Murder on Fifth Avenue — A Global Perspective on the 2020 US Elections

Are the chickens coming home to roost in America? Are we witnessing the fulfilment of a two hundred year old prediction by John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers and the 2nd President of the USA? “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” (Letter to John Taylor of Carolina on December 17, 1814)

As America enters its third post-election week, not only Americans but people around the world are wondering – what is Donald Trump and the Republican Party leadership up to? Why have they abandoned their people in the middle of their biggest public health disaster? Why is the leader of the United States golfing, instead of leading? Why is Mitch McConnell refusing to give out the life-belts to tens of millions of drowning men and women, life-belts given to him months ago by the people’s representatives in Congress? Why are the Republicans playing with the lives and livelihood of tens of millions of working men and women by not allowing Joe Biden to get in front of the pandemic and the economic tsunami that will inevitably follow in its wake this winter? Last but not least, how can they do this with the enthusiastic support of many of the victims of the massacre themselves?

Those of us who live north of the 49th parallel are looking at the self-destructive behavior to the south of us in horror. For one, our hearts are filled with sadness and pain for our American brothers and sisters who are dying at a far greater rate than we are because of their leaders’ gross negligence. We recoil at the brutal, gruesome spectacle – the carpet-bombing of the minds of the most vulnerable. The disinformation campaign under way down south, destroys the ability of ordinary men and women – the ones who face the biggest danger – to distinguish between right and wrong, illusion and reality, robbing them of the ability to defend themselves against a tidal wave of destruction.

How can supposedly God fearing men and women do this to the children of God? How can the advocates of law and order get away with murder?

The President is doing it not only with “Dark Money”, the support of Wall Street, the Republican Party and the Christian Alt-Right: Half the country is hanging on his every tweet as if it was mana from heaven. All it would take is one tweet from him, and millions would drink the Cool-Aid that killed a thousand of the Reverend Jim Jones’ followers in their last refuge from reality in the middle Guyana’s jungle in 1978.

Over at Fox, Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham and Co, are doing it with smiles on their faces and on Rupert Murdoch’s money. Syndicated AM talk-radio hosts by the hundreds are dishing it out to tens of millions of followers throughout the country as public entertainment. They’re doing it on advertiser’s money. They all use the same fuel as the one that propelled Wrestling Mania to the top of the charts, enabled The Secret to outsell the New Testament not only in America but in far-away places such as Hungary, and brought us two world wars in the 20th century. On social media surfaces anything goes under the label of make-belief. There are no holds barred. The show will go on, even if it kills us.

Let us not kid ourselves: Canadians are not immune to the affinity fraud that’s destroying the soul of America. We too can be killed softly with this song. We have not been immunized against the virus that kills with a “love-song”. After a lengthy field-test of its latest, post-modern version on the territories of the former Soviet Empire, the political language of cyber-capitalism has come home at last. Americans no longer need to fear Russian intervention into their electoral system. The responsibility for that now is firmly in their own hands. God Bless America.

We must say it clearly lest we are misunderstood: It is not altruism but self-preservation that compels us to speak up against what we’re witnessing down south. Canadians are keenly aware of the fact that the performance of the American economy is the single most important factor behind their ability to prosper. The rudderless exposure of the American economy to the Covid pandemic is having a disastrous effect upon our economy as well and on the lives of tens of millions of hardworking men and women in Canada

We have listened to all of the excuses, looked at all of the secret revelations that purport to explain Donald Trump’s abnormal behavior. (His aversion to “big boy” pants, his inability to keep ticking after taking a licking, his preference for driving by the seat of his pants instead of following a carefully laid out road-map to an ecologically sustainable future.) We accept that the President’s children, and his Party colleagues are driven by a combination of love and fear of hurting his feelings when he’s down. We heard the calming voices from the Democrats as well. They reassure us that they know in their „heart of hearts” that eventually “America’s better angels will win out” and we should fear not because „the whole world is watching.”

Up here in the North, we are the world and we are the children. On our big screen silhouetted by our glorious Northern Lights, we’re watching a merciless dogfight: America’s “better angels” are being shot out of the sky, one by one by an Artificial Blond Bomber (copyright ABG) who has declared a war on all of God’s children around the world.

Mark Esper and the top leaders of the most powerful fighting force in the world were first to be shot down in flames after Biden’s victory. They were replaced by a gang of losers, one of whom is best known for his depiction of America’s first black President as a “Muslim Terrorist”. The leadership of the Department of Homeland Security was next to be decapitated. It’s now Gina Haspel’s (Director of the CIA) and Christopher Wray’s (Director of the FBI) turn to be shot down. The “better angel” at the Department of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, is long gone. He was replaced earlier by Ric (Nevada Kid) Grenell, then by John Ratcliff, two of Trump’s most despicable, cowardly snipers. The airspace over the Department of Justice has been unsafe for angels for over a year thanks to the Artificial Blond Bomber’s tail-gunner, Captain William Barr.  Over at the State Department the “Nuclear Option” is no longer concealed: the Koch brothers’ “Fat Boy”, big Mike Pompeo, is snug as a bug under the wings of The Artificial Blond Bomber as it wobbles down the runway for its second flight of fancy. And then there is “Mitch” and his Senators, packing the courts as if there was no tomorrow, while the better angels, like Ruth Ginsberg, are sent off to pasture.

Up here, under the Northern Lights, we have a clearer focus onto the Artificial Blond Bomber’s flight path. We can tell that that the decision to allow the Coronavirus to run free in America has nothing to do with the seat of the American President’s pants. It has even less to do with public health or “The Theory of Herd Immunity”. That “theatre”, that “remedy” is outside of this President’s field of vision. If public health mattered to him, he would not have chosen a radiologist for a role that calls for an immunologist, or at best, an epidemiologist. The much maligned Scott Atlas, is merely a stage-hand in a phony medical side-show that’s designed to take our eyes off center stage where preparations are well under way for the “Biggest Reality Show of the Century”.

Trump is not sulking but doing his best to destroy Joe Biden’s ability to save American lives. He is not watching TV – l’art pour l’art – but writing the script, the plot line, to a new episode of The Apprentice. This is the one in which a “cognitively impaired old man” – Sleepy Joe – will be depicted as falling asleep at the wheel, unable to do better than he, The Very Stable Genius, in the face of the Covid pandemic and the economic tsunami coming in its wake. He is preparing the part, where he will come in and say – you’re fired! That show will have a cast of millions, really, the biggest cast in the world.

There is nothing more dangerous one can do at this moment than to portray Donald Trump as a man without a plan. He has been on a single-minded mission ever since he put on his big-boy pants in his father’s house, ever since he met Roy Cohn, and hired the late Arthur J Finkelstein to teach him how to spin, how to master the language of affinity-fraud. Trump has followed the same flight path all his adult life: the destruction of his clients’ – now the citizens of America – ability to distinguish illusion from reality. His true confession came, when he publicly bragged about his ability to shoot someone in the face in the middle of Fifth Avenue, and go on from there to the White House. He has come a long way:  it’s no longer a single act, but mass-murder he wants to get away with. It is no longer the lives of Americans, but the lives of all the peoples of the Americas, and perhaps of the planet that hang in the balance.

András B. Göllner 

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