thom does not read or answer questions on this site. SueN does.

This morning the Republican Congressmen are refusing to go through metal detectors in Congress, saying it is aginst their Contitutional Rights. Every Airport, Court House, Nuclear Plant etc in America has metal detectors and xray machines. Nuclear plants also have bomb sniffing machines. Grow up,

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deepspace 1 week 2 days ago
#9

Yeeeaaah... that rather simplistic metaphor doesn't really fit the complex reality of real-life other than as a testament to false equivalency, white privilege, naivete, and denial.

Unfortunately, we live under a system where two large, institutionalized parties dominate the ballot. So unless you want to waste your precious vote, you must choose a side that you think has the best chance for advancing society forward, either toward democracy of, by, and for the people or toward some bastardized fascistic plutocracy/kakistocracy owned by the rich and governed by the rich for the rich, where real live human beings are beaten down, treated like worker ants, and viewed primarily as customers and consumers to manipulate for profit rather than as participatory citizens with any real power over their miserable lives.

Democrats and liberals are not the ones perpetrating the democracy-busting big lie of a stolen election, nor are they the ones engaged in sedition and insurrection or calling for terrorism against elected officials.

Whites are not the ones whose ancestors were enslaved, nor are they as a population disproportionately slaughtered by the police, discriminated against economically, in education, housing, access to healthcare, or disenfranchised by onerous voter suppression tactics in red states with white-dominated legislatures.

And wearing a mask is a medical imperative, not a political statement.

That's the reality, not the metaphor.

Gee, it makes you wonder where some people get their news. Oh. Wait. No. It doesn't.

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FyreByrd 1 week 2 days ago
#10

Terrific analogy - mind if I steal it?

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deepspace 1 week 2 days ago
#11

Here's another one to "steal" at will. It's a little dated but as relevant as ever:

Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican
By John Gray Cincinnati, Ohio

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to [ensure] their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meatpacking industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his workday; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should [lose] his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have [electricity] until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark)

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day) Joe agrees, “We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have”.

By John Gray Cincinnati, Ohio - jgray7@cinci.rr.com - Published July - 2004
Printable version: Click here!

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cuz 1 week 1 day ago
#12

Thom,

Facebook and Twitter aren't banning hate speech,

They are banning speech they hate.

Remember these comments?

"Who says protests have to be

peaceful?"

~Chris Cuomo

"There needs to be unrest in the

streets."

~Ayanna Pressley

'There will be blood in the streets."

~Loretta Lynch

"Protesters should not let up."

~Kamala Harris

"I just don't know why there aren't

uprisings all over this country.

Maybe there should be."

~ Nancy Pelosi

"You get out and create a crowd

and you push back on them and

you tell them they are not welcome anymore, anywhere."

~Maxine Waters

Face the fact both the right and left have gone way too far in opposite directions and it is destroying this country.

Everyone needs to take a break and return to sanity.

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deepspace 1 week 1 day ago
#13

False equivalency, white privilege, naivete, denial -- now, add to this disingenuous collection of bothsidesism logical fallacies the cherry-picking of undated, unsourced, out-of-context quotes, along with the conflation of constitutionally-protected protests with flat-out unconstitutional insurrection, which is a crude and contemptible comparison.

WAKE UP! Brainwashed disciples of treasonous, unpatriotic, far-right-wing Republicanism and Trumpism are fomenting violent sedition, insurrection, and terrorism against our government and the people of the "United" States. RIGHT NOW! Democrats and liberals are NOT!

Meanwhile, apologists and pollyannaish deniers are surfing the net hunting for feeble non sequiturs, obstinately trying to dismiss or minimize these startling events unfolding before their eyes in real-time. Good German citizens in denial were also looking the other way during Hitler's rise to power.

Current events, as well as history, demonstrate conclusively that bothsidesism is the wrong analysis to explain political and religious extremism ravaging a country to the point of dysfunctionality. Purposely creating chaos, as Trump is doing, is how tyrants consolidate power. Usually, it's the bad actors on one side who first rise up to wreak havoc. Others will fight back, of course, but only as a response to the initial violent attacks, as one would expect.

The internet is history's greatest library; you can either browse the fictional, feel-good, story-telling sections that reinforce preconceived notions, or you can get serious and do the hard work of studying the hard truths in the non-fiction sections. Here's some homework, just a smattering in relevant areas to get started with outside-the-skull reality:

How Much Better Off would America be If 6 Republican Presidents Hadn't Stolen The White House?

Thom plus logo It's about time the last one, Trump, is held accountable

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