[ Editor’s Note: This is a classic Gordon retrospective piece featuring the phenomenon of the Women’s March, which the world had never seen stimulated by the inauguration of a new American president before.
The Trump team panicked, going through a kind of Twilight Zone experience, as the President motorcade drove to the Capitol with nothing but scattered crowds along the way. And they knew a few days in advance, and it was easy for us to know.
Even Gordon was getting calls, for his having been an old national committee member back in the Reagan days, being offered free tickets to major events, like the balls, where in the past you were looking at laying out five figures to get a ticket.
On Friday night, political operatives were walking around with their cel phones in sparsely attended events, all part of undeniable history now, due to all the Facebook and Twitter photos posted. Anyone and everyone they knew had been instructed to offer free tickets to “come to the party”, another first time event.
The man who claimed to have ridden a grassroots wave into the Whitehouse was caught with his pants down on Saturday, figuratively speaking. Mr. Spicer was left with no option but to bluff his way through it and to launch a general counter attack against the lying media, for which there is certainly some validity.
But what they forgot is that the DC police have crowd surveillance and control down to a polished science, because you have to be ahead of the “what if” game, in terms of deploying your security forces for certain things that might happen, and that all starts with knowing very closely where people are, and how many.
I have not seen a single report on the DC police being asked for their official numbers estimate, and I am not surprised that they did not want to weigh into this by volunteering anything. Bottom line — we said Trump would probably be his own worst enemy and be a constant engine for manufacturing growing opposition, and so far, he has been fulfilling that role to a tee… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … February 05, 2017 –
On January 21, 2017, the world asked a question in a way never before seen. Can a nation like the United States, that had always embraced justice and freedom, perhaps as many might say with unique imperfection, suddenly and quite openly become dark and menacing?
Despite how America haters and anti-globalists, a small minority, rant on and on, not without validity mind you, in general, the world has always admired America. More correctly, the world “had” always admired America. You see, few take seriously the promise to fight what the new American government sees as the only problem in the world, “Islamic extremism.”
The people of the world, all the people of the world, are victims of fear, injustice and hate, something far worse than “extremism” and it is America that has embraced spreading hate, spreading fear and spreading injustice as its newfound national religion.
This is what the world believes. This is also what the majority of Americans believe as well, according to poll and after poll.
On January 21, 2017, women in 70 nations marched to delegitimize the Trump presidency. The numbers will never be reported but the United States has never seen anything of this scale in history. Since the November 2016 election, a wave of fear has spread across America, swastika’s spray-painted everywhere, an epidemic of rude behavior, bullying and violent extremism.
The victims are always the vulnerable, Arab-American community leaders, Jews and, most of all, women. Rather than submit, communities have been pulling together, police have been alert and supportive in most cases, and outrage has swept the nation. This is why the Women’s March took off like it did, with numbers even the “liberal press” is reluctant to report.
People who never stood for anything, never spoke up, bought “pussy hats” and boarded busses and planes, or drove to the center of their towns, some crowds only a handful, others, in city after city, countless. The numbers surpassed any Vietnam protest and dwarfed “occupy” efforts.
The motivation was clear, fear of victimization. In a world where most are victimized, many unrelentingly, whether by globalist policies of war and exploitation, or as members of societies where exploitation and abuse permeate every waking moment, the Women’s March was a unique response.
It is inherent in human nature, perhaps from our hunter-gatherer roots dating back to proto-human times, to not only band together and form natural hierarchies, but to seek the spiritual and transcendent as well. This human yearning has, however, been turned aside, even turned inside out, where natural leaders are now superseded by the clever, the well-born, the morally flexible and, as most now accept, the corrupt and cowardly. Let us digress for a moment.
When looking at America’s military, two Colonels, warriors true, one fictional, one beyond fiction, come to mind. The fictional Colonel Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando), from the film Apocalypse Now, referred to the Pentagon as staffed with “grocery clerks” who send out killers as “errand boys.”
Veterans Today co-founder, Colonel David Hackworth, America’s most decorated combat veteran from three wars, used another term. He called them “the Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon.” General “Mad Dog” Mattis, newly ordained Secretary of War, or as they call it now, “Secretary of Defense” is one of those, to quote another fictional character, “Dirty Harry” (played by Clinton Eastwood), “a hero in his own mind.”
Since 9/11, the Pentagon has lost or stolen $6.5 trillion, killed countless innocents, oversaw the creation of the largest narcotics empire in history and lost wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now those who oversaw this process area going to be running the American government under Trump.
These are the same people who lied about WMD’s in Iraq, about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, who lied and murdered and are now being rewarded as part of what must be a sick joke. What is clear is that all reason is at an end, that reason has failed, that “belief” has replaced “fact” and that a new dark age may well be at our door.
Before reason, before belief, there may well have been “instinct.” Any pet owner sees it in their dog or cat, animals usually anthropomorphized whose play mimics the stealth of the hunt or pack behaviors. For humans, born without stealth and claw, without horn or armor, it was different.
We mention this at this time for a reason. The return to the “baser” instincts to band together, whether political movements, cults, religions, secret societies or out of spiritual awakening, are doing so because of the failure of reason. Even Descartes warned of this: “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”
What we are now seeing is not so much something unique in Trump and his adverse attitude toward facts and truth, his hatred of reason. Perhaps the world really is a joke to him, it is truly possible that someone who has lived admittedly above the law, immune to consequences, has a unique perspective.
If reason has failed, is Trump a cure? Is Trump’s clownishness a brazen admission of what has been there all along, the hypocrisy, a world steeped in injustice and cruelty, brought only to awareness by a singular and electrifying force? In truth, no one knows what is going to happen, the script has been burned and all predictions are only that, predictions.
On January 22, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first briefing, the subject was “the press.” His intent was to demand that news agencies report his version of the inauguration. Spicer told media that “record crowd” attended.
In reality, Washington was a ghost town, half empty hotels, and as photos show, lots of empty space while a crowd estimated at 259,000 listened to Trump’s controversial diatribe.
The issue isn’t that 1.8 million heard Obama or that few even watched the event on television. It isn’t even that Spicer threatened the media for, as CNN is quoted as saying “accurately reporting inauguration crowds.”
Before we get into the subject of delegitimization, usually something tied only to Israel, a warning of sorts. There is a fear around the world that, though things as they were under the “old order” were far from perfect, that the new one, an American president enthrall to Netanyahu and mob boss Felix Sater, longtime Trump advisor and financier.
The fear among the circles that understand what they see is that the message Spicer and Trump are broadcasting to world leaders and security experts is that this attack on the press is a prelude to disaster.
What is expected is false flag terrorism and war, of an announced “isolationist” policy that is, in reality a prelude to unilateralism and intervention, for Israel, for criminal elites, rubber stamped by a “bought and paid for” American congress and opposed by an American people, or at least those who can fight their way through the subterfuge.
What is now going on is pure subterfuge. Now we discuss delegitimization.
On January 21, untold millions around the world united for the first time. In many American towns, half the population came out. In Washington, the crowd was estimated as minimally twice the size of the inauguration audience. Similar crowds were seen in many cities, Denver, Boston, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, oh and Nairobi, Amsterdam, Berlin, do you see where I am going?
Numbers were over 10 million, maybe that in the United States alone, outpacing anything, and coming as close as possible to a general strike, worldwide, as ever seen. Driving this was one issue, the glorification of hate, of racism, of sexism, of criminal rule, unaccountable and enforced at gunpoint.
Much of the world has lived this way for a long time and a militarized police and surveillance state, that has existed in America since 9/11, has finally brought that reality home. When America failed to dismember and we are saying “when Obama failed to dismember” the Israeli run Department of Homeland Security, the unconstitutional superagency that is the heart of America’s secret government, few paid attention. Obama was seen as harmless.
Trump is not seen as harmless. He has no history of doing anything but what he feels like, and has entered office charged with child rape, a “civil charge” for some unknown reason, and after settling countless lawsuits for what would, with any other individual, have accounted for prison sentences for fraud.
The offensive “locker room” talk so easily pushed aside during the election when fake news and bizarre allegations of imaginary child “pizza-sex” rings and serial killings supposedly committed by Hillary Clinton were distributed by Trump backers.
This was no accident, nor are the attacks on the press today. There is even a more basic question here, more basic than reason itself, and that is of the spiritual nature of mankind.
Saying Trump is correct, and that Islamic extremism, which advocates the use of brutal force to bring mankind into subservience to a spiritual regime as outlined by Saudi Wahhabist clerics, is the greatest threat, are there others and should they be ignored as well?
What any examination of any and all spiritual or religious movements soon recognizes is the hierarchical nature and that all are soon corrupted, consumed by brutality or hedonism, expressions of the psychopathic rather than the sublime.
The Age of Enlightenment and the political movements of the 19th century had their roots in this same dialectic framework.
This leaves us with a narrow opening of possibility, a door perhaps opened with a protest, for good or bad, having roots in Trump’s ascendance perceived as a “dark power” by so many. The question is a simple one, can reason and spirituality meld without fear and hate?
Can the energy now spreading through the West, fear, hate and prejudice, be turned around, instilled with reason, and redirected toward what many have long desired, a world without borders, without races and nations, where human life and human dreams have value and where such discussions aren’t simply part of empty speeches?
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”