Hypocrisy is thy name

 

Only our unique American exceptionalism could create hypocrisy so great that it threatens to blot out the sun.

Historians have documented that empires fail when the discrepancy between what elites say and what they do grows too large.

It’s hard to know where to begin, but for me the most blatant hypocrisy is the one that lies at the heart of the so-called “war on terror.” After 15 years of fear mongering about Al Qaeda terrorists, it turns out that the US is using the very same Sunni terrorists as proxies to effect regime change in Syria. For anyone paying attention, this dirty-little-secret has become difficult to miss. It’s been acknowledged hereherehere, here, and here.

Now that Russia has intervened decisively in Syria to aid the government of Bashar Assad against said Al Qaeda terrorists, the corporate media is awash with concern about Russian and Syrian “barrel” bombing, with the victims of these dastardly attacks trotted out to crocodile tears. That the US regularly bombs hospitals, wedding parties, and civilian infrastructure, is magically forgotten. Even more hypocritically, while the US decries Russian and Syrian war crimes, it’s ally Saudi Arabia is busy bombing defenseless Yemeni civilians, using US made cluster bombs delivered by US F-15’s.

However, our foreign policy elite, sensing a Hillary landslide, are pushing for more war in Syria, never mind that an attack on Assad and the Syrian army risks a nuclear conflict with Russia. Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry says that, “Virtually the entire mainstream U.S. media (and much of the progressive media) are onboard for a U.S. “regime change” operation in Syria and for getting tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

There’s plenty more hypocrisy.

On the economy, who are you going to believe, Obama, or your lying eyes? Recently, DNC chairwoman, Donna Brazile, tweeted this boast. “Under President Obama, the economy has experienced a record 70 straight months of private-sector job growth. Over 14 million jobs!”  However, a recent study entitled Problems Unsolved and a Nation Dividedby Harvard University points out that, despite claims of an “Obama Recovery,” in fact, the U.S. economy has continued to deteriorate in the aftermath of the “great recession.”

There’s also political hypocrisy, where the political elite and their corporate media allies have united to decry Trump’s questioning of American political legitimacy. The corporate media solemnly assures us that our American political system is sacrosanct. Never mind the election of 2000, where Republican political operatives staged a riot to prevent a recount in Florida, that would have elected Gore rather than Bush.

In a hilarious turn of events, Russia is trolling the US with an offer to monitor US elections. “In what can only be described as an epic attempt to troll both Obama and Hillary, and an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Trump’s claims of that the upcoming presidential election will be “rigged”, Russia has asked to send monitors to US polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, according to reports by Russian media.”

Then, there’s the tax hypocrisy. The political and media elite are aghast that Trump hasn’t paid his fair share of taxes. But Trump is hardly the first elite to game the tax system. In fact, right now there is a scheme afoot to trade the financing of much needed American infrastructure for a tax holiday on the profits that US corporations have squirreled away in offshore tax havens.

“Last year, behind the scenes, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., quietly tried to lay the groundwork for a classic Washington, D.C., bipartisan solution — i.e., the kind of deal that both parties’ big donors adore and regular Americans would despise, if they ever heard about it. Under U.S. law, multinational corporations based here theoretically must pay taxes on their profits earned anywhere around the world at a rate of 35 percent. However, they don’t have to pay U.S. taxes on overseas profits until they repatriate the money back to the U.S…The prospective Ryan-Schumer deal doesn’t have many details. But it would change the law so that profits earned by U.S. multinationals overseas, including the $2.4 trillion overseas now, would be taxed whether or not they were brought back to the U.S. — while also radically reducing the tax rate on those overseas profits. This would essentially make the 2004 tax holiday permanent.”

Whoever wins the presidential election in November is going to face a growing crisis of legitimacy because of the ongoing hypocrisy. The American people may have slept through the last 40 years but they are starting to wake up. And, they are pissed off.

If Hillary wins the election, and all signs are pointing that way, she could face a danger greater than the loss of legitimacy. In my opinion, a domestic insurgency in the United States is a real possibility. The Americans that she castigated as “deplorable,” are the ones who, by and large, have served in the military and are heavily armed.

This could get interesting.

Update: Here’s more confirmation of the Al Qaeda connection.

“Buried deep inside Saturday’s New York Times was a grudging acknowledgement that the U.S.-armed “moderate” rebels in Syria are using their U.S. firepower to back an Al Qaeda offensive, reports Robert Parry.”

 

 

 

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