by Kevin Barrett (News & Analysis, Crescent International Vol. 48, No. 10, Rabi' al-Thani, 1441)
In 1967, French philosopher Guy Debord published The Society of the Spectacle. He argued that Western culture has decayed to the point that “passive identification with the spectacle supplants genuine activity.” The tawdry spectacle of Trump’s impeachment — like Clinton’s and Nixon’s before him — perfectly illustrates Debord’s thesis. Today, one-third of the American public sits in front of a big-screen TV blaring CNN and MSNBC, eating popcorn and cheering for Trump’s impeachment. Another third sits in front of a bigger but cheaper screen watching Fox and Breitbart and cheering for Trump. The final third are too busy playing video games and watching pornography to care.
The decline of American manners and morals can be traced through the three impeachment spectacles of the television era. When President Richard M. Nixon was impeached and forced out of office in 1974, most Americans, whether Republican or Democrat, agreed that it was unacceptable for a president to lie or curse — much less plot or cover up a crime (little did they know that many if not most American presidents have been foul-mouthed criminals).
By the time Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, American culture had changed for the worse. Clinton’s behavior was viewed through the lens of partisan emotions, not moral reason. For Democrats, adultery and perjury were not impeachable offenses, at least for a Democratic president. Republicans disagreed, for partisan rather than authentically moral reasons (most high-level Republican politicians were engaging in behavior similar to or worse than Clinton’s, as exemplified by the June 29, 1989 Washington Times headline “Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush: ‘Call boys’ took midnight tour of White House”). Meanwhile Clinton’s more serious sex offenses, including credible rape accusations, were censored by the mainstream media — as was his destruction of the American working class through frenetic neoliberal globalization. Behind the Clinton sex spectacle was the Zionist entity’s intelligence community, which had manufactured the Monica Lewinsky scandal to prevent Clinton from forcing a peace plan down their throats.
Today Trump’s impeachment hearings reflect an even more degraded, divided, and Zionist-controlled America. Trump, like Clinton and Nixon (among other presidents), is a criminal and a rogue. But he is less intelligent, and a less skillful liar. His supporters see that as a plus. They find his outlandish, uncontrollable spasms of verbal aggression and narcissism refreshing in an era of political correctness and hypocrisy. For Trump’s opponents, the fact that such an obviously dimwitted, unstable, egomaniacal, and ethically-challenged character got to be president in the first place is a world-class disaster.
The hyper-partisan impeachment circus focuses on Trump’s crimes of partisanship (using Ukraine to go after Joe Biden) rather than his far worse crimes against humanity: openly supporting the genocide of Palestine and the destruction of al-Quds; engaging in a war of terrorism against Iran; shamelessly supporting torture as official US policy; effectively erasing the US Constitution’s freedom of religion clause by openly declaring war on Islam and Muslims; assassinating people who are innocent until proven guilty using drones and other cowardly methods; and otherwise running roughshod over the Constitution, international law, and common decency. Presumably the Democrats and the mainstream media don’t mention those crimes because they too are complicit in them, to greater or lesser degrees.
The impeachment hearings focus on Trump threatening to withhold $400 million in military aid to Ukraine if the Ukrainian government wouldn’t investigate Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son. Trump’s shakedown of Ukraine was arguably criminal and perhaps impeachable. But US policy toward Ukraine has been criminal since before Trump took office. The highlight, or lowlight, was the US-orchestrated coup of February 22, 2014, in which the democratically-elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown amidst the chaos of Operation Gladio style violence. Obama-Biden official Victoria “F*** the EU” Nuland, a rabid Zionist operative, bragged about the US spending $5 billion to overthrow Ukrainian democracy and incite civil war (talk about “bribery”!). Obama and Biden should have been impeached and imprisoned for that war crime, among others.
The Obama-Biden coup in Ukraine followed the same script the US employed against Libya and Syria, and is now using against Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran: Deploy money and social media manipulation to get naïve young people into the street, incite violence — then blame your enemies for the very violence you yourself incited. Just like in Syria, NATO’s Operation Gladio snipers in Ukraine shot at police and demonstrators simultaneously, leading each side to blame the other. Such war crimes, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Ukrainians, are crimes many orders of magnitude beyond Trump’s stupid attempt to get war criminal and sure-loser presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son investigated for petty corruption.
Alongside Ukraine-gate, there is Russia-gate. There, too, Trump’s crimes pale in comparison to those of his predecessors. Trump is accused of getting help from Russia in his successful 2016 election campaign. Whether he actively solicited that help, passively accepted it, or even knew much about it, is unclear (whether Trump knows much about anything at all is equally unclear).
Trump’s 2016 campaign is accused of complicity in WikiLeaks’ publication of Hillary Clinton’s emails. According to the anti-Trump narrative, Russian hackers stole Clinton’s emails and passed them to WikiLeaks, making WikiLeaks a de facto “Russian agent.” Trump operative Roger Stone, who was recently found guilty of obstruction, lying, and witness tampering, allegedly had a back channel to WikiLeaks and knew when the emails would be published. So that supposedly makes Stone a second-degree Russian agent, which would make Trump a third-degree Russian agent.
In fact, the whole “WikiLeaks is a Russian agent” narrative is dubious at best. The Clinton emails were probably leaked by an insider, not a Russian hacker, according to an analysis by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). The likely leaker of Democratic Party (DNC Server) material was Seth Rich, a Democratic insider and Bernie Sanders supporter who was angry at the way Hillary Clinton conspired with party hacks to steal the nomination. Unfortunately, Seth Rich cannot confirm or deny that hypothesis, since he was murdered on July 10, 2016. Julian Assange has indirectly confirmed that the source was Rich — which may be why Assange is now being tortured to death by the Deep State, without a peep of protest from the mainstream media.
The real Trump-Russia scandal, the one the mainstream won’t touch, is the President’s ties to the Russian mob. Trump poses as a hotelier and casino magnate, but his real business is laundering money for organized crime: first on behalf of the Meyer Lansky syndicate and its New York representative Roy Cohn, a psychopathic pedophile who was Trump’s mentor, handler, and suspected homosexual pal; and later, beginning in the 1990s, on behalf of the Russian mob headed by SemionMogilevich. It’s odd how the mainstream media obsesses about Trump’s minor peccadillos in Ukraine-gate and Russia-gate, while never mentioning the fact that Trump is a lifelong organized crime fron-man, and that Trump Tower still houses the Russian mob’s North American headquarters.
Whatever the truth about Trump’s Russia-related misdeeds — did he really pay prostitutes to urinate on Obama’s bed, and would anyone be surprised if he did?! — they are small time offenses compared to the US empire’s crimes against Russia and the world. Under the presidencies of Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, Bush Jr., Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump, the US has violated its solemn promise to Mikhail Gorbachev not to bring NATO into Eastern Europe. During the 1990s, as it violated its promise and prepared nuclear war on Russia, the US destroyed the Russian economy, helping its Zionist criminal friends scoop up newly-privatized Soviet property for pennies on the dollar. The US-Zionist-orchestrated near-destruction of Russia caused male life expectancy to plunge by nearly a decade, and created the horrific conditions that have led to the global eruption of the Russian-Zionist mob that inserted Trump into the presidency.
The gambling industry, which like the Trump presidency is controlled by organized crime, currently offers three-in-four odds that Trump will be impeached, and one-in-four odds that he will be convicted and removed from office. Whether those are honest odds, only Semion Mogilivech and Allah (swt) know for sure.
So although it is impossible to predict whether the impeachment circus will lead to evil clown Trump’s being ejected from the Washington big tent, one thing is certain: the American political spectacle will continue to sink ever-deeper into shame and degradation.