Truth Tellers, Court Jesters and an Emperor’s Wardrobe Malfunction – Part B
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Posted June 11, 2018, rev'd June 12, 2018.
Feet of clay
It’s April 2018, and Canada’s once-adored Emperor is losing his magic. He still proudly wears the George Soros brand of Neoliberal Identity Politics. But, things just aren’t the same. His devout fans remain enthralled or course, but the sheen is gone. A panel of political analysts probes the possible explanations for his decline in the polls. Why was the popularity of "Sunny Ways" Emperor Selfeous now lagging what it had once been?
The pundits saw several possibilities. There had been a trade trip to China that produced negligible returns.1 And there had been a bruising encounter with the small business sector over proposed tax changes?2 Had his violation of multiple sections of the Conflict of Interest Act concerning a family vacation at an island retreat belonging to the Aga Kahn contributed?3 And what part had his finance minister’s failure to fully disclose his financial interests played?4
There were still other possible explanations. One panelist cited the Emperor’s endless haranguing Canadians regarding political correctness. More recently, a rather disorganized trade trip to India had been labeled a “disaster” by the media. Trade relations may have been the pretext, but analysts saw other more superficial motives on Selfeous’ part.
Barbara Dutt of the Washington Post reported that an anonymous Indian government official said regarding Canada's glorious Emperor, "He seems more much more convinced of his own rock-star status than we ever were."
As for her part, Dutt commented:
I confess, from afar, I used to be a Trudeau fan-girl. But after this trip, I've changed my mind. Trudeau has come across as flighty and facetious. His orchestrated dance moves and multiple costume changes in heavily embroidered kurtas and sherwanis make him look more like an actor on a movie set or a guest at a wedding than a politician who is here to talk business. Suddenly, all that charisma and cuteness seem constructed, manufactured and, above all, not serious. 5
The consensus among observers, like Dutt, concluded the trip was designed to score points with Canada’s large Sikh community. It’s all about the optics with Emperor Selfeous.
A dissenting voice in the crowd
While the majority of Canadians remained forbearing, a contrarian voice in the crowd was making itself heard. It belonged to University of Toronto psychology professor, Jordan Peterson. When the Canadian government prepared to pass legislation requiring Canadians to use an expanding lexicon of activist-designated gender pronouns, Peterson objected. This was an Orwellian violation of the principle of freedom of speech with authoritarian overtones.6 Peterson, the refusenik, publicly stated he would not comply with the dictates of the government in the realm of prescribed speech. He went so far as saying he would go to jail in defense of his free speech. 7
Nor was Peterson impressed with the Emperor’s glib “It’s 2015” fuzzy math calculation for the 50:50 male-female composition of his cabinet. Pederson pointed out that achieving gender party would only have required Selfeous appoint the same percentage of males and females to cabinet as male and female MP’s elected to public office.8
Douglas Murray, writing in The Spectator, describes Peterson’s rise.
In 2016 he made a stand against the Canadian government’s introduction of a law that aimed to make it a crime not to address people by their preferred gender pronouns (regardless of chromosomes). The issue of ‘gender pronouns’ may sound a strange springboard to international attention. But Peterson did something a decreasing number of people in our societies are willing to do: he stuck his head above the parapet. He politely but firmly objected to officials telling him or anyone else what words to use or to define for him what the meanings of words should be.
There was an outcry. His classes were disrupted by often riotous protests. There were serious efforts to force him out of his university position. For a moment, it looked as though the social justice mounties might get their man. But for once it didn’t work. In fact it badly backfired. Not only did a lot more people discover a counter-cultural (or counter-counter-cultural) hero who was willing to say what almost everybody else thought. They also discovered someone with not only humanity and humour, but serious depth and substance. 9
The silence heard around the (Western) world
In 2018, Professor Peterson went on tour in Europe to promote his new book, “12 rules for Life: An antidote for chaos.” While in England, he was invited to participate in an interview with Cathy Newman of Channel 4, a BBC subsidiary. If Peterson was expecting a friendly conversation about the contents of his book, he was mistaken. Newman, an ardent feminist, was determined to impale Peterson on every point of presumed feminist victimhood. Her style was combative replete with talking over her guest, virtue signaling, straw men premises and misleading accusatory thrusts, “so what you’re saying is that….”.
Peterson repeatedly parried with “no, I’m not saying that…” offering reasoned explanations that drew on the research literature, insights from his clinical practice, his work as an executive career coach and common sense. He remained pleasant throughout, patiently untangling the false premises and conflated issues Newman posited. The interview built to a climax as Newman shifted to frame the male-female pay gap as a patriarchal conspiracy against women.
“But you’re going to put all those hurdles in their way as has been in their way for centuries…and that’s fine” you’re saying that’s fine. The patriarchal system is just fine….”
Peterson: “No I’m not saying that …that’s just silly…”
Peterson responded that the pay gap is explained by a combination of factors including a greater readiness of a small percentage of very ambitious males to sacrifice everything for career. It was a choice that rising, equally talented female executives declined in favour of a more balanced lifestyle.
Then Newman shifted the subject to transgender “rights.”
You cited freedom of speech in that; why should your right to freedom of speech trump a trans person’s right to not be offended?
Peterson: Because in order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. I mean look at the conversation we’re having right now. You’ know like you’re certainly willing to risk offending me in the pursuit of the truth. Why should you have the right to do that? It’s been rather uncomfortable.
Newman: Well I’m very glad that I put you on the spot.
Peterson: But you get my point,…no, but you get my point, you get my point. It’s like you’re doing what you should to do…which is digging a bit to see what the hell is going on. And that is what you should do. But you’re exercising your freedom of speech to certainly risk offending me, And that’s fine. I think more power to you as far as I’m concerned.
Newman: Except you haven’t sat there and…(pause)
Newman: (as she sighs and looks upward into space )… I’m just trying….. I’m just trying to work that out…(more silence)…
Peterson: (jokingly) “Gotcha….”10
Newman continued with her questions 10 or 12 seconds later, but in a very real sense the interview was over. This was the silence heard around the world. The last time I checked, one You Tube video excerpt of the interview had well over 10,000,000 views. Jordan Peterson had deftly shattered an imagined transgender “rights” construct of third wave feminism. And, as in case of the fall of Humpty Dumpty, the crash was such that it was unlikely anyone could ever reassemble the pieces.
It bears repeating: “Because in order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive.” (He could have added, “and in order to converse and interact as human beings, you have to risk being offensive.”) The delusion was so completely destroyed, it left the viewer wondering what other fragile feminist fabrications were about to fall.
Assessing the damage
The significance of the Newman-Peterson debate shouldn’t be underestimated. It was an unplanned, albeit landmark battle in the long running culture war, or more accurately, assault on conservative thought. There were two obvious outcomes. The first was the defeat of fallacious feminist arguments regarding transgender “rights” and enshrined victimhood. The second was it confirmed the striking contrast in tone and style between militant feminists and traditionalists like Peterson.
It leads to the obvious conclusion that third wave feminism relies heavily on bullying and intimidation and evidence-free assertions. Its adherents aren’t genuinely interested in “a conversation” about issues of the day. Their use of use weaponized language with the implicit smear that if you disagree then you are morally repugnant ("misogynist," "homophobe," "hater," "racist," etc.) is a old tactic of authoritarians intent on silencing criticism.
Because the Newman stance represented neoliberalism and its abusive identitarian politics, the Peterson interview permanently damaged the entire brand and all its adherents. This includes one of its foremost champions, Emperor Selfeous. The divisive issue-creation, sanctimonious assertions of moral superiority and implicit smearing of critics will no longer go unchallenged in the war against conservatives. The protective neoliberal cloak failed spectacularly.Its cheap, synthetic fabric frays quickly in the sunlight of reason, biology, serious science, timeless truths and common sense. It was as if Professor Peterson had opened a window and let some sunlight and fresh air into the room. The neoliberal delusions that enthral the masses may be losing their hold. Some on the political Left are defecting, and resistance is growing.
Peterson’s courageous stand on free speech has captured the attention of many in Canada, the US, Europe, and beyond. His book, sold-out speaking engagements, media appearances and YouTube lectures have birthed a large and growing following. Pederson’s message has a particular appeal among young men who have showed up at his public lectures in droves. Remarkably, some are crediting him with restoring family relationships and saving their lives.
The dangers inherent in neoliberal identity politics
The pathologies of the globalist brand of neoliberal identitarian politics should be evident to the discerning by now. It is destroying the footings from which people derive their identity (gender, faith, family, country). And, simultaneously, it is destroying the links that bind us together in common cause. Thus, it is foreclosing on the societal commons.
Operationally, there are both winners and losers. The winners, in the short term at least, are the imperious powers that be and their minions keen to exploit the magical powers it confers on those intent on controlling the unsuspecting masses. Then, there are its unconscious compliant victims, unaware of their cult-like reality. How can their mute submission be explained? It appears to be the result of a misguided quest for and claim to righteousness reminiscent of that of the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.
Journalist, Shadi Hamid, sees, in this vein, a desperate search for a religion in its absence.
In the longer term, the effects of identity-driven discussions become even more pernicious. As I recently argued, basing our positions on who we are rather than what we believe is polarizing precisely because identities are more fixed than ideas.
This is why identity politics can sometimes seem like a new sort of political theology. Belief and conviction are good things, but only if there’s something to believe in. Identity politics and the virtue-outbidding it necessitates often signal the absence of religion in search of religion—with followers mimicking its constituent elements: ritual, purity, atonement, and excommunication.11
Herein lies the explanation for both the religious zealotry of social justice warriors and their willing compliance with the tenets of their cult. In virtue bidding/signaling, SJW’s publicly demonstrate righteousness and adherence to the “faith.” This ensures continued membership. On the other hand, those tempted toward independent thought risk discipline – potentially doxing and excommunication.
A brave man within the ranks of the largely cowed and compliant Canadian populace has struck a blow for freedom. His disruptive influence is akin to that of the young boy who called out a naked emperor in the Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. The now transparent political wardrobe of our dear Emperor leaves him similarly exposed. The torn and threadbare tenets of neoliberal identity politics are increasingly apparent to thoughtful observers in the crowd. Some Canadians have awakened from their trance. Some have even joined the ranks of the resistance. Are Canada’s leading proponents of imperial neoliberalism likely to pause and reflect on the dangers in their doctrine?
The realistic answer is, “No, it’s not in their nature.” I expect the Emperor to continue strutting about in his transparent political attire. As the resistance grows, he is likely to wrap himself even more tightly in his demonstrably frayed wardrobe. The power it yet confers over his yet unawakened subjects is too addictive. But as noted earlier, it is no longer sufficient to repulse the advance of the resistance to the reign of neoliberal dogma in Canada and elsewhere in the West.
I anticipate the political establishment to reinforce a four-fold strategy of: “smogging," "smearing," "sidelining" and silencing.”
Smogging: In the bigger picture, we can expect a continuation of the on-going information warfare being conducted in concert with Western allies and other members of the NATO alliance. It means facilitating and amplifying real and imaginary terrorist and military threats. In the political playbook, nothing is as useful as fear when it come to keeping the masses compliant and conforming to the will of the government.
Smearing: This means continuing to smear Canada and Canadians by declaring them and their beliefs deficient in some respect. Thus, problem definition as pretext sets the scene so that the officialdom can intervene and impose its planned solutions to imagined problems when the opportunity presents itself. The current smear is Canada is “racist.” Studies are planned which will provide the necessary cover for some state- imposed solution to the presumed problem. (One can conclude that earlier in our history, the powers that be determined that Canadians were insufficiently feminist and insufficiently culturally diverse.) Regular smearing by those presumed to know emboldens social justice warriors to attack dissenting individuals, branding them “haters,” “racists,” “bigots,” and “Nazis” and dox them as required.
Sidelining: This is a process of discrediting and discounting dissenting groups or political adversaries by campaigns that regularly demean their motives and devalue their views and beliefs. We have seen this approach to dealing with Evangelical Christians opposed to the Emperor’s pro-abortion and transgender agendas. (It’s the political expression of “my way or the highway.”) Over time, groups subject to this treatment by government are effectively ostracized and their influence neutralized.
Silencing: Ostracized groups may still be able to make their voices heard. For this reason, one can expect a strategy of further silencing or de-platforming these challengers. There are a variety of direct and indirect approaches. In post-truth, post-democratic England, silencing was accomplished in the case of conservative activist, Tommy Robinson, by denying him a lawyer and the media the right to report on his case and charging him and sending him directly to jail.
A variety of indirect means are also currently being used throughout the West by the powers that be. Conservative citizen journalists are being silenced daily by social media giants (Think Facebook, Google, YouTube). These corporate powers now brazenly employ such methods as censure (in the form of warnings to citizen journalists), direct banning of certain Website content, shadow banning, demonetization, censorship, and search suppression. It works to the extent that some independent on-line citizen journalists are already self-censoring. And with this approach, the Corporatocracy does Big Brother’s dirty work for him. The usual pretexts are the oft-stated need to eliminate or control the imagined scourge of “fake news” and the need to protect minorities against “hate speech.”
Not one of these four “S” Orwellian post –democracy strategies will come as a surprise to Canadian patriots or truly independent citizen journalists. These methods define the new Orwellian normal. I can only add, be prepared, there’s more to come.
Summing up, an ideologically-driven Emperor has come to power and imposed a divisive George Soros brand of neoliberal identitarian politics on Canukaland. The deconstruction of Canadian society as we know it is now well underway. Most of the manufactured tensions that are tearing American society apart at the seams are now at work in Canada.
Modern day equivalents of the outspoken child who exposed a naked emperor in the Hans Christian Andersen tale, have appeared. They are shredding the doctrine of third wave feminism and bringing some sunlight to bear on identitarian politics. Jordan Peterson's stand is exemplar as it has fostered something of a political awakening and reinvigorated the resistance. It can’t stop here, however. To truth-tellers everywhere I say this is your call to arms. The lie of the Emperor's "Sunny Ways" slogan notwithstanding, we shall, with God's help, overcome.
1 Bonokoski: Trudeau’s trade deal with China turns into an embarrassment, Toronto Sun, December 5, 2017, http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/trudeaus-trade-deal-with-china-turns-into-an-embarrassment
2 Small business tax backlash tops agenda for Liberal caucus retreat, CTV News, November 4, 2017, https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/small-business-tax-backlash-tops-agenda-for-liberal-caucus-retreat-1.3575126
3 Trudeau ‘sorry’ for violating conflict of interest laws with visit to Aga Khan’s island, CBC News, December 20, 2017,http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-ethics-aga-khan-1.4458220
4 Finance minister, Bill Morneau waited 2 years to disclose company that owns his French villa to ethics watchdog, CBC, October 13, 2017, http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/morneau-company-france-ethics-1.4351933
5 Trudeau has himself to blame for disastrous India trip, Hamilton Spectator, February 23, 2018, https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/8149797-trudeau-has-himself-to-blame-for-disastrous-india-trip/
6 Toronto professor. Jordan Peterson takes on gender-neutral pronouns, BBC News, November 4, 2016, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37875695
7 Watch: Fire me, fine me, jail me. I won’t back down to speech police, says U of T professor, LifeSiteNews, October 28, 2016, https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-fire-me-fine-me-jail-me.-i-wont-back-down-to-speech-police-says-u-of
8 Watch Jordan Peterson react to Justin Trudeau’s teliing a woman to say ‘Peoplekind,’ The Steam, February 7, 2018, https://stream.org/watch-jordan-peterson-react-justin-trudeaus-telling-woman-say-peoplekind/
9 The curious star appeal of Jordan Peterson, https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/the-curious-star-appeal-of-jordan-peterson/
10 Watch: Cathy Newman’s catastrophic interview with Jordan Peterson, The Spectator, January 17, 2018,
11 Barri Weiss and the Left-Wing infatuation with taking offence, The Atlantic, February 17, 2017, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/bari-weiss-immigrants/553550/?utm_source=feed
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The Five Donald Trumps -- which is the real one?
Posted May 1, 2018, rev. May 3, 2018
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Several years ago, a television show called To Tell the Truth invited guest panelists and the TV audience to figure out which of three people, each claiming to be the same person, was actually that person. The panelists took turns asking the three questions that might reveal who the impersonators were and who was telling the truth and made their best guesses. The climax of each episode came when the moderator asked. “Would the real (name of the individual) please stand up.” It’s a game a lot of us have been playing with regard to Donald Trump. Is it too soon to ask, “Would the real Donald Trump please stand up."
The difference between the TV show and our current reality is that we’re presented with five Donald Trumps. Five perceptions or possible Trumps have emerged during his term in office. These five personas have been perceived or at least portrayed by five camps spanning Trump observers, supporters and critics. Those in the five camps have, in turn, significantly different expectations for the future of Trump’s presidency. And they also argue that very different responses to the Trump presidency are in order.
In order to provide some basis for your further analyses, I have outlined a five-fold typology below. In describing the various camps, I have chosen to error on the side of duplication by using many of the often overlapping labels applied to members of the Trump camps. Keep in mind, of course, that typologies of this nature always involve generalizations, so there are always exceptions.
1. Donald Trump, the disgusting, criminal (fill in the blank -- racist, bigot, misogynist etc) president.
Camp: The Anti- Trumpers
This includes: Trump haters, the Never Trumpers, die hard Dems, die hard Hillary fans, members of the Clinton Resistance movement, establishment GOP, a major swath of left-learning Hollywood actors and entertainers, Rhinos (e.g. John McCain) many mainstream corporate media journalists and TV talk show hosts, Antifa, cultural Marxists, blue-haired progressives and social justice warriors, and partisans of the Soros-Clinton purple revolution.
Trump’s business and personal history, character and rhetoric reveal a dangerous demagogue. This corrupt individual, who stole the election from Hillary Clinton through collusion with Russia, is unfit for the office of President. As a criminal, he should, therefore be impeached or otherwise removed from office. Some of the descriptors of Trump applied by those in this camp, in addition to the popular “racist-bigot-misogynist” label are: “coarse,” “dense,” “outrageous,” “undignified” and “narcissistic.” R-rated comedian, Kathy Griffin, has described Trump as “President Piece of Shit.” 1
"The idea that I'm somehow the 'Hollywood elite' and this guy who takes a shit in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable," (George Clooney, actor) 2
But, you know, he gets into office and the first day he's talking about crowd size when he's got so many other problems. And every day it's something else where you’re just pulling your hair out saying why? Why's he [still] talking about Hillary now? Why is he saying there was no collusion with Russia, but then there's an article in the Washington Post, so now he’s saying there was collusion but Barack Obama was responsible? It’s absolute insanity." (Joe Scarborough, Co-host, Morning Joe, MSNBC) 3
“For me, that’s Trump and all things Trump. It’s not about trying to be an equal-opportunity offender anymore because Hillary got such a beat down. It’s his turn. So I’m happy to deliver beat down to Donald Trump — and also to Barron. You know a lot of comics are going to go hard for Donald, my edge is that I’ll go direct for Barron. I’m going to get in ahead of the game.” 4
“It’s pirates, whores and thieves holding every type every of resumé in this administration. But it can’t go on forever.” (Alec Baldwin, actor)5
Apparent tactics, strategies:
2. Donald Trump, the threat to the (New) global world order. Trump is described as a reckless, amateur politician ill-suited for the challenges of the presidency and incapable of leading a superpower in today’s complex global arena.
Camp: Deep State
This includes in general, members of the Deep State and global corporatocracy. This means members of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, Senior Executive Service, Washington Neocons, politically compromised elements and leaders of the intelligence community (e.g. James Clapper: NIA; John Brennan: CIA; James Comey: (FBI), George Soros, various think tanks, "Big Search/Info," Silicon Valley super powers, global banksters, the “war party “ puppeteers (GOP and Demos). Their views are regularly advanced in such publications as the Washington Post and New York Times.
Position/perspective: Donald Trump lacks the temperament and the experience required for the job. He is likely to return America to an outdated model of geopolitical isolationism. This would inevitably lead to a diminished role for America in the global arena. And, this would also amount to abandoning American’s allies in the Middle East and elsewhere to the machinations of a resurgent Russia and increasingly powerful China.
“President Trump still has not personally called out Putin in the way he has assailed everyone from Alec Baldwin to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Trump has begrudgingly allowed the sale of weapons to Ukraine but won’t enforce the sanctions passed by Congress. In 2012, Congress enacted the Magnitsky Act to sanction Russians involved in human rights abuses. Obama sanctioned 44 individuals under the law; Trump only five.
Trump’s unwillingness to criticize Putin makes you wonder what hold the Kremlin has over him; the Steele dossier looks more credible all the time. But no one is alleging that May has been compromised, and her actions are just as pusillanimous.” 6
Apparent tactics and strategy: In retrospect, members of the Deep State favour a combination of both legal means of securing change subterfuges that would cripple the Trump presidency and lead to his removal him from office. This includes:
3. Donald Trump, the clever and courageous champion of the Second American Revolution
Camp: True Believers
This camp is comprised of conservatives, patriots, some libertarians and independents, many in the alternative media, disillusioned Democrats, a large swath of evangelical Christians. A segment of the latter group considers Donald Trump to be ordained by God to lead the second American Revolution. Some evangelical Christians on the other hand, have abandoned Trump at various points over the course of the past year.
Posture/Perspective: Donald Trump is engaged in an epic battle to take down the Deep State/New World Order globalist Cabal, drain the Washington swamp and restore the Republic. He is surrounded by hostile adversaries and risking his life daily in service to this mission.
This camp believes that the president, supported and protected by loyal members of the military, is playing 4D chess, rope-a-dope and other deceptive strategies in order to confuse, expose and ultimately defeat the enemies of the Republic. They look forward to a coming time of accountability when the criminal infesting and the American Empire will be brought to justice.
“The White House mafia bosses that have come after Daddy Bush have all kowtowed to George senior as though he were King George of England. His deep cover C. I. A. leadership role in the assassination of J.F.K. has been thoroughly exposed as has his fleecing of the U.S.S.R. via his C.I.A. covert activities, the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the Iran/Contra Scandal, the attacks on 911, and many, many other crimes that the corrupt FBI, DOJ, and Congress has refused to honestly investigate and swiftly prosecute.
They thought their evil would outlast We the People. But the Bush-Obama-Clinton criminal cartel has failed. Time is on our side, not theirs. Their entrenched and corrupt bureaucracies, agencies, and covert operations will be exposed, scaled back, defunded, and shut down over Trump’s eight years in office. The criminals will age, wither, and die, leaving only the carcass of their sins to be judged by history and a far higher power than our own.” 7
Apparent tactics, strategies:
4. Donald Trump, defeated captive of the Deep State (Globalist Cabal, Neocons)
Camp: Resigned Patriots
This camp consists of patriotic US citizens from a variety of political backgrounds who initially supported Trump based on his campaign promise to “drain the Swamp.” At some point, they abandoned the Trump Train based on their assessment that he betrayed his constituents and surrendered to the Deep State. This could have been for example, when Trump first retaliated against Syria in response to the claim that Bashar Assad launched a gas attack in Ghouta or more recently at Douma. Another event seem as a sign that the Deep State has Trump under its thumb is his decision to further postpone the release date for remaining classified JFK files to 2021.
Surrender to the Deep State means that Trump has little room to enact the sweeping changes he promised voters. Many believe that the Powers that Be (PTB) brought a compromised Trump under control using bribes or threats ranging in seriousness up to the "JFK option." They believe the perceived Clinton-Obama coup has succeeded. Many in this camp are now deeply pessimistic about the future.
Posture/Perspective: A reform-minded, well-intentioned Donald Trump came into office planning to drain the proverbial swamp and implement the long overdue reforms. Trump under-estimated the powerful entrenched Deep State forces that have completely corrupted and now control America. The devious plans of new world order (NWO) globalists will proceed as planned. We are on our own and must largely fend for ourselves.
“Ever since Trump made it to the White House, he has taken blow after blow from the Neocon-run Ziomedia, from Congress, from all the Hollywood doubleplusgoodthinking “stars” and even from European politicians. And Trump took each blow without ever fighting back. Nowhere was his famous “you are fired!” to be seen. But I still had hope. I wanted to hope. I felt that it was my duty to hope.
But now Trump has betrayed us all.
Remember how Obama showed his true face when he hypocritically denounced his friend and pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.? Today, Trump has shown us his true face. Instead of refusing Flynn’s resignation and instead of firing those who dared cook up these ridiculous accusations against Flynn, Trump accepted the resignation. This is not only an act of abject cowardice, it is also an amazingly stupid and self-defeating betrayal because now Trump will be alone, completely alone, facing the likes of Mattis and Pence – hard Cold Warrior types, ideological to the core, folks who want war and simply don’t care about reality.” 8
“I listened to Trump's statement live last night. I was struck with the language. Who in the world writes this stuff? It reads like something written by Benjamin Netanyahu's press secretary. It is an embarrassment to America that our leader should be so beholden to other state's interests, and so willing to parrot their lies.
I keep asking myself, what could they possibly have on Trump that would compel him to do this? His delivery was a bit wooden, and he read off the teleprompter, somewhat resembling a hostage. We ran a story a few days ago from a body language analyst who argues that Trump is acting like he has been beaten this week. I'm starting to think she's right.
…The full text of what he said follows below. I counted 23 lies, which I underlined. I cringed watching a president I voted for stand there and parrot them, acting like he had a gun to his head. I know he knows they are lies, and so do 10s of millions of Americans. A sad day indeed.” 9
Apparent tactics, strategies: Members of this group are deeply dismayed and no trying to figure out where to turn. They may be lacking coherent strategies beyond the following:
5. Donald Trump, the Trojan Horse servant of the Deep State/Cabal/New World Order Globalists
Camp: Liberty movement
This group includes deeply committed, hard-core members of the liberty movement, survivalists and preppers.
Position/Perspective: From the outset, Donald Trumps has been an agent of the very Deep State Globalists he so vehemently condemns. There is no reason to expect Trump, as “one of them,” to try and reform the system he is a beneficiary of. Trump is a globalist –managed Trojan horse engaged in a masterful bait and switch strategy.
Note: Folks in this camp believe that the Trump versus Deep State narrative is a manufactured conflict or “theatre.” They quickly remind others that the Powers that Be (PTB) have been creating and controlling the false opposition for centuries. Manipulating both sides of a conflict is considered one of the most effective means of harnessing and steering the public demand for reform or change. Thus, Trump is simply more of the same in terms of a succession of US presidents installed to serve New World Order Globalists.
"You’ll hear hundreds of theories and rationalizations on Trump’s miraculous victory, but a reason you will almost never hear is also the most likely one: Trump won the election because he serves the interests of the establishment. Trump won because he is a fake.
This is not an idea that many liberty activists want to entertain. They were so repulsed by the proposition of Hillary Clinton taking the helm at the White House that they would have invested themselves in almost ANYONE running against her, even if they thought that candidate might be controlled opposition. However, not just anyone was fielded as a candidate; Trump was fielded, and for good reason.
... The staging of the 2016 election might have appeared to some people to be absolute chaos, but to me, it could not have been more perfectly scripted. In later articles covering the election I went on to give Trump a chance. I stated that I had little doubt that he would win the election...
....The first and worst sign that Trump is not anywhere near “anti-establishment” has been his complete reversal of his original “drain the swamp” rhetoric. Trump is not only NOT draining the swamp that is the Washington D.C. and corporate elitist revolving door, he is adding even more creatures of varying ghoulishness." 10 (Brandon Smith,
Apparent tactics, strategies:
Through the haze
To sum up, five perceptions or portrayals of President Donald Trump are discernable through the respective lenses of five categories of proponents. The resulting typology of the five Trumps and its proponents consists of Donald Trump the:
The above typology reflects the divided, fracturing state of the US Republic. In fairness to the five groups of proponents, the Trump presidency often looks chaotic from this distance and the signals emanating from the White House are often confusing. The inconsistencies have contributed to the conflicting perspectives.
To be fair to the president, Trump on the other hand, warned Americans at the outset that he would never telegraph his strategies to his enemies. (It seems he was referring to both foreign and domestic enemies.) Again, in fairness to Trump, not all the perspectives are sincerely held views; some are better described as a political positions, postures or projections. We are, after all, in the midst of an intense information warfare. And Deep State puppet masters are veterans when it comes to the art and science of perception management.
There are other distortions that impair our view of events. Most people see the world through a lens that is skewed by a controlled corporate media consigned to propagating approved narratives on behalf of the Powers that Be. There has never been a time in history when more resources or sophisticated means were brought to bear in managing public perceptions.
As I have reported elsewhere, propagandizing the domestic US population has been legal since 2012. Disinformation doesn’t stop at the US border of course. So, we Canadians have been submerged in the smog along with US citizens. Given these realities, we see dimly at the best of times. It's a mark of the Age of Deception that five Trumps can co-exist. So, I have immense sympathy for those honestly seeking to discern the truth. One would think that by now, there would be some consensus as to the real Donald Trump. Nonetheless, I expect the subterfuges to continue. So, in the interim, until the smog lifts, I offer some guiding principles for navigating the Trump chapter as it plays out in the larger context of a Post Truth Age of Deception.
Put reason before reaction and evidence before verdict.
Propagandists are skilled at coating events and issues in emotion. And emotion-laden subjects are somehow quickly deemed undiscussable. In the process, rational thought and reason are easily by passed. Thus otherwise intelligent people act with all the forethought of lynch mobs. The so-called Douma, Syria gassing incident has largely been dismissed as a hoax be those who looked at the evidence, yet how many major politicians in the West called for the US missile attack before an investigation was conducted?
Put principle before personality and partisanship.
Politics often resembles major league sports. One segment of the population pledges support to its political champion and another segment lines up behind an opposing champion. Partisanship summons emotional reactions and attachments that too often oblige us to remain silent when our champion or our party crosses the line. Rather than pledging our undying allegiance to a particular politician or party, I encourage a commitment to principles of transparency, honest conduct and fundamental values. This kind of commitment provides a more reliable anchor in turbulent political times. A former Saskatchewan politician captured the issue. Upon leaving politics, she commented that once she removed her political glasses, it was easier to see things in objective terms. Intense partisanship blinds us to objective realities and narrows rather than widens our perspective.
Value actions over words and track record over trust
Talk is cheap, particularly the political variety composed by communications specialists and PR contractors. It is actions and outcomes that are the true measures of performance. Scripture says: “You can tell what they are by what they do.” (Matt: 7:16.) So, “Just trust me/us” is a non-starter. We do ourselves and our country a favour when we doggedly hold politicians to account.
Those that seek to divide us are not our friends
It’s not difficult to see how wedge cultural issues have been used to divide America into increasingly smaller groups. It’s important to ask ourselves who benefits when a country is divided, and who is behind the magnification of issues to the point where people are prepared to do battle with fellow citizens in the streets. We live in an age of manufactured conflicts. You can be sure that whoever is behind them or amplifying them isn't your friend or a friend of your country. (e.g. George Soros.)
The end doesn’t justify the means
Sometimes, when you scratch the surface of an argument that’s making you feel uneasy about the choices, you discover this is what is really being said. It might be, “We must fight this foreign war in order to bring about lasting peace in the region.” Or, “Enhanced interrogation (torture) is justified in order to prevent terrorism.” Really? It’s always good to pause in the heat of debate and ask yourself if someone is trying to sell you the falsehood that the end justifies the means.
Now, more than ever, we need to see world events clearly. Now, more than ever, we need to discern the motivations of those who presume to lead us. The distortions bombarding us in the Age of Deception are blinding -- mind warping, in fact. We are simultaneously presented with five, shape-shifting Donald Trumps. But which of the five are illusions and which is real? My hope is that courageous citizen journalism will bring sufficient heat and light to dispel the fog in 2018. And as the fog lifts, it will become clearer as to which one is the real Donald Trump is. Bring it on.
1 Flashback; Kathy Griffin: “happy to deliver beat down’ to Barron Trump, Breitbart, June 2, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/06/02/flashback-kathy-griffin-happy-deliver-beat-barron-trump/
2 ‘F_ _ _ K you’: George Clooney hits back at Trump’s criticism of ‘Holly wood elites’, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 25, 2017, https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/f-you-george-clooney-hits-back-at-trumps-criticism-of-hollywood-elites-20170925-gyo0o7.html
3 Scarborough details Trump falling out: ‘He screamed at me”, Rolling Stone, June 29, 2017, https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/joe-scarborough-details-trump-falling-out-he-screamed-at-me-w490402
4 Flashback; Kathy Griffin: “happy to deliver beat down’ to Barron Trump, Breitbart, June 2, 2017, http://www.breitbart.com/big-Hollywood/2017/06/02/flashback-kathy-griffin-happy-deliver-beat-barron-trump/
5 Alec Baldwin: Trump White House fill of ‘whores’ and ‘thieves’, True Pundit, April 27, 2018, https://truepundit.com/alec-baldwin-trump-white-house-full-of-whores-and-thieves/
6 Putin is throwing us a war, Is the West ever going to bother showing up?, The Washington Post, March 16, 2018, http://www.canada.com/opinion/putin+throwing+west+ever+going+bother+showing/17182490/story.html
7 Trump conquers the New World Order, American Intelligence Media, Anonymous Patriots, November 5, 2017, https://aim4truth.org/2017/11/05/trump-conquers-the-new-world-order/
8 Neocons and the “Deep State” have neutered the Trump Presidency, It’s over folks, The Saker, Information Clearing House, February 14, 2017, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46444.htm
9 Trump lied to the American people last night, 23 times in 7 minutes destroying his presidency, Charles Bausman, Russia Insider, April 14, 2018, https://russia-insider.com/en/trump-lied-american-people-last-night-23-times-7-minutes-destroying-his-presidency/ri23133
10 Donald Trump is exactly where the elites want him, Brandon Smith, Alt Market, January 4, 2017, The Daily Sheeple, May 4, 2018, http://www.thedailysheeple.com/donald-trump-is-exactly-where-the-elites-want-him_012017
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For the better part of the last four decades, I have been encouraging people and organizations to anticipate the shape of their futures and plan accordingly. It can be daunting, but it can also be immensely practical. It can be as practical as using a set of binoculars to scope out a distant slope when hiking or winterizing your car before winter’s onslaught. Organizations that develop foresight capabilities are, among other things, creating a kind of organizational radar. This enables them to integrate discernible elements of tomorrow into today’s strategies and decisions.