We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump’s Address to the US Congress: Making America Safe for Wall Street and War Profiteers

Click here to access article by Stephen Lendman from Global Research.

Although I didn't listen to Trump's speech to Congress, I listened to the three corporate news reports (ABC, NBC, & CBS) of his speech. I was amazed at the dramatic change in coverage. Before this, anything related to Trump was reported in a negative context. Last night, they all reported virtually the same coverage: that Trump's "tone" was very different, he was very "presidential", and ordinary people from Michigan loved his address. 

It appears that Trump has been impressed by the powerful CIA faction that dominates the US ruling class; and because he respects only power, he has decided to serve their interests. So it should not be surprising that they liked his speech. He likely underwent a short course in how to role play "appearing president".
He wants America more militarized than ever, intending greater funding for police – to protect the nation’s privileged class from beneficial social change.

Changes he’ll propose in America’s tax code are unrelated to letting “our companies…compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone.”
Now I hope the CIA will stop leaking embarrassing phone calls that he or his appointees made and stop smearing him in their scripted corporate broadcasts. I was beginning to feel sorry for him. (sarcasm) I sort of liked the old Trump who said things off the top of his head even if racist and sexist, especially when he castigated his enemies in corporate media. At least he was more like the real Trump. Now we have a fake Trump appearing "presidential".

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