Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Propaganda Campaign For Fascism In Progress

I haven't heard one media pundit or politician ask if Neil Gorsuch was a fascist.

(Edit 03/31/2017: When I initially wrote this article I found the claim that he founded a Fascism Forever Club so outrageous that I anticipated that there had to be some kind of rebuttal; in the initial article I accounted for the possibility that he would dismiss it as a youthful indiscretion, but that this wouldn't hold up since his political record since then was extreme right wing and adopted many of the characteristics of fascism. Since then they claimed it was just a joke, which is similar, more details on that added at bottom of article.)

This might seem rational about most nominations without some reason to suspect this might be the case but apparently Neil Gorsuch himself came up with this claim when he founded "Fascism Forever" in college and his politics also seem to indicate that he is either a fascists or plutocrat or more likely both as indicated in the following article, which went viral on the internet while the media has been ignoring it.

Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch founded and led club called 'Fascism Forever' against liberal faculty at his elite all-boys DC prep school 02/01/2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school near Washington D.C.

The name may be inconvenient for a Supreme Court nominee facing a tough confirmation battle. However it also shows the depth of Gorscuch’s right-wing credentials – and his penchant for mischief while attending his exclusive prep school in the 1980s.

President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch, a 49-year-old U.S. appellate judge, to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday.

Gorsuch founded the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ during his freshman year at Georgetown Preparatory, a now-$30,000-a-year private Jesuit school that is one of the most selective in the United States.

He served as president until he graduated in 1985, according to his senior yearbook. ....

Gorsuch was listed as the editor and founder of The Federalist Paper at Columbia University, where he chose a quote from Henry Kissinger to go next to his photo ....

Georgetown Preparatory is one of the top all-boys prep schools in the United States. Former students include Sen. Chris Dodd, a handful of U.S. congressmen, and multiple members of the Kennedy family. Current tuition is $30,000 a year for day students and $50,000 a year for boarding students. .....

Rep. Nancy Pelosi called Gorsuch ‘well outside the mainstream of American legal thought’ and Sen. Bernie Sanders said the nominee will have to ‘explain his hostility to women's rights, support of corporations over workers and opposition to campaign finance reform.’

Gorsuch is not the first Republican presidential appointment in his family. His mother, Anne Gorsuch, was appointed as Environmental Protection Agency administrators by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

While at the agency, Anne Gorsuch oversaw massive budget cuts at the EPA and attempted rollbacks of the Clean Air Act.

She was also reportedly quite glamorous – the Washington Post described her as a woman with ‘television-star looks and perfect manicures’ who ‘wore fur coats and smoked two packs of Marlboros a day.’

Anne Gorsuch came under fire for her conservative policies, and served for just two years before resigning after clashing with congress over subpoenaed records. Complete article

Dr. Marsha Adebayo explains more about how outrageous his mothers record was at the EPA, how it contributed to many environmental disasters including the lead poisoning at Flint Michigan and how she was forced to resign in Apples Don’t Fall Far from Trees: The Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court 02/07/2017

If not for his record since college Gorsuch might be able to argue that his participation in "Fascism Forever" was just a youthful indiscretion and that he shouldn't be judged on his mothers actions; however his own actions clearly indicates that he favors the wealthy overwhelmingly. His most famous case is the Hobby Lobby case which he ruled in favor of a craft store that enabled the employers to make choices for employees based on the religious beliefs of the employers. Prior to this case no one was denying the employers to make religious and health care decisions for themselves; they were only denied the right to force their beliefs on workers and deny them the right to make their own choices.

This wasn't about religious freedom for all; it was about allowing the wealthy people that control large corporations to force their beliefs on the poor or middle class. This is especially important with most large corporation consolidating into a small number of oligarchies.

However there is little or no discussion about this or his history as president of "Fascism Forever" in the traditional media; instead there's an enormous amount of propaganda glorifying him or at least avoiding many of the most important issues.

Most reports clearly indicate that he also has no objection to the consolidation of the corporate media so that more than ninety percent of the media is now controlled by less than one percent of the richest, which is a blatant violation of the intent of the First Amendment. There should be little or no doubt that he's a plutocrats and a Fascist!

One of the most blatant is a high profile ad, presumably paid for by wealthy people that will benefit from his rulings, making it seem as if he's open minded and will treat each decision fairly, by a female lawyer portrayed as progressive from the Obama administration.

Jane Nitze says, ‘I Worked for the Obama Administration. I Have to Say, I’m 100 Percent Comfortable with Judge Gorsuch.’ 02/09/2017 among other things. she look's really sweet and compassionate when she says this, which is an image many advertisers study how to create, whether it is sincere or not.

However just because she worked for the Obama administration doesn't mean that she's as progressive as propaganda about his presidency might imply. He hasn't been much if any better than the Republicans on most issues and was the strongest supporter of TPP and many other trade issues despite his promises to be far better than Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries. He also promised to do a much better job standing up for the environment and refuse to hire lobbyists in his campaign; and broke those promises and many more. He filled his cabinet with lobbyists and presumably wore "comfortable shoes" when he met with them instead of marching picket lines like he promised.

He paved the way for more drilling in the Gulf as soon as the publicity from the Deep Horizon slowed down and indicated that he was willing to give in to the oil companies on the Keystone pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline and many others; but only held off after enormous protests.

But even this opposition was only temporary; he still allowed part of the Keystone Pipeline to be built which would have been useless without the rest. Clearly the oil companies never would have built it if they didn't think that he would eventually allow them or if they didn't think that the next president wouldn't allow it. And they turned out to be right; Hillary might have been willing to reverse herself as she often has but they did such a bad job campaigning and ignoring her epidemic corruption that it enabled Trump to win who is the oil companies dream.

Now liberals, or people like Jane Nitze pretending to be liberals are trying to provide propaganda coverage for him and his appointments; and this coverage is being spread, like all successful propaganda, much more widely in the mainstream media than the more reliable criticism showing his true positions and how corrupt he is.

AARP has also put out a propaganda piece that sounds like it supports Trump quoting him when he says he's going to protect Social Security and asking Congress to do the same, clearly implying they expect Trump top keep his promise. However his appointment of Tom Price should raise incredibly obvious doubts about his willingness to keep this promise, since Price is one of the leading opponents of protecting Medicare and Social Security and takes enormous amounts of money from drug Companies that would profit from his efforts to privatize them, contrary to Trump's promises.

This is actually some of the much better propaganda that might even appeal to some rational people that don't do much fact checking. some of their other propaganda is so blatant that it might back fire with many rational people asking the public to call in and ask their representatives top approve his cabinet so that he can "Make America Great Again." These advertisements are so primitive that only the most devout cult followers wouldn't see through them. they were coming out at t a time when there were enormous numbers of call urging the Democrats to be united against his Cabinet and plenty of them targeting the Republicans as well.

Many rational people will be even more likely to call in and oppose the Cabinet as a result of these ads; but they were already doing so and, presumably these were targeted at a much less educated people when it comes to recognizing obvious propaganda tactics. The political establishment has studied ways to make appeals to emotions to many of the most credulous people for years and despite their claims that Trump has been unscripted they have studied how to appear that way and enabled him to do a much better job appealing to some of these people that border on cult followers that don't understand many if any of the issues.

The media has been full of supporters making incredibly bad arguments for Trump including some reported by Rachel Maddow on her show polling Trump supporters and finding out how out of touch with reality many of they are, although she has her own way of appealing to the progressives she tries to convince to accept the Democratic nominees like Clinton even though they're not progressive at all. A couple of the most obvious of his emotional fans include his Hispanic supporter who said "I saw Trump in my dreams" 10/09/2015 and Huber is such a big fan of the president that he has a 6-foot cardboard cutout of Trump. "And I salute that every single day and pray and I tell him, 'Mr. President, I pray for your safety today,'" 02/19/2017

How can these fans possibly not see how many scams he's been involved in?

I know that the media he's constantly criticizing really is as bad as he says, although not always for the reasons that he says; but his record is still incredibly corrupt; and it will quickly become obvious, or already is to some people paying attention.

For all his rhetoric about "Draining the Swamp" he's made it clear with his cabinet choices that he's doing the opposite, with Steven Mnuchin who was one of the leading predatory bankers he spoke against even foreclosing on a ninety year old woman for a twenty seven cent payment error and many other outrageous foreclosures; Betsy Devos who supports privatizing education for the poor and didn’t oppose Common core until it would help her chances of being confirmed; Jeff Sessions who has the worst civil rights record you can imagine; Rex Tillerson who is involved in so many foreign scandals supporting tyrants it’s hard to keep track and most if not all his other cabinet choices which also have major flaws contradicting his campaign promises already.

On top of that the person that is oftenr efered to as the most rational of his cabinet that might keep him under control is Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis who supports war as much as any other member of the Military Industrial complex and famously said "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet;" and "Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people.”

His record supporting many abuser of women as well as accusations against himself are clearly as bad if not worse than those against Bill Clinton that he highlighted, when and only when it suited his purposes. When Bill Clinton was his ally he of course said that there was nothing to these accusations but when he was running against Hillary he used it for his own political gain even though he was caught blatantly with several scandals including calling the former Miss USA "miss piggy" in public among many other demeaning names openly spoken and then got caught with his tape saying that he could "grab women by the pussy" and that "they would let you do anything" as long as your a celebrities which he was at the time.

Amazingly his latest pick inevitably brings one of his past scandals more attention even if the media doesn't cover it as much as they probably should. At least two other of his choices or former choices were also accused of sexual misconduct by their wives and police reports were filed. Donald Trump Steve Bannon and Andrew Puzder were all accused by their ex wives of abusive behavior, possibly even rape and they all had court records of this and stories of intimidation to keep witnesses silent. Donald Trump even publicly threatened to sue nine women when they accused him of doing exactly what he admitted to doing in the Access Hollywood tape to intimidate him.

There's a clear pattern of behavior from both him and many of his allies, indicating that some accusations shouldn't be easily dismissed. Yet his second choice for Labor Secretary after Andrew Puzder was forced to withdraw after these accusation came forward arranged a sweetheart deal for Jeffrey Epstein, who Trump said, "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life." Then later when he was convicted he blatantly denied knowing much about him.

The media hardly covered it at all but while the election was going on Katie Johnson was preparing to sue him for allegedly raping her when she was only thirteen in 1994; and according to her attorney Lisa Bloom she had two other corroborating witnesses, but that she was "in terrible fear;" but withdrew the lawsuit just before the election. considering all the conflicting stories about this, some from reasonably reliable sources it's hard to completely dismiss it, especially with his outrageous pattern of behavior of both demeaning women publicly and intimidating people through lawsuits, also publicly.

Claims that he did these and used intimidation clearly follow a consistent pattern of behavior and it's hard to believe so many women would do this when faced with so much intimidation. If it was just one maybe, but in addition to Katie Johnson there was his ex-wife, at least nine people represented by Gloria Alred and many more involved in both Trump and his allies.

If this isn't blatant enough propaganda now, for some of his cult followers, it will be before this is all done!

Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta gave ‘sweetheart deal’ to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein 02/16/2017

Shhhhh - Top Obama bundler accused of child rape: Column 11/20/2014

Obama’s homosexual bundler arrested for child rape 02/1/2017

Who Is Katie Johnson? Woman Accuses Donald Trump Of Raping Her In 1994 11/02/2016

Donald Trump Is Accused Of Raping A 13-Year-Old. Why Haven’t The Media Covered It? 11/02/2016

Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump with Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl 11/04/2016 Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Donald Trump And Bill Clinton Share A Relationship With Convicted Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein 10/15/2016

Edit 03/18/2017: Neal Gorsuch Emails have shown him praising Republican involved in voter suppression, In E-mails, Neil Gorsuch Praised a Leading Republican Activist Behind Voter Suppression Efforts. 03/17/2017 Additional reports can be found that he also supports efforts to consolidate media so only the wealthy can influence it and torture.

Edit 03/31/2017: Snopes investigated the article claiming that Neil Gorsuch founded a club called Fascism Forever Club and claimed that it was a fictitious club that never existed and it was just a joke, Did Neil Gorsuch Found a High School 'Fascism Forever' Club? However their own rebuttal doesn't deny that the entries in his year book are legitimate and seems to confirm them, if anything; and they also confirm the claim that he had extreme right wing beliefs in college. He still thought it was amusing to cite Henry Kissinger's quote about the "illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer."

If a civil rights activist that fought against outrages like this joked about it it might be acceptable since they demonstrate that they don't really mean it; however when people from the ruling class treat it like a joke and support cover ups of corporate abuses, they're demonstrating with their actions that they think it is justifiable to flout the law and use it only to protect the wealthy. The claim that he might have founded a club called Fascism Forever may be easier to point to as an indication to his beliefs; but the more important thing is that he, and many other members of the Trump administration have a long record of disregarding the rights of the vast majority of the public.

The claim that it was initially treated as a joke doesn't change much if anything. They still support policies that are Fascist and that is more important.

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