Freedom Rider: Contradiction in the Time of Trump

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The cacophony of pre-inaugural madness is full of lies against Russia, wild exaggerations about Obama’s accomplishments, and a weird and shameful alliance of so-called “progressives” and the CIA. Anti-Trump protests turn out to be props for useless Democrats. The contradictions of late stage capitalism abound -- which should be the cue for genuine radicals to fight both corporate parties. That means kicking the Democrats “while they are down.”

Freedom Rider: Contradiction in the Time of Trump

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“The contradictions aren’t confined to the United States because the crisis of capitalism isn’t confined to the United States.”

The word contradiction explains much of what seems inexplicable as Donald Trump prepares to take office. It may seem strange that progressives are quoting the CIA with great enthusiasm or that Fox news host Sean Hannity is lionizing Julian Assange. These events are logical at the moment when the system is cracking under its own weight. The contradictions have become quite acute.

All of the crises are coming to a head. The band aids and the public relations can no longer hide the truth. Donald Trump won enough votes to secure an Electoral College victory in large part because white America latched on to his promise to make their lives great again. He also garnered support because he tapped into the angst of the age. Decades of deindustrialization, trade deals and a poverty producing “gig economy” have created unemployment and financial insecurity for a majority of Americans. Unlike Hillary Clinton, Trump spoke to these concerns.

The Democrats assumed they could keep spinning their way back into the White House, despite their track record of electoral failure. Their loss of both houses of Congress and a majority of state legislatures was not just the result of the Koch brothers scheming and deep pockets. The Democrats are in fact partners with the Republicans in doing the business of the ruling classes. Their refusal to address the needs of their voters was proven by their inability to get them out to vote. Bernie Sanders began the process of exposing them but he capitulated and Hillary Clinton was the worst messenger possible after the extent of corruption was brought to light.

“Decades of deindustrialization, trade deals and a poverty producing “gig economy” have created unemployment and financial insecurity for a majority of Americans.”

In all likelihood a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer was also put off by the sleaziness and presented damning information to Wikileaks. The evidence of Russian interference is scant but no one who depends on the Democratic Party and the corporate media for information would ever know that.

The empty and tenuous successes of the Barack Obama administration are also being exposed. His foreign policy decisions have brought great suffering to people from Somalia to Libya to Ukraine. His attempt to make America the sole super power resulted in greater cooperation between China and Russia. All the talk of isolating Vladimir Putin is just that, nonsensical chattering. Putin was unsuccessfully used as the bogeyman to defeat Trump in the United States. He was also the poster child of evil-doing in the attempt to defeat the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom. Voters there still chose to leave the European Union.

The contradictions aren’t confined to the United States because the crisis of capitalism isn’t confined to the United States. The European Union exists to make the movement of capital easier, not to improve the lives of the citizens of member nations. NAFTA and CAFTA and TTIP and TPP are all intended to do the same and eviscerate human rights and public sovereignty in the process. Most people are not familiar with the details but they know they are hurting and they know that the political classes are doing nothing to speak for them. They see that as sufficient reason to throw out the rascals and their gimmicks.

The triumph of Donald Trump and the Republicans does represent grave dangers. The old segregationists are back along with a host of right wing extremists. But this situation could have been averted with truly progressives politics. Instead anti-Trump protests are still being used to uphold the useless Democrats. The architects of the electoral debacle continue to hold sway in party circles and only a few members of the rank and file are willing to call them to account.

“The Democrats are in fact partners with the Republicans in doing the business of the ruling classes.”

The humiliation should not have been a surprise. Any questioning of Barack Obama’s political skills was silenced with the word Obamacare and little else. The Affordable Care Act was a bail out of insurance companies and Big Pharma and it didn’t provide health care to all or control costs. The skimpiness of the success was always obvious and soon the Republicans will send it to the proverbial dust bin of history. All the crowing about Obama’s political brilliance is mere background noise. The meagerness of his legacy is clear.

That is why many progressives have shamed themselves into idolizing the CIA and NSA. Liberals now follow anyone who can help to fill the Democrats empty suits. The Democrats pile disgrace on top of disgrace and now attack Trump from the right with their Russian hacking hoax.

The truth is that Donald Trump won’t be able to keep the ship from sinking either. The system is in an active state of collapse. Perhaps Trump can rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic for a time but ultimately he will fail too. In that process the levels of confusion will increase and the contradictions will be more evident.
This is not the moment to prop up failure. It is the moment to name and abandon it once and for all. Progressives ought to kick the Democrats while they are down. There should be no more elections in which neo-liberalism and empire get support from the left. They must be rejected out of hand and progressives must demand what they claim to want. One side must step away from confusion and contradiction and work for true change.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)



Mike Pence and the establishment want a nuclear war with Russia.
The WWE Hall of Famer wants a nuclear war with China.

Killary and/or the DNC killed

Killary and/or the DNC killed Seth Rich.  Julian Assange has hinted in interviews that Rich was Wikileaks' source of the info.  What a "coinkydink" that Rich was murdered shortly after Wikileaks' revelations of DNC emails.  And that was some "robbery;" Rich's wallet (with money) and phone were found on his person.  It's no stretch to believe the Clinton mafia had a role in Rich's sudden demise.  The list of people who met sudden and/or strange demises after pissing off and/or getting in the way of the Clintons' power grab is long. 

Summer 2016 was especially bloody:  In August, Shawn Lucas served the DNC with a lawsuit claiming Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz “rigged the primary for Hillary Clinton.”  A month later, Lucas was found dead in his home.   Author Victor Thorn wrote four not so flattering books on the Clintons: “Hillary (and Bill): The Sex Volume,” Hillary (and Bill): The Drugs Volume,” “Hillary (and Bill): The Murder Volume” and “Crowning Clinton: Why Hillary Shouldn’t Be in the White House.” Thorn reportedly committed suicide on a mountaintop in Pennsylvania.  BTW, Thorn had been a guest “The Russell Scott Show” and told the host, “Russell, if I’m ever found dead, it was murder. I would never kill myself.”

August also found the body of Gareth Williams, a transatlantic MI6 spy,  padlocked and stuffed in a duffel bag that was sitting in his London bathtub.  Williams illegally hacked secret data on Bill Clinton according to the UK Sun.  Scotland Yard had announced the death as a suicide, saying he locked himself in the bag.  But his DNA wasn’t found on the lock and there were no palm prints on the edge of his bathtub.  And how the heck does one stuffed oneself into a big-ass duffel bag and then padlock it anyway????

In July, Joe Montano age 47, chairman of the DNC before Wasserman Schultz reportedly died of a heart attack after the Wikileaks DNC email dump.

In June, former UN General Assembly President John Ashe (black guy) was found dead in His New York home, and the cause of death was reported as a heart attack.  But the local Dobbs Ferry police said “his throat had been crushed, presumably by a barbell he dropped while pumping iron.”  What a freak "accident." Please note Ashe was scheduled to testify shortly with Chinese businessman and co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, who was accused of smuggling $4.5 million into the U.S. and lying that it was to buy casino chips.  Ng earlier was identified in a 1998 Senate document “as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funneled through an Arkansas restaurant owner, Charlie Trie, to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration.” 

John Jones, attorney for Julian Assange "reportedly" committed suicide by stepping in front of a train in London.  This occurred during the time of Wikileaks revelations about Killary.

How interesting these people did or were going to do something that painted or would paint Bill or Killary in an unflattering or criminal light.  Or they were either connected to someone the Clintons wanted to send a message to like Jullain Assange.  The body count doesn't end here.  Google "Clinton body count" and access the website for a death list ranging back to the Clinton days in Arkansas.

Nuclear War

Obama wants nuclear war with both. Even now Obama is sending 3,600 tanks to Latvia and Lithuania, right on Russia's western border. He has recently sent war ships sailing provocatively through the South China Sea. At the press conference yesterday Trump assailed China for building military fortifications in the area. What in hell is China doing building military bases in our sea? Only the United States is allowed to build military bases, foreign or domestic, at its whim.